Black Betty - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Porter - Imperial
3.91 | pDev: 15.35%
Oct 21, 2014
Sep 12, 2010
Very Good
Black Betty - Bourbon Barrel-AgedBlack Betty - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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4.25 by acidreflux from Pennsylvania on Oct 21, 2014
4 by Walkerjgt from Ohio on Jun 29, 2014
4 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Dec 14, 2013
4 by radio2525 from Ohio on Oct 21, 2013
3.75 by WillCarrera from Ohio on Sep 28, 2013
2.5 by HopsMatt from Kentucky on Apr 27, 2013
4 by spycow from Illinois on Mar 31, 2013
4.25 by dtx00 from Pennsylvania on Dec 20, 2012
3.5 by oline73 from Maryland on Dec 19, 2012
4.25 by kbuzz from North Carolina on Dec 16, 2012
1.75 by bsuedekum from Missouri on Apr 28, 2012
3.25 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Apr 23, 2012
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4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by portia99 from Massachusetts

22oz bottle generously shared by nonstick. Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass.

A - Pours a medium dark brown...opaque, dirty/muddy look to it. Only forms a low tan head, foamy collar and only manages to leave behind minor lacing on the glass.

S - Strong raspberry aroma up front. Behind the berries is a milk chocolatey base with some hints of sour and tart, earthiness, bit of yeast and some vanilla.

T - Raspberries and milk chocolate dominate, touches of vanilla and bourbon, and some earthy hops.

M - Lightish medium body, light bourbon alcohol tingle, mildly tart, very fruity, lowish carbonation.

O - Overall good. Nice raspberry flavors, mild bourbon...complex, well balanced and well integrated diverse flavors.

Apr 22, 2012
4.25 by falcon1 from Ohio on Dec 07, 2011
4 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire on Nov 22, 2011
4 by nmann08 from Virginia on Nov 18, 2011
5 by Photekut from Tennessee on Nov 17, 2011
4.5 by ej285701 from Ohio on Nov 14, 2011
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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FosterJM from California

739th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
2010 Vintage
Bottle 32/156

Thanks to jbtice0315

App- This was a very nice dark dark brown with a lot of bubbles. Maybe came to about ¬Ĺ in of head and dissapated quickly. A little bit of lace and cling on this one.

Smell- Such a balance on the nose here. I love the soft raspberries on this. A bit of chocolate and a bit of malts. This was quite nice. If you wait just a little the vanilla and oak and bourbon comes in.

Taste- Damn, this this was so mellow and smooth! A very well done tasty beer with layers upon layers of flavor. CF7 had a ton of raspberry beers that was the most subdued and mellow of them all. Big chocolate, vanilla and oak balanced by the fruit.

Mouth- A medium almost thick bodied beer with a paired carbonation level. Great flavors remain but a chocolate raspberry is the biggest.

Drink- Damn this was good. Cant thank Jesse enough for this one. A very tasty beer in a day with a ton of tasty beers.

Aug 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mikesgroove from South Carolina

another great jackie o beer that i was able to try this weekend poured into a pint glass.

Poured a deep dark, opaque black with a huge tan head on top. Great rings of lace forming all around it. Huge smell of raspberries, chocolate and caramel, vanilla and bourbon with hints of wood and with some kinda weird dark fruitiness that seems to suggest plums as well. Flavor was huge, after the assault of chocolate dipped raspberries and cherry, a ton of roasted malts, lots of caramel and lactose were really strong on this. barrel everywhere with tons of booze in the finish. Very sugary and full. A slight taste of cookie dough in the finish. Very filling, but not too thick. This was a monster, and one that I really enjoyed.

Jun 20, 2011
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3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by nhindian from Pennsylvania

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Bottle generously provided by pittbeergirl, thanks a ton! Split with russwbeck.

2010 vintage, bottle #151/156.

