Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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American Wild Ale
3.76 | pDev: 14.89%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of veinless
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle shared with AwYeh - thank you son.

A: Opaque, extremely dark maroon body. Head is a light whitish-brown and stays around for a while after receding initially.

S: A kind of generic plain sour smell, but still pleasant. Beer specific sour smell is upfront followed by punchy fruity sourness. Pretty muted smell overall.

T: Caramel laced with the sour fruit up front is interesting. Tastes like a granny smith apple, and the caramel doesn't offer sweetness, just the burnt aspect of caramel. Briefly has a spell of hoppy bitterness, but it is shortlived, and a nice interlude.

M: Slightly fizzy, gets creamily foamy halfway through the sip. Leaves a nice sticky feel afterwards. Very pleasant feeling to savor sips with.

O: Solid sour, but unremarkable in terms of specific taste. It would have helped if I had a clearer handle on what quince tastes like, but the fruit aspect wasn't as forward as I would've liked. Still a good beer though.

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Photo of rmaste6282
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into The Bruery snifter. Good carbonation, not much lacing or retention.

Aroma is fruity, kind of raisin or prune like, sourness apparent. Getting some chocolate and roast.

Flavor is good in the beginning and middle but has a weird lingering aftertaste. Gets smoky as it warms, a medium amount of roast. The aftertaste ruins the beer for me, medicinal or something off. Not terrible but not worth seeking out either.

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We had this at a tasting hosted by finewinemike. He also provided this bottle. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown that had a red tint at the edges. There is a layer of light tan head and a decent amount of retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with some fruit and a mildly sour vinegar like note.

Taste: This beer is very interesting. A bit smokey with some malt sweetness and mild fruit. There is a good amount of sourness, but the finish was a bit muddles and confusing for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought some of the flavors in this beer clashed a bit. Very interesting and not bad, just a bit weird. Really cool to get to try this.

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Photo of Mississipping
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruddy brown color with pronounced amber highlights when held to light.  The small off-white head rises and falls rather quickly, leaving a decent amount of lacing behind.  Nice, albeit somewhat unexpected presentation. 

S: Really interesting and complex aroma.  The cabernet barrel qualities are pretty pronounced.  Vinous, slightly sour fruit, some oak and vanilla.  It really smells fantastic but there are qualities that I'm unable to pinpoint, I suppose due to my unfamiliarity with the quince fruit.  Nice malty backbone that carry some caramel and brown sugar.  

T: Malty up front with a slight doughy breadiness.  Caramel, vanilla, and oak meld well in the forefront.  Barrel characteristic are less pronounced in the flavor, however, there is still ample grape skins and oak.  Pear (probably quince) and green apple are much more subtle. There is a nice tartness that provides a nice balance to the malty sweetness up front.  

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.  The carb level was really nice for this beer, almost matching the prickly fruitiness of the beer and helping bring out some of the subtleties that may not have been noticed otherwise.  It starts out slightly sweet and ends pretty dry with the tartness lingering after each sip.  

D: This bottle was split about eight ways, so I didn't have a whole lot to drink, but what I had was really enjoyable and easy to drink.  I could have easily finished the bottle myself if I hadn't been at a tasting and would have enjoyed every sip of it.  Sweet, tart, fruity, slightly funky, juicy, and dry.  Delicious!

This was one of approximately 18 bottles at the tasting, which represented a wide variety of styles, but this was among the top two of the night.  I had this at the release back in February and remember it standing out there, too, but the additional age has done it very well.  I'm glad I have one more bottle to keep in the cellar for another year or so to allow it to develop even more!

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Andy shared this one. Thanks homey. Poured into a tulip. Pours a coloa brown with a finger of bubbly tan head. It settles with a little bit of soapy lace.

A little strange on the aroma. It reminds me a roasty wine (which I don't think exists). Pinot aroma with apples and some roasty malts. This simply reminds me of an infected stout. Roasty char flavors with a little bit of a coffee-esq finish. It has a bit of a sour apple flavor with a grapey flavor to boot. Roasty and sour sums it up.

The body is medium and the carbonation is enough. Very dry on the finish. Overall this is interesting. The falvors are good and the aroma is good. I'm just not sure how well they all work together. Glad to try it, but I'll leave this for the rest of you beer geeks.

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3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is very dark red, and looks almost black in the glass. There is a tan foamy head, that leaves a bit of sticky lacing.

The aroma is full of apple when I pour into the glass. A deeper whiff gets more vinegar with a little bit of cocoa from the darker malts. All the aromas are good, if a little confusing.

The taste starts out sharp and sour, followed by a little sweetness with some more chocolatey malt flavor. There is a distinctly tart grapefruit rind flavor in the finish.

