Bourbon Barrel-Aged Route 33 Collaboration Porter | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Route 33 Collaboration PorterBourbon Barrel-Aged Route 33 Collaboration Porter

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MbpBugeye on 12-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by csmiley:
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3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 76/168. Served around cellar temperature in a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Pours a very dark brown that borders on black. Just a sliver of light gets through around the edge that reveals some dark coffee brown. Head is minimal. It tops out as a medium sized cap and takes a while to recede to a very thin ring. Lacing is just below average.

S - Oak and vanilla mix pretty well with some milk chocolate. Hints of coconut come through as well. Vanilla is easily in the foreground though. Alcohol is noted but not as strong as expected for a 9.2% porter. There is a light nuttiness that stays well out of the way but it comes and goes midway to finish. Alcohol and char come through toward the end.

T - Warm chocolate and vanilla kick things off. Chocolate is more noticeable in the flavor than aroma. It comes close to a smooth milk chocolate and then turns to the dark, bitter side. Vanilla is smooth and slick and does what it can to mask the obvious alcohol content. Unfortunately, it can't quite do the job. The heat is just a bit much. Wood has only a very short showing in the flavor. It's a shame because that could have helped out quite a bit. Lastly, it's a little smokey and metallic.

M - Body is relatively full. Carbonation is light and smooth lending almost a creamy feel. Finish is quite warm and sweet, eventually turning to dry. Easily my favorite part of the Route 33.

D - Drinkability is not bad. The body is full enough to keep it going down at a slower pace. That ends up being a big help given the abv. Lots of flavors are here and the complexity is captivating but it just seems like something is amiss. Could be the dominant abv in the flavor. Could be the minimal carbonation. I can't quite pin it down to one thing in particular. Of course, as it warms, the carbonation picks up a little but the 9.2% doesn't ever seem to subside. Usually, Jackie O's really hits the mark and impresses me but this one is just below those expectations. It's good and I'd recommend trying it just for the experience of drinking a "Bourbon barrel aged imperial oatmeal chocolate pecan porter".

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to csmiley for this one.

Bottle 142/168

Barrel Aged Route 33 pours a very ominous, onyx color. It's pitch black. I'm not seeing any light cutting through. A tan head covers the surface, but rises no higher. It dissipates quickly, leaving very little lace in its wake. That's disappointing, but I do like the color a lot.

The nose is impressive. It's chock full of chocolate. It smells like a mix of dark and sweet milk chocolate. Bourbon is definitely in the mix, but has a restrained, moderate presence. I like that a lot. I was hopeful that pecan would be noticeable, but I'm not getting any. That's unfortunate. Secondary scents include roasted coffee, vanilla, oak, and light dark fruit. Alcohol is there, but seems to be masked pretty well. It doesn't come through too strong.

Barrel Aged Route 33 is anchored by a solid mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolate variety adds bittersweet dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate flavors. Bourbon plays a complementary role, and plays it perfectly. The barrel aging also imparted a very nice vanilla flavor that isn't far behind the bourbon. Roasted coffee and oak are secondary. There might be a hint of a nutty pecan flavor, but it's very light and subtle. I'd like a little more. Alcohol is definitely more prominent here, and definitely has a warming effect. Finishes with a nice chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla combo.

The body is medium. Carbonation is dialed down nicely, and it does feel relatively smooth. Nonetheless, it could use a little more body. Not bad by any stretch though. For a beer of its size, it goes down surprisingly easy.

I understand that Jackie O's and Columbus Brewing Company collaborated to create Route 33. This is simply the barrel-aged version of that beer. It's pretty good stuff. Some suggested tweaks are a stronger pecan flavor, a little less alcohol, and more body. Those would all improve it. Good stuff as it is. Definitely worth checking out. Here's hoping Columbus Brewing Company and Jackie O's brainstorm frequently in the future.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dtx00
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch black, no light was escaping this one at all. Rich, evil looking with a thin tan head on top that only slightly faded as it came back down to earth really just coating the inside of the glass completely as it went down. The aroma was huge, this is exactly what I had hoped it would be. Rich vanilla notes that were interlaced perfectly with rich chocolate and hints of bourbon and oak. Sublime and perfect in every way. As I go in for a sip I find the same thing, simply perfect. Smooth, seductive, a bit lighter in the body then I would have thought, but still wonderfully smooth. Rich chocolate dominates here early before the bourbon takes over. Lots of vanilla here as well as it really is soo complex I find it hard to really put into words. But I drink on and as I do, wonderful oak and woody notes greet me as it comes up to room temp

