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

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English Barleywine
Ranked #22
Ranked #1,251
4.26 | pDev: 8.69%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Brick Kiln - Bourbon Barrel-AgedBrick Kiln - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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stortore from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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Beejay from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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jkblr from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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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beergoot from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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BergBeer from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a bubbling head that quickly dissipates.
Smell is sweet raisin and date fruity.
Taste is delicious and mimics the smell along with some caramel flavors.
Feel is smooth with no alcohol feel.
Overall this is a great Barleywine.

Jul 21, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a half inch tan head over a medium to dark brown body with some lacing. Nose of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and slight chocolate.
Taste mirrors nose to a degree with the chocolate coming forward and a bit of raisin sweetness appearing as well. Good feel and overall, a more than pleasant BA Barley Wine right here. Cheers!

May 21, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, zero cap, light carbonation. Aroma is heavy on barrel notes - bourbony caramel, a surprising amount of toasted coconut- but the classic English barleywine aroma get subsumed, perhaps being too similar to some of the barrel notes.

Flavor is pretty similar- lots of bourbon and the accompanying notes, with perhaps a bit more of those barleywine / deep malt flavors poking through on the backend. Some dark raisin / rum cake floating around as well. Good, but would have liked to see more expression from the base beer

Mar 01, 2018
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at brewery 3 months ago:
Pours a deep, clear-looking auburn brown. Head isn't much to speak of, but holds a ring that isn't interested inlacing the glass.

Nose is a very deep, nicely constructed bourbon soaked raisin and prune. There a certain leathery note as well. Bit of honey sweetness as well. Very fragrant.

Taste has similar aspects, though there's a little more tart and tang - raisin and perhaps wood. The bourbon has a bit of vanilla and almost no heat. Same leather note is present.

Feel, however is a small problem. This is a bit watery and though the flavors are quite strong, they still have an aspect of dilution by mid taste. Warmth brings a bit of heat in back.

With a little more thickness, I think this would be an awesome beer. It comes on strong, fizzles a bit in the middle, but makes a little comeback with some muted back end notes.

Aug 09, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours like thick rust water with a film of head that fades fast.
S: sweet bourbon and caramel raisins.
T: oh yeah! So good. It nails the bourbon soaked caramel covered raisins profile.
F: so smooth, good coating after the drink, but a bit thin.
O: awesome babw!

Aug 05, 2017
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rypkr from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's good, and I'd drink it again, but it's not drop $13 on a single good. Very sweet. Tons of fruitiness, from apricot to plum to prune. Less bourbon than most jackie o's. Slightly dry. Surprising faint oxidation considering a 2017 bottle.

Overall - not a life changing barleywine. And to be honest, for my distribution area, I feel weyerbeybacher did this style bb aged better at $4.50/bottle with insanity so this'll be a hard revisit.

Aug 05, 2017
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 2015 bottle into the test glass
A - Dark as night, little carbonation, a thin ring of evidence.
S - Barrel, vanilla, toasted walnut, toffee, bakers chocolate, saddle leather.
T - A bit of tobacco, cocoa, amazing fig, and rich toffee.
M - Silky, luxurious, little carbonation to move things through, palate fully coated and left with longing.
O - A sipper, to be experienced, rich in every aspect, silky and leaves one looking longingly for the lover who left.

Apr 02, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 vintage
375ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown color with a small foamy off-white head that has short retention, leaving nothing behind.

S- smells of sweet caramel & toffee up front, meshing with plenty of bourbon barrel notes; wet wood, coconut, vanilla & barrel juice. Undertones of leather, tobacco & fig

T-opens with a nice mix of sweet caramel, toffee, fig & raisin. Mid-palate brings out some barrel notes, adding oak, bourbon and light traces of vanilla and coconut. The finish gives more dark fruit and caramel

M- medium body with hardly any carbonation leads to a ever-so-slightly mouthfeel and a slick finish

O- age has mellowed it out a bit, giving it higher drinkability

Mar 11, 2017
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - really dark cloudy brown with no real head but good lacing
Smell - strong boozy Carmel vanilla scents
Taste - not as boozy tasting as the smell and not as sweet as I was expecting. Vanilla and Carmel like the smell.
Feel - I aged this for about a year so the body was pretty thin and not much carbonation if any almost
Overall - yummy

Jan 02, 2017
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beertunes from Montenegro

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to WesMantooth for this, from a Ninja box during NBS BIF #4. Apparently the same brew as the "Brick Kiln" listed here. 12.7oz bottle poured into trusty 10oz glass. Poured a nearly solid black color, looks like a stout to me, with about 1/8 inch cap of tan head that quickly dissipated into a ring, and left no lacing.

The aroma, whooooboy!, the aroma. It certainly was no stout on the nose. Big, burly malts, more than a hint of bourbon, but not so much as to overpower the beer, a noticeable hit of alcohol, and a hint of wood combine to truly impress the olfactory sense. On the tongue, pretty similar deal; nice big malts, definite bourbon, some wood, but the difference being that the alcohol taste was stronger. I also got a bit of licorice flavor that I didn't get in the nose.

