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Brandy Barrel Superfly | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Brandy Barrel SuperflyBrandy Barrel Superfly

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brew3crew on 08-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 23
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5/5  rDev +52.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

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4.38/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark orange colors swirling about and a good sized head of white reaching up and over the top to around two inches before settling back down again. Really nice layered look to the sides of the glass as it was thoroughly coated all the way down, really good retention here I have to say. Lots of malt in the nose right off. Caramel, sweet notes mixing with a very big hop note, especially as it warms. Piney with a sweet orange rind like citrus touch as it comes close to room temperature. Very thick feel, sticky and full with nice carbonation, definite enough to get it done. Initially you get the piney hop bite as you take the first sip, but it became very well balanced mid palate as the rich, almost scotch ale like buttery notes start to come through and really give it quite a smooth flavor. A bit hot still

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4.18/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at jackie os

A-nice red body and a white leave head that sticks around for a while

S-very brandy heavy with a little bit of malt

T-brandy upfront wtha very smoothmixture of malt and brandy that goes down

M-medium body and smooth. Warming but alcohol hidden well

O-good beer. Let it earm up a bit

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4.15/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #266/341, many thanks to AlexFields.

A: A dark red/amber pour with a solid beige head. Pretty incredible lacing and retention is good as well.

S: Tons of very, very sweet dark fruit. Raisin, fig, plums and grapes for sure. Heavy caramel. Brandy bite is noticeable after it has warmed up a bit.

T: Very strong brandy flavor is evident up front. Super sweet brandy and caramel all the way through. Dark fruit is most prominent in the middle. Brandy is still there through to the aftertaste, combining with some nice alcohol heat and bite.

M: Carbonation is a little low but acceptable. Very sweet, almost to the point of being syrupy.

O: Definitely a "must" for the brandy lover. This is not a beer I would want to drink more than one of. It's very sweet and a good sipping beer (almost akin to just drinking plain brandy) but almost overpowering. It was almost tough to put down the whole bomber. However, I would recommend letting this one warm up, it is much better that way. I upgraded the taste to a 4.0 due to this factor.

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at the release. Bottle 316 of 341.

A- Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin white foam head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- Candied sugar and brandy are very evident in the nose. Smells boozy and sweet with plenty of caramel.

T- Huge amount of toffee and caramel initially with a wallop of brandy and alcohol in the finish. The brandy plays a huge part in the flavor profile offering some hints of vanilla, oak, and brown sugar. A very slight tartness is noticeable as well.

M- Medium/full bodied with slightly low carbonation.

O- A very interesting brew that I ended up enjoying quite a bit.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured side by side with cellar cuvee 5 and bourbon barrel middle of no where.

Pours a relatively clear amber yellowed orange. Some light off-white head. Smells buttery and oaky. The brandy on the nose is wonderful. Tastes really sweet and malt heavy. The brandy barrel comes through pretty oak heavy. Sme light fruit on the tongue. Good carbonated mouthfeel. Overall enjoyable but not my favourite

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3.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 275/341 '11 batch Huge props to Aleguy for the hookup!

Murky brown with caramel highlights when backlit and a tight collar of tan foam that leaves scraps of lace on the glass. The aroma is intense and wet oaky with plenty of Brandy/Cognac mixed with caramel malt and vanilla. I really like the flavors here, charred oak, brandy, toffee and sweet malt with a decent blast of alcoholic heat, the one drawback is the boderline cloying sweetness that makes this beer a big time sipper. Soft carbonation and full bodied with a sticky, coating mouthfeel. Pretty over the top but what do you expect? If you don't want extreme flavors don't mess with this big boy. I don't know if this beer really hits the mark stylistically speaking, but it does kick ass and is a lot of fun to drink.

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3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter. A resilient frothy cream head sits atop a prune colored beer. Leaves excellent lace.

The aroma is quite bold - this IS a brandy barrel aged beer, no doubts here. Sweet liquor notes abound and the beer is quite boozy on the nose. Vanilla and sweet apple can be found. Overall though, brandy overpowers all - yet in a positive way.

Again, in the taste there is a large emphasis on very fresh brandy/barrel juices. Wet oak lends some char and dryness and welcome tannic flavor. Malt flavors are present, but mostly overruled by the brandy. Sweet.

Mouthfeel? Dry, Captain!

Overall I liked this beer. Just know that it is a brandy bomb, and lacking dimension. Slightly hot, and definitely sweet, and dry. An aged bottle might do well.... might.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the August release.

This is a pretty murky beer, it looks like the sediment from another beer. Its a lightened copper hue with a short, fluffy head that doesn't last long.

The brandy barrels don't pop out as much in this aroma as they do in some of the other brandy barreled beers from Jackie O's. This one is sweet and buttery smelling. Notes of butter-toffee and biscuit dough are here. The brandy does break up the monotony of the buttery sweet aroma, by adding more sweetness! Grapes and wine are picked up that act as a antagonist to the bready base.

The brandy has impacted the taste more prominently than the aroma; at least it's notes are tasted up front, anyhow. Things start out with red grape and dry wine notes. Things break, giving way to caramel, butter-toffee and berry-vanilla barrel notes.

Carbonation is low, which in this case, worsens the buttery sweetness. But ultimately this beer manages to be enjoyable.

Yeah, these brandy barrels that Brad got a hold of do some pretty cool things.

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3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Jackie-O. The aroma had the brandy. Sour, cherryish, astringent, medicinal. Overcarbonated. Grows on me, so its drinkable. Decent beer, expected more hops and more caramel , but overall disappointing, ideas that did not come together. A tad boozy. More balance needed.

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3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration courtesy of MrHirschybar.

Bottle # 328/341.

Pours a murky honey brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and is mainly of malt and dark fruit. Taste is the same with a slight kick of brandy on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's pretty weird in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another special delivery from Athens via Ryan011235 (batch 4, bottle 125/341). Poured into an oversized snifter. Murky dark copper with a bubbly cap of foam that quickly becomes a bubbly collar and a small bubbly island. Isolated patches of lacing.

I've never had the regular Superfly (or the Firefly), but the nose on this stuff is pretty promising. Not picking up a lot of brandy, but the barrel imparts seems to lend a buttery, toffeeish character to the robust caramel malt profile. The brandy flavor pops right away, adding a little oomph to things. Medium thickish with low carbonation but a somewhat prickly bitterness that keeps the sweetness somewhat in check. No small amount of vinous character helps in that area as well, but it's certainly chock full of caramel. An enjoyable sipper that improved dramatically as it warmed.

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Brandy Barrel Superfly from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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