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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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 39
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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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 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 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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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 DaveHS
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
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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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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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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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 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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3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown pour with a very small white head. Hardly any retention and not a lot of lacing.

S: Smells very sweet and malty. Cherries and blueberries start it off and the oakiness with bourbon follow.

T: While it has a sweet fruit taste, it certainly isn't sour. Sweet cherries and blueberries dominate with a woodiness mixed in. Not a lot of bourbon, but a booziness finishes the beer off.

MF: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A little bit of alcohol noticed.

O: It's not bad. The taste is pretty interesting, bit it didn't blow me away.

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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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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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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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Bourbon Berry Grove from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
3.98 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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