The body was surprisingly smooth, especially when you add in the alcohol bite, and coated the palate nicely, leaving a nice melange of flavors behind. The alcohol did linger at the back end, proving a bit of a distraction however. Drinkability was totes amazeballs. I would be willing to knock back 3 or 4 of these back-to-back, whether I could or not is another question. ;) Overall, a very good beer, bordering on excellent. That alcohol bite was a bit of a knock, but I would love to see what a year (or 3) would do to that aspect. This is among the best Barleywines I've had, and it's going onto my permawantslist. A must try if you see it.

Oct 24, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Received from @Josholson666 in NBS BIF #4
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – bourbon and dates (?)
Head – small (Maximum < two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/frothy, gone in sixty seconds, leaves neither ring nor layer of bubbles
Lacing - none
Body – dark brown, cloudy, slight effervescence
Flavor – sweet but NOT cloying, dark fruit, some vinous hints, some caramel, a hint of diacetyl; not picking up any hops; alcohol comes in for a noticeable after burn.
Palate – medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Wow! What an excellent BBA English barley wine! I could drink several but I probably shouldn’t – something about gravity being a bitch. This is one of the best barley wines I’ve ever had – not that I’m a connoisseur of the style or anything, but I know what I like! Massive thanks and good karma to @Josholson666!

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.75, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.75

Oct 17, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud, 2014

Mild fizzy creamy head, little lacing, long legs, very dark almost black color.

Nose tons of bourbon, barrel juice, toasted vanilla oak, into fudgey cocoa big creamy vanilla, tons of caramel toffee, little nutty, little biscuity cookie dough.

Taste thick syrupy caramel fudge, toffee, caramel, chewy nougat, mild fudgey cocoa, little bitter spicy hop, mild bourbon, vanilla oak notes, whisky with some booze warmth slight tingle, touch nutty, candy caramel, some dark roasty malts. Sweet syrupy candy finish, bitter roasted malt and little spicy hop, nougat fudge and little whisky lingering.
Mouth is fuller bod, decent carb, little fudgey chewy, very little booze.

Overall pretty nice, not amazing but nice

Aug 25, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice one finger head that fades to leave a thin wispy blanket.

S - Aromas of rich bourbon, sticky toffee, sweet malts, nice bawl barrel notes. Really solid brown sugar notes, no alcohol.

T - Taste is similar to the, decent bourbon notes and almost bourbon soaked raisin. Good toffee and caramel notes, lots of brown sugar.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, smooth, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a rather solid barley wine. Very nice bourbon notes.

Serving type: bottle

Aug 25, 2016
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MuFugga from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look, smell, and feel we're all good, but unfortunately when it comes to taste (most important aspect), it falls quite short. Has good barrel qualities, but for an English style Barleywine, I expect a lot more caramel, toffee, fruity sweetness. Not a bad beer by any means, but I will not be seeking it out again and does not even come close to being an upper echelon BA English Barleywine.

Aug 15, 2016
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nhindian from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Brick Kiln looks the part of a typical barleywine in terms of color; it is ruddy, dirty brown that straddles the line between black and sewer water. Unappetizing, perhaps, but par for the course. A tan head makes an appearance, but quickly (and surprisingly loudly) fizzles away, leaving only stray islands of foam to saunter on the top of the beer, leaving only an eclipse of lighter foam around the edge of the glass.

Aroma - The aroma is a touch more subdued than Bourbon Barrel Wood Burner and other Jackie O's beers I remember. The bourbon is definitely still the focus of the beer, but besides that and some sweetness, I'm coming up empty. Think alcohol-soaked figs, bourbon staves, and bittersweet chocolate, and you got Bourbon Barrel Brick Kiln.

Taste - Take what I just said about the aroma and flip it 180 degrees. The taste is multi-faceted, complex, and delicious. Unlike other JO BA beers, the dominant flavor isn't so much the barrel, but the malts and beer underneath, which allow a great depth of flavor development. The first wave is chocolate and dark fruits, like a rum cake made with bourbon. If anything, Jackie O's has a signature barrel-aged characteristic that is common in their beers, and BA Brick Kiln is no exception. If you like it, this is perfect, and to me, this is nearly-perfect. Perhaps a little less bourbon would help this really open up, but otherwise, this is a great flavor.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is spot-on. Not too thick, not too thin, with precise carbonation.

Closing Arguments - Overall, this is near the top of JO beers in my book. The barrel-aging is at the forefront without overshadowing the actual beer, the body is nicely balanced, and it develops in the glass to acclaim.

Jun 05, 2016
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brenlinn from Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong BA flavor in this barley wine. Excellent balance. More hazy than most BWs. Touch of sweetness with a lot of barrel. Smell is a perfect mix of wood, bourbon and honey.

May 30, 2016
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goldenbooter from Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome barley wine with a great barrel finish. Somehow Jackie Os keep putting out home runs. Color reminds me of apple juice. Nice smell. Barrel at the end. Nose sweet

May 11, 2016
Brick Kiln - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 486 ratings