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

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial RazzBourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Razz

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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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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 29
Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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 MasterSki
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of csmiley
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of tpd975
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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 boatshoes
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 beveritt
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Crittervision
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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 DoctorDog
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Razz from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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