Cellar Cuvée 1
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #25
Ranked #2,118
4.28 | pDev: 8.18%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Cellar Cuvée 1Cellar Cuvée 1
Notes: This is a blend of dark apparition, a RIS, and Wood Ya Honey, a wheat wine Ale.
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 103 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2020 12.7 ounce bottle 12.8%.

Poured into a long stemmed Lost Abbey tulip. Dark brown Imperial Stout type body with small tan head. As soon as the cap was pried off the booze could be detected. Once in the glass malts, brown sugar, dark fruits and molasses come to the fore. Taste mirrors the smell particularly after it warms up; when straight out of the cellar fridge at 50 degrees I could taste some honey but it oddly fades as it warms up. Mouthfeel is a perfect mix of lightness and substance.

This is the first Jackie O's blend I've had and I like it. Although it's categorized as a Strong Ale it's more like an Imperial Stout but it's still something different with the wheat wine. So it's a grey area but a very enjoyable grey area.

Feb 14, 2021
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellar Cuvee is a blend from Jackie O's inventory. They take Dark Apparition, an imperial stout and blend it with Wood Ya Honey, a wheat wine. The result is complex beer, with a lot of dark fruit and honey. It reminds on their honey stout Antik, which is one of my favorites. Very high end blend.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Dec 09, 2020
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Rristow from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 2015 bottle. Pours black with minimal light tan head. Aroma is complex. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon, caramel, molasses, toffee, and honey. Moderately sweet with nice bitterness to balance. You really get some honey on the flavor with the roasted stout notes. Caramel, molasses, bourbon as well. Very interesting and well done beer.

Apr 22, 2018
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 bottle.

A - teku pour. Pours deep brown more reminiscent of a stout. Slightly off white head. Thick sudsy lacing.

S -big bourbon and dark fruit. Candiedsugar. Faint honey.

T - caramel nuget, lots of alcohol, lots of sweetness. Faint oxidation. Not much honey.

F - midweight. Slightly dry. Spicy alcohol burn.

O - it's alright. Not my favorite JO's barrel aged offering.

V - I personally wouldn't spend the $13 again on this but it wasn't a letdown either. To a barleywine fan this is probably more worth it.

Aug 29, 2017
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NMA from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cellar Cuvee #11

Poured into Nut Smasher Teku from bottle
approx 45 degrees

Thin white head with a deep amber/chocolate color

Aroma of honey, graham cracker, toffee, dark fruit, and bourbon

Tastes like it smells with some chocolate and brown sugar thrown in...absolutely fantastic!

Truth be told I love barleywines and, in my book, you can't beat the depth and complexity of Jackie O barrel aging

Jul 27, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Taken as a whole--bottle, label, body and head--I'm seeing black gold all over. Black with a a quickly fizzling out tan head that recedes to a thin gold chain.

Smell is walnut, oak, caramel, and Tootsie Rolls. Hints of marshmallow and brownie tease the nose at it warms.

Taste is honey graham, chocolate, hot bourbon, oak, and raisin. As it warms, caramel, toffee, and toasted nuts develop.

Medium body with a moderate fizz going down semi-dry.

Why are the Jackie O's blends so much better than their bases? They really need to do more of these, and more often!

Jan 28, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottling

Appearance: Pours the color of espresso; the tiny head fades to a ringlet but it is quite leggy, leaving a few spots on the way down

Smell: Chocolate, graham cracker, honeycomb, Bourbon, raisin and walnut

Taste: Honeycomb sweetness on the tip of the tongue, with the graham cracker and chocolate tones building; Bourbon blossoms, through the middle, with undertones of raisin, oak and walnut through the finish; slightly boozy

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Not being a fan of Wood Ya Honey, I was amazed at how blending that with BB Dark Apparition improved both beers; this is just extraordinary

Dec 17, 2016
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don’t have my records here in Mankato, MN, but fiver29 sent me so much good Jackie O’s stuff it must have been him. 375ML bottle with some nice label art: gold label with shadowy piles of barrels in the background.

