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Bourbon Barrel Middle Of Nowhere | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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69 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brew3crew on 10-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
69
pDev:
16.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Trade:
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2.35/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into FFF Teku. Batch 11, bottle #55/298.

A: Pours deep dark brown almost black. Almost no head at all. Looks pretty still.

S: Mellow bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Odd tartness to it.

T: Woah, this is infected. Very sour and vinegary with an astringent bite at the end. Tartness really blocks most other things out.

M: Thin and watery. Very tannic and acidic.

O: No idea what this could have been if it wasn't infected. Really thin in body though, despite whatever happened. What a shame :(

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.81/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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3.16/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours jet black with a small brown head. Spotty lacing down the glass with a tad bit of retention.

Lots of things going on in the aroma. Tons of fudge, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and a touch of smoke to go with some heavy roasted malt. Bourbon and maple syrup are present, but not overpowering.

Unfortunately the flavor does not live up to the rich, complex nose. Still a ton of chocolate and roasted malts in here, but the sweetness takes over and swings the balance. Don't get a ton of maple syrup, but the honey overpowers everything else and creates a weird combo with the barrel notes which are much too subdued for my tastes.

Medium bodied and good carbonation levels, but the beer is a touch thin. Still finishes somewhat roasty and dry, but with the honey sweetness adding to that the combo just doesn't work.

Interesting concept and something that sounds great on paper, but the execution here didn't do it for me. If they could actually make something that tastes like this smells, I'd be all in. As it played out, this was just a thin, honey sweet jumbled mess.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Didn't catch the bottle number, but it's from the December 2011 batch. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - Looks pretty similar to the Cellar Cuvee #5, but with a bit more wispy foam on top.

S - Tons of oak and char flavor here, and a lot less sweetness than the Cellar Cuvee #5. Bourbon, roasted grains, and dark chocolate round things out.

T - Taste is pretty similar - oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, char, ash, and a hint of vanilla. The maple and honey sweetness comes out a tad when it warms up, but this is a pretty burnt and bitter Imperial Stout.

M - Dry, tannic body - a touch thinner than the Cellar Cuvee #5. Again, there's some moderate alcohol warmth.

D - After having this, I'm more impressed by Cellar Cuvee #5, as Brad's managed to take two beers I don't really care for and blend them into something pretty good. This one was a bit too charry and ashy for my tastes - I suspect the Europeans would dig it though!

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3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stout brewed with maple syrup, honey, and then aged in bourbon barrels. Yeah, I'm interested...

Poured into a snifter...

A. Like most stout...inky black with a half finger medium brown head. Head is just a touch loose and lacing is somewhat spotty. Still, it's a good looking stout.

S. Oh wow, great bouquet here. Heavy doses of brownie batter, vanilla, honeycomb, oak char, and coffee. The maple syrup is there but it augments the nose more than anything else, I really get mostly honey and treacle for the lighter notes. Pretty good amount of dark fruit on this one. Barrel adds some char qualities and some sweetness from the bourbon, but it is very subtle which, for this beer, is a very good thing. Outstanding nose.

T. Chocolate, caramel, and honey. A lot of toasted malt characteristic, very roasty. Not particularly sweet, the chocolate notes are mostly of the baking variety and have a certain amount of bitterness. Not really picking up the maple syrup, but the honey is certainly there, as is a light tannic quality that seems to pervade every Jackie O's barrel aged beer I have had. It's like a high, sour sweetness that is either the bourbon, the honey, or a mild infection. Hard to tell, but I'm not the biggest fan. It covers up the chocolate and malt flavors and really makes this one a bit thin.

M. Moderate bodied and well-carbonated. But the finish on the flavor is just very puckery and thin. The roasted qualities fall off dramatically and you are left with a drying, sweetness that just really doesn't work. Would have enjoyed a more robust mouthfeel.

O. Bourbon barrels, honey, maple syrup, imperial stout? It sounds like a dream, like CBS' little brother. What this is, though, is fairly disappointing. It's thin and tannic, almost metallic at times. Just a huge drop-off in taste after the nose. So why? Well, it could be the honey or it could be the type of bourbon barrel or it could be some very mild infection. Truly, I have no idea. But what I do know is it is mediocre. And I encounter the same tannic flavor/feel in far too many JO's offerings.

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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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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jason! 22oz bottle poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours black, tan-colored head, thin collar, wisps on top.

S - Honey, burnt sugars, caramel, slight roasted oatmeal notes, some char on the end. Not overly booze, but could probably use some additional time in the bottle do blend together a bit more.

T - Similar to the nose. Honey, burnt sugars, light toasted bread/oatmeal, some chocolate, and not as much char on the palate when compared to the nose. The bourbon is well-integrated for being so fresh. Finish is roasted chocolate sweetness.

M - Medium to full, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - This one tasted a lot like Cellar Cuvee 5, so I guess the Brandy Barrel Super Fly is what detracted my tastes from that beer, as I enjoyed this one a lot more over it. A little more time in the bottle might do this one good, but it's drinking pretty good right now.

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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer opened at the epic tasting that took place this past weekend. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a layer of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: There is some warm alcohol right off the bat with roasty malt and some dark chocolate as well. Mildly sweet.

Taste: Sweet and roasty up front. There is some honey and maple in the taste. The finish is a bit hot from the barrel aging.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one is quite good, but I wish there was a little bit more maple to be found. This will only get better as it ages. I would have another.

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Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 69 ratings
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