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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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 64
Photo of claspada
1.83/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy dark red brandy color with a small amount of tan foam that settles to a thin cap leaving patchy haze on top and a few stray spots of lace.

Aromas begin with extremely sweet maltiness and sweet brandy barrel. A mixture of red licorice, brandy, treacle, toffee and bit of harsh alcohol for good measure.

The tastes are worse that the aroma, at first it reminded me of a red ale with shot of brandy mixed in, but as it warms it doesn't even taste like brandy just cheap vodka and light caramel malts. There is some doughy bread and a hint of toffee offsetting some of the massive sweetness from the caramel malts and fusel alcohol.

The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, viscous and way way too boozy. Carbonation is medium-to-low, body is full, but the alcohol is present in copious quantities.

Overall this is a huge miss for me. I can make a pretty good comparable beer by grabbing any American Amber and dropping a shot of cheap brandy in the glass. Jackie-O's hasnt impressed me yet with any of their offerings as most seem to be way too boozy and unbalanced with I personally think is key for any barrel-aged beer. Hopefully they can redeem themselves in my mind if I am fortunate to sample some of their other offerings down the road.

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Photo of RodneyX
1.95/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A copper coloured beer with a white head that left a little bit of lacing and stuff on the sides. This beer has a jacked up smell of gym locker and corn syrup. Really pretty horrible. Sweet like brandy with sugar and man this just tastes bad. A sweet and weird and hard to drink. Can't drink enough to get to the real feel, but noticed enough carbonation to find it average. This is an experiment that phailed.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.03/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. No label. I half-suspect Mike is involved in Narke Xantus redux.

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber with gold highlights. The wispy beige head retains poorly and leaves a very mild collar on the beer. A couple of streaks of lace.

S: Vanilla and oak up front: this is clearly barrel-aged. But in what barrels? There is a caramelly, oxidized grape note that could be bourbon, but a noticeable tartness in the nose suggests brandy (or even infection). Brown sugar. Earthy hops and a note of corn.

T: The taste is... odd. I pick up a mild barrel flavor with a tartness that, again, suggests brandy and some other dark fruits. Caramel is noted in the mid-palate. But the finish is dominated by earthy bitterness that lingers into the finish. Slight astringency amongst the tart flavors.

M: Medium-full body with low-moderate carbonation. Appropriate for the style. But this is unpleasantly hoppy (in terms of bitterness, not flavor), which results in a sticky, long-lasting finish that undermines the enjoyability of the barrel flavors.

O: This beer isn't abysmal, but it's not particularly impressive. I drank it blind, rated it, and sent in my review to learn what it was. A shame. I think pretty highly of several Jackie O's barrel-aged beers. This is an exception.

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Photo of siege06nd
2.52/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Rhettroactive, thanks Rhett!!! Shared with irishcolonial. Poured into a Jackie O's snifter:

A: Pours a sunset orange. About a quarter finger of cream colored head that slowly recedes to a ring around the edge of the glass. Decent lacing coats the sides. Good looking beer here.

S: Not good. Bleh. Loads of vanilla and sweet raisin blend with hops and sweet malts and create a bouquet that I would compare to mildew. Really quite poor.

T: Vanilla, hints of sweet dark fruit, and some light bittering hops. Cloying and sweet, with a funky bitterness. Kind of a mess.

M: Could have used more carbonation. Flavors are not well-balanced, as there isn't much of a hop or malt presence to balance the stickiness of the brandy aging.

O: I really wanted to like it, but BB Superfly is a bit too much for this palate. I appreciate what Brad was going for with this, but the flavors just aren't integrated well. I'm sure some of the more experimental BA's will drink this up, so to speak, but I was very unimpressed.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.99/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle #244 of 341 shared by Sean - thanks dude! Served in a Darkness glass.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin collar, leaving patchy haze on top and a few stray spots of lace. Hazy dark red brandy color - guess the combination of red ale and brandy will do that.

S - Extremely sweet - verges on cloying. A mixture of red licorice, brandy, treacle, toffee, sugar, and bit of harsh alcohol for good measure.

T - Taste is a bit better, with some doughy bread and a hint of cocoa(?) offsetting some of the massive sweetness from the caramel malts, brandy, sugar, and red licorice. The finish is bitter and slightly unexpected - so sort of mixture of oak and alcohol bit I'm guessing?

M - Thick, chewy, viscous, boozy, with a tannic finish. Carbonation is medium-low, body is full, alcohol is present in copious quantities. Other than the heat, this is quite nice.

D - Reminds me of Mikkeller BA Weinbrand, but less good. I can see why this particular experiment might have been appealing, but it just didn't turn out very well. I ended up pouring out a good portion of my glass, as there were too many other beers to try to struggle with this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Richard!

