Bourbon Barrel-Aged 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): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MasterSki on 12-03-2012

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Reviews:
68
Ratings:
402
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
21.33%
 
 
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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 402
Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kan for sharing this unlabeled bottle acquired directly from the brewery. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Thin white foam settles to a thin collar, stray wisps, and a bit of spotty lacing. Murky brown body.

S - A nice mix of red fruits, coconut, vanilla, earthy bourbon, treacle, toffee, and caramel. Not much booze, and oak is understated.

T - Taste is quite similar, with caramel, toffee, oaky vanilla, hint of milk chocolate. Bourbon and oak are surprisingly restrained for a Jackie O's offering, and integrate very well with the base beer.

M - Smooth, medium body, lower carbonation, minimal alcohol warmth, and a dry and oaky finish.

D - A very solid and well-crafted barrel-aged barleywine. Surprisingly mature and restrained for Brad and co. and I dig it. Hopefully this is scheduled for the December release, as I think it's ready for prime time. Would happily drink again.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

385 ml bottle. Pours deep brown with ruby tones. Thin off white head fades quickly, no lacing. Dark raisin and bread aroma, boozy notes. Strong bourbon presence in the flavor but not overwhelming. The caramel and raisin sweetness balances things out before ending in a fruitcake flavored bitterness. Warm boozy finish. Solid BBA BW.

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Photo of KevSal
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

yes ! yes!! YESS! the niners are going to the suberbowl!

tradition in my house has been drinking a big ba barleywin for every niner playoff game. Huge thanks to kurtis for making my traditions continue!

a- looks great dark dark ruby red with a slight finger of head.

s- a bit let down by the nose, not as large as i was hoping but when it comes up its pretty good. barrel and brown sugar up front with some alcohol and some dark fruits.

t- not as sweat as the nose indicated, lots of burnt barrel character, some vanilla and burnt sugar. some dark fruits in the after taste

m- very clean, not as sticky as i was expecting. medium to thick body and it is well carbonated

o- another good jackie os beers, pairs well with the niners victory! not as big or immense as i was expecting, and not the best from jackie os but good in its own right

thanks againe lechskie!

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Photo of MuFugga
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with amber highlights. Head drops rather quickly, not unexpected with the ABV level. Aroma of Caramel malts, quality bourbon, oak, toffee, vanilla and fruity esters. Maybe a very slight touch of diacetyl, but not in a bad way. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, fig, raisin, vanilla, hops, bourbon, oak, molasses, brown sugar, and maybe a hint of maple, honey and cherry. The 11.8 ABV is evident but not at all in the forefront. The feel is med-full and creamy. Spot on. I have not had the non-BA version, but I think without the barrel it may be a little too sweet, so sticking with the BA variant in the future. Overall slightly different than traditional English Barleywine, but a good American interpretation.

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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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Photo of Vonerichs
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Looks flat with little hint of carbonation. Dingy opaque brown.

Lots going on in the aroma. Caramel, butterscotch, light smokey notes, vanilla, toffee.

Nice flavor. Nice dose of bourbon- vanilla and oak. Caramel, vanilla, tobacco.

Oh man, so disappointed it falls way flat (pun intended) in the mouthfeel. There's almost no carbonation in this bottle. Thank goodness it's not syrupy, the sweetness in the flavor isn't overbearing despite the lack of carbonation. Medium body, but damn... just flat.

I'm hoping that's not the norm. Otherwise, the aroma and flavor were fantastic. I'd definitely try another bottle if given the chance and would revisit this review.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Muddled brown color. Some good bourbon on the nose, but also some alcohol heat on the nose. Taste is more barelywine than barrel, but a decent although slightly harsh mix. Finish is rough at first but heartwarming to linger. Solid good beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark burgundy color with a very soapy and anemic looking lacing ring.

S - Very light bourbon aroma, roasted sweet toffee, maple syrup, leather, and oak tannin.

T - Lots of vanilla, roasted toffee, oak toasted caramel, bourbon, a hint of cherries.

M - Light medium body with a tad bit thin.

O - Really enjoy Jackie O's beers but this one doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Slack
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Brown in color and cloudy with no head and minimal lacing.

Aroma is sweet dark fruit - raisins & plum, toffee, oak, and a bit of booze.

Taste is bourbon, raisins, malt sweetness, molasses, and oak / char on the finish.

Mouthful is medium and smooth but thin. Carbonation is low. Finish is dry.

Overall a decent barley wine. Aromas and flavor are good and slightly imbalanced. The mouthful is weak but not bad. I would drink this again but not seek it out.

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

Brick Kiln is one of the few Barleywines I like. Bourbon aging this beer take it up another slight notch. However, this beer is ridiculously expensive for what it is. Just pure greed. good luck Jack!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

At first I thought this was going to be yet another bourbon barrel aged Jackie O's beer ruined by too much bourbon. When I first cracked it open, I caught a huge whiff of bourbon and I immediately thought, damn, I should have got the regular version--I just wanted a warming barleywine on this shitty, snowy night.

However, just a few seconds later I did a 180.

