Brick Kiln
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Barleywine - English
Ranked #122
Ranked #8,670
3.99 | pDev: 9.27%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Very Good
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another review from Christmas 2015, this one got poured in the evening.

Pours chestnut brown moving towards that dark ruby color towards the edge of the glass when held up to light. Pretty thin head on it, 1/5" beige stuff. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee, Maris-ness caramel that raisin word gonna pop up at least once might as well start now.

Taste was nice, strong, but not overly bitter to where you question its fitting for the English barleywine subgenre. Same aroma notes in the taste, toffee, raisin, caramel, thankfully the dark fruit bitterness wasn't full fledged. Didn't think it was that choclatey contrary to some assertions. Even though this is the base version, there is a wood like feel to it, although its like au naturale because a little bit of vanilla might have been nice.

This is a good cigar barleywine I bet. Was thrown into a trade as an extra, was worthy stuff.

May 22, 2020
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottling poured into a MadTree snifter. The pour is dark ruby-red with a hint of gold and sports a very thin head. Lots of toasted malt on the nose. Very sweet-smelling and toffee-like with a little alcohol on the nose that gives it a slightly medicinal quality. Possibly a small amount of oxidation as well.

Medium-full body with an oily feel and a sweet, malty flavor. Lots of malt up front with huge notes of caramel and toffee and just a small hint of roast. On the back of the palate, the flavors get a little abrasive as the soft, sweet malt turns to dark fruit, alcohol, and a little misplaced hoppy bitterness. These flavors linger along with just a little of the sweetness.

I have had the bourbon-barrel-aged version of this beer and it is a triumph. This one was a little disappointing, especially on the finish. It's wonderful up-front, but I don't care for that little bit of bitterness on the finish. Perhaps it's supposed to be there and I just don't drink enough English Barleywines to be a good judge. That is entirely possible. I'm simply reporting my likes and dislikes.

Jan 19, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to MastaaaGrillaaa for this brew, from NBS BIF#6

12.7 oz. Bottle
2014 Vintage

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice malty, with some nice sweetness, nice touch of dark fruits (raisins, figs, plums, cherries, dates). The taste is pretty nice, malty, nice sweetness, with a nice dark fruit comples (raisins, plums, figs, cherries, dates). Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, a nice complex brew. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Oct 23, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, purchased at brewery 3 months ago:
Pours dark, almost deep brown, but with a deep rusty red aspect to it. Head is nice, rust-tinged beige. Thick collar and interesting swirl design are nice, though there's only a few specks of lace.

Nose is a classic American barleywine nose, with toffee malt and a pine barrel balancing note. A light orange rind accent presents on a swirl.

Taste opens with a thin but light caramel note more than toffee. The orange note combined to bring a sort of bing cherry note. A little aspect of alcohol presents on the thin but soft liquid before the light spruce and wooden bitterness begins. The bitterness isn't strong in the end, and as it takes hold, there's a light hint of a cacao nib or two inthe transition.

A nice beer, to me at this point midway between English and American style, leaning slightly towards the latter.

Aug 05, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An excellent English barleywine, redolent with sweet caramel and strong malts, but still with enough hop character to provide a counterpoint. Great fresh, and with more flavors emerging as it warms.

Nov 08, 2016
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brenlinn from Ohio

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

awesome barley wine. no need to wait on drinking this, as i have had many different years. hazy brown in color. solid head that disappears but leaves a strong aroma

May 30, 2016
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goldenbooter from Ohio

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great base beer to the BA version. Perf levy barley wine. Seems to be able to age. Sweet but not overload. Smells strong. Would take this beer anytime

May 11, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass.
A - Pours an opaque brown with a small head that disappears quickly.
S - The aroma is quite boozy with a hint of molasses.
T - Flavor is a bit of raisin, caramel, some alcohol a a surprisingly sweet finish.
M - Low carbonation, medium mouth feel.
O - This is a very tasty barleywine.

May 05, 2016
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark murk color with a very thin head. The aroma is sweet with some alcohol. The taste was a positive surprise. The bourbon comes across very nicely, with roasted toffee, vanilla, raisins, and more. Despite the alcohol level it did not come across as boozy. Very flavorful and pleasant drinking.

