Bourbon Barrel-Aged Skipping Stone | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel aged Belgian-style quadrupel.

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 151
Photo of bobv
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As per label:
12.7 oz.
12% abv.

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/4 inch light tan head over a mahogany/brown body with no lacing. Nose of caramel, dried dark fruit (raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries), a bit of vanilla, dark malt, and of course booze and oak from the bourbon barrels. Taste mirrors nose and hides the abv rather well (for now!) Nice feel and overall, a great BBA Quad from these guys. Cheers!!!

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Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my best buddy, maximum12, for hauling this back in his suitcase from a work trip in OH. Never knew these were rotting on shelves. 375ML gold-labelled bottle – nice artwork.

The pour is mucky reddish with zero visible carbonation. Not much nose to work with – little prune, little raisin, little sugar. Eh.

Skipping Stone – Bourbon Barrel Aged don’t taste like no quad to me. Alcohol. There is a significant amount of booze in this, & with the first sip I can feel it course alllll the way down. Metric tons of bourbon are cut by caramel riddled raisins, sticky toffee, molasses, sweet cherries, with a finish that’s almost port-like. I love port. Sticky, cake-like, & so easy to swill. Heavy, too. That makes no sense.

Maybe I just haven’t inserted enough quads into my body lately, but this seems heavier, denser, & less quadee than most. Still an excellent beer with magnificent barrel qualities.

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

Pour is darker than expected, almost going into an imperial stout range. Small head but nothing lasts. I'd say legs are average for a 13% beer.

Nose is raisins, oak, chocolate, vanilla, plumbs...but really it's dark fruits, brown sugar, and bourbon if we're just being to the point.

I'm getting sherry, bourbon, and yeasty beer in that order. There's really no other way to explain this than sherry forward with bourbon sweetness and oak goodness. I don't get any of the off putting flavors I think of with Belgian Quads and instead I get everything good about the dark fruits without the aspects of the yeast I generally don't enjoy.

exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of darktronica
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm starting to come around to the meme that all of Jackie O's barrel-aged, 12%+ ABV releases are 90% the same beer, for better or worse. Personally, I dig them, and this one clearly has a Belgian yeast going on. This doesn't stand up to the classic, authentic trappist quads like Abt 12, but it's very nice, and the barrel treatment has a lot going for it.

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Photo of EMH73
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with some mahogany highlights, a very thin ring of tan head that dissipated to nothing very quickly and left no lacing . Really there was nothing attractive about this beer, it had a dirty water kind of appearance. Smell is very bourbon forward, caramel, sweet malts and vanilla. Taste is dominated by bourbon followed by oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, figs, raisins, slightly tart cherries and sweet malts. Medium bodied, minimal carbonation, smooth mouth feel, bourbon lingers on the finish.

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

A: Pours a slightly murky medium mahogany brown in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint ruby red + chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark malts with moderate amounts of dark fruit (raisin + fig) and caramel sweetness. Strong aromas of bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of dark + caramel malts with moderate amounts of dark fruit (raisin + fig) and caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to string flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Bourbon flavors linger well through the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Drinks quite easily considering the strength with really well hidden alcohol. More of a slow sipper than a pounder but very enjoyable with a nice amount of complexity to the flavor and the bourbon barrel aging definitely adds to this beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with just a narrow light tan collar consisting of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose along with strong notes of bourbon.
T: The taste follows the smell and has strong flavors of dark fruits along with notes of bourbon. Except for the bourbon, no alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is deceptively drinkable considering its strength as it virtually masked all of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle (2018 bottling) served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Cloudy dark brown. The thin light tan head that appeared with the pour quickly dissipated to nothing. No lacing or foam noted at all. I did note that it looked like some sediment came along with the pour.

Smell: Bourbon, dark fruit, pastry, caramel, toffee. Rich and delightfully boozy.

Taste: Bourbon, some fruity esters, toffee, a little buttery, bready sweet malt, and a definite licorice + spicy phenol finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick and quite smooth, light carbonation, with a definite warming from the higher ABV.

