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Oil Of Aphrodite - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 570
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 318
Gots: 159 | 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 TheDudeRules
2.29/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Review taken from my notes from 4-3-11. Hooked up from a generous guy named pimpmyporter. Thanks Brian.

This beer has been long sought after by me. Jackie O's in general has. I'm eager to get my piano fingers on about anything they offer. This beer specifically has been a top 10 want for me.

My trusty Darkness snifter at my side I wait for the bottle to come my way and pour it into my eager glass. Whew. This is a deep jet black pour with a chocolate color head.. Is there a Krakken living somewhere in there. You would never see it if so.

Cocoa nib on the nose. Earth tones as well. Not what I was expecting. Wow. Not at all. There is earth funk on my tongue now. Dirt, tobacco leaf, and a walnut on the finish. It's just a big mess in my mouth. Nothing taste wise works. Majorly disappointed.

So I turned my head so nobody would see the tears rolling down my cheeks. The major hype train was a chugging on this one. Sorry gang it's derailed off those tracks. Flat out drain pour for 8 guys including me. I have higher hopes for other Jackie O's offerings. I would trade this one away while you can get a small fortune for it for the rarity aspect, because taste wise it is worthless. (1,193 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.43/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2011 bottle numbered 46/348....courtesy of a trade that I know the other guy won :)

Dark brown with some splotch. Reminiscent of my baby boy's fudge smudges post Indian buffet.

Smells nutty....like squirrel shits

Okay, now seriously what the fuck? Why are these "stouts" so ridiculously tart? Weird carbonation and cherry cola. Walnuts? Sure....neat.

Low bottle count...check. Formerly interesting brewery...check. A brewery that I will never again trade for....check mate. There is nothing redeeming or worthwhile about any of these "stouts". Dark Apparition, both regular and BA, were a mess. This is no different. Messy and not good. (640 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (1,231 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Imperial Stout brewed w/ walnuts

Thanks Dan!

Pours dark brown with good clarity and a cola colored head. Medium retention and lacing. Aroma is really tart, almost citric, with decent amount of coffee/roast notes typical to stouts. Taste is also a little too tart for my liking, but with a good amount of roast in there.

Brewed with walnuts? Tough to tell. Yeah, there are some nutty overtones and a walnut skin like bitterness at the end, but if I had not known, I wouldn't even fish for those aspects. Other than that, it's a fairly average Imperial Stout and pretty lackluster in the richness department. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation, so it drinks like a 7-8% ABV beer. Not a fan.

4, 3, 4, 3.5, 3 (717 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 57 or 378 (2011 version)

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a very modest head; a quick fader that leaves mini dots around the side of the glass

Smell: Tart cherry tones waft above the chocolate and roast; nutty elements, too

Taste: The tart flavors arrive early, masking the underlying roast, chocolate and walnuts; not much flavor development, as a result

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: When you have a big sour program like Jackie O's, I am not surprised that it is hard to contain the wild yeast strains; the sourness of this beer is interesting, but not great, and certainly not what the brewer intended (647 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to nickd717.

A: Pours a nearly pitch black body with some ruby translucence at the edges. The head is... was there head? A second pour shows some frothy bubbles that vanish quickly. The beer is really leggy, though, with a coating, syrupy appearance. Hmm. Dark Lord comparisons spring to mind.

S: Nuts, roast, dark chocolate, molasses. It's really quite sweet in the nose, but I'd be lying if I said it weren't pleasant.

T: As in the taste, nuts come through very strongly, as does an initial burst of roasted grain. The mid-taste gets progressively more syrupy and conveys flavors of molasses. It's not exactly cloying, because the roast carries over and provides a nice balance, but it is very rich and thick. The finish is surprisingly clean, with nuts making their way to the forefront again. A touch of pine bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: I'm not a subscriber to the idea that imperial stouts HAVE to be rich, thick, and syrupy. If anything, I think the ones that take it too far that way (Dark Lord) are problematic in general. I think this one carries its heft well, though I was expecting more complexity for the amount of sugars found here.