Jan 09, 2016
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OompaMentor from Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured murky brown, no head, with slight carbonation. S- Hint of raisin, caramel. T- herbal/earthy taste. M- thin w/ slight bite; expected it to be a little heavier given ABV and way it poured. O- a decent sipping beer

Dec 19, 2015
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ferris left this behind for me the other night. What a guy! Cheers, man!!

Pours a murky, ruddy brown with a thin khaki head. Big sweet toffee, licorice, and a touch of savory herbs. Taste is again big sweet toffee, a bit of coffee and some herbal hops on the back end.

A very solid bwine with some interesting hops that make their presence known as it warms. Thanks again, Ferris!!

Dec 04, 2015
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 edition poured into a wine glass
A: Hazy dark brown with a thin head that quickly disappears
S: Raisin, brandied cherry, caramel
T: Raisin, cherry, caramel, cocoa, a bit of herbs/licorice
M: Full-bodied, somewhat sweet with a bit of alcohol
O: Complex and tasty, this is one to sip slowly and enjoy

Nov 05, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date. but recently brought back from Ohio

fairly clear, medium brown in color. decent head that fades eventually. strong malty aroma, a little boozy. taste has some brown sugar, raisin flavors. medium bodied, soft carbonation

Oct 29, 2015
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Moondoggy68 from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark reddish brown with a light tan 3/4" head into a snifter. Head dissipated within anout 10 minutes. Smell is roasty caramel, molasses, and raisin. Tastes delicious. Hints of the carmel and raisin and molasses with a warm alcohol taste. Reminds me of a scotch! How much more so would the barrel aged version taste? This was a special treat, very enjoyable and highly recommended.

Sep 27, 2015
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BuckeyeSlim from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz growler filled Labor Day weekend at the tap room poured into a NB snifter and allowed to warm from a very cold fridge.

A - Pours a hazy reddish brown. Almost no head - just some loose, British khaki color bubbles and an island of thin sheen in the middle of the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is mostly a dark rosewood that moves toward chocolate in the middle of the glass. It's quite opaque, allowing a small bit of light to penetrate.

S - Subtle nose of moist, chewy fig and dark fruit. Light caramel in the background. Toffee mixes with some ABV. Rather closed - have to work to pull these notes out. Hints of leather, wet wood, and chocolate nibs after it warms up. Burnt caramels in the final glass emerge.

T - Soft caramels on toasted and slightly roasted malts. Woody herbal hops deliver a bitter-dominant finish that includes raisins after it warms. A hint of anise. Back end of the finish takes on an almost charred-wood bitterness that begs to be paired with something for balance. Burnt caramels and chocolate nibs appear in the last glass.

M - Soft, neutral carbonation. Body feels a bit thin for the style but not lacking substance. Tight structure of completely integrated components. Moderately long finish that takes some time to fully fade.

O - Working through a growler of this demonstrates why I like the BBA version of this so much better - the bourbon aging nicely balances the bitterness of the standard BW. It's a good BW, but definitely leans toward the bitter, and thus lends itself to being paired with something for balance while drinking. It also really needs to be allowed to warm up in the glass to let its sugars better present themselves. Even then, the woody bitterness dominates the profile.

Sep 15, 2015
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Beersnake1 from California

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp to tulip.

Look: nice carbonation, dark brown and opaque
Smell: Caramel, fig, dark fruit
Taste: Much more powerful than the nose. Not as sweet as some english barleywines, even a bit bitter. Definitely some caramel, but also some roasty malts that weren't apparent on the nose. Overall, I like the BA version a bit more.

Sep 14, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red color with good clarity and a head that lasts. Good clarity and the beer has legs actually. Aroma of toffee, caramel, fruit, and alcohol. The taste is rich and malty with fig, raisin, toffee, butterscotch, rum and fusel. Sweet, strong, rich, malty. Raisin and date notes. Tasty strong barleywine. Mouthfeel silky, thick and wine like. Syrupy and chewy almost. Overall, this is a very good barleywine. A bit sweet and can be aged for extended periods, this one was just a bit green in my opinion and would be peaking around a 2-3 year marker I would imagine.

Aug 22, 2015
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Bone53 from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shout out to the Brew Review Crew for the trade!