The body is light to light medium. There is mellow carbonation that feels smooth.

I wouldn't say the flavors are bad; they just are strange together. Looking at each category individually this does okay; but put together in one package, it's a bit messy. File this under fun to try once but I'd be think more than twice about getting it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter and enjoyed on 7/1/2011

pours out a dark murky brown, for some reason i was expecting more of a light color, but very nice look to it with good lacing and a prominant head on top.

First whiff seems a bit light to be honest, light funk, sour notes, pears, and hints of malts starting to come though. No alcohol present at all and the sour seems very understated at this point. The forst sip totally redeems it though as the sour fruits and oak notes start to perk up. Nice touches of grapeskins, sour, sour grapefruit like flavors rip through the palate. Dark fruits, prunes, hints of vanilla and light notes of brown sugar can be picked up through the haze of barnyard funk. Rich medium body is more then well carbonated and really lets the flavor pop across the palate. Final sips are dy, vinegar rich and full of apple and pear back flavors. i am guessing the apples and pears are the quince? no clue but it tasted damn nice and was much sweeter then i thought it would be.

not a home run but a decent hit for jackie for sure.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Believe it was Rich that shared this beer.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a tall off-white head.

S: Really a weird nose. Pretty heavy on the malts, especially toffee and toast. There is a mild tartness to it (quince?), and some light fruit notes. Quite a bit of barrel, especially char.

T: The flavor isn't really any better. Roast and charred oak with some tartness and dark fruits. There is a bit of sweetness and toffee. Heavy wine flavor and tannins are really overpowering.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: This was not enjoyable. All the wrong flavors were intense/dominant.

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Photo of ottovon
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shared by whiterascal.

A: pours out a dark-amber with almost no head.

S: I get a lot of cab aromas and vinous notes. there is caramel and some smoke, and hints of bread. there is a bit of acid and some sweet fruit aromas. there is also molasses and toffee.

T: i get carmel and toffee. some roasted malt and oak. There is definite vinous qualities. i get some smoke and a bit of leather from the cab. there is acid and some earthy qualities. there is some citrus flavors and then it finishes dry and bitter.

M: it is dry, but still has a nice medium body with decent carb.

O: a great beer. I wish we had more.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour thanks to johndoe8! Bottle# 175/204

Pour: Cola brown with hints of golden hue and an off white, densely foamy head around an inch high.

Nose: Fresh apple, cherries, caramel, vanilla, oak tannins, slight red wine vinous notes and Brett.

Taste: Cherries, apple, vinous red wine, drying grass, Brett yeast, oak, vanilla, caramel (from the Scoth ale) and lemon on the end. Really fantastic and complex.

Mouthfeel: Creamy at first with a great dry finish...almost a musty finish which I really like and fits this beer well.

Overall: A great surprise...Jackie O's knows what they're doing and I'm really excited to try some more!

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Photo of mikereaser
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF #5

#7 from johnbjaeger

A - Pours a nice deep chestnut brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light with 1/2 inch of off-white foam that quickly faded leaving a bit of lacing on the glass

S - The aroma is really nice, i'm picking up alot of freshly picked fruit, a bit of apple, a bit of orange with some caramel sweetness thrown in to round it out. Really nice aroma and really unexpected by the appearance

T - Again, the taste is totally unexpected. I was expecting alot of malts, but instead I find myself faced with some sort of brown ale maybe aged with fruit or something else thats giving it a slightly sour feel with a nice oaky tannin taste. Theres more going on but I can't place it.

M - slight puckering rounds out this beer nicely, all the flavors balance nicely and even the sour doesn't take over the feel.

D - Its easy to drink, though it could become cloying by the end of the 22oz. bottle.

I really have no clue what this could be, maybe a sour brown?

holy shit! Jackie O's Quincedence Well this is one I never expected and I have to say it was very enjoyable. According to the label, there is a hell of alot that went into this beer and it makes it hard to pick out all of it. Maybe its time to put down the laptop and finish off this tasty treat.


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Photo of Phelps
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by whiterascal. Bottle #28 of 204 (delicious rarity!) poured into a snifter.

Quincedence has a virtual novel written on the bottle that explains its pedigree, but here’s the gist: it began life as a Scottish ale, then is was aged for a time in cabernet barrels. Some Brettanomyces and 20 pounds of the mysterious quince3 fruit was added, and lo and behold, Quincedence was born.

Deep cola brown in color, with just a bit of clarity. A one-finger head of fizzy cream pops away within seconds to a thin ring.

Great, complex aroma: butter, toffee, caramel, a light brett funk and a bit of sweet earthy citrus I expect is the fruit.

