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 O’s so the finish is dry, but not overly so.
D- One of the better ones from the Athens crew.
Lukaduke (2243) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to Alexsdad06 ! Pours a deep rusty amber color with a couple fingers of khaki foam. The beer is a blend of sour fruit, layered buckwheat honey, bourbon, vanilla, sweet cola nut. This beer is teetering on infected would be my guess. There are lots of dark fruit that are leaning on the tart side of the spectrum and that tartness is not melding well with the long sweet honey backbone. The bourbon heat, vanilla smoothness and burnt caramel flavors save the backend of the beer but it just seems a bit disjointed... Hmmm.
Lothore (555) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A- Pours a deep browish hue with a small, tan head.
S- Lots of honey, wood, dark fruit.
T- Huge honey notes, dark fruit, hints of toasted malt.
M- Thick with medium/low carbonation.
D- The honey notes were much too pronounced for it to be drinkable for me however I can see how some might like it.
drsordr (1115) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours dark brown. Nose caramel, rich malt, some vanilla, strong wood, and hint of booze. Taste actually some tart up front, then caramel, honey sweet, and wood. Finish woody mixed with a little heat. Thick mouth.
UDBeernut (1775) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at chopkofest pours medium gold. Caramel and honey sweetness, slight oak and faint bourbon.
nimbleprop (4973) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours a translucent, garnet amber with some cloudy, beige head. Nose of fresh cut honey comb, booze, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, some hand soap. Flavor is very sweet, butterscotch, bourbon, vanilla, honey comb, a little lemon/lime soda, malt, brown sugar, some heavy brandy. Big, full bodied finish. Still a little hot. Even though this was a bit boozy, I still very much enjoyed this.
mcberko (6696) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from St. Fun (thanks Josh), pours a deep dark mahogany with a medium beige head. Aroma of wood, honey, caramel and vanilla - quite strong and boozy. Flavour is very alcoholic and barrel heavy, with notes of wood, bourbon, vanilla, booze and honey. Extremely boozy and heavy. Not very complex and very difficult to drink due to the booziness. Yet another ridiculously over-rated big boozy BA barleywine. Not for me.
JK (4520) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage, bottle 194 of 276. Lightly sour aroma. Opaque brown beer, and lightly carbonated, fine for a barleywine. Some bourbon and brown sugar. This beer foes bourbon better than most, which I typically find unpalatable in my beer. Fairly hot palate.
DrSilverworm (6571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, shared with brew3crew. 2010 vintage, 5 / 270. Totally hazy hazy dark brown / red color. Chunky particles in the body. Minimal khaki head, dots of lace. Medium to bigger body. Very dry texture. Very light carbonation. Light sweet taste. Pretty boozy. Alcohol head in the finish. Light floral aroma, honey. Wheat, caramel malt base. Bourbon barrel influence lends nice wood notes, and vanilla. While cold, it was harsh. But as it warmed and moved, this got way better. Nice.
50belair (2355) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky brown pour with an off white head. Wonderful caramel and honey aromas. The bourbon is taking over. Undercurrents of smooth caramel malts and honey. Like everything from Jackie-Os, the body is thin and watery.
ryanfolty (1857) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
February 23, 2013 bottle at skyviews. Muddy brown pour with limited head. Bourbon, wood, honey and caramel in aroma. Taste was consistent with aroma and a dry heat in the finish. 2010 vintage, bottle 194 of 276.