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Wood Ya Honey - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%

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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: Thorpe429 on 12-06-2010)
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Photo of nlmartin


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was from 2011 release. The beer was chilled and served in a snifter.

A The body of the beer is a dark garnet coloration. Nice ruby high lights when back lighted. One finger high light tan head that resolves to a ring of foam.

S- The beers aroma is loaded with bourbon soaked wood. Lots of oak, vanilla, caramel, earthy peat notes peak out from under the barrel, a bit of spicy clove tones.

T- Deep wooden oak vanilla bourbon notes. If you dont like bourbon this one isnt for you. Caramel, cloves, banannas lightly sour tone a bit tannic at times with a dry finish.

M- The body is medium with a very gentle carbonation. Nice dry finish. Not a hint of alcohol.

O- Delicious! I am currently lamenting that I only have one more bottle sitting in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 05:00:19 | More by nlmartin
Photo of jmarsh123


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky reddish brown. Small off-white head fading into nothing. A bit of lacing.

Loads of honey in the aroma. Bready caramel, oak and bourbon as well as a tanginess from wheat.

Best taste descriptor I can come up with is honey wheat bread. Loads of bready malts again with large amounts of honey are prevalent. A bit of bourbon cuts the sweetness and is well integrated. Charred dark fruits complement the main flavors. All very well integrated.

Medium mouthfeel with medium low carbonation.

Overall probably the best wheatwine I've had. All flavors are integrated well and the bourbon balances out the sweetness to create a delectable treat. Jackie O's again is one of the most underrated brewers around.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 21:40:11 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of siege06nd


3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle into CBS snifter...

A. Pours a dark, rusty brown color. About a quarter finger of loose, cream-colored head rings the neck of the beer and also creates some nice swirls in the middle. Spotty lacing. Head is a little less organized than I would like, but otherwise it's good.

S. Lots of honey, ripe fruit, and caramel. A lot of brown sugar and bready malts. Subtle hints of bourbon and oak char, too. I detect some floral notes as well. This is excellent.

T. Bread crust, really sweet, tannic notes that I would associate with the barrel, some honey, and caramel. This almost has a pucker to it, like it's on the beginnings of infection but not quite there. Hmmm...confusing. I can't tell if it's the honey or some fruit notes, but definitely some slight tannic character here. Otherwise, this is all bread, charred oak, caramel, and honey. Little kiss of bourbon on the back-end. Not all that bad, but flavors could be integrated better...bitter sweetness overrides a lot of what is going on here.

M. Thin. Not a lot of carbonation on this one as could be expected from the look of the pour. As stated in the tasting notes, it's got a tannic feel and isn't the smoothest in this style.

O. This is solid, but unremarkable for me. There's a cloying and almost metallic sweetness to this that just doesn't play well with the other flavors. Can't tell if it has oxidized too quickly, if there's some infection, or if the barrel and honey are doing weird things here, but the end result is just okay.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 18:21:41 | More by siege06nd
Photo of maximum12


3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to goryshwkeywich for sending me a couple Jackie O's bottles that were sitting at the top of my wants list. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, 2011 vintage, bottle 24 of 184.

Pour is dark brown, muddy, with red clay. Very quiet. Almost no head. Nose is beautiful; the honey is marvelous, tinged with alcohol, very woody, with a bit of spring meadow fruit in it. No bourbon, but lovely.

Wood Ya Honey is light on the bourbon, that's the first impression, & tastes light & airy for a 12% beer. Mild oxidation, which seems unfair for so young a beer. Honey is wrapped around this like an eelpout, citrus, big wood builds slowly & suffuses the system, flecks of pine bark. Caramel appears out of nowhere on the finish. Alcohol belts out a Morphine tune on my synapses & starts to turn my brain to mush. It's getting harder to type as the level of my glass goes down.

Not the epic beer that I hoped for; that could be said of all the Jackie O's beers I've tried to date. Are they better on tap? Really fresh? I can't tell. This is a good, solid beer, but wood + honey + wheatwine + bourbon makes me moist, & this didn't follow up on that promise.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 03:22:20 | More by maximum12
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split into a tulip glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a finger of off white head, quickly receding to the beer.

S: Strong sweet bourbon and honey aroma. Not very complex, but very inviting.

T: Similar to aroma. Booze is certainly present, but it's restrained and actually pleasant. The bourbon really shines here - I get lots of oak, caramel sweetness, and light smokiness.

M: Quite thick with low carbonation.

O: This is a bourbon lover's beer. I can really detect the nuances of the bourbon in a sweet, thick beer. This beer is very smooth, yet still has a warming quality from the booze. It'd really be interesting to try different barrel treatments of the beer because of how much and how smooth the bourbon comes through.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 04:45:02 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle.

