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Wood Ya Honey | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Thorpe429 on 12-06-2010

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 145
Photo of cjgiant
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of brenlinn
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reminds me of a mead mixed with a barely wine with the overpowering honey. smell is sweet. darker in color. very unique flavor. would think the BA version to be oustanding

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Photo of pants678
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky brown with a tan head.

Fragrant bourbon and honey.

Pretty good burn from the barrel. Honey's potent without being over powering. Toffee, sweet, definitely a tad hit but not its detriment. Not so distinguishable from a barley wine.

Pretty viscous, stout ball park.

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Photo of Slack
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber brown and cloudy in color with no head and minimal lacing.

Smell is chocolate, raisins, bananas, vanilla, booze, oak.

Taste is bourbon and oak with booze and acid.

Mouthful is medium and bit syrupy with low carbonation. Finish is lingering.

This was a let down for me. It smelled awesome, almost like a chocolate banana bread. The taste however was essentially watered down bourbon with a funky acidic taste on the back end. I wouldn't recommend this unless your are a bourbon fanatic.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a semi-clear raisin color with an ltra thin lacing ring.

S - Maple, oak, roasted toffee, bourbon, honey.

T - Vanilla, bourbon, some butterscotch, cherry, a touch of maple syrup.

M - Heavy body, velvet-like, sticky, little warming on the way down, but not much considering the alcohol content.

O - This is nicely done.

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Photo of Preluderl
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No issues with infection here, just really an underwhelming beer. The bourbon hit this beer hard and there's an unpleasant amount of back end bitterness here. Low end bourbon with no buffer.

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Photo of jlindros
2.6/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Rudzud share this, but can't say thanks.

Light fizzy head, light lacing, decent legs, dark murky mahogany brown color.

Nose sweet syrupy malts, candy fruit, sour boisonberry like, sour brown malts, sour cherry, candied brown sugar, boisonberry syrup, metallic notes, little booze, mild oak and bourbon barrel notes.

Taste is slick, lacto like slick souring, candy syrup, boisonberry syrup, tart berry and tart cherry, sour cherry, metallic notes, faint honey, little buttery oak, faint bourbon, sticky syrupy and flemmy, little yeasty earthy and more metallic.

Mouth heavy syrupy sticky flemmy slick all at once. Light carb too.

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Photo of rudzud
2.71/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared with JLindros, 2011 batch bottle # 029/180

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear chestnut hue with a thin head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of infection and sourness, cherries, boysenberries, little harshness, very light honey and nuttiness on the nose.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, lots of infection sourness, cherries, boysenberry, malt sweetness, honey, the finish is very oxidized and infected.

M - Mouthfeel is slick and oily.

O - Overall this beer was a huge disappointment, I really had high hopes but this 2011 year was just an infected mess. Really sad.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Curran yesterday.

This one pours a light honey color, with a very small head and no lacing.

Smells like honey, bourbon, and caramel, but not particularly strongly or appealingly.

The taste is similar. It's kinda boring and generic, but does improve as the beer warms up a bit. Not the best Jackie O's I've had.

This is kinda thin, with a lower level of carbonation.

A bit disappointing.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pleasant aromas of bourbon and honey. Taste is the same with a lingering sweet finish. Although I enjoyed this wheatwine and found it easy to drink for an 11% beer. I couldn't escape the feeling that the high score for this beer is based on reputation rather than drinking experience.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better examples of the style I've had. Carb is very low with zero head. The beer is darker than I expected almost like an Old Ale, dark brownish red. Smells very similar to the other Jackie O's barrel aged offerings I've had. Very good aroma of slight booze and caramel wood. The taste is a little lacking, not a ton of depth. Maybe it's the style as I haven't been blown away with a wheat wine yet. Overall a good beer but goes down as one of my least favorite Jackie O's Bourbon Barrel offerings.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was from 2011 release. The beer was chilled and served in a snifter.

A The body of the beer is a dark garnet coloration. Nice ruby high lights when back lighted. One finger high light tan head that resolves to a ring of foam.

S- The beers aroma is loaded with bourbon soaked wood. Lots of oak, vanilla, caramel, earthy peat notes peak out from under the barrel, a bit of spicy clove tones.

T- Deep wooden oak vanilla bourbon notes. If you dont like bourbon this one isnt for you. Caramel, cloves, banannas lightly sour tone a bit tannic at times with a dry finish.

M- The body is medium with a very gentle carbonation. Nice dry finish. Not a hint of alcohol.

O- Delicious! I am currently lamenting that I only have one more bottle sitting in the cellar.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky reddish brown. Small off-white head fading into nothing. A bit of lacing.

Loads of honey in the aroma. Bready caramel, oak and bourbon as well as a tanginess from wheat.

