Kentucky Monk
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Ranked #65
Ranked #12,788
3.97 | pDev: 14.36%
May 06, 2022
Aug 08, 2009
Very Good
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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12.7 oz bottle in a snifter. This solid little brew pours a
hazed amber with a light head of white foam that settles to a thick
ring. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, peach, honey malts, butterscotch,
and light candied apple. Flavors excel with peach, butterscotch,
oak, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, and light breaded malts with hints
of citrus. Nice mouth feel; medium body, smooth, warming, low
carbonation, and a lightly dry finish.



May 06, 2022
4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana on Jul 20, 2021
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - amber thick slight haze with a nice lasting slightly tan head
Smell - bourbon caramel woody boozy, butterscotch
Taste - liquid boozy butterscotch
Feel - pretty full body with a medium light slight fizz carb
Overall - interesting different and fantastic

Apr 18, 2021
4.04 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio on Feb 02, 2021
Photo of trevormajor
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by trevormajor from Ohio

12.7 oz bottle, 2020 vintage, poured into a tulip glass at 58 degrees F:
L - caramel color with a head that lingered
S - bourbon, caramel, butterscotch
T - very nice blend of bourbon, caramel and butterscotch, flavors are intense
F - thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation, characteristic of Jackie O's BBA line
O - fabulous beer! I was a bit hesitant due to the Belgian Golden Ale style, but this beer is excellent!

Jan 11, 2021
4.4 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Oct 28, 2020
3.58 by DangerDawg from Ohio on Oct 28, 2020
3.92 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas on Oct 28, 2020
3.71 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio on Aug 26, 2020
Photo of CaptainHate
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CaptainHate from Ohio

2020 12.7 ounce bottle poured into a DFH tulip. Small head over a dark orangish body. Definitely smell the barrel along with bourbon and malt and a toffeeish sweetness. Taste reflects the smell but a strong sweetness, surely from the honey, intrudes. I can't tell is this is a bad thing or not but I believe this is mischaracterized as a tripel. It's something else, maybe a Belgian strong pale ale or medium dark ale. This isn't to denigrate this at all, which is a very pleasant experience particularly because the booze is understated. But someone trying this expecting a tripel is getting something else beyond doubt. Mouthfeel is just fine for a sipping beer.

Although I enjoy barrel aged beers a great deal, particularly how Jackie O's does them, they in essence create hybrid beers like the doodle craze with dogs. In both cases the end product pleases the consumer but this calls for the styles to reflect that so that there are reasonable expectations.

Aug 23, 2020
4.24 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Aug 09, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

12.7 ounce bottle, 2020 vintage, 14.2% ABV. Served in a Teku, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with not quite an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a small amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like vanilla, bourbon, honey, stone fruit, caramel and bready malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some candied orange, oak and coconut flavors. Mostly sweet tasting but there is a hint of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit coating and is easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was pretty good, definitely worth picking up!

Jul 16, 2020
4 by Eziel from Ohio on Jan 11, 2018
3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Jan 06, 2018
3.84 by mltobin from Connecticut on Nov 26, 2017
Photo of Sabtos
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Very hazy burnt straw nearing amber with a thick, creamy white blanket.

Smell is bourbon, peach schnapps, toffee and banana skin.

I wasn't expecting it to carry over but holy shit this tastes very distinctly of peach schnapps! There's also some brandy-like heat, caramel corn, and, just damn! This is really unique! Wtf is this? I'm getting a hint of orange zest, while parts of this reminds me of the recently released Northern Hoser Exposure, with the hints of green apple that I'm also getting. However, as of now, Kentucky Monk is way better.

Medium to full bodied with a semi-dry finish that tingles on the way down, but a thick fizz allows you to fully enjoy the complexities through the heat--something not many of the higher ABV Jackie O's brews afford.

Aug 14, 2017
3.55 by Nunya from Ohio on May 07, 2017
4 by CPAles from Illinois on Apr 21, 2017
3.82 by caahare from West Virginia on Apr 16, 2017
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SHODriver from North Carolina

Bottle from 2012

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep golden orange topped by a finger of dense white head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of fruity alcohol with a little spice and some hints of caramel and vanilla. Very faint nose on this one
T: Taste is bourbon barrel up front with some fruity esters and spice. There's some nice wood, vanilla and caramel that riffs well with the base beer. Swallow is more fruity esters and spice with some lingering caramel and vanilla.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium with soft yet adequate carbonation. The beer has a dry finish which is to be expected for the style.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. The bourbon barrel does some really nice things with the base beer. It reminds me a lot of curieaux from Allagash. Definitely one to try if you're a fan of the style and this one holds up well to aging.

Feb 06, 2017
4 by wethorseblanket from California on Sep 06, 2015
4 by MSandahl23 from Indiana on Feb 09, 2015
4 by prototypic from Ohio on Oct 05, 2014
3.75 by IrishColonial from Texas on Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dope from Massachusetts

I had two bottles of this from 2012 and decided to sit on one since the first one was so hot. This one is bottle 103/360 from '12.

