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Oil Of Aphrodite - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 573
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 321
Gots: 160 | FT: 26
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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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Photo of brew3crew
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at jackie os

A-nice black body with a tan head that quickly disapates

S-roasted malt and a little bit of raisin

T-wow this is good. Nice maltiness mixed with roastiness and awesome. Very very impressed

M-medium bodied and smooth

O-wow. Absolutely blown away. Very good

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours near black with a silky espresso head.

Really nice nose has lots of oats, nutty malts, cocoa and dark toffee.

Taste is full with a great finish. Chocolate, roasted malts, nuts and more caramelized sugars.

Another great stout from Jackie O's....

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Photo of boralyl
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer produces a delightful creamy dark tan head with decent retention. The beer is pitch black.

S - The aroma has a nice nuttiness, light chocolate notes and a hint of maple syrup.

M - They were spot on with the body. It has light carbonation and is smooth and creamy and full in body.

T - The taste is much like the aroma, but with a little more of Belgian candy flavor. The walnuts give the beer a unique nutty flavor. There are tiny notes of chocolate followed by the Belgian candy sugar which pair well with the hops. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

This is a fantastic beer. The combination of ingredients work very well. It drinks way too easily for what it is and has great body.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I honestly had not heard anything about this brewery until recently, but I will definitely inquire about more in the future.

Appearance: Dark but not the blackest stout I have ever had. It has some transparency to it. Large head when aggressively poured and it sticks around all over the glass until finished.

Aroma: Sweet aroma almost like a barleywine in that regard. It has some nuttiness and a bit of smoke or something to that nature going on.

Taste: Sweet, not cloyingly sweet but on the sweeter side of stouts. It has a complex flavor profile. I can certainly detect the black walnuts in this one. Its got a little alcohol burn but for the abv. its pretty well hidden. Very smooth on the tongue and enjoyable. Not the best stout I have ever had but I would say it is complex enough to make the top 20 anyway. I am looking forward to trying the other iterations of this beer, which I do have!

Overall: Solid stout by this brewery and very enjoyable in the flavor profile. I liked the nuttiness and the viscosity that the "oil" brings! Sexy label and enticing for sure. If you get an opportunity to try this one do. My only complaint, if any, is that the beer is a bit high priced for the volume. I wish they came in a larger vessel. But that is not that big of a deal in the world in which we live.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

375 enjoyed in a jackie o mini snifter...once again, thrashd...thank you!

a - brew pours watery black, not too sludgy...no head to speak of. minimal lace.

s - nose is a nice chocolate stout with notes of vanilla and nuttiness. good roast character...very nice blend.

t/m/o - zing. super smooth and tasty stout. walnuts show themselves in a vanilla nutty vibe glazed over a deep chocolate rich stout with light to moderate roastiness. so much yum in these little bottles. have had this one in the past and really don't remember digging it as much as now...in fact, have had a bunch of jackie o recently and very impressed vs my initial impressions after they first came on the scene. goes to show...it is always worth it to check in again down the road after a lack-luster first impression.

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

This was one of the guest options at the recent de Garde event. Really liked this one. Lots of chocolate, vanilla and light coffee, but with that interesting nutty, pecan-like flavor I seem to pick up in a lot of the Jackie O stouts and porters. Very smooth, long and full bodied on the palate, with alcohol very well integrated into the flavor proflle. Excellent stuff!

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the release, from notes.

A - black body, good brown head. Powerful looking beer.

S - chocolate, a touch of dark fruits, some rawhide.

T - Chocolate, dark roasted notes, coffee, rawhide. Nice complexities and great balance.

M - thick and smooth, a touch dry. Quite nice.

O - a really great stout.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Very dark body. Little head with aggressive pour. What head did develop bubbled slowly from the bottom. Tan. Not so much lacing as sediment (or very small bubbles) on glass.

Smell - Maple. Chocolate. Coffee. Earthy.

Taste - Sweet. Chocolate. Nutty. Coffee. Bitter in the finish.

Feel - Heavy. Mild carbonation. Warm with alcohol but not overpowering.

Overall - I had to look at the label twice to make sure I wasn't drinking the barrel aged version. Good stuff. Warms you up. BA still in storage.

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Photo of stakem
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #172/192 care of csmiley. Thank you for the chance to try this brew.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears dark black in color with a darkly tanned head that fades fairly fast. There is a spotty amount of lace that clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark and roasty smelling of minor notes of chocolate, citrus hops and a scent of nutty walnuts is included. This brew smells pretty fantastic and the walnut really comes through more than I was expecting. As it warms more of the citrus hop character comes forward accented by the alcohol presence.

The taste of this brew is dark roasty with an oily walnut flavor coupled with chocolate notes and a deep burnt almost drying roast to the finish. There is both an alcohol flavor and warmth that runs down the back of the throat. As this brew warms, the citrus hop flavor comes forward just like in the nose with a citrusy twang of flavor that is highlighted by the alcohol's presence.

