Wood Ya Honey
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
Ranked #4
Ranked #2,064
4.21 | pDev: 9.03%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Wood Ya HoneyWood Ya Honey
Notes: Wheat wine style ale brewed with local wildflower honey, aged in bourbon barrels.
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

Thin cola like brown liquid, stream of carboantion, thin taupe layer of bubbles immediately evaporates

Aroma is bourbon, honey sweetness, raisin, fig as the glass warms

Taste is honey sweet, bourbon , caramel

Thin mouthfeel, low sudsing, abv is well hidden

Good beer

Dec 12, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown with a small tan head. What head there is retained well. Aroma, first is the boozy smell of bourbon barrels, then the rich dark aroma of dark fruits. This brew is one of the sweetest that I have had lately, but it's not cloying. It's a very palatable sweet beer. The flavor is a complex blend of dark fruit (prunes, plums, raisins, figs) and sugar (honey, brown sugar, molasses) and it is superb! Mouthfeel is full, carbonation is soft. Despite being 12% alcohol there is no alcohol burn. If this wasn't so expensive I would drink it all the time. At this price point it is great for a special occasion.

Nov 03, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mostly clear brown clean pour. Smells of bourbon booze laced with sweet honey, brown sugar, dark wheat, molasses, and oak. Taste is very sweet with the honey, light botanicals, brown sugar, molasses, and booze sit atop the wheat, subtle earth, rustic oak, and toasted thick caramel. Feel is very warm, thick but elevates and thins through the sip, chewy, and velvet smooth, gets close to cloying but stops short. Would cellar a bit and drink on a cold night

Nov 03, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a dark, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. Sweet honey taste with notes of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Sweet honey, caramel and toffee taste with notes of charred oak and vanilla.

Jul 25, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle in a snifter. This nice wheatwine pours a
dark murky brown with a modest head of off white khaki
foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin light swirling layer,
and sports some nice lacing. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, rich
honey, floral notes, and woodsy oak. Flavors follow but exceed by
presentation with bourbon and honey balanced by honey and
light floral notes with brown sugars and earthy malts. Oak
appears more on the rear with warmth as does toffee and
light white raisin elements. Nice mouth feel; medium body,
almost English in presentation, llloooowww carbonation, warming,
smooth as silk, rich, and finishing subtly dry.

Another great from a great brewery in Ohio.


May 03, 2020
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Woof this is huge. The current version is listed at a monster 15.1 abv. You know it'll be sweet. It is.

It pours dark and syrupy with little head. The aroma is an interesting mic of alcohol with of malts and honey.

The taste is boozy, of course, with this huge honey and malt profile and a lingering high alcohol sensation.

Highly recommended.

Nov 10, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2016 Vintage

Pours a murky blood red with brownish accents and an off-white, bubbly head of foam that fades as quickly as it appears; a thin collar shows some longevity, while there's no lacing at all left behind.

Aroma features honeycomb, caramel, and fig upfront, while punches of creamy vanilla appear in spots across the middle of the bouquet; barrel heat touches the back end, contributing a slightly more defined bourbon note.

Taste brings out bourbon, raisin, and honeycomb to start, and eventually peak nicely, along the mid-palate; booziness really starts to become more defined through the finish, and is softened a bit by a rounded dose of honey into the swallow.

Mouthfeel shows a body on the lighter side of medium with lower carbonation; slick/slightly oily with a quiet sweetness building along the mid-palate; a dry, booze-soaked, wheaty grit finish with a touch of bitter char.

A smooth balance of sweetness alongside a steadily building barrel integration, though with ~3.5 years of age on it, signs of oxidation were readily apparent. Nonetheless, an enjoyable, intriguing introduction to the wheatwine style, with the honey addition being a notably refined highlight. I'd especially be interested in revisiting this with a few years less age to it (my guess is that it would peak for my palate around the 1 year mark).

Nov 05, 2019
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BerryKumquat from California

4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark amber color much like a whiskey.
S: Strong notes of honey with bourbon mixed in.
T: This tastes more like a bourbon than a beer. There's a strong bourbon body that raises to the middle and fades away for honey. It's not sweet like a mead but more grainy like a bourbon.
F: Very full body and heavy like a whiskey with a kiss of honey.
O: Very memorial beer. Not truly original since one can buy a whiskey but unlike whiskey, it's easy to finish a bottle.

Jul 02, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 Fl Oz bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

This beer pours a deep brown color and is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

Caramel and vanilla come at me hard and fast. I get a little wood and bourbon. The base beer lets the bourbon barrel shine.

It starts out with caramel and vanilla. As it warms some of the wood character comes out.

Full bodied with slick, oily mouthfeel

This is an excellent beer. I am a fan of wheatwines and this is no exception. If fact it sets the bar for barrel ages beers in this category.