D: Definitely an enjoyable beer. But like I said above, it's quite rich and syrupy, and I found myself gravitating toward some other stouts on the table that were considerably less rich, yet more complex (Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition amongst them). Pretty hard to drink a lot of this. (1,484 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured jet black with a nice tan cap with good head retentiona nd plenty of lacing.

S: I detect a little tartness on the nose with nuts, heat, roast and chocolate

T: My inital sip was a letdown. A light astringency with sourness upfront backed up with coffee, chocolate and nuts. I really could not tell what type of nuts eventhough I knew they were walnuts. As this beer warmed it grew on me, some of the initial tartness wore off and the big roastiness came through.

M: Perhaps a wee bit overcarbonated. Very roasty, astringent at times but it did provide a lot of flavor to the mouth and palate

O: Good but not great. (628 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mothman. Very dark brown/black color with a slight tan head that forms a tiny collar around the glass. Dark roasty coffee notes in the nose with touches of black licorice. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with only slight carbonation. Big and chewy. Sweet roasted malt flavor gives way to bitter roast. Some bitter dark chocolate flavors as well. I don't really pick up too much nut flavor in the taste or in the nose. A pretty rich beer. Ends with a lingering bitterness that isn't all that pleasant, similiar to burnt coffee. Overall, glad to try this one but slightly put off by some of the flavors. (611 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a black color with a thin brown head on top. The smell of the beer was decent, it had a bunch of roasted notes to it with some light nuts in the mix. The taste of the beer seemed like most other stouts. There might have been some hints of walnut in there but nothing too impressive to me. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth with a little bit of an oily texture to it. Overall I'm glad I tried it but I wouldn't have to seek it out again. (463 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great thanks to thethrone for hand-delivering this, amongst other good-looking & -tasting brews, at Darkness Day as part of an off-the-reservation BIF. Split with my wife.

Pours dark black with minimal, almost no frosting. Smell is nailed - walnuts. Really. Had plenty of beers that hinted at nuts, but nothing like this. Wow.

Oil of Aphrodite is what a nut brown ale should be. Nuts, nuts, nuts. Candied sweetness, bitter, bitter chocolates complement the nuts. Roast, too. Hopping bitterness slurves in at the end. Creamy smooth, warm.

Good beer. Massively original, but the walnutting lends this such a bizarre air that I find myself puzzled with almost every sip. Wild. (679 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This was from the first bottling of this beer I believe. Bottle 166/192.

Appearance: Pours pitch black in the glass, very viscous. About 1/2" of dark tan head forms which has pretty nice retention and limited lacing.

Smell: Very roasty smell, with some coffee and dark chocolate present. Very pungent stout smells here, nothing meek at all about it. Not necessarily the most integrated, well put together smell though.

Taste: Roast, coffee and dark chocolate mix together pretty nicely. Bitter coffee and slight nuttiness intermingle on the finish. This isn't short on flavor, but not the best put together stout.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is thick, viscous and smooth. Nice. Overall I'm not sure what I was expecting from this beer, but it certainly wasn't this. It definitely has some nice flavors and is not short on boldness. Could meld together better but worth a try for sure if you get the chance. (911 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to kundog18 for this one.

Vintage 2011, bottle 59/144

A- Pitch black with 1/2 inch of coffee colored head. Fades quickly, leaving slight traces of soapy lacing.

S-Coffee beans, baking chocolate, flaked dried coconut, heath bars.

T/M-Very roasty on the front end, quickly yielding to a bitter melange of hops and walnuts. I think they are probably the source of the tannic dryness in the finish. The back end is a little hot, but I'm sure it would mellow with a year or two in the bottle. Full bodied with low carbonation.

O-Good, but undeserving of the hype. Would take plenty of other imperial stouts over this one, factoring in both availability and price. Worth trying once, but don't trade half your cellar for the privelege. (741 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for sharing this at his tasting.

