alexsdad06 (10672) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Draft sample (also had from the bottle). Pours a deep reddish amber color with a small beige head. The aroma has a nice interaction between the sweeter maple syrup and the tart sour cherry and acidic notes. The flavor is strongly tart, though I wouldn’t exactly say sour. Nice tart cherry, sweeter maple syrup and mild to moderately acidic. This was one of my favorites on draft at Jackie O’s on this visit. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Tasted in August 2011 from a 22oz bomber bottle, #290/372. Pours muddy brown with a ruby tint, and no head, but just a thin collar of lace. The nose is sour lemon, green apple, balsamic vinegar, with underlying brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and some earthy funk. The flavor is sour with lemon and green apple skin, moving to the malty brown sugar, molasses, and caramel notes, earthy funk, oaky vanilla, and cinnamon. The body is light and tannic with average carbonation and a long sour, balsamic finish. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Ireallyhad troubleenjoying this. The sournesswas very slight, tasted more accidentalthan intentional. Most brewerswould haveconsidered this a fuckup, butnotjackie. I wishitwas cleaner,lighter, and mote focused. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bomber shared by Josh and Jacqui in my hotel room in Bloomington - cheers, pals! Really enjoyed this one, and found it to be a nicely distinctive variant on a brune. Fairly well carbonated, more so than I was expecting in any case. Nice soft woody nose, with mildly acetic qualities and just a hint of the maple. Taste was quite lively, with the maple complementing the wood quite nicely and an overall youthful tart character knitting things together. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage. Bottle #282 of 372.
3.5 A: Fairly clear deep mahogany brown color. Just one finger of creamy beige head. Retention isn’t all that great and little lacing is left.
4.5 S: Wow, this has really developed since the release. Much more sour than I remember anyway. Lots of tangy lactic acid with lots of black cherry, grape, plum, a touch of tobacco, and something like fig. Ever so light roastiness. Remnants of the maple syrup at a well received layer of complexity. Oak and vanilla from the barrel. Musty basement type brett funkiness. I remember liking the nose on this, but it’s much better now.
4.5 T: This has developed a bit of a pucker factor. Tart cherry and plum with not quite ripe grape and tobacco again. Good bit of vanilla and almost as much oak. Soft, supple tannic astringency. Lots of tangy lactic, but also some acetic acid. Musky basement. Just a small contribution from the maple syrup. Good bit of sourness to scratch that itch with tons of complexity and flavors that complement each other.
4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is just a touch higher than average for the style and is very spritzy. Creamy on finish, but light up to that point.
4.5 D: I’m really digging this right now. If you have a bottle and have not had it yet, now’s a good time to open it. This has turned out to be one of my favorite JO’s brews. It’s just too damn bad this was my last bottle. I wouldn’t have traded as much if I knew I’d like it this much.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-14-2011 22:28:47
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Big thanks to MikeLovesBeer for sharing this at his BBQ. Brown color with slight transparency. Aroma and flavor were slightly sour, not over the top but still had a nice amount of tartness. The maple was slight in the flavor but made an appearance on the back end. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Brown pour. Small head. Vinegar aroma, maple syrup, dusty dank aromas. Flavor is sour, light fruity notes, oaky. Enjoyable. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Jackie o’s brown recluse. 22oz vessel thanks to brad for supplying the bottle... Pours a dark thicker stouty pour with reddish edges and a barely existent head... Acetone and somewhat acidic in nature. A deeper chocolate aspect very subtley mingles on the backend... Flavors are somewhat thin with a acidic cherry nature upfront. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation to boot. Nicely done and solid. Drinkable.
italarican (1549) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Bottle generously shared during the RBSG grand tasting. Pours a dark cherry brown-red. Aroma has plenty of sour dark to it. Flavor is predominantly sour cherry with a bit of earthy hay notes. Moderately strong acidic bite. Overall well-balanced and acidic. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Another Jackie O’s beauty courtesy of markwise. Pours murky dark brown with thin tan head. The aroma is tart, brown sugar, some soured fruit and then more tartness at the end of the draw. The taste begins with a brief timid rush of malty sweetness and then quickly moving into a mixture of soured citrus fruit along with tarter lemon and lime notes. Cool brew.