Bourbon Berry Grove | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Bourbon Berry GroveBourbon Berry Grove

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Wheatwine

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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Photo of StayWhatYouAre2
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
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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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
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 Urbancaver
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown with a decent amount of head that dissipates quickly. Lots of berries on the nose. Blueberry and Raspberry first and formost. Maybe some cherry as well. Lots of bourbon as well. Some sweetness on the tongue with a good amount of honey. The bourbon blends well with some light vanilla. The oak is pretty mellow. Not very highly carbonated. But thick and smooth. Similar mouthfeel to Woodya Honey. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Mississipping
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared with StayWhatYouAre2 at our annual rare beer tasting. Bottle #109/192 and poured into a Bruery snifter.

A: Surprisingly brown with a radiant mahogany outline and haze. Small half-finger eggshell head that dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin ring around the edges of the glass. Very minimal lacing, but long legs.

S: This is interesting. The myriad of aromas melded together to create what initially smelled of must. I didn't know what to think of this and didn't anticipate enjoying this beer with the initial smell. However, before taking the first sip, I picked this one apart. The dominating smell most closely matched coconut, paired with vanilla, and dark fruits (raisin, fig and cherries). Behind that was honey and bourbon, but no hint of blueberries. This wasn't what I was expecting, but was pleasantly complex and balanced.

T: The taste matched the smell in part, coming in layers. Soft coconut and bourbon up front, followed by a nice complement of honey and dark fruit. The finish leaves you with vanilla and toffee, and it sticks around forever. There is really no alcohol burn, which is impressive for the ABV. This is absolutely exceptional!

M: Typical of wheatwines, this is a fairly thick beer with very light carbonation, but just enough to help pronounce the complex flavors and mask the booze. The combination of bourbon, honey, and vanilla create a wonderful warming sensation with each sip. Perfect for a chilly evening.

D: Moderate drinkability. The medium viscosity and ABV makes this a sipper, but both qualities are spot-on for this beer as it makes you take your time with it an dissect its complexity. Had I put this down quicker, I wouldn't have appreciated and enjoyed it as much as I did. A great Jackie O's brew and an exceptional wheatwine.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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 BeerAndBourbon
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Pours deep rich amber with dark maroon accents. A small off-white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves some bits of residual lacing.

S. Lots of character in the nose. Rich fruit aromas (cherry and blueberry) with honey and caramel sweetness in the backbone. There's also some nice oak with vanilla and bourbon that adds additional complexity. Some great complexity on top of a beautifully complex sweet backbone.

T. A nice sweet caramel, wheat backbone that avoids being cloying. On top are nice additions of cherry and blueberry that mix with the sweetness to create a nice richness. The bourbon comes in and sits atop this mixture, but doesn't overpower; along with it are the expected vanilla and oak characteristics that help make this beer phenomenal.

M. Medium to heavy body with medium creamy carbonation.

D. This is an incredible beer. The fruit flavors help to prevent the sweet backbone from becoming cloying while adding additional complexity to the base beer. The barrel treatment is nicely subdued allowing for a nice integration of flavors rather than overpowering the brew. Phenomenal beer!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one of my favorites from the Extravaganza. Poured into a snifter. Bourbon BA Honey Wheatwine with Blueberries and Cherries.

A- Pours a purplish, brown color. Fingers width of off-white head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Imagine walking into your garden, picking fresh berries and cherries, and then mashing them all together in a bowl. The fruit smell of this beer was beyond potent. Just fantastic. As the beer warmed, the alcoholic notes from the bourbon become more and more pronounced. Also picking up some distinct barrel notes in the background.

T- This was a big beer. Especially with the amount of alcohol in it. However, the fruit flavors melded together perfect with the BA flavors that the alcohol burn was more than welcomed. At points the fruit flavor was so pronounced, I almost forgot that this was a BA beer. Upfront, clear notes of sweet, tart berries are evident. This tartness grows until the finish. Midway through, the bourbon subtly comes into play. The two flavors were a perfect the fruit tartness grew, the bourbon flavors grew, acting as a counter to balance the flavor. In the mix are sweet malts and a touch of vanilla.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Some of the other beers I thought could have been a little more viscous, but the consistency of this beer worked very well.

D- While the flavors were amazing, this was a sipper for sure.

Overall, the only beers I can think of that are remotely similar are New Glarus Raspberry Tart and Kuhnhenn Rasberry Eisbock. I can almost imagine the blend of those two being very similar to this beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is a beautiful nearly transparent purpleish tea color. Served with virtually no head-only a thin collar is left bihind in the glass.