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour yields a very dark brown brew with a thin tan head. The nose carries a good amount of bourbon along with some roasted malt and chocolate. There's a bit of sweetness in there as well, backing up the roast. The flavor melds the bourbon, chocolate, and sweet malt together well, with a bit of booze in the finish alongside the roasted malt. Nice combination of flavor effects. Medium body with a nice barrel presence. A really nice brew; glad I was able to grab a bottle of this.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown color with a brownish head that disssipated quickly.

S - Lots of bourbon, lots of nuts, bit roast and burnt malts.

T - Bourbon, little bit of roast, nice nuttyness. Kind of digging the flavors on this one. Little bit of vanilla and some sweeter spices.

M - Medium bodied with lower carbonation.

O - Nice beer, particularly if you like nuts and roast. Bourbon adds some good complexity.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature. Exceedingly dark brown with mahogany highlights. A skim of bubbles quickly reduces to just a wispy hint that there might be some carbonation. No lacing.

Pretty nice-smelling stuff. The bourbon, while not quite muted, is toned down enough to complement rather than overwhelm. Dark chocolate and a roasted malt are enhanced with light notes of oak and vanilla. There's a general nuttiness that I suppose can be attributed to the pecans, but I couldn't have identified the nut in question without reading the label.

Tastes good, too. Roasted malts up front turn more tangy and raisinish toward the swallow. Not quite thick, but plenty smooth, and the bourbon lends a nice warmth to the finish. Dark chocolate aplenty, but it avoids straying into 'too sweet' territory. Oak, vanilla and nuttiness are light, but appreciable. A well-constructed brew

Overall impression: I've never had the base beer, but barrel-aging it seems to have been a wise choice. It probably will cellar well, but the bourbon is already a well-integrated part of the overall flavor profile. No harshness here; drink and enjoy.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 12/29/10

2010 vintage, bottle 78/168

Split with MbpBugeye

Nearly black in color; no light passes through. Poured about 1/4th inch of loose bubbles that thinned quickly leaving a wispy skim. No lacing to speak of. Nothing by the end.

The aroma is appropriately bold & is rather well-structured. A good bit of roasted malts occupy much of the nose- chocolate & a hint of coffee beans. Musty oak notes intermingle with a dry, dusty yeastiness. Actually, the yeast is rather prominent all around. Hints of vanilla.

Smooth chocolate flavor with a slight hint of nuttiness. Route 33 walks a thin line between sweet & roasted. Hints of plum on the peripheries. Lightly charred notes linger throughout. Bourbon flavors are minimal at first, beginning to emerge as the beer warms.

Full bodied with a smooth overall feel. It's surprisingly lively considering the heft of the beer; it isn't sluggish at all. Carbonation is appropriately low. Finishes with roasted malts & appreciable bourbon heat.

This is quite the enjoyable sipper. It seems to have gelled better than the non-barrel aged. Worth a shot if you don't have to leverage obscene amounts in a trade to get it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mark for sharing this one.

A: The pour on this one is a dark brown color with a small khaki head.

S: Not surprisingly, the nose opens up with lots of bourbon and vanilla. Quite a bit of chocolate on there with some toasted nuts. A little bit of cherries, along with roasted malts and a hint of alcohol.

T: Not as good of a flavor, but not too shabby. The roasted malts stand out more than on the aroma. There is a definite cherry note, some nut shells, bourbon, and vanilla. A bit hot with the booze.

M: Medium in body, maybe a touch thin, with a medium carbonation.

O: Some good aspects to the beer, but there are just too many flaws.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber sampled from a mason jar. The bottle states that this is a "Bourbon barrel aged imperial oatmeal chocolate pecan porter." Nice. Bottle #65 out of 168, 2010 vintage.

Pours a dark black, no light getting through this one. Very little head on top.

