Oil Of Aphrodite - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

528 Ratings
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 316
Gots: 155 | FT: 28
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wagenvolks on 09-11-2010

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Ratings: 528 | Reviews: 119
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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to someone for sharing this beer. I think it may have been thirdeye11.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is very strong. I get a lot of walnuts as well as a lot of dark chocolate. Very nice. The flavor is just as good and a little bit more complex. I get a lot of chocolate and coffee as well as some oak and molasses notes. Very easy to drink for a beer that is 10 percent alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Outstanding.

Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MrHirschybar!

Dark black body with a moderately sized dark brown head. This beer looks shiny, dark, thick, and heavy. It's nearly perfect for the style--it's menacingly gorgeous.

A rich, inviting, decadent aroma. There's lots of chocolate and roasted malt with a distinct nutty element as well. There's also some dark fruit. Complete.

The flavor too is very nice, with lots of roasted malt, chocolate, walnut, and a hint of licorice character. Delicious.

Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation--creamy, decadent, luscious--just awesome.

An incredibly drinkable imperial stout with a unique and interesting walnut component.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled, vintage 2010, thanks to Chip for cracking open your first aged beer. Served in snifter.

Appearance is dark motor oil black with no light passing through edges and a dark khaki thin .5finger head c poor retention quickly fading with the alcohol but nice sticky alcohol legs.

Smells strong of walnuts the age has really brought these notes out compared to the more chocolate note I had from Oil on tap last week. Taste start sweet with dark chocolate nibs the fairly dry and bitter with dark choc, big walnut character, brown sugar with a very dry finish. Mouthfeel dry talc, full body.

Great with age, the years really put some meat behind the walnuts, a really unique RIS.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Pours pitch black into my chalice, huge thicket of tan head leaves fine Belgian style lacing down the sides of my glass in even layered rings. 5.99 for a 12.7 oz bottle at 10% abv, kick ass stout that I've shared out of bombers in the past.

Aroma big dry dark roasts, espresso beans, dark chocolate syrup, hints of molasses, even a touch of soy sauce dredging through the aroma. Big walnut oil notes as well earthy/nutty tones.

Flavor Bold dark chocolate, slick oils from the walnut additions, hefty espresso layered flavors, more of that almost umami experience of soy sauce. Big body layered between nuts, dark chocolate, and slightly salty soy sauce notes.

Mouthfeel is full bodied nearly chewy once the last of the sediment is poured into my glass, even slow bubbled carbonation worked really well as it settled after a great fine carbonated head initially.

Overall, impressive on all fronts I could get a beer of this caliber distributed to Steubenville, Ohio note it as a day in history!

Photo of Brenden
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is almost as beautiful as beer gets. It's a thick, inky black that lets in no light whatsoever but somehow doesn't look obscenely heavy. The head is a magnificent medium brown one, settling to two finger of hefty substance, not just foam. As the beer recedes it drops incredibly sticky lacing in large clumps everywhere to the bottom of the glass. It's a perfect 5 if the retention left a little more on the top with time.
It smells fantastic, and there's no real disconnect from the nostrils to the taste buds. The roast is there without going harsh and also letting the sweetness come through. Creamy, not-quite-fudgy cocoa gives way to a slightly fruiter, more sugary sweetness that's kept in check. A bit of something almost, maybe not quite, woody comes out. There's a general nuttiness underlying, but where it would really pick up would be more specifically walnut notes, maybe something a little meatier, to be more noticeable. Caramel rides underneath the whole way. There's just enough hops to balance, both the overall sweetness and the depth, and the alcohol adds warmth while remaining inconspicuous for its weight.
The body is rich and thick without sitting like a brick, a big body supporting all the flavor without being overbearing. It's creamy and smooth with just enough carbonation to keep it layered on the palate.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rudylaw for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bottle (88/144) into Lost Abbey stemware. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields near no head. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is spotty and stringy with no cling but nice legs. A bit below average. Thick and viscous looking though.

S: Nose is chocolate, raspberry, yogurst sweetness, brownie, sweet molasses, and some roasted malt notes. Very rich and sweet and I really like that yogurt scent in my imperial stouts.

