Brandy Barrel Black Falls
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Porter - Baltic
4.36 | pDev: 5.28%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: A continuation of the first collaboration between Burial and Jackie O’s, Brandy Barrel Black Falls is the barrel-aged, high gravity iteration of an idea formed years ago. Brewed with North Carolina rye and Athens County spicebush berries, this Imperial Baltic Porter was laid to rest in apple brandy and bourbon barrels for 17 months, then conditioned on vanilla beans. After completing its journey, Brandy Barrel Black Falls exudes flavors of rich oak, deep caramel, rye spice, and wafts of sweet brandy.
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Very dark brown, almost pitch black with a thin tan head
S: Cocoa, rye, vanilla, a bit of an earthy element (spicebush?)
T: Matches the nose with a bit of the barrels added
M: Full bodied, a touch sweet/bitter though overall quite balanced
O: A good collaboration, tasty, aging nicely (drink now or hold 1-2 more years)

Sep 11, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle, vintage 2019, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - deep dark with a head that lingered around the edges
S - malt, coffee, molasses, brandy
T - malt on the nose with an apple brandy sweetness on the finish
F - thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation
O - great beer, flavors are so well blended

May 17, 2021
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid chocolate, bourbon. The brandy heat is there on the backend. Decent balance. Not much vanilla to be found. Medium body, solid carbonation making for a smooth, mildly hot backend.

Jul 31, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12.7 oz bottle, 2019 version into the test glass
A - Deep dark brown, hides all the secrets, gentle carbonation, very little cap. Soapy lacing
S - Vanilla, some barrel tannin, licorice, honey, dark fruits. Fig, wrapped in dark chocolate
T - Elements of bourbon, some dark fruit again, candied dark fruit. Hint of tobacco. A spicey black pepper thread, and a soft vanilla backbone.
M - Oily, in a good way. sweet with a medium body. linger is complexwants to be dry but cant get there.
O - A very good barrel offering. So many layers in this. Worth seeking out

Jun 23, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium black, brown tinting when help up to light, thin brown ring. Huge caramel, brandy, plenty of my new favorite beer term: vanillins, bourbon, rye, and licorice. Wow, so the taste builds on the nose with a french toast start before the berries and general dark fruit wash over it all, then finishing with a tide of smoky rye, vanilla, and booze. Starts wet and gets dry. Feel is sweeter, boozy, and velvet smooth. Drinks lighter than it is. Is this the height of craft baltic porter?

May 15, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into a snifter. 2019 release, had 4/8/20.

Pours a dark brown- reddish in the light, semi opaque with a half inch foamy head and soapy lacing. Aromas of apple brandy, chocolate, light roast malt, vanilla, oak, caramel, rye, a little bourbon, some molasses, light leather and tobacco, light char. Has a spicy aroma. The flavor is similar- apple brandy, chocolate, rye, vanilla, caramel, malt, oak, light bourbon, some molasses. Also has a generally spicy flavor. Smooth, a very good medium to full body, well carbonated.

This is a gem. Well developed and expressive aromas and- especially, flavors. The vanilla and rye stand out, and the brandy barrels are the icing on the cake. Really enjoyable. Hope they make this again.

Apr 22, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Primarily Baltic character--light iodine and peat--alongside vanilla on the nose. The brandy notes come through loud and clear on the palate, however, with some bright fruit and substantial boozy oak balanced out by the vanilla. I would love to try the base beer for this, though.

Dec 26, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown with soapy toffee colored lacing.

S - Brandy, vanilla, oak, and toasted caramel aroma.

T - Toasted caramel, vanilla, oak, brandy, and bourbon with a lingering toasted caramel and bourbon.

M - Thick and silky with slight warming on the way down.

O - Aged in two different barrels, not overbearing, nicely blended and complex with "layer/layer/layer". Recommended.

Dec 07, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer number three of 2019’s 25 Beers of Christmas. Poured into my big bowl snifter. Dark brown, thinning edges, minimal lacing. Smell is strong bourbon and brandy, vanilla and caramel notes, roasty malt. Taste is first off a big boozy bourbon barrel presence with mild vanilla, molasses, syrup, and brandy notes. Feel is big bodied, syrupy, thick, strong boozy presence. Pretty good barrel aged beer from two great breweries.

Dec 04, 2019
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SHDoyle from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Glassy, jet black appearance with minimal head. Smell is sort of sweet-tart (not the candy, just the general aroma) with notes of dark fruit, sour cherry and, of course, brandy. Taste in similar as far as being sweet and tart with the added touch of vanilla and more wood/oak from the barrels. For a 13.5% ABV, it isn't too hot and the alcohol doesn't overwhelm it. Feel is more carbonated than might be normal for a porter but not by much. Same with the body: a little light but not outside the norm.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) As with most of Jackie O's dark beers, this is well made and a nice beer to sip on. The brandy was a nice change from bourbon barrel aging and added an appropriate amount of sweetness to the beer. That being said, $11.99/bottle (like all of JO's barrel-aged beers) is a little steep for this and I'd probably pass due to the pricing as opposed to the actual quality of the beer. So, if someone else buys you one, go for it!

