Cellar Cuvée 1
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #28
Ranked #2,309
4.26 | pDev: 8.22%
Mar 20, 2022
Jun 27, 2009
Cellar Cuvée 1Cellar Cuvée 1
Notes: This is a blend of dark apparition, a RIS, and Wood Ya Honey, a wheat wine Ale.
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Pours a very dark brown, approaching black, with a tawny hue. Half finger of airy, dark mocha head dissipates quickly leaving a messy crown and very little lacing.

Dark chocolate cocoa powder and creamy caramel in the nose. Some vanilla behind.

The caramel hits first again in the taste, followed by a drier, sort of leathery middle. Maybe a hint of plum. Then some char, earthy hops and dark chocolate for a semi-bitter finish. A kiss of walnut in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Very enjoyable. The balance of sweetness and bitterness is quite well done here.

Mar 20, 2022
3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jan 06, 2022
4.27 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Dec 29, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet at ~40 degrees F.

L: Pours your standard stout inky black, and forms absolutely no head or even fizz of any kind, aside from a very thin ring of tiny white bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: Rather barrely indeed, to be expected from a blend of BA Dark App and Wood Ya Honey. Caramel and oak abound, with vanilla in support. Not much else to the aroma, at least when still cold. As it warms, notes of molasses and brown sugar emerge.

T: Very interesting. In contrast to the nose, the barrel notes are present, but not the centerpiece. A slurry of brown sugar and honey hits first, atop waves of oaky tannins and caramel-vanilla booze. Behind and beneath that comes a succession of dark stone fruits, faint ash, and charred bread. Some thin ghosts of chocolate and black licorice manifest here and there. By the swallow, the barrel ABV heat arrives, and lingers in the aftertaste.

F: Full and syrupy, yet quite still.

O: Huge, flavorful, and perhaps more an "in your face" beer than I'm particularly into these days - but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

Dec 25, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by micada from New York

It was going for an eclipse 50/50 vibe, I think, but it was a bit under-whelming. It was a solid drink, the flavors and barrel identifiable, but never quite harmonized. I would buy the Cellar Cuvée II all day comparatively.

Oct 07, 2021
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4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by trevormajor from Ohio

12.7 oz bottle, vintage 2020, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - mahogony, with a hazelnut head that lingered, mostly around the edges
S - honey, bourbon, roasted malt
T - wonderful blend of bourbon and honey flavors with a roasted malt backbone
F - thick with minimal carbonation
O - great beer, wonderful blend of flavors as you expect from Jackie O's

Aug 30, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12.7 oz bottle in a snifter. This unique brew pours a muddied
brown tinged black with a faint head of brown foam that sizzles to a razor
thin ring and a faint dusty layer. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and heavy handed
honey with light herbal notes. Flavors hit the note with rich honey, vanilla, soaked oak,
bourbon, faint coffee, dark cocoa, tobacco, subtle dark fruits, and floral honey touches on
the rear. Nice mouth feel; full body, smooth, rich, warming, coating, faint carbonation,
and a medium dry and warm finish.

Overall------more excellence from JackieO's.


Aug 08, 2021
4.29 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 07, 2021
4.38 by MJSFS from Florida on Jun 04, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by CaptainHate from Ohio

2020 12.7 ounce bottle 12.8%.

Poured into a long stemmed Lost Abbey tulip. Dark brown Imperial Stout type body with small tan head. As soon as the cap was pried off the booze could be detected. Once in the glass malts, brown sugar, dark fruits and molasses come to the fore. Taste mirrors the smell particularly after it warms up; when straight out of the cellar fridge at 50 degrees I could taste some honey but it oddly fades as it warms up. Mouthfeel is a perfect mix of lightness and substance.

This is the first Jackie O's blend I've had and I like it. Although it's categorized as a Strong Ale it's more like an Imperial Stout but it's still something different with the wheat wine. So it's a grey area but a very enjoyable grey area.

Feb 14, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by firesidewithphil from Illinois

Cellar Cuvee is a blend from Jackie O's inventory. They take Dark Apparition, an imperial stout and blend it with Wood Ya Honey, a wheat wine. The result is complex beer, with a lot of dark fruit and honey. It reminds on their honey stout Antik, which is one of my favorites. Very high end blend.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Dec 09, 2020
4.41 by drunkenmess from Michigan on Nov 02, 2020
4.23 by BeerBucks from New York on Oct 03, 2020
4.42 by travelguy from Ohio on Oct 02, 2020
4.16 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Sep 23, 2020
4.2 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Aug 10, 2020
4.27 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Jul 29, 2020
4.59 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Jul 16, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Theyrcoming from Ohio

Roasty, honey flavor strong, mouth feel is lighter than expected.

