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Oil Of Aphrodite - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-02-2011 03:03:32 | More by DavoleBomb
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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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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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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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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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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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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to Auslander for this beast. 750 mL bottle pours black and fairly viscous. Petit, but nice tan head leaves a great collar and spotty lacing.

Nose is almond nuttiness with rich chocolate. Big fruit - mostly figs - with a slight licorice aroma as it warms.

Taste is an outstanding combination of smooth chocolate, touch of roast and plenty of figgy-raisin fruitiness. Very slick and smooth mouthfeel. Sweet and bitter play off each other nicely...perfectly balanced. An excellent beer, I want to drink this again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 13:03:21 | More by twiggamortis420
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madvermin

California

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AwYeh for sharing this bottle with me.

Appears black with tan edges. Bubbly on sides with some Foam remaining slightly in the middle of the beer. Oily, as it should be.

Smells of burnt rubber, walnuts, burnt malt and molasses. Very nutty.

Tastes sharp at first, acidic and acrid, with nuts and molasses following. Phenomenally rich without being overpowering.

Mouthfeel is really clean for a big stout, acidity is high. Drinkability is phenomenal for a 10% big stout, the acidity cuts the richness perfectly. Probably the best part of the beer. Overall tasty beer, with the construction standing out more than any individual component.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 06:43:02 | More by madvermin
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from February '11 release poured into snifter. I believe this was one of the last bottles available, and was not labeled or numbered as a result.

A: Thick, very viscous body, with a half finger of tan head topping of the glass. While head dissipates quickly, a light coating remains behind.

S: Big, thick, and sweet– loads of burnt and roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and walnuts. Very pleasant.

T: Rich flavor at the beginning, there's a bit of an acridity at the beginning reminiscent of both dark fruits and the nuts that show up in the smell. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts all show up once again. I'm a bit surprised by how quickly the flavor drops out before the finish.

M: Very smooth but rather thin-bodied compared to how viscous it looked. Light carbonation. Slightly sticky, but the thin, almost watery mouthfeel detracts from the flavor lingering on the finish.

O: Quite an enjoyable beer, though I do wish it was a bit thicker. I like the effect the walnuts have on the beer's flavor. Worth checking out if you get the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 06:41:50 | More by AwYeh
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zhanson88

California

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 03:13:48 | More by zhanson88
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.83/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 20:50:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 189/348, '11 batch.

A: Pitch black pour with a smallish medium brown head. Fades somewhat slowly, leaving substantial lacing behind.

S: Great roasted malt with sweet milk chocolate. Nutty almost like a brown ale would be. As it warms a nice coffee bean aroma shows up too.

T: Nutty and sweet up front and continues throughout. Roasted malt kicks in with some milk chocolate and finally fades into a roasted coffee bean taste in the finish. Hints of anise, cherries and prunes appear in the middle as it warms.

M: Thinner than you'd think for a 10% ABV beer, but velvety smooth and creamy. Goes down like silk.

O: An interesting imperial stout brewed with walnuts. Don't get a lot of nutty stouts. I'm a big fan of nutty brown ales so this is really combining some excellent flavors. Mouthfeel is top notch on this one, perhaps the nuts smooth it out a bit. Super drinkable as a result. Overall a tasty and well-balanced yet unique and drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 05:02:32 | More by Dope
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boralyl

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 04:03:34 | More by boralyl
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 20:44:50 | More by nrbw23
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ManVersusBeer

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to trxxpaxxs for sharing with me and Boogknight.
2011 vintage, bottle 264/348.
Dark black, dark cola line of head then nothing.
Smells pretty great, but hard to pinpoint. Meaty as in nut meat and smoke, oily, honey.
Bitter roast to start then fades toward moderate charcoal, some raw nut walnut meat and good campfire s'mores topped with dried blueberries.
Medium to fuller with a slick, smooth and drinkable clean chocolate finish. The Goddess of Love touch makes this even better. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 00:25:03 | More by ManVersusBeer
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 00:10:18 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.