Doodler (318) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Bottle at Ratmans - split by Potbeercollege (Jack and Jake) thanks amigos - poured a deep brown with a huge overflowing head. Aroma of grape juice, woody notes and bourbon jump out of the glass. Flavor is mostly sweet fruits (cherries, grapes, plums) with some malts and barrel flavors. Good carbonation and a medium, sticky mouthfeel. Finish has some heat. A departure from other Jackie O’s I’ve had - though still a nice, albeit sweet beer overall. pushkinwow (2790) - Ottawa, CANADA - FEB 17, 2012
Sample at Night of the Barrels (EBF). Hazy amber no head though. This was interesting for sure - cherries, blueberries were harder to detect but present more at the end. Sweet, bourbon, vanilla, oak, buckwheat honey; somewhat low carbonation, moderate body, sweet, interesting flavour profile but all the flavours were a little off, but tasty, together. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
24th September 2011Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Borefts Beer Festival 3. Bottle - big thanks to the Mikkeller guys for letting me scoop this. Hazy amber beer, no real head. Nice fruits - tastes a little cherry but there is none in here! A little oaky sweetness balances nicely. Finishes neutral - nice balance of fruit and oak. Tasty!
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 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2011
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 (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle… 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 – fruity berries really shine through here as well. Bittersweet, caramely finish. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian! TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2011
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 (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
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. It’s 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. Didn’t think this one worked out at all. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
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! There’s 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 doesn’t 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 isn’t at all too sweet, too chewy, or too boozy.
5.0 D: This is a stellar beer. No doubts about that. There’s so much going on and the ABV is up there, but this drinks as easy as any beer I’ve ever had. Great flavors without the barrel aging, but that does just enough to put this into the upper echelon of beers. JO’s beers usually don’t disappoint, but this one exceeds expectations.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-12-2011 21:29:00
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
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. There’s some bourbon there as well, though it’s 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. I’m 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