T: Molasses, raspberry, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, brownie batter and some residual booziness. Some roasted malt bitterness to balance out an overall sweet beer. Sweet brown sugar and brownie finish with an aftertaste of molasses. Just slightly above average but doesn't really stand out from others I've had.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and silky in the mouth and smooth going down. Finish is spicy and accented with a clean, slightly lingering finish. A bit on the thin side.

O: My first experience with Jackie O's and this beer falters on a number of levels. Appearance isn't all that and body is a touch thin. However, the yogurty flavor makes up for a lot. Worth a try but definitely not worth the hype surrounding it.

Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. Many thanks, dood!

Bottle 178/192

Oil of Aphrodite lives up to its name. It looks like thick, black oil! Not a hint of light cuts through. Very ominous. Unfortunately, there’s not much head to discuss. Carbonation seems extremely light. A few, dark mocha colored bubbles collected on the surface, but fell very quickly. Lacing was very light and faint. Love the color!

The nose is very good. It kicks off with a really nice mix of barley, chocolate malts and roasted malts. The chocolate variety smells mostly like bittersweet dark chocolate. It’s not sweet at all. Roasted coffee and a light praline, nutty scent follows. Molasses is secondary, but complements the other scents well. Alcohol is masked well. I wouldn’t guess 10%.

The flavor is even more impressive. The base of roasted malts, barley, and chocolate malts is intense! It’s an explosive combo! The chocolate malts are definitely bittersweet and reminiscent of dark chocolate. There’s a sugary sweet, candied flavor that’s interesting. Praline nuttiness is quite strong in the mix, and adds quality character and depth. Secondary flavors include coffee, molasses, and black licorice. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but isn’t indicative of 10% territory. Finishes chocolaty, nutty, roasty, and a little sweet.

Oil of Aphrodite isn’t quite as thick or viscous as you might expect. Rather, it’s on the lighter side of a medium body and feels a bit thin. Carbonation is extremely light. It would benefit from a bigger body, but the carbonation does lend a little smoothness to the feel.

Oil of Aphrodite is a really nice release from Jackie O’s. The flavor is extremely impressive. I wasn’t sure how well the nutty aspect of it would come through. Loud and clear is the answer. It’s not perfect. I would prefer a few more bubbles and more body. Addressing those two shortcomings would improve it a little. Fantastic beer nonetheless.

Photo of MrKennedy
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to mulder1010 for opening up bomber #185 of 192. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Nice thick pour, resulting in jet black liquid with a jaffa-tan coloured head of foam that looks intense. Good retention and some decent lacing.

Smell initially for me was coffee and hops. Later on the walnut and candy syrup came through and then it was chocolate.

Taste was ever-changing, firstly hops and coffee hit home, both late in the first few sips. Then the walnut made its presence known along with belgian chocolate. Interesting mix and worked well.

Mouthfeel was intriguing. At times this was thin, at other times it was thick, yet all the time it was very smooth and soft throughout.

A very impressive stout, lives up to the reputation. Nice big, thick, brew that has plenty going on and nothing to deter you.

Photo of nickd717
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to Ryan011235 for hooking up this tick.

Pours black and rather thick with a thick tan head good lacing. Serious viscosity.

The aroma is nice and rich. Big roast and nuttiness, anise, and hops.

The flavor is also rich. Big intense coffee and roast, dark chocolate, walnuts, molasses, and piney hops.

Extremely full and heavy on the mouthfeel with lower carbonation. A little too heavy for my tastes, as well as the tastes of most others who shared this. Almost like Guinness! (hahaha)

Intense beer, and a pretty good one. Not all hype.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle #183/348.

Appearance - Inky and glass staining stout. Nice. A few wisps on the surface. Love the viscosity.

Smell - Dark bitter chocolate. Nutty, but I'd never identify it as walnuts. Slightly boozy.

Taste - And it's sour. Dammit. Chocolatey and a bit nutty. Definite lactic sourness. Dammit Jackie O's.

Mouthfeel - Nice and viscous. Vinous and sour. Not really intense, but it's enough to ruin it.

Overall - I had high hopes. Why are all their stouts soured like this? Ironically, it's a cleaner sour than their sours.

Edit: Changed the numbers based on an unshitty 2013 bottle.

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. This is another one shared by the ever generous Stakem as part of a recent tasting. I didn't get a chance to grab the bottle # on this one but it's from the latest release.

