Black Bacon Ryno | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by csmiley on 07-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by csmiley:
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4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Described by the brewer as a India Oatmeal Bacon Rye Stout.

A - Pours very close to black. Very little light gets through this one. Just a little garnet shows at the outer edges. Mocha colored head tops out at just under a finger deep. It sticks around for a minute or two and recedes to a thin cap and moderate ring. Lacing is good and sticky.

S - Coffee and charcoal are pretty strong initially. Bittersweet chocolate intertwines with those two quickly. Midway the chocolate takes on a sweet decadent tone. Dark fruit is barely present with notes of cherry. Alcohol is absent in the aroma. It's a little spicy on the end with notes of cinnamon. One word sums it up nicely - exceptional.

T - Full flavored, this one is. Very roasty and smokey up front. The rye is easy to pick out in the flavor. Notes of black pepper come and go throughout. That's the bulk of the flavor. Towards the end some chocolate shows up along with black cherry. Alcohol is also covered in the flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation that gives it a creamy feel. Finish is very dry.

D - Drinkability is very good. This one packs a ton of flavor in a demure package. It was conditioned on 6 lbs. of bacon so I was looking for some sort of bacon aspect. Unfortunately, it's just not there. Otherwise, this is an excellent stout with a few spicy notes. Another great brew from the crew at Jackie O's.

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Photo of prototypic
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to csmiley for sharing the growler. You rock, dood!

Black Bacon Ryno pours a very dark, chocolate fudge color. It's almost onyx. A bit of light cuts through at the outermost edges, giving it burgundy highlights. Impressive color though. The head looks tan. It rises to just more than a surface covering before falling quickly. Lacing was light and spotty.

The nose is fantastic. Bittersweet dark chocolate strikes first. I'm getting quick a bit of roasted coffee, as well. As a big coffee drinker, I approve. Rye is relatively prominent and blends in nicely. I'm not getting any bacon. If this didn't smell as good as it does, I might be disappointed. As it is, I don't feel that way. It smells a little smoky, but there's no bacon as far as I can smell. Alcohol is blended well and goes unnoticed.

The flavor is likewise damn good. I'm really impressed with this. It kicks off with combo of bittersweet, dark chocolate and a smoked flavor. I'm perceiving smokiness, but not bacon. Eh. Not a big deal. It works well. Rye imparts a nice spicy element on the flavor. I was apprehensive about that, but it is very tasty. At the secondary level, there's roasted coffee and perhaps a little anise and molasses. Overall, the flavor profile is very deep and more complex than I expected. Alcohol is never a factor. It finishes spicy with a combo of smoke and coffee. Minor deduction for lack of bacon.

Black Bacon Ryno has a medium body that is nice and smooth. Carbonation is light. The bubbles seem very thin. It could use a bit more body, but it's far from bad. Drinkability is quite good. This is tasty stuff that goes down easy. I don't know what the abv is, but it seems relatively light. I suspect I could handle a growler of this alone.

Jackie O's did a really nice job with Black Bacon Ryno. It's chock full of flavor and doesn't have any glaring flaws. It's a very solid beer all-around. It might be a little better if it felt a little bigger. The biggest knock I have is that I'm not getting any bacon. I was looking forward to that. Very impressive stuff. Grab a growler if you're in the Athens area. Thanks, Chris.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 8/31/10

Held to the sun, the color is a dark crimson brown. Looks black. Light brown head with consistently thin retention & good lacing at the onset. Overall, retention is wispy, though there's a solid wall of lace. Very impressive.

The aroma is packed with dry, roasted dark malts. Notes of coffee grounds & dark cocoa. Earthy. Simple & strong aroma.

Mostly dry roasted flavor with hits of a decent hop bitterness. Very faint sweetness via the dark malts, though it's meager at best. Burnt notion are noticeable from time to time. Subtle smokiness, but not a distinct bacon flavor. Robust flavor that's not surprising for an oatmeal stout. Hints of spice (I see after the fact this was done up with rye).

Full bodied with carbonation creeping just north of the average mark; not too much as to be bothersome. Roasted lingers linger.

Though the bacon doesn't seem to produce much in the way of tangible results, this is a thoroughly enjoyable stout from start to finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Spider889
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Bodega last weekend, surprised to see Jackie O's making its way up here!

