Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #29
Ranked #27,201
3.82 | pDev: 10.21%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Very Good
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark brown with a tan head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: There is a nutty aroma up front with some sweetness. There is also some light fruity elements and earthly elements.

Taste: It has biscuit flavors with some nuts and very light chocolate. There are some very low fruity notes, but not strong enough to distinguish. There are some light roast notes as well. There are some low honey notes.

Feel: It starts slight sweet but finishes a bit on the bitter side. It has a medium body.

Overall, good combination of flavors that compliment each other with a slight harshness with the bitterness in the finish.

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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 2020/11/18
Pours a nice frothy foamy almost 2 finger tan head but lower retention, light spotty lacing, dark mahogany brown almost black-ish color

nose plenty of sweet toasted biscuity brown malts, toffee, some caramel, some honey and candy syrup like sweetness, some baking spices and a little cinnamon French toast with syrup, nutty, fair toffee

Taste brings lots of sweet malts again, brown sugar, toffee, some caramel, nutty with some dark fruits as well, fig, date like, a little biscuity and granola like, light cinnamon and spice again, touch of bitterness, syrupy like notes with the sweetness, a little honey, fairly sweet overall, mild sticky sweet finish, bit more bitterness, hint of warming alcohol, more cinnamon spice and sweet syrup candied dark fruits

Mouth is med to fuller bod, rich and a bit chewy syrupy, med to a touch lighter foamy carb, hint of warming alcohol

Overall not bad, a bit heavy and syrupy for my liking but the malt and base beer characters are nicely done

Jul 12, 2021
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Ricochet from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep amber. Nice head and lace. Light only comes through when shined on it.
S: Boozy. A little honey. Slight Lucky Charms scent? Really? That's how I describe the other sweet in the aroma.
F: Explodes on the tongue. Bitter for a second than washes clean. Boozy remainder. Very few beers I've had impress me with mouth feel but this is spot on for that. When my next thought it "I gotta take another sip" and it's because of the mouthfeel? Outstanding.
T: So many things happening, it's never too much of anything. The honey is layered over a brown ale and the alcohol "boozy" is subtle but you know it's there. The sweetness, almost fruit note is unexpected. There is so much happening in this beer. It's a great honey brown, and if I see it again, I'll get it again.

Apr 04, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - great dark brown with a nice initial tan head and good lacing
Smell - sweet toasted caramel with a slight earthy grain
Taste - slight English brown with a slight caramel and toasty
Feel - medium lighter body with about the same carb
Overall - pretty good

Jul 18, 2020
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kagee from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very solid ale with strong notes of the honey buried deep in the aftertaste. I have tried this at a few temperatures trying to decipher what makes this brew attractive and I think it is the malt-forward taste pushing through this dark brew. The mouthfeel is more watery than you would expect from the appearance and the nutty smell. It is perhaps more drinkable with food. There was minimal lacing on the glass and carbonation was consistent even though it had a thin head on the pour after five minutes. I found it more enjoyable cool rather than ice cold as it had more depth to the flavor and it let the honey taste come through.

Jul 09, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED B 02-21-19"

Appearance: The body is a dark brown color that edges on black near the center. There is a light khaki head with a creamy and slightly bumpy textured appearance. It has a short head that has good retention.

Aroma: There is a soft toasted caramel aroma mixed with an herbal hop scent. It sounds very simple but the aroma is very nice.

Taste: There is a toasted toffee flavor with a hint of carbon and a nice herbal finish.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth with a body that rests on the lower portion of "full." It has a nice bitterness and good carbonation.

Overall: The beer is listed on this website as being an English Brown Ale. The can simply states "honey nut brown ale" and it has characteristics that align more with an American Brown Ale with less English ale yeast character and a bit more of a hop presence. Although there is an emphasis on "honey nut" (from the can) it doesn't have a honey or nut character. Mostly the beer has a strong toffee flavor with herbal hops. I really enjoyed it and I would both recommend it and drink it again.

Jul 05, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Big frothy and cascading tan colored to yellow looking head, tall as four solid fingers with some good sized small bubbles. Classic ruby tones in the body, with mahogany brown and a slight red shiny edge. Very nice looking brown ale!

Really digging this aroma too. There's a honey sweetness but it's also bringing out some great strawberry to raspberry like fruity qualities. Hints of light milky to vanilla cream action as well. Minimal toasty notes as well, with a bit of complexity and great balance. Lots to enjoy here on the nose.

Palate goes back to basics. Solid mix of dark malts with hints of nutty flavors almost creamy hazelnut, but matches some peppery char also. Very light silky tones mixing with a good fruit flavor of honey and herbs. Aftertaste is a little milky flavored, with a sense of light raspberry and milk chocolate.

Very nice brown ale!

May 04, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. This is a solid brown ale with a hint of nuttiness and maybe cocoa. Very creamy, almost feels like nitro but is not watery. Very flavorful finish with a hint of honey sweetness.

Mar 06, 2019
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mhammon97 from Ohio

2.03/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not really sure what they're going for here. There's no real nutty flavor or honey sweetness of any kind. Perhaps Jackie O's still hasn't quite mastered the canning process and this would be better on tap in Athens. I'll give it a try from the source next time I'm there.

Dec 21, 2018
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Beerme124535 from Ohio

3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L:dark amber, pencil thick head, quick dissipation, thick bubbles, looks more like a coke than a beer.
S:roasted malts, nuts, honey, ( lime from somewhere i have no idea)
F: light weight, very bubbly, dry afterfeel.
T: roasted malts, citrus/lime??coffee, nutty.
O: not a fan of this beer. the taste reminds me of a coffee apple juice mixture with a coke look and feel.

