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

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged MatriarchBourbon Barrel-Aged Matriarch

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Thorpe429 on 12-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by ne0m00re:
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2.47/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Live review of bottle 124/204 of the 2010 Batch.
A: Deep burnt orange, it poured with a half-finger dark cream head that died to big bubbles around the collar.
S: Mostly bourbon, it has a caramel backbone and a "candied" sweetness with oranges and honey. Not good for a DIPA, but their stuff is always bending styles.
T: A little hot. It comes off mostly as bourbon burn-your-throat whiskey with a crisp bitterness like orange zest. It's almost like an orange cocktail. As a drink, it's good, as a double IPA?... Not to mention it's a fierce one with the bourbon presence and alcohol content.
M: Crisp mouthfeel like mouthwash after a moderately syrupy start.
D: Not very. Good thing I'm splitting the bottle.

This one gets a poor review based on style and drinkability. I could see a whiskey bar having this one on-tap, though.

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of prototypic
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. You're the best, dood! Thanks!

Bottle #92/204

Bourbon Barrel-aged Matriarch is a light bronze color. It's a little hazy. Backlighting gives it an orange-ish gold look. The head is vanilla colored and stands about a finger tall. It's fairly quick to recede, and lacing was on the lighter side of the spectrum. Eh. The color carries the day here.

The nose is interesting. It kicks off with a really strong vanilla scent. Seems to be strongest scent in the mix. It's very sweet and sugary. It has a very interesting candy-like vibe to it. Bourbon is definitely there, but isn't overwhelming. It's complementary. Oak is a little subtle, but is also noted. Caramel malts are easily noted, and are rather prominent. Hops are a little noticeable, but seem to be somewhat lost in the shuffle. There's just a little too much going on. Alcohol is noted, but isn't overly strong. It's alright, but is convoluted.

The flavor is consistent with the nose. It's very sweet and sugary up front. Caramel malts give it a nice base, and aren't overbearing. I was expecting them to be a little too much. The barrel-aging process imparted several interesting flavors. Vanilla is definitely the strongest. It's powerful. So powerful that it overshadows some of the other flavors. Oak and bourbon are there, but have a subtle, complementary effect. Hops creep in and introduce grapefruit, orange, and pine flavors to the mix. It's honestly not very bitter. I think the bitterness is likely countered by the wealth of other things going on. Alcohol is there, but isn't warming or hot. It's blended pretty well. Finishes with a sweet vanilla flavor and a touch of bitterness.

The body is on the light side of medium. Carbonation is very light. Almost too light. I wouldn't mind a few more bubbles. Light carbonation does give it a smooth feel though. Given the light body, it feels rather nice. Drinkability is honestly rather average. The flavor, while interesting, is jumbled and lacks focus. It's definitely a sipper. This bomber is honestly going to take a long time to finish.

Bourbon Barrel-aged Matriarch is a very interesting, unique beer. How is it? Well, it's alright. Perhaps it's a little too complex for my palate, but it just seems convoluted and confused. There's a whole hell of a lot going on. If you're looking for an interesting, very challenging beer, look no further. This is it. It's definitely worth a try in that respect. I'm not exactly loving it, but damned if it isn't interesting. I don't think I've ever had anything like it. Thanks, Chris!

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of trappistlover
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(bottle at Dak's Final Four tasting tasting!) Pours hazy apricot with off-white head. Aroma of dank hops and fruits. Taste is sweet malt with some bitterness. Medium bodied. OK beer, but very glad I got to try this. This was one of several Jackie O's beers at the tasting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2010 batch, bottle #192 of 204. Served in a snifter, the brew pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is mostly butterscotch, vanilla, oak and toffee, along with some pine and citrusy (orange, tropical fruit) hops. It tastes like bourbon, vanilla, oak, and citrusy and pine hops. The bourbon flavor does overpower the hoppy flavors a bit, although the finish is both bourbony sweet and hoppy/bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and oily and has low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. After a while the alcohol warming kicks in, so a bomber is probably enough for me at a time. I think this is a good brew, I liked it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was very nice. Rich amber in color with a nice clarity to it. Head of white foam rose up to about three inches and then settled down with lots of sticky lace. Rich aroma of piney hops and sweet oak like notes. Really well done here with a very nice balance. Nice notes of vanilla as it warms. The first taste sealed the deal for me. Lots of orange and pine, nice balance with hints of vanilla and woody essence coming through loud and clear. Smooth, medium body with a mellow carbonation and a all but hidden huge ABV profile. I could have drank this one all night, though i started to catch up with me by the end of the bottle.

