argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2011
22oz bottle, RBSG grand tasting. Small off-white head, clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry/orange, Brandy, some funk, light raspberry. Taste is moderately sweet, raspberry, some Bourbon, light sour, alcohol. Medium-full body, some stickiness. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
22oz bottle (RBSG). Poured a medium golden/amber color with a small sized white head. Aromas of some woodiness, caramel, bourbon, and berries. Tastes of wood, bourbon, berries, vanilla, and fruity. More bourbon in tastes v. aromas. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Reddish brown pour. Aroma is loaded with light funk, berries, bourbon. Lightly sour, fruit, bourbon decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Amber pour with no head or lace. Bourbon barrell, brown sugar, and abv nose. BB, sour malt and abv flavor. Huge maltiness, medium bodied and good carbonation. blipp (9691) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle at RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours amber orange with a white head. Brandy fruity and oaky aroma, with some sweet malty caramel. The flavor has light fruit and brandy, oak, and sweet malt. Not bad.
pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Bottle at RBSG. Pours out an odd amber color with no real head. Aroma is of bourbon, raspberry and some oak. Taste is raspberry, light chocolate, oak, vanilla and some slight roasty notes in there also. Very solid, like the combo. yespr (47545) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is citric and raspberry fruity. Lingering fruity and dark roasted malty flavoured. Bitter and roasted finish. popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Thanks to cmillward. Not my cup of random beers thrown together. I mostly got boozy whiskey notes and raspberry syrup. It’s not an altogether bad beer, but the blend and the barrel-aging both don’t do it any favors. There’s a bit of tartness, too much malt sweetness and some earthy notes. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and hot. Didn’t enjoy the aftertaste. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Bottle #3 of 180.
2.5 A: I can’t say this is much of a looker. Opaque unripened plum color. The head disappeared as fast as it was produced and thus no lacing.
4.5 S: Fortunately this smells a lot better. Surprisingly, there is still a huge raspberry contribution and it smells great. This also reeks of the "Jackie O’s barrel character," which I guess I would describe a mix of vanilla, oak, and a leathery bourbon with a touch of butter. Behind that is a rich, wheatwine like maltiness. No hints of alcohol, but I’m sure this is up there like just about every other JO’s brew.
3.5 T: Again there’s a big raspberry component. The barrel components are there as well, and in full force. Lots of oak, even more vanilla, a light butter flavor, and leathery bourbon. Unfortunately, the malt can’t keep up with all this and it seems a bit empty (though still tasty). The mouthfeel makes this very evident as described below.
3.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. The problem here is that there isn’t a rich and creamy body here to keep up with the raspberry and barrel. This is worsened by the undercarbonation that this has going. It’s not flat, but it’s at the lower limit of what is acceptable. Due to the lighter body, this isn’t as creamy as I’d like, but it is super smooth.
3.5 D: Not JO’s best offering, but still definitely worth a drink. The raspberry works great in this and the barrel aging is welcomed, but there isn’t enough malt flavors to keep me too interested. The mouthfeel needs the most work, but it’s nothing a little higher mash temp couldn’t cure.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-24-2011 04:17:59
chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Thanks to Chris for this bottle, poured into a perfect pint glass... This pours a dark apple cider brown, murky. Little carbonation... The aroma is mostly vanilla, some bourbon, and a hint of sparkling water raspberry... The taste is more of the nose, vanilla is the backbone, some oak, vanilla, more razz, too spirity. The mouthfeel is a touch flat.
Not my favorite Jackie O’s, but if you really like vanilla this is worth trying.