S- Mild to moderate nose. Oak comes through the most. Dark cherry and honey and a hint of blueberry are in the background. The bourbon is there but more faint.

T- Flavor is exceptionall well balanced the whole way through. Oak, bourbon, subtle blueberries, honey, and cherries. Oak comes through the most for the finish to balance the fruit flavors and moderate alcohol heat that lingers.

M- Low carbonation and a very smooth and drinkable medium weight body.

D- This is a fantastic wheat wine. The oak adds such a nice balance to the whole flavor profile that makes this brew smooth, flavorful, and classy. This is a very unique, wonderful brew.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Darker copper color with little lacing but not a whole lot. No head. Looks like a glass of bourbon.

S: Nice mix of bourbon heat to slight berry fruit notes and lots of woody notes.

T: Nice balanced barrel aged beer. Bourbon is there but not overpowering, cherry and tart berry are certainly there nicely, and a bitter sweet back.

M: Very smooth and nice.

D: Good stuff, happy to try.

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4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of ne0m00re
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of joefuzz
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 105/192 sent by normyk poured into snifter.

Pours a medium brown with no apparent head.

Smells of bourbon oak and berries.

Tastes like a dark wheat ale with a good blue berry presence the bourbon isn't overwhelming at all and no alcohol heat to speak of.

Mouthfeel is pretty much like a good barleywine.

Overall amazing beer so glad I got the opertunity to try it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 60 of 192 graciously picked up by my friend urbancaver. Thanks alot, man!

Poured at cellar temp a gorgeous red with a creamy white cap that leaves a frothy bright white halo for some time.

The nose is very sweet and crisp with a mild alcohol presence . A rich mix of molasses and caramel on the front, with subtle qualities coconut and cherry.

The taste is big and flavorful with a light mouthfeel. This beer packs a punch in the flavor department.

The high ABV will creep up on you, so be careful!

Very nice!

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Photo of nhindian
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie Os snifter. Big thanks to pittbeergirl for this! Split with russwbeck.

2010 vintage, bottle #53/192.

A - Pours a muddy brown color, with some Orange highlights. Looks very similar to Wood Ya Honey. Only about a finger's worth of head, with poor retention; the head is gone before I return to the couch. Some scattered lacing, but for the most part there's not much.

S - The smell is surprisingly faint on this beer given the aromatics in Wood Ya Honey. A good amount of wheat in the nose, as well as blueberries. Almost no bourbon, which is a surprise given the bourbon profile in previous barrel-aged Jackie Os offerings I've had.

T - This is the biggest difference from Wood Ya Honey I can notice, to the point of them being almost unrelatable. Wood Ya Honey was sweet to the point of almost bordering on cloying, while this beer is much more balanced, and has a great flavor of the fruit additions. I personally am getting more blueberries than cherries, but they appear intermittently. A big wheat taste as well, and again, the bourbon is modest at best (not exactly a detraction though). The alcohol is almost completely absent. Finish is moderately long and filled with a good combination of wheat, honey, blueberries, and cherries.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with low carbonation. Pretty slick feeling in the mouth and leaves a thin coating.

D/O - Drinkability is pretty high. This is an interesting beer that is a sipper in some regards, but is definitely tasty. The fruits come through in a big way and cut the sweetness of the base beer perfectly. Perhaps a bit more influence from the bourbon could've propelled this amazing status, but as it stands now its still great.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I super chilled the bottle to prevent gushers. No gushers from this super cold bottle. The beer was served in a snifter. I had to pour the beer a couple times in order to get a full glass. The carbonation is a bit explosive.

A- The body of the beer has a ruddy plum coloration. The head was an off white with reddish purple tinges. The head has massive staying power and lacing is super thick.

S- As I was expecting the bourbon pops out undertones to the bourbon are berries really unable to determine what kind of berries, tart and sour cherries, vanilla, honey charred oak.

T- As with the aroma bourbon is popping out all over. If you dont like bourbon dont even bother. Underneath this tide of bourbon is berries, tart and sour cherries, more bourbon, vanilla oak. I am getting a bit of sourness from this beer but I am not minding it in the least. Is the beer infected?

M- The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation is very high. I mentioned possible infection with the flavor and perhaps excess carbonation. I think the high level of carbonation makes this beer more drinkable. No alcohol heat is noted from this beer

O- I like bourbon. I like beers that are a bit boozey. This beer hits both out of the park. The beer only continued to improve as it warmed in my glass. Again I am not certain if the beer is infected? I wish I had a few more bottles.

