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Oil Of Aphrodite - Rum Barrel Aged - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 443
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 339
Gots: 131 | FT: 32
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 11-06-2010

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Photo of lupercmda
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black opaque black. Smells like it fermented with brett. I get a sour dank smell with a little rum smell. Taste is sour and unbalanced. Has a lot of of rum predominating the taste. I wonder if I got an infected bottle as I truly thought this was a sour. (266 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Molasses, Walnuts, Booze, Wood

Here we have an Imperial Stout that has seen a healthy duration of rum barrel aging with the company of walnuts, the rum character is pleasantly noticeable which compliments the massive stout character this brew brings to the table. The 11.5% abv does not show itself until about halfway through the glass, new subtle complexities with each sip. Finishes with suggestions of walnuts, floral alcohol, brown bread, mild molasses, and faint woody rum ... amazing.

STYLE: American Double Stout | ABV: 11.5% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015) (617 characters)

Photo of Hayes86
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy rum. I am not a huge rum fan. A sniff from the glass after pouring smelled like an empty rum fith. It tastes great. If you like rum. It is a great beer. But I enjoy bourbon better. The bbaooa is much more balanced as well. Good beer, but I think Ill stick with the bbaooa. (277 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks mang! Let's get this shit started. Dark brown body with a small beige head. Oak, roast, tannic qualities, vanilla. Sweet roast, light chocolates. Lots of wood and sweet wine / rum character. Good for splitting a few ways. (255 characters)

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pulled this one from my cellar for my 700th BA full review. This is the 2014 vintage.

A strong pour achieves about an inch of chocolate brown head. Body is jet black just like 3000 mile used motor oil. Nose is fragrant with distinct tones of rum soaked walnuts. Black cherry, dark fruits and dark chocolate plays on the nose as well. Rich and chocolatey as it enters the mouth. Very much like eating german chocolate cake. The boozyness builds as you continue to drink this one. This beer would benefit from a couple more years in the cellar. Very thick on the mouthfeel. (584 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this beer during a little cellar cleaning party with JLindros. 2012 vintage bottle # 59/216. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip an oily black hue with a rather thin mocha head. Decent legs.

S - Aromas of pleasant rum, light nuts, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, minor booze.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. The rum is really soft and the chocolate and nuts lends to a nice fudgy/chewy flavour profile. Just a little bit of booze on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, velvety, really nice.

O - Overall this beer was another tasty stout from Jackie O's. Glad to be able to share them with fellow beer drinkers.

Serving type: Bottle (673 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle poured into can glass

A: very dark not much head but what there was had a caramel hue to it then it settles to a nice frothy film

S: pure rum I can smell some tart caramel

T: lots of caramel and vanilla with sweet nuttiness. Lots of sweet booze a little leather some roasted malts

M: nice thick feel a little cloying

O: this beer flavor wise is jaw dropping there is so much going on here I can't explain it all. The rum barrel is amazing. This beer is quite amazing (491 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.74/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A big thanks to Jeff for this little gem. 375ml capped bottle into OEC stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger mocha colored head with little retention. Beer is thick, oily and pitch black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good stick and big, filmy legs. Quite menacing.

Nose is alarmingly tart. Notes of sour dark fruit, roasted malt, cocoa powder, lactose, chocolate and booze. A bit strange though very aromatic.

The first taste confirms that my nose isn't lying. Opens tart plum and prune. Some chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt hides in the background but these are almost completely overtaken by the roasty, grainy sour taste. Boozy throughout but that just enhances the tartness. Roasty finish with a puckering, smoke and tart dark fruit aftertaste. I'm sure this isn't what the brewer intended.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and chewy in the mouth and goes down slightly hot and viscous. Messy finish with a lingering, heated aftertaste. Decent.

As a sour stout, this isn't terrible... but its not good either. As a regular stout, this is clearly infected. Just not a very good beer. (1,122 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pitch black
Aroma is dark chocolate fudge, vanilla, candy bar
Flavor is dark chocolate and bitterness mixed with vanilla and oak.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin but the carbonation is fine.
Overall this well exceeded my expectations. (243 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud.

No head, pitch black long legs.

Nose light, mild dark choc, cocoa and mild fluffy nougat, faint barrel notes.

Taste sweet cocoa, caramel, aged dark malts, some rum and boozy notes, chewy dark caramel malts, fudgey cocoa, char, etc. Mild bitterness and earthy hop. (284 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: Well...rum! Oaky, vanilla, woody character firmly asserts itself. Clean fermentation character. Not much but the rum barrel character. Not a bad thing but hard to pick up on the base beer.

Appearance: Inky black pour with jet black edging. Low tan head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More vanilla, oak, and rum character. Light caramel, raisin, and burnt toast notes. Nice earthy bitterness due, in part, to the dark malts. Barrel character is firm, oaky, and continues to assert throughout. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with a bit of charcoal character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Oily but not creamy or with any alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A big barrel aged stout. Hard to get much besides the barrel character. Good, but drinkability suffers a bit without a good base beer characteristic. (897 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hey look, another bottle from fiver29! I think they’re breeding in my cellar, & I’m encouraging such activity by rubbing them up against one another. Another 375ML stubby split with my wife, side-by-side with the sherry barrel version.

