Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Razz | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DoctorDog on 02-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by MbpBugeye:
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 76 of 156 dated 11/29/2009. Shared with Ryan011235.

Holy cow, its carbonated! The head is short lived, but is at least healthy. The color is warm and bright; a hazy, dirty strawberry red.

Peanut butter jumps out at me first, which I find odd, but interesting. Vanilla and a lot of raspberry soon follow. Putting the peanut butter and raspberry together gives this beer a strong smell of peanut butter and jelly. Its strange but very enjoyable. Its nutty and musty with plenty of vanilla, all from the barrels.

Lots of raspberry and some vanilla. The raspberry has held up amazingly. Its sharp and tart, but only just. Vanilla smooths over any harshness. There is a little alcohol that has a flash of bourbon flavor to it but it is well worked into the flavors here.

Tartness is sharp but very manageable, this is not a sour beer at all, just one packed to the brim with raspberry. Carbonation is low, but pointy. There is a soft warmth from the bourbon barrels.

I was ready for this beer to be all sorts of messed up. I figured it would be past its prime, going sour, flat and funky. Not to mention the notion that this beer just sounds like an odd idea. I was very pleasantly surprised, though. I'd drink it again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Bottle number 73 of 156. Bottled 11/29/2009.

The beer pours a light amber color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get a nice amount of raspberries, but I also get a ton of toffee, oak, maple, vanilla and bourbon. All of the aspects you expect in a bourbon barrel aged beer are present and stand out.

The flavor is just as good if not better. I get a lot of maple and toffee notes as well as some raspberry sweetness. There is also a lot of oak, vanilla and whiskey notes. While the bourbon is present in the aroma and flavor, there is not too much of an alcohol presence - certainly not what you would expect for a 12 percent ABV beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

The flavor and aroma of this beer are absolutely wonderful. I could drink this beer all night long and never grow tired of it. One of the best Jackie-Os beers I have tried.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Made my first in-person trip down to Jackie O's this Valentine's weekend for my birthday. Needless to say, I was quite excited and encountered an impressive lineup.

Appearance- Pours a hazy straw yellow with perhaps a touch of crimson towards the bottom. A decent half-finger of fizzy white head sticks on top for a bit then dies down to a thin coating. Mild beading carbonation and the smallest amount of lacing.

Smell- Heavy on raspberries naturally. However, in addition to the raspberries, there is clear indication of the time it spent in a barrel through a fairly prominent woody vanilla scent.

Taste- Again, big on fresh raspberries up front. The barrel is present in the flavor profile also and lends more of the vanilla I picked up on in the scent. The two flavors go quite well together and it is a nice taste though not overly complex for something that spent time in a barrel. Some warming alcohol shows through at the end as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is good though the carbonation felt a little biting at times. Drinkability was only average on this one for me as the vanilla and raspberry combination became a bit overpowering towards the end of the glass.

Overall, good and an interesting use of strawberries but in the end it was not my favorite beer of the evening. An interesting offering but paled in comparison to many of the other barrel-aged beers on tap.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of beveritt
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a bomber into a small snifter. Labeled as #63/158, bottled 11/29/2009. Picked this up with some friends at Jackie O's first bottle sale late last year.

Appearance: Pours with a slight cap of light tan foam. This settles quickly to a thin ring around the glass. The beer itself is a cloudy medium brown with a distinct reddish hue.

Smell: Strong aroma of tartness; both from raspberries and from some funk.

Taste: Sharp and tangy upfront, though not overwhelmingly so. Middle has a solid backbone if wheat twang and alcohol sweetness; very similar to a wheat wine. Hints of oak, but not much in the way of bourbon. Not sure what kind of barrel this was in. Finishes with some fruit and sweetness and just a hint of acidity.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation. Body is thick; very good.

Drinkability: Another un-categorized hit from Jackie O's. Nice tartness makes this crisp and refreshing, without going so far as to make it a destroyer of tongues and stomachs. Keep 'em coming Brad.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

decided to open this one up while i was hanging out tonight, poured into a snifter while i was watching tv

the pour was lovely, full and hazy with a nice cap of two inches of foam on the top of the glass, really just very well presented i have to say. aroma is deep vanilla mixed with loads of raspberries, dark fruits, hints of oak and a smooth, velvet like booziness that does nothing but compliment it.

the fruit is very well played here with just light touches that seemed to percolate through the dominating vanilla and bourbon flavors and lay across the oak like a gentle blanket.

overall just an outstanding beer that I simply could not get enough of. glad i have another for sure!

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Photo of claspada
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 82/156, bottle dated 11/29/09.

Pours a hazy, syrupy dark copper/light amber color with a small immediately dissipating off-white head. Looks like a beast already.

