Cellar Cuvee 4
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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American Strong Ale
3.79 | pDev: 16.36%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of MasterSki
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up many moons ago at Jackie O's. Served in a taster glass at Nora and Jason's place.

A - Thin tan foam settles to a collar and wisps, leaving behind tiny specks of lace. Turbid and murky brown body.

S - Massive oak and bourbon, supported by roasted and peated malts, dark fruits, and a bit of red licorice. The barrel does a pretty good job of balancing the malt sweetness, but this is still surprisingly boozy after nearly three years.

T - The taste is quite similar and delivers what one would expect: barrel-aged 'stuff'. Loads of oak, bourbon, roasted and smoked malts, hints of coconut, vanilla, marshmallow, caramel, and treacle. I'm definitely getting more barley wine and scotch ale flavors here and only a little in the way of roasty stout.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, tannic, oaky and dry, with some definite alcohol warming. Perhaps a tad watery with the dearth of bubbles.

D - It's a solid barrel-aged blend; you can definitely discern elements of each component beer. However, it somehow seems like less than the sum of its parts and fades from the memory rather quickly. Also, seems over-oaked as Jackie O's is wont to do. However, no sign of infection, which was a pleasant surprise. Had no problems finishing the bottle amongst a few friends.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage bottle 78/300
thanks davolebomb for the hookup

pours deep brown with a small tan head. smell is all sweet dark cherries and bourbon oak vanilla coming through. Taste follows the nose quite a bit with the cherries upfront that mellows out about 1/4th the way thru to a almost date bread like taste with a little bit of bourbon...not overpowering. Mouthfeel is very close to a good barleywine a little thinner on the body with just enough carbonation. Overall pretty good beer...definitely alot going on and i will gladly take any bottles that people have sitting around.

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Photo of claspada
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown liquid with a purplish hue and a khaki brown head that reduced to a thin film leaving spotty of lacing.

Aromas are quite barrel forward with bourbon generated notes of vanilla, oak, alcohol and dark fruit all mingle together. Traces of roasted malt and coffee also emerged after a bit, although the bourbon becomes the focus as it warms.

The tastes begin with tangy dark fruits with a hint of sourness amid all of the bourbon warmth, vanilla sweetness and oaky tannins. A mild tart cherry aspect developed mid-way, lasting through to the backend, then finished with a fair amount of roasty dark malt and an earthy hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. and somewhat bristly carbonation. Finish has an oily texture but is fairly dry with mild bitterness and a hint of sourness on the palate.

Overall this comes across as a bit muddled and a bit Bourbon forward. There also might be some slight infection setting is as the cherry and dark fruit presence seems a bit too dominant. Jackie-o's continues to spit out infected, bourbon bombs with these bottle releases. I won't be trading for anymore anytime soon.

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Photo of DCon
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this w/ CurtisMcArthur and other BA friends in Nashville, TN. Poured from the Blue Labeled Bottle w/ a Cellar full of Barrels on it & "Malt beverage aged in bourbon barrels" beneath the brand into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has BATCH 70 & BOTTLE 250/300 on the side.

Aroma- The aroma was very interesting... Started VERY funky and with light caramel. Tons of malt then hit at the end with a good amount of booze (probably from the aging).

Appearance- Pours a less than .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a nice amber colored body that is almost opaque. Leaves thick suds behind.

Flavor- Once again, has a big funky character here. Caramel also hits the palate with sweetness and a refreshing taste. Finishes with a light-medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and then has a sour finish for a long while.

Overall Impression- American Strong Ale?!?! What a wild brew here! The funk and sour attributes didn't distract from the beer but added complexity and great character. I was excited to finally enjoy something from Jackie O's and this one was great! Will be looking for other Cellar Cuvee beers in the future.

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Photo of beesy
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small snifter. Listed as RIS, olde ale and scottish barrel aged blend.

A pours a very dark brown with a quarter finger dark khaki head. Hard to judge clarity in this low light environment.

S a note of vinegar sourness up front quickly followed by wood, vanilla, booze, caramel and dark sugar sweetness

T lots going on; a touch of sour, wood and barrel aged notes with vanilla, plum, slight detection of chocolate, large amounts od caramel sweetness on the back end, booze and a slight warming affect. An interesting cuvee for sure.

M slick and thick-to be expected in this mix. Low carbonation.