The pour is dark brown ribboned with red. Strong smell of honey, Teen Spirit, light bourbon, raisins, & roast. Not half bad.

Cellar Cuvee 1 is on the edge of the next Big Thing – mixing stouts with stuff & stuffing the resulting stuff in barrels (or mixing pre-barreled stuff). Unlike the few I’ve already had, this is really well done. Surprisingly, the Wood Ya Honey is way on top with tons of bee byproduct, citrus bite, before the bourbon swoops in & smothers my palate in its crib. The stout, far as I can tell, contributes more bourbon, vanilla, & long, lingering smooch of brown sugar. Great depth. Great drinker.

This is a masterful blend of two very good beers & it’s better than the sum of its parts (much like my looks). Wow. This isn’t going to last nearly long enough. An absolutely amazing beer.

Dec 02, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours the color of cola with ruby highlights and no head. The nose on this beer is spectacular - butterscotch, chocolate, brown sugar, a hint of ethanol and a little char at the back. Taste consistent with nose; however, more watered down than suggested by the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, a great beer; however, the mouthfeel falls a little short.

Nov 23, 2016
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JohnnyMc from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome idea for a blending and barrel-aging of two of their really great beers!

Pours out pitch black with a tiny amount of a darker brown head.

Aroma is very, very bourbon forward. Lots of bourbon, kind of boozy smelling, bit of vanilla, some chocolate and some sweetness as well. Bourbon is hiding a lot of the complexities I think.

Taste is also very strong bourbon, more than I was hoping for actually. Definitely boozy and warming, some vanilla, some oak, definite chocolate, caramel and sweetness. Seems like the bourbon and Stout elements are overpowering the Wood Ya Honey at the moment.

Full bodied, pretty creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this needs some age. It's too hot and boozy right now and the Wood Ya Honey component is kind of overshadowed right now. With maybe a year or two on it this would be amazing!

Jun 27, 2016
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brenlinn from Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Interesting mix of sweetness and bourbon. Smell is more sweet but with the barrel and bourbon, some of the sweetness is canceled out in the taste. Not a strong ale fan, but this is fantastic

May 30, 2016
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TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle into tulip glass:

Appearance: pours a fully black body, with some caramelly, muddy coloring on the outside when swirled. No head really, but there's a thin layer of brown foam at the top. Does not leave any lacing whatsoever.

Aroma: wowzers, there is TONS of sweetness coming off this beer, especially as it warms. Lots of honey, lots of woody, charred character from the bourbon barrel. Vanilla, some chocolate. Mostly though, it's the honey sweetness and the barrel that shine through on this one.

Taste: following the smell, it's definitely a very sweet brew. However, this is buttressed somewhat by the soft booziness from the bourbon, which also provides a little bit of char and a touch of smokiness. I got very little chocolate, though there was a touch of that bitter bakers chocolate taste on the finish.

Feel: thick, full-bodied and syrupy. Started with light carbonation, and got much less as the beer went on. This is definite a sipper, when it comes to the heavy body and the sweet flavors.

Overall: this was an excellent beer, and a super creative combination.

May 15, 2016
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darktronica from Indiana

4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jackie O's was way ahead of its time by releasing, in 2009, this blend of a honeyed wheatwine with a Russian imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels. I'm starting to see a lot of experimentation with radical blends like this, from one-off releases like Clown Shoes' Flight of the Angry Beast and Two Brothers' 19th Anniversary beer. Of course, some of the bigger craft houses like Firestone Walker and Dogfish Head have been doing this for aeons, but Jackie O's has something really special here.

It takes the appearance of a thick, sludgy stout, but with a bit of translucence and a rim of tiny bubbles hinting that something else is thinning out the mix. Ultimately, the honey and caramel sweetness wins the battle, but I get new depths of flavor with every sip, particularly as it warms. Exceedingly flavorful but also well balanced.

