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Bourbon Berry Grove - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 78
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rhinos00 on 12-07-2009)
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4.93/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the bottles in the 2010 Christmas tasting with my brother (Mississipping) and our dad. Poured from bottle #109 of 192 into a Bruery snifter.

Appearance:

Dark brown with shades of red/purple that are predominately seen around the edges where light can penetrate. Very light head that disappears very quickly into an almost unnoticeably thin ring.

Smell:

Very complex! I studied this one for a long time. The first thing you will notice is a strong scent of fruit. I was expecting a dark fruit smell, which is there predominately as cherries and raisins, but there is more of a strong smell of pineapple and vanilla--which was a little unexpected. The smell is very sweet from the mixture of fruit, honey and vanilla. It is also very easy to pick up on the smell of wheat and hops. It's hard to imagine, but all of the smells together almost make you forget that it is a BA beer, but the subtleties are there if you are looking for it.

Taste:

And I thought the smell was complex... The first flavor that hits right on the tip of your tongue is the bourbon. It is much more predominate than in the smell, but still not overpowering. The bourbon taste is quickly followed by the fruit taste. Predominately cherries, raisins, pineapple and coconut. It finishes with a vanilla and toffee flavor that lingers for a long time on the back of your palate.

Mouthfeel:

This is a very big beer. Medium-full bodied, warming and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability:

This is a very good wheat wine. Even with the complex fruit flavor you will want to sip this one slowly because of the high alcohol content. Take your time and enjoy all of the different flavors.

StayWhatYouAre2, Dec 31, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage, bottle #126 of 192.

3.0 A: Deep amber mahogany color that looks purple plum when awary from the light. Only about a half finger of frothy off-white head that falls quickly, but does leave some sparse lacing.

4.5 S: Smells wonderful! There's a healthy cherry and blueberry presence right off the bat. Next in line is the bourbon and barrel. Light pleasant oakiness, supple vanilla, leathery bourbon, and no sign of any tannic astringency. Underneath all this, there is plenty of caramel, neutral wheat, and honey. Alcohol is completely undetectable.

5.0 T: Taste is even more impressive. Smooth caramel and neutral wheat to start this off. The cherry and blueberry strike again and the tandem work really well together, but he individual contributions can still be noted. Bourbon is integrated incredibly well. It complements, and complements well, but doesn't dominate. Melon, vanilla, leather, and a light bourbony booze comes from the barrel treatment.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess. Incredibly smooth for the style. This isn't at all too sweet, too chewy, or too boozy.

5.0 D: This is a stellar beer. No doubts about that. There's so much going on and the ABV is up there, but this drinks as easy as any beer I've ever had. Great flavors without the barrel aging, but that does just enough to put this into the upper echelon of beers. JO's beers usually don't disappoint, but this one exceeds expectations.

DavoleBomb, Apr 12, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

TcDub, Dec 01, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown with a decent amount of head that dissipates quickly. Lots of berries on the nose. Blueberry and Raspberry first and formost. Maybe some cherry as well. Lots of bourbon as well. Some sweetness on the tongue with a good amount of honey. The bourbon blends well with some light vanilla. The oak is pretty mellow. Not very highly carbonated. But thick and smooth. Similar mouthfeel to Woodya Honey. Very drinkable.

Urbancaver, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared with StayWhatYouAre2 at our annual rare beer tasting. Bottle #109/192 and poured into a Bruery snifter.

A: Surprisingly brown with a radiant mahogany outline and haze. Small half-finger eggshell head that dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin ring around the edges of the glass. Very minimal lacing, but long legs.

S: This is interesting. The myriad of aromas melded together to create what initially smelled of must. I didn't know what to think of this and didn't anticipate enjoying this beer with the initial smell. However, before taking the first sip, I picked this one apart. The dominating smell most closely matched coconut, paired with vanilla, and dark fruits (raisin, fig and cherries). Behind that was honey and bourbon, but no hint of blueberries. This wasn't what I was expecting, but was pleasantly complex and balanced.

T: The taste matched the smell in part, coming in layers. Soft coconut and bourbon up front, followed by a nice complement of honey and dark fruit. The finish leaves you with vanilla and toffee, and it sticks around forever. There is really no alcohol burn, which is impressive for the ABV. This is absolutely exceptional!

M: Typical of wheatwines, this is a fairly thick beer with very light carbonation, but just enough to help pronounce the complex flavors and mask the booze. The combination of bourbon, honey, and vanilla create a wonderful warming sensation with each sip. Perfect for a chilly evening.

D: Moderate drinkability. The medium viscosity and ABV makes this a sipper, but both qualities are spot-on for this beer as it makes you take your time with it an dissect its complexity. Had I put this down quicker, I wouldn't have appreciated and enjoyed it as much as I did. A great Jackie O's brew and an exceptional wheatwine.

