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Oil Of Aphrodite - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%


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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ckollias

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew on tap at Jackie O’s brewpub in Athens Ohio out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black hue with a slight tan head.

S: Malty syrup aroma.

T: Strong alcoholic malty syrup flavor.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent brew – a little too syrup for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 16:13:37 | More by ckollias
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big roasty notes up front with a nice foundation of anise, light chocolate, and some boozy warmth on the nose.

Appearance: Jet black with a dark tan head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: A touch of solvent hotness up front. Definite chocolate malt, roasty flavors up front. Balance is to the malt and chocolate. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly oily (duh!), and some alcohol burn.

Overall impression: Good but not great. Seems to be a lot of hype surrounding this beer and it feel short for me. Would greatly benefit from some age.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 18:28:44 | More by mattcrill
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 20:20:19 | More by Knapp85
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Spider889

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 07:55:02 | More by Spider889
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 13:42:18 | More by ColdPoncho
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap to snifter at Jackie O's on 8/26/11
*From notes

A: As rich and dark as it should be. A .75 finger head lingers for some time, though minimal lacing follows it's demise.

S: Roasty as hell. There's a really earthy kick here, which I can only assume is walnuts coming through.

T: Quite laid back and subdued. The fore takes a second to kick in, as there's a mild creaminess that needs waking up. The mid showcases the darkly roasted malt and barley. The finish is extremely dry, and as the aftertaste lingers, there's an immense amount of nuttiness that begins to open up. Unlike anything I've ever encountered in a beer.

M: A bit pedestrian. It ain't bad, it's simply above average. I get the feeling that the walnuts may have played a part in this.

O: Jackie O's Oil of Aphrodite is utterly unique. I challange any brewmaster in the country to continually come up with more creative and delicious offerings then the team at Jackie's. I will say though that for as tasty as this Oil is, their Dark Apparition is the better of the two base stouts.

Certainly worth seeking out for it's one-of-a-kind nature.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 23:43:51 | More by Rhettroactive
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Preismj

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 14:21:13 | More by Preismj
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 00:08:20 | More by brew3crew
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jale

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 16:00:08 | More by jale
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Tripphop

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 19:12:40 | More by Tripphop
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earthboundagain

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes:

Ok got to try this on tap at the bottle release: I did pick up a bomber which will sit in my basement for a few years.

Ok they were doing 4 oz sample pours so I ordered two so I would get a nice sample.

A-The beer pours black with a small tan head, this beer is pitch black and has a steady stream of rising bubbles.

S-Ok we have lots of roasted dark malt, with a hint of nuttiness and some smoke.

T-Oh we have lovely malt and roasted walnut, some sweet dark brown sugar and a kiss of chocolate.

M-Attention all RIS and Double Stout brewers, this is how a big stout should feel, rich, creamy, and oh so sticky. You need to chew this brew and it still leaves a coating on the teeth.

D-The abv is so hidden you could almost binge on this, but the mouthfeel makes it a sipper

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 01:37:26 | More by earthboundagain
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 19:19:23 | More by Thorpe429
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 01:39:45 | More by TurdFurgison
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32 ounce growler filled earlier today at Blacklick Wine and Spirits. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head that stayed around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, nuts/walnuts, and some dark fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some burnt/charred malt and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good stout, next time I'll have to get a 64 ounce growler instead! Definitely worth trying if you come across it somewhere.

Serving type: growler

11-30-2013 00:03:49 | More by bluejacket74
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:58:30 | More by brentk56
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011 bottle (158 of 240) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours thick into the glass with a near black color and a short finger of dark chocolate brown foam that fizzes away quickly leaving only a faint collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - A bit of tartness up front (after a couple years in the cellar - infection?...we will see), fudge, dark chocolate, definite walnutty nuttiness, mild hop bitterness, cherries stand out a bit with some other dark fruits mixed in, touch of booze.

T - Burnt, charred malt up front, a bit smokey. Bakers chocolate, walnuts, just a hint of tartness (maybe start of an infection), cherry, roasty, hints of coffee, mid-low level hoppy bitterness, slight alcohol presence.

M - Pretty full bodied and dense. A bit syrupy in thickness, although a little bit slick and not sticky. Carbonation is low-medium and creamy...enhances the heaviness already in the body. Tartness comes on a bit more as the beer warms...gives a solid sour cherry character. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

O - Gives the impression of the very start of an infection taking hold to the point where it becomes noticeable in the flavor and aroma profile. Glad I had this now instead of waiting a bit longer. Still quite drinkable with lots of good qualities to it. Lot of smokey and charred character, chocolate and walnut flavors. Infection is adding some cherry and tart flavors that are a mix of enhancement and detraction.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 18:07:48 | More by portia99
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 17:19:24 | More by barleywinefiend
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

2.36/5  rDev -43.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 01:27:29 | More by BarrytheBear
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Bottle# 105/192 (not sure what year)
5oz mini snifter

A: Pours a deep brown color. Not very carbonated. Thin collar of light tan head around the edges of the glass. No lacing.

S: Smells like a stout. Nothing mind blowing. Nice roasted malts. Some chocolate. I do get a nice nuttiness, I assume from the walnut additions. Just not sure how old this bottle is.

T: Flavor follows the nose. It's a nice stout. Like some others have mentioned, maybe not quite worth the hype that it receives around BA circles. Nice roasted malts. Some hints of dark fruits and chocolate. Still getting a nice nutty presence. Dry finish. Lingering flavors of roasted malts.

M: Full bodied

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 14:44:30 | More by inlimbo77
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 12:57:07 | More by williamjbauer
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 03:51:44 | More by Alieniloquium
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 15:31:35 | More by nlmartin
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simply AWESOME 22oz bottle sent from dope (thanks man!) poured into my New Belgium Globe. Bottle 81 out of 348, 2011 bottling -

A: Very dark pour, completely opaque. Thin brown head recedes into a ring, leaving behind little lace and nice alcohol legs.

S: Big chocolate, fudge, and brownie; nice ever-present nuttiness makes me thing chocolate-walnut brownie or fudge...faint earthiness, moderate notes of molasses and licorice even...faintest hint of darker fruit and espresso bitterness. Very rich nose.

T: Again, chocolate, and mainly milk chocolate...walnut nuttiness as well...brownie...faint suggestions of coffee again, and a light lingering dark fruit tartness...alcohol is well hidden at this point.

MF: Thinner mouthfeel for a big stout, slick, probably straight up medium, but it coats the mouth well, with lower carbonation. I'd prefer more body but its not bad.

O: Pretty broad range of flavors that are all good in a stout; diverse. My least favorite dimension is that dark fruit note that borders on tartness. However for a non barrel-aged stout, the nose is as close to perfect as I've ever seen.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 16:23:39 | More by Scotchboy
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Woodshop 7 at Beachwood BBQ. I can’t stand walnuts but this was pretty good. Gone was the awful astringency that eaten walnuts provide, and instead there was a nice earthy nuttiness to go along with the molasses, dark chocolate and espresso.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 07:18:37 | More by illidurit
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black with an oily tan head. The nose is...tart (?) and chocolatey with a touch of fig. The taste is...slightly sour (?) with a strange malty aftertaste. It's definitely not smooth and drinkable and there is very little walnut at all. I'm not sure what's up with this beer, but something isn't right and I'm not sure why.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 23:30:06 | More by ThePorterSorter
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