Overall / Drinkability: Very often, bourbon barrel aging can overwhelm the beer, but not in this case. The bourbon barrel aging compliments the quad nicely, and the quad stands out all on its own. This is a great slow sipping and savoring beer, and is great by itself but I think would be amazing with a rich desert. I bought this in the late summer thinking it would be great for a cold fall evening. I was absolutely right about it being right for a cold fall evening - nicely warming and this beer is dangerously drinkable. The alcohol is there, but it very very slowly creeps up on me. I definitely will buy this again. This may not be much of a beer to look at, but it is very well put together.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - incredible dark slight reddish brown no real head
Smell - dark cherries in a bourbon barrel, Carmel woody boozy
Taste - sweet candies dark cherry raisin taste, woody and boozy
Feel - medium full body with a medium light carbonation
Overall - great beer

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 release with a 13% abv... Deep, dark brown body is basically opaque in the glass; center-pour into a goblet only produced a brief fizz of tan foam across the surface that quickly disappeared... On the nose presents a nice boozy dark fruit aroma, like prune and date and fig, soaked in bourbon with hints of vanilla... Similar flavors on the sip, soft fruits, a little bourbon, with a mild tannic note and some suggestions of oak barrels... Has an appropriate sweetness but doesn't approach anything cloying, and some impressions of chewy orange peels and treacle add a great edge to the flavor profile... Body is medium-weight, retaining its integrity as a quad despite the potential thinning effect of being barrel-aged... Smooth and graceful, a touch of stickiness, little to no bitterness - and a slight herbal spice toward the finish to put a little tickle on the tongue... Any trace of that 13% abv is buried in the basket of rich fruits and sugars... A very elegant quad...

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Photo of SABERG
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2017 bottle into the test glass, served at cellar temperature.
A - Deep dark backdrop, a quick to recede cap leaves traces of rings on the glass 0
S - Vanilla, dark fruit, bourbon thread, saturated fig dessert, cigar wrap tobacco. Exquisite.
T - Follows the aromatics closely, add a bit of anise, merlot grape skin, toffee, complex only begins to describe
M - Slick start, full in body, a dark chocolate dry spell exists in the middle, finish is semi sweet and luxurious
O - What a delightful offering from a very talented brewery, worth every effort to try

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Photo of qrazvan
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet smell, candy, toffee, caramel.
The taste is acid initially, then a bit sour, sweet and crispy bitter in the end. Bourbon feel, planty, caramel, toffee, creme brullee.
A nice surprise with a sweet mellow finish!

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Photo of Rristow
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours very dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is sweet bourbon, caramel, dates, toffee. Chewy and sticky mouthfeel. Flavors of bourbon, caramel, toffee, dates, maple. Very nice BA quad.

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Photo of Tony210
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber / medium brown with minimal head, some lacing. Huge aromas of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla. Rich and smooth, loads of caramel, molasses at first, sweet but not cloying, dark fruits, dates, some raisin. Bourbon barrel aging rounds this off nicely and softens the beer. Thick and chewy with appropriate carbonation. Overall this is an outstanding beer, big and a little boozy, in a nice way. Hard to believe there are so many flavors in this beer without using adjuncts.

375ml bottle, 3/2017 bottle date
4.5 rating

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12.7 oz bottle in a snifter via the brewery in Athens from our visit.
This fantastic Belgo style beast pours a murky dark brown mahogany with a
light head of off white foam that settles to a thin ring with subtle lacing. The
nose gives rise to a multitude of mellow bourbon, dates, oak, vanilla, brown sugar,
and mild Belgian spice with a touch of cherries. bourbon that
has all the flavor without the boilermaker taste rides on a wave of brown sugar
that mingle with raisins, dates, and vanilla with a mellow oak note. Subtle cherry
and cranberry display themselves with warmth as well as a light hint of Belgian spice
and toffee. Excellent mouth feel; full body, lightly sticky, lightly coating, warm, boozy,
meaty, beaty, big, bouncy, low carbonation, smooth, and sweet on the finish without
being overly cloying.

Flat out fantastic.


