The Grand Wazoo - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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The Grand WazooThe Grand Wazoo

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 41
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t0rin0 on 03-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark mess of a pour, hazy muck looking liquid with minimal carbonation. Smells of tart berries and a slight mellow funk. Chocolate malt kinda lurks under the fruit overtones. Taste is far better than expected. Very rich and full mouthfeel with a tart raspberry and chocolate dominance. The sour is well integrated in this one. Very uniqe beer and one that I look forward to cellaring.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reddish brown color with a good head of light tan on top. Nice retention as well with sticky webbing up and down the sides of the glass.

lots of fruit at first, raspberries, touches of sour apple tartness, rich with a mild sweetness that starts to billow up, light woody notes and a hint of grapes now as well hint at a barrel in its past a nice sour bite right out in front, really impressive here. Vinegar and tart cherries,raspberries seamlessly woven in with a nice woody, earthy note. vanilla and light brown sugar underneath as well, Hints of a mild sweetness come through mid palate, again rich, complex. Dry finish, puckering with the last drops of sour well on their way off the palate by the time this voyage ends.

Easy sipper here Flavors are bold, but not overwhelming

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a sample glass. I had this at Jackie O's during the bottle release this weekend.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with not much head at all. Not particularly attractive.

Smell: Raspberry with a sweet malt backbone. Mild caramel and some vanilla as well.

Taste: Raspberries with some vinegar sourness and sweet malt. I am picking up the bourbon along with some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish. Just a bit grainy.

Overall: This beer is very well balances. The sweet and sour work well. I would have liked more of the caramel and vanilla that I smelled to be in the taste.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six ounces from a tulip at the "One Funky Afternoon" event. Third batch (2011).

3.5 A: What can I say here? Black with no head. The workers were shuffling like ants on a piece of candy filling multitudes of four and six ounce pours, so no head is understandable.

5.0 S: Simply amazing! Both the base stout and the sour comes through well to make a truly unique mix. Big hit of raspberry, sweet caramel, milk chocolate, and a soft roastiness from the base beer. The raspberry puree lends a tart, almost lactic character. Good amount of vanilla too. Bourbon adds a layer of complexity, but plays a supplementary role. Brett funk rounds this one out.

4.5 T: Taste is much like the nose, but not quite as potent. Lots of raspberry and chocolate, bourbon and vanilla in moderate amounts, caramel and barnyard funk.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The stout's creaminess somehow survived the brett and this goes down super smooth.

4.5 D: Wonderful, funky stout. This is definitely unique and a great success. As for wild stouts, take notes Deschutes and Odell, haha.

This was probably my favorite feature beer.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

04/02/11- Had this one on-tap at Jackie O's "one funky afternoon." This is the 2011; the aged version is much better.
A: Pinkish/purple cloudy brown with a cream collar and creeping lace.
S: Fresh raspberry puree, brown sugar, very dark caramel, dull oak, and a very slight bourbon.
T: Dark chocolate covered raspberries, raisins, brown sugar, "murky" oak... this one gets very good when warming up.
M: Thinner, dry, and almost spritzy.
O: This one is pretty good... I'm very interested to try the aged version in the bottle.

Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours the dirtiest mop waters of browns in color with a slight white lacing around the glass. It smells of sweet, jammy, raspberries and has an Oregon pinot tint. It has a really nice nose. The flavor is very solid as well. You get a lot of jam, a lot. Raspberries galore. The raspberries are very dominant yet give a little light to slight funk. I like it. It drinks medium bodied and finishes kind of quickly. Overall I really like this beer, but this beer doesn't live up to the label and description.

Photo of schwaeh
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber shared with inebriatedjoker.

A: Pours a very muddy brown with some hints at an underlying purple. No head. Light carb.

S: Tart raspberries, big vanilla oakiness, and some bourbon hanging around in there.

T: The tartness begins mid-drink but doesn't really peak past that. Along with the smell the raspberry, oak, and bourbon all play major roles. Fairly sweet beer but it gets offset by the bourbon somewhat. The 11.5% is hidden fairly well but does start to wear on you after a glass of this. The more you drink the more the tartness starts showing itself along with a strange aftertaste.

M: Tastes thick and muddy rolling over the tongue. A little less raspberry puree and a little more carb would do wonders for this part.

O: There is a lot of creativity and pleasant flavors in this beer but it has some roughness around the edges. I enjoyed this more on tap when it had 8 months less barrel influence and better carbonation.