Again, black-on-black, with carbonation visible only to the obsessed & persistent. The nose is like a rum-pirate sandwich. I’m pretty sure there’s a beer under there, but I’m going to have to submerse myself in the liquid to find out. I’m game.

Oil of Aphrodite – Rum Barrel Aged is like a light rum: half the alcohol, none of the beer. The first, second, & third swallows burn a bit, & I fear for a midnight run of indigestion. RUM! There might be a bit of the base stout under there, & the one thing you can’t throw a wool cloak over is the squirrel’s hoard of nuttiness.

And that’s about it. Nuts-and-rum. Is there a walnut rum? If there isn’t maybe In-Bev should consider whipping one up. Two notes, but those notes are pure. Good beer. (1,004 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with a 1/2 finger khaki colored head. Some great lacing down the glass with each sip. Looks pretty fantastic.

S: Rum, some nice barrel notes, marzipan and some dark cherry syrup. Everything kind of melds together really well.

T: A nice mix of cocoa, walnut, dark chocolate, dark rum and some dark cherry. Silky smooth and finishes on a slightly sour cherry note. Very tasty. (392 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce bottle, label says 2014 vintage. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head that didn't stay around long. There's a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like rum, molasses, nuts, dark fruit, burnt wood and vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like rum, burnt/charred malt, walnuts/nuttiness, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and some roastiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good double stout, Jackie O's has done a great job with this one! Definitely worth picking up! $11.99 a bottle. (700 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nice sweet aroma. Smells like a good bottle of rum. Tastes sort of like Bacardi though. seemed to have that sourish taste Bacardi has. Didn’t really care for that since I’m not a big Bacardi fan. Drank too much 151 back in the day. (235 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a 375ml bottle into a hill farmstead tulip. big thanks to my buddy Respirologist for this bottle. rather excited for this one... first Jackie O's I've had the opportunity to try.

L: pours like oil, a deep dark brown/black with a little under half a finger of light mocha head.. dissipates quickly to a thin rim around the outside. dark brown around the top when held to light. Nice looking brew.

S: upon opening and pouring the bottle I'm immediately hit with the wafting aroma of dark rum. In the nose i get dark rum soaked lightly charred oak, dark molasses, chocolate, & dark fruit.

T: A very well balanced beer w/ plenty of rum soaked barrel character. Rum sweetness, molasses right up front, followed by a lightly charred oaky note.... into dark fruit and more wet rum on the finish. a slight nuttiness begins to become more prevalent as this beer warms. very tasty brew with some very nice complexities

F: My initial reaction is that this beer is a bit thin. It does have a very nice viscosity to it... but it is on the light side.... i would expect a little more heft here from such a big beer. It hold true to its name Oil of Aphrodite as far as mouthfeel is concerned... As the brew warms the oils start to build up into a slightly numbing coating on the inside of your mouth... and it starts to become more and more chewy as it warms. very light on the carbonation. nice feel overall but i wish it had a bit more heft.

O: a very tasty treat, with loads of rummy barrel character. A very nice offering from Jackie O's that makes me interested in trying some of their other brews. Very nice, well balanced complexity going on here... great brew.... just wish there was a tad more heft to the body. (1,728 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A friend was in Ohio the day these were released, he snagged me two bottles. I wanted to love this beer but the rum sweetness was over the top, saccharine. I'll revisit this brew again - maybe my palate was off when I first tried it. There's a lot going on, wood, char, nuttiness - but the rum does a damn good job of masking those elements. (342 characters)

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

Poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours a pitch black color with a small foamy khaki colored head that reduces to just a ring around the edge

S- Wow, dominant rum aroma up front, the strongest rum barrel that I've experienced on the nose. Beyond that, nutty notes mix with dark fruits, butterscotch, vanilla dark molasses & candied sugar. Very pronounced aroma

T- Big sweet rum flavor, as expected from the powerful aroma, it gives flavors of sweet molasses and candied sugar. Slightly tart dark fruits kick in mid-palate with flavors of dark cherry & blackberries. Toasted nuts & earth, quickly followed by cocoa and smoky charred malt on the finish

M- medium-viscous body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly boozy, warming finish

O- this seems to have the most dominant barrel character, which plays nicely with the base beer. The nuttiness of the walnuts add a contrast to the sweetness of the rum and Belgian sugar, very well done (977 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial stout brewed with candied syrup and locally-produced black walnuts and aged in rum barrels. Obtained on a recent trip out to Jackie O's. Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour has the same dark, not quite black appearance as the standard OoA and produces a noticeably thinner 1 finger of fine tan head that retains pretty well. The nose is quite different from the plain OoA. All those toffee, vanilla, and nutty notes are blanketed by sweet molasses and decadent run. I detect a touch of cocoa in there as well. It makes me think of those delicious little German dark chocolates filled with Asbach Uralt brandy.

