Brick Kiln - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Barleywine - English
Ranked #53
Ranked #2,229
4.24 | pDev: 8.73%
Friday at 03:44 AM
Dec 03, 2012
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4.21 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Apr 30, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by DIM from Pennsylvania

The cocoa, bitter bakers chocolate notes are unique here and do a wonderful job of keeping the sweetness in check. They aren't all that potent but they meld well with the raisin, leather, vanilla, and bourbon. There is a bit of a vinous note as well. The carbonation is quite light and the body thick and sticky. Good stuff.

Feb 02, 2022
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Pours dark brown with a ruddy hue. Half finger of dark khaki head with decent retention given the ABV. It eventually settles into a soupy crown. Spotty lacing.

Caramel, vanilla, leather and raisin in the aroma.

The taste follows the nose fairly closely with nice leather complemented by the caramel and vanilla. The raisin is lighter here, or maybe boxed out by the addition of some light red wine character. I might be getting a little mint and even cut grass in there, too. Light hop bitterness and warming alcohol round out the finish.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

A nicely made barleywine that hits all the expected notes and one or two unexpected ones. Not as over the top as some contemporary examples. Particularly good for the price.

Jan 23, 2022
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Jan 12, 2022
4.06 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 04, 2021
2.75 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Oct 08, 2021
4.21 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Sep 30, 2021
4.29 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Sep 11, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by micada from New York

Dark chestnut color. Forget about head…crisps into nothing in a second flat. Nose is caramel with some oak and some bourbon. Flavor follows the nose all the way. Bourbon is very prominent, followed by wood, caramel, some leather. It’s boozy fire, probably more suited for my Glencairn glass…I’ll probably try that with the rest of the bottle. 13.3% sticks its finger in your eye. Nose in glass brings out some floral notes with the woodiness. Mouthfeel is full, slightly brisk, with a fair amount of lingering sweetness, more root beer than chocolate if that makes sense.

Jul 10, 2021
4.24 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Apr 19, 2021
4.46 by MJSFS from Florida on Apr 07, 2021
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a 2018 cellar temp bottle poured into my snifter. The beer is part of a trade with @Artizen, thank you!
Beer pours a rich deep mahogany color with a creamy beige head of a bout 1 cm. This foam fades to a sturdy edge layer and some wispy foam streaks on the surface.
Aroma is sweet and malty and very robust as soon as the beer enters my glass. I get loads of toffee, brown sugar, raisin and fig , this mixes with some bourbon and a bit of booziness. I dont get any hop presence on the nose.
I taste this beer over the course of about 90 minutes and it definitely changes in depth as it warms.
The beer has a robust feel to it with big body and fairly syrupy texture. The carbonation is mild and soft and this beer coats with each mouthful.
Flavor is toffee, brown sugar and bourbon up front. This profile moves to some dark fruit with fig and raisin dominant and then I get some black peppery booze, although here I dont get any warming in my pallet or on the swallow. The booze is hidden very well. As the beer warms I get much more brown sugar and a dark cocoa powder and bakers chocolate which I didnt expect. I also get some tobacco notes on the finish, these were not present on nose or when the beer was cooler.
This is a very fine example of an english barleywine, and the BBA only did it up better. I wish I had another bottle and know to ask for one if Im in Ohio or buy one where I see it. well worth the drink!

Jan 30, 2021
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4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by trevormajor from Ohio

12.7 oz bottle, 2015 vintage, poured into a tulip glass at 58 degrees F:
L - like black tea, dark with a head that lingered around the edges of the glass
S - that wonderful malty/boozy smell of a great BBA barleywine. Notes of caramel and toffee
T - sweet malty flavor on the nose anchored by a great bourbon backbone. Notes of fig, caramel
F - fairly thick mouthfeel with mild carbonation on the finish
O - a great boozy barleywine that has held up very nicely for 5 years. I bought the beer at Jackie O's production facility in September and it has aged at 53 degrees F in my cellar cooler for the last month. This is a complex beer that is very well balanced

Oct 31, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TheGent from New Jersey

Bottle says 2019. Courtesy of @jkblr. Thanks, Justin!

