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 oline73
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
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 Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the release a few months back. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate shade of brown with a nice light-tan head with pretty good retention and a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward some fruit and a bit of underlying wheat. Interesting that quite a bit of the base beer comes through. There's some bourbon there as well, though it's certainly not overpowering. The taste is pretty nice, melding the base beer really well with the bourbon and fruit components of the beer. Medium-bodied without any real hint of alcohol. Drinks quite well. I'm not normally a big wheatwine fan at all, but I like what Brad has done with this one.

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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 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 womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
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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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 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 Huhzubendah
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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Photo of drabmuh
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 rudzud
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
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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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 maximum12
3/5  rDev -24.6%
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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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 claspada
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
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 thagr81us
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
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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Photo of AgentZero
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown beer with a tan head that had some decent retention on it.

S - Lots of berry smell. The barrel aging is evident in bourbon, oak, and vanilla primarily. I don't actually think I've smelled a bourbon barrel aged wheatwine before, but the base seems to come through fairly well.

T - Booze is present, beer is a little bit hot. Berries are less evident than the taste, but you can still pick them out. Good amount of barrel coming through here.

M - Medium bodied and pretty smooth.

O - Wheatwine's are often a recipe for disaster, but this one turns out pretty good in the barrel with some nice fruit addition. It's a bit hot, but at 12%, it's not overly so, and may age interestingly.

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Photo of Dope
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
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 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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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 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 Sean9689
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a thin head. Nose was quite fruity with some booze, oak, bourbon and fresh berries. Taste is also quite sweet with lots of fresh berries and bourbon. Could use some time to mellow out, but a very nice beer. Another great BA brew from Jackie O's!

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 12/22/10

Vintage 2010, bottle 149/192

Split with MbpBugeye

Pours brown & settles darker, much like grape juice. Definitely dark for the style. One finger head thinned to a collar & small patch of skimmed foam. Sporadic splotches of lace drip down. Neither remain by the end.

The blueberries are right at the front of the nose, followed by the cherries; these land somewhere closer to tart than sweet. There are some sugary aspects to the aroma with suggestions of other dark fruit, namely raisins. Overtones of concentrated wheat with hints of honey. Subtle wood & vanilla; not much heat.

Bourbon, charred oak & a slight hint of vanilla are more prominent to taste than in the nose but none are overpowering. Sticky, dense wheat & sugars. The berries are more of an afterthought, moving in toward the finish. No distinct honey; it's more of an integrated aspect. As it warms up, the blueberries & cherries impart a juicy aspect.

Medium-full, slick feel. Carbonation is definitely low; it's a slow-moving beer. Finishes with notes of vanilla, berries, wheat & charred oak. Some heat picks as it gets really warm.

This seems odd for a wheatwine; maybe it's more in line with an old ale or strong ale. Nevertheless, it's certainly an interesting beer that has captivating interplay between ingredients.

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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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4.04/5  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 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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