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Oil Of Aphrodite | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Imperial Stout brewed with black walnuts

Added by wagenvolks on 09-11-2010

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Reviews: 138 | Ratings: 665
Photo of JohnPaulJone5
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's good for what it is! It has a smooth and silky feel to it. The taste alone was fantastic but it's missing that barrel taste to it. The head and nose is fantastic, I'm looking forward to try more things from Jackie O

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Photo of Houser
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really solid stout with added ingredient. im not quite sure what black walnuts taste like, but there was definitely something different about this one. maybe some nuttiness?

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Photo of rypkr
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is extremely viscous, smell is perplexingly muted and of little to nothing. Taste is delicious, sweet and roasty but not butnt. Mouthfeel is dangerously drinkable, carbonation is extremely low yet it maintains an extremely viscous and chewy mouthfeel, stellar here.

Overall it's very good. I won't revisit it though as I'm simply not willing to pay $8-$14 for jackie o's 375ml of beer anymore. I guess the fancy bottle and 0.7oz of beer merits some of the costliest shelf beer in the country.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375mL into a snifter.

Thick ol' oily viscous pour. Not a ton of head but this was carried over from last night with the help of a wine stopper. Tons of film over the body though. Still looks gorgeous to me. 5

This beer really needs to be consumed at a warmer temperature. The aroma is infinitely more communicative to my poor nose. More dark chocolate, more sweet nuttiness, more yeast presence, more sweetness in general. Also shows more booze, but that's okay. Overall I kind of associate this aroma with brownies with nuts but I may be pushing it there. 4

Like I was saying, brownie with nuts. Maybe fudge with nuts. Something of that variety up front. Gets more soy saucy towards the finish. Further drinking for science discovers raisins and dark fruit mid-palate and a floral flavor that blankets the middle in a subtle way that doesn't prevent the other flavors from speaking their mind. 4

The feel is a definite winner, thick and viscous, with gentle floral tickles, a brush of bitterness, and a measured sweetness. 4.25

Good on Jackie O's for adding walnuts without making this become synthetic in flavor. Good on them for making a good beer.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jackie O's Pub & Brewery - Oil of Aphrodite. 10% ABV. 12.7oz bottle split between three mini snifters.

Look: Pitch black body, allowing no light to penetrate, with a thin caramel colored ring of lacing around the edge.

Smell: Very roasty coffee and malt aroma, along with dark chocolate, caramel, and walnuts.

Feel: Full bodied, heavy and chewy. Smooth as silk with very little noticeable carbonation.

Taste: Rich roast malts and roasty coffee flavors are immediately up front, followed by dark chocolate and caramel, and finishes with some walnuts and the flavor of alcohol, but with no burn. Leaves a bittersweet nutty aftertaste.

Overall: Another great Jackie O's beer. This is definitely a roasty beer on both smell and taste, but has some sweetness to balance it out, along with the good addition of the walnuts. Since the ABV is noticeable, this beer is a slow sipper.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark brown/black color with an ultra-thin toffee lacing. Very thick on the sides of the snifter.

S - Chocolate, walnuts, and a slightly roasted sugar aroma.

T - Chocolate, deep roasted toffee, burnt Belgian candy sugar, bitter dark chocolate finish, dark walnuts. The ABV makes itself known. Nice lingering burnt sugar and dark chocolate bittersweet finish.

M - Big body, thick, velvety, semi-dry finish with a light syrupy base.

O - This is a fantastic beer, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a brown head. There's a ton of sediment that settled into the bottom of the glass that's very distracting.

Deep roasted malt aroma. Coffee and dark chocolate. Leather.

Heavy char flavor. Earthy, coffee, dark chocolate.

Heavy body, moderate carbonation, and smooth.

Slightly boozy, but holds up well with the body. An excellent stout.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a deep dark color, probably on the black side not too far off of mahogany. a two finger plus tan head forms even from a gentle pour. good strong retention and leaving behind a frothy lacing. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: dark fruits, walnuts, chocolate, some roasted malts and a bit of alcohol.

Taste: opens with bittersweet chocolate, transitions into a bit of dark fruits. a bit of smoke and some maple syrup or possibly molasses. walnuts come on near the end as does a small amount of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: full bodied but quite smooth. leaves behinds some light smokiness and a touch of sweetness. some warmth.

