Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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English Brown Ale
Ranked #30
Ranked #23,409
3.81 | pDev: 10.24%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Very Good
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Photo of kagee
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of teromous
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of Lucular
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of mhammon97
2.03/5  rDev -46.7%
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.

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Photo of Beerme124535
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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...

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of CernMatt
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of dcotom
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of SStein
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of BeerBrose
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of Knilas
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/23/2015. Pokal goblet. Canned on date: 11-18-14.

Appearance: Pours a super dark brown with a tan, foamy cap. Remarkably dark, with a little light penetrating at the edges. No bad retention, but not great either. Some lacing.

Aroma: SWEET and roasty. Really inviting smell. A little two-dimensional.

Taste: Not as sweet as on the nose. Slightly tart across mid-palate. Firm roast, but not porter-esque. Right in the middle of the brown ale spectrum.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light, good, but not overpowering carbonation.

Overall: A little simple; I want to like it more, but there's not a lot of oomph there. I'd buy it again for the sake of local pride, but it's not a favorite brown.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can (canned on 01/20/15) poured into a Libby globe porter glass.

Appearance: Clear dark brown with some dark amber to mahogany highlights. Persistent thin light tan head. Fine strands and islands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: A bit sweet, lots of roasted malt, a hint of fruity esters, brown sugar.

Taste: Very roasty, hint of coffee, burnt sugar, an occasional hint of butter (diacetyl), light bitter finish that is roasted malt and something else I can't quite place. There is a tiny bit of a metallic tang at the finish, but it is not there for very long.

Mouthfee: Starts off a bit too highly carbonated, almost fizzy, but as the beer warms up the carbonation is spicy and prickly instead. A bit of a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A full flavored brown ale, but I would not have guessed it for the English style of a brown ale. Very tasty and easily drinkable. I think I could easily have another.

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Photo of jp32
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep, extremely dark brown in color, some auburn hues shine through when held to the light. Minimal head layer. Aroma is sweet and simple.

The flavor profile is nice and specifically well-rounded for an ale of its style. Earthy and hoppy yet still keeping a sweet, simple malt flavor profile with a mouthfeel that is dryer than most of its peers.

English porter? Baltic porter? It seems like theres a little more going on in the glass than the can led on.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We pop the tab on a can, pouring into our Great Lakes pints. It shows the deepest nut brown coloring, holding a one finger head of café au lait colored bubbles. These retain only decently, settling into a creamy film atop the liquid. A thick haze obstructs clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be mild. Aromatics include soy sauce, bready pumpernickel biscuitiness, brown and caramel malt roastiness, shoe polish, dark chocolate cocoa powders and nib bitters, burnt toffee, salted movie theater popcorn, cloying vanilla icing sugars, light honeycomb earthiness, tin, rumbling phenolic plastics, and crystallized marshmallow sweetness. The tongue meets a different mash, showing notes of table honey and white sugar, moldy margarine, tinny metallics, burnt brown and American black maltiness, raw barley, steeped caramel sugars, woody maple syrups, pale biscuity and buttery diacetyls, bitter cocoa and coffee bean shell, chemically hair gel, burnt coconut and marshmallow skins, parsley leafiness, and soft, cleansing ethanolic booziness. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left cooled and coated with sugary, lippy smack. Cream and froth are preserved, while slurp and smack are as well, but to a lesser extent. The abv is appropriate, and the beer glugs back nicely.

Overall, we are thankful to have this recommended to us by Benjamin at The Brick Oven Bistro in Sandusky, Ohio. We had the pleasure of speaking to him a week or so back, and he was able to offer us some of the premier beverages available in central to western Ohio. This was among the top on his list, and we are very happy to have tried it. The nose is incredibly sweet and rich, akin to the liking of Southern Tier’s Crème Brule, but to a slightly more subdued extent. The flavoring, on the other hand, showed a much more bittered, and even smoky approach, allowing for a serious side to this brown ale that was otherwise not yet appreciated. This is an exciting beer for a small brewery, and it leaves us wishing they had wider distribution to keep us warm through the winter months.

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