Bottle # 115/192.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, ashes, walnuts, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with some cookie dough and cocoa flavors. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout for what it is but I think it tastes better than it smells. (586 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.83/5  rDev -7%
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. (1,240 characters)

Photo of Tripphop
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
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 (961 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one. This is the unlabeled batch 1.

A-pours a jet black motor oil looking beer with a deep caramel colored head and a thick creamy texture.

S-the nose is of chocolate, burnt malts, roasted coffee that is slightly burnt.

T-the taste has some chocolate and vanilla, notes of roasted malts and a fair bit of slightly burnt coffee, malt sweetness comes in at the back, plums and dark cherries.

M-the feel is smooth and creamy, medium to full body, soft on the palate, nicely carbonationed to give it an easy drinking finish.

D-this is a tasty brew, big time malts with a nice balance of sweetness. slightly burnt takes away slightly but still a good beer. (693 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (235 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with an oily tan head. The nose is slightly metallic and chocolatey with some cedar? followed by a touch of fig and alcohol. Big improvement in the taste compared to the (unintentionally) sour version a few years back, now instead of astringent infection in the finish, there is a bitter nuttiness (most noticed after...burping?). Although I wouldn't consider the mouthfeel velvet, it's relatively smooth. However, the lingering roasty & overly bitter finish loses drinkability points. I prefer this base beer to dark app., but the BA version rum oil less so than the BBA dark app. (591 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was from 2011. The beer was chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is black. The head of the beer was a burnt tan that rapidly desolved. No lacing marks this beers passage.

S- The beers aroma is milk chocolate, cocoa almost to the point of fudge brownies. All this sweetness supports an excellent black walnut nuttiness. Yes this beer has a nice darkly roasted character. Plenty of figs and dates bring fruityness to the aroma.

T- This beer has darkly roasted malt, cocoa, milk chocolate and semi sweet chocolate. Wrapped up in all this fudgey goodness is loads of walnut flavors, figs and dates along with a bit of burnt sugar. A light amount of tartness finishes the beers flavor.

M- The body of the beer is a little thiner than I want in a RIS. The carbonation is low. The beer has a palate coating walnut oilyness which is very nice. No sign of alcohol heat.

O- Delicious! If the body was a little thicker it would be perfect. (966 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this bottle in a Darkness Day trade with urbancaver. Thanks again Cam! The bottle is the 2011 Batch and bottle 221/348. It is being poured into a Jackie O's Third Anniversary mini snifter courtesy of backfat, thanks again Dave!

Oil of Aphrodite pours a full bodied dark chocolate brown that appears black once collected in the glass. There is no head, just a slight beige lacing around the glass. The aromas consist of sweet chocolate, molasses, toffee, cola, with just a touch of alcohol. The flavors are of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, black coffee, slight molasses, and a touch of alcohol. It's not as smooth or as complex as I remember it. It drinks a little thinner than I remember it too. Overall this is a solid imperial stout but the first time I had it, a different batch, it was phenomenal. I like this one but wouldn't go out of my way to trade for it. (879 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 81/192

Poured into darkness snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of dark tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: Very rich and roasted with some sweetness. It has a coffee bitterness and the belgian candi sugar adds a layer of syrupyness. The black walnuts are a bit subtle here. It has a lot of chocolate as well.

Taste: A lot of roast and coffee shows here. Somewhat bitter fresh coffee. The black walnuts show more here, but I wouldn't have been able to pick them out, rather just a nut flavor to it. Chocolate and belgian candi sugar again. Somewhat sweet and syrupy but it works. Roasted malts with some caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and syrupy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. It ends with a lot of bitterness from the coffee here.

Overall, it is a fairly nice imp stout. It is syrupy sweet, but not overdone which I enjoy. It has a nice chocolate profile and the candi syrup adds a nice syrupy layer. Good and pretty drinkable. (953 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (635 characters)

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Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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