Full body with a fairly creamy feel and a wonderfully complex flavor. Not quite as complex as 2-year-old Abyss, but complex nonetheless. Up front there is a bready, malty backbone supporting some toasted nuts, a bit of licorice, oak, vanilla, a fair amount of cocoa, and a lot of rum. The rum flavor brings an intense earthy sweetness, but tricks you into thinking this beer is hotter and boozier than it really is. There is a strong port-like flavor in the back of the palate which complements the sweet, malty, nutty character of the base beer very well. Lingering flavors of chocolate and rum fester in your mouth, tempting you to keep sipping. A bit of alcohol warmth on the finish.

Overall, a phenomenal beer. I like the way the rum barrel complements the base beer. I'm not a big fan of rummy, port-like flavors in roasty stouts, but OoA is certainly not what I consider roasty and it works here. Personally, I'm not sure I can say this rum barrel aged version is better than the standard OoA. It's too different and it's like comparing apples and oranges. I also think some additional time in the bottle might do wonders for this beer. Some of those rummy notes might fuse with the nuts a bit better. I feel very strongly that the base beer is exactly what the brewer intended the moment you pick it up. I would definitely buy this again, to age it if for no other reason. (2,019 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a few of these girls on trade. This is the first BA version I have reviewed.

Appearance: Black as night decent amount of head when poured aggressively and it hangs around the edges of the glass throughout the pour.

Aroma: Chocolate malts, some rum but not as much as I would expect. Nevertheless, a nice beer for sure.

Taste: Rum is predominant on this one. There is more booze on the tongue than on the regular Oil. Walnuts and sweet toasted notes are present. Some molasses notes come through as well. Not cloying but this beer is on the sweeter side for sure. I am certain that is the rum barrel coming through. This is what BCBS should taste like really, its well balanced, not too boozy but just enough and the mouthfeel is spot on.

Overall: So far to me this is the best of the lot. I am interested in seeing what a sherry barrel aging does to this beer! (878 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a deep mahogany, very close to black. a finger of a creamy tannish colored head. strong retention and a large lacing left behind. completely opaque due to the dark color. leaves a brown viscous layer behind as it swirls around

Smell: rum, dark fruits such as plums and dates, some nuttiness.

Taste: opens with rum along with super sweet dark fruits. again plums and dates. a strong nuttiness comes through and just a hint of roastiness makes its way through all the flavor. Strong alcohol flavor near the end.

Mouthfeel: pretty thick, low carbonation. extremely warming.

Overall: tasty but I think it needs a bit more body and some additional roastiness to stand out a bit more. The balance is a little off. (731 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to drlovemd87 for sharing another epic bottle that cant be bought in colorado! this is a neat one, and although i have never had the base beer for this, i have to imagine the rum barrel brings it to this elite level of quality and uniqueness. aromas of Caribbean spice meld with very dark roasted barley and the coffee notes that accompany it. i get a little dark chocolate, a heavy hit of vanilla bean, and a woody character thats earthy and has some minerals to it. very interesting. the taste of this one, and most barrel aged beers ive had from these guys, is a lot less about trying to pick apart the elements and analyse them, as it is just drinking and savoring the whole. the rum influence is obviously heavy, but the flavors are integrated to a level not often seen, and its unfair to this beer to dissect it like i normally tend to do. the mouthfeel is just insane, a touch sweet from the rum, but velveteen softness and the viscosity of a good port wine. carbonation is minimal, but i dont wish for more of it. there is something delicate about this enormous beer, and thats tough to come by. jackie o has continued to blow me away, and i must now rank them with my favorite breweries in the country. this is next level stuff! (1,244 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredibly, domineeringly sweet, with a weird slickness of feel. It's interesting, no doubt, and I admire it somewhat for that, but it's simply not drinkable beyond 6-8 ounces or so. (182 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Smells of dark fruit, molasses, vanilla, oak, chocolate and some other spices I can't put my finger on. Warming alcohol. Delicate spiced rum flavors up front, finishes with oak. On the thin side. (195 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from the 2014 release. Poured into a snifter 11/19/2014.

A- Dark black body, oily and thick. Half finger offwhite head, minimal retention time, no lacing. Has nice legs on it. Pretty much looks like what the name implies. [4.25]

S- Sweet rum, dark fruit, oak, dark chocolate. Not particularly complex, but for a rum-barrel aged beer, the rum really plays nicely with the rest of the base beer. One of the few rum-barrel aged beers where this is the case. [4.25]

F- Smooth milk chocolate, rum sweetness, dark fruits, oak, dark chocolate, finishing with a mild piney bitterness. Nice complexity, and as in the nose, the rum plays nicely with the rest of the beer. This definitely works. [4.25]

M- Thick bodied, on the lower end of carbonation for the style. Smooth, slick and sticky. This is fairly nice with a slightly over-bittered finish. [4.25]

O- This was pretty impressive in how the rum was so strong but played very nicely with the rest of the beer. Nice complexity and mouthfeel as well. This is a more than solid stout to try. [4.25]

Final score: 4.25 (1,078 characters)

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