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Oil Of Aphrodite - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 285
Gots: 44 | FT: 2
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 09-11-2010)
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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

wow finally in my hands at long last, I've been after any jakie o's for a year now and thanks to sweatervest27, ive finally got a chance. thanks Kyle I greatly appreciate it!

beautiful bottle artwork on this one. 22ozer into a cigar city snifter.

a- look awesome, pretty dark with a slight reddish hue on the edges as I pour, much thinner than I imagined. in the glass it's pitched black with a thin dark brown head, leaves great lacing.

s- tons of roastiness, has a lot of RIS qualities on the nose than an ais. tons of nuttiness in the back end (I imagine it's the walnuts)

t- huge roastiness and tons of nuttiness upfront. again much more RIS than ais on this one. bitter chocolate finish with an aftertaste I can't quite put my finger on. alcohol nonexistent.

m- much thinner than I had imagined but still hefty. carbonation is high for a stout which is quite nice.

o- finally my first dance with jackie o's and it was a good one. Can't wait to seek out the rum, I can see this one being amazing!
thanks again Kyle for your kindness and chance!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 06:30:44 | More by KevSal
Photo of ColdPoncho


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
Photo of DavoleBomb


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
Photo of 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
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

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

From Notes - Bottle consumed on 8/7/11 at the Copper Mine Pub (1st vintage)

Appearance: Pours jet black with a minimal dark khaki crown that displays minimal retention and lace.

Smell: Dark roast malt with a great walnut note. Touches of oak, rum, and chocolate round it out nicely. My favorite aspect of this brew for sure.

Taste: Same as the nose but a bit subdued comparatively. I might have waited too long to crack this bottle open although the rum has mellowed in a real good way.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Goes down easy and highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 20:52:06 | More by koopa
Photo of Preismj


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
Photo of brew3crew


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
Photo of jale


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
Photo of FosterJM


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

743rd Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

Not sure vintage
Not sure BA who brought this

App- This was a very nice looking dark stout. An almost black stout with a lighter brown head and a little bit of streak.

Smell- A pretty customary stout nose with a lot of coffee, roast, chocolate. On the trailing whisps you do get a little nutty note as well as some caramel.

Taste- This was a pretty good stout. Had a bit of dark chocolate with some slight slight hop bitter. A little bit of roasted espresso and some dark malts.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated, a little bit of chocolate roast remains.

Drink- This was a very tasty stout. On a day with two Jackie O's beers it was a good day. This stout was the opposite of the Black betty in that more bitter and a little more roast. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 22:07:52 | More by FosterJM
Photo of HopHead84


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 09:22:02 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Gfunk720


3.83/5  rDev -9%
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.


Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 01:29:11 | More by Gfunk720
Photo of scottfrie


4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Jackie O's snifter. Thanks for sharing Mark.

A: Pours a super dark brown with a thin bubbly head.
S: The nose is nutty and roasted with a hint of vanilla.
T: I get notes of bourbon, nuts, chocolate, vanilla, raisins, leather, and oak. The finish has flavors of smoke, and the aftertaste warm and lingering. I get just a hint of coffee as well.
M: Tingly but low carbonation with a medium-thick body and a touch of alcohol warmth.
O: A really really good beer that was a pleasure to drink. It’s nutty, smooth, thick, creamy and complex. Thanks again for sharing, Mark.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 02:53:16 | More by scottfrie
Photo of AgentZero


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

A - Thick, black beer with a tan head that didn't stay for long, didn't leave anything on the sides.

S - Very roasted smell, black walnuts are somewhat pronounced and can be picked out if you're looking or them. Some bitter coffee with a bit of chocolate.

T - Roast, coffee, roasted nut taste. Slightly sweet with a bit of bittering from coffee. The sweetness and roast mix pretty well together.

M - Smooth, pretty close to full bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Good beer, addition of black walnuts is unique and gives this beer some distinctive characteristics. Good stuff, would have this again if I could get a hold of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 04:43:20 | More by AgentZero
Photo of DaveHS


3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 01:13:48 | More by DaveHS
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 14:08:06 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of prototypic


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. Many thanks, dood!

Bottle 178/192

Oil of Aphrodite lives up to its name. It looks like thick, black oil! Not a hint of light cuts through. Very ominous. Unfortunately, there’s not much head to discuss. Carbonation seems extremely light. A few, dark mocha colored bubbles collected on the surface, but fell very quickly. Lacing was very light and faint. Love the color!

The nose is very good. It kicks off with a really nice mix of barley, chocolate malts and roasted malts. The chocolate variety smells mostly like bittersweet dark chocolate. It’s not sweet at all. Roasted coffee and a light praline, nutty scent follows. Molasses is secondary, but complements the other scents well. Alcohol is masked well. I wouldn’t guess 10%.

