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Joe The Plum - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 24
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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:
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).

(Beer added by: rhinos00 on 09-20-2009)
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Reviews by Maltzilla:
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Serving type: growler

10-02-2009 02:53:15 | More by Maltzilla
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-28-2012 14:50:09 | More by AlexFields
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 10:46:30 | More by nrbw23
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

08-31-2012 00:37:12 | More by thebouch01
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-07-2012 03:18:23 | More by bsuedekum
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3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with enough thinness to see brown light through most of the flass. A little khaki trim.

S: Tartness, dark malts + faint smoke, bourbon oak, rye bread?, lots of different things going on.

T: Tartness leads the charge, albeit it very mild, smooth, and sublte. Some apple and bread. A light firmness that rises up on the finish and prickles, presumable from the peat.

M: Residual is moderate, although the tartness isn't very strong, making this very approachable throughout a sizable drink.

O: I'd say this is better suited as a wild ale, atleast at this point.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 03:56:00 | More by CharlieMurphy
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 14:28:26 | More by Brabander
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2.78/5  rDev -28%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 11:20:48 | More by Mar02x
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New York

3/5  rDev -22.3%

01-02-2012 22:16:41 | More by whartontallboy
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-07-2011 19:06:04 | More by falcon1
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 05:59:57 | More by AgentZero
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4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to whiterascal for sharing this.

A: a ruby-brown with a light brown head.

S: hints of bourbon and some smoke. There is a bit of alcohol. I get some oak and vanilla. grapes, caramel, and some dark chocolate. dark fruits and plums.

T: subtle flavors. there is plums, raisins, caramel, and smoke. i get some bourbon and vanilla. starts out with a little sweetness and finishes a bit bitter. some lactic sourness as well.

M: thin and carbed.

O: a really good offering. wish we had more.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 03:52:48 | More by ottovon
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 23:01:19 | More by Phelps
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 18:33:13 | More by SaCkErZ9
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a tasting glass. Dark brown, with a little reddish hue to it. Thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma is tart and funky with a good dose of sweeter, dark fruits standing out, especially the plum. I get a little musty, sour flavors to it as well. Very cool and appealing aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the tart, funky and sour flavors to it up front. Midway more of the sweeter, plums, malts and dark fruit flavors come out and last through the finish. A little bit of a musty character to it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied for a wee heavy but on the heavier side for a wild ale. Carbonation was average. Overall it was a very cool and interesting beer that I really enjoyed trying. I really liked what the plums did for it.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2011 17:21:14 | More by billab914
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South Carolina

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

Serving type: growler

07-31-2011 05:45:53 | More by mikesgroove
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Joe The Plum from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.