D low, this is a big full bodied beer that will fill you up very quickly.

Overall, an interesting blend. Possibly infected? Not sure I would be in a hurry to get another, but I can appreciate where there brewer was going with this.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 284 of 300.

This is an interesting beer--a blend of bourbon barrel imperial stout and Scottish ale, along with an oak aged barleywine. Creative, unique, interesting.

This beer pours pretty dark, almost completely black in color with very little head on top.

The beer gives off notes of rich chocolate, raisins, plums, sour grapes, wet wood, and vanilla in the nose. There is also a smokey characteristic in there, and an air of something like hard cinnamon candy.

Man, that aroma is such a huge player in the taste--notes of chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, highlighted by a warm bourbon characteristic. There is a bit of subtle sourness around the edges of this beer, which actually marries well to the hearty smoke and dark chocolate malt characteristics.

For an odd blend of styles, this Cuvee is ambitious and interesting, if not downright delicious. The characteristics of each beer, coupled with the barrel aging, seems to have given this Frankenstein ale some depth and complexity, creating something drinkable and exciting.

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.67/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for half of this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 5/7/11

Appearance: Dark brown without much of a head and with minimal, unimpressive lacing

Smell: Initially smells like bourbon and a weird mix of malts - excessively sweet, way too much wood and bourbon - as it warms, the smells continue to create a weird dissonance - I just don't get it

Taste: Very strange and certainly not impressive - it's a weird, malty, kind of burnt, kind of smoky, mess of flavors - dark fruits, sweet malts, burnt malts, tons of wood, some unpleasant sweetness, some booziness, some weird tartness - it's complex in a way that is borderline incomprehensible (but still not awful)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, really needs some more carbonation, could be smoother, too

Overall: Maybe I just don't get it

This beer confuses me. But I'd also like to accuse this beer of being confused. What is this flavor profile supposed to emphasize? It's a weird combination of many different flavors, some of which really don't work together. It's not a complete disaster, but it's not as tasty as I anticipated.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of all the anniversary release beers I had in December, this one was my favorite.

A - Dark brown beer with a couple of fingers of tan head. Had moderate retention with some minor lace stuck to the sides.

S - Great aroma of smoke, peat, whiskey, wood, vanilla, cocoa, roast, just a ton going on, and it all goes together very well.

T - A great old ale. As opposed to a hodgepodge cuvee of things thrown together, this one has tons of great flavors you can pick out, but that blend together in a fantastic way. If you like bourbon, it's there. Roast, dark fruits, chocolate, wood, vanilla, peat are also there. Very nice blend on this one.

M - Smooth, full bodied.

O - Great beer, still haven't cracked a bottle of it, believe I have one left after sending a couple out as extras, but it's one I'm saving as a treat sometime. Looking forward to Cuvee 5.

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Photo of morimech
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a thin head that quickly settled to a film. A little bit of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly from the barrel. I pick up a lot of bourbon and some vanilla. The only other thing that I can identify is dark fruit.

The barrel dominates the flavor as well. The bourbon flavor is really enjoyable. I pick up vanilla, cinammon, well-ripened dark fruit, and some earthiness. A little hot and boozy in the finish.

Quite a full bodied beer not suprising since it is a blend of big beers. Has a nicely paired carbonation. Very satisfying.

A little too one dimensional and dominated by the barrel to garner very good score. Although I have rated bourbon bombs higher than this beer, this did not have enough of the base beer coming through.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown with ample off white head gracing the top. A nice gradual faded left behind copious amounts of side glass lace which gooed up the sides of the glass throughout the rest of the session. Very nice look overall.

The aroma was a caramel sweet malt bomb, which is about what I had expected, but with a very subtle alcohol touch to it, which to be honest only served to enhance it. Some nice earthy hop notes were clearly evident here and really added a great deal of depth to the whole package, very nice overall here. The flavor followed along beautifully with a very nice caramel flavor up front which morphed into a nice nutty flavor. Very nice ho presence showing up now as well. A rich sweet flavor on this one, with virtually no hint of the alcohol. Very smooth and creamy, with a thick medium body that was just carbonated enough. I easily threw down the glass, but I felt it afterwards for sure, definitly a big beer, there was no doubt about that.