On a side note it's my fiancee's favorite due to the fruit and sweetness, so it might be a good choice to share with the lady folk.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the One Funky Afternoon Release. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a moderate brown beer with a thin off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose has plenty of musty, earthy raspberry and oak character, which increases in tartness as it warms up. The flavor has a good amount of raspberry and a bit of malt. Light sourness to accompany the earthy raspberry. A light bit of earthy funk. Finish is nicely acidic and quite dry. A nice, highly drinkable wild ale.

Photo of jlindros
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Jackie O's from rudzud.

Light fizzy head, dark murky color.

Nose is crazy raspberry, fresh berry fruit and syrupy, mild toasty brown malt, little caramel, little toffee,

Taste little syrupy malt, mild cocoa and choc, then syrupy raspberry juice, little fresh rasp too, little caramel brown malt, juicy, little mocha. Finish is dry sticky, little flemmy, mild caramel and choc, little raspberry.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, mild booze, decent carb.

Overall great but not as epic as I expected, little syrupy and flemmy, great raspberry and dark malts. Tasty.

Photo of AgentZero
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Brown, cola colored beer with not much of a head, not much left on the side.

S - Smells reminds me a bit of a baby Veritas 009, although not as good. Some harsh oak, raspberry that's fairly rich and not very sweet.

T - A lot of raspberry, almost tastes like there's some raspberry bits floating around in this. This seems to have spent too much time in the barrel, oak is pretty harsh. There is something of a vinous quality to this, and a bit of cocoa.

M - Low carbonation, medium bodied, slightly gritty.

O - Not a great beer, it's raspberry but not sweet, chocolate but not overly sweet, but has way too much oak going on. I liked it a bit mroe at first, but it got rough as I kept going.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Jackie O's snifter on 7/2/11

Shared by MbpBugeye

Bottled 2011, 158/210

What an ugly beer. Murky, dark plum color. Brown hues. Bubbly head thins quickly to nothing more than a tight collar. No lace.

Dense, dark raspberry. Smells murky, too. Funky, dank oak. Hints of cocoa and dark grains. Stray tellings of booze as it warms; not particularly bourbony though. Smells nice. Has a well-seated raspberry flavor; a bit sweet, a bit tart. Not too biting; not sour, either. Works well with hints of chocolate. Some toasty dark grains. Again, not much in the way of bourbon but some barrel must is had on the finish. Medium-full body that is stringy at times. lower carbonation works out alright. Not overly hot, though it has a numbing effect.

I find it has may similarities with some of the previously releases beers. I also find that this one works the best of the lot.

Photo of womencantsail
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a murky red-brown color with a small off-white head. Heavy on the wood aroma with a lot of sweet, dark fruit and raspberry. A lot of vinegar and definitely some soy sauce to it as well. The salt and soy sauce flavors are unmistakable here. Lots of vinegar and wood, maybe some caramel malt sweetness, a bit of raspberry and other dark fruit. Really just not enjoyable at all.

Photo of Spider889
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the One Funky Afternoon release. This was the release I had been most apprehensive about after Brad mentioned the "textural surprises" that might be found.

Arrived in a tulip glass with a short bubbly head. The beer was a brownish/purple color. Factor in the murkiness, akin to tepid silt water, and this was not very appetizing.

The smell is much more promising. Brown sugar and grainy oak with heavy char on it is strong. Sour fruit is also pretty big in the aroma - almost like a framboise.

Some of the reviews mention that this isn't very sour, but I have to say that I found it nearly tongue-curling at times. However, this may not have been 100% attributable to the sour bugs in the beer, but other flavors/adjuncts. To me the flavor was just unpleasant. My notes state that there was too much bacteria running rampant, and that is exactly how it tasted. Super musty and almost sickly. The beer also has a lot of lingering sweetness that contends with the acidity for real estate on your palate.

There's a lot of heavy malting going on. But it is difficult to distinguish their base values. I would guess chocolate and caramel malts primarily. There's a distracting taste of dry little bits that tickle the back of the throat. Not entirely sure if this is the fruit, the bacteria, or just the sour acidity itself. Either way I did not care for it.

The mouthfeel is extremely dry. I mean dry for a sour, and dry for Jackie O's territory. There's a bit of grittiness there, and my notes read that it's like chewing on an old piece of wood. The alcohol is quite high, and coupled with acidic sourness, it feels fairly prominent. So far I seem to not care for high abv sours nearly as much as more moderately attenuated ones.

