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

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Skipping StoneBourbon Barrel-Aged Skipping Stone
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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #25
ABV:
13%
Score:
92
Ranked #1,959
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 8.02%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
173
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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Skipping StoneBourbon Barrel-Aged Skipping Stone
Notes: Bourbon barrel aged Belgian-style quadrupel.
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Photo of stortore
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into a goblet. 2019 release, had 3/27/20.

Pours a ruby brown color, semi opaque, with a short head and some foamy cling. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, plums, malt, tobacco, oak, raisins, figs, light dates, some grapes. Mostly similar flavors- bourbon, caramel, malt, oak, figs, raisins, some tobacco, some plums and grapes, light chocolate. Smooth, a very good medium body, appropriately carbonated.

This is excellent, really solid from top to bottom. Terrific barrels that take charge, a great base, a few different notes from the barrels that give this a nice twist on a classic quad. Will buy this anytime I see it.

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stortore from Illinois, Apr 14, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Skipping Stone is a nice change of pace from the imperial stouts I obsess over at Jackie O's. This beer is a classic dark gold quad with primary flavors of dark fruit, caramel, spice, and oak.

The beer is murky. I really like how the raisin and yeast take over this beer because it gives the quad it's full body. The beer is quite strong but the bourbon barrel doesn't come through much on this one, as others have mentioned.

@firesidewithphil

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

12.7oz bottle, 2018 vintage, poured into a goblet
A: Very dark brown, thin head
S: Roasted malts, caramel, cherry, bourbon, vanilla
T: Matches the nose. Tastes pleasantly aged, I’m not sure it would have been too much when younger but it certainly is pleasant now
M: Full bodied but balanced
O: The bourbon definitely takes a background note compared to what the quad elements bring but this is quite nice overall

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Photo of agreenman19
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a muddy, sandy medium dark brown. Lemon-hued white head that doesn't last long.

S - oof. I gave this a good swirl and some beer leapt out of the glass into my sniffing nostril. So now I know what beer smel-- tastes like through the nose. Mostly bourbon, but instead of that sharp, boozy aroma, it's thicker, fully, sludgier, and... slower. Belgian body and spices meld heavily with the bourbs to give it some serious backbone. Raisins and plums, along with caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar.

T - more of the aroma with increased concentration in the oaky caramel arena. Bourbon isn't as up front and center as other JO BA beers, but it plays a nice supporting role, providing heft and foundation to other flavors of figs, pomegranate, and molasses. Coffee cake sweetness, along with bittersweet chocolate and mild acetone booziness. FInish is relatively tame with subtle sugariness.

F - full-bodied, something big JO beers sometimes lack, but the carbonation is a little inconsistent and fizzy.

O - feels a lot like a BA JO stout, but the belgian twist adds more robustness and complements the flavors better. Nice bourbon presence without being overwhelming like drinking bourbon without the burn.

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agreenman19 from Connecticut, Sep 21, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear caramel brown, clean pour. Smell is super boozy with bourbon, some wood and vanilla, big dark fruit and caramel hit hard too. Taste saw the caramel and some candi sugar take on a toasted complexion amongst the bourbon, booze, brown sugar, plum and date esters, vanilla, with a touch of coconut. Feel is pretty warm verging on hot with the booze, sticky, languid, and very smooth. The wife liked it.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Sep 06, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle purchased at Binney’s near Lake Zurich IL. 2019 vintage. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: deep reddish-brown, very little head, no ring or lacing to speak of.

Nose: slightly boozy caramel/molasses, sweet malt. Really nice.

Taste: burnt caramel, dark chocolate, sweet bourbon and malt. Not overly boozy but a bit of an alcohol burn on the sides of the tongue. Really delicious and balanced.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation that accentuates the booze on the tongue. Slightly viscous, but not cloying.

Overall: I really like this. Can’t go wrong with caramel, some chocolate hints and sweet malt/bourbon. Very well balanced, lots going on I can’t identify. Would absolutely buy again if I saw it.

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Wolvmar from Michigan, Aug 18, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2019 version 375 ml 12.8% @ 55 degree cellar fridge poured into a DFH tulip. Rich dark brown body with almost no head and what little head it had dissipated quickly. Very rich smell of booze, barrel, dark fruit and the trademark, at least for me, kind of licorice quad notes. First sip produced a major hot alc coughing jag from which I adjusted quickly and subsequently it was a smooth sipper, particularly as it warmed up. Mouthfeel was perfect for the style.

Barrel aging a traditional style like a quad turns it into something different and I acknowledge it while not letting it bother me like it does others. Imo this is what craft beer should do as far as pushing the limits. So count me in as a fan while stating that this is something different than a straight quad.

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3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Released 5/10/19; drank 7/11/19 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown/purple appearance.

An even pour yielded a minimal tan head; no lace.

Bourbon, caramel, mild oak & faint milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Bourbon heat & caramel flavors up front; oak & acorn notes on the finish.

This was crazy boozy up front, but became a bit more palatable once it warmed. Still over the top, and not one I'll seek out again.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jul 12, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle, 2018 vintage, 13% ABV. Served in a Jackie O's snifter, the beer pours a murky dark brown color with about a half inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing either. I like the aroma, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit (raisins, plum, fig), caramel, and dark bread. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some sweet spice, clove, oak and toffee flavors. Was expecting this to be boozy but the alcohol is well-hidden. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Easy enough to drink considering the ABV. I thought this was a pretty good barrel aged quad, I know I'd like to buy this again! $11.99 a bottle.

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Photo of bobv
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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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bobv from Vermont, Jan 21, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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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maximum12 from Minnesota, Jan 16, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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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bobhits from Kentucky, Jan 14, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -5%
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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EMH73 from New York, Dec 30, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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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dbrauneis from North Carolina, Dec 14, 2018
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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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metter98 from New York, Dec 14, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | 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 +6.1%
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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Greywulfken from New York, Sep 23, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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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SABERG from Massachusetts, May 11, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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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qrazvan from Romania, Mar 12, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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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4.45/5  rDev +5%
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.

1/31/18
375ml bottle, 3/2017 bottle date
4.5 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Feb 01, 2018
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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

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. Flavors---wow....rich 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.

Cheers

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4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Skipping Stone from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 173 ratings