Bolero Brown
Jackie O's Brewpub

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Jackie O's Brewpub
Ohio, United States
American Strong Ale
4.16 | pDev: 11.78%
Sep 15, 2014
May 05, 2011
Notes: None
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Rated: 4 by target88 from Kentucky

Sep 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by Photekut from Tennessee

Aug 29, 2012
Rated: 4 by hoppymcgee from Maine

May 13, 2012
Rated: 4 by mdfb79 from New York

Feb 27, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Feb 20, 2012
Rated: 4 by nmann08 from Virginia

Feb 07, 2012
Rated: 4 by xnicknj from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2012
Rated: 4 by JAHMUR from Connecticut

Feb 06, 2012
Rated: 4 by nickhiller from Texas

Feb 05, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by acurtis from New Jersey

Feb 05, 2012
Rated: 2.5 by waiting4lunch from Massachusetts

Feb 05, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by claspada from New Jersey

Feb 04, 2012
Rated: 4 by schwaeh from Ohio

Jan 01, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by MrHirschybar from California

Dec 27, 2011
Rated: 3 by coreyfmcdonald from Georgia

Dec 27, 2011
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Reviewed by Sean9689 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks, BC! 64oz growler into Darkness tulip. This one has been on my wants for some time, and I'm happy to finally be able to try it.

A - Pours a medium brownish color, slight red hue, cinnamon-colored head, thin ring, some wisps on top.

S - An excellent mix of burnt sugars, brandy, and oak. Just as I thought it was smell amped up Brown Ale. The Brandy barrels really add a nice "oomph" and help balance out the sweetness.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of burnt sugars, brandy, and oak. There's a touch of vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar in there as well. The alcohol is very well-hidden and the barrel notes really add to this beer. The finish is gram cracker and booze, yum.

M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy rich finish.

O - This one lived up to the hype for me and I'm so glad I was able to try it. I was told it will be a while for this to show up at Jackie O's again, so I feel very fortunate. Recommend.
Dec 19, 2011
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Reviewed by MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Sean for sharing this growler. I've had my eye on this one for a while. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a partial thin cap, thick collar, and a few spots of lace. Initially looks like a stout, but reveals some dark brown coloration under closer scrutiny.

S - Big molasses, brown sugar, caramel, milk chocolate, and some sweet brandy influence. Very sweet stuff, perhaps verging on cloying, but potent and quite enjoyable for the most part.

T- The taste reveals more of the base brown ale, with milk chocolate, nuts, caramel, vanilla, and mild roast character. Not as much of the brandy barrel presence here. I was told this batch is 13%, and it definitely tastes stronger than the 9.5% listed here, but it's still surprisingly smooth.

M - Medium-full body, creamy and smooth texture, lower carbonation, and shockingly well-hidden alcohol if it's really 13% Not much tannic barrel presence - I'm guessing brandy barrels are used a few times before they get sold to breweries.

D - Really enjoyable stuff, and very drinkable for the style and alcohol content. Perhaps a bit too sweet for mass quantities, but would definitely make a nice dessert pairing. Hard to peg the style - somewhere between Imperial Brown and Imperial Stout.
Dec 18, 2011
Rated: 4 by ChrisPro from Illinois

Dec 18, 2011
Rated: 4 by bmoney from Ohio

Dec 16, 2011
Rated: 4 by spycow from Illinois

Dec 07, 2011
Rated: 5 by Bogforce from Ohio

Dec 05, 2011
Rated: 4 by Stigs from Pennsylvania

Dec 04, 2011
Rated: 4 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Dec 03, 2011
Rated: 4 by ej285701 from Ohio

Nov 14, 2011
Rated: 5 by sideshowe from Pennsylvania

Nov 14, 2011
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Reviewed by Spider889 from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
On draft at the brewpub a while back. Review form notes.

Looks a lot like Dark Apparition, this is a dark "brown" ale. Served with no head... not too surprising coming from a barrel-aged beer. However a bit of swirling reveals a gritty texture and rouses a short cap of foam.

The aroma was a little more weak than I was hoping. I don't have a ton of experience with brandy barrels though. The liquor isn't overly apparent, and the base beer produces some muted barley and ash notes.

Things begin picking up with the taste. Bolero starts off with a dense maltiness which is rich and roasty. Then the brandy grows with sweet alcohol and oak flavors. Mid palate the beer reveals a thinner American Brown Ale set of flavors - mild nuttiness and mellow malts. This beer can be summed up well with two words: woody and malty.

The mouthfeel is dry with a long and deep finish which is full of blackened malt and char. Very very nice. You're tasting the texture and flavor of the inside of that brandy barrel - a really dark char, which I enjoyed immensely.

Overall a very pleasing beer. I would be happy to see this around more often.
Sep 14, 2011
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Reviewed by jisom123 from Indiana

4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From the tap, for breakfast, in the JO brewery side. 08/27/11
This beer was a pleasant surprise after sampling 6 Oil of Aphrodite variants back-to-back.

This was my favorite beer at the 08/27 release. If you like Cashew Mountain from Founders, you will also like this beer. Very clean, nutty, crispy finish. Awesome beer!
Aug 29, 2011
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Reviewed by ne0m00re from Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had this one on-tap at the Jackie O's release.
A: Very dark brown with a cream film and collar and good lacing.
S: Dark caramel, nutty bourbon buttered pecans--but not as sweet--earthy with a hint of earthy hops. Awesome.
T: Tart brandy mixes with caramel and bitter greens with a sweet tangerine and nutty character. Amazing. Awesome tartness in a brown ale.
M: Thicker, and creamy--REALLY creamy--with a balanced tartness and dryness.
O: WOW. Why didn't they bottle this one?
Jul 18, 2011
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Reviewed by BulbMan from Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Many, many, many thanks to Cam for wrangling a growler of this for me...