Pours a dense black in the glass, with a thin ½ finger covering of fizzy dark mocha head. This maintains some frothiness on the edges, leaving back a good bit of spotty froth and brown oils down the sides of the glass. The aroma is thick with chocolate and smoky smelling roast. The walnuts aren't immediately identifiable to me but there is definitely an interesting nuttiness here that sets this apart. Some hints of molasses, brown sugar, and citrusy hops round out the edges of the nose.

The taste is similar, with a mix of acrid roasted coffee and sticky notes of dark chocolate and toffee. Pithy fruit and pine combine with the roast to add some lightly aggressive bitterness to this. The nuttiness of the walnuts is much more evident to me in the taste and really adds some uniqueness to the profile. This finishes dry, roasted, and warm. The mouthfeel is full bodied and definitely has some thickness to it in the mouth, courtesy of a chewy and syrupy feel that really accentuates those sweet flavors. That 10% ABV is not hiding at all, adding some beefy power to the body, yet keeping any stinging heat elements away from the other flavors.

They are definitely putting out some innovative beers at Jackie O's and this is a good example, as the walnut addition (even if you aren't super familiar with the flavor) adds a definitely interesting spin on your usual Imperial Stout. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Thanks again Adam!

Photo of thagr81us
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks to mikesgroove for sharing this one with myself, beeruser, and funkydelic during Hobo Tasting #6! Batch #2! Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured black as night with a minimal brown head. Maintained minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and tobacco. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and tobacco. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. This one was very tobacco heavy for some odd reason to me. It had a great aroma and pretty good flavor on this one. I couldn't drink a lot of this one due to the tobacco aspect present, but could probably drink an entire bomber. Definitely get your hands on this one, you won't regret it.

Photo of Tripphop
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a small tan head. Aromas are of bold roasted malt, almost a brunt character. Flavor is good, rich malt fornt with pleasant balancing bitterness, mouthfeel is slick with a light acidic bite. A great beer for a drier styled stout, but I'll stick with the Dark Apparition.

Photo of apasternak
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love walnuts. Definitely will be ISO more of these

Photo of Treyliff
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a snifter

A- pours a nearly pitch black color with a small foamy light-tan head that reduces completely leaving some film floating on top

S- very nutty aroma from the addition of the black walnuts, Belgian candied sugar sweetness mixes with some earthy smoke and chocolate

T- nutty flavor follows the nose with the candied sugar sweetness, hints of chocolate and roast, slightly earthy, complemented by the walnuts, it actually drinks more like a Belgian stout

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a sightly foamy mouthfeel and a silky finish

O- nice nutty notes in a very drinkable stout, the addition of the Belgian sugar adds a new dimension as well

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +1%

A most excellent imperial stout. Ale pours pitch black with a thin tan head that dissipates to
an outer ring with decent lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a hint of booze.
Taste is up front bitter chocolate and deep roasted coffee, a dash of nutty dryness mingles nicely
with a crème brulee like aftertaste. lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a rich coating characteristic
Decadent. Sumptuous.....and the dust of the grand wazoo. You might not believe this little
fella, but it will cure your asthma too. Drink to some Zappa....Apostrophe.

Cheers!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32 ounce growler filled earlier today at Blacklick Wine and Spirits. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head that stayed around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, nuts/walnuts, and some dark fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some burnt/charred malt and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good stout, next time I'll have to get a 64 ounce growler instead! Definitely worth trying if you come across it somewhere.

Photo of Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Serving type: 12 ounce bottle poured into an Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black, nice cream tan head with lots of tiny bubbles, looks great in a glass. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: I was drinking another Jackie O stout earlier and I got this strange chemical like aroma, sam e here, there's a strange chemical aroma but it leads into a beautiful chocolate roasted malt aroma.

Taste: Big roasted malts, chocolate, dark roasted nut, dry, I got some bitterness on the front end, not getting any alcohol burn for a 10% beer, great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, nice carbonation, dry finish, a little alcohol burn, not much, but a nice medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Stout with walnuts, turned me off at first but this is a really good double stout. Really nice, a must try for stout lovers, I am not sure what it is but there is some strange chemical like aroma on the beer's front but I don't anything like that on the taste. I got this in a trade and I don't know how old the beer is, but this is really good, nice big chocolate roasted malt flavors and I don't get walnut flavors. In Ohio, stop by Jackie O's and ask for this!