Overall: I really like this base stout and think the barrel aged versions throw away some of the nice complexity for spirit character. really nice and deep flavors that develop well. the smoothness along with the full body are key too.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottling. 12.7 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with no light coming through at all. Dark tan 1/4" foam upon pouring which died back to a thick ring. Thin sheets of persistent lacing.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate with some floral notes, a hint of alcohol and fruity esters, and a quick whiff of walnut.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate well balanced with malt sweetness, some candi sugar, and caramel. The finish is bitter in a complimentary way - roasted malts, more of the bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of an herbal bitter finish. I can detect the walnut towards the finish - it's not strong; more of a complimentary flavor like you'd find if you had put nuts into brownies or a dark chocolate cake.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Nice and thick and creamy. Light carbonation. Some stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A well crafted stout and definitely a slow sipping beer. The walnuts are a nice compliment to this beer. It's a Double Imperial Stout no doubt, which normally is nothing but strong flavors, but this one is a bit more delicate and finely crafted. The flavors are strong, but they're not hitting you over the head. Is this an oil that will induce love from a Greek Goddess? Maybe. It certainly puts me in a good mood and is something I should pick up again sometime. Dangerously drinkable but one per evening will do fine.

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Photo of larryi86
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you SomethingClever for this
12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Sweet milk chocolate, faint roasted malts, some dark fruits, walnuts aren't the center piece but really come out nicely and add a great level of complexity, hints of molasses.

T- Not as sweet as the nose, roasted coffee, some chocolate, just enough walnuts, faint dark fruits, hints of candied sugar.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium to full body.

O- I was hoping that it would be as sweet as it smells, but it is still a solid beer. Would love to try the rum barrel version, feel the rum would be perfect for this beer. I feel Aphrodite would be proud of this beer.

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Photo of do_ob
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass. Very dark brown on the pour, like spent Quakerstate. Pitch black in the glass. About 1 finger of bubbly, mocha colored foam. Fairly sweet aroma of bittered chocolate, roasted malts, and baked walnuts. Not a huge aroma but nice. The taste follows with the biggest flavor up front being roasty malt. Lots of bitter chocolate in there as well. I get a bit of the walnuts on the finish and aftertaste. The feel is good - maybe a tad thin up front, but it becomes fuller and creamier as it warms up. Great, smooth finish.

Good beer. I would've liked to have seen a little more nuttiness in there to balance out the bitterness. But, it did taste and feel very good. Better than the Bourbon Barrel variant, in my opinion.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle. pours pitch black, finger tan head fades quickly. Aroma is chocolate. Taste is mostly dark chocolate, nutty flavor. Some earthy bitterness in the finish. Finish is dry and mouthfeel is thin. Plenty of flavor in this nutty stout, good overall.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flavor on this one is mostly walnuts with a moderate roast in the body and a strong, bitter finish on the palate.

Overall, pretty good without stretching into a higher caliber of goodness.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, motor oil tone, tan head that fades to a ring. Smell doesn't really jump out at you but there's a general chocolate nuttiness with a roasty element almost like tree bark or chicory. Flavor is dry, cocoa, a bit ofa musty leather which I assume comes from the walnuts. Some blackstrap molasses flavors which, in turn, always makes me think a bit of prues. Body is a bit light.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a nice opaqueness. Has little carbonation. Not much of a nose with the beer. Has a chocolate up front taste with a sweet mid palate from the walnuts. Finishes with a light bitteress. A pretty good beer.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer had a good upfront, so my expectations were high. But after looking at a nice color, with a decent (but minimal nose), and the first moment of each sip the beer just falls apart. This can be described as hearty in the bad way but still an overall solid beer.

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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 Ri0
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 375ml into chalice.

A - Thick obsidian with a mocha 2 finger head. Slowly fades into a collar and leaves behind spotty lacing.

S - A pleasant, sweet and roasted aroma with dark chocolate and walnuts. Some dark fruits and molasses.

F - Starts off semi sweet, but the hops add some bitterness. Roastse malts bring dark chocolate and there is a hint of caramel. Walnuts add a nutty component that ties it all together nicely.

