Captain Barley Heart | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Captain Barley HeartCaptain Barley Heart
50 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thorpe429 on 12-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by rye726:
Photo of rye726
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice woody brown with a tan head.

Interesting nose has sweet malts, candies, Brett, oak, vanilla and bourbon.

Nicely blended, the barrels were a nice touch.

Medium body, finish a bit thin.

Nice traditional Olde Ale. I really like what Jackie O's is doing with their barrel aged beers.

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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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Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Stigs
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Mar02x
2/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried this beer at a tasting at my place, with thanks to the 'Branbander'. Unfortunately this was the worst beer of the evening. Maybe it was a wrong bottle. The fluid didn't go sour and there was no emulsion, so??? It was the last beer we tried (22th), after this one the evening was over, haha.

A- Fluid is dark brown with no foam and no carbonation at all.

S - Strong alcohol and phenol.

T - This was an undrinkable beer and that's why i think we had a wrong bottle.

M - No discussion, not good.

O - lets try another one.

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Photo of Photekut
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Tripphop
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at bottle release. Interesting beer all around, soured old ale. The color is a strange light brown with lighter edges. There is a thin little head that barely makes it to the table but carbonation is evident. The aromas are nice. A little bit of sour funk with a nice vanilla cake note. The flavor is delightful, the old ale vanilla and cookie malt profile and a well integrated sour note. It is like a sour plum old ale. Very cool brew, we will see how it does in the cellar.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2010 batch, bottle #89 of 216. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy dark brown/red color with pretty much no head at all. There's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is tart cherries, oak, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and some funk. The brew tastes like dark fruit, tart cherries, oak/wood, bourbon, and some funk and chocolate. There's a nice lingering woody/tart finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and sticky with moderate carbonation. I think this a good, interesting brew. I'd certainly like to try this again in the future!

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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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, dark chocolate brown with a nice head of light tan on the top of it. Smooth, easy settling left behind some nice side glass lacing. The aroma was soo sweet. Lots of caramel, smooth molasses and brown sugar like smells coming off of here. Warming brings out a ton of dark fruit from every direction, plums, figs and almost cherries. The flavor was much more of the same. Rich and very sweet, defintly a dessert beer. I found myself savoring each and every sip of this one as the delicate sweetness of this one overwhelmed me. Soo much flavor here as the sweet caramel malts just overpowered everything and made for a wonderful flavor. Finsih was dominated by dark fruits as well, simply sublime The medium bodued ale was well carbonated and all alcohol was hidden and totally non existent.

Overall this was a really solid beer. A really solid version of the styl

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/20/10- Review of a 22 oz bottle number 76/216.
A: Dark brown with red hues and a small tan head that died to a collar and film.
S: Apple cores, brett. barnyard, raisins, fresh grapes, a slight banana, figs, Belgian candi sugar... awesome.
T: Caraway seeds and rye bread, sour grapes and crapberry, raisins/molasses/caramel; excellent.
M: Slightly thick with a mild carbonation that works well with the taste.
D: Great!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Oak barrel aged Old ale with Brett." On tap at the brewery during their anniversary event.

Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a bit of haze. Half-finger white head falls somewhat quickly into a light tan cap. A swirl now and again rustles some foam up. The nose is slightly-sour with some hints of funk. Not too much at this time, though I think that will likely grow in time. There's a bit of sweet caramel and fruit in the background.

The taste brings some slightly-tart light fruits with a bit of brown sugar and caramel. Hints of cherry and some darker fruits in the background. Light funk throughout. Good feel between a bit of sweetness, booze, and funk. Well played there. Carbonation hits the style well. Drinks quite well; looking forward to seeing how this develops.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown beer that's a bit hazy. Decent looking brown head that dissipates to a partial cap with some minor spots left on the sides.

S - Some dark fruits and oak. The Brett is present, but could use a little more time to funk up or something.

T - Dark fruits, a little cocoa, brown sugar. Brett is more present on the tongue than on the nose, but still not particularly strong.