Aromas begin with a small amount of raspberries, but I also get a ton of dark caramels, oak, honey, vanilla and light bourbon. All of the aspects you expect in a bourbon barrel aged beer are present and stand out, but are less dominant than I expected considering this is a Wheat Ale aged on Bourbon Barrels.

The tastes begin very heavy in honey and vanilla, with an oak finish and spicy bourbon. Less overt raspberry flavor, and a light solvent note. The fruit is very well played here with subtle notes that percolate through the dominating vanilla and barrel-imparted flavors which lay across the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation. There is a fairly solid dry, tannic, oaky, bourbony finish that is quite dry and semi-tart from the fruit additions.

Overall this beer has held up quite well over the last two years. I imagine initially it was more barrel and raspberry forward, but now both are quite mellow and balanced with the base beer and the oak/barrel imparted flavors. I feel two years is a good time period to wait for many of these 100% barrel aged ales and this was no exception. If you have one, crack it open because it's not going to get any better than this now.

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Photo of masterofsparks
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Crittervision
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i have to preface this review by saying that the potential for this beer to taste like something awful caused no hesitation in my acquiring it.
bourbon.. raspberries.. imperial wheat.
i always kept in mind that this combo could taste anywhere from heaven to vomit. and id just have to wait and see. and i looked forward to the day.

slow motion forward to february fifth, two thousand ten.

dumped into a clear plastic cup. i was told this was the appropriate glassware. this creates a body that is split horizontally. amber up top and maroon[-ish amber] below. this is new to me. the head consists of a ring of largish bubbles along the glass with swirls of tiny bubbles in the middle.

raspberries hit my nasal cavityyy first, followed by bourbon. port?

taste is thick with raspberries, wonderful. spicy alcohol, bourbon, port, almost forgot the wheat piece of this, but that completes the puzzle. definitely wheaty and familiar spices (though i cant name them individually) in that regard. i was afraid of it tasting like a thorough mixture of all the elements. however, you can taste huge amounts of each part separately, huge raspberry profile speaks loudly on one sip, massive bourbon on another sip, wit is pronounced on another sip. on other sips they combine and work well together but still stay strong individually. really great.

highly tickling while not overly carbonated. body is syrupy as expected from the imperial wheat part of this. and perhaps the raspberry part too.

itd be difficult to drink many of these but that is no problem as it was split about four ways. also, i picked this up because it sounded quirky and intriguing. i dont think its bottling encourages sessioning. bumping drinkability up to reflect these considerations. its delicious and worth a try. interesting combination, unique and tasty. highly recommended!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank to Brad and Sean for the share. Review from notes.

A - Peach colored beer with a finger of white head that faded to a thick ring with some lace behind.

S - A lot of raspberry, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Flavors are distinct and straight forward.

T - A lot of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Not sure many pale wheat ales can stand up to a bourbon barrel and this isn't an exception. That said, the bourbon, vanilla, barrel and raspberry are all pretty good flavors.

M - Medium, smooth, softer carbonation, and a bit of a dry finish.

O - Nice beer, easy to drink. I'm a sucker for raspberry beers, and would like to see what happens when this one mellows a little bit. Would be cool if the base started to come out a little bit more.

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Photo of zbodnar1
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.23/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku on 9/26/11

Shared by MbpBugeye

Bottled: 11/29/2009; bottle 76/156

A) Light, rosy hue turns into an ugly brown amber, getting on towards murky. Pours about a finger and a half of fizzy foam that is gone in a flash leaving just a skinny ring of retention. Hardly any lace; just a few spots.

S) Ewh. Ewh. Ewh. This smelled really bad as it was poured from the bottle. The first two words that came to mind are goat foreskin. Yeesh. As it warms up it smells ok, I guess. Lots of raspberry and some grainy, toasted wheat. Smells like raspberry jam and toast. Faint wood note without any sort of appreciable bourbon.

T) As strong as the raspberry is in the aroma, it is so toned down to taste, Here, the wheat takes over, like buttered wheat toast with a soft raspberry jelly notion. Aside from an inherent mustiness, barrel notes are minimal - no proper bourbon.

M) Medium feel, I suppose - kind of grainy, kind of slick. Moderate carbonation with a bit of alcohol heat. Bizarre feel overall.

D) Drinkable, but a really strange beer.

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Photo of nstorts
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this bomber with me. #141/156 into a matching Jackie O's snifter. The brew appears a hazy copper color with a tan cap that fades leaving spots of lace on the glass. When held to the light, the brew shines with yellow and almost green clarity around the edges.

The aroma is full of raspberry with some cheesy funk, sulfur and grass as deeper whiffs are taken. A bit of earthen seedy character is also present typical of other aged raspberry brews with a hint of dry oak and perfume-like alcohol.