Photo of Preismj
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super black, not too thick. Tan head with nice fluff sits on the rim of the glass. foams quickly and retreats. smells of roasted malts and nutty sweetness...nose isn't too strong, though.. taste is of cocoa and coffee hints with a strong roasted nut flavor and slightly bitter end to what is primarily a sweet malt beer. wonderful flavors at play and the walnut in here is detectable. feel is thick and slick on the tongue with good carb and nice coating. overall, can't wait to crack another bottle of this.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

shared at hobo tasting 7.5 with calton, cam and zach, along with newcomer chad. served in snifters.

pours out like motor oil. thick, viscous with no real head but soo think and oily it was impossibly to look at it any other way then used motor oil, lol.

aroma is odd. lots of tobacco, popcorn, leather and hints fo really dark and bitter chocolate. unlike anything i had run across before it seemed to be soo heavy. really bitter licorice coming through now as well. interesting. as you take the sip the think feel washes over the palate. really a huge profile with notes of leather and tobacco are dominating along with a huge hit of like 95% cacao and licorice in the finish.

overall it was a very nice stout but put up against some of the others we had today, it could have been a bit better.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks, Nick! Bottle 109 of 192.

Fitting of the name, it's oily and black as pitch, pouring with a dense frothy head that quickly disappears. Swirling reveals syrupy brown legs.

Huge chocolate on the nose, nuttiness, toasted malt, molasses. A lot of sweetness, but it's a good clean aroma.

Tastes good, too. Very chocolatey, nutty, not overly roasted and only lightly bitter. The body is extremely syrupy, this has a lot of residual sugar, a lot of molasses sweetness. The finish is mellow, toasty and nutty. A very solid imperial stout, though the viscosity hurts drinkability.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved in the Brewery Release BIF, special thanks to the BA that sent it. 22oz bottle, no label, marked "oil" on the cap.

A- It pours a very nice black color with a very interesting browinsh black head. There is a healthy amount of foamy head, which retreats to a slight ring after a few minutes.

S- Smells of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. It has a very rich and creamy smell. It almost is slightly burnt/soy smell to it, but very very subtle.

T- Smooth, but a bit watery up front. A strong taste of burnt malts then become very prominent. I get strong flavors of coffee grounds and burnt coffee. There is a lingering coffee aftertaste.

M- A little thin, but the carbonation is pretty good. Aside from the watery intial flavor, it is pretty complex and tasty.

O- Overall, this one is a little too bitter and burnt tasting. The smell really got my hopes up, but I feel the taste was a bit of a let down. All in all a pretty average stout.

-GFunk

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial stout brewed with candied syrup and locally-produced black walnuts obtained on a recent trip out to Jackie O's. Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is very dark, not quite black, and produces a very impressive 3 fingers of fine tan head that retains very well. The nose is rich and roasty with notes of toffee, nuts, vanilla, campfire, and cappuccino.

Full body with a fairly creamy feel and a very unique flavor. Opens up with loads of sweet toasted malt, some toffee, caramel, cocoa with marshmallows, and a hint of bitter chocolate. The nutty malt flavors really seems to dominate here, its sweetness supplemented by the candied syrup and its flavor strengthened by the black walnuts, which are certainly evident. Just enough roast and char to remind you that this is a stout and not a barleywine. Like pecan pie and vanilla ice cream served with a cup of hot chocolate and a shot of espresso. Finishes with a hint of bitter roastiness and a lot of creamy, nutty, bready sweetness. Seriously delicious.

This one might be a bit sweet to please some BAs, but for me it's one of the better non-barrel-aged imperial stouts I can remember having. I really dig the intensely sweet, malty flavor. Really looking forward to trying the rum barrel-aged version of this beer I have in my fridge. I'd definitely pick this one up again. A dream stout for BAs who love malt bombs.

Photo of 1424IpA
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Great beer

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to Auslander for this beast. 750 mL bottle pours black and fairly viscous. Petit, but nice tan head leaves a great collar and spotty lacing.

Nose is almond nuttiness with rich chocolate. Big fruit - mostly figs - with a slight licorice aroma as it warms.

Taste is an outstanding combination of smooth chocolate, touch of roast and plenty of figgy-raisin fruitiness. Very slick and smooth mouthfeel. Sweet and bitter play off each other nicely...perfectly balanced. An excellent beer, I want to drink this again sometime.

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Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.