Appearance: Pours brown with a dark mahogony colored hue when put up to the light, with two finger light brown head. Amazing looking brew

Smell: Malty sweetness, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a bready undertone

Taste: Unfortunately the taste is muted and doesnt live up to the smell; Malt sweetness, brown sugar, and a hint of dark fruits if you search for it. Nothing too exciting

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very light for the style. I expect thick and chewy when it comes to a barleywine, but this falls short. On the flip, its smooth and i dont detect much of the alcohol

Overall: I think this is a solid, straightforward barleywine with no bells and whisltes. After a great appearance and smell, the taste and mouthfeel were underwhelming. I have the barrel version in my cellar and cant wait to compare. If youre a fan of barleywines, this one is worth a try

Aug 02, 2015
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

2.66/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Strong alcohol, caramel, brown sugar, and some dates. Taste of sugar, caramel, earth, grass, alcohol and some stale grain. This one is a bit of a mess.

Jul 11, 2015
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Jackie o's and I love a good barleywine, so this should be a winner. It turns out, it wins the championship.

Black Kiln is the prettiest I've seen of this s style. Fine little bubbles that don't stop. Perfect foam. The aroma is a beautiful sweet boozy smell. If you breathe deeply it's like a hospital, but only the part of that smell you liked. Alcohol.

The taste is a balance of sweet and bitter. I don't think I will tire of this. Fortunately and unfortunately, I only have this one bottle. This is strong and could be bad for your health (and I have my annual checkup \health screening this week). How could something so good be bad for you?

The aftertaste lingers nice and sweet, but not too much so. Sublime.

Jul 05, 2015
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Roguer from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very appealing dark reddish brown brew, topped by a modest tan head. OK retention, fading to a nice foaming ring around the edge of the glass that lingers throughout.

Huge aroma: brown sugar and caramel, vanilla, toffee, prunes, a touch of banana esters, and a noticeable earthy, herbal hop load. A touch of oxidation, and a touch of chocolate. I could swear this smells barrel aged.

Flavor wise, this sits somewhere between an English and an American barleywine (although it's billed as the former). There's quite a hop bite up front, bringing massive bitterness, and the oxidation makes itself known right away. They didn't forget the malt, though, which brings a huge caramel and fruit presence. Sweetness lingers on the long aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is shockingly thin, even as it warms. Silky and smooth, very little carbonation, a bit of heat. Very drinkable, although I'd prefer more heft to it. Fairly wet finish after a brief alcohol effervescence.

They may bill this as an English barleywine, but I honestly find it leans much closer to aged Bigfoot.

Jun 09, 2015
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle (2014 dating) served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Hazy very dark copper/amber to mahogany brown. Thin light tan rocky head. Small islands of lacing slowly slide back down the glass to rejoin a persistent light tan ring of foam after the initial head dies back.

Smell: Raisin, toffee, a nice complimentary note of alcohol.

Taste: Very rich and malty. Toffee, hints of chocolate and coffee, raisin, hint of black currants, noble hop bitter finish that is a bit sharp, but a nice punctuation to the rich maltiness of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, very creamy, with just right carbonation. A bit of an alcohol burn on the way down.

Overall / Drinkability: A dangerously drinkable beer oh so very tasty and potent. One of the better barleywines I've had. I suspect this would be quite good in the fall when its getting cold. I had this by itself after a meal, but I think it would be good with a meal as well. A well done beer!

May 23, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with grainy notes. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt notes with some cereal and grainy notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Glad somebody tried to do a barleywine that is not reliant on hops or huge amount of residual sugars. Malt base could be refined but still an enjoyable beer.

May 15, 2015
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the chance to try the bourbon barrel version of this previously, so it's only fitting that I try this one out. Thanks to Beerhan for passing this one along.

A well made barleywine that's solid. Not overly complex. A good base beer to throw in barrels and build off of.

Mar 27, 2015
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date spied.

A: Pours a dark mahogany. Mid-sized and dense light brown head. Decent head retention with zero signs of lacing.

S: Very malty aroma. Lots of caramel. HEAVY bread. Hints of chocolate. Sweet and decadent.

T: Oh yeah. Light hoppiness up front (herbal mainly). Heavy dark bread mixed with tons of sweet caramel. Caramel everywhere. Light hit of bitterness on the back end before diving into more decadent cocoa and caramel. Aftertaste is remarkably like trying to eat a spoonful of cooca with the dry bittersweetness of it all.

M: Not as heavy as you'd think but a nice viscous and smooth brew.

O: Nice example of an english barleywine. Loads of maltiness, typical caramel, bread and cocoa flavors. Light bits of noble hops I'd say. Well balanced. Smooth and easy drinking.

Mar 23, 2015
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