Overall I thought this was excellent and much smoother then I ever thought it would be.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to kundog18 for this one.
Vintage 2010 Bottle #267/300

A-Pours dark maple syrup/molasses color with 1/4 inch milky coffee colored head.

S-Bourbon, caramel, gjetost cheese, lots of vanilla. Cherry/apricot tartness. Smells delicious.

T/M-The tart flavor distracts from what would otherwise be a very smooth, lush bourbon barrel strong ale.Is this oxidized. The bright acidity is followed by a bitter phenol note that takes away from the complexity of the oak, but not entirely. There's a great beer in here somewhere.

O-My second iffy experience with Jackie O's. I'm hoping some of their more straightforward, unblended beers are more successful.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rudylaw for this one. Bottle #244/300. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse light mocha head with huge bubbles that dissipates quickly. Beer is a dark, slightly cloudy, nearly opaque brownish-purple. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Lacing, color, and head are all letdowns, even for the style.

S: Nose is aromatic but awkward. Notes of cobwebs, wine barrels, prunes, chocolate, toffee, and prunes. A weird combination of sweet and slightly tart. Like a beer that's intentionally carrying an infection. Booziness is relegated nicely to the background.

T: Opens sour cherries, liquorice, cocoa powder, and chocolate. Middle is unsweet molasses, tobacco, and wet wood. An awkward semi-tartness. In come the wine barrels at the finish with a bitter booziness. Aftertaste is cherries and bitter plum skin. One of the most weird tastes I've ever come across. I can't decide if I'm intrigued by it or I downright hate it... but its probably somewhere in the middle.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily in the mouth with some bubbles going down. Dry and accented at the finish. Sticky aftertaste. Not as robust as I'd like, especially for a strong ale.

O: Fruity, winey, and stouty all at the same time, Cellar Cuvee 4 has a serious identity crises... not that that is a bad thing, except for the fact that it doesn't do any of the flavors that it contains especially well... which leaves me feeling just a bit short-changed. This one's not bad, just very different.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bad boy was send to me johnbjaeger in one of his insane boxes.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Comes out cola black leaving a minimal head.

Wonderfull smells fill the whole room. Bourbon, booze, vanilla and oak.

Flavors are insane and all over the place. Coffee bitterness, malt sweetness, notes of sour cherries.

A medium mouthfeel and light to medium carbonation.

I'm so very glad to have tried this one. I loved it. Very complex and not one to be taken lightly. This is in the major league of beers. Worth seeking out. Thanks John for giving me the opportunity to try this beer!

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Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 79/300 shared with some friends after I picked this up at the release. This cuvee is a blend of bourbon barrel imperial stout, bourbon barrel Scottish ale and Captain Barley Heart (non Brett). Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a penline of tan head that stays across the surface. Faint spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The smell of this brew is tangy with fruit somewhat like raisin or plum but with more of a tangy kick. The barrel aged presence is well pronounced with a pleasant contrast of sweet, smooth vanilla and oak. In the background is the roasted grain scent that is lightly chocolatey and roasty with a must.

The taste is very tangy and fruity with alcohol. Raisins and plums come to mind with a moderate sourness that is almost citrus-like. A touch of bitterness rolls across the grain seemingly coming from the roasted character of the grain that is lightly musty. Throughout the body are some woodsy indications that bring forward flavors of toasted coconut. This brew finishes quite lactic and dry with an aftertaste that includes minor coffee notes.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. I was a bit thrown off by this brew initially but it grew on me as I took more sips. Make no mistake, Jackie O's barrel aged offerings are among the best I've had and the sours are on point. The label of this brew reads like you are going to be in for a smooth roasty blended treat but your first sip states otherwise. This brew falls half-way in-between both, not quit a sour, not quite the blended barrel aged blend I was expecting.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Doopie for breaking this bad boy out for us to try.

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2010
Bottle 224 of 300

APPEARANCE: Pours our dark mahogany red and yields a small, medium-thin looking, beige head with relatively lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a slight wisp and ring. Dark bistre brown with medium carbonation evident. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Really big nose on this one. Could smell it from across the room. Lots of barrel for sure. Bourbon, vanilla, and some hints of oak. Dark fruit notes, raisins and plumbs perhaps, with some smoky qualities as well. Hints of roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate from the stout portion. Good stuff.

