Decorating Pieces Of Time
Jackie O's Brewpub

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Jackie O's Brewpub
Ohio, United States
American Barleywine
Ranked #18
Ranked #1,749
4.38 | pDev: 4.34%
Feb 27, 2023
Aug 18, 2021
Decorating Pieces of Time is an exercise in relying on technique to stoke dynamic flavors from a simple recipe. Two malts, two hops, and some brewhouse trickery created a rowdy barleywine destined for barrels. Both bourbon and apple brandy barrels were in stock when this beer was ready for oak, which after filling aged patiently for 15 months. The name comes from a Frank Zappa interview, in which he made the statement that “music only exists to decorate pieces of time,” which perfectly correlates to beer.
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This poured the color of weak coffee and the beige head tried but failed to cover the surface. For a 12% barleywine, I suppose that’s not unusual.
The aroma is lost on me, Covid nose.
The taste however, isn’t, and in this case I am very pleased. This is flat out amazing- the bourbon accent is noticeably present and the apple brandy comes into play mid tongue to add a nice depth to the malty base and bourbon notes. The flavors just play so well together with the alcohol not so noticeable- which could be problematic if this were sold in larger containers.
The feel was just viscous enough that I was reminded to sip and enjoy, which was a good thing as I really wanted to drink it in gulps, it’s that good.
One of the best Barleywines I’ve had the pleasure of drinking.
Feb 27, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Served at ~50 degrees. Color is reminiscent of an Arnold Palmer (iced tea / lemonade). Light-ish brown with a decent amount of light showing through on the actual pour. Once settled into the glass, light only gets in around the fringes. Tiny, short-lived head, consistent with my expectations. Thin, persistent ring.

Aroma is wonderfully rich. Sweet malts, caramel, toffee, fig and more combine to make a very enticing aroma. The 12% is well hidden on the nose.

Taste is outstanding. The same molasses / toffee notes show up, but they are very well complemented by the bourbon / apple brandy barrels. The bourbon barrel / oak doesn't dominate as it does with many BA beers, which in this case I think really works to its advantage. The inherent rich sweetness of the beer combined with the apple brandy barrels just really works. Alcohol is really, really well hidden.

Very full mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy and very easy going down.

Overall, this is one of the best beers I've had this year.
May 28, 2022
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked up a 12.7 oz bottle from the Blue Door Bottleshop 2-17-22 for $16.00. No visible bottling date; consumed 5-6-22.

Beer poured brown with an okay white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is wonderful, full of dark fruit, bourbon, apple, vanilla, and leather.

Taste is near perfect, follows the nose with a big malt base that lends a dark fruit slant. Base integrates very well with the bourbon barrel which lends bourbon, vanilla, and leather along with the vinous and apple contribution from the brandy barrels. Bourbon lends the balancing element leading to a smooth finale.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very very smooth which enhances the finish.

Overall this is one of the best strong ales i have ever had as the blending is superb, definitely on par with the good folks at Firestone Walker!
May 06, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Opaque speckled dark brown body with a tan cap. Aromas of wood, apple brandy, bourbon, barley, vanilla and molasses. Taste has the apple brandy and molasses punch through layers of bourbon, brown sugar, oak, barley, and dried dark fruit. Feel is a little hot with the booze, barley snarl is sugar coated but still there, sweetness builds through the sips, chewy for sure, a sipper.
Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by archero from Texas

Apr 10, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by loganburgh from Michigan

Apr 06, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Appearance - The beer poured a copper brown color with a white head topping the pour.

Smell - The nose was sweet like candy, but the booze was notable as well.

Taste - The beer was like liquid caramel. The malts were chewy and bready, bringing to mind brown sugar. The apple brandy gave the beer apple notes to make it seem like a caramel apple. There was just a bit of alcoholic bite at the finish. This was a sipper that I wanted to chug because it was so good.

Mouthfeel - The feel was that of a sticky smooth barleywine.

Overall - This beer was awesome.
Mar 12, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
great barley wine so much malt flavor drink slow and enjoy
Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Decorating Pieces of Time from Jackie O’s Brewing. 12.7 oz bottle purchased online from Jackie O’s, $15.82 (Including tax and shipping), $ 1.246/oz. Stored at 40 degrees after purchase. Reviewed 26/2/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Undated bottle. Served at 56.6 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 63.1 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Medium Amber (SRM 12), slight haze.
Body – Deep Amber (SRM 15), opaque. When rear-lite, weak light penetration gives a sienna glow. Precipitate is in suspension.
Head – Average (Maximum 1.3 cm, aggressive center pour), a little yellower than wheat and a bit wheatier than citron, fizzy and rapidly diminishing to leave a 0.3 cm crown and no cap. The crown is unevenly supplemented by effervescence and lasts the entire glass.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4.25 – Sweet toffee and brandy. No hops, no malt, no yeast. No alcohol.
Flavor – 5 – Begins slightly sweet with toffee, bourbon, and brandy overtones. No alcohol burn until it hit the stomach, producing a noticeable fireball which apparently took out the nerves. After the first swallow, only a soft glow was apparent. No hops, no malt, no yeast. Ethanol (12 % ABV, as marked on container) is hidden, attenuated by the sweet bourbon. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4.5 – Full, approaching creamy, soft caressing carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 (After deducting 0.25 point for undated bottle) Wow! Easiest drinking barleywine I’ve ever encountered! Flavorful, smooth, non-corrosive alcohol - Time to make a beer run to Athens, OH, and stock up!
Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bravo to fiver29 for this 375ML bottle, the last of the JO treasures he gently dropped on my doorstep. Payback is coming…soon.

