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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:
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Added by DoctorDog on 02-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 19
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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 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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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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Bottle poured into a perfect pint glass, provided by Sean via Brad, thanks guys!!!...Medium hazy peach, interesting look. Light retention not much lacing on this...A coy aroma of light raspberries, vanilla, oak, and bourbon, only a hint of sour...The taste is mostly vanilla and bourbon, reminds of GI Dominique. Very smooth bourbon on this. A touch too sweet from the vanilla, raspberries show a bit, not enough, same with sour. This is really good but would be awesome if a touch more sour and the raspberries came in.

An easy to drink vanilla, bourbon wheat beer. Worth trying for sure.

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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 138 of 156.

A - Pours kind of murky brown to amber color with some golden hues around the edges of the glass. The off-white head tops out at a paper thin cap the barely coats the top of the brew. Retention is minimal with lacing following suit. I hear it's a strong brew so head and retention might be affected but this is pushing the envelope just a tad.

S - Aroma starts out fruity. It's mostly raspberry with maybe some strawberry in there as well. Wood has a strong showing midway with hints of oak and ceder. More berries follow the wood and this is where the alcohol comes into play. It's not too strong in the aroma though. Finishes with a little mustiness.

T - Berries crash onto the palate pretty quick. Raspberries with some cherry as well. Alcohol is a strong factor in the flavor reminding me of whiskey. Oak comes in towards the middle and really balances well with the fruit. There is a light vanilla flavor that also adds to the fruity balance. Tart raspberry once again comes into play. Last is a very nice funkiness that I'm having a problem figuring out. It's similar to old firewood that has been left out in the rain one too many times.

M - Lighter bodied given the abv. Carbonation is a little too light for me. Just a little more would smooth it out nicely. Finish is tart and warm - leaning more towards warm.

D - Drinkabilty is not all that bad for the BB Impy Razz. No problems here finishing a bomber myself. Would I have another? Surely. Two in one session? Not a chance. It's just too big a brew. This is my second bottle and even though the flavor has changed with time, it's still good and some nice characteristics are starting to show with a little age. The wheat has diminished but some funkiness has replaced it and kept things very interesting. Definitely recommended.

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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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