A - Pours a dark brown, pretty light with chestnut-colored highlights. A pretty rough pour yields about a finger's worth of head with low retention. There is some small, scattered lacing, with some good alcohol legs on it.

S - The first sniff of this beer brings the smell typical of past bourbon-aged imperial stouts by Jackie O's; highly caramelized malts and the unmistakable barrel from Woodford Reserve. Pretty malty, and at first the raspberry is strong, but overtime it blends in with the rest of the nose.

T - The initial taste was a little shocking, as the raspberry is incredibly potent in this beer and it took me off guard. But after a few more sips I'm really digging it. The raspberry comes in first, then the caramel malts, then the bourbon. Compared to previous bourbon-aged offerings from Jackie O's, this one is actually quite subtle about it. One complaint I have with this beer is that I would've liked to see the porter base come through in this more. Finish is moderately long with a tart raspberry aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is relative light-bodied with high carbonation. This combination is interesting to find in a porter to say the least. As with the bourbon-aged stouts from this brewery, the mouthfeel falters and could benefit from being a bit more full-bodied. Doesn't coat the mouth much.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. This is a beer that will grow on you throughout the time of drinking it, with it being strange at first and tasty to finish. Pretty good!

Apr 18, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by russwbeck from Virginia

A: Black pour with a small off white head. Retention isnt great, but the lacing is fine.

S: Smells like a sour up front. Lots of raspberries and no hint of bourbon. A bit of roastiness is mixed in as well

T: At first I thought this tasted a lot like yogurt and was very strange, but it grew on me as I drank.  Absolutely no bourbon. Raspberries mostly and a thick, heavy, stout taste in the background. Perhaps some wood mixed un as well.

MF: Thick body, creamy. Carbonation is fine Nd no alc is noted

O: I thought I was going to hate this, but it turned out being alright. Not great though.

Apr 18, 2011
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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by mdfb79 from New York

From 03/27/11 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one. Bottle 39 of 156, 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cream, vanilla, raspberries, bourbon, oak, and roasted malts. I feel like I get a lot of vanill from Jackie O's barrel aged beers, but I really like it so the smell to me was great.

t - Tastes of chocolate, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, light raspberries, and vanilla. Pretty good, but a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, very easy to drink for 11% ABV.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit; another good beer from Jackie O's. I loved the smell and it had a great mouthfeel...I really need to make it to a Jackie O's release one of these days as I haven't had a bad beer by them yet.

Apr 01, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Thorpe429 from Illinois

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Bottle 39/156.

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin light tan head that recedes quickly without lacing after a fairly-hard initial pour. The nose is a bit musty with oak and some dry tannins. There is a mild raspberry presence in the nose, but this is taken over a bit by the roast and oak. The flavor contains quite a bit more raspberry and dials the barrel character down a little bit, but the barrel presence is still too strong, leaving the finish too dry and tannic. Overall, pretty good, but not my favorite of the Jackie O's barrel-aged releases.

Mar 30, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by movingtrain from Ohio

Bottle from 2010...number 88 or 156. Aged in bourbon barrels, this is an imperial raspberry vanilla porter. Interesting. Bottle says the beer is 10% ABV. One pint, 6 fluid ounces.

Pours a dark black, very opaque color. Very little head on top of this one, mostly a film clinging to the sides of the glass (small snifter).

The smell is quite sour. Some vanilla coming through, and wet burnt wood. There is a fruitiness to the aroma, as well...raspberry, I assume. Some chocolate undertones, and maybe some citrus from a light hopping.

The flavor is very rich. Notes of vanilla and chocolate up front, followed by rich fruit and berry. The bourbon barrel aging is very present in this one, lending a sweet balance to the tart raspberry aging. I am not sure if they used vanilla flavor, or vanilla beans in the aging, but the vanilla sits alongside the tart berry flavor quite well. There is also a sour note on the palate...very citrusy. The alcohol isn't necessarily masked in the flavor, but sits up front...and gives the overall taste of the beer a fine pungency. This is a rich, flavorful beer.

