Wood Ya Honey | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 309
Photo of buschbeer
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of NMA
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Photo of Sabtos
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of cjgiant
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +10.2%
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 +1.4%
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 Treyliff
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Jackie O's

A- pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head that reduces to nothing

S- district honey sweetness up front with caramel & toffee, plenty of bourbon barrel aromas gives woodsy notes and a hint of coconut

T- sweet caramel and toffee up front with a honey sweetness shooting through, bourbon barrel kicks in mid-palate, enhancing more of that toffee flavor. Some light vanilla, along with wheat grains on the finish, with more honey sweetness on the linger

M- low carbonation with a viscous mouthfeel that turns slightly foamy into a warming sweet finish

O- a sipper that drinks more like an English barleywine. The honey plays with the bourbon barrel brilliantly

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Photo of Slack
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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 -4%
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 Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a much darker color than I expected. Brown with a thin white head on top. The smell as it warms opens up into a very nice caramel aroma with notes of honey and bourbon. The taste is sweet with caramel and honey, subtle oak and vanilla as well. The feel of the beer is medium to full bodied. Overall I enjoyed this beer more the second time around. Glad I got to try it again.

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Photo of do_ob
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle serving, which was about a year old. Great bourbon-backed honey flavoring. At this age, it was perfectly balanced, in my opinion. Sweet bourbon, caramel, toffee, and honey. Not sharp at all on the feel. Just a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opaque caramel colored body with a flat appearance. There's a couple large thin bubbles, but no accumulation of any head.

Heavy on the honey and oak, as the name would suggest. Vanilla, caramel, and raisin as well.

Very sweet caramel and honey. Boozy. Heavy bourbon notes. The base melds well with the bourbon barrel.

Thick and a little on the flat side. Being sweet, flat, and boozy makes it a chore to drink.

The mouthfeel is the downside, but otherwise some really nice flavors and aroma.

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Wood Ya Honey from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 309 ratings