More funkiness in the flavor, met by sweet fruit. Oaky vanilla, smoky peat, red wine, a nice amount of chocolate, caramel, toffee and tart citrus. Earthy dryness moves in at the finish. Very complex.

Medium body with light carbonation and moderate fizziness as it moves. The alcohol burn is astounding, in that it doesn’t exist. 9.5 percent and I can’t feel a thing.

It’s no coincidence that I like Quincedence — the beer is wonderfully complex and drinkable. I’ve never had the fruit it’s named after before, but I’m inspired to go get one.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown colored beer with an off-white head that had some moderate lacing.

S - Really interesting nose on this, which I'm assuming is due to the quince. Bit of an earthy barrel nose with some vinous notes and a light, sweet fruity aroma that I found pretty appealing. Some peat, funk, and sour notes as well. Complex.

T - Peaty and tannic on the front, with a rush of sweet fruit flavor which once again I will guess is the quince. Some interesting malt notes. I actually liked this a lot more than most in my tasting group, and think it might get better with some time.

M - Decently carbonated, medium bodied.

O - I kind of like this, there is a big fruit rush at the end, and the base beer is interesting. Apparently it's somewhat polarizing, I'd be curious to see what this one does in a couple years.

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Photo of craytonic
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Murky dark pour, very small head

Taste: Very vinous, with a big malty dose and what I guess are Quinces

Taste: Odd beer, not particularly wild. I guess the fruit I can't pin down is a quince. Very vinous and malty with some vanilla, oak, caramel and toffee. Weird jolly rancher flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation

Overall: Not particularly appetizing, wild or sour.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage, bottle #96 of 204.

4.5 A: Opaque plum color. Two fingers of thick creamy beige head with good retention and glass covering lacing.

4.5 S: There's an unbelievable amount of aromas comming off of this. Every step of the process comes through with varying strength. The lightest aromas of those of the Scottish ale. There's just a touch of caramel and peat, but it adds to the totality of the brew. Cabernet is a bit stronger with vanillins and tannins making similar contributions. The strange fruitiness, which must come from the quince (I have no idea what these even look like aside from the pic on the label) works great with the vinous grape aroma. The quince aroma can't really be described with other fruits, but I'd say it's something between a pear and a dirty diaper. Some brett funk and some tart lactic component, but not overwhelming.

4.5 T: The base beer is much more apparent in the taste. The caramel, peat, and breadiness comes through much stronger. Less vinous character than the nose, but more tannic astringency, vanilla, and oak. Quince and wild apple fruitiness with the apple being of the funky brett variety. Mildly tart, but far from a straight up sour. A lot more funky than the nose with musky basement and rotting wood joining the wild apple. This has a moderate "Jackie O's" flavor in it. Alcohol is undetectable.

4.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is on the higher end, but works really well. Reasonably creamy and quite smooth for what it is.

4.5 D: This is a very tasty beer now, but I think this will be insanely good in a few years after the bugs have more time to develop. Never tasted a quince before, but it seems like they have a place in the beer world.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 4/2 release party. The sour has mellowed out a lot and is better integrated than the last time I had in in February. The color on this one is funny, a brownish haze with light edges, almost a yellowish tint. Smell is of funky exotic fruit. Very tropical and enticing. Taste is awesome, great tart fruit and mellow chocoaltey base. The sour flavors in this one are very cool and match up nicely with the dark malts. What is a Quince anyway?

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

04/02/11- Had this one on-tap at Jackie O's "one funky afternoon."
A: Very dark brown with light brown hues and a decent cream collar with lacing.
S: Cherry, intense pear, brown sugar, slight milk chocolate, and overall rustic. Awesome.
T: Pear, cranberry, white wine, brown sugar, raisins, and a bitter sour apple core finish. Good.
M: Frothy, thinner, and dry.
O: Really good. This is probably my favorite JO's American wild. Had this one on tap a few times and in bottles and I'm consistently impressed.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok we have a muddy looking black brew with red highlights. The head was not really there, but I do se a few spots of lace. The nose is quite different, we have wine barrel mixed with a sweet funk. Ok the taste is definitely stronger then the nose. The wine barrel oakiness hits first followed bye a sour funk that flows into a light fruitiness. The beer is on a medium body with enough bubbles to get the job done.

Very unique brew, I would love to taste a bottle of this in say 2015.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish brown. Not much head. A thin ring of white bubbles clinging to the side of the glass but relatively flat. Smells very tart and sour. A nice hint of sweetness. On the tongue there is a touch of woody oak but mostly a sharp sour tart that melds nicely with the fruitiness. I have never had quince fruit but i have to assume that's the light fruity taste im getting. The tartness is well balanced with the base beer. Overall. Vry tsty

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Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at jackie o's

A- dark brown to black with almost no head.
S-can really smell the cabernet wine barrels
T-the sourness is more than I expected. Wine barrelling really shows. My palate isn't sophisticated as it should before this one
M-medium bodied and smooth
O-very good and a lot more sour thzn I was expecting

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Photo of MasterSki
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Nolet's taster tulip. A scottish ale aged in wine barrels with quince.

