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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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 39
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%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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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 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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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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Bourbon Berry Grove from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 91 ratings
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