Apr 25, 2016
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Beef_Curtains from Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a finger of light brown head and leaves nice lacing

Smells sweet and boozy with honey and caramel, a little spice

A lot going on in the taste. Honey is very noticable. Also some caramel, bourbon, chocolate, coffee and nuts.

A thick, viscous body with mild carbonation. Very warming.

I love bba dark apparition already and the honey sweetness from wood ya honey adds a real nice touch. Highly recommended.

Mar 13, 2016
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CaptCleveland from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from latest release, combo of their Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition and Wood Ya Honey.

Opaque, black as night elixir poured into HF snifter. Thick mocha lacing, 4mm thick rim remains throughout.

Sweet honey, pine, barrel, spice, dark fruits...so nice.

Honey, caramel, bourbon, char, prune/raisin, subtle pine all provide a nice backrift of tingling taste buds.

Nicely carbonated, full body, wonderful chew.

This hits it and crushes all categories. Well done!

Mar 06, 2016
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zimm421 from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a thin, wispy brown head. The nose is very sweet, with loads of honey, bourbon and touches of roasted malts. The taste is nicely complex, with the notes from Wood Ya Honey coming through at first, and the Dark App coming through on the back end. The honey is quite obvious at first, but is quickly overwhelmed by the roasted malts and the bourbon character. The finish is sweet, but not overly so. The mouthfeel is thick and full. Overall, it's a wonderful blend of the two. I love each beer on its own but I will also take them together any day of the week.

Mar 04, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter
10th Anniversary Vintage

A- pours a deep black color with a small foamy dark-khaki colored head that retains shortly, before settling to a ring around the glass

S- aroma immediately gives a strong sweetness of fresh honeycomb drenched in bourbon, followed by rich, nutty dark chocolate fudge brownie. More sweet aromas of brown sugar and molasses kick in, along with some dark fruit. The aroma closes with bourbon soaked spicy oak and more sweet honey

T- as with the aroma, the taste up front brings a big honey sweetness, quickly followed by dark chocolate & cocoa nibs & fig. The mid-palate brings on strong bourbon barrel with spicy toasted oak, along with some toasted walnut. The finish brings more sweetness with notes of brown sugar and molasses, with a linger of bourbon and alcohol

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- BA Dark Apparition and Wood Ya Honey are both very good beers on their own, but blended the two creates an even better beer. The honey stands up to the bourbon and stout brilliantly, very well done

Feb 17, 2016
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Papparoachy from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle.
Originally on draft in 2009. First time bottled in 2015.

Pours pitch black with small quarter-inch light brown head.

A:Huge notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and chocolates as well as some sweetness that I suspect is from the honey. An absolutely delicious smelling beer.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Nice thick syrupy mouthfeel that hits of bourbon vanilla, toffee, chocolate, oak, and a honey sweetness that follows the nose perfectly. Not cloying at all. Getting some heat on the finish but no where would I guess it was the 11.25% listed on the bottle.

Overall: a really nice blend of a honey ale (Wood Ya Honey) and their Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition. I cannot understand why the reviews are scoring this so low. This should not be turned down as it was an enjoyable treat for any bourbon barrel aged loving Beer Advocate. Jackie O's is killin' it. I wish I had one to cellar.

Feb 10, 2016
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015 bottling

A: Pours pitch-black with a small fizzy dark brown head. Halfway decent head retention with some small sheets of lacing.

S: Big sweet malty notes. Caramel and honey and lots of it. Backing of milk chocolate and toasted sugars. Some dark fruits, raisiny and maybe even a little cherry.

T: Very heavy harsh bourbon. Huge caramel and honey. Sickeningly sweet at first. Big alcohol burn and a dark chocolate backing saves the day in the middle and finish. Cannot overstate the burn on this one, from the first sip it literally burned my throat and then my stomach. I don't think I've ever gotten a burning throat from beer before ever (have around 1800 reviews right now for reference and have drank ~20% ABV beers numerous times).

M: Big, heavy sweet and super boozy.