TASTE: A big, sweet beer. Lots of barrel again, with bourbon, vanilla and oak taking the lead. Sweet dark fruits, plumbs and grapes, with some definite sour dark cherries in there as well. A slight roasted, chocolate and licorice note with a touch of smoke provide a solid yet faint base for the fruity sweet-sour toppings. Aftertaste is bold, with lots of barrel and sweet-sour fruit notes, though relatively short lived. Not boozy at all, and the barrel adds well to what is already a tasty cuvee. Complex and enjoyable for sure.

PALATE: Medium boxy and medium carbonation. Relatively creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather sticky. Pretty good foundation for the flavors.

OVERALL: A solid, enjoyable brew. Granted, a full bomber of this might end up being a chore, as it is very much on the sweet and sticky side, but my single glass was very nice. Definitely a sweet brew first, and could have used a little more bitterness to balance it out some; nevertheless, this was a complex and interesting strong ale. Give it a go if you get the chance. Thanks again Doops.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Bottle number 68 or 300.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is not at all what I expected. I get a ton of butter and sugar as well as a little bit of chocolate. The flavor is more of the same. There is a little bit of cherry, but the overwhelming flavor is butterscotch. Other than that, not much else is detectable in the flavor or aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Whatever goes wrong in the brewing process that causes beer to taste like butter apparently happened to the beer in this bottle. That being said, it was not a bad beer, just not what I imagine the brewer intended.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adam (mrbubbler) for bringing to a small impromptu tasting. My first Jackie O's beer!

A: Poured from a 22oz bomber bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours a very near black with a dark brownish berry hue. Very light head more of a film on top. Only lacing came when I swirled it.

S: The beer smells wonderful and delicious. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, plums, and sweet malt.

T: Nice flavors, but a bit muddled. Tangy mixtures of sweet berries, plums, caramel, vanilla, and a light funk or sour note. The bourbon and oak is less evident in the flavor. The nose and tastes are not in sync to me.

M: Medium body, with low carbonation. Sligt oily or creamy consistency, and mild funk.

O: Hard to say, there is something good here, but it needs a little tweaking. Blending beers is tricky, just like blending wines. Firestone Walker knows this well, some don't workout, some are fantastic. This to me is on the edge of being amazing, but the blend is a bit off, for me personally at least.

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Photo of nhindian
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Generously provided by normyk as an extra, thanks Rob!

2010 bottle, #151/300

This beer is a blend of a bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout (apparently Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition), a bourbon barrel-aged scottish ale (apparently Bourbon Barrel Thorogood), and a non-Brett version of Jackie O's Captain Barley Heart (an oak barrel-aged Old Ale.)

A - At first, this beer pours a ruddy brown, almost like a quadrupel but a few shades darker. As it settles in the glass, it takes on the color of nothingness. Not quite black, but not really brown or purple either. It's kind of strange looking in this regard. About a half-finger of head rests uneasily on the top; uneven and big bubbles divide it haphazardly. Retention is low; not surprising given three different barrel-aged beers in this combination. Lacing is thin and sparse.

S - After taking my first smell, I was surprised and not sure what I was getting into here. It's somewhat fruity, but also a little bit sour. Given that none of the individual components of this beer has sour qualities, it threw me for a loop. It's not overly sour, though, and at first reminds me of a more subtle Russian River Consecration, which is never a bad thing. So maybe there are currants in this beer that is giving that aroma. Besides that, I'm getting slight vanilla and oak aromas, but not too major as the aforementioned smell makes up most of it.

T - In the taste, this beer really fills out and stretches the imagination of the palate. The fruit is still here, and it's not sour, but rather pleasantly tart. Still mainly getting the currants, cherries, and grapes here, but as it mellows, the vanilla, chocolate and subtle roast of the imperial stout come through as well. The bourbon itself is hard to pinpoint as there's just so much going on with this beer, but it's unobtrusive to say the least and partially adds to the sweetness. There's some slight buttery notes as well, but not enough to cause worry of diacetyl infection. The alcohol is hidden moderately well, but comes through a bit in the finish. In the last dying flavors of this beer, a strong smokey flavor imparts its triumphant conquest over my palate. Overall this is incredibly unique and it keeps you on your toes with what to expect next.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied with low carbonation. I would've liked to see this beer have a bit more thickness to it to complement the depth of flavors.