Pours a nice caramel/amber color with a small sliver of off-white head; leaves some decent lacing when you quaff the liquid a little.

The aromas begin with very well integrated light bourbon barrel, tons of dark clover honey and caramel. As it warms you can pick up a little of the base wheat maltiness, more caramel and some emerging vanilla.

The flavor isn't quite as complex; the sweet barrel flavors are up in front with solid caramel, toffee and light vanilla notes. A little boozy but not too offensive for my tastes. I am surprised but the amount of honey they were able to pack into this beer despite the solid bourbon barrel presence. Light herbal notes emerge too which I am attributing to the honey.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with lower levels of carbonation. I feel a little bit more would have made the flavor pop and feel less like drinking a honey flavored bourbon. Finish is quite sweet and mildly boozy.

Overall I enjoyed this more than the Kentucky Monk I sampled last year but the flavor profile was still a little too bourbon forward. It is hard to age a beer 100% in barrels when it is not a RIS or a barleywine, which I why I enjoyed the Bruery's White Oak more, because it was only partially barrel-aged. Recommended for those that like their Barrel aged beer more barrel heavy, but not for those that do not.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 18:10:23 | More by claspada
Photo of ne0m00re


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 oz bottle marked 60/180, 2011 batch.
A: Clear reddish brown with an OK cream head that dies to a collar.
S: Barrel--woody with some booze--with fresh honey, apricot and tangerine fruitiness, coffee cake sweetness.
T: Coffee cake (caramel with some bready character, not especially sweet), honey, bourbon, citrus fruit. Nice.
M: Thicker, but not necessarily very carbonated, which is nice for the style. It kind of sticks on your teeth and ends crisp with the alcohol.
O: Interesting take on a honey wheat wine.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 03:16:55 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of oline73


3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this during a tasting this weekend. Poured into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with a layer of off white head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and extremely oaky. Just a bit fruity from the honey and malt. The main smell is fresh oak.

Taste: Just like the smell, there is a large oak presence here. The oak is almost herbal. Sweet malt but not quite enough to back up the other flavors. There is some bourbon in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and syrupy with a tingle of carbonation. The finish is warm from the alcohol and also quite dry.

Overall: There is a ton of oak from the barrel in this one. The taste reminds me of virgin oak, but there is bourbon in this one as well. Quite interesting, but it could have used some more body to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:40:08 | More by oline73
Photo of CruisaC


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Urbancaver for snagging an extra bottle during the most recent release. Bottle 164/180.

Pours a dark amber with a fleeting head into my New Belgium globe.

Smells of astringent bourbon, tree bark, some slight raisin/grape but not overly sweet.

I get a moderate amount of bourbon, and to be honest, there's not a whole lot else going on. The bourbon is not overpowering, I just pick up mild notes of honey and sweetish malt.

Mouthfeel is thin, a little too thin. Definitely couldn't tell this was 12%. There is carbonation but I like my Barley/Wheatwines to be a little thicker to stand up to the bourbon.

My first Jackie O's beer...a little sad since I'm *only* 3 hours away. I have a cherry version to try still, though I was a tad underwhelmed by this offering. Still, I like what they're doing and would love to make it out that way at some point.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 00:47:47 | More by CruisaC
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 oz. sampler at JO's 6th Anniversary. I made damn good review notes, but then I lost them. Bear with me on this. This is the base for Bourbon Berry Grove, which is one of my favorite JO's brews.

4.0 A: Dark amber color. Came with just a touch of creamy beige head.

4.5 S/ 4.5 T: Wonderful nose on this! Both incredibly fruity and spicy. Fruitiness comes in the form of overripened apple, strawberry, peach, and maybe even some cherry. The honey acts to strengethen the fruitiness. Surpringly a lot of peppery spiciness in this with supplementary generic spice. It's hard to tell whether the yeast, the bourbon, or a combo made this as spicy as it is. Bourbon adds that last layer of complexity with leather, plenty of earth, a light vanilla, and woodiness.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good almost spritzy carbonation. I just wish it was a little thicker and creamier.

4.5 D: One hell of a beer. I'm always amazed how Brad manages to throw so many things together and have the result be as good as it is instead of just a huge mess.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 23:12:14 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of AgentZero


4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer with a with some purple on the edges. Large beige head that dissipated and left some decent lace on the sides.

S - Has a nice dose of bourbon on top of the wheatwine with a bit of oak and some good honey.

T - Great honey and bourbon on top of the wheatwine backbone. Not really sure what else to say on this one, if you like honey and bourbon this is great.

M - Pretty full bodied with a porper dose of carbonation.

