Bourbon Barrel-Aged ½ Shark-Alligator ½ Man | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged ½ Shark-Alligator ½ ManBourbon Barrel-Aged ½ Shark-Alligator ½ Man

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DavoleBomb on 08-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Alieniloquium:
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3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky brown with a wispy surface. Sticky looking as I swirl it.

Smell - Awesome bourbon and oak aroma. Brown sugar. Belgian yeast. Great barrel character.

Taste - Less impressive. Brown sugar, bourbon, and vanilla all come through. Oaky flavor. Bitter throughout. Loses its Belgian character in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Boozy and bitter. Medium heavy, but well carbonated. Maybe even too much.

Overall - Lacking in beer complexity, but the barrel is fantastic. Too bitter, too. Wish I'd had the base beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the bottle, MarkIntihar!

Dark brown with dark ruby edges and a moderately-sized brown head, eventually leaving irregular webs and dots of lace down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

Sweet brown bread aroma, along with a mild yeast character, combine with brown sugar and mild barrel-influence. Nothing is too overbearing or powerful, and the base beer is still able to shine quite nicely.

The flavor is well balanced but flavorful, with nice notes of a Belgian-style yeast combining with barrel character, mild spice, and brown sugar sweetness. Evolving and even complex.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for this one. 2012 vintage bottle #84/192. 22oz. bomber into a Founders snifter.

Pours a .5 finger light, coarse mocha head with poor retention. Beer is a semi-clear dark, nearly opaque brown. Sparse, spotty lace with thick, oily legs. Decent.

Nose is dark fruit, liquorice, brown sugar with sweet bourbon overtones. Rich and very aromatic. Solid.

Opens dark fruit, yeast, and various spices. Brown sugar and molasses in the middle with a solid, commanding bourbon backbone throughout. Sweet with plum, fresh prunes, liquorice, and some cocoa powder at the middle and end. Finishes yeasty and spicy with a slick, sweet aftertaste. Definitely different than any other BSDA I've had but this one is pretty tasty!

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Slick and warm in the mouth and goes down with some bubbles. Finishes messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. Wish this one was a bit less carbonated and a touch smoother but at least its appropriate for the style.

Overall, a very solid beer. Complexity is impressive and the emphasis on the dark fruit component along with a slight liquorice side makes this one very unique. Again, could be smoother but this one is pretty solid as it is. I'd recommend it.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

2012 Release – Bottle #79/192

Barrel Aged ½ Shark Alligator ½ Man pours a very dark amber color. It’s hazy, but isn’t opaque. Holding it to light reveals nice burgundy and garnet highlights. A light tan head covers the surface. It doesn’t rise much above that. The abv may be a little too much for it. Retention was short, and lacing was definitely light. Not bad.

The nose is good. It smells very sweet and sugary. The malt base smells like a mix of caramel and chocolate. Dark fruit notes are very strong throughout. Plum is most notable. Bourbon is definitely noted, but its presence is moderate. It smells like it plays that role very well, complementing the fruity and malty notes nicely. Oak is noted, but smells secondary. I’m not getting much Belgian yeast. Perhaps it’s buried. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through overly strong. Smells good.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. It’s very sweet up front. Brown sugar and caramel flavors are abundant. Light cocoa follows. Dark fruit is in the mix. Plum is noted and adds a tangy quality to the overall flavor. It’s interesting. Bourbon has a moderate presence and complements the other flavors, creating a rich flavor profile. Oak is also a product of the barrel-aging. It’s secondary, but adds nice depth and character. I’m still not getting much in the Belgian department. I wish more was going on in that department. Alcohol is there, but isn’t warm or hot. Finishes sweet and tangy.

The body is on the slightly lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light and soft, but the body feels a bit thin and insubstantial. More would be better. It is tasty and goes down easy though. This bomber isn’t lasting very long.

Jackie O’s always develops some quirky beers. Some in name, some in substance, and in some cases…both. This is a case of both. The barrel aged aspect of it is well done, but it is lacking on Belgian side. Any evidence of its Belgian character just doesn’t come through. Good beer nonetheless. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage, bottle #81 of 192. This will be a much better review than my "on-tap" one.

4.0 A: Clear deep amber brown color. One and a half fingers of tan, frothy/creamy head. Retention is pretty good and a moderate sized ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Lot of bourbon in the nose. Leathery and earthy with mountain stream water, raisin, plum, oak, and hints of vanilla. The brown sugar in the base comes out quite well and I imagine some of the brown sugar aroma may be coming from the bourbon. Speaking of the base, it smells damn good too. Raisin, currants, prunes, caramel, toffee, and molasses. A touch of peppery spice from the yeast. Booze is there, but for the most part, it is well hidden. Really great smelling brew. Deep, complex, and with well integrated aromas.

4.5 T: Taste is wonderful as well. Bourbon is the lead component again. Super leathery, earthy, with raisin and plum fruits, and oak and vanilla. Brown sugar, caramel, toffee, molasses. Currants, more raisins, tobacco and plum. Again pepper from the yeast and some clove as well. A touch of tannic astringency. The booze is a bit more aggressive in the taste, but it's not too bad. It's a bourbony type booze.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly spritzy with a velvety creaminess.

4.0 D: Damn good brew. I wish I had gotten a full glass of this at the release. Trying to tick there becomes an obsession though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rudzud for sharing this one.