Nov 29, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Released 7/19/19; drank 11/10/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

An even pour yielded a small khaki head; minimal lace.

Chocolate, mild vanilla & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup, vanilla & faint oak flavors up front; mild mint & booze heat notes on the finish.

A bit thin for all this flavor, and the finish wasn't ideal for me. Not terrible but not great, either.

Nov 11, 2019
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2019 bottling (12.7oz bottle) served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown on the pour, but black in the glass. Tan head died back to a tiny wisp at the ring of the glass. No persistent lacing as you would expect at a high ABV.

Smell: Brandy, bourbon, boozy, spicy, toffee, dark fruits - very very nice.

Taste: Brandy, bourbon, vanilla, spicy, caramel/toffee, and a partly sweet/bitter finish. An amazing combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, good thickness, very light carbonation, warming at the finish.

Overall / Drinkability: What an amazing beer - I've never had anything quite like it and it's quite enjoyable. Dangerously drinkable - I would not mind another glass but I would be hurting if I did. A definite slow sipping treat of a beer.

Oct 05, 2019
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Kdouble from Tennessee

4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A draft at Jackie O’s.

Look- A super dark brown almost black. A thin light head that disappears quickly. A small amount of lacing.

Smell- Everything I expected was there. Vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and most impressively huge amounts of brandy and bourbon.

Taste- The flavor follows the smell. The vanilla really sets this one apart. The brandy and bourbon mix is phenomenal with no alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation with a creamy feel. Never realized this was over 13% abv.

Overall- One of the best porters I’ve had. The brandy and vanilla put it at the next level.

Sep 25, 2019
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce bottle, 2019 vintage. Served in a Jackie O's snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that didn't stick around for too long. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, vanilla, brandy, fudge, caramel, oak and some spicy rye. For the most part I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some dark fruit, bourbon, brown sugar and an earthy/spicy flavor (which I'm guessing is the Spicebush?) that's also noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. 13.5% ABV? Sure doesn't seem that way, the alcohol is well hidden here although I'm sure it'll catch up to me later. I liked this a lot, it's definitely worth picking up. I know I'd like to get another bottle or 2!

Sep 21, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin off white head that fades to leave light lacing and thin wisps.

S - Big aromas of brandy and bourbon, light chocolate, vanilla, chocolate, light dark spices and caramel sauce. Aromatic and inviting.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of slightly sweet caramel sauce. Tons of chocolate and coconut with excellent bourbon and slightly sweet brandy. Little bit of dark fruits and faint spices, great vanilla. No alcohol burn or heat.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, silky, alcohol hidden just wonderfully.

O - Overall this was a very very good stout. Just incredible barrel notes going on here. Another world class stout from Jackie O's.

Serving Type: bottle

Aug 31, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud
Pours a dark but small fizzy head, little lacing, very dark basically black beer with fair legs

Nose tons of dark malts, roasty char and loads of dark chocolate, little marshmallow nougat like, fudgey bourbon and mild sweet apple brandy, roasty spices like anise notes and even some rye spice, big vanilla too

Taste super dark chocolate fudge, big vanilla ice cream, baking spice barrel, some spice with anise and a bit of spice tree but not a ton, light bourbon and apple brandy but some nice fruit with it, candied apple and mild dark fruits, light alcohol, light char and coffee roast with the super dark chocolate lingering late, light bitterness but more late,

Mouth is fuller rich bodied, chewy like but creamy smooth, medium carb and some warming alcohol but drinks much less

Overall very very nice, could have a bit more of the spices but otherwise great imperial porter and vanilla with great barrel notes too

Aug 31, 2019
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this in the grocery store and went "hmmmm". Despite some past infection snafus, when I see Jackie O's and barrel aged, I'm pretty much hooked. Then I saw "Baltic Porter" and the hook was firmly set. And then a collab with Burial, I thought "isn't that the brewery in Asheville where all the denizens that lost it when Wicked Weed sold out said was better anyway?" Why yes it is!

So I'm thoroughly enjoying this and have to finish this write up so I can get offline and read and listen to music. There was almost no head when I poured it into a tulip so I nicked it for that aesthetic meaningless point. Otherwise just magnificently boozy vanilla smells and tastes along with other scents and flavors. I'll have to pick up another one of these to savor by itself on a crisp fall evening.

Aug 01, 2019
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YonderBrew from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Collaboration between Jackie O's of Athens, Ohio and Burial Beer of Asheville, Ohio. Per bottle label, Imperial Baltic Porter aged in apple brandy and bourbon barrels for 17 months.

Purchased in 12.7 ounce bottle and poured into snifter. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Nice aroma overall. Quite boozey. Decent beer overall, but would not purchase again as this bottle was $12.

Jul 27, 2019
Brandy Barrel Black Falls from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 46 ratings