Overall I was really impressed with this one

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. 2010. Bottle No. 173/204. Sorry, don't remember who shared this.

A: Pours a golden yellow with a small white head and little lace.

S: Nose is like an almond marzipan sweet candy.

T: An oaky tannic bitter bite followed by sugary sweetness. There is a cotton candy element in this too.

M: Somewhat oily, bitter and sweet.

O: Really odd creation here. Never had a bourbon barrel aged DIPA before. Quite challenging for most and not highly regarded.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Jackie O's 5th Anniversary Extravaganza.

Pours a moderate caramel brown color without too much of a head or any sort of lacing. It's a nice color and glimmers a bit, though nothing terribly special. The nose brings forward a bit of nice bourbon character. Not too much booze--a bit more faint with a light bit of wood and vanilla along with caramel. While this was nice, it was the whole beer and nothing from the hops came through at all.

The flavor hit the same way, and there was little development from the nose. It was more like some watered-down bourbon. I like what was done in terms of the barrel character, but I really think something else was needed to push this beer along. I would have loved some characteristics from a fresh batch of Matriarch, which sounds quite good from the reviews.

The feel was nice. Medium body with good carbonation and a smooth finish. This drank pretty well and I enjoyed sipping it, but I really could have used a lot more depth in the flavor and aroma. Well crafted, just not really my cup of tea.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Jackie O's anniversary party. Think I liked this a bit more than most of my BA friends.

A - Burnt orange color with an off-white head that left some lacing. Moderate retention, carb bubbles rise to the top.

S - Interesting smell. Brad said it was a bourbon barrel IPA, which I found to be interesting, but felt it could go south rather quickly. Lots of tropical fruit, along with some butter, vanilla, and a little bit of woody bourbon. It's a sweeter, lighter smell than I was expecting.

T - I really like this one, orange citrus and vanilla are a big theme, and the bourbon adds a little bit of mild heat. It turns bitter and ipa-like on the end, all the while keeping the butter taste that is there. It tastes like a bourbon IPA somehow, good stuff.

M - Lighter to medium light body, with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - It's not a super sessionable beer, but is a good one that I liked enough to buy 3 bottles of. Great attempt at someting a little different that was worth seeking out.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.59/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010, bottle 99 of batch 204

Pours the typical IPA golden color with a thin bone white head. Pretty clear, no carbonation

Smells like a sour beer, no aroma of sticky hops OR Bourbon barrel. Could be due to the age

Again, this could be due to the age but hardly any hop flavor. A strong sour tang and a soft wooden aftertaste. Good but definitely old

Medium body and good carbonation but leaves the palate dry and aftertaste finishes quickly.

Overall its a good beet but this one has passed its prime. Both hops and barrel flavors have diminished which is a bummer because I'm sure it was good fresh

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Photo of PDXHops
2.09/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy burnt orange body with a bright white head that's initially quite sizeable, but reduces to a bubbly skim in short order. A ring of soapy lacing up top, nothing after that.

What a strange nose this has. No hops, no malt, even the bourbon is sort of a vague entity. It smells almost exactly like fresh caramel (not caramel malt, but caramel candies- sugar, butter, vanilla, etc.). Very pleasant in a dessert kind of way; very odd in a "I thought this was a DIPA" kind of way.

