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Oil Of Aphrodite - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 621
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 20.53%
Wants: 333
Gots: 180 | FT: 27
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wagenvolks on 09-11-2010

American Imperial Stout brewed with black walnuts
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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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Photo of cvm4
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a decent black thickness with a dark tan one finger head. Okay lacing and okay retention.

S - Great roasted malt character, black walnuts are definitely in full effect and the sweet candied syrup rears its head.

T - Black walnuts combined with vanilla that transform into huge roasted malts. The Belgian candied syrup is on the money and definitely holds the beer together. There is a char character as well.

F - Full bodied and medium carbonation. A bit sugary and sweet, but not cloying sweet. Smooth and velvety body.

O - A rich stout that is to be appreciated.

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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 RblWthACoz
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours beautifully. Thick and lasting dark tan head that really lingers and laces my glass nicely. Flavor profile is outstanding. I do get some walnut character here, mostly on the backend and as an accent. Also, I get what seems like a mild molasses. Dark chocolate seems to be hinting, but also lingering as a faint accent, like the walnuts. There is a mature degree of sweetness here that is at the perfect level and I assume it comes from the Belgian candied syrup, as noted on the label. Overall, it's just heaps of rich malts piled on top of each other.

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Photo of BB1313
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours almost black with barely any light getting through; small tan head that fades leaving little lacing and retention. The aromas are very nice. Tons of dark chocolate. Some dark fruit in the mix. The flavors are very rich and sweet. The Belgian cadied syrup becomes alive and even gives the nose some sweetness as well. I'd say the syrup seems to be the star and gives this beer a unique identity. It's not quite cloyingly sweet, but it's definitely on the sweeter side. There's a subtle roastiness. There's a strong earthiness in the finsh, possibly due to the walnuts. There's a very subtle warmth, but it's definitely not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's not motor-oil thick, but it's not thin. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Easy to drink, but makes a great sipper.

This is a great stout. It's nice and rich. Complexities become even more noticeable as it warms. Well executed.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, nuttiness, dark bread, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, walnuts, and moderate dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, nuttiness, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, nuttiness, raisin, plum, light smoke/char and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, walnuts, and moderate dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, fairly slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, walnuts, and moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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


Friends poured his beauty at a small gathering/bottle share.
Pour is mahogany, what slight head there was dissipates quickly.
Nose is nutty, a bit of molasses, chocolate, and maybe dry fruit.
Taste is amazing. Malt comes through with a bit of cocoa, caramel, dried fruit, definitely walnuts, and just a hint of roast.
Finish is much the same with a gentle nuttiness lingering with the sweet.

Great. Sisd-by-side with the rum barrel version. This blows the rum version away.

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Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.