Mississipping, Jan 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

kbuzz, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer, served into a pint glass and consumed on 7/9/2011

nice think and dark pour with a huge head of tan that caps the top nicely, but then the aroma hit you, bourbon, vanilla, huge amounts of blueberry and touches of raspberry and oak. the flavors work so well together, complemeting on every sip. warming brings out more sweet notes of vanilla and the fruit finish is simply sublime.

overall another outstanding beer from jackie o, would have no issue with having this one again any day

mikesgroove, Jul 10, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Pours deep rich amber with dark maroon accents. A small off-white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves some bits of residual lacing.

S. Lots of character in the nose. Rich fruit aromas (cherry and blueberry) with honey and caramel sweetness in the backbone. There's also some nice oak with vanilla and bourbon that adds additional complexity. Some great complexity on top of a beautifully complex sweet backbone.

T. A nice sweet caramel, wheat backbone that avoids being cloying. On top are nice additions of cherry and blueberry that mix with the sweetness to create a nice richness. The bourbon comes in and sits atop this mixture, but doesn't overpower; along with it are the expected vanilla and oak characteristics that help make this beer phenomenal.

M. Medium to heavy body with medium creamy carbonation.

D. This is an incredible beer. The fruit flavors help to prevent the sweet backbone from becoming cloying while adding additional complexity to the base beer. The barrel treatment is nicely subdued allowing for a nice integration of flavors rather than overpowering the brew. Phenomenal beer!

BeerAndBourbon, Apr 20, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to therealnomayo for this BIFed bottle!

2010, bottle #67/192. Ah, my first Jackie O's beer. Nothing like ancillary hype to make a beer more appealing before it's opened, amiright? We'll see... It pours a clear sunset garnet topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises cherry, light blueberry, honey, very light roasted malts, nutmeg, light bourbon, and caramel. The taste holds notes of honey, brown sugar, sweet cherry, toffee, light bourbon, very light oak, powdered sugar, light rye bread, and light vanilla. The fruit, bourbon, and wheatwine characters all meld together very nicely, each noticeable at all times, while also getting its own spotlight at certain times. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a syrupy feel. Overall, a great wheatwine, one that actually benefits from the barrel-aging and fruit additions. A real treat.

TMoney2591, Aug 25, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one of my favorites from the Extravaganza. Poured into a snifter. Bourbon BA Honey Wheatwine with Blueberries and Cherries.

A- Pours a purplish, brown color. Fingers width of off-white head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Imagine walking into your garden, picking fresh berries and cherries, and then mashing them all together in a bowl. The fruit smell of this beer was beyond potent. Just fantastic. As the beer warmed, the alcoholic notes from the bourbon become more and more pronounced. Also picking up some distinct barrel notes in the background.

T- This was a big beer. Especially with the amount of alcohol in it. However, the fruit flavors melded together perfect with the BA flavors that the alcohol burn was more than welcomed. At points the fruit flavor was so pronounced, I almost forgot that this was a BA beer. Upfront, clear notes of sweet, tart berries are evident. This tartness grows until the finish. Midway through, the bourbon subtly comes into play. The two flavors were a perfect marriage...as the fruit tartness grew, the bourbon flavors grew, acting as a counter to balance the flavor. In the mix are sweet malts and a touch of vanilla.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Some of the other beers I thought could have been a little more viscous, but the consistency of this beer worked very well.

D- While the flavors were amazing, this was a sipper for sure.

Overall, the only beers I can think of that are remotely similar are New Glarus Raspberry Tart and Kuhnhenn Rasberry Eisbock. I can almost imagine the blend of those two being very similar to this beer.

rhinos00, Dec 07, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2010 batch, bottle #117 of 192. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with a half inch light tan head. Not much head retention or lacing, but it's still a nice looking brew. Aroma is sweet and boozy, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, oak, cherries, honey and blueberries. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like bourbon, honey, berries, dark fruit, caramel, and oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy enough. The alcohol does pack a punch later on, but it's still an easy brew to drink! I think it's pretty good, but then I don't think I've had anything from Jackie O's that hasn't been good. Definitely recommended.

bluejacket74, Mar 11, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is a beautiful nearly transparent purpleish tea color. Served with virtually no head-only a thin collar is left bihind in the glass.

S- Mild to moderate nose. Oak comes through the most. Dark cherry and honey and a hint of blueberry are in the background. The bourbon is there but more faint.

T- Flavor is exceptionall well balanced the whole way through. Oak, bourbon, subtle blueberries, honey, and cherries. Oak comes through the most for the finish to balance the fruit flavors and moderate alcohol heat that lingers.

M- Low carbonation and a very smooth and drinkable medium weight body.

D- This is a fantastic wheat wine. The oak adds such a nice balance to the whole flavor profile that makes this brew smooth, flavorful, and classy. This is a very unique, wonderful brew.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 06, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Darker copper color with little lacing but not a whole lot. No head. Looks like a glass of bourbon.

S: Nice mix of bourbon heat to slight berry fruit notes and lots of woody notes.

T: Nice balanced barrel aged beer. Bourbon is there but not overpowering, cherry and tart berry are certainly there nicely, and a bitter sweet back.

M: Very smooth and nice.

D: Good stuff, happy to try.

Dreadnaught33, Jan 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Bourbon Berry Grove from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.