O - Good beer. I liked the honey and the bourbon was great as well. Even manages to not get too sweet. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 04:32:16 | More by AgentZero
Photo of BlackWednesday

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown body with a minimal head. Really really sweet smelling with lots of bourbon, honey, and vanilla. Some noticeable alcohol, but with the density of the aroma it’s pretty well hidden. Super sweet and bourbon forward flavor up front with a really great honey finish that works well with the caramel malts, all of which plays against the wood really nicely. Thick and full body with a palate coating viscous heft. Slightly clingy on the finish, but the alcohol thins it a bit in the finish. Nice beer, dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 03:35:37 | More by BlackWednesday
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle of OH goodness from Ryan011235. Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Kind of a mysterious and hazy ruddy amber shade. A wispyish head that leaves no lace.

Nose is full of buttery toffee and honey, with soft bourbon notes in the background. Kind of dusty and must in generay.. On paper, a combo of honey and bourbon barrel-aging sounds potentially painfully sweet, but they really did a nice job of putting this together. Very smooth blend of buttery oak, vanilla, bourbon and honey flavors. Pleasantly warming. The lemony bite of the wheat and a fair amount of bitterness keep things moving along nicely. A touch of charred wood and earthiness also keep this from being a one-trick pony. This is definitely one I'd revisit.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 13:42:36 | More by PDXHops
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

splashing down into the glass with a very hazy thud. Lots of carbonation here as well kept the whole thing alive and kicking with a two inch layer of white foam that quickly faded down to leave a bare top.

The aroma was full of spices and wheat, very musty with a deep down and earthy note to it lots of sweetness to it as well, quite nicely done i have to admit. I was picking up lots of rye type smells, hints of grass and a touch of grapes. Translated over the taste very well. Very rich wheat flavor. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There were touches of almost musty pepper or something, hard to place, but very full and very difficult to fully grasp the flavor. Nice hot streak of alcohol running through it as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:44:58 | More by mikesgroove
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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to the Jackie O's folks for giving this bottle to New England Brewing, and to NEBCO's Matt for sharing it at a tasting. Bottle 32/276, poured into a tasting glass.

A: Clear, warm mahogany body under a finger of coarse tan foam. Mediocre retention, light lace. Not bad at all for a 12% monster.

S: Huge, incredibly intense aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toast, molasses, honey, and wheat spice. Absolutely incredible - I honestly couldn't imagine a better aroma for a barrel-aged Wheatwine. Wow.

T: Very sweet - brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, wheat, and booze. A little hot, but still extremely tasty.

M: Surprisingly light body, nice moderate carbonation. I was expecting more substance, but it's pleasantly non-sticky for being so sweet. Pretty good.

O: What a great, under-hyped beer. I hadn't heard anything about it (as opposed to the various stouts and sours from the same brewery), but was just blown away by how gorgeously the barrel aging worked with the base Wheatwine. Definitely an under-appreciated style.


Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 17:37:44 | More by woosterbill
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Jackie-os’ trade master markwise. Thanks again Mark. Pours amber with copper edges and tan head. The aroma is spicy maple, honey, some dark fruity esters and loads of heat that begins to sear the snoot. The taste is rich yummy goodness with honey, sticky malts and molasses as well as some pine and spicy hop goodness. The brew comes together beautifully and makes me wish I had a case of this stuff sittin’ ‘round.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 02:53:54 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
Photo of seeswo


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small amount of white head pours atop a somewhat cloudy, deep copper color. Big nose of honey and dark fruit sweetness, big bourbon and a bit of booziness. Smells really nice. The taste is also a bit boozy. Sweet yet somewhat dry with flavors of bourbon, honey, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla. It was universally enjoyed around the table in spite of it not really tasting like what we were expecting. The barrel treatment alters this beer in a way that is almost a bit odd, and yet good. The flavor hangs out on the tongue with ok carbonation and a bit of stickiness despite the slight dryness. Overall this was very much enjoyed. Seems like the kind of beer that has a sweet spot where the honey and bourbon hasn't faded too much but the booziness has.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 17:39:24 | More by seeswo
Photo of nhindian


3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Bottle generously provided as an extra by normyk, thanks a ton!

2010 bottling, bottle #162/276

A - Pours a murky brown color, very hard to discern anything in this beer, but it is quite cloudy. The head is a meek, half-finger affair, not so much a head but big bubbles. It has pretty poor retention, and the lacing is like the head with just tiny bubbles sticking to the glass.

S - The smell of this beer is pretty sweet with a good amount of honey in it. The rest of the nose is made up with caramel, vanilla, and slight traces of bourbon.

T - The taste is much in the same vein of the nose with a ton of sweetness. The honey, bourbon, and vanilla mix together to deliver a pretty tasty flavor. There's a decent alcohol kick in this which keeps it as a real sipper.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with decent carbonation. Pretty thick and leaves an incredibly long finish full of bourbon and sweetness.