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4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of csmiley
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 115 of 192. Purchased 12/4/10 at the brewery. Bottle states 11.5% abv

A - Color is a dark and murky sienna with the edges starting to lean toward brown. Some light gets through but not much. The light brown head just covers the top and disappears fairly quickly. Surprisingly, some light lace stays behind in the glass after each sip.

S - Malt and dark fruit are at the forefront of the aroma with notes of plum, cherry, raisin, and bread dough. These are followed by vanilla and a light bit of alcohol. At 12%, the alcohol is covered quite well in the aroma. The tail end reveals some oak and light berry / fruitiness. Really quite pleasant.

T - Dark fruit stands out the most. Cherry easily takes the lead with fig coming in close behind. Alcohol is much more pronounced in the flavor. It's very warm but it works pretty good with the other flavors. The berry aspect comes through more in the flavor that the aroma. Hints of blueberry and strawberry come and go midway to end. Occasionally there is a light woody flavor but it gets hard to pick up ongiven the all the other strong aspects of the flavor. As it warms the blueberry really starts to come through.

M - It's medium bodied and could almost be considered light for the style. Carbonation is very light (almost too light) and lends a characteristic that seems to make it somewhat smooth. Finish is big and fruity. It absolutely wrecks the palate.

O - Overall all I like this beer. It wasn't quite what I was expecting given the fact it's made with cherries and blueberries but it's very good nonetheless. For a bourbon barrel aged wheatwine of this stature, I'm very pleased with the ease of each sip. One bottle should do it for most. The 12% just creeps up on you. Still, I'd definitely have this again without question. For those thinking of trying it, this does come across as a brew that is pretty heavy on the bourbon. The combination and balance of flavors work out to produce a fine beverage in my humble opinion.

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4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ASplit with ryan011235. Beer #2 on night #1 of our Jackie O's saga.

A- The first comments were that this is a very dark wheat crosses barley wine boulevard, past porter quarter and along stout street. Shades of purple intermingle in a deep ruby-black beer. The head is fantastically short lived, leaving a deadpan beer in my glass.

S- Sweetness abounds. Its counteracted by bourbon barrel smoothness. The result is a silky beer with spikes of mixed berry. Vanilla is strong. Honey doesn't make an appearance in the aroma, persay, but it could be responsible for some sweetness.

T- This dessert of a beer reminds me of a red velvet cheesecake. Creamy vanilla, sweetened up by honey, blended with mixed berries. The wheat wine isn't totally buried, it marks the beer with a distinct wheat snappiness and caramelized malts. Candied hops make a cameo before the finish. The end is spiked with sweet berries just before a long, smooth vanilla ride. Berries become stronger at the end as it warms.

M- The body is approaching full with a nicely mellow carbonation. It helps promote a silky experience. Alcohol is no slouch but it is well hidden still.

D- I like this one. It makes a good night cap for those with a sweet tooth.

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Photo of Verecund
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Bottle #13/192. Thanks to BeerWorld (and phattysbox by extension) for his generosity with this beer. Opened on May 12, 2011.

Pours rosewood (a woody dark red) with nothing in the way of head. Very still, with a tiny bit of haze. A second pour yield a quarter-finger head that scampers to a thick-bubbled ring covering the edges of the glass. I've never seen a head disappear so quickly.

Bourbon-forward, this smells almost like a bourbon-barrel barleywine (which I realize isn't far from the truth), with strong whiffs of toffee, caramel, and oak. There really is a nice, slightly muted sweet blueberry and, to a lesser degree, cherry presence. As it warms, the nose is the best part for me: the fruit manages to sing above the bourbony wheatwine.

Unsurprisingly bizarre. Burnt sugar - sweet and sticky caramel - lead the way, some vanilla, coconut, and some black cherry. Everything increases as it warms: more (toasted) oak, bourbon, and mashed-together berries. It really does resemble a -bal barleywine, though with a tad bit more fruit mid-to-late palate.

I found the carbonation off-putting at first. BBG is on the heavier and oily end of things, but it still feels a little watery on the tongue (which lends itself to a flat finish). Warming, it drinks right at its high ABV.

On the one hand, I wish this had a stronger berry presence in the taste (as it does on the nose), but as I get further into the glass, I can't help but think that would create an even odder combination of flavors. Jackie O's does interesting more often right than wrong, and I'm pleased to have tried this.

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