D - Drinkability is moderately high, just for the fact that I've never experienced anything quite like this before. It makes me want to try the previous Cellar Cuvee series beers, that's for sure!

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review of bottle 239/360.
A: Dark mahogany, it poured with a small dark tan head that died to a collar with some lacing.
S: Bourbon soaked raisins, cherry and fig, brown sugar, toast with caramel spread, a slight mustiness, some leafy earthy hops, vanilla. Good.
T: Brown sugar and fig dominate the slightly tart cranberry and cherry, with a raisin bright finish, combined with the bourbon and vanilla alcohol that bring a cleansing close with a lingering earthiness. A slight lemon/lime citrus character in the tartness. This is really good.
M: Almost creamy and syrupy until the slow development of acidity and bourbon that cleans it all off.
D: Really good. This is an interesting slightly tart take on an American strong.

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Photo of abecall98
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Loki83 for this beer tonight. Bottle number 300/300, so the last bottle filled is here, in my kitchen.

A - pours a dark brown, with a tan bubbly head. Looks great.

S - holy sweetness. This beer is full of some great fruity aromas. Its got plum, melon, cherry, Jesus Christ. The oak, bourbon, and malt take a backseat to the sweetness.

T - wow, one of the most unique beers I have ever had. I get barrel oak, bourbon, a fruit salad of sorts, like a different salad every time. Somebody tossed a great salad here. The sweetness gets a little overwhelming near the finish, the sugary sweetness lingers, like a nice plum skin.

M - for a barrel aged beer, very nice. It's smooth, has plenty of bubbles, and the sweetness gets rushed to every taste bud of the mouth.

D - very good. I hate overly sweet beers, but this one is a landmark for me, and I love it. Just can't get over it's complexity, it's many stages of flavor.

O - my first beer from Jackie O's. Very very promising. ISO for more stuff here.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2010 batch, bottle #276 (or 296, looks like that second digit could be either a 7 or a 9) of 300. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a very dark brown color with a thin tan head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and some dark fruit. It tastes like dark fruit (both tart and sweet), oak, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, vanilla and a bit of coffee and bourbon. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and syrupy with low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a sipper but it's also easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, it'll be interesting to see how this one ages.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jackie O's
Blend based largely on an RIS.

Pours dark brown with minimal head. Looks pretty thick with low carbonation. Smells oaky and bourbon heavy. Lots of vanilla scents. Lots of malt and toffee flavours on the tongue. The bourbon is heavy but not overpowering. Very sweet and almost syrupy. Nice solid mouthfeel. Very drinkable and tasty

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Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black pour, tan head.

Nose has caramel malts, oak, bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruits and dark candies.

Taste is nice, barrels add a nicer layer of depth to the beers. Just a bit mellow for my taste.

Nice coating body, but not a huge finish.

A great barrel aged blend from Jackie O's. These guys are really pushing the limits

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Photo of jrallen34
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 bottle #202 of 300 drank from De Struise glss... A dark brown body with a two finger light tan head. Ok retention and lacing... The aroma is very unique and enticing. A great balance of some many things going on, smoke, sweet oak, scotch, vanilla and dark chocolate. A hint of brett on the finish rounds it off... The taste is not quite as successful as the balance isn't there, different flavors come in jerky waves not smoothly, the mouthfeel is too light to hold up the weight of the flavors and is a bit distracting. Chocolate on the front, with a hint of plums and scotch on the back, the smoke and bourbon notes are gone. A hint of sour overall.

I remember enjoying this much more on tap at the anniversary release. However, this is still pretty good.

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Photo of cpetrone84
1.78/5  rDev -53%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the release party.

A-pours a muky dark brown color with a thin fizzy caramel colored head.

S-the nose is so messy and full of diacetyl. so much of that butterscotch aroma and the malts are just not integrated and off-putting.

T-the flavor is messier and more all over the place but the diacetyl seems less. hints of roasted malts and chocolate malts with tons of residual sugar sloppiness.

M-fuller body and grainy on the palate with an assertive carbonation and a semi dry crisp finish.

D-this is a mess, sloppy and full of diacetyl. maybe just a hint of barrel but the malt mess bomb dominates and creates something unpleasant. also sliglty hot in the back and seemigly becomes more unfocused as it goes down the throat.

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Cellar Cuvee 4 from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 84 ratings