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Brown Recluse | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brew3crew on 04-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
94
pDev:
14.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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48
Gots:
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Photo of badboyrsl84
2.34/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark carmel colored brown in the glass the only visual head is a white lacing around the beer.

Smell- sweet aroma with a little sour cherry in the end. Almost one trick pony

Taste- a nice sour taste starts out but falls flat in the end. Some sour cherries and finishes with a sweet lacing of maple syrup.

Overall- avoid the hype. It's ok but nothing special. Thin and watery is the best way to describe this.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
2.35/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

WTF? How does this have a B+?

Looks like a normal beer when you pour it, smells rather tasty. A little tart and sour in your mouth and then nothing. Finishes very watery and flat. Not very good at all. I'd consider this an avoid.

I got a free taste so I'm not upset but my dumbass buddy traded a fucking Rare for it. What a dumbass.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shared by the late chswimmer (RIP). Thanks! From notes.

A: Pours a clear brown body with a tan head.

S: Tart cherries, lactic sourness, oak, vanilla.

T: The taste isn't all that sour; it's more tart than anything. Cherries, nuts, red wine. Small vinegar burn in the finish. I like the vanilla character; it works well with the red wine. I don't often detect it in this strength in wine-barrel aged beers.

M: I don't like the vinegar burn in the finish. Low carbonation.

O: Meh.

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Photo of craytonic
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Mahogany-brown with an off-white head

Smell: Dark malt and fruits, brown sugar, cherries, oak, touch of maple sugar.

Taste: Not particularly sour, I get cherries, oak, vanilla, brown sugar and a bit of maple syrup. A bit muddled.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with low carbonation

Overall: Not particularly impressive.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a muddy brown with a thin light tan head.

S-the nose is heavy dry oak, almost sawdusty, a decent sour cherry with notes of dark plums.

T-still a fair bit of oak but the fruit flavors are slightly muffled. lots of sour cherries and some dry leathery brett behind.

M-light body, highly carbonated, grainy on the palate with a fairly dry crisp finish.

D-decent sour, lots of oak to it and the flavor becomes somewhat blurred as the brett is slightly overpowering and has eaten too much of the flavors.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Urbancaver for the Jackie O's hookup. I'd not heard of the brewery until he mentioned it to me and it's certainly not something I can purchase in my local area. This is bottle 311/372, 2011 version.

Pouring this into a Cantillon flute, it forms a medium brown with reddish highlights. Foam formation was scant and no retention.

Upfront tart, sour-cherry like nose yields to a semi-sweet chocolate. Slightly smoky and a very mild barnyard.

Nutty undertones blend with the tarter, sour character. Light vanilla. The maple syrup noted on the label is detectable but at a level I might not detect were it not explicit. Long, dry sour finish keeps the taste buds puckered.

Light bodied with a moderate-low level of carbonation.

My experience with sour ales is fairly limited and even more so with a sour brown ale. That said, I find RR's Supplication to be a far more complex beer with a more developed, pronounced sour character and a more vibrant mouthfeel. While this is certainly not a bad beer, I'm not sure I'd seek it out again.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle 79/372, 2011. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Brown. Duh. Not much head, just a ring of foam.

Smell - Acetic vinegar notes. Maple syrup cuts the acidic notes. Cherry aromas, as well.

Taste - Nice sour. Slightly acetic. Becomes more so in the finish. Red wine and cherry flavors. Very similar to the smell.

Mouthfeel - Nice clean sour, which is surprising from Jackie O's. I don't love the acetic sourness, but it's good.

Overall - It's nice without being fantastic. Sour, but missing the complexity.

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Photo of nhindian
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Shared with wdeck9.

2011 vintage, bottle #148/372

A - Dark brown with chestnut highlights. Almost no head at all, just a thin ring. Some scattered lacing, not much. Pretty opaque, a little hazy as well.

S - This thing exudes sourness. Hard to get any one aroma, but there's some oak and faint maple syrup. Some cherries and vinegar.

T - The taste is interesting to say the least. It's mostly all sour in the front end, but I can't say I discern much from it, not exactly complex unfortunately. It's sour and just drops off into some oak and some vague maple. I would've loved to see more maple here, just comes through too weakly unfortunately.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied with good carbonation. Not incredibly sour but leaves a puckering aftertaste.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Would've loved to see more out of this beer as it was the one I was looking forward to most from this release. Maybe it'll do better with age but as of now it's a let-down.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a murky brown color with pretty much no head just a few bubbles at best. No lacing what so ever.

S- Quite a bit of funk. Cherries, vinegar, wood and sourness.

