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

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Black BettyBourbon Barrel-Aged Black Betty
35 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Black BettyBourbon Barrel-Aged Black Betty

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TurdFurgison on 09-12-2010

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by nhindian:
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3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of acidreflux
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of kbuzz
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of movingtrain
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of portia99
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.66/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of HopsMatt
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of ej285701
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of genog
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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1.75/5  rDev -55.2%

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