Joe The Plum - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 23
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rhinos00 on 09-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This unique beer is a plum infused Wee Heavy that experienced a secondary fermentation from native Athens' micoflora off of the skins of the local plums. This all happened with in an American Oak barrel over the course of three months. A 10.5% one of a kind brew that embodies tart/sweet plumbs, peat-smoked Scottish ale, and second-generation bourbon barrel flavors (soft bourbon notes and some very refined oak character).
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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by AwYeh:
Photo of AwYeh
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy dark brown with just a hint of red. One finger of off white head, and amazing lacing, which coated the entire inside of the glass.

S: Initial smell is of fermented fruit- maybe apples, and of course, plums. Sweetness arrives in a fine balance with tartness, with some grape, wine, and balsamic vinegar notes.

T: Pleasant tangy, lightly sour taste to start off, with lots of dark fruit (once again, plums most notably) and an almost bourbon-y flavor. Very unique considering the beer's classification as a wee heavy.

M: Smooth, and light-medium bodied (surprisingly light for a 10.5% beer with so many fruit flavors). Medium carbonation, with a sticky finish.

D: Very complex and well balanced; alcohol is entirely hidden.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is a mix of oak, chocolate, plums and a little bit of peat malt smoke. A very interesting aroma and the plums really add another dimension.

The flavor is a little more complex. I get a lot of plums and other dark fruit, as well as some chocolate and a hint of peat smoke. I also get a lot of oak and bourbon from the barrel aging. The alcohol is also a little bit present but is not overpowering.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Mar02x
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had the opportunity to try this beer at a beer tasting at my uncle Peters place. This was a bottle Thijs brought with him. Thanks Thijs for sharing.

A - A dark brown ale with a thin beige brown ring on top.

S - Sour cherries and oak enter my surprised nose.

T - Sour plumbs and other fruits are smootly present, as is the oak wood. A bummer is the sour, because I was expecting a RIS (my mistake).

M - A relative high carbonation and a lot of fruit.

O - Not my style and not my taste, but for a sour it is not so bad.

Photo of Tripphop
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mahogony brown with quick tan head. Aromas of sour plum juice, bretty citrus rhind, sweaty, floral. Flavor is smooth and subtle. There is a nice mellow plum fruit note with a refreshingly tart finish. Very nice balance of sour and fruit. Also had on tap at the recent release, wish I could get this all the time.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2010 batch, bottle #55 of 192. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is oak, tart plums, bourbon and peat. If you've ever been to a bourbon distillery and taken a tour of one of the barrel houses, I think this beer smells a lot like the inside of one with all the wood and aging bourbon in there. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like oak, tart and sweet plums, bourbon, and a bit of smoke and chocolate malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and has low carbonation, but also seems a bit thin. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable. Nice mix between the tart and sweet flavors. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, I liked it a lot on-tap at Jackie O's too! Definitely recommended.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rich hazelnut like tone. Some hints of red around the edges, but mostly brown, with a very nice consistency and clarity in it. Lots of carbonation could be seen in the form of bubbles chaining up toward the surface to reinforce the frothy top. There was a very nice three-inch high head of foam, which took over on the top immediately after the pour. Now this did not stick around for very long, and in fact, it more or less just faded in a few moments, however it did manage to lave behind a very nice layer of foam and some good-looking side glass lace. Not a bad looking scotch ale so far.

Went in to take a closed look and was amazed at how light the aroma was. Some nice hints of earthy and grassy like tones were all over this one. No really heavy caramel or sweetness to it, that for some reason or another I was expecting to encounter. Not a hint of the alcohol either, which at this point I have no clue as to what it actually is.vlight fruit but was expecting it to be alot more pronounced then it was. Now then, there was some slight roasted touch to it, however the overall just presence of it, was a touch on the light side if I have to be honest. The flavor was great, just again as with the aroma, it came up a little on the light side. Nice profile though with a medium body and lots of carbonation that really made it very smooth and a very easy drinker, as this bottle was gone in literally a blink of an eye, and I had not even realized I was drinking it that fast, truly a testament to its Drinkability and overall feel. The flavors were very earthy, with a rich malt profile. Lots of grains and even a touch of smoked like flavor trying to creep on it. Really quite nice, I just wished it was a touch stronger was all. But nonetheless, it was still very good

Photo of StormKing47
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice 22oz bottle shared by cmurren25 with petsuphi, excited for another Jackie O's offering...

A- A very nice dark brown color with a tannish hue. Almost in the realm of black in color, but not quite. Has a decent of amount of carb leading up to a nice looking tan head. Kind of reminds me of a dark birch beer in color, very nice looking.

S- I didn't know what to think when I heard it was brewed with plums, but it really smells amazing. Has a nice opening of sweet plums, unripened plums and even tart or spoiled plums. After some warming I pick up the pungent burnt oak and sweet caramel. What a nice arrangement of aromas with a faint vanilla undertone in the background. Yummy!

