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Oil Of Aphrodite - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 573
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 322
Gots: 160 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
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

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks, Nick! Bottle 109 of 192.

Fitting of the name, it's oily and black as pitch, pouring with a dense frothy head that quickly disappears. Swirling reveals syrupy brown legs.

Huge chocolate on the nose, nuttiness, toasted malt, molasses. A lot of sweetness, but it's a good clean aroma.

Tastes good, too. Very chocolatey, nutty, not overly roasted and only lightly bitter. The body is extremely syrupy, this has a lot of residual sugar, a lot of molasses sweetness. The finish is mellow, toasty and nutty. A very solid imperial stout, though the viscosity hurts drinkability.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

shared at hobo tasting 7.5 with calton, cam and zach, along with newcomer chad. served in snifters.

pours out like motor oil. thick, viscous with no real head but soo think and oily it was impossibly to look at it any other way then used motor oil, lol.

aroma is odd. lots of tobacco, popcorn, leather and hints fo really dark and bitter chocolate. unlike anything i had run across before it seemed to be soo heavy. really bitter licorice coming through now as well. interesting. as you take the sip the think feel washes over the palate. really a huge profile with notes of leather and tobacco are dominating along with a huge hit of like 95% cacao and licorice in the finish.

overall it was a very nice stout but put up against some of the others we had today, it could have been a bit better.

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

Thanks for this one, Mark!

Pours black as night with a finger of khaki head. Surprising amount of nuttiness to this. Lots of roast and molasses in there as well. A nice dark chocolate note, maybe a bit of licorice and burnt sugar. The flavor has a bit more bitterness than expected. Plenty of roast, dark chocolate, and molasses notes. A bit of walnut is also there. Lightly creamy, too. Medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

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

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. This is another one shared by the ever generous Stakem as part of a recent tasting. I didn't get a chance to grab the bottle # on this one but it's from the latest release.

Pours a dense black in the glass, with a thin ½ finger covering of fizzy dark mocha head. This maintains some frothiness on the edges, leaving back a good bit of spotty froth and brown oils down the sides of the glass. The aroma is thick with chocolate and smoky smelling roast. The walnuts aren't immediately identifiable to me but there is definitely an interesting nuttiness here that sets this apart. Some hints of molasses, brown sugar, and citrusy hops round out the edges of the nose.

The taste is similar, with a mix of acrid roasted coffee and sticky notes of dark chocolate and toffee. Pithy fruit and pine combine with the roast to add some lightly aggressive bitterness to this. The nuttiness of the walnuts is much more evident to me in the taste and really adds some uniqueness to the profile. This finishes dry, roasted, and warm. The mouthfeel is full bodied and definitely has some thickness to it in the mouth, courtesy of a chewy and syrupy feel that really accentuates those sweet flavors. That 10% ABV is not hiding at all, adding some beefy power to the body, yet keeping any stinging heat elements away from the other flavors.

They are definitely putting out some innovative beers at Jackie O's and this is a good example, as the walnut addition (even if you aren't super familiar with the flavor) adds a definitely interesting spin on your usual Imperial Stout. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Thanks again Adam!

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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 WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours pitch black into my chalice, huge thicket of tan head leaves fine Belgian style lacing down the sides of my glass in even layered rings. 5.99 for a 12.7 oz bottle at 10% abv, kick ass stout that I've shared out of bombers in the past.

Aroma big dry dark roasts, espresso beans, dark chocolate syrup, hints of molasses, even a touch of soy sauce dredging through the aroma. Big walnut oil notes as well earthy/nutty tones.

Flavor Bold dark chocolate, slick oils from the walnut additions, hefty espresso layered flavors, more of that almost umami experience of soy sauce. Big body layered between nuts, dark chocolate, and slightly salty soy sauce notes.

Mouthfeel is full bodied nearly chewy once the last of the sediment is poured into my glass, even slow bubbled carbonation worked really well as it settled after a great fine carbonated head initially.

Overall, impressive on all fronts I could get a beer of this caliber distributed to Steubenville, Ohio note it as a day in history!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 03/27/11 notes. Brought to a DC tasting, poured into a tulip. Been pretty excited to crack this one open.

a - Pours a pitch black color, with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. No real lacing or head retention.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, and smokey malts. Nice, and the chocolate is up front.

t - Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, and very light smoke. Pretty good.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation, pretty thick and smooth body. No alcohol heat which is nice.

o - Overall this isn't my favorite beer from Jack O's, but it is something I definitely enjoyed quite a bit. Lots of chocolate and roasted qualities mixing with like smokey malts. I was a little surprised no vanilla here, as most stouts from Jackie O's have some vanilla to it, but I guess that's because it isn't barrel aged. Something I would certainly like to have again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jason for bringing this to Bryna's birthday party last night. Was looking forward to trying the other Jackie O's offering released last week. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a dime of foam that quickly settled to a thin ring, leaving no lace. Pitch black body.