Light fizzy head, little lacing but mostly bubbles, murky dark molasses brown color.

Nose is tons of brown sugar, molasses like, little syrupy, toffee light nutty, then some bourbon and bit of toasty oak, bit of dark fruit like date paste, mild booze and nice fig aroma.

Taste sweet brown sugar, lots of fig and dark fruits, candy like, little molasses and toffee, hint nougat, etc. Nice barrel with mild vanilla and toasty barrel and some decent bourbon, lots of candy sweet like. Little syrupy candy. Finish is sticky sweet, fair bitterness, little piney hop like thing way on the finish.

Mouth is thicker little syrupy, decent but a bit lighter carb.

Overall great.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Corbet for the bottle, and the 6th anniversary mini-snifter into which the beer was poured!

A deep, dark reddish brown color, with a pinky finger of tan head that settled to a ringlet, dabbling the glass with lacing. Nice aroma! Big barrel character, bourbon-vanilla, brown sugar, scents of sweet candy. More of this in the taste, but not quite as pronounced, with more nuttiness coming out; bourbon-soaked oak, vanilla, brown sugar, some neutral booze, background herbal notes and bready yeast, though nothing particularly Belgian, so to speak. Medium body, felt about right, slick mouthfeel, somewhat drying in the finish, moderately low carbonation, with a lasting but perfectly tolerable boozy heat. Though I must say, it's better--strangely--on the colder side, as the booze really significantly came out a lot more when it warmed, decreasing the smoothness a bit. A quite interesting beer, not really at all what I expected, and nice overall.

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Photo of Kuemmelbrau
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1599th Review on BA
Bottle to JackieO's Tulip

2012 Bottle
Bottle #30/192

Thanks to TroyG2352 for this one

App- Its a very medium brown with a bit of a soda look behind it. The density is good in the center and then flows outward on this one. A bit clear around the edges with only a a small 1/2"-1" head that faded quickly and didnt leave a lot of cling.

Smell- The smell on this was OK. It was a pretty standard note of bourbon intermixed with WAY too much brown sugar. It needed to come down a whole lot to be a bit more smooth and integrated. The smell on this smelled of winter warmer with spice vs. BSDA or BBBW to me.

Taste- It was a nice beer. It seemed to be more a winter warmer with a thick malty spice note that was paired with the bourbon vs. being a well integrated beer. The more it warmed from a cellar 53F that it became more of a winter warmer malty vs the inteded style.

Mouth- A good medium body with a medium carbonation. The body on this seemed to be a bit thin and the carbonation was fine and then matched against a bit of a too spicy note of the warmer style.

Drink- Its a very tasty beer. Just not sure what style it goes into and how to rate it. It can go with a strong ale where it wouldnt be all that good or it can be a BBA winter warmer and kick ass. Needless to say I enjoyed it.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served chilled into a goblet and allowed to warm up.

A- The body of the beer is murky brown. The head was a thin light tan coloration. The head resolved down into a ring of foam.

S- The aroma of the beer has plenty of molassis, brown sugar, major bourbon barrel notes, vanilla oaken notes, hops come around with citrus blast, caramel and cocoa, alcohol plays around in a bourbonesque way.

T- This beer is sweet on the straight away. Lots of brown sugar, molassis, sweet vanilla bourbon, caramel, toasted notes lead into some slieghtly roasted malts, alcohol of the bourbon sort warm my palate up, the hops bring a pleasing citrusy blast and are consumed into the sweetness.

M- The body of the beer is medium and well carbonated. The alcohol is hot but is a welcome component to the beers character. Its really sweet upfront but between the hops and the alcohol this beer dries out.

O- This beer is a bourbon sipper. The beer has a few kinks but its still a very nice sipper.

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Photo of MordorMongo
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros. Bottle #'d 8/192, 2012 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice murky brown hue with s nice light thin head that leaves faint lacing and s nice blanket.

S - Aromas of bourbon, brown sugar, dark fruits. Nice light Belgian esters.

T - Taste is opposite of the nose, tons of bourbon, vanilla, figs, brown sugar, light Belgian esters, sweet malts. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated for a Belgian, sharp.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, however, not my favorite Jackie O's. Still, a delicious Belgian strong with good bourbon and dark fruit notes. Solid beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Kan? Should have kept better track of who brought what last week. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a wispy cap, thick collar, and spotty lacing. Very dark brown body.

S - Lots of oak, some bourbon, brown sugar sweetness, and a vinous flavor that is evocative of brandy. I'm surprised to see this is a Belgian Dark, as I didn't get a ton of yeast presence, but I suppose the dark fruit flavors make sense in that context.

T - So much barrel, with only slight Belgian yeast influence. Loads of brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and some booze. Not as sweet as the aroma, with more bourbon and oak influence and less of the base beer's malt character.

M - Dry and tannic, medium-full body, with lower carbonation and some alcohol warming. Still, fairly smooth for a 10% beer, but perhaps a bit thinner than you'd expect.

D - I think the barrel treatment is a bit lacking in subtlety, but as far as barrel-aged 'stuff' goes this is fairly enjoyable. My big complaint about the Jackie O's barrel-aged offerings is that many of them are indistinct unless you drink them side-by-side - just not overly memorable flavor profiles. I happily finished my glass, but I wouldn't seek this out again.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged ½ Shark-Alligator ½ Man from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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