T- A very sweet wallop in the first taste. It's all plums and an abundance of them. Extremely sweet and juicy with a mingling of some tartness which is a great combination. In the finish I get all the pleasantries of barrel aged beers; a earthy oak/wood finish with some sweet vanilla and caramel smoothness. Very well balanced flavors that are dynamic and pronounced.

M- Has a thin almost watery body that is a little off putting, but with such a high abv it's very odd. No burn or carb prickle which is nice, but I enjoy my scotch ales much more full bodies than this was. After the smell and taste the thinness is a little disappointing.

D- Absolutely. It's one of the most ridiculously tasty scotch ales that I have had to date. Abv is well hidden and the flavors are unbelievably dynamic. Very enjoyable in taste and smell.

Another great beer from Jackie O's. They continue to impress me with every beer I get off there's. Any chance of a jackie O's PA?

Photo of Jesse13713
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A blackish brown color with a purple hue to it. A phenomenal lacing that lingers on the glass for a long time.

Smell - I immediately smelled dark fruits. Specifically dark pomegranate and plums. It smells very sweet, like a merlot or cabernet.

Taste - The taste blew me away on this one. The alcohol was very well balanced with the rest of the ingredients. It was very consistent and pleasantly sweet. I was expecting a heavier ethanol taste with a wee-heavy. A perfect balance of plums and pomegranate.

Mouthfeel - Once again, a pleasant and lingering plum taste. Sits easily in your mouth and pleasant to try and taste the other fruits.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and I immediately wanted to order another glass as soon I had finished. Very balanced and consistent.

I was very excited to try this beer when I initially heard about it. I had it on-tap at Jackie O's for their release event on 2/5/11. While everyone else was waiting for a chance to snag a bottle at the limited bottle sale at the bar, one of the bartenders informed me that some of their beers were available for sale in a store about a 15 minute walk away. I made it there just in time and was more than happy to grab the last bottle off the shelf. I am definitely saving it for a special occasion and I hope they continue to brew Joe the Plum in the future.

Photo of ne0m00re
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

09/11/10- Had this one on-tap at Jackie O's barrel-aged release party.
A: Dark purplish brown with a nice cream head.
S: Funky tart plums, molasses grains, very earthy, with slight hops. Nice.
T: Tart dark molasses, almost Belgian-esque with earthy plums and hops finish. Very mild but great, with some funk.
M: Spritzy, thinner, but OK.
D: Very good.

What the hell is this? Wee Heavy... really?

Photo of Maltzilla
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa Nelly! Very well done BA beer.
Got this off a growler and poured into a large cognac snifter. Color was dark black bordering on the purple (or where those the plums playing tricks on me?)
Very little head but not anywhere near flat. Almost no light permeation.
The smell was rich right up front: I could definitely get the barrel aging and bourbon (?), also picked up some dark fruit notes here and there.

Taste was bold. Got strong dark fruit, coffee, vanilla, bourbon (?) and some of the oak aging too, but in the back and very subtly done. This was excellent, because we had had a growler of Hand of Doom that same night and HOD was quite heavy handed with the bourbon . . . interesting contrast.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Surprisingly easy to drink. The beer was flavourful up front and had some very nice back palate notes, but did not linger on for ever and ever. Made it quite possible to go back and have another taste relatively soon after. Overall a very, very good beer!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Jackie O's Anniversary Party.

Pours a dark brown color with a slight crimson hue. Slight off-white head with a bit of a cap and collar as it settles down. Served cold, the initial nose brings forward loads of plum character without too much else. As it warms, some chocolate, roasted malt, barrel character, and some sweetness comes through.

The flavor is really quite interesting. The plum character comes through, as does the bourbon. There are some other dark fruits mixed into the background with a bit of roasted malt and some slightly-sweet characteristics. The mouthfeel is pretty nice. Medium body with carbonation levels that work with the flavor. Interesting indeed. Glad I got to try this one out.

Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown colored beer that looks a little bit red on the edges. Bit of beige head that fades to a nice cap and collar.

S - Bit of chocolate, roasted malt, plumb notes, a bit of wood and barrel. Also get a bit of peat and earth in there.

T - A bit more scotch on the taste, plumbs are a little bit fainter. Some nice peat, wood, barrel.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Really good beer. These Scotch Ales at Jackie O's are some of the few I've ever really cared for.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 1/22/11

2010 vintage, bottle 144/192

Split with MbpBugeye

Pours brown, settles dark & has grape juice highlights. One finger head that thins to an uneven swath of foam; ok lace is left in turn.

Musty barrel notes permeate a light, airy plum aroma. There are also notes of other dark fruit, an inclination of tartness & some graininess. Doesn't smell much like a Scottish ale.