The bourbon flavor is more defined, but not overpowering. I'd actually be inclined to say it's just the right amount if this were a different style of beer. Toasted and buttery oak and vanilla don't gel at all with a hop character that is primarily astringent and metallic. As harsh tasting as it is smooth smelling. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation and lingering barrel. A rather velvety feel, which, much like everything I mentioned above, isn't a compliment considering the style.

Overall impression: I haven't had the regular Matriarch, but this does little to convince me that a barrel aged (D)IPA is a good idea.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.29/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 12/22/10

2010 vintage, bottle 81/204

Split with MbpBugeye

Amber with golden highlights; quite clear. Has a rustic look about it. 1/4th inch had dissipated in short order, leaving a large island skim, a thin collar & some drippy lace. Swirling helps both. Despite the barrel aging, the color is excellent.

Bizarre; that's the only way to describe the aroma here, especially for a DIPA. Smells kind of like candy. Vanilla, butter toffee, deeply-buried Icee syrup of the faux berry ilk, wood, nips of bourbon on the peripheries, hints of grass & floral hops. Musty & sweet; not exactly what I look for in a DIPA.

The bourbon heat isn't particularly harsh; it's actually well-proportioned to the solid charred oak flavor & notions of vanilla. Quite honestly, the barrel aspect is pretty awesome. However, there are two problems. One; the barrel doesn't at all jive with the base beer. Two; the base beer isn't that great. It seems unlike the quite nice Matriarch that I've had before. Aside from a few floral wisps, there's a lot of astringent aspirin bitterness, especially on the back half.

Medium bodied with reasonably low carbonation; in that respect I have few complaints. Eschewing grittiness for an aspirin drawl, the finish is very dry with astringent residuals & some charred oak lingering a while. As it warms it has a slick feel.

Meh, this one just didn't work for me. As mentioned already, the barrel portion is good; the rest, not so much. I'd much rather have the plain old Matriarch.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber sampled from a mason jar. Bottle gives this beer an 8.5% ABV and is numbered 176/204.

Pours an amber/honey color with a thin white head on top.

The aroma is very sweet. There are hints of wet wood, honeysuckle flowers, grape wine, caramel, and some light whiskey notes in the nose--not to mention a fine, citrusy hop note, as well.

The flavor is also sweet, but not overly so. There is a nice bitter hop presence to this beer. Notes of honey, summer flowers, vanilla, and mild notes of bourbon come through. This IPA is on the sweeter side of the spectrum, aided most likely by its aging.

Overall, this is a good IPA. The barrels give some good, interesting complexity. It is drinkable and has a nice balance in the flavor.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.26/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada XXX Anniversary glass. Split with a couple friends. Big thanks to Agentzero for this.

Appearance: Golden brown in color with a nice one finger white head and average retention.

Aroma: Big butterscotch notes upfront. Caramel, vanilla, and pine notes round out aroma.

Taste: More pronounced butterscotch notes. Definitely a unique beer. The bourbon lends some burn and a touch of vanilla. Pine and bitter hop notes are way in the background. The barrel notes definitely overwhelm the hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very creamy. Adequately carbonated.

Overall, an interesting beer. The butterscotch and bourbon notes really overwhelm the hops. I would go so far as to say that this a an unbalanced butterscotch bomb. Definitely worth a try though.

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.32/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Arbitrator
1.86/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. A very generous gift from beerbeerbeerbeer. Jackie O's has piqued the curiosity of my ticking-... whoops, Freudian slip there. My tasting group. My tasting group. Tickd717-... dammit. Nickd717 wants to tick these-... I give up.

A: Pours a deep, burnt orange. It's hazy, but it shows some clarity. One finger of off-white head; decent retention, no lace. But it has a small cap on the beer.

S: Candy corn. I can't shake it. Don't get me wrong; I like candy corn, even though I am convinced it epitomizes everything wrong with manufactured food. But that overpowering butterscotch / honey / caramel aroma here is reminiscent of barrel-aged candy corn. It's good at first, but it quickly becomes cloying.