Jan 07, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown beer topped by a dense finger of cream colored head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of intense caramel with some wood and vanilla along with a touch of fruitiness
T: Taste is a nice caramel note up front with some slight fruitiness, intense vanilla and oak come in as well along with some more fruitiness and honey sweetness. On the swallow this one is honey and caramel with some more oak, fruitiness and vanilla
M: This beer has a full and silky body. Carbonation is effervescent but it is not excessive whole the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is very enjoyable. Great flavors and complexity which are complemented well by the time in the barrels. This is definitely one that is worth seeking out and trying if you're into the style.

Dec 05, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delectable and nuanced aromatics - toffee, butterscotch, honey, hints of vanilla & wafer crisps. Taste is more barrel-heavy with a good amount of boozey heat, but still lots of nice desert flavors floating around - nut, caramel sweetness, whisps of light chocolate. It is essentially Baklava in a glass with some alcohol heat - if that was toned back a bit I may have liked it a bit more but nevertheless a great beer

Oct 17, 2018
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 12.7 oz bottle @ 13%

Have been waiting for a crisp night for this. Happy Autumn!

Poured into a DFH tulip. Dark brown body with a small light tan head. Smell of booze, barrel and vanilla; very pleasingly intense. Taste is nicely boozy sweet but not a honey like sweet. Also I'm not getting a malt or charred blast like I do in a stout, by design I'm sure, but it's refreshingly puzzling to my palate; maybe these Wheatwine Ales merit further exploration. Mouthfeel was pleasantly light and clean.

Wasn't really aging this by design but it just happened that way. These bad boys are too expensive to buy in large quantities for cellaring, at least for me, but this tasted fairly balanced at a year or so. Not sure what further aging of this style would do but it's a moot point to me unless something highly unusual happens.

Sep 23, 2018
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle, 2017 bottling. Poured slowly into a snifter glass to leave the sediment behind.

Appearance: Very dark brown. Very thin light tan ring of foam, with some occasional islands of foam that would slide down the glass to rejoin the ring of foam.

Smell: Mostly bourbon, with a hint of oak/vanilla, and some raisin as it fully warmed up.

Taste: Bourbon notes first, then caramel/toffee, then some marzipan, then another hit of bourbon. Light lingering nutty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Soft, chewy, nicely thick, dry finish, very warming.

Overall / Drinkability: A great slow sipping and savoring beer. Potent at 13% ABV (as per the label on the bottle). I really could not taste the honey and felt it was masked by the bourbon, but, it's still a very good beer and different than the typical Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels at this high of a ABV. I think I would want to try the base beer without the bourbon barrel aging at which point I think I might pick up more of the honey character, but still, worth the high price I paid and a great beer to have on a winter evening.

Jan 21, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, 2016 vintage, poured into a 14oz snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep brown color, dark amber, reddish hues with a faint, bubbly bone colored head, low retention and spots of lace. Tons of caramel, brown sugar, rich smooth brown bread, light bourbon, smooth oak barrel, mild charred wood with a light booze that lingers. The flavors are good, very rich and grain forward, dark bread, smooth caramel and toffee, lots of brown sugar with a nice amount of bourbon, lingering charred oak barrel with strong alcohol. The mouthfeel is good, heavy full body, low carbonation, very gentle and smooth, a touch flat at the end that finishes warmly.

Verdict: A good barrel aged wheatwine from Jackie O's. Very rich and smooth, nice grain forward beer. That being said, it's not distinctly wheat forward, but still quite enjoyable as a barleywine style.

Nov 10, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter. Had a medium brown color and a thick, murky texture. There was a small amount of off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A very interesting aroma of honey, caramel, bourbon, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a lot of caramel (never a bad thing), some honey, a whole bunch of bourbon (almost overpowering at first), light vanilla, oak, malt, and a lightly nutty quality. This is a big, bold, slightly boozy flavor that's quite well done. It's complex, powerful, and kind of unusual.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a warming, yet enervating finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I haven't tried that many wheatwines, but this is probably the best. Well made and drinkable.

Sep 25, 2017
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JohnnyMc from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark amber with brown hues & a thin ring of head.

Aroma is sweet for sure with caramel/toffee, vanilla, a touch of honey sweetness & some bourbon too.

Taste is also on the sweeter side without being cloying. Caramel/toffee, almost a slight molasses character, touch of honey, some vanilla richness & sweet bourbon. Touch of dry oak in the finish.

Lighter-medium bodied, medium mouthfeel, very smooth and ABV is well hidden.

Really tasty offering from Jackie O's and a nice departure from their BA Stouts!

Sep 13, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, blue session. Dark reddish brown color with tan head. Aroma has raisins, bourbon, brown sugar and dried fruits. Taste follows, boozy, dark fruits, bourbon and toffee.

May 31, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours dark burgundy color with nice tan head that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. not much lacing.

Aroma - Lots of vanilla, plum, bourbon and oak.

Taste - Super smooth reminds me of a barleywine. Lots of dark fruit plum, figs and a ton of bourbon. The bourbon does not overpower but is warm and smooth. Seems like a slight sweetness from the honey I assume and a light nuttiness. Vanilla and caramel as well.