The flavor is even more impressive. The base of roasted malts, barley, and chocolate malts is intense! It’s an explosive combo! The chocolate malts are definitely bittersweet and reminiscent of dark chocolate. There’s a sugary sweet, candied flavor that’s interesting. Praline nuttiness is quite strong in the mix, and adds quality character and depth. Secondary flavors include coffee, molasses, and black licorice. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but isn’t indicative of 10% territory. Finishes chocolaty, nutty, roasty, and a little sweet.

Oil of Aphrodite isn’t quite as thick or viscous as you might expect. Rather, it’s on the lighter side of a medium body and feels a bit thin. Carbonation is extremely light. It would benefit from a bigger body, but the carbonation does lend a little smoothness to the feel.

Oil of Aphrodite is a really nice release from Jackie O’s. The flavor is extremely impressive. I wasn’t sure how well the nutty aspect of it would come through. Loud and clear is the answer. It’s not perfect. I would prefer a few more bubbles and more body. Addressing those two shortcomings would improve it a little. Fantastic beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 02:45:31 | More by prototypic
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 22:17:14 | More by Mora2000
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2.2/5  rDev -47.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 16:39:49 | More by TheDudeRules
Photo of steve8robin


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a recent trade, thanks Eric! 22oz bottle...

A: Super amazingly dark black liquid pours into my snifter and created a thick 1+ inch mocha dark colored head that fades at a decent pace to a nice bubbly lace atop the brew. Awesome!

S: Smells of pure chocolate upfront with some very thick pronounced cocoa in the middle with some nice vanilla on the backend. Mild roastiness hidden on the back. Very good!

T: A nice roasty coffee upfront with some hint of lactose quickly followed. Some amazing heavy cocoa on the backend with hints of vanilla blended in. Good!

M: Medium body with a awesome carbonation. A nice clean creamy finish. Very good!

D: This goes down so easy! Very good.

All in all, bravo! This is a fantastic beer from Jackie O's. It's not overly thick, but not too thin either. It flirts with a perfect balance of coffee and chocolate. Definitely try if you like stouts! Worth hunting down a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 02:11:08 | More by steve8robin
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New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 16:58:44 | More by mdfb79
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks to mikesgroove for sharing this one with myself, beeruser, and funkydelic during Hobo Tasting #6! Batch #2! Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured black as night with a minimal brown head. Maintained minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and tobacco. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and tobacco. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. This one was very tobacco heavy for some odd reason to me. It had a great aroma and pretty good flavor on this one. I couldn't drink a lot of this one due to the tobacco aspect present, but could probably drink an entire bomber. Definitely get your hands on this one, you won't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 15:22:52 | More by thagr81us
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Bottle provided by normyk, thanks Rob!

Bottle #127/192

A - A beer has never been so aptly named before (sans perhaps Old(er) Viscosity), as this beer looks eerily similar to something that should be changed in a car every 5,000 miles. Everything about this beer screams 'black', which is surprising given the playful label art. A bubbly, dark brown head slowly but surely rises from the depths of the beer seconds after it pours, gasping for air shortly before being drawn back under the midnight abyss. Several minutes later, the only remnants of the head are in the form of a few swatches of foam grazing the surface of the liquid and a rather bubbly ring around the glass. Likewise, the lacing is sparse and is thickest where the head crested, with runoff foam making up the lace below that.

S - Given the intimidating appearance, the aroma isn't as dense as I would've imagined. There's a good amount of malt in here, imparting a sweetness and chocolate aroma similar to a heavily-malted oatmeal stout. The malts also give off a nice roastiness as well. There's a huge amount of walnuts as well; really nutty, earthy, and robust. I can't say I'm getting much of the Belgian candi syrup, but it could be blended into the sweetness of the malts.

T - The taste takes the roast of the nose and gives it about an extra shot and a half of espresso in it. The chocolates here are quite bittersweet, as well as a good amount of molasses and smokiness that reminds me of some light tobacco. The nuts don't really come through until the finish, where they last well into the finish. Overall it's a pretty sweet beer, almost bordering on too much, but the nuts and roast really cut this. The alcohol is well-hidden, almost to the point of not being there.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's strange, it starts off pretty light, but as it travels through the mouth it seems to pick up viscosity. Surprisingly creamy and smooth.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. To be honest I was expecting a bit more from this beer, and would like to see the roast cut down just a tad as it currently overshadows the subtlety of the other flavors. It did achieve its goal of giving off the walnut flavor, however.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 21:30:22 | More by nhindian
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:01:50 | More by mikesgroove
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 20:04:34 | More by Kegatron
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a decent amount of head. Very dark and thick. Doesn't look to highly carbonated. Smells roasty with hints of nuttiness. The smell opens up a lot when it warms up. Tastes very strongly of black walnut. a very unique taste! And the thickness is amazing. I don't think I've ever had such a thick beer. Very drinkable for its percentage and overall a great drink

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 18:12:13 | More by Urbancaver
Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.