D - Drinkability is moderate. This one is a bit too sweet for my tastes even though it does seem to mellow a bit. Certainly bursting with flavor but the initial sweetness lingers far too long.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:04:44 | More by nhindian
Photo of beachbum1975


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer delivered to my by my good BA buddy, Urbancaver! Thanks a million, man!!! Bottle number 170/292 (I think, it's written poorly in permanent black ink)

Pours a gorgeous, deep red with a light tan, creamy head. Served at room temp in my favorite Lost Abbey tulip. Head retention is great, leaving a nice halo around the edge of my glass.

The nose is very sweet and vibrant. A mix of light vanilla, mounds of caramel, light band aid and oak.

Much more like a barleywine in base flavor to me. The same caramel and woodiness carries over into the taste. Complex and savory. I get mild notes of honey, as well, but it's very subdued.

Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 01:19:18 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of rye726


4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with great friend's at a Jackie O's tasting. Pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Nose has bourbon, oak, vanilla, honey and sweet malts. Bit on the sweet side, needs some time to mellow out. Nice full body is well carbonated. Finish lacking. Tasty barrel aged wheat wine. Once again, nice work Jackie O's!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:57:56 | More by rye726
Photo of AwYeh


3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2010 bomber poured into Schlitz Light Goblet; thanks to Jesse13713 for generously sharing this special bottle. #147/276

A: Pours a cloudy, deep amber color (actually looks a lot like honey but I might not have thought of that if not for the name). Half finger of off-white head which fades quickly.

S: Robust and sweet; notes of bourbon, honey, and Jackie O's traditional dark fruit aroma (which makes the aroma unique and enjoyable). A hint of ethanol.

T/M: A sweet, thick, and dry beer; honey, butterscotch, and a light ethanol are most noticeable. A little bit of bourbon comes out as the beer warms; not as much as expected, but a nice touch. Sticky finish lets the alcohol and honey flavors linger pleasantly.

D: The prominent alcohol, even though it didn't make taste less enjoyable, makes it a bit hard to drink a lot of this. Still good for one glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 02:33:07 | More by AwYeh
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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 2010, bottle 147/276

Appearance - A very rich and red honey color. Looks very sweet and more like a wine than a beer. Average lacing with no froth on the top. Looks very sweet and malty.

Smell - Very, very sweet. Smells like wine and honey. Hints of light cherry. You get that slight bourbon burn in the nose as well. Smells bitter and sweet.

Taste - Tastes like a honeycomb wine. I was very surprised by this. I was expecting this to be one my least favorite Jackie O's beers; but it turned out to be one my favorites. I prefer this over "Bee keeper", which I had at the pub. A very crisp honey wine. Slight toffee. Slight honey and wheat.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Slightly bitter; but very crisp and sweet. Filled with flavors of honey and toffee. Medium bodied. I constantly crave more of it. I'm glad I was able to pick up the last bottle of this at a local store in Athens.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 02:29:34 | More by Jesse13713
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dull brown with a good amount of head off the pour. Looks pretty similar to the Beekeeper, just a touch darker. Smells strongly of honey just a bit of bourbon on the nose. Tastes much more bourbon present then it smells. Very sweet and honey strong but a good amount of bourbon over it all. Thick solid mouthfeel and nicely drinkable for such a high percentage

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 18:23:49 | More by Urbancaver
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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 2/9/11

Split with MbpBugeye

2010 vintage, bottle 264/276

Pours a light, dull brown; settles darker with a medium ruby glow. Just under one finger head that dissipates quickly. A thick collar of retention & a skim across the top.

The aroma is really musty; oak barrel, wheat & hints of dusty yeast make for a blanket of dry, earthiness that sits atop soft notions of dark fruits. Slight overtones of raw honey. Swirling drags up more fruity aspects & blurs the aroma distinctions. Not a whole lot of actual bourbon.

Hmm... I'm surprised how much stronger the flavor of the bourbon is than the smell; it's prominent, but even, throughout. The bourbon blends well with a soft layer honey (that is far from too sweet), butting up to a toasty wheat note. Grainy, sugary undertones. Charred barrel picks up on the back half. Good stuff.

Medium-full body with some grittiness. Moderate carbonation wears off over time resulting a rather sluggish feel. Finishes hot with something of a numbing sensation.

I've enjoyed this one just fine; tastes much better than it smells. The interplay between ingredients works out really well. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 21:24:04 | More by Ryan011235
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3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep browish hue with a small, tan head.

S- Lots of honey, wood, dark fruit.

T- Huge honey notes, dark fruit, hints of toasted malt.

M- Thick with medium/low carbonation.

D- The honey notes were much too pronounced for it to be drinkable for me however I can see how some might like it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 20:20:34 | More by Lothore
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Wood Ya Honey from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.