Overall this beer had promise in theory, and it does stem from the very first Jackie O's experimentation with sours. That said, I felt that after three batches this ought to have shown more balance and restraint. Instead it was an ambitious balls-to-the-wall attempt that didn't quite succeed imo.

Of further note, mbpbugeye's brother opened a bottle of this recently, and I was just as displeased as I was with this on tap.

Photo of FosterJM
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1690th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter

Shared at Steve's house

App- Pours out a murky looking purple/brown color with a bit of a wood stain color behind it. More like a cordial as well. The fruits add a nice color. No head but a couple of bubbles behind it. No cling or lace either.

Smell- Lots of the barrel comes out on this one with additional raspberries and some char. A bit one dimensional and not as welcoming as I would've thought for a wild ale. Thick on the nose.

Taste- This was okay. A bit of a let down for me. This seemed more akin to a more malt forward beer and like a brown ale with the fruit added. I would've like a bit more fruit and prickly flavors of the yeast to come out.

Mouth- A bit too thick for me with more of a medium dense body and a pretty creamy medium carbonation. The residual flavors are of oak and berry. Just ok.

Drink- This was a nice beer to try but wouldn't actively search it out for a wild ale trade.

Photo of nhindian
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Shared with wdeck9.

A - Tried to pour this carefully to avoid the raspberry puree. It's still deep red and almost purple. Not much head here either, almost a half finger. This one, unlike the Brown Recluse, doesn't have a ring around the edge. Not much lacing here either.

S - This is an intriguing smell to say the least. The raspberries are obviously the dominating smell, with little else to compensate. As it warms, the alcohol really comes through. Regardless, it smells pretty good.

T - At first, the taste of the raspberries is a bit much, really sweet to match the sourness. The raspberry comes through strongly, but doesn't taste artificial at all. I'm not getting much bourbon at all, unfortunately, but it hides the alcohol greatly. Much better than Recluse in my opinion.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. Not incredibly sour, but leaves a good feel in the mouth.

D - Drinkability is moderately high, very tasty and not sour enough to kill your mouth. The taste is great and the flavors just pop enough to keep me coming back for more.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2011 bottle 54 of 204
Enjoyed from a JO tulip

a - brew poured a murky muddy brown. Thick and sludgy with minimal head and no lacing to speak of. Not all that attractive.

s - big raspberry, some acetone. Smells kind of kreiky and nice.

t - opens with big acetone sourness but that is quickly washed over with a raspberry wash that coats the tongue. The finish is a boozy tingle, but beyond that, the barrel is muted by the fruit. In a word or a few, prickly raspberry.

m - thick and chewy, but the sour prickle gives a pucker.

o - overall, from the spunds of the reviews, time has mellowed out the bad parts, but this one feels a bit old. The sour is a bit acetone and i feel that it will only get worse, but whatever over oak flavors that folks complained about in the past are gone from this bottle. Drink em if you got em. Not great, but not bad either. A bit pungent.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the One Funky Afternoon Release Party

A-muddy brown with thinner tan colored head.

S-the nose is very raspberry foward, fleshy raspberries, light tartness, hints of dark malt and a decent spicy brett presence in the back with some citrus hops.

T-strong tart fleshy raspberry and muddle brett, citrus and leather with notes of chocolate malt and some dry oak.

M-creamy lush body, medium weight and not heavy, faint driness with assertive crisp finish.

D-the fleshy raspberries are decent and oak plays a good role. lots going on and somewhat unintergrated flavors falling off slighlty in the back. small flaws and decent beer otherwise.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared by the late chswimmer (RIP). Thanks! From notes.

A: Pours a murky, reddish chestnut body with beige head. No retention or lace.

S: Raspberries, chocolate, smoke/ash/tobacco, bourbon, vanilla, oak. It seems to be going for the Flanders style of the sour spectrum (vinegar), with a distinctly sweet note that has a tart, jammy bent to it.

T: Vinegary sourness with tart raspberries, oak, vanilla, chocolate. Mild roast. The finish has an unpleasant tobacco and ash quality to it (moreso due to the ash). Vinegar manifests itself again in the finish, along with drying raspberry skin.

M: Despite the vinegar presence, the beer doesn't burn quite as much as I would expect. Props for that.

