Brick Kiln | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DavoleBomb on 08-20-2012

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49
Ratings:
286
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
22.94%
 
 
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55
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Photo of chinchill
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear mahogany body with a good head.
Lightly boozy, in a good way. Very good balance.
Burnt brown sugar and toffee here, but not too sweet.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle, 2014 vintage poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark murky brown color with some ruby hue, small fizzy white head disappears quick leaving nothing behind

S- strong dark fruit aroma up front with notes or tart cherry, rum soaked raisin, fig & plum. Lots of toffee/caramel sweetness with just a hint of herbal hop with strong booze to close it out

T- huge malty base up front with lots of caramel & toffee, notes of fig and raisin mix with light vegetal notes, brown sugar with a trace of coffee, black licorice and booze close it out

M- medium-viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a boozy warming finish

O- a nice malt bomb, as an English barleywine should be, still drinking a bit hot though

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Andrew for the opportunity...thanks man!

Bit harsh around the edges....charred brown sugar and leafy hops that come off a touch rough. Finish is solvent like and hits hard and the alcohol lingers and it's heavy on the palate for sure.

Overall, it's a decent beer and a fun try, but like most of my experiences with Jackie O's..the promise isn't quite delivered.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle from BeerMeDuffMan (thanks!). No discernable bottling information. Served in a Toppling Goliath teku.

Pours a deep, murky, opaque brown with burgandy highlights and about one finger of dense, pale khaki froth. Head fades to a few hazy islands and a shallow ring that deposits a few clumps of lace.

Smells of toffee, caramel, dark fruits and a little brown sugar. Straight forward but right for the style.

A mouthful of English barleywine goodness from the first sip. Toffee, caramel, figs, a mildly vegital bitterness, faint cocoa, burnt sugar, grainy malts and coffee grounds all wrapped up in a light booze blanket.

Creamy, moderately full feel with fairly subtle carbonation. Aftertaste is mainly cereal grains, toffee and dark fruit.

Brick Kiln is a solid, basic English barleywine. No bells or whistles but it's spot on for the style. I'm relatively certain that this would age quite well. Too bad I only had one...

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, again, to fiver29 for stocking a corner of my fridge with Jackie O’s beers that I’m just starting to wade through. 375ML stubby, 2014 vintage.

The pour is dark brown, turbid & rough. Low carbonation. Despite just about snorkeling through the glass, I’m picking up close to zero aromas – maybe a touch of sweet caramel, maybe.

Brick Kiln fights in the heavyweight division. The first thing I notice is the heaviness – huge mouthfeel, & the attendant leaden-stomach-syndrome, which I never quite enjoy. Even after a couple of sips, I’m beginning to feel full. The taste is low-key. Sugary caramel, harsh bite of raisin, with a finish of slightly bitter, very herbal hops. Dissipating alcohol jolt right at the end. A small snifter of this is enough.

A very standard effort that’s below the grade of the Jackie O’s stuff that I’ve been sampling recently. Bad? Certainly not. Good? Certainly not. Just beer.

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Photo of M_chav
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Dark for a barleywine, murky brown
Smell - definitely sweet bourbon, great stinky dark fruit
Taste - Earthy, raisin like dark fruits and creamy brown sugar
Feel - wow, super smooth, melts in your mouth kinda feel
Overall - Really love this brew, fantastic.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Caramel malt, hint of dark fruits, dry, not sweet at all for an English Barleywine. Kind of a short clean finish with a touch more hop character than I was expecting.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, cocoa, light coffee, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, cocoa, light coffee, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, dark fruit, cocoa, and light coffee/nuttiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/slick, and slightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English barelywine style. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malts and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

wow. in my limited exposure to this brewery i am very very impressed, and this barleywine is definitely something special. its darker than most, looks like an old ale, richer deep brown complexion and not much head on it. plenty of viscosity to the feel, slippery and thick, with just a prickle of carbonation. flavors range in grain from dark and roasty to sweet and coppery, then tangy even and a hint smoky, which is to say that its very complex at its base. there is a lingering molasses or honey sweetness to this, and a mineral presence unique to the style. definitely not hoppy, so maybe more in the english tradition, although i dont get much yeast character in here either. i love the slick feel, the lack of alcohol presence which is insane for how big this is, and i love that the grain comes in waves, one after the next so its never muddled or messy. impressive take on the style, i like the darker complexion of this, and think it suits the season well. so cool too to see this pouring in colorado. i enjoyed one at jakes brew bar in littleton last night. go drink it up!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.25/5  rDev +6%