Best taste descriptor I can come up with is honey wheat bread. Loads of bready malts again with large amounts of honey are prevalent. A bit of bourbon cuts the sweetness and is well integrated. Charred dark fruits complement the main flavors. All very well integrated.

Medium mouthfeel with medium low carbonation.

Overall probably the best wheatwine I've had. All flavors are integrated well and the bourbon balances out the sweetness to create a delectable treat. Jackie O's again is one of the most underrated brewers around.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle into CBS snifter...

A. Pours a dark, rusty brown color. About a quarter finger of loose, cream-colored head rings the neck of the beer and also creates some nice swirls in the middle. Spotty lacing. Head is a little less organized than I would like, but otherwise it's good.

S. Lots of honey, ripe fruit, and caramel. A lot of brown sugar and bready malts. Subtle hints of bourbon and oak char, too. I detect some floral notes as well. This is excellent.

T. Bread crust, really sweet, tannic notes that I would associate with the barrel, some honey, and caramel. This almost has a pucker to it, like it's on the beginnings of infection but not quite there. Hmmm...confusing. I can't tell if it's the honey or some fruit notes, but definitely some slight tannic character here. Otherwise, this is all bread, charred oak, caramel, and honey. Little kiss of bourbon on the back-end. Not all that bad, but flavors could be integrated better...bitter sweetness overrides a lot of what is going on here.

M. Thin. Not a lot of carbonation on this one as could be expected from the look of the pour. As stated in the tasting notes, it's got a tannic feel and isn't the smoothest in this style.

O. This is solid, but unremarkable for me. There's a cloying and almost metallic sweetness to this that just doesn't play well with the other flavors. Can't tell if it has oxidized too quickly, if there's some infection, or if the barrel and honey are doing weird things here, but the end result is just okay.

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Photo of maximum12
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to goryshwkeywich for sending me a couple Jackie O's bottles that were sitting at the top of my wants list. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, 2011 vintage, bottle 24 of 184.

Pour is dark brown, muddy, with red clay. Very quiet. Almost no head. Nose is beautiful; the honey is marvelous, tinged with alcohol, very woody, with a bit of spring meadow fruit in it. No bourbon, but lovely.

Wood Ya Honey is light on the bourbon, that's the first impression, & tastes light & airy for a 12% beer. Mild oxidation, which seems unfair for so young a beer. Honey is wrapped around this like an eelpout, citrus, big wood builds slowly & suffuses the system, flecks of pine bark. Caramel appears out of nowhere on the finish. Alcohol belts out a Morphine tune on my synapses & starts to turn my brain to mush. It's getting harder to type as the level of my glass goes down.

Not the epic beer that I hoped for; that could be said of all the Jackie O's beers I've tried to date. Are they better on tap? Really fresh? I can't tell. This is a good, solid beer, but wood + honey + wheatwine + bourbon makes me moist, & this didn't follow up on that promise.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split into a tulip glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a finger of off white head, quickly receding to the beer.

S: Strong sweet bourbon and honey aroma. Not very complex, but very inviting.

T: Similar to aroma. Booze is certainly present, but it's restrained and actually pleasant. The bourbon really shines here - I get lots of oak, caramel sweetness, and light smokiness.

M: Quite thick with low carbonation.

O: This is a bourbon lover's beer. I can really detect the nuances of the bourbon in a sweet, thick beer. This beer is very smooth, yet still has a warming quality from the booze. It'd really be interesting to try different barrel treatments of the beer because of how much and how smooth the bourbon comes through.

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Photo of claspada
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle.

Pours a nice caramel/amber color with a small sliver of off-white head; leaves some decent lacing when you quaff the liquid a little.

The aromas begin with very well integrated light bourbon barrel, tons of dark clover honey and caramel. As it warms you can pick up a little of the base wheat maltiness, more caramel and some emerging vanilla.

The flavor isn't quite as complex; the sweet barrel flavors are up in front with solid caramel, toffee and light vanilla notes. A little boozy but not too offensive for my tastes. I am surprised but the amount of honey they were able to pack into this beer despite the solid bourbon barrel presence. Light herbal notes emerge too which I am attributing to the honey.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with lower levels of carbonation. I feel a little bit more would have made the flavor pop and feel less like drinking a honey flavored bourbon. Finish is quite sweet and mildly boozy.

Overall I enjoyed this more than the Kentucky Monk I sampled last year but the flavor profile was still a little too bourbon forward. It is hard to age a beer 100% in barrels when it is not a RIS or a barleywine, which I why I enjoyed the Bruery's White Oak more, because it was only partially barrel-aged. Recommended for those that like their Barrel aged beer more barrel heavy, but not for those that do not.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 oz bottle marked 60/180, 2011 batch.
A: Clear reddish brown with an OK cream head that dies to a collar.
S: Barrel--woody with some booze--with fresh honey, apricot and tangerine fruitiness, coffee cake sweetness.
T: Coffee cake (caramel with some bready character, not especially sweet), honey, bourbon, citrus fruit. Nice.
M: Thicker, but not necessarily very carbonated, which is nice for the style. It kind of sticks on your teeth and ends crisp with the alcohol.
O: Interesting take on a honey wheat wine.

