Cherry Wood Ya Honey
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
4.11 | pDev: 13.38%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Cherry Wood Ya HoneyCherry Wood Ya Honey
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mynie from Maryland

4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At what point does a mead become a braggot?

Does it only need some malt?

If so, how much, and does wheat count?

(Also, “braggot” is fun to type.)

Gave my ladyfriend and sip of it and she said “hmm,” approvingly. Shortly thereafter: “Wow. T-there’s a lot going on there.” By which she means that even if you got a pallet that ain’t too up to snuff when it comes to the way barrel-aged honey cherry wheatwines should properly taste, it’s still possible to impressed by a brewer (or meader) who can combine that many nodes together without having any overrun the others, with nothing seeming off.

May 25, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, leaving minimal lace and wisps behind. Hazy brown body.

S - Massive oak and bourbon notes, with some honey and sweet cherry flesh as well. Somewhat harsh, with a mild cough syrup vibe to it as well as some fusel alcohol. I like these flavors in general, but this is a bit rough.

T - The taste is better, with a more balanced mix of cherry syrup, whiskey, vanilla, some nebulous sweet malts, and better-hidden alcohol. As it warms up the oak dissipates a bit which improves things.

M - Medium body, smooth texture, perhaps a tad thin and watery for 11%. Light alcohol warmth and bite in the finish.

D - We opened this because there was an infection rumor, but thankfully it didn't prove to be true. However, this is still quite unpolished and heavy-handed with the barrel-aging flavors. A little more age might help, but I'm not going to actively try to revisit this batch.

Nov 30, 2012
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shrek806 from New York

4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with little to no head and a sticky lacing that made a pattern similar to the finger lakes of NY on my glass.

The smell is awesome. Cherries and Bourbon pop right out. It smells like a barrel aged NG Belgian Red. There is a hint of sweet and sour in my nose.

The taste just explodes in my mouth. Cherries and cranberries pop right out. The finish is sour with a definite bourbon burn. Something else I can't place. A weird numbing taste in the back of my mouth.

The mouthful is bubbly and vibrant with an alcohol flush and that taste I just can't place again.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I am not a fruit beer fan usually, but this has a nice balance.

Nov 01, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by cmrillo during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Bottle #173 of 204! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a ruby red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, wood, sugar, fruit, and honey. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, wood, sugar, tart cherry, alcohol, and honey. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I can honestly say that the name of this brew is pretty much spot on with the aroma and flavor as you get all of those aspects right up front. However, I did find it a little on the sweet side. Unfortunately I don’t eat sweets often at all so this was a bit of a turnoff for me. Worth trying/ticking if you have not done so, but I wouldn’t trade all your whales for it even with this low of a bottle count.

Sep 04, 2012
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Etan from Wisconsin

3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle sent to me by dudeabide (thanks!), poured into a tulip. Bottle #59/204.

A: Pours a dark red-tinged brown with a nice off-white head.

S: Lots of raw honey, cooked sugar, coconut, vanilla, dried plum, chocolate, sweet alcohol. Rich and sweet, how I like it. No trace of cherries yet.

T: Caramel, vanilla, coconut, oak, slightly tart cherry, tannic bitterness, breath of honey. The cherry flavor cuts through the sweetness of the wheatwine and definitely dries it out a bit with an acidic bite.

M: Almost thick-bodied with slight carbonation. The acidity of the cherries is palpable.

O: This could work very well, but the cherries are a bit too tart and end up clashing with the base beer. While good, I'd be curious to try the regular Wood Ya Honey.

Sep 02, 2012
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claspada from New Jersey

3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish amber/light brown color with a small thin layer of off-white head which fades instantly to nothingness.

Aromas begin quite boozy and artificially fruity wih the cherry and boozy oak dominanting. There is an underlying toasted bready and sweet caramel base but the barrel really overpowers everything.

The taste follow the nose unfortunately with prodominant oak, fusel alcohol and cherry cough syrup. Some lighter vanilla and caramel sweetness show up mid-palate but this is all hootch.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation. The finish is warm and full of alcohol and syrupy sweetness.

Overall this is nothing more than a booze bomb for me. Just a vehile for bourbon like so many of the other Jackie-O's releases. If I want bourbon, I'll drink bourbon. I much prefer my beers balanced with the barrel adding accents opposed to a full onslaught like this beer does.

Aug 23, 2012
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3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MrHirschybar!

A murky dark red, nearly brown, with a somewhat small light khaki colored head that doesn't leave much stick on the glass.

A nice aroma that combines earthy hops, tart cherry, a bit of sweet honey, and a bit of alcohol warmth.

