Bourbon Berry Grove | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rhinos00 on 12-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by StayWhatYouAre2:
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4.92/5  rDev +24.2%
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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip
Bottle #101/1192
Sampled 17JUN12

Thanks to Alex for this bottle from a trade more than a year ago.

[A] Less than a 1/2 finger tan head rises and fades without sustained retention. A creamy crescent shaped collar remains, however, throughout the course. The pour is darker than expected, plum colored with a chestnut brown hint and bright ruby highlights when backlit. Clarity is impressive. Wavy patterns and random dots of lace cling to the glass or slide down slowly.

[S] Clean bourbon impresses upon the nose first and is then backed by a layer of sweet, dark fruits becoming more apparent as the temperature rises. The same can be said for the oak. The actual fruits aromas are clearly noticeable, but aren't as easy to identify on the nose as they were on the palate. The initial heat wears off and is much less noticeable now than it was at first pour. Light vanilla. Perhaps a dusting of cocoa.

[T] Again, first impressions are of bourbon. But the dark fruit flavor sets in on the back end and provides a lasting impression of cherries and blueberries, which are incorporated exceptionally well. While the honey comes through with restraint, the wheat component is entirely unnoticeable. Tannic oak adds to the drying impression on the finish.

[M] Medium body with a dry, tannic texture - probably thinned out a little by the high ABV. (My bottle lists 11.5% instead of BA's current listing of 12%.)

[O] Bourbon Berry Grove is an impressive Wheatwine and it improves in aroma and flavor with each rise in degree. By the end of the bottle - approaching room temperature - this beer was highly enjoyable. A better mouthfeel would have increased my rating tremendously. Well done Brad.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
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

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Photo of oline73
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of claspada
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruddy amber color with a short lived off-white head that leaves some spotty lacing if you agitate and swirl the beer.

Aromas begin with, no surprise, a lot of berries. Soon after, however, you get a lot of bourbon, vanilla and quite a bit of charred oak.

The tastes follow the nose with initial cherry and blackberry syrupy juiciness. But then it's all barrel again with vanilla, bourbon and the charred oak flavors which clash with the fruit and wheatwine base.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Finish is boozy and sweet.

Overall I just don't really like the combination of flavors here. It's also pretty much a bourbon bomb with fruit juice added. Jackie-O's steps up to the plate, swing and miss, as usual.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 22 oz bottle number 150/192, $16.
A: A red--and slightly pink--murky brown with big dark cream bubbles that settled to a thin collar with no lacing.
S: Blueberry, cherry, bourbon, and wood are on the forefront, with a slight honey. Despite being a wheat wine, it comes off like a dark candi sugar with some raisin and wine character. Overall, imagine a woody cherry pie.
T: The fruit character is more "dried," with a woodsy dried cherry and raisin. The earthy, slightly pine hops are interesting on the finish, in a good way. As always with Jackie O's, the bourbon is there like it is in a bourbon-soaked cake... all flavor and less in-your-face burn. This is good.
M: Another Jackie O's trademark... undercarbonation. Thinner mouthfeel is good for the style but the lack of carbonation is a little off-putting.
D: Great. Especially at the ABV it is.

This is a great beer; the aroma and taste is definitely there.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DaveHS
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2010
Bottle # 15/192
Thanks to kundog18 for this one.

A-Pours ruby/stained redwood color with 1/4 inch of mocha colored head. Leaves spotty, soapy lacing.

S-Loads of bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel malt. The fruit aromas are throwing me off a little bit. They seem at odds with the bourbon. They just barely peek out from beneath copious bourbon oak, but I can distinctly smell sweet cherries.

T/M-At first there is a sharp booziness, accented by acidic fruit. Then it fades into the requisite lush, soft mouthfeel and copious bourbon oak flavor. The tart, bright fruit note hits again on the back palate, undercutting what would otherwise be a soft, smooth oaky finish. The fruit almost mimics the off flavors of oxidization.

O-A schizophrenic beer that could benefit from some focus. The fruit element doesn't work. It's not enough to stand out, and what little suggestion of it I can find plays in opposition to the bourbon character. This was really disappointing, especially after all the hype.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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Bourbon Berry Grove from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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