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Cellar Cuvee 5 | 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): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brew3crew on 10-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not sure how old this is, or if its supposed to be sour or not, there was much debate in our group as to whether or not this had gone off. supposed to be a dark blend with maple syrup in oak, which sounds stunning. nowhere does it say lacto fermented or inoculated or anything else about it being a wild ale. other reviewers cite infection, but I kind of think it flatters the base beer, once I accept the fact that all maple sugar, and therefore maple flavor, has likely been eaten by whatever bacterial issue is going on here. I think the acidic tang is nice with the dark grain, which still show their roast, and with the oak, which has sweet vanilla and char going on. the wild yeast aspect crowds out other nuance though, and maple syrup (my second favorite liquid in the world) is entirely absent from this thing. I still like it though, im a sucker for weird, and this is that, for certain. great carbonation and a long pucker finish with a full body. cool winter wild ale, but doubtful this is what the brewers intended.

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip, thanks Dan for sharing!

Dark brownish black body, frothy light tan foam. Lasting skim of foam across the top, some spotty lace but not much.

Tobacco and a lightly boozy aroma, appropriate for a barrel aged strong ale. Seems a little subdued though, and lacking some essential complexity.

A biting, alcoholic bourbon finish cuts into the malty base flavors a bit. Some tobacco and roast malt that is overshadowed by the bourbon elements. In the end it seems a bit heavy handed, more whiskey shows through than necessary, raw and unrefined. Light to medium feel, medium level of carbonation. Could use some blending to mellow it out. Thankfully not a diacetyl bomb like the last Cellar Cuvee I tried.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a taster glass. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Dark and nearly black. Not much head. Some bubbles, but that's it.

Smell - Oak and vanilla. Nondescript combination of bourbon and brandy. I don't get a ton of the base. Maybe some light roast and chocolate.

Taste - Less barrel. Tangy vinous character that gets a touch sour. Chocolate and molasses. Vinous in the finish and slightly boozy.

Mouthfeel - Vinous and quite flat. Not great. Boozy, but not a whole lot of it.

Overall - Tangy. Intentional? Not a bad tang, but it kills some flavors that I would like to taste more.

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3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color with small tan head. Booze is definitely a prominent aroma. A strong note of stale hops followed by cocoa, oak, and a mild fruitiness (mostly prunes). The flavor is a touch metallic followed by some mild bourbon, roast, and cocoa. A touch acidic, for some reason, with a little bit of dark fruit. Not a fan of this one at all.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Bottle #308 of 336. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thin ring and a few tiny spots of lace. Very dark brown body that is a tad lighter at the edges of the glass.

S - Wood, booze, honey, chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts, and perhaps a hint of brandy. It's pretty boozy, but never reaches offensive levels. The flavors are quite nice, but the barrel presence is a touch heavy-handed.

T - Taste is a pleasant mix of chocolate, roasted grains, maple syrup, and caramel - once you get past the intense oak and bourbon, that is. Gets significantly better and more balanced as it approaches room temperature.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, sticky and chewy, with definite warming alcohol.

D - I was initially wary when I heard this contained the mediocre Brandy Superfly in it, but this is actually a pretty enjoyable high-gravity blend. Probably my favorite Cellar Cuvee so far, although I haven't tried # 1, 2 or 6. Might be wonderful in six-to-twelve months if the booze dies down a little.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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2.14/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottled in 2011, batch 335/336. Thanks to HosP for sending me this one years ago.

A: Pours near black with a finger of dense light brown head that slowly faded into a thick collar.
S: Scents of maple and honey are sweet but not cloying and easily stand out above scents of rich caramel, chocolate syrup, sherry, and musty oak.
T: The sherry flavor from the nose dominates the taste, and is in fact a tart sour cherry infection. Tart cherries hit up front followed by musty earth, sweet molasses and caramel, and a kiss of chocolate. The finish is lightly sour, and a sweet honey/molasses/caramel sweetness lingers.
M: The carbonation screams infection as well. It’s prickly and tingly and really froths up on my palate. Medium body, slick and frothy mouthfeel.
O: Had I drank this fresh the infection might have been unnoticeable, but alas I forgot about it in my cellar for too long. The drain got 95% of this bottle.

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3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

'11 batch, bottle 15/336

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown with a large light brown head adorning it. Fades slowly, leaving a dense lacework behind.

S: Sweet brandy with some cocoa and oatmeal. Loads of vanilla. Maple syrup? Very unique and varied aroma. Hints of toffee from the bourbon comes out as it warms.

T: Nice brandy up front with sweet caramel malt. Turns into an overpowering funky wine-like flavor with lots of tobacco. As it fades I get some cocoa, milk chocolate and oatmeal.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: Interesting, it tastes good up front and in the finish but the middle appears to be some sort of infected mess. Too bad, judging from what I CAN taste, this was a good brew. Another bad bottle from Jackie-O's. Unfortunate quality control.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottle of this stuff provided by Irishgurl4. Thanks a lot for the great package of beers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Released in 2011
Bottle no.1 of 336
Ale with honey and maple syrup then aged 50/50 in bourbon and brandy oak barrels.

APPEARANCE: Pours a dark, transparent brown and makes a one finger, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Black body with very high levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp with lots of carbonation decorating the top. A half wisp remains and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. The carbonation calms down later on as well. This is a pretty beer.

SMELL: Pretty bold nose for sure. Roasted and dark malts, leather and tobacco, and a light maple syrup quality as well. Oak barrels are there with clear aromas of vanilla and sweet cream. A touch of brandy perhaps, but not muc bourbon in the aroma. Pretty nice really.

TASTE: Dark malts, leather and tobacco, and oak barrel up front. Vanilla and sweet cream from the barrel aging. Some pale malt sweetness through the middle into an oak barrel finish. Coffee, maple syrup sweetness and oats are there, melding with the oak, vanilla and brandy from the barrels. Bold and lingering finish with barrel notes, maple syrup and bitter coffee that balances the sweetness quite well. More brandy comes through than bourbon. This is pretty tasty stuff, but the feel really sells it short.

PALATE: Pretty lousy really. No doubt. Medium body, but low levels of carbonation and a lack of creaminess makes it quite watery. Goes down flat and finishes rather sticky. A little lifeless; too little carbonation and not nearly creamy enough to get away with it. Definitely the worst pat of the beer.

OVERALL: This is a great beer in theory, but in practice, the mouthfeel just took the legs out from under it. Not only did the feel just make this lack-luster, the flavors weren't able to really make their mark. Too bad, as this beer had a lot of potential. It seems like a lot of Jackie O's bottles suffer from a lousy feel. I hope they can remedy this situation, as this brewery just oozes creativity and potential. Thanks again Irishgurl4. Enjoyed this one.

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Cellar Cuvee 5 from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 65 ratings
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