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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
jackieos.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 12-03-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
415
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
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84
Gots:
136
For Trade:
37
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 415
Reviews by tectactoe:
Photo of tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to umich03jm for this one! It'll be the first thing I've had from Jackie O's although I have a few of their bottles waiting in my cellar. Bottle #61 of 342, Batch 12. This beer is murky, nebulous, and looks like the second runnings of swamp water; brown and mahogany with barely any head that forms; it looks thick and big, on par for a big-ass barley wine.

Sweet plums and dates smothered in more sweet syrup, backed up with a robust silhouette of oak and spicy bourbon. The back end of the aroma contains a nice heap of black licorice; I like black licorice like I like rug burn, but it's buried enough here between the heavy bourbon, oak, and dark fruits, so my panties aren't in too big of a bunch.

Warm toffee and a light coconut and vanilla barrel-induction finish things off. Not as much caramel or brown sugar or just all around malt-assault as I'd expect for an 11%+ ABV barley wine, but I guess hanging out in bourbon barrels for a while can blunt some of those things. Definitely smells like a big mother effer; we'll see how it translates to the taste.

The first sip is honestly much better than I expected it to be; I'm not sure exactly what that means, because I didn't think it smelled *bad*, but I guess I just wasn't expecting it to taste this good. Sticky toffee and malty brown sugar (there we go) lathered all over a mound of bourbon soaked wood, plums, dates, and sharp cherry skins.

Vanilla, coconut, and anise are taken down a notch in the flavor, but I can forgive that as I'm pretty satisfied with the increase in brown sugar and toffee. Lots of boozy warmth all around, almost maybe a bit beyond just "warmth"; just like eating a handful of Hot Tamales, it burns, but it hurts so good. Dry oak finish; the body is thick and sticky, microwaved Aunt Jamima consistency with a slick and chunky mouth feel.

First offering from Jackie O's and I really quite enjoyed it. Barley wines are a delicate style for me, and can be pretty hit or miss. This was definitely more on the "hit" side. I actually enjoyed it more than the AleSmith BA Old Numbskull - the big ol' "popular" and highly acclaimed BA barley wine that I was expecting to like more. Like settling for the slightly less appealing assistant captain cheerleader then finding out her parents are millionaires.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SomethingClever
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass

A: had a light soapy looking head that was gone in a flash very brown brackish very dark but slight light through the edges

S: big bourbon, lots of toffee, and sweet caramel

T: lots of the sweet bourbon vanilla, toffee, and slight bits of roasted coffee

M: medium to full a little thin very clean feel to it

O: This beer is super easy to drink. Its so smooth great barrel characteristics I have had the original and it is amazing and this beer is no slouch. I can't get over how much flavor there is compared to how clean it finishes.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TATURBO for this bottle!

375ml bottle sealed with Jackie O's pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: black bodied beer with almost 2 full fingers of off white colored head. Head drops down to a thin cap quickly and eventually drops down to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Honey and bourbon. Hint of dark fruits, hint of roast malts, and hint of sweet toffee. Dried oak aroma's are plentiful as well.

Taste: This beer opens up with flavors of premium bourbon and the bourbon is slightly richer than the malt profile found in this beer, but the barrel aging still compliments the malt profile without completely overtaking it. Brown sugar, honey, butterscotch, coconut, and toffee with a little indistinguishable bitter twang. Hint of dark fruits and caramel are the main components of the malt profile. Light tannic oak in the finish with a light sweetness that makes this beer have an awesome finish that lingers for a good amount of time. Sweet, malty, and complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low, but almost moderate carbonation. This beer drinks well below its listed ABV. Very smooth.

Overall: This beer reminds me alot of a Mother of All Storms, but Bourbon Brick Kiln has creamier carbonation and it is much much smoother at a younger age. This really is an outstanding barrel aged english barleywine. Lots of complexity and well done barrel aging. Jackie O's made a very impressive barrel aged English Barleywine.

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Photo of nhindian
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As the popular practice of barrel aging beer often changes the beer into something decidedly bourbon-like, this time those barrels have met their match. The Brick Kiln barlewine stands its ground while welcoming the nuances that those barrels bring.

Bourbon Barrel Brick Kiln's deep mahogany pour shows deep crimsons and burgundies with a tawny port character. The delicate creme that builds slowly reveals the dense aromatics of toffee and molasses with bold bourbon sherry and dark fruit whimsy. Its taste is decadently sweet with a host of toasted caramels, maple and butterscotch.

And as the taste develops, its sweetness deepens and draws in the fruitcake medley of dates, fig and prune with raisin and spiced rum. With the oak, vanilla and coconut taste of the barrels showing even more complexity, its spicy tannins offer a sherry-like vinous taste. Curing tobacco and leather give greater rise to the earthiness of stone fruit and the beer's underlying marmalade earthiness.

Full and luscious, the beer's texture is rich but surprisingly dry as the wood spices and light vinous tang gives the finish a powder-fine dryness that's seemingly of extended wood-aged bordeaux. With the warmth of bourbon, the barleywine trails with a long linger of fruitcake and tar.

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Photo of beertunes
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutFox
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours very dark, one of the darkest barleywines I have had, not much head
Aroma: Blast of Caramel notes and bourbon, sweet toffee, malt, and vanilla not much more than that, smells like your average BABW but on steroids.
Taste: Tons of toffee and bourbon (lots of bourbon), The bourbon stays lingers but the flavor changes form toffee to caramel to vanilla than back to caramel. as it warms up The flavors seem to meld together but not so much as you cant distinguish the flavors.
Overall: very complex and changes well as it warms. quite a remarkable beer. I will certainly be picking up a couple more of these to age (if i can find them again).

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of JC333
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at CBC 2016, day 2. Dark brown with a tan head. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, dried fruit, chocolate and toasted coconut.

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Photo of Prospero
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of boogerisu
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This big barleywine is a thick, ruddy dark brown. The head on top is tan and creamy, standing at just under one finger and leaving a ring where it settles followed by some creamy spotting beneath.
This has plenty of character, and it's a big malty beast. The aroma and flavor are full of woods, toasted dark sugar, blackstrap, and a more of a brown sugar underlying. Some heat shows strongly without hitting too hard.
This beer has a sturdy feel in its full body with good movement, some alcohol coming in but remaining smooth and crisp with just enough carbonation to make it flow without being overdone

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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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