The pour is flatland river red mud with a nose of sweet malty richness, booze, & strong green apple. Except pleasant.

Decorating Pieces of Time is a barrel-chested beast. Toffee/caramel bliss knocked on its middleweight ass by a right hook of apple brandy that does a little victory dance on top. Bourbon undercurrent grows stronger as it warms, along with sun-baked wood, citrus, dirt-encrusted acorn cookie. Smooth & viscous. Goes down easy. Warming.

As usual, Jackie O’s stuffs the top shelf. Excellent beer.
Feb 22, 2022
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12.7 ounce bottle, no dating on it but I think this was a late 2021 or early 2022 release. Served in a Jackie O's snifter, the beer pours a dark brown color with a slight reddish tinge, along with about a half inch light tan head that didn't stick around for too long. Small amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like bourbon, apple brandy, brown sugar, raisins, caramel and bready malt. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma but there's also some oak, fig, candied orange and toffee flavors. It's a sweeter tasting and smelling beer, but not close to being overpoweringly sweet. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and syrupy with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a pretty tasty brew, definitely worth trying if you get the chance to!
Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Eddieeight from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Purchased somewhat reluctantly for about $15 from Winking Lizard. I wouldn't have spent so much if it (a) hadn't have been so long since i had Jackie O and (b) if it wasn't a barleywine. So I did it, laid down my hard earned tip cash to get this sucker. Not an appealing label, pretty plain jane, just orange with some lines on it. Not expecting much. However I have to say i totally get behind the origins of this name, pulling from the Frank Zappa quote, "Music only exists to decorate pieces of time". Hell yeah, that's a righteous philosophy. As it poured it looked quite amber, but in the glass it's a dark brown. Small and quickly dissolving head. Smells like candy, maple, butterscotch, burnt caramel, mmmmm just like a barleywine should. This one's been aged in bourbon barrels and apple brandy barrels for 15 months. OK. I can also get some scent of apples tweaking my nose, like a crisp ripe jonagold inviting me to bite into it. So let's do it. Yes, this brew delivers. The taste is almost exactly like the nose, yes, mmm yes, getting caramel, butterscotch, candy, sweetness, a bit of molasses to balance it. Can Jackie O make a bad beer? I don't think so, this is some expert level shit going on here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively with little sparkles. Overall, this is a quality barleywine with an apple twist. I will definitely be experiencing this one again.
Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
From the 12.7 fl oz bottle in a snifter. This excellent brew pours a
murky clouded brown with a decent head of off white foam that settles
to a thick ring, thin subtle dusty layer, and shows light lacing. Nose of
bourbon, apple, raisin, brown sugar, and dates. Flavors follow the nose
with dates, figs, raisin, brown sugar, brandy, apple, light vanilla, spicy
bourbon, and white pepper touches. Nice mouth feel; medium body,
smooth, sweet without being cloying, low carbonation in the English
tradition of the drink, and a sweet bourbon and brandy laced lightly
warming and subtly dry finish.

Overall----hard to wrong with Jackie O's, and this one is no exception.


Jan 20, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Sweet and seductive. Both barrels types are noticeable, the apple brandy more so I think. I tasted lots of brown sugar, caramel, apple, and to a lesser extent raisin and vanilla. There is more here than I'm describing and it all comes together we'll. At the finish there was some oak and faint earthy hops.
Jan 14, 2022
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Reviewed by lucius10 from California

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Sweet molasses, caramel/toffee malty, and hint of bourbon barrel nose on this one! Taste follows with a maple-caramel and brown sugar malty-sweet, oaky bourbon barrel finish. As it warms, a note of hoppy bitterness peeks out...for an American style BW, the hops here are integrated well. This is well done...good stuff!
Jan 07, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by darktronica from Indiana

Jan 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured at fridge temp. Pours a nice dark brown with almost no head. Steady streams of bubbles running up the sides of the glass. Nose is brandy, apples, bourbon, toffee, maple, figs, and a touch of raisin. The taste is absolutely stunning. Huge notes of brandy and toffee. Bourbon, chocolate, brown sugar, huge malty goodness, apples, banana, figs, prunes, and raisins. Holy crap - this is so nice. Sweet, but not cloying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the alcohol is nicely hidden. Overall, this is right up there with some of the best beers from Jackie O's. Amazing stuff.
Dec 24, 2021
Decorating Pieces Of Time from Jackie O's Brewpub
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 31 ratings