Overall, this is a very, very good beer. I like the addition of raspberries, as they seem to add a bit of bitterness and fruitiness to the chocolate and vanilla notes garnered from the barrel aging. The 10% ABV is definitely felt, but not too overwhelming.

This is another great beer from Southwest Ohio's Jackie O's...they do some great things with their beers in barrels, and this one is no exception.

Mar 28, 2011
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2.66/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by DefenCorps from Oregon

Thanks, Pete!

Pouring a dark brown with a brown head that falls off to a ring rather quickly, this looks decent. The nose is rather unappetizing. Plenty of raspberry character is present, with some cocoa, but there's also a rather noticeable sourness (from the fruit) as well as bourbon, oak and vanilla. It smells like what an amped up Raspberry Tart might. The palate is similar. Intensely fruity, and not in a good way with sour raspberries, caramel, bourbon, brown sugar and a little bit of stale malt, this is rather disappointing. Sweet on the finish with raspberry sourness to go with it, this is rather unpleasant.

Mar 04, 2011
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4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by jrallen34 from Illinois

2010 bottle # 24 o 156, drank from my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass... Dark brown pour looks good, not much of head to mention... The aroma has a very sour backbone, tartness from the raspberries in the main player. Additional notes of vanilla, bourbon (very sweet and smooth), oak, and chocolate. I really like this, but wish the sour was a touch less and then it would venture into great territory... The taste is right on the nose, tons of sour, then vanilla not from the barrel, chocolate and light raspberry finish. This tastes really good but the sourness is distracting. Still good, but if this wasn't sour this would be outstanding... The mouthfeel is a light too light but very smooth. There is a weird metallic grassy finish that is off putting... Drinkable at 11%, can't taste the alcohol.

This is really good base, there's something special here, needs a little less barrel aging and sour maybe and this would be unreal.

Mar 02, 2011
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3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Urbancaver from Ohio

Appearance- dark with a bit of smooth head off the tap
Smell- smells strongly of raspberry and a bit of roasted malt
Taste- Lots of tart raspberry with a bit of vanilla bourbon underlying it all
Mouth- Smooth with a sharpness in the back of my throat.
Drink- fairly drinkable. Definitely not something I could have more than a 6 ounce pour of by very tasty!

Feb 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rye726 from Colorado

This is one of my favorite Jackie O's beers. It is a really nice robust, base porter that is really complimented by the fruit and barrels. Dark Pour. Great Raspberry, porter and bourbon barrel character. Medium to full body, excellent finish. Tasty stuff. Jackie O's is one of the best breweries in the world right now.

Feb 22, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

Poured into my Jackie Os snifter

A- Body is a nearly opaque dark rootbeer hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger creamy tan head which eventually fades to a thin collar and little lacing is left behind in the glass. When held up to the light the brew becomes more translucent-and a more medium brown hue.

S- Tart raspberry and bourbon come through the most initially-behind this is rich coacoa and a hint of dry oak.

T- Flavor is pretty interesting, unique, and complex. Tart raspberries are dominant upfront with some oak barrel tones noticable in the backround. The chocolate really hits for the finish-giving an impression of chocolate covered raspberries-and the chocolate character really tones down the tartness of the raspberry. What lingers is sweet chocolate covered raspberries and a big ominous bourbon heat.

M- Low to medium carbonation and realatively thick and creamy body-has a good porter thickness.

D- This is a very good, interesting, complex brew overall. The barrel characteristics are subtle but the bourbon characteristic compliment the sour raspberry and coacoa components nicely. I didn't have a chance to try this at the release and only picked up one bottle for myself-clearly a mistake.

Jan 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by genog from Ohio

Had this on tap at Jackie O's over the weekend. It was a 4 oz pour. Poured a dark brown color, slightly see through without any head at all.