Wow, this is actually comfortably on the tart side of things and exhibits a distinctly musty charred oak flavor that emboldens the comparably distinct plum flavors. A mish-mash of grainy malts. Reasonably tasty in general but it's lacking pretty much anything that would actually make it a Scottish ale.

A bit more than medium bodied with a somewhat juicy feel. Moderate carbonation & granular underpinnings. Pretty dry finish with lingering plum & tartness.

Hmm. A lot of these recently released Jackie O's beers are starting to look, smell, taste & feel the same. Again, an alright beer but a questionable representation of the style.

Photo of movingtrain
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 66 out of 192. 22 ounce bottle. 2010 vintage. The profile here says the beer is 10.5%, but the bottle I have reads that it is 9.5%.

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a light tan head. No viscosity really.

The nose is quite sour, dry, and oaky. The bottle doesn't specify, but I wonder if this was aged with Brett. There are notes of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit (plums, yeah), hard candy, and cinnamon.

The flavor is quite sour for a Scottish-style beer. But, I like the creativity here with the aging process and using plums in the beer. Hints of brown sugar, maple syrup, white grape juice...the beer is somewhat winey and dry with subtle bourbon notes around the edges. Some vanilla and candy sugar notes in there, too.

Overall, a very unique beer. The more the beer warms, the more the alcohol becomes apparent. I really like this beer, and the take on the style is quite interesting. I am not sure that this is meant to resemble a sour beer, but the kind of comes off that way. The beer is drinkable, but definitely one to share with friends and drink slowly.

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Joe the Plum (Jackie o) – brown, purple, nice looking. Smell is spicy plums, taste is Wow, that’s tasty…almost like drinking a red wine. Strong plums and vino…strong. A little bit thick, but not too much. Overall little thick, little plum-ish, little heavy on the plums…

Photo of Phelps
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 190/192, shared by whiterascal at a gathering of the AZ Cooters. This here’s a scotch ale aged in bourbon barrels with plums. Poured into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Dark mahogany, nearly black with lighter amber highlights. A fuzzy half-finger head of khaki fades after a while to a sticky ring.

The bourbon in the nose is way subtle, found far in the back. Vanilla and butterscotch emerge from this aspect. From the scotch ale side, I get a bit of caramel and brown sugar. Very subtle tartness lingers in the background with lactic sourness.

Soft sourness is imparted by the fruits in the flavor — a smooth blend. I also get brown sugar, caramel, plums and hints of dark chocolate. Big ethanol flavor as well. Bourbon is far in the back of the flavor as well, though it lends notes of vanilla, butter and oak, and becomes stronger as the beer warms.

Booze numbs the tongue, doing more damage than the very light amount of bubbles. Soft fizz in the medium body, with gentle tartness on the sides of the tongue.

Good stuff. Nice touch on the bourbon — it’s soft and doesn’t overcome the other flavors. The flavor isn’t incredibly deep or perplexing, but it’s unlike most scotch ales you’ll find.

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy dark brown almost black liquid with a thin tan colored head.

S-the nose is light, dry oak aromas, sawdust and vanilla, hints of chocolate malts with a touch of chocolate cake, sweet ripe plums come in at the back to balance out the aroma.

T-the flavor has more of the scottish ale in it. everything is very subtle and balanced. smokey dark malts are light, the dry oak and sawdust behind. very sweet in the back, tons of not quite ripe plums.

M-smooth and creamy feel to it, medium body, almost on the lighter side. the carbonation is good, light but inviting. clean crisp finish, semi dry.

D-this is a very subtle and easily drank beer. lots of nice flavors and nothing is overpowering. I like the balance and the oak flavors. the bourbon is light to not there but the barrel has had an impact.

Photo of Brabander
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We had this beer at tasting two weeks ago at my cousin Peters place. Great beers and great fun.

This beer was poured in my Essen Christmasbeerfestivalglass (what a word for wordfeud!) Got this one in a trade month and months ago and now decided to bring this beer to the tasting.

This is not my kind of beer to start with. It is not a Scotch ale to my opinion and it is not Wee heavy.

This beer has some sourness in it which is not my cup of tea. Too bad because i have heard better things from this brewer.

Photo of brew3crew
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at jackie os

A-dark brown to black with tan head around the edges
S-very hard to get anything off of this
T-very sweet. The borubon has he really mellowed with the age and added a great taste to the beer.
M-medium bodied and dry and smooth
O-good beer. Very sweet and smooth

Photo of rye726
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, oily mahogany. Thin tan head.

Nose has notes of bourbon barrels, plums vanilla, cocoa and roasty malts.

Nothing too impressive in the flavor. But a good, well balanced barrel aged beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing.

Body a bit thin. Very unique beer, as usual from Jackie O's. These guys always push the envelope. Great Stuff!