Dark, dark brown with a bit of a dirty head.

Smells just a touch boozy, of candy and sugar. Very nice. Elegant.

Taste is sweet, but not too sweet, with a touch of sour. More candy and some caramel. Enough brandy to know it's there, but not too much. Subtle.

Light to middle of the road mouthfeel, not too heavy, not too light, perfect for this beer.

This is an absolutely exceptional beer. Hands down. One of the best that I have had. Honored to have been able to try it. Congrats, Jackie O's.
Jul 16, 2011
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Reviewed by MbpBugeye from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Jackie O's at the June release.

The beer is essentially a deep color of purple with lots of reds and browns. There is a thin, wispy head on top.

Creamy vanilla and oak mix with milk chocolate. Red grapes are strong and bring in the vinous, red wine/brandy aromas. The creamy, chocolate and vanilla notes stay separate but equal to the fruity brandy notes. Its really a bit of a yin and yang type aroma, but it works really well.

The beer starts out full force with brandy flavor. Lots of red and purple grapes, oak and tangy fruits. At about the half way point the deep, rich, creamy malts some in. Lots of vanilla sees things to the end. The finish is loaded with vanilla, brandy and oak. Very complex and very interesting.

The body is on the lower side of full. Carbonation is sharp.

One of my favorites from the weekend. This is similar to the Brandy Dark Apparition. I love what the brandy barrels do for these malt bomb beers.
Jul 03, 2011
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Reviewed by Tripphop from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Interesting beer. The pour is very still in the glass, a murky brown color with light edges in the glass. Aromas of caramel and burnt toffee. Very sweet smelling, almost of molasses. Taste is very complex. Layers of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, cookie, graham cracker, and soy. Very unique flavor, but not one my palate beckons for. A nice beer, big and malty, but not my favorite offering
Jun 29, 2011
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Reviewed by TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Shared by Brad at a tasting in May, after which I shared a growler with Jim in Vermont. This brown ale was aged in a brandy barrel for 5 months, giving (I think) a great brandy character.

It pours a translucent brownish red, with a thin ring of foam. Brandy and brown sugar in the aroma, mainly this is a barrel aged malt bomb, somthing Brad excels at.

Very nice flavor, this grew on me even more as we polished off a growler later. Very sweet but not cloyingly sweet, with toffee/caramel and lightly roasted malts, brandy sweetness throughout. Excellent, never overbearing, delicious.

Medium bodied, maybe just a little heavier than normal, extremely tasty and poundable.
Jun 20, 2011
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Reviewed by mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Nice color, rich dark brown, near black with a light head of tan that comes up and caps the top of the glass nicely. Aroma is dominated by aromas of oak and vanilla, which meld seemlessly into the chocolate notes that become ever more present as time goes on. First sip is wonderful, more carbonated then I typically see with barrel aged beers, with a nicely lively presence and rich, velvet like carbonation. First sip is loaded down with oak notes, hints of bourbon and vanilla start to come out as I dive further into it. Suble at first but then it starts to build. Nice backbone of chocolate coming through as well as a light touch of smoke. Nicely put together I have to admit. Smooth, with the alcohol all but absent from the profile making it for a smooth, sublte, and wonderfully complex nightcap.

Overall I have to say it was outstanding.
Jun 20, 2011
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Reviewed by jale from Michigan

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Thanks Brad for this great beer.

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of light brown head.

S: Chocolate,Oak, roasted malt and a hint of brandy.

T: Taste is sweet roasted malt followed brandy and some alcohol heat. Nice mild oakiness and a hint of hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: Another great beer from Brad.
Jun 03, 2011
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Reviewed by lisomiso from California

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A million and one thanks to Urbancaver for the growler... a highlight of the box and a great start to the night.

Shared with walows (like most of the beers I review). It's thrilling. Complex, not too sweet, the ABV is remarkably well-hidden even as it warms. The mouthfeel is silky and just right despite being shipped cross-country in a growler. My toes are curled.
Jun 01, 2011
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Reviewed by normyk from Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Nice looking beer. Fairly dark with nice bronze highlights. Nice light head that fades pretty quick. The nose has some nice warm brandy in it and some decent oak notes as well. The taste is excellent. Good brandy with some oak bringing some hints of vanilla with it. Smooth and delicious - I would be happy to drink this any day of the week.
May 21, 2011
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Reviewed by Urbancaver from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a very pretty orwngish brown. A nice touch of white head. Incredible oak barrel on the tongue. Tastes sweet and thick and malty. Tons of flavour. This beer is top notch. Thick solid moithfeel well carbonated. Very nice overall. Definitely a very solid Barrel profile
May 21, 2011
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Reviewed by brew3crew from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Par of the epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and crew

A-maroon in color with a nice tan head around the edges
S-very subtle brandy smell. Very sweet
T-alot like it smells. Picking up the sweetness from the brandy. Good brown ale as a base. Brandy come out as it warms up
m-very sweet and smooth
O-good beer. Sweet but not too sweet
May 21, 2011
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Reviewed by Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Imperial brown ale aged in brandy barrels."

On tap at Jackie O's last weekend.

Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a good light tan head. Head is short-lasting, but leaves a touch of lacing and ends in a thin collar. The nose is really nice. From the start, there are notes of brandy and oak, which play really nicely along with the sweet malt. Along with there is some caramel and brown sugar. Good malt character to back up the strong barrel flavors. Brandy notes are nice and mellow without being harsh, even though they're fairly strong. The brandy and oak pick up very well in the flavor with only a smidgeon of booze. Nice and full body with good carbonation. Another big hit.
May 05, 2011
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