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Oil Of Aphrodite - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

312 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 289
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 09-11-2010)
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Reviews by nhindian:
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Bottle provided by normyk, thanks Rob!

Bottle #127/192

A - A beer has never been so aptly named before (sans perhaps Old(er) Viscosity), as this beer looks eerily similar to something that should be changed in a car every 5,000 miles. Everything about this beer screams 'black', which is surprising given the playful label art. A bubbly, dark brown head slowly but surely rises from the depths of the beer seconds after it pours, gasping for air shortly before being drawn back under the midnight abyss. Several minutes later, the only remnants of the head are in the form of a few swatches of foam grazing the surface of the liquid and a rather bubbly ring around the glass. Likewise, the lacing is sparse and is thickest where the head crested, with runoff foam making up the lace below that.

S - Given the intimidating appearance, the aroma isn't as dense as I would've imagined. There's a good amount of malt in here, imparting a sweetness and chocolate aroma similar to a heavily-malted oatmeal stout. The malts also give off a nice roastiness as well. There's a huge amount of walnuts as well; really nutty, earthy, and robust. I can't say I'm getting much of the Belgian candi syrup, but it could be blended into the sweetness of the malts.

T - The taste takes the roast of the nose and gives it about an extra shot and a half of espresso in it. The chocolates here are quite bittersweet, as well as a good amount of molasses and smokiness that reminds me of some light tobacco. The nuts don't really come through until the finish, where they last well into the finish. Overall it's a pretty sweet beer, almost bordering on too much, but the nuts and roast really cut this. The alcohol is well-hidden, almost to the point of not being there.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's strange, it starts off pretty light, but as it travels through the mouth it seems to pick up viscosity. Surprisingly creamy and smooth.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. To be honest I was expecting a bit more from this beer, and would like to see the roast cut down just a tad as it currently overshadows the subtlety of the other flavors. It did achieve its goal of giving off the walnut flavor, however.

nhindian, Mar 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

warnerry, Jul 13, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

Mora2000, Apr 24, 2011
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juicebox, Feb 19, 2014
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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.

ehammond1, Feb 27, 2012
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jminch, Nov 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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.

williamjbauer, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

acurtis, Nov 20, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

wildcatboy, Apr 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

MrVonzipper, Jun 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Stigs, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

SpeedwayJim, May 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

leschkie, Nov 19, 2011
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Photekut, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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.

prototypic, May 01, 2011
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Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.