The aroma is of sweet almonds, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, figs, wood, and oats. Everything a good porter should be and then some.

Tastes of vanilla up front, sweet cream, coffee, dark sugar, dark fruits (dried cherry), and sweet chocolate. This porter is roasty, but also balanced with notes from the barrel aging, offering hints of bourbon and wet wood. There is a slight citrus bite to the beer, but not too much.

Overall, this beer is pretty outstanding. I kind of wish I had set this one back a while. Oh well. It's good now, and would be great a year from now. Another fine ale from Jackie-O's.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of nhindian
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Bottle generously provided by normyk, thanks a lot!

2010 release, bottle #32/168.

A - Pours a dark brown, pretty much almost black. Even after a relatively hard pour, only about a finger's worth of head forms, light tan in color. Retention is low and ghastly whisps of foam litter the top of the beer when it's gone. Not much lacing, but some pretty good alcohol legs.

S - The smell is pretty decent for this beer. Lots of bourbon and vanilla, but still get hints of the chocolate and nuttiness in this. The overall aroma is fairly sweet and smells like it has a pretty hefty malt bill. Relatively earthy as well.

T - After my first sip, I am getting flashbacks to last night when I tried Bourbon Sweet Chocolate Love and Bourbon Dark Apparition... I feel this is the same type of barrel (Woodford Reserve), and honestly I'm not a fan of it. It leaves a strong bourbon flavor, bordering on alcohol-soaked dark fruit, and overwhelms the base beer. The malts here are roasty to the point of almost leaving a smoked flavor, yet its faint and quick. Not getting much chocolate besides some flashes here and there, and the vanilla that was prominent in the nose takes a back seat to the other barrel-imparted flavors. Finish is moderately long and boozy.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied and has good carbonation. A little bit thin and watery at points. Leaves a solid coating on the mouth, however.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. Due to an allergy to pecans that my regular tasting buddy has, I had to tackle this one solo and it took a good amount of time. The main criticism I have is that the bourbon comes across too strongly, but I come from the perspective that bourbon barrel-aging should complement the base beer and accentuate its nuances and complexities, not completely overshadow them. A rare miss from Jackie O's.

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Photo of Phelps
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by whiterascal, poured into a tulip. This here’s a bourbon barrel-aged imperial oatmeal chocolate pecan porter. Every one of those words sounds good to me. Bottle 109 of 168.

Deep black, with not a hint of light visible from middle to edge. The head is extremely thin and the color of cocoa, fading within seconds to a skinny ring.

Heavy, sugary bourbon aroma, complete with vanilla extract, oak and toffee. Pecan, milk chocolate and a touch of roast are noticeable below.

The flavor’s a little less rich. Dark chocolate and vanilla meld before oak and toasty bread settle in. A splash of alcohol is off-putting, but is quickly replaced by sweet pecan. Sugary overall, with a lingering vanilla-heavy finish.

A little thin in feel. Medium-light and slightly watery, with almost-not-there carbonation. Alcohol is big in the nose and on the tongue, but it’s to be expected at 9.2 percent. Big lingering sweetness.

Tasty! The bourbon takes over a little too much, but overall it’s a good, sweet porter. 4

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Urbancaver
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with chocolaty coloured head with dissipates quickly. Strong bourbon presence on the nose. Nutty smells peak through. Can definitely taste the nuttiness under the strong bourbon. The roasted malts are barely detectable. Tastes stronger than it is... very drinkable though

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Photo of Jeffo
2.61/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of GoGriz in a recent trade. Cheers for the bottle man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2010
Bottle 159 of 168

APPEARANCE: A thicker looking black pour makes a one finger, medium looking, noisy, crackly, mocha color head with lousy retention. Head is really obnoxious, but luckily is quickly fizzes down to a faint wisp and ring. Black body with relatively high levels of carbonation evident. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing. Looks quite flat by the end.

SMELL: Big nose on this one, and quite barrel heavy. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some milk chocolate. Touches of dark chocolate and caramel as well. Pretty big and the barrel smells quite nice.

