Cellar Cuvee 4 | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Deuane on 11-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by nrs207:
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Jackie O Cellar Cuvee 4 was a very tasty beer.

To go through the standard BA shuck and jive, the appearance of this beer was probably its worst suit. It poured with very little head, maybe just a few bubbles. Within a few seconds it looked like a glass of your basic cola. On the other had, since I drank this on the beach outside my place, that was a helpful thing.

Getting my nose deep in there, it smelled rich and sweet... two very distinct smells in one beer: one was of cookie dough and the other, dark, ripe fruit. The nose on this beer was a great sign of the complexity to come.

The taste didn't disappoint. Up front it tasted like any good -bal stout that I've had but in the middle there it was again, that rich fruit complexity. I slight pucker and then it was gone from your palate. Very tricky and very complex.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking, which I guess you can attribute to the scotch ale component.

Though delicious, it was hard to put back much of this beer. I had to spread it out over three days...

In closing, the boys and girls over at Jackie O are not kidding. nor are the Ohioans that say its great. Is it worth your rarest cellar items... absolutely not... but its better than a lot of things out there. The best and worst part of this beer is that with ninja focus, you could pick out all three beers across your palate... Good because they were each good, bad because it shows they didn't unite the way, say a FSW anniversary beer may.


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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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 bpfrush
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
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 leschkie
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of morimech
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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 mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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 angrybabboon
2.67/5  rDev -28.2%
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 doopiedoopiedoo
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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 StormKing47
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another jackie o's growler courtesy of Deuane and Sierra GS. Shared with them, cmurren25, petesuphi and therealnomayo. I absolutely love it, fresh jackie o's delivered.

A- What a gorgeous, artful masterpiece. Looks like a painting of a beer. Has a very nice, appealing dark brown color with a deep copper hue accompanied with a thin brownish head. It's intriguing and stunning I almost don't want to consume it because it's so interesting looking it's about as close to looking black without being black as it gets. I think it has an aura around it that is drawing me in for a smell!

S- Phew, a musty oak smell with some earthiness courtesy of the barrels, I love it. As it continues warming the oak lets the sweet smell of vanilla escape to greet me, but wait the sweet ass vanilla has brought a friend that I am picking up. A little more warming and there it is, the tart cherries that were playing hide and go seek behind the vanilla have come out with some almost caramel sweetness from the malt and it smells divine. I just want to stare and smell the rest of the night.

T- BOOM! A huge sweet malt blast of caramel, vanilla and some chocolates all wrapped up in an oak blanket. Are you serious this is incredible. I can't believe it's legal to taste something this good. Further exploration and instead of being overwhelmed by the complexity the tart cherries continue to show up all the way through the finish. Simply astonishing.

M- Smooth as silk, a very rich coating brew that leaves a velvet texture in my mouth. Can't get enough. Truly full bodied, but not overwhelming, masterfully blended.

D- Hell yes, the high abv is hidden better than the tart cherries. Would love to throw this back all night long. Its a masterful, complex blend that is out of this world.

I wish I could get this every weekend. Would jackie o's distribute to PA, specifically my house please.

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Photo of claspada
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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 DavoleBomb
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bottle #77 of 300. There's nothing like putting two -bals in your mouth and that's exactly what I'm going to do now. Cuvee 4 is a blend of BB RIS, BB scottish, and Captain Barley Heart (non brett).

3.5 A: Pours a black color. This one gave me some trouble in my attempt to build a nice head. Aggressive pour yielded only one finger of creamy light brown head. Retention is a bit below average, but a ring of lacing is well adhered.

3.5 S: Vanilla and oak are rampant through this, but surpringly the bourbon itself is subtle. The Scottish ale comes through strongest with a bready maltiness, toffee, and caramelized malts. The stout adds a subtle roastiness and perhaps some chocolate as well. The old ale lends plum fruitiness and a vinous aspect. There's also a very detectable diacetyl component that makes what should be a great aroma only good.

3.5 T: Again, lots of oak and vanilla. Bourbon is a bit stronger in the taste lending melon and leather components. Bready with exotic tangy fruitiness and maybe some earthy vegetable or herb that I can't quite put my finger on. Somewhat vinous, a touch of molasses, and a sweet tart-like tanginess. Again, there's a buttery taste in there as well.

4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

3.5 D: To be quite honest, this beer has stumped me to an extent. When I had this on-tap at the Feb 5th release, I was sure I was smelling and tasting diacetyl, but as I progress through this bomber, I am no longer sure. The buttery taste could very well be from the combination that is this beer. I've never had anything like this before (nothing even close) and I'm not sure whether I love it or hate it. At worst, it's a poorly concocted mixture of seemingly random beers. At best, it's a masterpiece. I think the scores I've given are a good compromise given the love/hate thing I have going with this brew.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DaveHS
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Cellar Cuvee 4 from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 84 ratings