Cellar Cuvee 2 | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Cellar Cuvee 2Cellar Cuvee 2

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rhinos00 on 12-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 19
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of rhinos00
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Cellar Cuvee 2 is a blend of Dark Apparition and Java the Stout. It is aged in Woodford Reserve barrels along with cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans. Bottled 12/2/09. #146/156

A- Black with shades of brown/maroon towards the edges. Looks like a less condensed form of motor oil. Formed a fingers width of tan head that dissipated instantly.

S- Rich and complex as hell. Do yourself a favor and pour this beer into a snifter. Let the beer sit for a while and then stick your mug right into the glass...intoxicating. The aroma doesn't come in layers, all the ingredients are there for the taking. After one big sniff, this is what I got: molasses, vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon, dark rum, and coffee bean.

T- Right off the bat, the chocolate/coffee notes hit the palate with a distinguishable cinnamon flavor. As the beer sits on the tongue, vanilla and bourbon characteristics combine with the previous flavors to produce a very cohesive, unique ending. The only negative I had was that about half way through to the finish, there was a definite sweetness underneath all these complex flavors that just distracted the flavors from my taste buds. It wasn't overpowering by any means, just enough of a presence to not get the full effect. This beer definitely passes the burp test!

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated. I really liked the residual stickiness that this beer left on the palate, but it definitely could have used some more viscosity.

D- This one goes down really easy. The only trace of alcohol is the subtle burn in the chest after each sip.

Overall, this blend was very good. I wish you could assign ratings other than the scale, which we currently review beers, b/c there definitely was some areas where I would have liked to give this beer a 4.25 or 4.3. Anyhow, I'm really excited to see how this beer will age. Well done.

EDIT: I originally gave the taste on this beer a 4.0. However, once this beer got up to room temperature, the sweetness that I noted above really became less and less pronounced. As a result, I am bumping the taste up to a 4.5.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jackie o's tasting baby!! Thanks for pulling this from the cellar brad! Both.ed 12/9

A-dark black body with tan head that quickly disapates

S-lots of chili, which apparently wasn't intended

T-little bit of cinnamon aand maybe vanilla? Chili isn't so prevalqnt as the nose

M- medium boey and smooth

O-very good, even though its not what it was

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jackie O's Anniversary Party. Poured into small snifter. Poured a bit too cold.

A- Deep brown to black. Little head and no lacing as a result of the small snifter.

S- Outstanding! Dominated by cinnamon, complemented with vanilla, coffee and microwaved marshmallows. Tough to pick up much bourbon. So many layers.

T- Coffee, cinnamon, alcohol, a little bourbon. Sweetness goes great with cinnamon bite. I expected more bourbon, but with everything going on, I'm glad the bourbon doesn't overpower anything else.

M- Could be a little more viscous or maybe less carbonated. Even when completely warm, a little lacking. Need to give mouthfeel another shot from the bottle.

D- Drinkable, not exactly a sipper, but too much alcohol to have very much. A one bomber wonder.

Fantastic beer. Very creative and an extremely complex, layered aroma. I need this again.

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Photo of jdklks
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, with amber edges when backlit. looks a little light. Very little carbonation. No head to speak of. Absolutely fantastic smell. bourbon mixed with sweet dark fruits: plum and cherry. chocolate and vanilla, with spicey cinnamon.

wow. unlike any beer ive ever had. a sour imperial stout? Somewhat, and it's quite good, though it takes a little getting used to. Not a lot going on up front. the lack of carbonation really kills the sweeter fruit flavors, and results in a rather dull plum. some chocolate and vanilla through the middle. In the finish, the tartness really asserts itself. it's like the sweet sourness of underripe cherries, accompanied by a bourbon character and an alcoholic burn. a slight cinammon spiciness in the finish and aftertaste that isn't as strong as the aroma would have you believe.

The mouthfeel is less than exciting. Fairly thick, though not as thick as it could be, and hardly any carbonation to speak of. For a big beer and the complaints i have with it, its drinkability is actually pretty good.

edit: after drinking this beer for awhile I've changed its drinkability score from a 4 to a 4.5. I still have the complaints in the other areas I've mentioned, but for whatever reason they don't seem to matter when it comes to drinkability. I'm flying through this thing!

as a side note, the abv says unknown, but the effects are of 10+%. I would guess around 11%.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle consumed on 12/19/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears black with a large and thick light brown head. Good retention.

The aroma is of cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. The cinnamon is well balanced and well integrated into the beer. Chocolate cinnamon cream. A light bourbon character is evident.

The cinnamon is a little stronger
in the flavor, and it contributes a light spiciness to the beer. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and light bourbon are noticeable. There's a light astringent quality on the palate and a dash of sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, and creamy with moderate carbonation. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small tasting snifter at the Pub. Pours a dark black with hues of brown. Thin tan head that vanishes quickly.

The aroma on this beer was outstanding. I picked up Cinnamon as the dominant smell. I didnt pick up much coffee as that seemed to be overpowered by some vanilla and bourbon. Also some hints of chocolate.

Tastes of roasty coffee. I wrote down that it tastes like cinnamon flavored coffee with a shot of bourbon in it. I also pick up an oaky chocolate flavor. Strange that I smelled vanilla and not coffee, but I taste coffee and not much vanilla.

A lot of carbonation in this beer and a medium mouthfeel. Would have liked a creamy less tingly mouthfeel.

