popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Interesting beer but it suffers from a thin feel. The beer has a good aroma - cherries, wine, chocolate, roast. Feel was oddly watery and it really washed out the flavor. I don’t quite know what I’m reacting, but recently, I’ve had a few barrel-aged beers that seem to have really thinned out in the barrel. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Black pour with a tan head. Some roasted notes, cherries in the nose. Flavor, cherry, some oak, chocolate and roast, some tartness on the finish. Pretty good. SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Reddish pour with a small foamy head.. Aroma is full of cherries,wood, wine grapes and a slight tartness. Flavor is cherries, wine, oak and a nice tart finish. Nice. wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Tried at paytoplay’s house. Bottle brought by hophead84. Thanks Shane! Wow great aroma. Lots of cherry. Lightly sweet. Thick body. Light tartness. Excellent. 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
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Growler courtesy of markwise. Pours a reddish brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of overripe cherries, red wine, light vinegar notes, hints of chocolate and toffee. Flavor is sweet and malty with some sour overripe cherries, tart red wine, hints of chocolate, light floral esters. Medium body with a pleasing malty and tart finish. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2011
A-pours a dark black color with a tan colored head.
S-notes of wood, sweet cherries, very juicy red wines aromas, light dark malts, hints of chocolate, light creaminess, hint of medicinal and some lactic notes.
T-lots of dark sweet cherries, juicy red zinfendale, light tartness, notes of wood, milk chocolate and malt starts to come in with creamy vanilla, lactic acid, with a touch of medicinal.
M-medium creamy body, very smooth and soft with a nicely carbonated finish.
D-nice balance and very interesting. dark cherries and balanced make it like a chocolate covered cherry with a nice balance. very enjoyable, one of the best beers I’ve had from Jackie O’s. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle 26/156. Thanks, George. Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is cherries, funk, and red wine. Flavor is cherries, red wine, and a little wood. Low carbonation and rather subtle flavors. MeadMe (1680) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Another rare growler from markwise.
A: pours an amberish shade of brown with a rather small off white head. No retention or lace.
S: Nice sweet cherry juice with hints of tartness. Light roasted chocolate malt and oak.
T: Sweet and tart cherries. Some sweet juice and some under cherries as well. Notes of red wine,vinegar, roasted malt and light oak.
M: Medium in body light on the carbonation.
D: Damn good beer. Chalumeaux (1647) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks ClarkVV dark brown with and thin head. Aromas of funk cherry and red wine and oak. Taste is nice and tart wine up front with cherry in the end.