mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance is slightly better than the Sonoran 200, but still a hint of runny poop. No head really present except for a couple of sparse bubbles on the surfact. Definite grain presence in the aroma that smells like wheat bread, some toffee and caramel, and some of the brandy barrel is present. Everything is fairly muted, and seems off to me. Taste is pretty similar with a lot of muted flavors never really coming together. I get more of the brandy barrel than in the aroma, some cardboard, caramel, and some apple skins. Livelier than expected on the tongue which helps make this better than the dull feeling of the Sonoran 200. This beer never fully comes together for me. It isn’t as bad as it may seem from my rating, but it just lacks anything that stands out to me.
Atom (1759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber shared with Mattyb83, pours murky brown/amber with no head. Aroma is a weird acidic, tart, bourbon funk, caramel, and toffee. Bourbon isn’t overpowering but there really isn’t anything to over power here. Some nutty caramel flavors, some fruits, and booze.
Sammy (9450) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
My first Jackie-O. The aroma had the brandy. Sour, cherryish, astringent, medicinal. Overcarbonated. Grows on me, so drinkable. Decent beer, but overall disappointing.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber shared with mattyb83 and atom. Pours a somewhat oxidized looking dark amber with some more light brown highlights. Aroma of some grain, crystal malt, brandy, wet wood, and some strange acidity that I can’t put my finger on. Just huge wood and brandy notes in the flavor. Theres some sort of mango or tropical fruit notes intertwined that are overwhelmed by the wood. Interesting, but not crazy about it.
hopscotch (10077) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Hazy burnt-orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma offers up caramel, earthy wood, praline, lactic acid and some odd funk that I can’t quite place. Full-bodied and silky with low carbonation. In the flavor, tangy lactic acid notes overrun the malty goodness that once was. There’s only trace bitterness here. Finishes tangy and a touch dry. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!
markwise (4664) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to GatorGuy92 for the share. Pours a hazy brown with a white head. Nose is brandy, caramel, some raisins, and a hint of booze. Flavor is similar with the brandy and the barrel fighting at first and making friends at the end. The brandy comes forward in an interesting way to play with the malt and caramel of the amber. Interesting sipper with a hint of booze.
egajdzis (5551) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy red brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brandy, roast, cherries, caramel malts, smoke, vanilla, wood, and alcohol. Taste of roast, charred barrel, brandy, wood, some vanilla, sweeter dark cherry, tobacco, and sharp alcohol in the finish.
Fratto (2835) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma is old fruit, maybe a little sour. Taste is caramel, wood, more old fruit, and an awkward finish.
drowland (6771) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Creamy amber pour with a small khaki head. Sweet, buttery aroma with bits of wood and vanilla on top of caramel. Sweet, caramel entry with more wood and sweet vanilla. Maybe a bit oxidized... not bad.
brokensail (12916) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours amber in color with a khaki colored head. There’s a light butter quality to the nose which is not very pleasing. Some sweet toffee and other sugar notes to go with a hint of vanilla and oak. Just a hint of brandy on the nose. The flavor is similarly lackluster. Mild brandy, sweet toffee and malt, and too much butter (well, any is really too much). Maybe just a hint of dark fruit. Medium body and carbonation.