T: Same in the flavor. Initially dominated by butterscotch, vanilla, honey, and caramel (the latter are probably the bourbon contribution). It has a nice floral hop presence. It's sweet until the finish, when it abruptly drops off and erupts with an oaky astringency and hop bitterness that reminds me of orange rind. Very jarring.

M: Starts off syrupy and sweet, but as I mentioned earlier, it falls off and becomes bitter rather abruptly.

D: It's not awful -- I wouldn't consider it torture to drink it -- but it's decidedly subpar, and I was content to pour it out in favor of other beers. I'm not a big fan of this idea of barrel-aging DIPAs, but I recall liking Great Divide 15th and 16th Anniversary as well as Southern Tier Oak-Aged Unearthly quite a bit. This one falls flat.

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Urbancaver
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Short pour shared by Brad when visiting the brewery. Pours a bronzed brown. Murky with a decent amount of head. Not a very pretty brew. Smells bourbon heavy. Mostly vanilla on the nose. Very sweet on the nose. Very subtle oak and hops on the nose. An interesting balance. Tastes very interesting... carmel, bourbon, vanilla, and a solid hop profile. There are some interesting citrus flavours going on that compliment in a unique way. Very interesting combo. Very sweet thick on the tongue. A solid sipper :) Thanks Brad for this strange but tasty brew

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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of nrbw23
2.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden amber color with just a few bubbles for head. Head is gone pretty quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- I'm not really picking up any hops here. Overall, I'd say this one is pretty sweet. Woody, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and touch of alcohol.

T- Not like any other Double IPA out there for sure. Pretty much no hops or bitterness. Wood, bourbon, and vanilla seem to dominant the flavour. Not really fitting into the style.

M- Medium in body and low carbonation.

O- The oddest DIPA I've had thus far.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes at the 5th anniversary party.

A- Body is a rich jewely amber hue that is served with a 1 finger or so creamy off-white head-this fades quickly and some lacing is left behind in the glass. Body is slightly translucent and completely uniform in color/light permeability.

S- Nose is very sweet. Caramel, vanilla, oak, sweet bourbon, with a fair amount of white grapefruit and orange in the background.

T- Flavor is quite complex and just as the nose suggests, very sweet. Caramel and oak seem to be the highlight upfront with citrus hop overtones. The finish is mostly barrel-with the oak and bourbon shining through-but a mild kick of pine comes in to remind you that this is a DIPA. A fairly intense alcohol heat lingers along with caramel sweetness, and the slightest hop bitterness.

M- Low carbonation and a light to medium weight body. Smooth, creamy, and oily. Very well put together.

D- This is my first review of a BA IPA (although I have tried others) and my verdict is still out on this style as a whole. That being said-this is a very good, well put together brew. It is definately on the sweet side of IPA land-and the hops are subdued rather than bright and in your face. In the end-the caramel and the mouthfeel sold me on this one.

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2.54/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle split with ryan011235. The first installment of our Jackie O's bottle pool. Bottle 81/204.

A- This, obviously, is a darker colored ipa. Its a clear, glowing rust with highlights of burnt orange throughout. Very minimal head but a tight film hands around. The small cap is damn sticky leaving all sorts of droopy lacing, especially on the drinking side if the glass.

S- Woooughh, the first sip nearly took my breath away. Its plenty strong and plenty wrong. The barrel notes are nice but they clash with the hoppy stuff. Lots and lots of vanilla, caramel, toffee, butter, and butterscotch; which is all fine and well but it gets weird when its layered over citrus and pine. The aroma is very sweet. I would also like to see less of a buttery aroma.

T- Much like the nose, barrel smooth and sweet flavors are first in line. The barreling is very nice. Proper levels of char, wood, and lots of vanilla. Hops try to crash the party. While this beer is ultimately very sweet the finish and insuing aftertaste is bitter, piney and medicinal. Barrel notes and hoppy notes simply clash with each other.

M- The feel is very slick. The finish tries to dry things out but a burry feeling prevails.

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