Bourbon Berry Grove | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

very good
91 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Bourbon Berry GroveBourbon Berry Grove

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rhinos00 on 12-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100  | next → last
Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 39
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!

 523 characters

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.

 433 characters

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!

 272 characters

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.

 932 characters

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.

 695 characters

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.

 655 characters

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.

 433 characters

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.

 393 characters

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.

 691 characters

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.

 1,804 characters

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.

 1,663 characters

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.

 1,339 characters

Photo of MbpBugeye
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.

 1,238 characters

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.

 1,128 characters

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.

 791 characters

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.

 1,620 characters

firstprev| 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100  | next → last
Bourbon Berry Grove from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
3.98 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.