Photo of nrbw23
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours an odd brownish red color with a pretty big foamy brown head. Quite a bit of floaters lurking though out the beer. Head has ok retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Light oak, light bourbon, vanilla and some sort of sourness here, and plum.

T- This brew has a very odd sweet/sour thing going on here. I don't really think this one fits the style. A bit of wood and bourbon but a very off sour taste.

M- Medium in body, very dry and quite a bit of carbonation.

O- I had all intentions of splitting this one with the wife as we shot some pool. Well, she didn't like this brew. It took a while but I was able to finish it.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Body is a medium to dark brown hue that pours with virtually no head. When held up to the light it shines a transparent maroon hue.

S- Nose is filled with sour plum-and also offers lots of dry oak, and a hint of bourbon. The wee heavy is pretty hard to find in the nose.

T- Flavor is quite dry. Initially plums, dry, oak, and sweet bourbon flavor come through with a very faint caramel and chocolate malt backbone with a touch of smoke that is almost lost in the background. The finish is slightly sour as the plum shines through and the malt is slightly more detectable.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice full medium to heavy weight body.

D- This is a very good brew overall-it kind of reminds me of a Flanders Oud Bruin with the sour plum and barrel flavors comng through the most. I had this on tap at the anniversary celebration-and I think I liked it a bit more there-but the bottled version is good as well. My only complaint is that this is more of a bourbon barrel plum ale-as the wee heavy is very well hidden.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

'10 144/192 handwritten on the label. Shared with Ryan011235. I think we only have one more Jackie O's bottle to get through.

I had this on tap at the BBDA/OoA release. I was really excited for it but was shocked when I actually tasted it. Here goes a real review:

A- On the pour the beer is a dark, rusty copper with dark shadows. It culiminates at a deep purple-black beer with a sandy. One ring of lace grabs before it fades. The beer is actually pretty clear. When held to the light it shines with dark ruby hues.

S- My review of Cellar Cuvee 4 talks about how these Jackie O's beers all smell the same. Well, this one doesnt break the cycle at all. Granted, each beer has their own combination of the same musty oak, light bourbon, vanilla and some sort of sour yeast/plum skin aromas. This one weighs more heavily on the musty oak. Its a drier, dustier oak smell than the other beers from this release.

T- Without writing the same review over and over, this isnt too far off from all the others. Its quite a bit more tart though. The main flavors are an almost chemically sour fruit skin sourness. Moldy oak lends a woody and bourbony finish. Its actually kinda hot. There is nothing Scotch ale about this. No smokey or sweet malts.

M- SOOO damn dry. The beer moves through the mouth like parchment. Carbonation is pretty high too. Typically I like the sharp carbonation and bone dry finish pair with my sour beers, but this isnt really a sour.

D- As a big Wee Heavy fan I think I could love this without the tartness.

Photo of earthboundagain
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes:

Jackie Os barrel aged beer fest on tap.

Ok the beer pours a deep brown with burnt red highlights. The head was there and it was off white.

The nose is as follows sour plums with other dark fruits take the lead followed bye caramel malt but that is very light.

The taste is unusual we have sour plum with hints of vanilla and caramel laced in with some malt.

The body is medium and the carbonation is about in the middle as well.

The beer drinks very smoothly, if one likes a sour brew.

Not traditional but a very good beer, from a style standpoint it's not up to snuff but its much better then the score indicates.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle from the brewery back in January and have stored it in my cellar since then. The bottle has a handwritten inscription indicating vintage and bottle: '10 38/192.

22oz capped bottle is opened and emits a slight hiss. I smell the bourbon oozing from the pores of this beer as soon as the top pops. Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip/snifter glass, one of my faves for serving this type of beer. Basically opaque and kind of a burnt chocolate color with a sizeable and creamy tan head. At first, the head acts soda-like, but eventually gains some breadth and beer-like attributes and settles in as a creamy froth.

Aroma is certainly alcoholic and bourbony. As the beer warms, the bourbon mellows and more smokiness and caramel malts rear their heads. The bourbon aroma is smooth and round. Chocolate and biscuity aroms prevail as well. Not much plum that I detect.

I was a bit let down with the flavor. The mouthfell is kind of light and weak and not very heavy. There is sort of a tart fruitiness that stands out. IT isnt really sour but it lends a certain belgian/lambic quality to the beer. I am not sure I like that quality in this style of beer. Plums forge forward falling behind bourbon and alcohol.

I was hoping for that typical scottish feel; heavy and thick and chewy. The wild yeast and/or microorganisms have certainly dried this one out and taken away some character. The added sourness and tartness may appeal to some, but not to me. This is definitely and interesting and fairly complex beer.

Edit: The beer is growing on me a little bit with the sourness and tartness. I upgraded the overall character and mouthfeel (I guess this is really a sour/scottish hybrid) a bit to note this change.

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Joe The Plum from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.