O: Hmm as far as blends go I think Jackie-O's has a bit more experimentation to do. It's not bad but it's kind of a mess. Extremely syrupy sweet one second and extremely harsh and boozy the next. Unbalanced in general. Some age might mellow it out a bit I think.

Jan 05, 2016
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smanson56 from New Hampshire

3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured about one shade lighter than black in color. Almost no head from the bottle even with an aggressive pour. The smell is sweet honey and hints of maple. The taste is sweet a lot of honey in the front which really seemed to over power the maple that just barely showed up in the back of your mouth. Smooth to drink but a little heavy on the honey for my taste.

Dec 23, 2015
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oline73 from Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Jackie O's during the release this weekend. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with no real head to speak of.

Smell: Sweet and loaded with dark fruit, maple syrup notes, and malt. Perhaps a bit creamy as well.

Taste: A lot like the smell. Very sweet, malty and a bit creamy. I'm picking up some maple and mild vanilla. The finish is warm and sweet.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with mild carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

Overall: This is a really sweet beer but I enjoyed the amount I had. Much more would have been too much.

Dec 04, 2011
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 oz. sampler at JO's 6th Anniversary. I made damn good review notes, but then I lost them. Bear with me on this.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed dark brown color. Came without a head.

4.0 S: Interestingly this still has a fairly big bourbon component. Leathery, oaky woodiness, and earthy. The Dark App dominates the nose, offering a soft roastiness, milk chocolate, and hints of coffeee. The wheatwine adds a neutral wheaty sweetness.

4.0 T: Even more interesting, the wheatwine takes control in the taste. Lots of wheat flavor with peppery spiciness, and boatloads of light fruits. The Dark App offers the same flavors as in the nose, but just less of them. The bourbon component is much subdued, but still adds an earthiness to the complexity.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth and reasonably creamy.

4.0 D: A very interesting blend. I'd say there's not way it was a 50/50 blend though. The color is too light for that, especially given that the wheatwine is dark amber to start. Anyway, I really liked how the stout dominated the nose, while the wheatwine controlled the taste.

Dec 04, 2011
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Urbancaver from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with no real carbonation. No head. Looks a bit disappointing. Smells great though! Chocolatey and malty. A bit tart but not sour. A nice bit of barrel on the nose and tongue. A bit bitter but enjoyable. Low carbonation level. Overall pretty solid but not my favourite cuvee

Dec 02, 2011
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beveritt from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Had on tap recently at the brew pub. Described as a honey wheat wine and imperial stout aged in Cabernet barrels. Arrives in a snifter.

Appearance: Thin cap of light tan head. The beer itself is medium-dark brown with hints of red.

Smell: Sour with hints of strawberries.

Taste: Semi-sweet cherry upfront with hints of vanilla and oak. Sour in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Full and flavorful; I could have many of these.

Dec 06, 2009
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wagenvolks from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made the trek up to Jackie O's from WV with trep and his gf. Well worth the visit, if only for this phenomenal beer. Described as a "wheat-wine style ale brewed with honey, blended with a Russian Imperial Stout, and aged on oak barrels."


Pours a dark, murky, burnt sepia hue with a thin cap of beige head. The fairly hazy body lets in hints of mahogany in the light. Excellent aroma, laced with clover honey, raisin rum, toasted chocolate malts, diabetes-inducing toffee, and a hint of vanilla from the barrel-aging.

The flavor...well, the flavor is an absolute slam dunk. Caramel-drizzled oats and chocolate truffle coat the palate alongside a spicy kick of black pepper and musty hops. The finish is reserved for honey & booze, with a delicious clover sweetness that blends perfectly with raisin rum and a kiss of ethanol. Sticky, chewy mouthfeel, with a heftily carbonated body that sits on the verge of heaviness, but still remains drinkable. Alcohol is well-hidden, but I can feel the stomach warming after half a glass. Overall, an amazing brew from an amazing brewpub. The masses need to wake up and recognize the talent that brews at Jackie O's...

Jun 27, 2009
Cellar Cuvée 1 from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 103 ratings