O: This had some promise, I think; I could see Cascade trying to pull off something like this (think Bourbonic Plague). But it was trying to do way too much and wound up being a jumble of disharmonious flavors. The end result is a clashing, schizophrenic beer.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful brown with a slight amount of light brown head. Thick but not outrageous. A nice clear lit brown edge of the glass that looks really pretty. Smells sweet and malty with a nice tart kick. a solid balance between sour and lightly roasted malts. On the tongue it's similar. Sweet but dry, lots of tartness on the back of the tongue. It's a nice kick that couples with the driness well. Overall very well done

Photo of Sean9689
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for sharing. Poured into Darkness snifter.

A - Pours dark brown, off-white head, thin collar, whisps.

S - A wonderful big tartness, fruity berries, oak, fruit purée.

T - Tart, fruity sweetness, astringent, overly oaked. This one starts off good but the finish is too much oak and a high amount of astringent notes.

M - Body is light, good carbonation, dry oaky finish.

O - The nose is nice but the oaky astringency is a little to much for me. I'm going to pass on this one, but the attempt was good.

Photo of brew3crew
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at jackie os

A-dark brown with a nice tan head
S-smells of tart cherries and makes my mouth water
T-alot like it smells but not as strong as the smell would make you think. Very smooth finishing and a pleasant suprise
m-medium bodied and smooth
O-great beer. Cherries and tartness make this a winner

Photo of rudzud
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle 50/210

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super murky brown with nearly no head or lacing.

S - Aromas of big big raspberry notes, musty basement light sweetness, really musty withvinegar.

T - Taste is very tart, musty raspberry, old seeds, really tasty old raspberries, malt, vinegar.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, light easy drinking.

O - Overall this beer was very tasty, much better than I thought it would be.

Photo of nrbw23
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very odd looking purpleish brown color with just a few bubbles for a head. There was no lacing at all in my glass. Pretty odd looking brew for sure.

A- Raspberries are every where here. A bit of vanilla, wood and booze. Some very light funkiness, but nothing like I expected.

T- This beer is pretty sweet as opposed to being sour, which surprised me quite a bit. Raspberries led the way here, a bit of vanilla, wood and maybe even a leathery taste. A bit of heat from the alcohol is here.

M- Carbaonation was pretty low and medium in body.

O- For being really sweet I didn't have a hard time drinking this one. I'm not sure if I could handle a whole bottle of this but spliting it would be ideal. Thanks again Seth.

Photo of treyrab
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle graciously opened by cooljosh last night during a small gathering. I was able to try the 2008 vintage (first vintage made), as well as the 2011 vintage both on tap at the release party. This review is from the bottle.

A: Pours a deep brown with some cherry (raspberry) hues. Kind of thin looking, with not much head. I didn't expect much being @ 11.5ABV. But only a few bubbles appeared and then, quickly disappeared. Some nice carbonation streaming up the glass though. A swirl yields some tan bubbles.

S: Very, very interesting and sublime. Tons of in-your-face Brett blended with sweet ripe raspberry puree and chocolate. Definitely smell sour as well (i.e. Pediococcus), and the cherry pie flavour from the bacteria really battles for the raspberry in the beer. Tons of chocolate, and slight hints of coffee to go with the sour fruit characteristics. Really interesting.

T: Similar to the smell, but not as developed yet. Tons of sour raspberry and sweet chocolate. Reminds me of a chocolate covered raspberry and sour patch kids. Sour, but not overly done. Still some nice porter characteristics in here.

M: Very, very slick. Oily slick. Sticky. Almost as if the raspberry puree was not completely fermented out (or transferred out). Not thick, just oily.

O: A very solid beer by Jackie O's. A nice fruit and porter sour that really gets the best of both worlds.

Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by Mike (AgentZero). Bottle #107 of 210. Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thin ring of bottles, spotty lace, and stray patches of bubbles on the surface. Dark brown body with some reddish highlights.

S - Intense oak, raspberries, solvent alcohol, more oak, light bourbon, some funk, and light acetobacter.

T - Lots of raspberry sweetness, with notes of oaky vanilla, bourbon, lactic acidity, and a slightly medicinal finish. Less overt oak and alcohol here.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, gritty and tannic finish, and some obvious alcohol warmth.

D - It's too tannic, boozy, and medicinal for large quantities, but I enjoyed it for what it was - a bourbon barrel-aged raspberry beer with some mild funk and sourness.

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