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Bourbon Berry Grove - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 77
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

djrn2, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +1%

Picked this bottle up at the release a few months back. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate shade of brown with a nice light-tan head with pretty good retention and a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward some fruit and a bit of underlying wheat. Interesting that quite a bit of the base beer comes through. There's some bourbon there as well, though it's certainly not overpowering. The taste is pretty nice, melding the base beer really well with the bourbon and fruit components of the beer. Medium-bodied without any real hint of alcohol. Drinks quite well. I'm not normally a big wheatwine fan at all, but I like what Brad has done with this one.

Thorpe429, Jan 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

nmann08, Feb 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

zestar, Jan 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

acurtis, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Thanks for sharing this one, Mark.

A: The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a short lived off-white head.

S: Smells pretty nice at first, and you really do get a lot of berry aroma. There is a lot of bourbon and vanilla, and quite a bit of charred oakiness. This last bit intensifies as the beer sits in the glass for a bit and really clashes with the fruit.

T: Quite a strange feeling. It's like drinking vanilla and cherry-blueberry juice. The bourbon comes through strongly and the charred oak flavor comes out as it warms up a touch and conflicts with the fruit. It also has a very chalky flavor.

M: Medium in body with a smooth carbonation, which is probably the best thing about the beer.

O: Just a really odd combination of flavors. Didn't think this one worked out at all.

womencantsail, Apr 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

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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4/5  rDev +1%

JAHMUR, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Beer shared by Mike, thanks. This was pretty good, better than I expected.

Beer is brown and hazy with a decent off white head some lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is woody. Cherries come to mind and bourbon. Smells good.

Wheatwine eh? I call bullshit on that. This is pretty dark and heavy, the bourbon is winning overall and the feel is nice as well. There is a lot of fruit in here, more than I expected. It is a decent beer.

drabmuh, Jan 27, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Keg from EBF.

Hazy maple brown colored beer with a light head.

Nose definite berry, like Trix berries, sweet malts, caramelized brown sugar, bourbon, oak barrel, and a bit of vanilla.

Taste light bitterness, berry stem earthiness, light caramel, oak barrel, light vanilla, hint tart berry, light bourbon, caramel and toffee, chewy malts. Finish is still sweet, light berry, caramel, buttery oak, toffee, bourbon, hint of booze.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, just a bit of booze considering 12%, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, another I wish I could get a full bottle to drink, but not sure if I could drink much more, the berry is an interesting contrast to the bourbon wheatwine, but a good drink at least once. The booze is masked well as well.

jlindros, Feb 13, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -22.2%

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a murky dark brown with a reddish hue. There is a ton of foamy off white head but it fades pretty quickly to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: I'm getting a sweet malty note up front with a tartness that probably isn't supposed to be there. The berries and bourbon are there, but this has definitely turned into a fruity dark sour. There is just a touch of vanilla in the background.

Taste: The taste isn't quite as tart as I expected it would be, but there is a dark sour note to it. I'm definitely getting a lot of sweet malt along with some berries. There is a touch of bourbon along with some vanilla. There also seems to be some dark fruit and oak in the taste. The finish is tart and sweet.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with way too much carbonation, I mean way too much. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: I didn't hate this beer, which is what I expected. I would have liked to have this one not infected. I guess that should teach me something.

oline73, Dec 21, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

From 01/22/11 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one at a tasting; thanks Mike.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with a reddish tint, one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, dark fruits, molasses, bourbon, oak, and berries. Very nice, the bourbon doesn't overpower the fruit, but creates a nice mix of both that works well.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, berries, dark fruits, bourbon, and wood. Light molasses.

m - Medium body and low carbonation; smooth and very easy to drink.

d - I thought this was a really good beer. I was afraid the bourbon would dominate the berries/fruit, but it didn't at all. Very nice, would like to have again.

mdfb79, Jan 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

orangesol, Jul 21, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: The color is moderately dark brown. The beer has a thin head that generates but a wee bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is huge and powerful. So many scents, including bourbon, alcohol, oak, and malt. Various fruits are in the nose as well, particularly cherries and possibly raspberries and blueberries.

T: The flavor is incredibly complex and bold. Bourbon and oak are the dominant flavors, followed by a blast of berries soaked in alcohol. This is one of the best wheatwines I have yet had.

M: Medium bodied with a strong alcohol presence.

D: A terrific and complex beast of a beer that is probably best enjoyed in small quantities.

Huhzubendah, Jan 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

TurdFurgison, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

xnicknj, Feb 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Rhettroactive, Dec 03, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

I had this on tap at the release but this review is from a 22oz bottle, bottle # 100 of 192, 2010 batch, served in my Darkness glass....A medium to dark brown with notes of a deep purple is very interesting. A light tan head rises a little, but only watery head survives, light lacing...The aroma is on the lighter side, which it was a touch stronger but gives off quite a bit. Right away I get a lot of notes of the Wood Ya with bourbon, oak and honey on the front then the finish has some fruity notes to balance it out, wish they were a little more prominent too. As the beer warms blueberries come through really nice, cherries are muted. Each time you smell you get a new whiff, sometimes its honey, bourbon or blueberries, really cool..The taste makes no bones about being a wheatwine, tons of alcohol and wood dominate but in a way that makes it drinkable. Most of the fruits are gone, wish this was a tad bitter sweeter. The finish a little hot and harsh.

Overall, has some really nice things going on. Like the look, love the aroma, the taste is missing a few elements, but at this abv super easy to get your drink on.

jrallen34, Dec 15, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

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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3.35/5  rDev -15.4%

Big thanks goes out to Mississipping for sharing this one during StayWhatYouAre2’s pre-wedding tasting! Thanks Ian! Bottle 92 of 180! Infected??? Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a deep brown with a three finger tan head that subsided to two fingers very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pineapple, coconut, cherry, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, sour, tart, vanilla, cherry, funk, earth, and peanut. It had a light feel on the palate with massively high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. A part of me thinks this one was infected. I’m not sure what the flavors were they were shooting for here, but just based on the carbonation alone I would cry infection. After each sip, the liquid would turn to foam on your palate almost instantly. Just glad I wasn’t taking large sips or I might have suffocated due to the carbonation formed in my mouth. I really would have loved to try this one un-infected, but you have to take what the brew gives you.

thagr81us, Jul 06, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

A - Brown beer with a tan head that had some decent retention on it.

S - Lots of berry smell. The barrel aging is evident in bourbon, oak, and vanilla primarily. I don't actually think I've smelled a bourbon barrel aged wheatwine before, but the base seems to come through fairly well.

T - Booze is present, beer is a little bit hot. Berries are less evident than the taste, but you can still pick them out. Good amount of barrel coming through here.

M - Medium bodied and pretty smooth.

O - Wheatwine's are often a recipe for disaster, but this one turns out pretty good in the barrel with some nice fruit addition. It's a bit hot, but at 12%, it's not overly so, and may age interestingly.

AgentZero, Sep 15, 2011
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Bourbon Berry Grove from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.