The taste is a bit cheesy with raw oak flavors. Lots of tannic character from both the barrel and raspberry seeds. Some earth and grassy character gives way to a natural raspberry flavoring with mild funk. It has a mild sort of yeasty spice across the back that seems like cinnamon mixed with oak that lingers in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The raspberry is quite vibrant despite this being several years old and it maintains a freshness in it's feel. A little oak heavy at times with very mild funk or wild attributes. It was surpringly boozy but still enjoyable and something I wouldnt hestitate trying again.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at a bourbon barrel tasting. Really glad I have another one of these. Pours a murky reddish brown. A bit of frothy head that dissipates pretty quickly. Frankly not pretty at all. Smells very bourbon heavy. Lots of raspberry as well. On the nose there is just so much bourbon sweetness and tart raspberry that it overwhelms. Tastes similar to the smell. Very smooth and crisp. Lots of sweet bourbony vanilla. The raspberry couples well. Some alcohol present on the tongue. Thick solid mouthfeel and a great sipper :)

Edit: opened another bottle. The nose is stellar. Tns of raspberry and vanilla!

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Photo of Chuffbomb
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Sean9689
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brad for this one, you are the man! Served up at our New Years Eve tasting. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a hazy copper, off-white head, a nice ring around the glass, and some spotty lacing.

S - Nice malty oak, sweet raspberries, slight sweet booze. Really nice and the raspberries and oak shines through nicely.

T - Not quite as much raspberries as the nose. Malts, smooth bourbon, vanilla notes, slight berries. Slightly funky/woody finish.

M - Light to medium, light carbonation.

D - Very solid offering from Jackie O's. Most everyone enjoyed this one, myself included! Keep 'em coming, Brad!

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes

A - cloudy reddish brown, mild white head leaving a ring of foam around the edge.

S - Tart raspberries, bourbon. It's a beautiful thing

T - Tart, wood, chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, and a bit of spice. Fantastic

M - dryish, pleasant overall feel

O (D) - this is fantastic! I wish i had more.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2011
This beer pours with a hazy, brown-tinged, gold amber color and is topped by a pale, tan colored head. The nose has a rich, chewy raspberry note to it that is made up of seed notes, fruit pulp and a tart raspberry character. The raspberry aromas overpower the base beer notes, but there is a touch of malt as well as some Bourbon that plays a supporting role by providing touches of spicy, buttery oak and vanilla notes.

The beer has a spicy, Bourbon laden finish that has a definite alcohol character to it. Dry, caramelized malt notes help to accentuate the barrel and oak influence. The raspberry flavors are much more subtle in the flavor, but there is a touch of tartness here. Peppery, Bourbon’ish alcohol, lots of woody notes and a touch of vanill are noticeable, but really there is a lot more spice and wood character than the rest. Not bad in the end, but not really my preference either.

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Photo of tpd975
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my boy JW77 for this one.

A: Pours a brownish hue with a thin cream colored head. No retention or lace.

S: Aromas of tart raspberry, chocolate, oak, and vanilla.

T: Lots of raspberry (sort of medicinal and artificial), roasted malt, chocolate, oak, booze, and vanilla.

M: Medium in body boozy finish.

D: Not my favorite of the Jackie O's beers. Still unique and pushing the envelope though which I love.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
"Bottled: 11/29/2009, Bottle # 1 / 156"

A- Pours a murky reddish-brown. Minimal white head, which fades quickly into a tiny island of bubbles.

S- Tart raspberries and a bit of booziness. Touch of vanilla-oaken-ness....

T- Lightly tart raspberry, with a bit of sweetness to accompany it. Finishes with a moderate vanilla-oaken touch. Very nice, and seems to just get better and better the more I drink.

M- Carbonation is fairly low. Moderate feel, and goes down smoothly. A bit of alcohol warmth on the finish.

D- Surprisingly drinkable for what must be a fairly high ABV offering...interesting smell and taste. Mystery, yet "Imperial" level ABV have me wondering how hard this bomber will hit me...

Future outlook: I'm more than happy to try anything that Jackie O's puts out!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing Sean! Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass. Bottle #117/156.

A - Pours with a finger of big-bubbled white foam that settles to a thick ring and haze, leaving behind spotty lace. Hazy red-brown body. Not much of a looker here.

S - Vanilla, wood, raspberries, some light spicy bourbon.

T - Very heavy in vanilla, with an oak finish and spicy bourbon. Less overt raspberry flavor, and a light solvent note.

M - Smooth, medium body. Low carbonation, with a dry tannic finish.

D - This is what happens when you put a pale wheat ale in a bourbon barrel with raspberries - it vanishes, and leaves you with bourbon, barrel, and raspberries. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's remarkably unsubtle. Too bourbon heavy to drink a lot of this one, but it tastes pretty good.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Razz from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 29 ratings