Wood Ya Honey | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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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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Photo of Immortale25
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +1.7%
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 -8.1%
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 -14.5%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -3.7%
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.

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Photo of brenlinn
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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 +4.4%
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 +5.9%
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 -4.9%
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 -1.2%
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 do_ob
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -4.7%
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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Photo of Preluderl
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
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 smanson56
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass from a 12.7oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color. The nose was sweetness and bourbon. The taste followed the nose lots of sweet honey with a nice smooth bourbon finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with good carbonation. All in all a nice beer but perhaps just a touch on the sweet side.

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Photo of jlindros
2.6/5  rDev -36.3%
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 Dope
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottling.

A: Dark brown with red highlights. Small fizzy tan head.

S: Sweet. Lots of bourbon and notable honey. Even get a little cocoa.

T: Super sweet flavors. Heavy bourbon up front; primarily caramel. LOTS of honey from start to finish. Great honey flavor mixes with some grainy breadiness on the back end. Not especially wheaty which is surprising, I think all of the sweet flavors are overriding it. Maybe get some wheat in the finish. Lingering honey, toffee and PLENTY of oak in the aftertaste.

M: Heavy and thick. Lower carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Very nice. Bourbon barrel wheatwine with honey. Yum. As mentioned it's not particularly wheaty, in fact if I did not know this was a wheatwine I would have assumed barleywine. Strong honey flavor, stronger than any other beer I've had. Goes great with all of those bready flavors and the caramel/toffee from the bourbon. Really works together well. Very sweet and very thick, another sipper from Jackie-O's (they are good at these).

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Photo of rudzud
2.71/5  rDev -33.6%
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 UrbanCaveman
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at just below room temp.

Appearance: Pours a rich garnet-brown that would be clear, were it not so dark. Forms a short-lived, somewhat fizzy head of beige foam, which dies to a ring.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt candy, wreathed through with oak and vanilla and booze and yes. There's toffee and some vague hints of dark fruit as well, all forming an aroma intoxicating enough to get drunk on by itself.

Taste: Take a soft, chewy butterscotch candy. Smoosh it flat, then wrap it around one of those Bit O' Honey candies you probably hated getting on Halloween as a kid. Soak the result in a couple fingers of a nice, oaky, smoky bourbon for a couple hours, until the whole thing is soft and saturated. Take a puff from a cigar with some stone fruit and leather undertones, then pop that boozy candy-ball in your mouth. You may have recreated the experience of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, and rich, like drinking butterscotch cream.

Overall: This is one heck of a wheatwine, definitely from the school of thought of the English barleywine. The flavors and mouthfeel and smooth and rich, and the smell is decadent. The ABV is noticeable, but it is a tall order to conceal all traces of heat in an 11% beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
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 ThickNStout
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle from JustDoIt1234 (thanks for the awesome surprise porch bomb!). No bottling date. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a deep, opaque crimson hued brown with a one finger cap of dense beige froth. Notably darker than I'm used to for the style. The head gradually fades to a thin collar, leaving only a few small, scattered dots of lace.

Sweet, enticing aromas of bourbon, toffee, caramel, honey and oak. There is something about the combination that I just can't get enough of. Its wonderful and this is one of those rare instances where I could not think of something that would make it any better.

Taste follows the nose and comes pretty close to delivering on those decadent promises. The bourbon notes are significant and omnipresent throughout with a good bit of wheat grain, loads of natural honey, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, cereal, vague berry skins and a dash of alcohol. The flavors all work together beautifully to create a delicious brew that goes down easy despite the double digit abv.

Syrupy, thick, full feel with subtle carbonation. Sweet, lingering finish of bourbon, cereal grain, caramel and a little honey.

Wood Ya Honey is an excellent barrel aged wheatwine. For my tastes this is one of the best examples that I've tried. Very happy to have finally sampled this long-time want and hope to encounter it again sometime.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Started with a smooth honey flavor with mild lemony notes. Some barrel aging and alcohol notes present though not overbearing. As it warmed, everything melded together with less sweetness and lemon. Not my usual style, but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours hazy dark brown color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, honey, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, brown bread, bourbon, toasted oak, raisin, plum, fig, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, honey, bourbon barrel, and moderate fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of huge caramel, honey, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted oak, bourbon, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate/nuttiness, and oak/toasted earthiness. Moderate bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, honey, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, brown bread, bourbon, toasted oak, dark fruits, light chocolate/nuttiness, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, honey, bourbon barrel, and moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/oak spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged wheatwine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, honey, bourbon barrel, and moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet malt, dark fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted sweet malt, dark fruit flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is standout beer.

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Photo of greg4579
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 375 ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance is murky brown with little carbonation and visible sediments towards the bottom of the glass. Smell is faint bourbon, alcohol and some burnt molasses. Flavor is surprisingly carbonated, with nice bourbon flavor, alcohol burn and toffee notes. Feel is everything you would expect from a wheatwine. Overall, another barrel aged offering from Jackie O's. My only complaint is the price at $11.99. New Holland Pilgim's Dole packs a similar experience for a cheaper price.

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