S - Intense dark roast, with a hefty amount of nuttiness. I'm not sure I'd identify walnuts specifically, as there's an almond/marzipan sweetness to it. There's a bit of smoke and toast as well.

T - Taste is quite excellent as well, with multigrain toast, baker's chocolate, and a nutty character that has a bitter aftertaste reminscent of Brazil nuts. Alcohol is masterfully hidden.

M - Lower carbonation, extremely smooth medium-full body, with minimal heat. Finishes slightly sticky.

D - This was quite excellent. I happily finished my pour and would gladly have had more if it didn't need to be shared with other party attendees. The surprise of the evening.

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

Thanks to foofaa for busting this one out for us to try. '11 Bottle 164 / 348.

A - Pours ink black, with some dark brown highlights around the edged, with a nice one finger tall khaki colored head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate, dark roast, molasses sweetness, and lots of nuttiness. I didn't think the walnuts would come through this much but they really do.

T - Starts off with some dark chocolate sweetness slowly giving way to a mix of dark roasted malt, toffee, molasses, and a light bitterness from the nuts. Finish is a mix of dark roast and light sweetness, lingering on the pallet for some time after consumption.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel throughout with some lingering nuttiness.

O - This one is pretty good. I liked how well integrated the nuts are. I am glad I still have a bottle of this one, looking forward to how it develops.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #172/192 care of csmiley. Thank you for the chance to try this brew.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears dark black in color with a darkly tanned head that fades fairly fast. There is a spotty amount of lace that clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark and roasty smelling of minor notes of chocolate, citrus hops and a scent of nutty walnuts is included. This brew smells pretty fantastic and the walnut really comes through more than I was expecting. As it warms more of the citrus hop character comes forward accented by the alcohol presence.

The taste of this brew is dark roasty with an oily walnut flavor coupled with chocolate notes and a deep burnt almost drying roast to the finish. There is both an alcohol flavor and warmth that runs down the back of the throat. As this brew warms, the citrus hop flavor comes forward just like in the nose with a citrusy twang of flavor that is highlighted by the alcohol's presence.

This is one exceptionally smooth brew that is medium to full in body with a light level of carbonation. It is excessively drinkable for 10%. The walnut flavor in this brew was more evident than I was expecting. It really works. This brew is balanced very well with equal combinations of dark burnt dry roast flavor, citrus hops, alcohol and nutty flavor. I would love to get my hands on another bottle of this but at less than 200 bottles released...who knows.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to someone for sharing this beer. I think it may have been thirdeye11.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is very strong. I get a lot of walnuts as well as a lot of dark chocolate. Very nice. The flavor is just as good and a little bit more complex. I get a lot of chocolate and coffee as well as some oak and molasses notes. Very easy to drink for a beer that is 10 percent alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Outstanding.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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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 HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Enjoyed at Clusterfork #7 in a snifter. Thanks!

A: Very dark brown, bordering on black. There's a small light brown head.

S: Nice milk chocolate presence blending with dark. There's some cocoa with a faint nut note. Coffee is well integrated. Moderate roasted malt presence with a little earth.

T: Earthy dark chocolate with an upper low bitterness. Touch of molasses with accompanying anise and a moderate roasted malt profile. Alcohol is faint. 

M: Full body with moderate carbonation. 

Overall: An enjoyable Imperial Stout. Recommended.

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

This was one of the guest options at the recent de Garde event. Really liked this one. Lots of chocolate, vanilla and light coffee, but with that interesting nutty, pecan-like flavor I seem to pick up in a lot of the Jackie O stouts and porters. Very smooth, long and full bodied on the palate, with alcohol very well integrated into the flavor proflle. Excellent stuff!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -13%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Think motor oil brown body. Really nice mocha head pours a finger high with nice retention and ok lace.

S - Sweet nose loaded with Belgian candied sugar, chocolate, cream, nutmeg, hazelnuts, and walnuts. Edges of medium roast coffee and booze.

T - Smooth coffee and cream with a backend that is loaded with walnuts and Nutella. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cocca nibs, vanilla, booze, and a touch of ash through the backend.

M - Silky smooth with a medium-light body for the style.

O - A great take on a Belgian stout. The walnut flavor has great balance and works perfectly with the style.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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