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Bourbon Berry Grove | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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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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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to goryshwkeywich for sending me a couple Jackie O's bottles that were sitting at the top of my wants list; my name is Corey, & I'm a wheatwine whore. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Cap pops off like the report of a pellet gun & I fear a sudden overflow; it's not forthcoming. It is, however, massively carbonated, required multiple pours to get full glasses. Dislike; its too often foreshadowing to a problem beer. Fluffy brown in the glass. Nose is tart leaning hard towards sour, with the berries only peeking out underneath. Little else.

Bourbon Berry Grove tastes like a barrel aged sour more than any respectable wheatwine. Perusing the other reviews, it's like this is a different beer. Tart cherries leave claw marks all over it, again, it's borderline sour. The barrel is scarcely noticeable, a shadow in the back of the throat & lick of oak. Blueberries were kicked out by the tartness. Overcarbonation is distracting; really hurts the mouthfeel & impacts the taste, too. Half a bomber is too much.

Really disappointed in this one; been hoping to try it ever since it first came out. Based on the other reviews this has to be an off bottle, because it's nothing like what I'm reading about. On a straight line, just OK.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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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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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3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle 139/180 from 2011.

A: Dark red/amber pour. Big bubbly tan head. As it fades it turns...pink? Are my eyes deceiving me? Head retention is excellent, it never actually fades away even after a solid 10 minutes. A little lacing, fluffy specs here and there.

S: Lots of bourbon in the nose. Caramel, toffee, honey, raisin and cherries. Oaky.

T: Lots of very tart, almost sour cherries. Leathery and oaky. Very drying. No evidence of a wheatwine found either.

M: Ridiculous, over the top high carbonation. Pretty much ruins the taste and the mouthfeel.

O: Appears to be infected due to the very tart and almost sour cherries. Carbonation is off the scale as well. Alas, this seemed like it could have been a great beer given the on-tap reviews. As it is, it's not completely horrible but it's clearly not what was intended by the brewery.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this one, Mark.

A: The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a short lived off-white head.

S: Smells pretty nice at first, and you really do get a lot of berry aroma. There is a lot of bourbon and vanilla, and quite a bit of charred oakiness. This last bit intensifies as the beer sits in the glass for a bit and really clashes with the fruit.

T: Quite a strange feeling. It's like drinking vanilla and cherry-blueberry juice. The bourbon comes through strongly and the charred oak flavor comes out as it warms up a touch and conflicts with the fruit. It also has a very chalky flavor.

M: Medium in body with a smooth carbonation, which is probably the best thing about the beer.

O: Just a really odd combination of flavors. Didn't think this one worked out at all.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Jason (?)! Good Beer/Bad Beer tasting. 22oz bomber into Bell's tulip.

A - Pours a mirky lighter brown color, thin vanishing head.

S - Smooth booze, dark fruits, light burnt sugars, caramel. The booze is pretty smooth for 12%, and the sweetness helps balance this as well.

T - The booze and berry notes are pretty straight-forward here. As with the nose, the booze is smooth and well-hidden for 12%. The finish is sweet burnt sugars with a boozy kick.

M - Medium, light carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O - I really like the berry & bourbon combo on this Wheat Wine. The flavors seem to work well together and the alcohol is nicely-hidden. You never seem to know what you're getting into with a Wheat Wine, but Brad usually does a good job (see: Wood Ya Honey). Above Average, for me.

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3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros. 2011 batch bottle # 76/180

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep brown with a massive three finger fizzy head that fades to leave loads of wisps.

S - Aromas of sour cherries, light tart blueberry skin, bourbon, malt sweetness, honey, decisively infected.

T - Taste is similar to nose, fair amount of cherries. Nice honey notes and coconut barrel. Blueberries are obviously gone. The finish is a little acid and loads of bacteria. There are flashes of infection especially on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is over carbonated due to the infection. Completely ruins the profile.

O - Overall this beer was rather infected. There are flashes of what this beer could have with bourbon and nice berries. Still though, at the end of the day it's infected. Damn shame.

Serving type: bottle

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Bourbon Berry Grove from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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