A - Big tan foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind nice splotchy lacework. Semi-transparent red-brown color with a ruby glow to it. Quite attractive.

S - Smell is...odd. A combination of peated malts, Jolly Rancher sour apple candy, and vinous notes. Flavors are clear and defined, but don't seem to integrate very well.

T - Again, it's a strange mix of smokey and treacle malts, tart apples, and an intensely tannic, starchy finish (I'm guessing from the quince). Not particularly "wild" at this point.

M - Medium bodied, with medium carbonation and well-hidden alcohol. Very dry, with tannic fruit husk character in the finish.

D - Probably my least favorite Jackie O's offering. If you're going to chose a base beer like this one for a wild, it probably needs a lot of time and aggressive "bugs" to develop (a la Good Mojo, which took nearly 8 years). I'd skip this and have one of their stouts instead.

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Photo of koopa
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle # 31 of 204 received in a trade.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a 1 finger khaki crown that displays medium retention and some lace.

Smell: Wine, apples, a light wildness, and a dark malty base.

Taste: Oh wow much worse than I expected. Sweet tarts, raisins, sour crab apples, wine and a terrible quince pith. When the "featured ingredient" is the worst aspect of the flavor profile I must ask why the beer was made at all.


Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Not offensive but completely boring.

Overall: WTF is overall? The drinkability is held back by the flavor. Perhaps some aging would allow the wild yeast to develop and the "back side of a lime with boat loads of grapefruit pith" quince flavor to disappear. I guess I like my quince 1 way - being quoted in the film "White Men Can't Jump" by Rosie Perez while on Jeopardy and answering questions from the category "Foods that begin with the letter Q"

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3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks again to Kyle for sharing! Bottle # 194/204.

(A)- Pours a deep dark brown color with some white bubbles.

(S)- A lightly tart apple and pear aroma. Some malty richness behind that with obvious vinous qualities.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A light tart apple/pear aspect with a rich malty raisin and dark fruit/wine-like characteristics.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Lightly tart and fruity with a rich raisin background.

(D)- An interesting take on the style. Sweet and tart with a nice rich foundation. Age would help this alot, but I just feel like its really missing alot of sour and funky attributes I like to see for a wild.

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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BZero007 for picking this up for me at the Jackie O's release.

Beer pours a dark brown with hints of red and hard to see through. The smell is much more roasty than I expected, the roasted malt stands out while there are hints of wine lurking in there as well. The taste is sour and tannin-y, but the scotch ale base really dominates and takes over the flavor, especially in the finish. There's a chocolate maltiness that really stands out, it has all of the components of a very good beer, but they don't quite come together as I had hoped. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, I honestly think this beer could've benefited from a little more body.

Overall I had high hopes for this beer, but it fell a little short of them. I think Jackie O's is onto something with a sour scotch ale, but the strong malt profile of the beer just takes over here and the sourness falls by the wayside. This beer would be outstanding if the fruit and sour were a little more forward and the maltiness a little more subdued.

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2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass, opened to celebrate my defense. Thanks, Ted.

A: Pours a cola brown body. It's dark in the center, but translucent at the edges. It has a beige head with poor retention.

S: It's tart and vinous -- specifically, cabernet or merlot. The red grape aroma is unmistakable.

T: Cabernet manifests itself up front, lending a vinous note to the whole flavor. It carries a light tartness, as well. Mild vanilla and some oak. I pick up hints of caramel and toffee, but the base beer is otherwise quite well hidden. I don't really know what quince tastes like, but there is a key-lime like flavor and some tannic bitterness that reminds me of old apple skins (this pulls into the finish). The wild yeast doesn't seem to have done much to the beer yet; it has a way to go to dry out, and the finish has maybe light hints of funk, and that's only because I'm searching for it.

M: The brett seems like it hasn't had time to do its work. The wine barrel is the most expressive, along with perhaps the fruit, which I can't really tell because I don't know what quince tastes like. The bitterness in the finish is clashing.

D: To be 100% honest (and maybe cynical), the label description reads like a series of one-up attempts to cover up an infection. Overall, I feel like the base beer was poorly chosen, and it is obliterated by the barrel, fruit, and brett treatments. I didn't hate it, but I was pretty meh about it.

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Quincedence from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 61 ratings