Oil Of Aphrodite | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Oil Of AphroditeOil Of Aphrodite
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Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Imperial Stout brewed with black walnuts

Added by wagenvolks on 09-11-2010

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Reviews: 138 | Ratings: 658
Photo of Bonis
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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 portia99
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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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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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.43/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of mattcrill
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 nlmartin
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with an oily tan head. The nose is slightly metallic and chocolatey with some cedar? followed by a touch of fig and alcohol. Big improvement in the taste compared to the (unintentionally) sour version a few years back, now instead of astringent infection in the finish, there is a bitter nuttiness (most noticed after...burping?). Although I wouldn't consider the mouthfeel velvet, it's relatively smooth. However, the lingering roasty & overly bitter finish loses drinkability points. I prefer this base beer to dark app., but the BA version rum oil less so than the BBA dark app.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of veinless
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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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 Dope
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of boralyl
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of ManVersusBeer
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.