The flavor too is successful, with the honey, cherry, wood, and bitter hops combining nicely.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. While not at all a distraction, I think more carbonation would increase the drinkability.

A very nice, flavorful, and certainly unique wheatwine.

Mar 13, 2012
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coreyfmcdonald from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours an amber/red color with a small amount of head that fairly quickly recedes into the beer. Nice.

S: Sour cherry, bourbon, and some honey sweetness. Not as in-your-face as I'd hoped, but the flavors work very well together.

T: Again with the sour cherry, though not overly strong. Sweetness and bourbon are also present, the three working very well together. Not much booziness at all which is very surprising for a wheatwine. Everything is fairly mild for the style and my expectations.

M: A bit thin with light carbonation.

O: I love the flavors in this beer and think this beer could be great, but doesn't quite pack the punch I was hoping it would. Still a very solid wheatwine, but it could be so much more. Worth seeking out.

Mar 08, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one during our post Churchill's tasting!

Bottle # 33/180.

Pours a murky dark brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of cherry, honey, bourbon, and some woody notes. Taste is of wheat, honey, cherry, bourbon, and wood. There is a mild bitterness that sticks to the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good wheatwine but I am not too sure I could drink a whole bottle to myself.

Mar 06, 2012
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waltersrj from Washington

4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st Vintage, 2011

Pours: Looks thick, kind of viscous like slightly watered down syrup. A thin white head develops and remains a ring around the side.

Smell: Oak, cherry, vanilla, honey, darker fruits (fig and raisin), and slight toast.

Taste: Extremely well developed bourbon (vanilla, oak, caramel), honey, big tart cherry, and toast lingers on the end.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick, viscous, nice for the style.

Overall: Fantastic wheat wine. I need another.

Jan 25, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish dark amber color with a layer of off white head. The head fades rather quickly.

Smell: Cherry and oak are the dominant aromas with the fruit accentuating the malt sweetness. There is some alcohol heat at the end.

Taste: I had this right after trying the regular version. The cherry fills the gap from the missing body to balance out the oak and bourbon. The finish is warm and full of bourbon. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with a tingle of carbonation. The finish is dry and a bit slick at the same time.

Jan 16, 2012
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CharlieMurphy from New York

4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown, thick, viscous, warm, non-newtonian fluid, boggy. Light light brown 1/2" head.

S: Like a womb. Of warmth and nurture. I want an oxygen tank of this. Warm, sweet, and perfectly amalgamated sweetness ala honey and maple syrup divided and conquered by bourbon barreling. The abundance of wheat used in this beer adds only a subtlety of characteristic sweetness and spice.

T: Yeah this is still sexy. One of the only bourbon barrel aged beers I've had that doesn't quit (a big problem with the style). So enjoyable and consisted (and big) the whole 22oz down. This tastes like a barleywine with aged 5 years already + copious refined blends of honey, maple, and bourbon accented sweetness further piqued with cherry sweetness in a infinitesimal whisper of a tart pucker.

M: Again this beer doesn't quit. Consistency is of utmost impressiveness. Smooth as balls WITH the robust forefront fullness of body you'd hope for.

O: My single favorite beer at the moment.

Jan 05, 2012
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Retail1LO from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from an awesome BM. Shared with DaveHack at my place. Dark ruby hue thats largely opaque. This is the best beer ive erver smelled. Period. Rich in bourbon, maple, and honey with the slightest tinge of cherry. The taste is where the cherries come out to play. Loaded sour cherry profile that tales off into a sweet honey taste with the boubon hiding in the background. The mouthfeel is smooth as sin and the alcohol is largely hidden. I can drink this anytime.

Dec 11, 2011
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. This beer isn't appreciably different than the regular Would Ya, so I'm copying my review of that and adding as necessary.

4.0 A: Dark amber color. Came with just a touch of creamy beige head. Same here as the regular.

5.0 S/ 5.0 T: Wonderful nose on this! Both incredibly fruity and spicy. Fruitiness comes in the form of overripened apple, strawberry, peach, and peach. 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. Multiple people at the release stated that the cherry in this was subtle. I did not find that to be true. I though it had a nice cherry punch to it and it was all the improved due to it.

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

5.0 D: One hell of a beer. I didn't get to try the Bourbon Berry Grove at this release, but this might be even better than that.

Dec 05, 2011
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Urbancaver from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish brown, looks just like regular woody honey. Bit of white head. Looks solid. Smells bourbony and sweet. Nice malts. Touch of cherry tartness. Smells really good. Tastes sweet and boozy. Quite strong. The bourbon overpowers the cherry :( but still great flavour profile. Nice thick mouthfeel. Overall very enjoyable.

Dec 02, 2011
Cherry Wood Ya Honey from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 54 ratings