T- Quite a bit of sour, but at the level I can handle. Some darker fruits, woody, hay and a lot of Earthy notes. I'm acutally surprised that I can drink this one with relative ease.

M- Medium in body and fairly light in carbonation.

O- I'm pretty sure I couldn't handle a bottle of this one on my own, but splitting would be ideal.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpe for the share. I am not the hugest fan of dark sours, by and large, so I do not have high hopes here. The brew pours a dark, murky brown, and is tinged with red glints. The tan head is short-lived, and recedes into a wispy film. I'm getting some vinegar and oak, and some dark berry melange from the nose. The flavor adds a good deal of sweetness, black cherry, currant, and some toastiness to the mix. Thinner feel. Overall I don't mind it, but don't love it.

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Photo of prototypic
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. Thanks dood!

2011 - Bottle #99/372

Brown Recluse pours a dark mahogany brown color. It’s not opaque. Light cuts through at every angle. It features some really nice dark cherry colored highlights throughout. The color is nice. It’s unfortunate that no head materializes. A few bubbles appear on the surface, but disappear quickly. That’s it. Not bad, not great.

The nose is a tad weak, but smells pretty good overall. It starts out with a mix of sour cherry, oak, and plum. It’s an interesting mix, but it works. While wild yeast is definitely here, there’s not any overt evidence of funkiness. Not a bit. There are some secondary notes of oak, vanilla, leather, and tobacco. Surprisingly, I’m not getting any maple syrup. That’s a tad disappointing. Still smells alright though. Alcohol is buried. I’m not getting any.

The flavor is interesting. It’s also good. It seems rather straight forward. It does start out with a nice sour cherry flavor. It is vinegary and quite tart. I wouldn’t say it’s mouth puckering though. There is a bit of dark fruit and a red wine quality to it. Oak, vanilla, and tobacco are all secondary. They add some nice depth and complement the other flavors nicely. I’m still not getting any maple syrup. I wish there were more of that flavor here. Perhaps it’s just buried. Alcohol is never a factor. Finishes tart with a touch of oak and vanilla.

Brown Recluse has a lighter body. Carbonation is extremely light. It’s soft, but I wish there were more bubbles here. It feels thin and a bit watery. It’s not exactly bad, but it’s not great. Average sounds about right.

Brown Recluse is interesting beer. I like the flavor quite a bit, but am left wanting more body, more bubbles, and at least a little maple syrup. Perhaps that’s just time’s effect on it. It’s still good stuff. It just doesn’t pack the ferocious bite I’d hoped.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Pretty simple, it was brown. I had to force a head from an aggressive pour, and that quickly faded and left no remenats of it's existance.

A: Chocolate, caramel, and tartness. Lots of tartness. Oak barrels with tart cherries, and sour red grapes.

T: Sweet and sour. Sour cherries and grapes lead to a subtle sweetness from the syrup and oak barrels. Finishes very sour, very dry (I'm guessing that the syrup was fully fermentable and lead to the unusally dry finish) and light. No hint of alcohol in this one.

M: Carbonation was on the lower side which made it rather oily.

O: Good, not great IMO. The sourness was a little over the top for me. I wish there would have been a little more sweetness from the syrup to balance it out. But, a good offering. Skal.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Veldrid for this one. Poured from a 22oz. (#33/372) bomber into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303

A: Standard pour yields an almost completely flat beer. No head. Beer is a dark, almost opaque brown. No lacing with poor legs. Doesn't really get much worse. Clarity saves it from being a 1.

S: Nose is a slightly tart grape along with some raspberry. Moerately aromatic with a nice tart funk. Vanilla from the barrels also. Decent.

T: Opens tart prunes and raspberry. Kind of like a Flanders Oud Bruin. Woody and puckering towards the middle where the sour really kicks in. Robust with notes of tea leaves at the end, creating a slightly accented bitterness right before a filmy, puckering, tart, dry tea leaf finish. Really unique and tasty.

M: Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Lively and puckering in the mouth. Goes down abrasive with some small bubbles on the side with a messy finish and a lingering aftertaste. Appropriate and real nice body.

O: Aside from the appearance, Brown recluse is a really well made wild ale. Robust and with a different approach than most other wild ales I've had. The tea leaves accentuate the overall woodiness nicely. Worth trying.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe for this... pours dark brown, a little watery on the fringe, an off white head, ok head but not lace... really love the nose, lots of maple syrup mixed with lactic sourness and cherries, maple comes off very nice and the balance is awesome... the taste is more sour than the nose and not as much maple or as good but still tastey, molasses, brown sugar, oak, and sour finish.. enjoyed and I’d gladly have again

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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Brown Recluse from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 94 ratings
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