decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Black/brown pour with tan head and lace. Super sour cherry aroma with a hinto oak. Sour/tart cherries and oak. Good body and carbonation. A hint thin but overall nice beer. rbsg cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2011
2011 22 oz. bottle 128/384 via trade with Tripphop (BA) - Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 finger thick tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is slight tart cherries, hints of chocolate, and light oak. Very nice. And then I tasted it. I just don’t get this tart/sour craze. The flavor is much like the aroma but, just a little more tart. The dark malt and tart cherries really linger in the finish. Medium to full body. A nice beer. Thanks Tripp. Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by Darren at Belmont. Very dark in color with a tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet with hits of fruits. Flavor is an interesting mixture of sweet/sour fruits with some roasted malts, and oak. The fruity and tart flavors seem to override that of the base porter, however the porter adds a bit more body a and soft texture. Awesome integration of the cherries and cab barrels. Some people might not like a “tart porter” but this is really unique and very well crafted. I would love to get a bottle of this to drink myself. nickd717 (4648) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Jackie O’s rare barrel aged blah blah, I’m getting tired of these beers. That said, sometimes they’re good. This one? Pretty good. 22oz bottle shared at a tasting. Very dark brown in color, near jet black, with a small tan head on top. The aroma is good and complex, with your standard imperial stout notes - on the chocolatey side more than the roasty - with oakiness and dark fruits. The flavor is very complex and I like it a lot. Smooth dark/milk chocolate, mild roast, oak, vanilla, red wine, and sweet and tart cherries. Lots going on with this one. Fuller on the body and silky-smooth on the mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation. This is pretty legit, but in the big scheme of things, Jackie O’s needs to slow their roll a bit. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage, bottle #104 of 384.
3.5 A: Dark brown, almost black color. Two fingers of light brown head that fizzes away a bit faster than I’d like and doesn’t do much in terms of lacing.
4.0 S: The cherry isn’t as intense as I remember at the release. I guess that happens with time, but I didn’t think it would happen so soon. That isn’t to say there isn’t any cherry and what is there works well with the cabernet barrel to off a delightful vinous character. Overall, this is quite fruity from the actual fruit, the barrel, and the lactic tanginess. I’m picking up berries and in particular raspberries. Good balance between sweet and tart. Lightly funky and moderately tart/sour. Vanilla, oak, toasted malts, a touch of chocolate and maybe a hint of tannic astringency. Finally, this is teeming with that JO’s house character.
4.0 T: Oak and vanilla are among the strongest flavors this time. Cherry again is a little lighter than I would prefer, though still tasty. The cabernet barrel again works wonderful in the taste as well. Vinous grape, cherry, and raspberry form a triumvirate of fruitiness. This wild ale is surprisingly tame on the acid front. Acetic acid is nowhere to be found, while lactic acid comes off as more fruity than anything. Again, a light funk. The porter comes through more in the taste. Toastiness with a considerable chocolate component.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth. A light creaminess, but I would prefer some more.
4.5 D: Another solid offering. I considered giving 4.5’s to some other scores, so I figured this is a good place to split the difference. Very flavorful and easy to drink.
Some day I’ll post my on-tap review from the release.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-07-2011 00:59:14
pineypower (3297) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Thanks to someone for sharing this at RBSG. Pours out dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is of cherry, light chocolate, and some oaky wine notes. Taste is of chocolate, light roast, cherries, and some oak with a slight bit of alcohol on the finish. Solid. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Thanks to goryshkewych for this one. Pours a porter brown with an off-white head. Nose is citrus/ pineapple brett, tart cherries, vinegar, and some chocolate. Flavor is bretty up front, into the mid giving way to some tart cherries, and a bit of chocolate. Finish lingers with brett and a bit of chocolate trying to break through. Body is light to medium and complex. This one gets more complex as it warms. The brett seems to dominate more when the beer is colder. Once it warms up some, more nuances emerge. Another great one, Brad! blipp (9172) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle shared by Beerman6686 at RBSG. Pours deep brown with a thin beige head. Tart cherry aroma with some light roasted malts and light oaky notes. the flavor has tart cherry, sweet malt, light roast, oak, and some vinious notes. Good stuff. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Tasted on Dark Lord Day from a bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head that recedes rather quickly to nothing more than a very thin collar of lace. The nose is sour, funky, natural cherry with more roasted notes of coffee, chocolate, and oak. The flavor is sour, funky, and natural cherries with the same roasted coffee, chocolate, and oak that I detected on the nose. The body is medium with a very oily texture, lively carbonation and a long roasted coffee and oak, along with the funky cherry flavor. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Thanks to Thorpe again... a muddy brown with lots of read, a light tan head ok head and lacing... the aroma is awesome, right away you get tons of the cabernet, very vinous, red wine, grapes, cherries, and funk, awesome... the taste is equally nice, dry cherries, oak, cab, red wine, funky but tannic... this is great, get this