A: Pours a deep red. Clear, no sediment. Tall, frothy tan head. Head fades slowly, living sparse lacing. Decent retention.

S: Aroma is fairly subtle. Carbonation does not seem high. Heavy bready malt, heavy caramel and a little oak.

T: Sweet initially. Sweet caramel, sweet breads. Like shortbread I guess, that's the best way I can describe it. Bourbon barrel poundcake? Touch of cloves in the middle and finish with more sweetbread. Turns a little dry in the finish with cloves and oak primarily. Light little touch of toffee.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Slightly dry finish.

O: Interesting transition in about two years. It is wayyyy less hot and harsh. However, the bourbon flavors are still strong, just different. Really not much of a tripel presence at all still. Not much in the way of belgian yeast at all other than a pretty subdued spiciness. I actually did not change the scores at all. It's about the same overall. Very different, but equal?

Original fresh bottling review from 02-25-2012:

A: A nice murky brown pour with a bit of reddish highlights in it. Small/Medium-sized slightly off-white head. Despite the smallish head the retention is surprisingly good. Lacing is pretty solid too.(4)

S: Tons of bourbon. Sweet caramel, molasses and vanilla up front. Touch of oak.(4)

T: Again, tons of bourbon. Lots of sweet caramel, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla. Perhaps some toffee and earthy notes in there. Plenty of oak to go around too. Even has a bit of a bite from all of the bourbon. Not much to mention on the tripel side, maybe a bit of bready yeast and some spices, mainly pepper. (4)

M: Medium-bodied, a touch drying and a little bit of a bourbon sting.(4)

O: Wish I had sat on it a bit to let the bourbon subside. Definitely a beer for the bourbon lover, it's loaded with it. I never would have guessed that there was a tripel under it though. At least it tastes like good bourbon!(4)

Overall 4.0

May 05, 2014
3.5 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Apr 05, 2014
3.75 by zestar from California on Jan 31, 2014
4 by sendsilk from Florida on Oct 21, 2013
3.5 by kif from Illinois on Oct 11, 2013
4.5 by zbodnar1 from West Virginia on Sep 30, 2013
4.25 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Sep 23, 2013
4 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Sep 22, 2013
2.5 by DonFrap from Massachusetts on Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Scotchboy from Idaho

2012 Bottling, bottle 155/360, from an old BA friend (thanks Steve!) into my Jackie O's tulip...interestingly enough, received from the same guy!

A: Bright, slightly hazy orange; lots of fizzy white head but it retains and laces fairly well.

S: Big fruity sweetness, with vanilla and oak, brown sugar and caramel. Bready malt backbone, with enough of a yeasty undertone to remind you its Belgian. Slight mandarin orange and orange peel and lemon zest in the fruity esters, with a hint of spice and faint bourbon & booze...pretty floral as well.

T: Lightly spiced orange and caramel/brown sugar...the bourbon, vanilla and oak are all there, but not in-your-face. Bready Belgian notes and minimal heat, this seems to be a good age for this one.

MF: Medium bodied and thinner at that, with enough carbonation for me. Alcohol heat is negligible. No complaints here, and I have read lots of negative reviews regarding this aspect.

O: Pretty fun little Tripel, with a good barrel character. My first bourbon barrel Tripel but the flavors meld together pretty well.

Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Brez07
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Brez07 from Maine

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF. 22oz poured into a snifter

Burnt orange color. Slightly hazy, with 1/2 inch white head upon initial pour. Mostly sticks around the edge of the glass. Scant lacing

Notes of citrus but certainly not a dominating scent. It might be an off night for the sniffer but I swear I'm getting a faint amount of something like peanut or pecan. Definitely a nut. A little oak and vanilla in there also. An odd nose for sure, but not off putting in any way. It's a Belgian style of some sort, maybe. Triple?

Starts off with a nice tartness, some floral with accompanying stone fruit in the background. A little peppery, so I guess this could be a saison. Shit, I am helping myself narrow this down. Finish takes a different turn, smoothing out with a caramel-esque flavor. I am so confused right now

Medium bodied, fairly carbonated with a smooth creamy finish

Easily the most lost I have been on a blind beer. The beer is an odd ball and I'm all but certain my guess will be well off. Final answer will be an oak aged triple from an American brewery

Reveal: Jackie Os Kentucky Monk. I am honestly surprised I was that close. I guess the sweet finish was the honey added. Obviously didn't get any bourbon but at least thought it had some barrel aspect. Such a fun beer to try blind. Thanks nlmartin!

Jul 10, 2013
3.75 by pyite from Ohio on Jul 02, 2013
4.25 by Amberluvsbeer from Ohio on Jun 22, 2013
2.25 by chippo33 from Vermont on Jun 14, 2013
4 by Wade5614 from Michigan on May 18, 2013
3.25 by DarthKostrizer from California on May 10, 2013
Kentucky Monk from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 148 ratings