At first, this is a very dark brown-red-purple mixture creating a black-ish impression, with absolutely no head. As it warms and gets closer to the bottom of the glass, it becomes a lighter, murky brown.

While the bourbon and charred oak is present, it is happily sharing the stage with wonderful aromas of bright red cherry, coconut, vanilla and cinnamon.

Every note of these aromas is checked off in the taste, and it's every bit the better for it. This has the classic barleywine characteristics of prune and molasses, especially as it warms, but the additional characteristics not often present in barleywines are what sets this apart.

Mouthfeel is thin but smooth and rounded.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 55 degrees F.

A: This is single darkest barleywine I have ever poured - it resembles a stout, dark as can be. The iPhone flashlight test reveals almost no light getting through it save for a tiny spot of ruby highlight. It forms a pale tan head which dies swiftly to a ring.

S: That's bourbony on the nose, all booze and hardwood with an odd, harsh sort of anise-vanilla extract mixture. Plenty of oak and alcohol wreath through this aroma.

T: Interesting. This is a sweet, sweet beer, not unlike heavy molasses with alcohol in it. Sharp notes of toffee are rounded off with caramel, and there's no shortage of oak and maple character to the flavor. The finish tastes of molasses and brown sugar almost enough to convince one that there are grains of sugar in the beer as it goes down. Some tinges of the vanilla extract from the scent are present, though none of the anise. The bourbon emerges more and more as it warms, taking over the taste profile.

M: Watery, yet sticky, and definitely towards the flat side (as one would expect from a barrel-aged beer).

O: This is one of the single most bourbony barrel-aged beers I've tried, with an aftertaste of alcohol that has some of the sting and burn of sipping directly on a couple fingers of whiskey neat. While barleywines by and large are boozy things, this takes the booziest award by far. It would probably do well with a year or two in the cellar.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep mahogany, with a delicate tightly packed khaki foam, that rises a finger high and then settles to an even layer. Smell is definitely holding forth some bourbon barrel, slightly charred sugar, and a very smooth vanilla. Flavor brings more of the same with a very creamy mouthfeel. Finishes slightly warm, with a fine balance between the bourbon, vanilla, and malts. Overall, a fine English barleywine with a gentle, creamy feel that makes it quite unique.

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Photo of bobhits
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 2

11.99 for 12.7 oz. Yeah we're in the absurd category.

Pours a bit of a white head, darker brown color, higher abv is assumed and a dense body leads one to believe this will be a big beer.

As English barley wines go we're on the hoppy side on the nose, a lot of citrus hops make their way through the deep candy caramel malts. The end as a lot of vanilla and oak from the bourbon. A nice aroma, not really to style per say but who cares?

Toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, raisins, molasses, candy corn, perhaps even some creme brulee all come out in the taste.

Where this beer really does well is in the mouth feel. Very smooth, creamy, despite not being overly carbonated it as a very enjoyable body.

Overall this is a stupid STUPID over priced beer, it is very good but not great. At about 68 dollars per six pack equivalent this is absurd. Remember bourbon count stout can be found under 40 for a six pack even at single bottle prices. Overall score without price is a 4. With price we have to drop this to a 2. I'm sorry but price matters.

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Photo of maximum12
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fiver29 – yes, I’m getting carpal tunnel syndrome from typing that phrase – once again for more Jackie O’s, & for changing an old, negative image of the brewery. This is one of their weird, stubby little 375ML bottles with a brick kiln on the label. How linear.

The pour is the same jumbled dark brown as the non-barrel aged version, which makes sense, since I guess barrels don’t add much in the way of Technicolor. I have to take off my glasses because I can’t smell anything with them on, & still can’t with them off. Same vagueish caramel, with perhaps a bit of coconut thrown in. Maybe. Or maybe it’s just a different version of water.

Brick Kiln – Bourbon Barrel Aged has gained a step from the base, which was dull to the extreme. The barrel aging is so in my grill I think it’s actually touching my sclera. Heavy bourbon & six tablespoons of vanilla drown the base beer in its cradle which, in this case, I don’t believe is a crime in 49 states (OH might object). Mid-palate there is some actual beer stuff: raisins, that herbal oddness, large bore needle of sweetness. Esophageal sting of bourbon lowers the curtain. For some reason the alcohol seems more distant, but nicely thick for a barleywine.

This is the rare beer that improves significantly with the barrel, usually boring in, boring out. The barrel here seems to have added some much-needed woohoo. Woo-fucking-hoo. Still not great, but exceeding expectations, this is a good brew. Goodwoohoogood!

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Photo of thebigredone
3.34/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Like the majority of the Jackie O's I've tried to this point, this was not as good as I was expecting. In this case, the beer was nothing but a disappointment.

Thin, with little barrel or sweet barleywine flavor. A bit sharp tasting. I'd say it almost tasted like it was infected, except I don't think it was.

Overall, I think it's time for me to give up on Jackie Os.

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Photo of troygreer
2.95/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What an average barley wine that has very little barrel flavor.

The mouth feel of this beer is far to thin and the flavor really disappears after you swallow. On top of that it is $13 a bottle which is far from the value.

A little sweetness and what would be an ok barely wine without a lot of depth.

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