M - Good carbonation, solid mouthfeel.

O - Nice beer, and one that might be interesting to age just for development's sake.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 12/29/10

2010 Vintage, bottle 26/216

Split with MbpBugeye

Dirty, murky, flat brown color. Quite dark in the glass. One finger head dissipated to a swath of film, a clumpy collar of retention & just a couple streaks of lace.

Brettanomyces is strong in the nose with a prevalent funk; sourness seems modest. When bounced off the barreled aspects, there is a general earthy, woody mustiness. The malt aroma seems kind of tame. Grainy notes. Some dark fruit undertones.

Sourness is at a minimum; there's just the slightest of sour twinges at the onset but it quickly turns into funkiness & barrel. Musty, charred oak notes embody the middle. A faint nip of bourbon acts as a subtle accent. Dense swaths of grains round it out. The base beer is pretty good but seems one dimensional (not a bad thing per se). Partially slick, partially toasty.

Full bodied; slick with mild undercurrents of grittiness. Carbonation is low but it's not particularly smooth. Brett funk, charred oak linger.

Captain Barley Heart is successful in that it does more with a little, especially the base beer. Pretty solid overall.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one on tap before at Jackie-O's, but this one is from one of the limited release bottles: 135/216. Bottled in 2010, 22 oz. bomber sampled from a small snifter. Bottle reads that this is an "Old ale aged in oak barrels with brettanomyces."

Pours a murky brown with some hints of burnt amber color. A slight head upon first pour, but quickly falling to just a film clinging to the sides of the glass.

The nose has those wonderful sour notes that only brett can bring out. There are hints of vanilla, oak, green peppercorn, chocolate nibs, red pepper, nutmeg, orange peel, lemon, and crusty bread.

Taste is nice and sour...and interesting take on an old ale. In the flavor are bright citrus notes of lemongrass and orange peel, followed by some subtle malty notes, like a warm bread. There are also notes of green peppercorn lingering with warm vanilla and wood. The sour bite of the brett overpowers whatever the bourbon barrels might bring out in this beer.

Overall, a good, unexpected and creative, take on an old ale. It departs from a typical old ale, breaking from style with the brett, which isn't to say this beer isn't delicious. If you are into sours, strong sours, and hints of bourbon flavor, this is a good one to pick up if you can find a bottle.

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Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev +2%

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 HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Bottle 156/200 shared by Erik (riko), thanks! Snifter.

A: Deep brown with a small beige head.

S: Cherry, plum, grape, chocolate, and currant, with notes of oak. The Brett is really faint, imparting subtle leather notes but it's hardly there.

T: The dark fruit trend continues in the flavor, with grape and plum. Light chocolate. A little prune. Faint Brett.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and dry.

Overall: A pretty good beer. Perhaps the Brett will make it more interesting in the future.

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Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the release party

A-pours a slightly murky brown with a thinner caramel colored head.

S-the nose comes forward with notes of brett with a fair bit of plum and cherry sweetness. it has a decent sweet fruity malt presence with a lively citric brett aroma behind.

T-the flavor has more dark malts to it, notes ofo chocolate malt with sugary sweetness behind. the brett is lighter than the nose and there is a hint of cooking spice to it in the back, not spicey spice.

M-medium body and a little grainy on the palate with a nice carbonation, prickly strong finish.

D-interesting beer with nice brett flavors and a strong malt base. the characteristics don't exactly blend well and seem to work somewhat alone but this is easy to drink and pretty taty.

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of joefuzz
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle sent as a extra from normyk 2010 vintage.

pours muddy redish brown with a small head.

Smells of tart cherries and vanilla.

Tastes is something else... its like a soured barleywine of some sort. Little bit of tart fruit flavors with some chocolate and oak in there.

Mouthfeel is a like a really good barleywine full body with light carbonation.

Overall if rated this as a wild ale rather than a old ale. The old ale is still there in a sort but its mostly sour.

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Captain Barley Heart from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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