phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle via trade. I forgot to write down the bottle number out of 298, but this was the 2011 release. Pours a deep, dark brown with some amber around the edges and a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, oak, honey, maple, tobacco, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon. I expected more sweetness from the honey and maple, but it all really comes together in a smooth, mellow way. Beautiful flavor of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, maple, bourbon, molasses, fired oak, toasted sugar, and coffee. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, sticky mouthfeel and low carbonation. This one exceeded expectations.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, #245/298, courtesy of a cool BA trader. pretty damn excited to try this one. pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and sits almost black in the glass topped by a smooth, thin, dark beige head that leaves oily sheets of lace. aroma is absolutely fantastic with heavy notes of cinnamon and spice oatmeal, griddled french toast, roasted coffee, and honey graham cookies backed by wet earth, tobacco, and molasses with smooth, elegant notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon barrel emerging as it warms. flavor is simply wonderful as well rich notes of woody bourbon, vanilla, and toasted oak coming to the forefront ahead of sweet maple syrup, oatmeal, and smokey malts with subtle notes of bitter molasses, black cherries, and spent coffee grinds on the back end. palate is medium bodied yet smooth and rich on the swallow with just a trace of barrel infused heat ahead of the dry, semi-sweet, roasted finish. overall, an damn nice brew from JO’s.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #33 of 298. I didn’t get a chance to try this at the release, so here we go.
4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy light brown head. Retention is good given the ABV and lots of lacing is left behind.
5.0 S: Wow, this smells wonderful. There’s a perfect balance between the stout and the barrel. Strong, yet supple roastiness. Plenty of cacoa and rich milk chocolate. The maple syrup adds complexity and gives this a uniqueness from JO’s other big stouts. The honey is tough to find, but is there if you sniff deep enough. Barrel and bourbon give leather, earthy woodiness, vanilla, and hints of melon. Booze is hidden well.
4.0 T: Taste is a lot like the nose, but with a touch more booze. Big roastiness is there, which gives just a touch of burntness on finish. Chocolate joins caramel to add a sweet touch. Again, maple syrup adds a nice complexity and the honey is hard to find. The bourbon adds the leather, melon, and vanilla again, but also gives a touch of astringency on finish.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth, but I wish this was more creamy.
3.5 D: This started off with so much potential in the nose. While this is still a tasty beer, it isn’t a masterpiece. I’d put this a couple hairs below Dark App and several hundred hairs below Oil. Worth a drink. That was my first and only bottle, so adu till next release.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-07-2011 00:34:47
jtclockwork (6917) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 134 of 298. Pours black with brown head. Nice lacing on the glass. Nose/taste is amazing - lots of deep roasted chocolate, maple, cooked oatmeal, cherry vanilla, roasted nuts, honey and bourbon barrel. Finishes smooth and clean - not boozy. Medium body. One of my favorites from Jackie O’s.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Jackie O’s 6th Anniversary Extravaganza on 12/3/11. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of booze, chocolate and maple. Flavor starts with bourbon and milk chocolate, then some roast before a bitter dark chocolate finish.
Rustyham (1707) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet cherry aroma, color is pitch black with a deep red sheen. Lots of flavor of roasted caramel, thick dark sugar and molasses, very slight bourbon character shines through, too. Not boozy at all. On tap at the 12 South Winter Warmer beer festival in Nashville, TN.
JStax (2567) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured on draft into a sampler glass. Appearance is black with a medium khaki colored head. Aroma is loafed with maple syrup, coffee, and chocolate with just a hint at the Bourbon barrel aging, just the way I like it. Taste is more of the same. I get a lot of coffee, chocolate, and maple syrup on the front end and in the middle, and then just a hint at the Bourbon barrel again. Slight warming feeling in the finish. Nicely done.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2012 draft... really enjoyed this beer, Brad likes using his maple syrup and this is the best one by far as the maple really is highlighted but not overpowering
from the bottle not much difference from the cellar cuve 5, basically the same beer with the bbwns having more char
Beerman6686 (3773) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a pitch black color with a tan head. Aroma was lots of chocoalte, light maple, light oak and bourbon too. Flavor was nice blend of roast, bourbon, sweet honey.maple, and some light smoke too. Hides the alcohol very well.
GMCC2181 (1490) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beace... Black brew with a decent head.. You can pick up the honey on the nose. Taste is a nice oatmeal stout with a touch of honey and some syrup that adds a nice little sweetness to it. Light bourbon notes of oak and vanilla. Alcohol hidden well. Tasty stuff. Medium body and carbonation level. Overall: Enjoyable. Thanks brad