Pours amber in color with a khaki colored head. There’s a light butter quality to the nose which is not very pleasing. Some sweet toffee and other sugar notes to go with a hint of vanilla and oak. Just a hint of brandy on the nose. The flavor is similarly lackluster. Mild brandy, sweet toffee and malt, and too much butter (well, any is really too much). Maybe just a hint of dark fruit. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Jackie O's on 8/27/11

Irresponsible Tick #2

Murky brown with shades of honey amber. Wispy head. Some strands of lace. The fruity, vinous notes mesh really well with the caramel. Just a hint of wood - but lots of fruit. Has more oak flavor though. Candied caramel sweetness. Tad earthy, brandy shines for sure. A little hot. Medium body with a slick penchant. Lower carbonation. Pretty smooth. Much, much nicer than the base.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Bottle #250 of 341.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed deep amber color. Two fingers of thick, creamy beige head. Retention is average, but lots of lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: I decided to open this tonight because I liked it on tap so much that I wanted to drink it again, but now I'm dumbfounded. The brew I drank at the release was powerful and rich, yet elegant. This, from the bottle, seems to be a light version of that beer. The caramel is a fraction of what I was expecting. The vanilla and oak are still found in ample amounts, but the brandy itself is much more subdued than I remember. Overall, the malts are bready. The nose isn't bad now, but it isn't what I experience at the release either.

3.0 T: Again, this is a shadow of what I remember it to be. The base is a bready, light in caramel, and simple overall. There is a good bit of vanilla, moderate amounts of oak, a touch of tannic astringency, and only hints of brandy. Indeed, the brandy contribution is ineffective in improving this beer. It gives a soda-with-too-much-melted-ice dissatisfaction. Interestingly, there is no buttery component in either the nose of taste for the bottle version.

2.5 M: Lighter medium body. A tad bit undercarbonated, but otherwise fine. The main issue here is the lack of creaminess. This is way too watery and much more so than I remember. This is the worse discrepancy between the two serving styles.

3.0 D: Some of the reviews of JO's stuff seem to suggest that some of their beers just don't do well in bottles. I was always skepticle of this phenomenon until now. This isn't at all like what I had at the release. Is the bottle version actually worse? Had I worn my palate too thin at the release to realize what I was tasting? Who knows.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from sometime this past week... of bottle number 134/341 of the 2011 release.
A: Copper brown, fluffy cream head with great lacing.
S: Earthy brandy in forefront, caramel raisin, cocoa powder. Doesn't smell appetizing, to be honest...
T: Earthy raisin with crisp brandy character, taste is much better than smell with a woody character that is nice with mild hops.
M: Thicker, good froth.
O: OK. I've had much better JO's...

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Photo of nhindian
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Stone taster. Bottle split at a recent Pittsburgh BA tasting, I don't know who brought this, but thank you!

A - Pours a hazy, dark orange, like that of burnished copper or an old penny. There isn't much head at all to speak of, but what is there is comprised of tiny bubbles with a tan hue. As it fades, it leaves behind a thin coating of soapy lace.

S - The smell of the Brandy Superfly brings a nice marriage of caramel malts and the grapes of a brandy. There's also a good amount of apples, slight chocolate, oak, and even a slight bit of coconut.

T - Given the eclectic and exciting nose, I was pumped to get to the meat of this beer, but I ultimately found myself a bit underwhelmed by the flavors. I felt that the malts did not complement the brandy barrels very much, as the caramel, toffee, and chocolate of them clashed with the more fruity aspects of the brandy. It was still possible to pick out the apples and grapes within the brandy, but I found it to be rather muddled and conflicting, without really establishing an identity.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Fairly smooth and the brandy comes across nicely with a slight alcohol burn.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. Jackie O's has definitely had better barrel-aged offerings than this beer, and I'm not sure if it's just the base beer that is conflicting with the brandy or if it hasn't had enough time to mellow, but it just came across a bit awkward.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown colored beer, a little hazy, with a bit of a head that left some stick on the sides.

S - Smell is kind of odd, there is some maltyness like a big amber, but it's overpowered with some thing that is kind of a combination of sweet cheese, candy corns, and sweat socks. Not particularly great.

T - Some butter, toffee, a little barrel. Brandy comes through more than on the nose. I have a hard time distinguishing the base beer here, but a bit of malt comes through.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O - Not one of my preferred Jackie O's beers, but wouldn't mind seeing Brad give this another go as it's an interesting concept.

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Photo of Preismj
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

brown red body with white head, moderate lacing. Huge sweet note of brandy up front. lots of sweetness on the nose. Taste is malt and brandy forward. good flavors here and the heat is quite pleasant. hints chocolate intertwined with sweet caramel and buttery bread. feels nice and syrupy in the mouth with just enough carb to make the flavors pop. overall, a solid brew and glad I got to try on tap.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of Spider889
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Photo of biggred1
3.86/5  rDev +17%
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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Photo of projectflam86
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
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 +18.8%
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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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +25.8%
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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Photo of brew3crew
4.18/5  rDev +26.7%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +32.7%
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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Brandy Barrel Superfly from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
3.3 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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