Bolero Brown | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Thorpe429 on 05-05-2011

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by jale:
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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.

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Photo of jisom123
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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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

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Photo of lisomiso
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ne0m00re
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?

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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Photo of Spider889
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.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of normyk
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.

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Photo of BulbMan
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Bolero Brown from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 39 ratings