Captain Barley Heart | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Captain Barley HeartCaptain Barley Heart
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Captain Barley HeartCaptain Barley Heart

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Thorpe429 on 12-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In an attempt to speed up the aging process, the Jackie O's brewers lace an English strong ale with wild yeast to acquire that earthen, rustic, aged character. But with the sour and the new in the same glass, they intertwine gracefully and duel it out with conflict and conviction.

Tawny and russet in its appearance, the ale carries and slim haze with burgundy and mahogany depth and a creamy, short foam stance. Earth and sweetness entice the nose much like molasses and basement-like rusticity whereas the early taste is all about the toffee, caramel, nutty and browned sugar sweetness.

As the sweet taste holds firm, the middle palate brings those earthy flavors over the the senses with the character of wild game, mushroom and wood rot. Its pungent taste bleeds seamlessly into the sour pucker of old must lime, sour cherry, green apple and sour wine. With a pep of tobacco here and a sprinkle of curing leather there, the deeply earthen and musty taste is still buffered with dense malty sweetness.

Its medium-full body would carry more weight from its low-lying carbonation to leave it still and syrupy; however the sourness dissects the malt and the body relaxes in finish, creating a drying warm, peppery finish. As the aftertaste bring spice cake and burlap, the two beers really never come together, seemingly content to cohabitate on the tongue.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 146 of 216 from 2010
Enjoyed from a 2012 staff glass

a - brew pours a deep murky plum brown. Minimal head

s - nose is nice. Soft tartness, sour cherry over plum.

t - chocolate sourness. Cherry. Some oak and sharpness from the bourbon. A bit of old ale, but mostly sour cherry and dark fruit.

m - subtle pucker. Good carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

o - overall, what a pleasant surprise. Had this one since shortly after the release and just never got around to popping it and figured it was probably old and bad, but boy was i wrong. Drinking great. Really enjoyable dark sour with nice dark cherry leading the way.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This bottle is from the '10 vintage, bottle 80 of 216. Purchased this at the brewery in Jan '11.

Pours from the 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Emerges a dark and ruddy brownish purple color with a thin and wispy, snickerdoodle colored head that is quite small and recedes into the unknown faster than Charlie Sheen into a hooker's chest.

Aroma is quite sour and somewhat fruity. I really get the lactic acid type aromas in this one. I guess sour beers are supposed to smell sour, and this one sure does. Hints of alcohol and figs, almost a burning tire, and wild outdoors.

I kind of like the flavor. The sourness is the star here but there is some chocolate and caramel malt that slightly balances out the sourness. Fruit, tart, sour. Kind of thin on the body; I guess the Brett thins this one out and dries it out also.

As the beer warms, more of the barrel aging characteristics come out such as bourbon, vanilla, oak and more caramel creaminess. I enjoyed the latter part of the bottle more than the first part where the beer was a little too cold.

I am certainly no expert on sour beers, but I have had some. This one seems to bridge the gap between a vinegar bomb and an unsoured, "normal" beer. Not a beer I would have everyday, but certainly for a change of pace, which I needed today.

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3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Flying Mouflan glass. Dark caramel in color with a thin, spotty lacing scattered across the top. The head faded rather quickly, leaving it rather still looking.

Aroma has the sweet maltiness of an Old Ale but with a tart and sour dark fruit presence. I get notes of caramel and sour cherry most prominently. The sour dark fruits are very nice in the aroma.

The taste has a little more dark sour fruits to it. I still get some of the malty, caramel sweetness of the old ale, but the sour fruits definitely seem to take over more in the taste. It's a little acidic, but not too bad. The finish is tart and somewhat dry, leaving the sourness to linger.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side and carbonation is low. The mouthfeel is probably fitting for an Old Ale, but seems a little out of place in a sour beer. Overall, a decent sour beer with some nice sour dark fruit notes. Pretty flavorful and enjoyable overall. Not a great sour, but an enjoyable one.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with red hues and a small beige head that fades to a wisp. Moderate lacing.

Tons of oak and sour cherries in the aroma with a bit of bourbon. Don't get many malts from this as the oak and cherry overpower anything else.

Flavor is a bit different. Still a ton of cherry and some oak. A little chocolate leading to a chocolate covered cherry taste. Finishes dry as the oak and brett are felt, but brett is not too strong. Oak is a bit much. Bourbon is present in the aftertaste, but subdued.

A little thin for a beer of this magnitude. Carbonation levels are good. Finishes extremely dry.

Not too bad although not sure I'd really choose this over many other Jackie O's options. There are some good things here. The bourbon is nice and subtle and I like the cherry component. However, it is overly oaked and the body is a touch on the thin side.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased December 2010 at Jackie O's. #20 of 216.

A - A half-finger of off-white foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind minimal spotty lace. Opaque raisin brown color.

S - The bourbon and oak presence is monstrous! The overall aroma is incredibly potent and leaps from the glass, bombarding one with sharp oak, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, mild vinegar and funk, some savory BBQ sauce notes, cherries, and brown sugar malts. Maybe a touch of caramel, milk chocolate, and dark fruits in there, but they're buried under the other flavors.

T - The taste is much more mellow. Dark fruits, tart cherry cordials, some light caramel sweetness - this seems slightly over-attenuated thanks to the brett. Dry oak and a bit of mustiness are also present. Perhaps a bit over-oaked and overly dry thanks to the brett.

M - Body seems a touch light for 9.5%. Lower carbonation, some mild tannic character, but otherwise quite smooth in texture. Minimal alcohol warmth is appreciated, especially after the raucous and bourbon-forward aroma.

D - This was a pleasant surprise. I only bought one of these because I was skeptical this would be a good beer, but it definitely exceeded my expectations and was mostly successful at what it set out to do. If Brad used second- or third-use barrels he'd actually have a pretty historically accurate old ale - perhaps dial back the bourbon and oak flavors and let the malt bill have a bit more opportunity to shine. Would purchase this again if it was actually available somewhere.

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Captain Barley Heart from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 72% out of 100 with 50 ratings
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