This is one exceptionally smooth brew that is medium to full in body with a light level of carbonation. It is excessively drinkable for 10%. The walnut flavor in this brew was more evident than I was expecting. It really works. This brew is balanced very well with equal combinations of dark burnt dry roast flavor, citrus hops, alcohol and nutty flavor. I would love to get my hands on another bottle of this but at less than 200 bottles released...who knows.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the bottle release party, 4oz in a goblet for $3. In a contest against all the great barrel aged beers on tap this turned out to be my 2nd favorite of the day, a really outstanding beer.

It poured dark brown and opaque with a thick tan foam, even over the small pour. The beer smelled rich with roasted malts, and the addition of black walnuts came through nicely. It tasted a little sweet upfront, seemingly from malts, with a toasted flavor that I'm thinking is from the walnuts. It could be that the Belgian candi sugar provided the sweetness but it seems more malt-based to me. The aftertaste isn't as sweet, just long rich roasted flavors.

The body's on the thicker side, matching the big flavors and coating your mouth for lasting flavor. The only beer I thought was better today was the Bourbon Barrel Sweet Chocolate Love, but that beer would beat out most anything else too. Really good beer, my bottles are gonna have to wait for special occasions.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours black as oil. Produced a fingers width of mocha / copper colored head. Quickly reduced to a thin ring around the glass. Little to no lacing.

S- Roasted, chocolate malts provide a rather aromatic experience. Melded in is a gentle sweetness, most likely from the candied syrup. Lingering in the background, the walnuts produce a rich nutty aroma.

T- Like the aroma, except the walnuts add much more depth here. The base beer is at the forefront...lots of roasted, chocolate malts. About midway through a nice maple sweetness comes into play. The beer finishes with earthy, walnut notes.

M- Heavy bodied with a good amount of viscosity. Coats the palate well, but leaves it extremely dry after consumption. Really enjoyed this aspect of the beer.

D- At 10% the abv provides a nice warming sensation inside. A slow sipper for sure.

Overall, I really liked the unique flavor profile of this beer. The addition of the walnuts added another layer of complexity to what would have been a good stout to begin with. Recommended.

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Photo of jale
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours almost black with a good finger of light brown head.

S: Very complex nose on this. Dark roasted coffee, cocoa and nuts.

T: Sweet roasted coffee followed by some alcohol heat. Moves into some bitter chocolate and a hint of nuts. Finish is some hop bitterness and more bitter coffee.

M: Lighter side of thick with good carbonation.

O: Such a great beer. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jason for bringing this to Bryna's birthday party last night. Was looking forward to trying the other Jackie O's offering released last week. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a dime of foam that quickly settled to a thin ring, leaving no lace. Pitch black body.

S - Intense dark roast, with a hefty amount of nuttiness. I'm not sure I'd identify walnuts specifically, as there's an almond/marzipan sweetness to it. There's a bit of smoke and toast as well.

T - Taste is quite excellent as well, with multigrain toast, baker's chocolate, and a nutty character that has a bitter aftertaste reminscent of Brazil nuts. Alcohol is masterfully hidden.

M - Lower carbonation, extremely smooth medium-full body, with minimal heat. Finishes slightly sticky.

D - This was quite excellent. I happily finished my pour and would gladly have had more if it didn't need to be shared with other party attendees. The surprise of the evening.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #900

Bottle from the December '11 release poured into my snifter. This was one of my favorites on tap at the anniversary party so I made sure I picked up a bottle at the release.

A- Body is a deep, opaque, ominous dark brown nearly black hue. Pours initially with a 1-2 finger foamy head that eventually fades to a thick collar. Traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is dark and rich. Walnut comes through a lot but underneath is a rich imperial stout heavy in dark chocolate and roasted malt.

T- Taste is very similar to the nose. Initially a tad nutty with a moderate but smooth roasted malt backbone. Dark chocolate and more nuttiness come through for the finish with a touch of roasted malt and alcohol warmth.

M- Mouthfeel is exceptional. Medium carbonation and a deeep, thick mouthfeel that is extra smooth and oily. Lots of viscosity here.

O- Overall this is an excellent stout. Thick, rich, smooth, well balanced, and nutty. Unique idea for a walnut stout-and this works really well for it.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pitch black color with a fairly thin brown colored head. Head leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- Smell is quite a bit of malts going on here. Chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and light coffee. The walnuts also come through but are fairly light.

T- Again very rich. Starting with the chocolate, caramel, a touch of molasses, and char. Coffee is here fairly light. The walnuts come through here too.

M- Fuller side of medium in body and light carbonation.