Jul 05, 2020
3.86 by StoutSnob40 from California on Mar 08, 2020
4.31 by Kurmaraja from California on Mar 03, 2019
4.14 by TripelMark from North Carolina on Sep 11, 2018
3.81 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Aug 25, 2018
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Rristow from Ohio

Tasted from 2015 bottle. Pours black with minimal light tan head. Aroma is complex. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon, caramel, molasses, toffee, and honey. Moderately sweet with nice bitterness to balance. You really get some honey on the flavor with the roasted stout notes. Caramel, molasses, bourbon as well. Very interesting and well done beer.

Apr 22, 2018
4.51 by Richter525 from Michigan on Apr 19, 2018
4.25 by BeerSexLove from Virginia on Mar 19, 2018
4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Dec 26, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

2015 bottle.

A - teku pour. Pours deep brown more reminiscent of a stout. Slightly off white head. Thick sudsy lacing.

S -big bourbon and dark fruit. Candiedsugar. Faint honey.

T - caramel nuget, lots of alcohol, lots of sweetness. Faint oxidation. Not much honey.

F - midweight. Slightly dry. Spicy alcohol burn.

O - it's alright. Not my favorite JO's barrel aged offering.

V - I personally wouldn't spend the $13 again on this but it wasn't a letdown either. To a barleywine fan this is probably more worth it.

Aug 29, 2017
4.3 by rcjennings from Ohio on Aug 03, 2017
4.08 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2017
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4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by NMA from Ohio

Cellar Cuvee #11

Poured into Nut Smasher Teku from bottle
approx 45 degrees

Thin white head with a deep amber/chocolate color

Aroma of honey, graham cracker, toffee, dark fruit, and bourbon

Tastes like it smells with some chocolate and brown sugar thrown in...absolutely fantastic!

Truth be told I love barleywines and, in my book, you can't beat the depth and complexity of Jackie O barrel aging

Jul 27, 2017
4.79 by wanderingpints from Ohio on Jul 12, 2017
3.77 by nmann08 from Virginia on Mar 05, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Taken as a whole--bottle, label, body and head--I'm seeing black gold all over. Black with a a quickly fizzling out tan head that recedes to a thin gold chain.

Smell is walnut, oak, caramel, and Tootsie Rolls. Hints of marshmallow and brownie tease the nose at it warms.

Taste is honey graham, chocolate, hot bourbon, oak, and raisin. As it warms, caramel, toffee, and toasted nuts develop.

Medium body with a moderate fizz going down semi-dry.

Why are the Jackie O's blends so much better than their bases? They really need to do more of these, and more often!

Jan 28, 2017
4.3 by VaTechPhilly from New York on Jan 02, 2017
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4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by brentk56 from North Carolina

2015 bottling

Appearance: Pours the color of espresso; the tiny head fades to a ringlet but it is quite leggy, leaving a few spots on the way down

Smell: Chocolate, graham cracker, honeycomb, Bourbon, raisin and walnut

Taste: Honeycomb sweetness on the tip of the tongue, with the graham cracker and chocolate tones building; Bourbon blossoms, through the middle, with undertones of raisin, oak and walnut through the finish; slightly boozy

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Not being a fan of Wood Ya Honey, I was amazed at how blending that with BB Dark Apparition improved both beers; this is just extraordinary

Dec 17, 2016
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by maximum12 from Minnesota

I don’t have my records here in Mankato, MN, but fiver29 sent me so much good Jackie O’s stuff it must have been him. 375ML bottle with some nice label art: gold label with shadowy piles of barrels in the background.

The pour is dark brown ribboned with red. Strong smell of honey, Teen Spirit, light bourbon, raisins, & roast. Not half bad.

Cellar Cuvee 1 is on the edge of the next Big Thing – mixing stouts with stuff & stuffing the resulting stuff in barrels (or mixing pre-barreled stuff). Unlike the few I’ve already had, this is really well done. Surprisingly, the Wood Ya Honey is way on top with tons of bee byproduct, citrus bite, before the bourbon swoops in & smothers my palate in its crib. The stout, far as I can tell, contributes more bourbon, vanilla, & long, lingering smooch of brown sugar. Great depth. Great drinker.

This is a masterful blend of two very good beers & it’s better than the sum of its parts (much like my looks). Wow. This isn’t going to last nearly long enough. An absolutely amazing beer.

Dec 02, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

Pours the color of cola with ruby highlights and no head. The nose on this beer is spectacular - butterscotch, chocolate, brown sugar, a hint of ethanol and a little char at the back. Taste consistent with nose; however, more watered down than suggested by the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, a great beer; however, the mouthfeel falls a little short.

Nov 23, 2016
4.25 by julielynndubee from Virginia on Aug 14, 2016
4.25 by BeerOps from Illinois on Aug 04, 2016
Cellar Cuvée 1 from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 112 ratings