Feel - Full bodied and creamy. Soft carbonation warmth from the bourbon.

Overall - Just an amazing beer wonderful flavors easy drinking and smooth.

May 25, 2017
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NMA from Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into oversized Nut Smasher tulip
approx 40 - 45 degrees

Not what I was expecting..dark red/amber color w small off white head

Smells like honey sweetness, vanilla and medium toast oak, graham cracker, w chocolate notes and a huge bourbon character that all Jackie O BA beers are famous for! Mouth watering for sure!

Tastes boozy for sure but the honey sweetness is balancing and delicious. Tastes like a vanilla graham cracker dipped in chocolate and soaked in bourbon (like u would dunk an oreo in milk) Bourbon and heat on the finish w a smooth creamy mouthfeel that makes me wanna drink fast...slow down its 11%

Outstanding job..I almost wanna not rate so high because I rate all Jackie O BA beers high but they are simply DELICIOUS & deserving IMHO!

May 06, 2017
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada Spiegelau glass. Label says 2016.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- A lot more bourbon character than your usual Jackie O's offering and a big helping of clover honey complements that character very nicely. Also has a bit of a nutty thing going on.

T- Elegantly smooth bourbon flavor as usual with lots of vanilla, oak and of course some honey. Nutty, raisiny finish and not very hot at all which is what I was expecting given the intensity of the aroma.

M- Semi-creamy with medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- And they do it again. These guys know their way around some bourbon barrels, I'll tell ya.

Apr 05, 2017
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CaptCleveland from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 date printed inside the outline of the state of Ohio, purchased for $11.99 at local bottle shop (Warehouse Beverage).

1 1/2 finger cream to tan head quickly dissipates after vigorous pour. This is a dark ruby/brown elixir, strands of light filter through the snifter. Faint splotches of lace, tiny islands of white foam. Legs on all sides.

The aroma is predominately barrel/bourbon, vanilla and caramel with subtle tones of nuts and dark fruits.

A nice combo of barrel and bourbon is balanced by the dark fruits and pine. There is a nice plum, raisin flavor that lingers on the backend.

Medium to full body, a bit of hop and alcohol bite, nicely carbonated.

Real nice balance of barrel and dark fruits, more of an old ale to me, so don't let the "wheat wine" label change your perspective.

Feb 04, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 bottling

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany; not much head, little retention and just a few dots of lace

Smell: Caramel, Bourbon, oak, vanilla and toast

Taste: Strong Bourbon tones build through the front end, with caramel, vanilla and toast flavors underneath; boozy, through the middle, with some spice cake flavors arriving in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Even after at least a year, this beer still packs a wallop; I would prefer to see more subtlety and interplay between the flavor elements

Thanks, Eziel, for the opportunity

Dec 16, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Muddy brown copper with lots of tiny tan floaties and a tan collar.

Smell is caramel, honey, brown sugar, prune, and bread dough,

Taste is a bit boozy, like a brandy with a dollop of a honey-dipped Hefe stirred in. I get oak, honey, dark burnt caramel, and faint hint of molasses. Really, this is almost one-note, with not a lot going on.

Feel is smooth and round but also hot and tangy right up front.

Having just had a BB4D probably has me putting this in a bit of a less flattering light than I would have if I'd just had this first. A lot of friends have been talking this beer up lately since it's about to release again, so my expectations may have been placed a bit too high.


In January 2018, I had a 4 or so year old Wood Ya on draft, and can confirm this gets much better with age.

Dec 16, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, 2015 edition, poured into a snifter
A: Mahogany color, next to no head
S: Bourbon, malt, honey, a bit of chocolate
T: Honey first and foremost followed by bourbon, toffee, a bit of raisin then more honey on the finish
M: Full-bodied, flat, a bit of alcohol comes through
O: This is aging well and has room to go. I wish it had a bit more lively mouthfeel with a touch less alcohol but that's a minor complaint, overall it's quite tasty

Sep 19, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle - no apparent date:
Pours a mostly ugly auburn brown. Coming out of the bottle it has a slightly muddy look. These could be overlooked if a nice head formed, bonus for lacing, but really not much of either.

Smell is very aromatic, mainly the muted bourbon from the barrels it was in. A clover like floral note is there as well. No idea if the honey is clover honey, but that is what it reminds me of. Vanilla also comes through.

Feel isn't as flat as the beer looked, but there is very little carbonation. Enough to keep it from being bad. A decent depth and full body help as well.

Taste is similar to the nose, with the barrel wood coming through more than expected given what I got in the scents. Caramel to toffee sweetness with the vanilla from the bourbon barrel. Bourbon comes through lightly, almost to the point of being somewhat of a muted root beer - I even get a very odd tasting root beer float with the vanilla notes (and perhaps extra little sweetness from the honey?).

A tasty beer that I think mostly is lacking due to missing a bit of carbonation. I wouldn't want this to be heavily carbonated, but a little bubbliness to take a little cut out of the sweeter (but not cloying) taste would be appreciated.

Jul 13, 2016
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 325 ratings