May 27, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery:
Pours a dark brown, sitting next to the stout we ordered, you can barely tell the difference. On a lower volume, the brown hue is more evident. Medium thick creamy tan head provides a little lacing.

The nose is weaker than I'd like, but the roasted malt and oily nut do come through - I just need to try harder than I'd like to get them. Warmth helps a bit.

Taste is back on the right track. Dark grain toast actually has a little char to it, bringing a bit of bitterness. The nut actually is subtle compared to the classic brown ale malt/bitterness that appears in the middle. At this point, it's also a bit light. It's an interesting bold, light, bold feel/depth of flavor.

The fact that the fairly bold nut brown gains the end after showing the base style grabbed my attention. A bold brown ale that is almost like a toasty version of a porter (per my standards).

Apr 29, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a brown ale with honey thats extremely light for the style, and feels almost conservative for these guys, who i associate with daring and robust beers that are almost unrivaled in their originality. this brown is tasty for sure, but could have been made by almost anyone i think. its got a clear very light brown color to it, and a pleasing aroma of light toasted chocolate malt, sweet floral honey, lots of head, and light dusty cereal grain, quite simple really. i like the honey in this, in so many beers its all fermented out, or its covered up by malt, fruit, or wild yeast or something. its cool in this beer because there isnt a whole lot going on, so the aroma and flavor of the honey can stand out a little bit, and not have to make this too sweet to be noticed. its super light on the grain side of things, no roast at all, and little more than a very light cocoa note, hardly even a brown ale. delicate body, relaxed carbonation from the tap, and a great not hop driven session beer, which the scene seems to be getting away from these days. this didnt wow me like most of the others these guys make, but its a nice easy drinking brown for this time of year. i hope this is a sign that more of their beer is on the way to colorado!

edit: really nice from the cans when they are fresh, lively and honey forward but not sugary. a smart recipe and a beer i think i could happily drink every day...

Apr 03, 2017
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into pint glass. Dark caramel color, modest carbonation leading to a nice brown, one finger head. Subtle coffee, roasted malts and hops to nose. Medium feel on palate with nice balance of coffee, malts, chocolate against subtle toffee and honey. A very enjoyable beer

Jan 14, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the Westin hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Go Cubs!

Dark brown body with hints of crimson. Plum and roast character throughout. Lightly sweet and quite drinkable. Nicely done.

Oct 27, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a clear dixie cup.

A: Body is nice light caramel, brown, with decent clarity for the color of the body. Head is soap, chunky, and just slightly off white.

S: Roasted malts, honey, ground nuts, sweet grainy smell.

T: Lots of nuttiness, toffee, seet bread malts, and honey.

M: Light to medium mouth if not just a touch watery.

O: Really good beer here. Nothing crazy but the layered toffee over the honey is quite delicious and easy to drink.

Sep 25, 2016
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany with a tan head.

Smells of dark fruit, rich malt, bread, honey, and nuts.

A little spicy nutty hops up front moving forward to sweet malt middle with honey and oats. Finishes dry and rich like a good desert with notes of chocolate and oak. A very solid brown ale.

Jul 15, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinks like more traditional brown ales. Super thin with a malty finish and a nutty flavor profile. I enjoyed it, but its not one I would seek out again.

Jul 12, 2016
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CernMatt from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent brown ale. Taste was good. Poured nice. Definitely has potential to be a "everyday" drinker style beer. Not too heavy, so nice to drink on a summer night, as well as during the fall.

Jun 26, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel brown color. Aroma is a little sweet, toasty and nutty. Flavor follows the nose with roasted malts up front that have a little nuttiness. There's a bit of sweetness in the middle and some balance of hops in the finish. This drinks very easy and overall is one of the better brown ales I've had.

May 19, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light brown but fills in much darker than a typical nut brown, nearing black, then thinning back out to a dark red, with a massive tan head and big coral lace.

Smell is faintly of coffee and chocolate, but moreso cologne, toasted bread, cola, and red licorice

Taste is the same and feel is a little thin and bitter. I get toasted brown cracker, brown sugar, fairly sweet but quite dry, with cola and mixed honey roasted nuts. While starting sweet, there is a bitter vegetal finish.

Dec 17, 2015
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dcotom from Iowa

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce can into a can glass approximately seven months past canning date. Opaque deep brownish black with luxurious cream-colored head that took several minutes to settle. On the nose, roasted malts, dark caramel, a slight yeast funk, and a tinge of floral essence. Creamy mouthfeel, a little sweetness with flavors of burnt caramel, cocoa, and maybe a touch of coffee, nice bitterness to balance. Very well crafted, and some really cool can art to boot.

Oct 14, 2015
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SStein from Colorado

3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown. The smell is very underwhelming. A little bit of malt, but no real strength. It tastes like a brown ale should, but nothing that makes it stand out from any of the other brown ales out there.

Sep 16, 2015
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BeerBrose from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is quite delicious. Having it right out of a can so I won't do a full review. Taste is right and since they used wildflower honey you can definitely taste it's influence.

Id drink this again!

Jul 19, 2015
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Knilas from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the can: Dark cola color...tan head lasts a good bit, leaving behind moderate lacing. Taste of coffee, chocolate, and some honey. Resembles a Porter more than a Brown. Slight bitterness with some fizz. Drinks somewhat thin. Still, very tasty. Worth the coin.

Jul 18, 2015
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer but fails in the aroma department - 3.75

A - Pours a clear dark brown with a dark tan one finger head, very nice lacing - 4
S - All around faint aroma with roasted malts and herbal hoppiness - 3.5
T - Malty, toasty but not burnt, nicely hopped with earthy herbal notes, some residual sweetness/molasses in the middle - 4.25
MF - Medium body with a dry bitter finish - 4.25

May 20, 2015
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