On draft at Jackie O's
12 oz snifter

A: Very dark brownish black appearance very dense creamy head

S: toffee, raisins, dates

T: very nice for the style lots of dark fruit tastes bread toffee maybe a little vanilla

M: Super creamy very low carbonation I had to ask if it was on nitro very beautiful

O: While not an amazing beer it's pretty fair and true to style where this beer shines is the mouthfeel, if you see it on tap treat yourself don't search for it though.

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Photo of agwalters
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

A: Murky dark brown body. Brief light white lacing appears as head and then fades away quickly.
S: Raisins, burnt candy/brown sugar
T: Boozy caramel and bitter toffee notes.
M: Almost zero carbonation. Pleasantly thick mouthfeel which lingers nicely at the back of the palette.
O: I'm admittedly a fan of the style. This one doesn't disappoint. It's a perfect beer for a chilly fall day.

Cheers!

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Photo of T_Reeves92
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Serving: Tap/Bottle.

This beer is hands down my favorite barley wine as of yet.

A: Deep amber color with a thick white-tan head.
S: Caramel, Dark Fruits, Toffee
T: Follows the nose on the palette, but finishes with a biscuity, bready on the aftertaste, which I found to be quite pleasant.
M: Thick and Rich viscosity, low carbonation, very pleasant.
O: Fantastic Beer! If you can find it, pick it up!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The Brick Kiln packs a wallop! This beer is big....yet tasty. The beer poured a opaque brown with ecru head that is not leaving a lace. The scent carries a peat caramel type flare. The taste was a nice malt balance that had scotch/peat like base with subtle dark fruit on top. The mouthfeel was full in body with subtle carbonation. Overall this is a decent barley wine and I would recommend it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Light ruby flecks. Small khaki head Medium collar.

Smell - Buckets of caramel. Toffee? Brown sugar? Really, I'm just looking for synonyms for caramel here.

Taste - Sweet. Caramel. Brown sugar (for real). Nuttier as a bitterness builds into quite a bitter finish for the style and flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Strangely bitter. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Tasty, but not very complex and too bitter to be exemplary.

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Photo of zookerman182
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a very dark brown with a half finger mocha head.
Aroma is incredible. Caramel, toffee covered dark fruit. Brown sugar sweetness.
Taste is not much like the nose. Way more roasty but not in a bad way. Tons of coffee.
The toffee and caramel are there but they are way in the back.
The aroma of this is on another planet compared to the taste.
Mouthfeel is medium and sort of watery, smooth I guess.
Not too carbonated.
The alcohol is well hidden for sure.
I'm glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! Beer pours a hazy murky brown with thin lazed tan head that leaves beautiful lacing. Smells of dark fruits, cherries and raisins, and plums. Sweet malt and hops interplay with a boozy 10.5 percent ale. NICE. Taste is grown sugar like malts up front with cherries and raisins on the back with a nice slow alcoholic warmth. Hops, though strong on the nose are nicely in the background hidden against all the malt. A good dose of alcoholic grain is in the aftertaste. Almost herbal in quality, but one of the most pleasant beers I have tried this year.

Ever since Thomas Hardy's bit the dust I have been looking for the next favorite barley wine, and while this is very close to a few aged ones I have had it deserves to be laid down for a few years to mature. An A PLUS!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark barleywine I've never seen one this dark it's almost black barely looks burnt mahogany brown maybe a touch of ruby highlights with light khaki tan head going on, fine speckled lacing.

