Beerman6686 (3544) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a semi cloudy dark amber/orange color with a biege head. Aroma was almost straight up berries soaked in bourbon, though some sweeter honey shines through as well. Flavor is much the same, sweeter wheatwine with the honey there, with some blueberreis dropped in that were soaking in bourbon. Great stuff.
wedgie9 (1664) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted in mid-August from a 22oz bomber bottle, vintage 2010, bottle #67/192. Pours light brown-orange with a thin tan head that leaves thin lace. The nose is awesome with tons of berry, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla and cinnamon oak, bourbon, honey, and some spices. The flavor is the same, featuring the sweet toffee, brown sugar, and caramel up front, moving to the berries, that are distinctly blueberry and cherry, and finishing with some oaky cinnamon, spices, and vanilla. The body is only medium with light carbonation, and a super long caramelized, vanilla, and berry finish. There is nearly no alcohol presence at all.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BottleÖ Hazy caramel-colored ale with no head. The bouquet grants bourbon barrel, red fruit, caramel and canvas. Full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and jazzy carbonation. Malty, sweet, bourbony flavor Ė fruity berries really shine through here as well. Bittersweet, caramely finish. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!
TheEpeeist (3050) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Muddy brown with a smattering of beige froth. Nose is caramel, ripe Stilton, wood, cherry and blueberry jam. Pretty funky. Alcohol heat with sharp carb and a fruity tang. Finishes sticky, a bit like cough syrup. Taste starts with cherry and bourbon rounded out nicely with blueberry and honey. Lingering aftertaste of sour mash and green wood deflated my enthusiasm for this. Enjoyable craziness nonetheless.
brokensail (9147) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a short lived off-white head.
S: Smells pretty nice at first, and you really do get a lot of berry aroma. There is a lot of bourbon and vanilla, and quite a bit of charred oakiness. This last bit intensifies as the beer sits in the glass for a bit and really clashes with the fruit.
T: Quite a strange feeling. Itís like drinking vanilla and cherry-blueberry juice. The bourbon comes through strongly and the charred oak flavor comes out as it warms up a touch and conflicts with the fruit. It also has a very chalky flavor.
M: Medium in body with a smooth carbonation, which is probably the best thing about the beer.
O: Just a really odd combination of flavors. Didnít think this one worked out at all.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage, bottle #126 of 192.
3.0 A: Deep amber mahogany color that looks purple plum when awary from the light. Only about a half finger of frothy off-white head that falls quickly, but does leave some sparse lacing.
4.5 S: Smells wonderful! Thereís a healthy cherry and blueberry presence right off the bat. Next in line is the bourbon and barrel. Light pleasant oakiness, supple vanilla, leathery bourbon, and no sign of any tannic astringency. Underneath all this, there is plenty of caramel, neutral wheat, and honey. Alcohol is completely undetectable.
5.0 T: Taste is even more impressive. Smooth caramel and neutral wheat to start this off. The cherry and blueberry strike again and the tandem work really well together, but he individual contributions can still be noted. Bourbon is integrated incredibly well. It complements, and complements well, but doesnít dominate. Melon, vanilla, leather, and a light bourbony booze comes from the barrel treatment.
4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess. Incredibly smooth for the style. This isnít at all too sweet, too chewy, or too boozy.
5.0 D: This is a stellar beer. No doubts about that. Thereís so much going on and the ABV is up there, but this drinks as easy as any beer Iíve ever had. Great flavors without the barrel aging, but that does just enough to put this into the upper echelon of beers. JOís beers usually donít disappoint, but this one exceeds expectations.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-12-2011 21:29:00
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked this bottle up at the release a few months back. Served in a snifter.
Pours a moderate shade of brown with a nice light-tan head with pretty good retention and a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward some fruit and a bit of underlying wheat. Interesting that quite a bit of the base beer comes through. Thereís some bourbon there as well, though itís certainly not overpowering. The taste is pretty nice, melding the base beer really well with the bourbon and fruit components of the beer. Medium-bodied without any real hint of alcohol. Drinks quite well. Iím not normally a big wheatwine fan at all, but I like what Brad has done with this one.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-28-2011
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on tap at the release but this review is from a 22oz bottle, bottle # 100 of 192, 2010 batch, served in my Darkness glass....A medium to dark brown with notes of a deep purple is very interesting. A light tan head rises a little, but only watery head survives, light lacing...The aroma is on the lighter side, which it was a touch stronger but gives off quite a bit. Right away I get a lot of notes of the Wood Ya with bourbon, oak and honey on the front then the finish has some fruity notes to balance it out, wish they were a little more prominent too. As the beer warms blueberries come through really nice, cherries are muted. Each time you smell you get a new whiff, sometimes its honey, bourbon or blueberries, really cool..The taste makes no bones about being a wheatwine, tons of alcohol and wood dominate but in a way that makes it drinkable. Most of the fruits are gone, wish this was a tad bitter sweeter. The finish a little hot and harsh.
Overall, has some really nice things going on. Like the look, love the aroma, the taste is missing a few elements, but at this abv super easy to get your drink on.
neepsntatties (1023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting. Colour... medium brown with no head. Nose... dusty with malty booze soaked berries. Palate... fruit íní booze! A sharp bite up front with lots of pie cherries and berries, followed by a boozy after taste thatís like drinking a boozy fruit pie!
bluejacket74 (1131) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle, 2010 batch, bottle #117 of 192. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with a half inch light tan head. Not much head retention or lacing, but itís still a nice looking brew. Aroma is sweet and boozy, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, oak, cherries, honey and blueberries. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like bourbon, honey, berries, dark fruit, caramel, and oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy and a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, itís smooth and goes down easy enough. The alcohol does pack a punch later on, but itís still an easy brew to drink! I think itís pretty good, but then I donít think Iíve had anything from Jackie Oís that hasnít been good. Definitely recommended.