O- Very impressive brew for sure.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, bottle 264/348

A: Pours a wonderful deep black with some thin brown around the edges. The head is a dark khaki. It settles quickly and there is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The smells is sweet malt, oily nuts, a touch of smoked meat, and some dirty earth. It smells fantastic.

T: The first blast is toasted malt and burnt toast. The middle is more roast, some light smoke, a good amount of cashew and almond (perhaps walnut, says the label). The finish is bitter coffee grinds, dark chocolate, and charcoal. It's wonderful.

M: Full bodied beer. It envelops the palate, but it doesn't linger. It's clean on and clean off. The carbonation is low and perfect for this style.

O: Great beer. I'm impressed. The flavors dance one the palate and the transitions are smooth and creamy. I'm a bit shocked at how well balanced this beer is. I'd love to try this beer again.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Jackie O's I've had since the bottle release; I'm excited. Bottle 148/192

A. Pours an impenetrable black with a one finger thick creamy chocolate colored head that settles down to a film leaving beautiful thick lacing on the glass.

S. Lots of chocolate with walnuts and coffee. There's also a creamy sweetness that makes it almost like a cappuccino. The walnut is not quite as strong as I remembered.

T. Chocolate covered espresso beans. Initially more bitter than I remembered, but my palate adjusted after the first sip to reveal more of the robust stout character. Walnut comes out midpalate and in the aftertaste.

M. Thick with a medium level of carbonation that doesn't quite lift the dense beer off the tongue; just how I like it.

D. This is just what I was looking for; thick, rich beer for a contemplative fall evening.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Think motor oil brown body. Really nice mocha head pours a finger high with nice retention and ok lace.

S - Sweet nose loaded with Belgian candied sugar, chocolate, cream, nutmeg, hazelnuts, and walnuts. Edges of medium roast coffee and booze.

T - Smooth coffee and cream with a backend that is loaded with walnuts and Nutella. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cocca nibs, vanilla, booze, and a touch of ash through the backend.

M - Silky smooth with a medium-light body for the style.

O - A great take on a Belgian stout. The walnut flavor has great balance and works perfectly with the style.

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Photo of Spider889
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has to be my favorite beer that Jackie O's brews on a semi-regular basis that's non-barrel aged.

Black and thick but not a lot of head.

Smells roasty - mild coffee and char plays off of the black walnuts used.

Toasty grains, semi-sweet chocolate, dry walnut and just outright sumptuous.

Silky smooth texture. Overall a luxurious beer that truly lives up to its name.

I prefer this to Dark Apparition honestly. Brad, I sure hope this is one of the first beers to hit the production brewery!

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Photo of kirok1999
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black with just a wisp of off white head. Leaves thick legs on the snifter.

Smells of coffee, dark roasty malts, mild bitter chocolate, mixed dark fruits and just a hint of citrus.

Taste is spot onto the smell. Rich and lush with a lingering aftertaste that just won't go away. Nicely sweet yet dark enough to balance itself out. Not at all dry, almost milky.

Creamy and dense, it lingers for quite a while. Overall an excellent stout, insanely easy to sip on a cool summer night....hell, I could sip this one on a hot summer morning. Highly recommended if you can get it.

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Photo of Preismj
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the August 27th bottle release. 4 oz pour from a tasting snifter. Since all of the variants of Oil were quite similar to the regular, I'm using my review of the regular as a base and supplementing when necessary. I'm also not sure if this should be a separate listing or not.

4.5 A: Black. Came with just a touch of light brown head that left lots of lacing. The creamy nitro was evident in the little head that there was.

4.0 S: Rich, sweet malty base. Plenty of bittersweet chocolate and caramel. Moderate roastiness, toasty, with touches of coffee and molasses. The nuttiness from the walnuts makes this a special, truly unique beer. The candi sugar adds a final layer of complexity. This was a bit subdued compared to the regular, which is to be expected.

4.5 T: Full flavored chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a general neutral maltiness. A touch of coffee with a moderate roast. Again, the walnuts add a toasty nuttiness that I cannot get enough of. Pretty much the same as the regular. The nitro didn't subdue this much.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. A bit more creaminess than the regular and a touch thicker, though this doesn't seem like full nitro. I hypothesize it is a blend.

4.5 D: Love the Oil. Love it on-tap. Love the variants, though nitro is far from the best.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Jackie O's 5th Anniversary party.

Pours motor-oil black with a pretty good head and a nice bit of light lacing. The aroma blew me away right from the start. There was some really nice roasted nut character along with some nice dark chocolate. There were nice notes of espresso and dark fruit underneath with just a touch of booze.

The flavor is equally as nice and quite complex. I was a bit fan of how everything came together and it had a nice kick in the end. Chocolate, dark fruits, and espresso danced and were further highlighted by a beautifully-thick mouthfeel. Just a hint of warmth in the finish. This was my favorite of the Jackie O's brews and I'm looking forward to hopefully trying this again.

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Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.