Look: Pours dark brown from the bottle and sits black and opaque in the glass. A pinky-finger of loosely packed beige head that disappears fairly quickly, but for a thin ring around the edge of the glass. No visible carbonation. Deep, dark and void of color.

Smell: I opened this about 20 minutes ago so it has had the chance to warm a bit. Sweet malts of dark breadiness, dark, dried fruit, including raisins and dates, milk chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, sticky toffee, and caramel. Nice combination of sweet malts and bourbon barrel. An excellent nose.

Taste: Oh man, this is an excellent beer. So much depth of flavor. On the tip of the tongue, a touch of alcoholic warmth with some milk chocolate and cola sweetness. Mid palate the beer opens to raisin, sweet dark bread and a lot of butterscotch. This last one seems to define the beer for me. The finish is long, and it dries out a little bit with some warmth.

Feel: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth. Moderately sweet, but some great sticky sweetness on the lips. Pleasantly warming as expected and appreciated for the style.

Overall: This beer is excellent and really hits all of the notes that I want in a bourbon barrel aged English Barleywine. Deep malt flavors, nice barrel presence, sticky sweetness and warmth.

Aug 24, 2020
4.46 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stortore from Illinois

375 ml bottle into a snifter. 2019 edition, had 12/10/19.

Pours a fairly dark mahogany color, semi opaque, with a quarter inch quickly dissipating head and light foamy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, oak, tobacco, some figs and raisins, some toffee, light char, faint vanilla. Smells terrific. The flavor is pretty much the same- bourbon, caramel, oak, toffee, malt, vanilla as it warms, some dates and raisins, light tobacco and figs, a hint of licorice. Some alcohol warming on the finish. Smooth, a very good medium to full body, well carbonated.

Great barrels, an excellent aroma, a great example of an English Barleywine without the stone fruit. Very enjoyable and well worth a purchase, albeit with a pretty high price point.

Apr 02, 2020
4.28 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Feb 02, 2020
4.32 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Nov 30, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Released 6/28/19; drank 11/14/19 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark brown appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice khaki head; decent lace.

Oak, caramel & mild bourbon notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Caramel, oak & mild bourbon flavors; a bit thin & simple, but not a bad quaff.

Nov 15, 2019
4.34 by Kdouble from Tennessee on Sep 25, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Beejay from Virginia

Review 1700!!!!!!!!

A: Dark brown in color, nearly black in the glass with a ruby hue when held to the light. A small amount of tan head.

S: Brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and toasted marshmallow, wrapped in vanilla.

T: Roasty and sweet, with caramel and vanilla. Oak notes throughout. Big, toasty, and malty, smooth flavor, with a little bit of a burn. I wish the bourbon was a touch more prevalent, finish has a hint of smoke.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and a touch oily, carbonation is low. Slight cling in the finish.

O: Definitely a sweet treat of a beer, but I am digging it. Well pout together, and complex.

Aug 31, 2019
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Aug 25, 2019
4.23 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Apr 22, 2019
4 by mush from Illinois on Apr 07, 2019
3.93 by KurtisCarman from Ohio on Mar 18, 2019
4.34 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on Jan 13, 2019
4.3 by Thomas_Wikman from Texas on Jan 05, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jkblr from Indiana

12.7 oz bottle (2018 vintage) poured into a becher glass at 55F, 11.8% ABV per label. The beer pours dense very dark brown with mahogany highlights. The head disappears in seconds fizzing like Coca-Cola and similar in appearance. No lacing. The aroma is vanilla and oak followed by sweet malt and bourbon. The taste is dark, but not burnt caramel, raisin, oak, vanilla and mild bourbon. This beer leans only slightly sweet, offset by moderate earthy bitterness and non-offensive alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with less than medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, outstanding. This tastes fantastic. All elements interact well for an excellent experience. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy British Barleywine.