TASTE: Some dark malts and dark chocolate up front with the barrel coming through on the swallow. Bourbon and some oak notes, though very little vanilla or milk chocolate at all. Some booze in the finish as well. Aftertaste is really mild and short lived, with some oak, bourbon, and a touch of the pecan nuts if you close your eyes and think about it. This is relatively lackluster and boring on the finish. Much less impressive than the nose had advertised.

PALATE: Medium-thin body and higher levels of carbonation. Prickly carbonation, and somewhat fizzy on the palate, goes down alright and finishes a little sticky. Bleh.

OVERALL: Pretty boring really. The nose was definitely the most attractive feature of the beer, showcasing the barrel quite nicely, but the flavor was bland and weak, with a pathetic showing after the swallow, and the palate relatively thin and watery. I hear Jackie O’s makes some good brews but this is not one of them. Was happy to give this one a go, so thanks again GoGriz, but I’ll pass on this one in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/27/11 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing another Jackie O's beer. Bottle 82 of 168.

a -Pours an almost black color, with an inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, chocolate, oak, and roasted malts. Pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, and vanilla/cream. Bourbon isn't quite as strong as it is in the nose, and some vanilla in the taste which I like a lot. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy body, wonderful mouthfeel.

o - Overall another good beer from Jack O's. While this is not my favorite beer from them I thought it was very good, and I continue to be impressed by them. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of rye726
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I though this was pretty good. Nothing spectacular, but a tasty, well balanced. Pours dark. Notes of bourbon, nuts, roasty malts, oak, vanilla and more dark malts. Flavor lacks a bit in complexity, but is very well balaned. Another super unique and very tasty beer from Jackie O's. Great Stuff!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 3/168. Split with my dad for New Years. Poured into my Jackie Os snifter.

A- Body is a thick, viscous, opaque very dark brown hue. Pours with a miniscule medium brown head that quickly fades to a thin collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- I really like the nose-and the overall impression is sweet, rich, dessert. Pecan and sweet bourbon notes are the highlight and blend well together. The chocolate, oak barrel, and toasted oatmeal are there but take a backseat to the bourbon and pecan. The end of the nose stings the nostrils as a potent alcohol astringency is there as well.

T- Pecan and bourbon flavors upfront with a nice chocolatey backbone. The finish adds a touch of soaked oak to the flavors already present as well as a hint of roasted malt. Bourbon syrupy flavors as well as a moderate alcohol heat and a hint of chocolate linger.

M- Medium to high tingly carbonation and a nice smooth, creamy full body that is rich in oatmeal. The addition of oatmeal does wonders for this brew.

D- I like the bottled version much better than the tap version of this brew (It just didnt measure up to its stout bigger brothers). Its rich and desserty and a very good BA porter overall. I hope its released again as it is a very well balanced, rich, porter.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After splitting Captain Barley Heart, Ryan011235and I moved on to this one. A bourbon barrel aged version of the collaboration been CBC and Jackie O's. An Ohio super group if you will. (now I want to listen to some Night Ranger.)

Bottle 78/168 "Bourbon barrel aged imperial oatmeal chocolate pecan porter". Boy, I need a nap now.

A- Try as I might, I just can't coax out any head from this deep colored beer. Still, I get a little bit of tiny dots that hang about.

S- Right away silky bourbon, oak and vanilla are drifting around the room. A good sign. Upon taking a strong whiff, I'm disappointed. It took me a while to name this familiar smell that tramples everything over. Its pumpkin guts. Wet, uncooked, gooey, stringy pumpkin guts. I don't know where its coming from, perhaps the pecans are partly responsible, but its out of place. I keep looking for chocolate but I keep getting stonewalled by basement wood and alcohol.

T- I'm glad to report that this beer does recover from that aroma, kinda. Its kinda hot, especially on the finish. All of that 9 and some odd % abv is there. Needless to say bourbon is big. Chocolate silk helps but is slightly squashed. The back has an acidic tartness that tries to peak out.

M- Medium with a slick, berry juice tart feel. Just in case alcohol becomes a problem, the word "imperial" is on the label.

D- A solid "meh". It has huge promise and I love the idea and collaboration of 2 of Ohio's fastest up and coming breweries.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Route 33 Collaboration Porter from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 25 ratings