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Oil Of Aphrodite - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 570
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 3.88%
Wants: 317
Gots: 159 | 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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Reviews: 124 | Hads: 570
Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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! (374 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Serving type: 12 ounce bottle poured into an Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black, nice cream tan head with lots of tiny bubbles, looks great in a glass. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: I was drinking another Jackie O stout earlier and I got this strange chemical like aroma, sam e here, there's a strange chemical aroma but it leads into a beautiful chocolate roasted malt aroma.

Taste: Big roasted malts, chocolate, dark roasted nut, dry, I got some bitterness on the front end, not getting any alcohol burn for a 10% beer, great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, nice carbonation, dry finish, a little alcohol burn, not much, but a nice medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Stout with walnuts, turned me off at first but this is a really good double stout. Really nice, a must try for stout lovers, I am not sure what it is but there is some strange chemical like aroma on the beer's front but I don't anything like that on the taste. I got this in a trade and I don't know how old the beer is, but this is really good, nice big chocolate roasted malt flavors and I don't get walnut flavors. In Ohio, stop by Jackie O's and ask for this! (1,174 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

375ml bottle purchased from local Heinen's for $5.99/bottle. No bottle dating but latest release.

Dark black to opaque elixir poured into Hoppin' Frog snifter. Thick, mocha, two finger head, thick lacing.

Complex aroma built around roasted malts, caramel, nut, spice and mild char. Hints of coffee and chocolate.

Initial bitterness smoothed by a velvet toasty chocolate, some char on the back end. The nutty, caramel flavors are muted by the heat.

Medium to heavy mouthfeel, a bit oily but overall fairly smooth.

Very nicely balanced between the malt and hops but the alcohol is a bit too in front and masks the flavors so prevalent in the aroma. I have a bottle in the cellar and look forward to revisiting this brew in a year. (738 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 8.5oz. snifter

A- The stream of the pour was dark brown with a slight reddish tint to it. Once in the glass it is pretty black with only a slight tint of that reddish brown when held to the light. One finger medium brown head.

S- Dark dried fruits, alcohol, dark chocolate, not really getting any walnuts, the alcohol coming on a bit strong.

T- Very alcohol forward, then dark fruits of dried dates and cherries, dark chocolate, getting some of the walnut in the finish, aftertaste of coffee/chocolate acidity.

M- A medium fullness, slightly syrupy, definite sipper.

O- A nice Imperial stout, was hoping for more nuttiness, too much alcohol flavor, could probably due with about a year of age on it. (722 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Lots of bitter, dark chocolate and sweetness but it's balanced beautifully with the the bitter hop finish. Not sure if I'm getting any walnut qualities. Impressed. (163 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This may be the best stout I have ever had. It certainly is significantly better than other recent tastings, and this is one of my favorite styles.

It is chunky looking. Near perfect. The aroma is a mix of all kinds of things in an perfect concert.

The taste is a huge mix of things. Nuts and sweetness and a little hops all mixed perfectly with a bit of fruitiness (in the nose too). It's thick and malty with a hugely sweet aftertaste.

This is certainly one of the tastiest. I have the rum barrel version to try next. I am NOT sharing! (542 characters)

Photo of RogueOz
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml poured into a tulip.

L: Dark, but not pitch, light permeates through the pour. Light tan head. Aggressive pour with about 3/4 inch head.
S: coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, hint of booze.
T: slight bitterness, melding into the chocolate and coffee, Not overwhelming on any front.
F: Nice moderate, creamy mouthfeel, possibly an attribute of the walnuts in the process.
O: A well balanced stout. Can't wait to get into the Ba version.

Cheers. (450 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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! (1,002 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

A most excellent imperial stout. Ale pours pitch black with a thin tan head that dissipates to
an outer ring with decent lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a hint of booze.
Taste is up front bitter chocolate and deep roasted coffee, a dash of nutty dryness mingles nicely
with a crème brulee like aftertaste. lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a rich coating characteristic
Decadent. Sumptuous.....and the dust of the grand wazoo. You might not believe this little
fella, but it will cure your asthma too. Drink to some Zappa....Apostrophe.

Cheers! (579 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a tulip
A: Pitch black with a 1/2-finger head
S: Chocolate, roasted malts and coffee
T: Matches the nose, adding a bit of fruit esters. The coffee and chocolate are particularly bold. Integrated and balanced
M: Full-bodied and balanced
O: A delicious stout, recommended if you can find it
Also, I took the advice of the reviewer below me and sipped this on a warm summer morning - definitely recommended (430 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black with just a wisp of off white head. Leaves thick legs on the snifter.

Smells of coffee, dark roasty malts, mild bitter chocolate, mixed dark fruits and just a hint of citrus.

Taste is spot onto the smell. Rich and lush with a lingering aftertaste that just won't go away. Nicely sweet yet dark enough to balance itself out. Not at all dry, almost milky.

Creamy and dense, it lingers for quite a while. Overall an excellent stout, insanely easy to sip on a cool summer night....hell, I could sip this one on a hot summer morning. Highly recommended if you can get it. (591 characters)

Photo of Bonis
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%

Great stout. Lots of smooth dark chocolate. Rich roasty malts, a touch of smoke. Walnut flavor is weak but there, more apparent on the burp. Alcohol taste is negligible which makes this stuff dangerous at 10%. Not sure if I would buy this again, as it was a ridiculous $6 for a single bottle, but it is good beer nonetheless. Jackie O's is doing good things, I just wish the prices would come down some for their bottled stuff. (427 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
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 (647 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,448 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.43/5  rDev -41%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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 (676 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (260 characters)

Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.