ctipping (2280) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2015
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Deep amber. No head. Smells like a ton of sugar. Honey. Bourbon. Tastes just as sweet. Lots of honey. Absurd amounts of honey. Alcohol. Some toast. Bitter oaky finish. Low carbonation. Heavy and sweet. Nothing wrong with it, but not my style. Way too sweet. alexsdad06 (11238) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2015
12.7 oz bottle at home. Pours a hazy copper brown color with a small beige head that settles into a thin ring. The aroma has sweet caramel, honey, bourbon, vanilla and dark ripe fruits. The flavor comes through with sweet caramel, honey, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, raisin, hint of marzipan, the alcohol is very warming going down, big, probably better to split this with someone even at 12.7 ounces but this was solid.umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Earlier Rating: 7/3/2011 Total Score: 3.9
22 oz. bottle #132/276. Pours a dark reddish copper color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma has ample notes of honey, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, wood and a hint of butterscotch. The flavor is fairly sweet with honey, caramel and toffee. The bourbon is present, but not dominating. Additional notes of vanilla, wood and alcohol round out the experience. I have had this on draft many times and don’t see much difference with the bottle. Definitely another solid beer from Brad’s lineup.
Fresh 2015 bottle. Murky brown pour with a small bubbly head that fades to a ring and leaves some webbing. Awesome aroma of butterscotch, caramel, honey, vanilla, bourbon, cola, and light cinnamon. Tastes moderately sweet and very malty. Big butterscotch and bourbon. Honey and oak in the finish. Moderate alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. Overall, great aroma but a bit too much alcohol heat and mediocre mouthfeel. nathan30533 (1022) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Great beer. The bourbon barrels with the honey barley wine make for another amazing adventure from Jackie O’s. Enjoy! phaleslu (10899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Draft at the Jackie O’s production facility tap room. Pours a cloudy chestnut amber with a small off-white head that leaves a bubbly ring, film, and ropes of lace. Notes of vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, figs, raisins, oak, toast, honey, and bourbon. Medium-full bodied, with a sweet, malty, slightly warming mouthfeel. Just a big, bold, sweet, rich barrel-aged barley wine. Really nice, if that’s your thing.
DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Earlier Rating: 6/6/2012 Total Score: 3.8
22 oz. bottle from Puddintane- thanks again, Dave! 2010 release, bottle 200/276. Pours a deep, not quite clear amber-mahogany color with no head. Looks exactly like the Cherry WYH. Aroma of honey, dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Flavor of brown sugar, caramel, plum, oak, earth, chocolate, and honey. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, chewy mouthfeel that finishes dry. Nice barley wine; the honey is a very nice touch.
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2015 Earlier Rating: 3/18/2013: 22oz bottle, shared with brew3crew. 2010 vintage, 5 / 270. Totally hazy hazy dark brown / red color. Chunky particles in the body. Minimal khaki head, dots of lace. Medium to bigger body. Very dry texture. Very light carbonation. Light sweet taste. Pretty boozy. Alcohol head in the finish. Light floral aroma, honey. Wheat, caramel malt base. Bourbon barrel influence lends nice wood notes, and vanilla. While cold, it was harsh. But as it warmed and moved, this got way better. Nice. Total Score: 3.6 mikem409 (2032) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4oz on tap at the Jackie-O’s production facility. Hazy brown color. Thin off-white head. Decent ridge of lace. Really nice big aroma of caramel, bourbon vanilla, mild spiciness. Some oak. Honey is subtle. Bigger body, good full feel. Sort of creamy. Lighter carbonation. Bit dry in finish. Definite barrel heat, almost a burn, but not quite a bite. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Solid stuff, but very big. Significant booze factor. Glad I didn’t try to drink a bottle for myself, that may have been a drag -- 4oz is the perfect amount to sip and savor slowly. Would be interesting to see if that mellows out with 6-12+ months of age. Will save a bottle for revisiting.
Bottle thanks Kyle. Color is murky brown with solid white head. Sweet honey aroma, malty no hop. Taste is honey and oak. bottleforager (3211) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to Alexsdad06 ! Pours a deep rusty amber color with a couple fingers of khaki foam. The beer is a blend of sour fruit, layered buckwheat honey, bourbon, vanilla, sweet cola nut. This beer is teetering on infected would be my guess. There are lots of dark fruit that are leaning on the tart side of the spectrum and that tartness is not melding well with the long sweet honey backbone. The bourbon heat, vanilla smoothness and burnt caramel flavors save the backend of the beer but it just seems a bit disjointed... Hmmm. Lothore (648) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a deep browish hue with a small, tan head.
S- Lots of honey, wood, dark fruit.
T- Huge honey notes, dark fruit, hints of toasted malt.
M- Thick with medium/low carbonation.
D- The honey notes were much too pronounced for it to be drinkable for me however I can see how some might like it. drsordr (2928) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours dark brown. Nose caramel, rich malt, some vanilla, strong wood, and hint of booze. Taste actually some tart up front, then caramel, honey sweet, and wood. Finish woody mixed with a little heat. Thick mouth.