ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Was little bit let down when I was served this instead of Fire & Ice with claims from our server it wasnt on tap. Intially that ruined the beer for me. Once I got my F&I I was able to take in this beer differently. Crazy I know. Dark Pour with a thin beige head. Big oaky aroma with hints of booze. Smoke, dark fruit, roast, butter, oaky tannins and bourbon. Very Nice Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
One tap at the brewpub.
Pours a moderately-dark brown with a good off-white head followed by a thin collar. The nose brings the barrel character forward with some mild bourbon plus a bit of light roast. Overall, the components are fairly shy. Light chocolate there as it warms. The taste adds in small amounts of dark cherries and some dark fruits. Light sweetness and a bit of bourbon. Body is medium with light carbonation. Pretty good; I enjoyed it.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 04-13-2011 Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
This poured a darker brown color with a beige head. Aroma was a good bit of bourbon, some honey and peated malt. Flavor was very sweet caramel and toffee covered in bourbon. Really nice beer. jtclockwork (16603) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle shared generously at Mikey’s tasting. Pours dark brown. Nose of toffee, raisin, prune, barrel, vanilla and cherry. Taste of dried cherry, bourbon barrel, raisin, brown sugar and toffee. alexsdad06 (10436) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
22 oz. bottle on 7/8/10 (also had on draft). Pours a dark amber brown with a small beige head. The aroma is sweet malts, vanilla, cherry and light butterscotch (not in a bad way). The flavor has more sweet caramel malts, mild bourbon, vanilla, some ripe fruits, some strange herbal note and a hint of butterscotch. Medium bodied. The draft is better than the bottle (especially at 8 months) although this is by no means bad.
cgarvieuk (24536) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2011
bottle at dogmair ... dark red brown ... bourbon and cherry nose ... soft toffee roast ... light chocolate ... huge chocolate ... huge bourbon ... fruity ...juicy otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2010
A dirty murky brown, he settles in my glass with a tan collar and no head whatsoever. A beer doesn’t have to be pretty to look at; it just has to smell and taste good (relatively speaking). Sour and tart whole cranberries slap me upside the head as I dip my nose deep into his. Black plums and red plums flitter about with a combination of sweet meat and bitter tannic skins. Cranberries are the star of his nose though, and with my first sip I struggle to find any of the promise his nose readily delivered. Clean, mild, and wholly centered in the middle, his palate hits hard, fast, and leaves just as it came. Grapes, plums, and cranberries are ghostly whispers within his watery presence. Nothing up front or in the finish, I find little to please my tastebuds anywhere. A few more quaffs and the cranberries, grapes, and plums continue their ghostly parade of disappointing nothingness.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
A big disappointment going from his nose to his palate, I’d rather smell the Thorogood from Jackie-O Pub & Brewery then taste it. Better luck next time.
bottle # 15/72 courtesy of alexsdad, thanks for this rarity! drank to my head, like most of my beers. wow, the pour on this is very dark, slightly muddy and nearly opaque brown with only a skimming layer of head. aroma of big butterscotch, bourbon, and some slight tart cherries underneath. the taste is awesome, very buttery and bourbonish, has a hint of tart cherries as if aged in a red wine barrel. usually i would hate this, but it is light, and blends nicely with the sweet, bright bourbon profile spices. this was better than i thought, and i mean that once i sensed cherries i thoiught i would hate it, but it is actually quite good. surpirsing gem here. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2010
22oz bomber #47/72 courtesy of alexsdad06.
Pours a murky chocolate brown with a small wispy beige head that leaves a minimal collar around the sides.
Aroma is heavy on bourbon and sweet vanilla. Plenty of smoky peat and sweet caramel malts.
The taste isn’t quite what I was expecting. It’s fruity with lots of esters and tons of bourbon. There is not much caramel malt or peat in the taste that I can tell.
The mouthfeel is pretty thin for a scotch ale, seriously boozy with low carbonation.
This is my first Jackie O beer and it’s decent, but nothing ground-breaking. It’s definitely on the watery side with a hefty booze character. OK. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Amber brown color. Aroma is sweet with some wood, vanilla, bourbon and a bit of alcohol. Relatively smooth. Flavor has a touch of smoke and wood. Slightly slick mouthfeel but pretty tasty. More bourbon taste but not too strong.