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Photo of oline73
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this during a tasting this weekend. Poured into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with a layer of off white head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and extremely oaky. Just a bit fruity from the honey and malt. The main smell is fresh oak.

Taste: Just like the smell, there is a large oak presence here. The oak is almost herbal. Sweet malt but not quite enough to back up the other flavors. There is some bourbon in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and syrupy with a tingle of carbonation. The finish is warm from the alcohol and also quite dry.

Overall: There is a ton of oak from the barrel in this one. The taste reminds me of virgin oak, but there is bourbon in this one as well. Quite interesting, but it could have used some more body to back it up.

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Photo of CruisaC
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Urbancaver for snagging an extra bottle during the most recent release. Bottle 164/180.

Pours a dark amber with a fleeting head into my New Belgium globe.

Smells of astringent bourbon, tree bark, some slight raisin/grape but not overly sweet.

I get a moderate amount of bourbon, and to be honest, there's not a whole lot else going on. The bourbon is not overpowering, I just pick up mild notes of honey and sweetish malt.

Mouthfeel is thin, a little too thin. Definitely couldn't tell this was 12%. There is carbonation but I like my Barley/Wheatwines to be a little thicker to stand up to the bourbon.

My first Jackie O's beer...a little sad since I'm *only* 3 hours away. I have a cherry version to try still, though I was a tad underwhelmed by this offering. Still, I like what they're doing and would love to make it out that way at some point.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 oz. sampler at JO's 6th Anniversary. I made damn good review notes, but then I lost them. Bear with me on this. This is the base for Bourbon Berry Grove, which is one of my favorite JO's brews.

4.0 A: Dark amber color. Came with just a touch of creamy beige head.

4.5 S/ 4.5 T: Wonderful nose on this! Both incredibly fruity and spicy. Fruitiness comes in the form of overripened apple, strawberry, peach, and maybe even some cherry. The honey acts to strengethen the fruitiness. Surpringly a lot of peppery spiciness in this with supplementary generic spice. It's hard to tell whether the yeast, the bourbon, or a combo made this as spicy as it is. Bourbon adds that last layer of complexity with leather, plenty of earth, a light vanilla, and woodiness.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good almost spritzy carbonation. I just wish it was a little thicker and creamier.

4.5 D: One hell of a beer. I'm always amazed how Brad manages to throw so many things together and have the result be as good as it is instead of just a huge mess.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer with a with some purple on the edges. Large beige head that dissipated and left some decent lace on the sides.

S - Has a nice dose of bourbon on top of the wheatwine with a bit of oak and some good honey.

T - Great honey and bourbon on top of the wheatwine backbone. Not really sure what else to say on this one, if you like honey and bourbon this is great.

M - Pretty full bodied with a porper dose of carbonation.

O - Good beer. I liked the honey and the bourbon was great as well. Even manages to not get too sweet. Good stuff.

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Photo of BlackWednesday
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown body with a minimal head. Really really sweet smelling with lots of bourbon, honey, and vanilla. Some noticeable alcohol, but with the density of the aroma it’s pretty well hidden. Super sweet and bourbon forward flavor up front with a really great honey finish that works well with the caramel malts, all of which plays against the wood really nicely. Thick and full body with a palate coating viscous heft. Slightly clingy on the finish, but the alcohol thins it a bit in the finish. Nice beer, dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle of OH goodness from Ryan011235. Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Kind of a mysterious and hazy ruddy amber shade. A wispyish head that leaves no lace.

Nose is full of buttery toffee and honey, with soft bourbon notes in the background. Kind of dusty and must in generay.. On paper, a combo of honey and bourbon barrel-aging sounds potentially painfully sweet, but they really did a nice job of putting this together. Very smooth blend of buttery oak, vanilla, bourbon and honey flavors. Pleasantly warming. The lemony bite of the wheat and a fair amount of bitterness keep things moving along nicely. A touch of charred wood and earthiness also keep this from being a one-trick pony. This is definitely one I'd revisit.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

splashing down into the glass with a very hazy thud. Lots of carbonation here as well kept the whole thing alive and kicking with a two inch layer of white foam that quickly faded down to leave a bare top.

The aroma was full of spices and wheat, very musty with a deep down and earthy note to it lots of sweetness to it as well, quite nicely done i have to admit. I was picking up lots of rye type smells, hints of grass and a touch of grapes. Translated over the taste very well. Very rich wheat flavor. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There were touches of almost musty pepper or something, hard to place, but very full and very difficult to fully grasp the flavor. Nice hot streak of alcohol running through it as well.

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