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a nice dark brown color with some lighter brown hues closer to the top sitting just under a quickly dissipating finger's worth of white foamy head. Barely any lace.
The aroma presented a wonderful blend of sweet bourbon woodiness over some caramel malts, Belgian sugars, some allspice and clove, Belgian chocolate, dark chocolate, some dark fruits (plums more so), and ended with a little bit of clean earthiness.
The flavor was a fantastic blend of spices to sweetness running through all of the prior mentioned aromas and then all coming together enthusiastically in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Nice enough grip from the spices along my tongue but not so much distracting, just noticeable enough to prevent any stickiness, slow mobility I like to say. Carbonation felt right on par. ABV felt appropriate. Finish was somewhat sticky, but nice enough sweetness from the Belgian sugars and chocolates.
Overall, very nice bourbon barrel-ed quad - fantastic in it's entirety and would make an absolutely wonderful sipper for Winter.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into nonic pint.

A: Almost no head whatsoever. Body is a rich dark brown leaning toward black with just the barest hints of light escaping.

S: Vanilla, caramel, figs, dates, honey, and a little coconut.

T: fairly sweet, lots of figs, honey, caramel, and vanilla.

M: pretty thin almost watery no carbonation.

O: the flavor of this beer is astounding, it’s got the best characteristics of the bourbon. Yet, it has some of the flavors of a great quad. This beer is worth checking out and a name to make you want to drink it.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A darker brown, seems to have maybe a slight haze, but darkness hides clarity decently well. Very thin rim remains with some time, though it was medium thin for a little while. No lacing.

Nose is is a pecan accented quad - date bread with nuts, perhaps. The bourbon is light but noticeable, along with a nutty maltiness.

Flavor is a little sweeter than the nose indicates, but I am okay with it. It's not overpowering, and includes the accent of the bourbon, including vanilla. And these are accents... noticeable but not overpowering. I keep thinking pecan pie, and while this is much less sweet than the dessert, I can't shake the thought for some reason. I think there is a light bite that acts as the spice, a mild nuttiness, and the bourbon quells but sweetens the date notes.

Truly enjoyable, another beer where Jackie O's adds barrel notes subtly but enjoyably.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown lacquer with a minimal, thin tan ring.

Smell is caramel, toast, fig, brown sugar, smoky maple and pumpkin pie--spices, crust and all.

Taste is prune, caramel, chocolate, nuts, raisin and oats through a crisp, medium-full slick body with a sticky, semi-dry finish. Notes of mapled bourbon, toasted coconut, and warm peach cobbler emerge as it comes to temperature.

Even though this one was a single element of the blend, I liked it better than Cellar Cuvée 11.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, green session. Aroma has toffee, bourbon and dried dark fruits. Taste is balanced. Lots of toffee, butterscotch, raisins with a light toffee sweetness. Aftertaste lingers with smooth bourbon.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap

Pours a deep brown, small foamy khaki head. Smells of brown bread, caramel/toffee, dark fruit, bourbon & oak. Tastes of dark brown bread, fig, raisin, fruitcake, bourbon juice, oak, caramel, toffee and earthy wood. Viscous body with moderate carbonation, thick
And creamy creamy mouthfeel and finish. Outstanding

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a dark murky ugly brown with a small amount of tan head that dissipates immediately. Nose is heavy bourbon and some charred wood with faint notes of sweet candied sugar. Flavor is also heavy on the bourbon and wood, actually in a nice way. The quad doesn't make a ton of appearance, malts are actually fairly rich, a hint of malty sweetness in back. Fuller body, fairly dry, a touch chalky in the feel.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #136 out of 325, 2014 batch.

Vanilla earthiness, caramel and oak in the smell. Lots of vanilla, toffee, caramel, and earthy rich sweetness. Some dark fruits. Nicely balanced between barrel and quad flavors.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with some bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The beer had a nice bourbon nose with malty in the background.

Taste - The bourbon makes the initial impression. Chocolate, caramel, tobacco, and make big impression with a slight nuttiness that is masked by the other action. The aftertaste is warming with the bourbon and chocolate staying strong.

Mouthfeel - For a quad, I would have expected a little more thickness. That said, the beer meanders across the tongue.

Overall - This is an elite bourbon barrel quad.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. Medium khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Lightly fruity, but a lot of caramel. Kinda buttery. Oak and vanilla.

Taste - Lots of oak and vanilla. Dominates the flavor. Caramel. Lots of brown sugar. Oaky and bourbony finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Low carbonation. Boozy.

Overall - Simple, but nice.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Skipping Stone from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 151 ratings