Dec 31, 2018
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4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by CaptainHate from Ohio

Poured from a 2018 12.7 ounce bottle into a DFH tulip, it has a thick dark brown body with almost no head. Even straight out of my 50 degree beer fridge, the smell of booze and dark sweet fruit has a straight shot into my nasal cavity sensory detection dendrites. The taste likewise just bludgeons its way into my cortex. The mouthfeel is perfect and cannot be improved upon; minutes after taking a sip, if I run my tongue over the front of my incisors, I can taste it again.

This might be the perfect beer for me. There's no need to cellar this bad boy because there's nothing out of balance; it's just that everything is set to eleven. I have to find more of this to be consumed very sporadically. Just an awesome experience.

Nov 19, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Dark brown body; nearly opaque; thin wispy head (standard for a high ABV beer). Rich, boozy aroma; charred grains with notes of black molasses, some dark, pitted fruit notes. Figs and dates blended with cocoa and baker's chocolate are the taste impressions; some bourbon notes seep through towards the finish of each sip. Heavy body; chewy and oily; subtle warmth from the alcohol.

A very delectable barrel-aged barley wine, very malty with nice depth and balance for a large beer. Roasted and charred malt flavors are at the fore with noticeable (but not obtrusive) bourbon and booze notes adding more character to the beer.

Nov 05, 2018
4.4 by mig100 from Texas on Oct 22, 2018
4.18 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Oct 15, 2018
4.15 by GetTheYayo from Pennsylvania on Oct 15, 2018
3.85 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Oct 15, 2018
4.29 by akopczyk from Ohio on Sep 20, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BergBeer from Hawaii

Look: A murky swamp water brown with ruby and blue highlights. When held up to the light there is a ring around he top that looks like an oil separation. It clings to the glass as I swirl it. It looks big and sticky. The slightest tan head was there as I poured but it dissipated before I even got done pouring.

Smell: Rich, sticky sweet, and boozy. Absolutely massive notes of toffee, caramel, dried dates and figs, vanilla, light cinnamon, tobacco, couch leather, molasses, oak, and a nose hair singeing vaporous alcohol. Like sticky toffee date cake drenched in bourbon. The alcohol is so hot on this it smells as though it could burst into flames at any moment.

Taste: Much like the nose. Sticky toffee date cake soaked in bourbon sums it up nicely. The attack holds the toffee drizzled figs and dates. This creeps over the palate till it smother it. Then a body of dry oak, tobacco, light ash, vanilla extract, date cake, and leather. Then a slight prick of hops flashes quickly to a massive alcohol that isn’t aggressive or sharp but mellow while overwhelming the finish.

Feel: One if the biggest beers I have had. It feels like you could cut this beer with a knife. Adding to this is the fact that it just sits on the palate. Also, it is sweet. Not overly sweet but sticky on the lips. Mild bitterness. Off dry to dry finish. Mild carbonation.

Overall: A behemoth of a beer. Yet, there is nuance and layer after layer of interesting flavors that balance well. It doesn’t pull to far in any direction. The line for a huge English barleywine to walk is very thin to escape being a sweet boozy mess. Jackie O’s walked it perfectly. The only thing that might get a bit too much share is the alcohol but even that serves to dry out the finish. I feel like a beer like this can only be brewed by someone with lots of talent and experience. Right up there with @firestonewalker Sucaba. A truly impressive offering.

Sep 18, 2018
4.23 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Sep 15, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

Dark fruit, caramel, toffee, bourbon, dark cherry, light grape, fig, dates, light booze, light oak char, sweet but balanced by alcohol and a bright fruit character

Sep 04, 2018
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5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by West08 from Ohio

Really surprised. This beat is absolutely amazing!

Jul 26, 2018
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