Smell is of raspberries, some slight chocolate, and a light bourbon nose to it as well. Love the vanilla smell that gets added to this bourbon aging.

I loved the taste and mouthfeel. Very smooth for such a big bourbon beer. Loved the flavor, snagged a bottle too.

Dec 07, 2010
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4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sean9689 from Illinois

Thanks to Brad and Art for hanging out with the Chicago crew and sharing a few Jackie O's gems!

A - Pours black/dark brown, thin mocha-colored head, no real cap and some spotty lacing.

S - Chocolate raspberries, oh my Lord, so good! The porter notes take a back seat but there's still hints of toffee, caramel, slight bourbon. The alcohol is really well-hidden, impressive! I just couldn't stop smelling this one.

T - Uh, chocolate covered raspberries! Also, some oak, slight alcohol kick, but mostly chocolate and raspberries. The alcohol is there, but I would never think it's!

M - Medium to full, rich and smooth, dry oak-like finish.

D - So good, want more! Brad, you really have something with this beer! I cannot wait to get some bottles to age in the cellar. Recommend!

Nov 17, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by AgentZero from Illinois

Big thanks to Brad for bringing this treat to Chicago with him.

A - Looks like a porter, black that gets lighter on the edges. Small head, little bit of stick on the sides.

S - A very deep raspberry smell, really captures the essense of the berry without being sweet or sugary. Chocolate is present, but the bourbon keeps it from being too chocolaty. Little bit of wood and vanilla highlights on it.

T - Chocolaty, with bourbon notes, and an underyling, rich raspberry presense on this one. Somehow the beer manages to meld all these characteristics together, but you can distinctly pick them out. Really good stuff, it's sweet, but not overpoweringly so.

M - Quite smooth and easy to get down, with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Dangerous beer, too smooth and easy for 11%. Fantastic brew, very lucky to have tried this one, and would love to consume it in large quantities.

Nov 16, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by MasterSki from Canada (ON)

Big thanks to Brad for bringing this to share with the Chicago crew. Served in a Lost Abbey Rastal Teku glass.

A - Pours with a thin tan head that settles to a thin ring, leaving behind spotty lace and a swirl of film on top. Dark brown body that is lighter at the fringes.

S - Spicy wood with notes of dill and mint, raspberries, and a bit of the base porter left in the periphery. I'm guessing this is the same batch Eric tried, but aged a bit longer.

T - There's more chocolate from the base beer, mingling with the raspberries, vanilla from the wood, and some spicy oak. Not as much overt dill or mint as there was in the aroma.

M - Some zesty carbonation that is appropriate for a porter. The body is medium, and very smooth. Finishes quite sticky. I was shocked that this clocks in at 11% - I would have said 8%.

D - Quite interesting and unusual porter. I think it might have cooked a bit too long for my liking in the wood, but it was still very enjoyable. You could get very drunk on this very quickly.

Nov 16, 2010
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4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by TurdFurgison from Ohio

I had this on tap at the Jackie O's barrel aged fest, 4oz pour. Black Betty is an imperial raspberry porter, and this version was aged in bourbon barrels. This pours a dark chocolate-brown color, murky translucent, with a thin tan head that disappeared sort of quickly.

This smells like chocolate covered raspberries. The fruit is the most prominent smell, with chocolate and sweet malts not far behind. Really strong candy flavors, and from the barrels I got vanilla too. The bourbon is kind of restrained on this beer. All of the above apply to the taste, this has sweet malty chocolate and raspberry flavors throughout, with what seems to be minimal bourbon notes.

The body's thinner than I'd like, if only because there is so much flavor that it demands a meatier mouthfeel. I'm not used to porters being so tasty, so it seems oddly thin. In any case it adds to the drinkability.

Like so many other beers I tried at Jackie O's, this was legendarily good. Why does this brewpub have to be so far from home? Hopefully they ramp up their bottling efforts in coming years.

Sep 12, 2010
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