Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Jackie-osí trade master markwise. Thanks again Mark. Pours amber with copper edges and tan head. The aroma is spicy maple, honey, some dark fruity esters and loads of heat that begins to sear the snoot. The taste is rich yummy goodness with honey, sticky malts and molasses as well as some pine and spicy hop goodness. The brew comes together beautifully and makes me wish I had a case of this stuff sittiní Ďround.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle picked up at the release, 2010 batch, bottle 220/276. I had this at the release on tap several times(one of my favorites of the night) but this review is of the bottle consumed out of my Darkness glass...Super dark brown pour with plum hues. Good carbonation as about four fingers of tope head rises and stays for awhile. Great lacing...The aroma is not as in your face as I recall but nice balance of bourbon, oak, and honey. Sweet and alcoholic all at once...The taste is good as I remember, just awesome. TONS of honey mixed with bourbon, reminds of an old wives tail cold remedy (water, bourbon and honey hint of lemon). Honey is all over the front and the finish is the bourbon. First time Iíve had a beer that finishes almost like drinking bourbon, warm, tingly, scratchy all the way down. Some vanilla creeps in one finish as well.
This is awesome, another hit by Brad, a world class wheatwine.
markwise (4090) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to goryshkewych for this one in trade. Pours dark amber brown with a tan head. Nose is honey, booze, malt, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, depth and complexity. I love the smell of complexity. Flavor is similar with bourbon, honey, some sweet flavors like berry and bubble gum, vanilla, and lots of syrupy honey. Wow. This one is a sipper and while there is a hint of booze in the nose, it is nowhere near pronounced in the flavor or finish. Well done, Brad!
MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle number 264/276. Split with Ryan011235.
A- This beer is another darker one, darker than most of the style but not by all that much. Its really a deep red with some purples, caramels and browns. A small cap of soft, pillowy froth washes up against the sides of the glass. Its prone to patches of lace and pillows of floating bubbles. Swirling easily coaxes out lots more soft carbonation.
S- Right away barrels are on your nose, they eel with wheat and very honey.
What Im trying to say is that there is a musty, old barrel smell that only has trace amounts of bourbon notes left. The honey is there providing a nice clover aroma and some sweetness that helps keep things together. Wheat is obvious. Its grainy and snappy. Plenty of stinging alcohol, some of which is smoothed out by bourbon, but most of which is from the 12%abv.
Let this warm before fully enjoying the aroma. It really needs to open and once it does some of those odd must barrel notes fade out.
T- The taste also highly benefits from some time to warm and open. Bourbon is more apparent here than it was in the aroma. It gives the flavor profile a silken vanilla flavor that rides over an earthy oak base. Wheat livens things up towards the mid to finish. It has a nice snappy flavor. Honey is nicely perceivable. Unlike many beers with honey, Wood Ya Honey actually tastes like it had honey. There is a clover honey sweetness that lingers in the back of the mouth. Its very nice.
M- Low carbonation. The bubbles are as soft as they look when the glass is swirled. Its actually a pretty smooth beer with a full body. Yes, this is Jackie Oís so the finish is dry, but not overly so.
D- One of the better ones from the Athens crew.
bluejacket74 (1127) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, 2010 batch, #142 of 276 bought at Jackie Oís. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark copper/brown color with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. Thereís a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like honey, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and oak. Itís a nice, sweet boozy aroma. It tastes like bourbon, oak, honey, oak, and a little bit of grainy malt (wheat). However, the taste isnít as sweet as I thought it would be. I think the boozy bourbon and oak is stronger in the taste compared to the sweet honey and vanilla flavors, however the sweetness does get stronger as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and creamy with low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK enough, but I donít think I would want to drink much more than a bomber of this at a time. I think this is a good overall brew, Iíd definitely try this again.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a murky amber with a frothy white film for head.
Aroma: Bit o honey and bourbon (vanilla, caramel and musty wood).
Taste: Burnt sugar, bit o honey, bourbon, grassy hops with a boozy finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with modest carbonation.
Overall: Very yummy, while big and sweet, didnít come across as messy, but rather decadent and luxurious.
jtclockwork (6218) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle number 87. Pours deep black cherry with small tan head. Nose of barrel, toffee, caramel, honey and light yeast. Taste of smooth honey, plum, vanilla, caramel, toffee and light brown sugar.
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bottle 98 of 276 thanks to LtDan. Pours with a deep brown body and a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, maple, honey, caramel and applewood. Flavors of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, rye, wood, and dryness. Bitter and dry for this big of a beer. Tasty stuff.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Body is a translucent caramel hue with uniform fogginess throughout. Pours with a miniscule white head-but it has good retention with a thick collar.
S- Nose is very sweet overall. A well balanced blend of honey, molasses, oak, and bourbon. A mild alcohol astringency comes through as well.
T- Flavor is very sweet as well with honey being the dominant presence and sweet bourbon in second. There is a mild bready background and a touch of oak in there as well. The oak and barrel and bourbon flavors come through a little bit more for the finish and a moderate alcohol heat appears-but honey remains dominant. What lingers is sweet honey and a moderate alcohol heat that is kept in check.
M- Medium carbonation and a body that is medium weight and full-with a blend of honey and alcohol consistencies.
D- This is a very good wheatwine overall and the bourbon, oak and honey blend well and compliment eachother. This brew is very sweet, almost too sweet and the mild alcohol presence doesnít really tame the sweetness.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-29-2010 14:04:32
douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Sara I believe, drank at the Pittsburgh tasting. Pours a cloudy dark red hue with a medium white head. A sweet bourbon and honey nose, full of caramel and vanilla candies, some sourness in the nose. The flavor is interesting almost challenging; rich hot honey and sugars, heavy bourbon, vanilla, bone dry. A wheat wine for sure, but with loads of sweetness and bourbon. Nice.