Review: Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery Champion Ground | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
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Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery Champion Ground
97 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.
Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery Champion Ground

Style: Barrel-Aged Flavored Stout

ABV: 11

97
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 5

Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery Champion Ground

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What the brewers say

“After resting in bourbon barrels, this stout had a strong dark chocolate presence but needed a boost. Stauf’s Coffee Roasters nailed the perfect roast to complement the barrel-aged stout.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Moderate earthy coffee and cacao nib with a hint of cherry, moderate caramel, and a touch of nuttiness. Light licorice note, light sweetness, touch of vanilla. Medium alcohol notes with a light oak note. Very estery (dark cherry, plum, dried fruit hint of raisin). Great malt complexity.”

Flavor: “Rich dark chocolate note, to the point of bitter chocolate, with a moderate alcohol note that swoops in to take its place. Moderate coffee is well-integrated and very smooth. Nutty malt, a touch of licorice, moderate earthiness. Light sweetness, but the aftertaste is coffee, chocolate, and dry. Low-medium vanilla supports everything.”

Overall: “Very well balanced stout that bounces between coffee, cacao nib, and a touch of earthy, and finishes with a nice roastiness with hints of fruit. Rich coffee and chocolate up front—the balance of the rich base beer and the coffee works very well.”

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