Aroma has cocoa notes, dark fruits, toasted nuts very English malt profile going on with herbal notes of herbal hops going on.

Flavor dark cocoa, caramel malt sugars come through...herbal hops just barely balancing it out. Darker roasted malts than most barleywines I've been through. Dark fruit raisin lingering with each sip the malts are in full force.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied even slow bubbled carbonation, rolls off the palate pretty smooth with each sip.

Overall, I'm happy with this complex ale going on here. A really nice barleywine in the heart of Ohio's Appalachia!!!

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a bottle for $6.

Pours a very dark ruby brown with very little head.

Smell is world class. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bread. Just fantastic. The taste doesn't quite hold up to the aroma though.

The alcohol overpowers the flavor just a bit. It is still outstanding though. It has a real barrel quality booziness wise. It has a little bit of hop bite to it, but is cancelled out by the rest of the flavors.

Carbonation is basically non existent. Body a little on the thin side for an English style.


I think this beer is just a hair away from being a world class barleywine. Very true to the English style with the strong malt presence, so if you enjoy that, it is worth the price of admission. I would love to have a bourbon barrel version of this.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, 2014 vintage. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel, brown sugar, raisins/dark fruit, dark bread and a bit of chocolate. It tastes like caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit (raisins, cherries), bready malt, and some nuttiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good English Style barleywine, I should have bought some more. Definitely worth trying if you're never had it before. $5.99 a bottle.

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Photo of AwYeh
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Really dark, almost like a stout; opaque dark brown/black, with a finger of foamy tan head. Head sticks around for a while, nice lacing.

S: Very pleasant smell; loads of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, with dark fruits adding depth. A hint of earthy hops.

T: Really similar to the aroma, with a light toasted flavor being the biggest addition. Nicely balanced and never approaches being cloying despite consisting of mostly sweet flavors. Finish lingers for a long time, bringing in a light bitterness and a great burnt sugar flavor. In contrast to earlier reviews, I can't taste the alcohol, and the bottle I just bought says the beer is 10.5%, vs. the 9.4% it's listed at.

M: Thick body, light carbonation, smooth and sticky. Stickiness really helps the finish hang around, which benefits the beer quite a bit.

O: Nice barleywine from Jackie O's. The bottle may seem a bit pricy, but if it comes down to about the price of a pint of craft beer at the bar and it's this good, well worth the purchase.

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Photo of Farewell_Transmission
4.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at chappys in dayton. Served in tulip glass. Nice dark color, could not see if it was black or dark brown. Nice smell for the style. Nice a malty tastes, little to no taste of hops. Had an awesome creamy feeling. As the beer warmed it got better. I would say it maybe was served too cold to begin with. Awesome beer from a awesome brewery, can't wait to see more of their stuff in cans, and hopefully some day in bottles too.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jackie O’s. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a moderately-dark brown color. Nose has sweet malt with a bit of caramel and a bit of darker malt. Flavor has a bit too much alcohol, but that’s balanced a good bit by the sweetness. Probably also tasted a bit boozy after just having had the ultra-smooth Dark Apparition on cask. Medium, full body. A slow sipper.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and a slight coffee aroma. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from a 4 oz. taster glass.

3.5 A: Medium brown color. Came without a head.

4.5 S: Big sweet neutral maltiness to start. Exceptionally fruity with raisin, currants, and plum. Caramel and toffee galore. Booze is very well hidden. This is negligibly better than the nitro-tap version. I was surprised how powerful the nose was on nitro.

4.0 T: Taste is for the most part like the nose except that there's also a light sugariness to accompany the other flavors. Again, quite similar to the nitro version, except some of the flavors were a bit sharper.

3.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth, but not nearly as creamy as the nitro version. Still, sufficient.

4.5 D: Good integration of flavors, easy to drink, great mouthfeel, and well balanced. I never thought I'd like a nitro version of anything so much better, but in this case I do.

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Brick Kiln from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.
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