M - Thick and rich with soft carbonation.

O - Delicious RIS and I like the nuttiness to it.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark fruit, brown sugar, earth, nuts and alcohol in the scent. Taste of rich earth, roasted malts, brown sugar, some dark fruit and nuts. More nut and hop flavors come out as it warms. I would really like to try this with a little age.

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brew topped with a respectable, dark tan head. Good retention.

Smell is lovely: super roasty, like dark coffee, with hints of overripe dark fruit or red grapes, nuts, and a touch of yeast.

Flavor follows: this is a big, smooth stout. Rich, dark cacao and coffee notes, along with a touch of char, from the roasted barley; just a little bit of sweetness from the yeast and the caramel malt, and earthy, nutty notes.

Thick and smooth, but with a little bit of fizz as it immediately hits the tongue. Alcohol presence is fairly subdued for the high ABV.

This is an excellent stout, and one I can only imagine makes for a fantastic BBA version.

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Photo of deford
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 fl.oz. bottle into a Firestone Walker snifter.

L- Very deep, dark brown with a nice little mocha head that fades to a sweet little ring. Bits of lacing hang on for a while.

S- Chocolate, dark fruits, maybe molasses...maybe.

T- Dry and powdery like Prairie Bomb! Cocoa and nuts with a bit of old leather finish it off. Really cool...

F- If you swish it around just a bit it'll give up lots of bubbles that really soften it up. Rolls right off the sides of your tongue....perfect!

O- Really a great beer. Very interesting, not like too many others I've had. Recommended!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle sealed with Jackie O's pressure cap.

vintage 2015.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: opaque black bodied beer. Two full fingers of medium khaki colored head that is thick and dense with lots of tightly packed bubbles. Head drops down to thin ring around the glass. Spotty lacing is all over the side of the glass.

Smell: This stout smells pretty nice lots of chocolate and rolled oats in the aroma. An earthy aroma with hints of smoke and roast malt.

Taste: starts of with a light milk chocolate sweetness and ends with a mild roast and mild bitterness. Earthy, smokey, and roasty. Subtle nuance of rolled oats. Hints of black licorice and nuttiness in the finish. Light bitterness lingers in a very pleasant way for an extended time frame.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied stout with moderate carbonation levels. Silky mouthfeel and creamy carbonation. Light booze bite that is noticeable and not out of line. Slight dry quality about the finish that adds to the booziness factor.

Overall: This is a nice beer, but it feels more like a porter to me. If Hill Farmstead Everett was a boozey beer and had some black licorice flavor, I would say that Oil of Aphrodite would be nearly identical to Everett porter. I could not find either of the adjuncts in this beer(black walnut and the belgian candied syrup) in the flavor profile or in the aroma. Still a great brew by Jackie O's.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jackie O's Oil of Aphrodite

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 90/100

Summery: Just a hint of nut. The sweetness plays well on the heavy malt. Definitely worth seeking out. No value though with a hefty price tag~

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark black, forming a few patches of bubbles along the lower edges of the glass, and forms a thick, long-lived head of a dark khaki, verging towards actual brown. Lacing is, as one would expect, impressive.

Smell: The aroma is almost tangible. Deep, rich dark chocolate, plummy fruits, newly tanned leather, and roasted nuts all swirl out of the glass, in gorgeous unison.

Taste: Oddly, less complex than the scent led me to believe. There's a distinct heat and astringency from the ABV, which likely fades if one is not drinking a freshly released bottle. Underneath that, there is a smooth, delicious stout, with flavor notes including dark chocolate, fig, plum, bitter earth, walnut, and leather. I'd like to try this again with some age on it.

Mouthfeel: Oddly light for an imperial stout, presenting itself as crushable rather than full, rich, and sticky.

Overall: Not my favorite Jackie-O's stout - that award currently goes to their Dark Apparition. That being said, this has scads of promise for developing into something truly spectacular with a bit of age, so I'll be picking up some more bottles to cellar. I'll revisit it once I try some aged.

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Photo of stickydankhop
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

tastes of bourbon and with nutty tones. smell is roasted malt and bourbon. My father said he liked this better than Founders KBS. This was a real treat to have and is right up there with other bourbon aged stouts

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Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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