The beer was black and fairly thick with no head on it and leaving no lace on my pint glass.

The smell was good but not as strong as I had hoped. The bar was well air conditioned and very full so we weren't in the mood to sit and wait for our beer to warm up slowly. Perhaps on a warm day this beer would really open up completely. Nevertheless it smelled of deep chocolaty malts, very well roasted, some burnt toast, and mild hops try to push through. I thought I could maybe smell a little of the bacon but it was hard to tell with so many strong contenders vying for attention.

The taste was definitely that of a real oatmeal stout. I can't stand weak and thin stouts, especially oatmeal stouts. This one measured up. It was smokey and oily - I want to attribute this to the bacon. I didn't taste it myself but my wife claimed she could taste the bacon. Very bitter - they put a decent amount of hops in there. Finishing dry and malty with some coffee and bitter chocolate flavors.

This was a heavy, chewy beer - exactly what I had hoped. Looking back at my notes I actually wrote, "deliciously heavy."

For as heavy and complex as it is, one was enough in these hot summer months, but I'd be happy to drink this again some day.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the barrel aged fest.

A. Pours a dark brown with a tiny foamy head.

S. Rye and chocolate malt are all I'm getting.

T. Rye, oatmeal with lots of hop bitterness on the tail. I didn't get any bacon or smoke flavor.

M. Smooth medium body with medium carbonation.

D. An interesting beer with lots going on, but no bacon. This was all over the place - spice, sweet, chocolate, oatmeal, lots of hoppy bitterness - it didn't know what it wanted to be. One 4 oz. portion was plenty for me.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a fudge brown color and a modest head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Roasty aroma, with dark chocolate, black bread and hints of smoke

Taste: The smoky/spicy impact from the bacon and rye is apparent right up front, where the black bready malt base hits the dark chocolate, smoke and spicy (including a hint of sourness) elements; the hops add their bit to the profile as well, with a nice dose of balancing bitterness; after the swallow, the flavors merge together, with chocolate/smoke/spice/hops combining to add a tobacco dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; not as creamy as I would have expected from an oatmeal stout

Drinkability: I was expecting more of a rauchbier character from this one than it produced but there were plenty of other things going on here to wrap my taste buds around

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Photo of nrbw23
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the chalk board it says that this was aged on real that's what I'm talking about.

A- Pours a black color with a nice brown head. Head becomes a nice ring of bubbles and leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S- Smells of coffee, smoke, chocolate and a bit of darker fruits. So far so good.

T- Quite a bit of roasted malts and smoke is the first thing that hit me. Also some chocolate and a bit of spices come through.

M- Medium in body and carbonation seemed right on.

D- I thought this one was really solid. Never tasted the bacon, which would of been really cool. I thought this one was easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Jacki O's barrel fest, 4oz pours. Actually this is one of the beers I looked forward to the most, being that it was aged on bacon and I just had to see how that turned out.

The beer is dark, a brown opaque appearance with very little foam. It smells kind of muted, No smoke or bacon which is a disappointment, but then again this is the first time I've personally had a beer aged on bacon (unless Rauch Geek Breakfast really had bacon). It seems the cured meat properties don't readily transfer to a beer's aromatics. What I do get is a little bit of semi-sweet chocolate and hints of rye.

As with the smell, no taste of bacon or smoke, maybe a little mild rye but otherwise diminished flavors of roasted malts. In the aftertaste there's a lingering roasted and spicy character, probably all due to the malts and the rye. I should have tried the standard Black Ryno to compare, but in any case I didn't get bacon or smoke...

The body was smooth and felt like an oatmeal stout, making it really easy to chug. A gtood satisfying beer that I wish had more bacon in it. Maybe they'll add more next time?

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Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a snifter at barrel aged fest...A beer actually aged on bacon, how could I resist? Aroma is a smokey oatmel stout, sweet oatmeal notes come through a lot. I was hoping for a big burst of bacon and sadly only got a little on the back...Taste has some light smoke on the front, but sadly no bacon at all. I would love to know how this bacon aged and what result Brad was going for here because the bacon just does not come through! I want it to sadly some from that standpoint its a disappointment. Without the bacon expectations this is a pretty good balanced oatmeal with a little smoke, worth trying but get the bacon fixed and this could be special.

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Black Bacon Ryno from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 10 ratings