For a bourbon barrel aged blend, this went down pretty easy. Overall, a good beer that I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pulled this gem out of the cellar

dark as night, thick and inky black with a nice two finger head of cocoa brown on top that really capped it off just about perfectly. Dripping tan lace down the sides it really just looked the part quite nicely i have to admit.

Aroma is of deep roasted malts, lots of cocoa, a touch of a light peat, or smoked flavor and a really well balanced and nicely put together coffee bitterness. This carried over well into the flavor which was rich, creamy and smooth with hints of light chocolate that welcomed the palate first and were soon followed by a nice blend of coffee, roasted malts, light hop notes that dried the palate out quite nicely and a rich, even, semi dry and sweet finish.

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Photo of gford217
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of alexsdad06.

Pours dark mahogany that looks close to black in the glass but definitely has light showing through the edges. There is a very small beige head that recedes to a thin collar.

The aroma is really unique and extremely nice with lots of cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate. Lots of lightly roasted malts in the background with espresso beans. The barrel is present with some bourbon but not a ton, very subtle.

The taste is a lighter, thinner version of the aroma. There is a quick hit of spicy cinnamon up front with some chocolate and coffee following close behind. The finish stings with bourbon and cinnamon spices. Bigger booze kick than I expected from the aroma.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style and a tad watery. This is probably the biggest downside to this one as it needs to be a bit fuller bodied.

The aroma got me pretty excited about this one but the feel was a bit too thin to make this one a great stout. Nonetheless, I like what the cinnamon adds to the stout and the aroma is really excellent.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

limited release thanks to markwise.

A: Pours a deep dark black with a small tan head. No real retention or lace.

S: Aromas of oak, booze, coffee, and cinnamon (sort of hunahpus esque).

T: Flavors of coffee grounds, bitter cinnamon, chocolate, and wood.

M: Medium in body, medium carbonation.

D: Does not blend together as well as hunahpus, but it still works. I liked it.

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Photo of koopa
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber # 104 of 156 shared at an epic tasting last night by myself. I had no idea what this one was a blend of when we popped the top and it turned out being a fairly abrupt style departure from the sours we were drinking before hand!

Appearance: Pours dark brown with red folds. No crown or lace.

Smell: Spent coffee grinds.

Taste: Same as nose but more rounded out with some soft stone fruits and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink if you like coffee grinds :)

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special brew pulled from Brad's cellar

Pours a dark dark brown. A nice orange reddish tint. Some nice tan head.
Smells chili heavy, some nice cinnamon on the nose on the back.
Tastes sharp and roasty. There is a lot of cinnamon on the tongue. Funkiness is a bit odd. Good solid mouthfeel. Overall enjoyable.

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Photo of rye726
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an imperial stout blended with a coffee/cinnamon stout aged in bourbon barrels.

Pours a dark mahogany with a tan head. Light lace.

Great nose is a blend of espresso, chocolate, roasty malts, cinnamon, whiskey, oak and vanilla.

Taste has an interesting tart cherry presence that really gets in the way of the rest of the flavors. But there is some really nice stuff going on as well. Dark roasty malts, light cinnamon, coffee, molasses, wood and bourbon.
Body is thin.

Not bad, quite unique.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Bottled: 12/2 2009 Bottle #111 of 156
Huge thanks to my buddy, normyk, for hooking me up!

Super dark brown color. Backlight gives way to beautiful magenta overtones. A loose and foamy head forms then quickly dissipates. It leaves a surface ring of bubbles. The lacing is tiny little flecks, but very sticky.

Huge coffee presence. Like no other beer I've come across, actually. Massive. I also get a very good ammount of cinnamon. Nice oak hints with a touch of bourbon presence. Very light notes of vanilla. Light hints of dark chocolates.
A complex nose, but the coffee definitely dominates.

The coffee is still dominant, though not nearly as palate killing as the nose implied it would be. The cinnamon is an interesting touch. It brings a unique warmth and spice to the mix. The bourbon is a bit more represented now. Very light traces of oak and vanilla and chocolate.

This has a medium body, which is nice. Unfortunately, the carbonation level is too low to match up to the body. It's very smooth, but it has no creaminess or viscous-ness(?).

Flavorwise, this is very drinkable. (Granted, it will help out immensely if you like coffee.) Bodywise though, it loses a bit of desirability.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle brought to you by ipa257. Huge thanks for sharing man. Bottle # 145/156, bottled 12/2/09.

A: Pours almost black with a thin light brown head that receded into a thin collar that left spots of soapy lacing down the glass.
S: Smells strongly of coffee grounds. I can detect some of the cinnamon that this is brewed with, and maybe a hint of nuts, but these flavors are not huge.
T: Follows the nose with a big black coffee ground flavor. Coffee hits first, then the cinnamon, with hints roasted coconuts and nuts in the finish. Aftertaste is full of toffee.
M: Body is on the fuller side of medium with tingle carbonation that is low enough to not be frothy. Slight alcohol in the finish.
D: If you love coffee or cinnamon you'll love this. Not a bad beer, but not the best coffee stout out there either. Still, thanks again for opening this one Jeff.

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Photo of oline73
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Jackie O's during the release this weekend. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark mahogany color with no real head to speak of.

Smell: Sweet roast, mild vanilla, dark fruit, cinnamon, and some warm bourbon.

Taste: Lots of sweet malt with some strong notes from the barrel. Dark fruit and some bourbon, but the overall flavor seems to be a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: I would have liked the flavor to be a bit fuller, but the taste that was there is good. I would consider trying it again.

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Cellar Cuvee 2 from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 35 ratings