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

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 339
Gots: 132 | FT: 35
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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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Ratings: 421 | Reviews: 84
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Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best rum beers that I've had. Great mouth feel, well balanced, subtle but tangible rum notes.

Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Photo of ehammond1
2.24/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

(Aged for 6+ months)

Black throughout with a moderately sized brown head that leaves dots and spots of lace down the glass. This has appropriate visible carbonation per the style.

A somewhat strange aroma, especially for the style. There's a good amounts of wood and caramel aroma, along with some off-putting acidic/funk character. I'm sure that isn't intended. There's some chocolate and roast elements as well, but something is off here.

The flavor is also I'm sure unintended funked and acidic. The wood notes taste moldy, the rum flavors sharp and acidic, and the rich chocolate and cream flavors don't hide something going wrong here.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Not good.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.74/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chswimmer for sharing.

Pours jet black and viscous with a small tan head.

The aroma is pretty chocolatey with molasses and booze, nuts, a little rum and oak.

The flavor is rather nice, a little ashy with dark chocolate, anise, soy sauce, oak, and rum-soaked toasted walnuts.

Very full-bodied with low carbonation - a bit too low - and very slick.

A good imperial stout overall, maybe not as good as the non-bal version though as crazy as that is.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body with a small off-white head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Rich dark chocolate aroma. Rum is equally strong, but doesn't overwhelm. It has a strong buttery aroma, too.

Taste - Lots more rum. It dominates. Extremely boozy. Butterscotch flavor is almost overwhelming. Chocolatey, but rum lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Overwhelmingly boozy. Medium body.

Overall - The butterscotch is too much. Detracts from the beer.

Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of snifters. Batch #1. Bottle 70/192/ Huge thanks go to Stakem for sharing this. I’m glad I could be there when you finally decided to open this!

Pours a pitch black, topped with a ½ finger of rich and creamy chocolate colored head. This maintains a robust ½ finger, leaving back a thick cascade of brown oils and frothy lace. The aroma smells of fudge, molasses, vanilla, dark fruit, dark roast, and some spicy warmth towards the back. This is smooth and delicious in the nostrils.

The taste is just so smooth and well integrated across the board here, with notes of rum, spice, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, some darker ripe fruit, and then some dry roasted notes and char on the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied and just so smooth and creamy on the palate. There is a very light sharpness to the carbonation but the overall feel here and ridiculously well hid alcohol content just carries all of that sticky sweetness so well.

I REALLY liked this! The rum character seems to cover up a lot of the walnut flavor that was so prominent in the regular version of this but man, the melding of the base and barrel flavor here is just so well done. This one grew on me more and more as I worked through this glass. I’ve been really enjoying these BA Jackie O’s beers that I’ve had so far. I look forward to checking out more in the future.

Photo of bashiba
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

warning: very sick black Pacific coffee colored head.

the nose is sick what the hell has the molasses Sunapee quality touch of dark malt.

the flavors and very heavy face picchocolate and burn black milds along with a half heavy smoke and some light rum flavors there's just a touch of 19 s with a light bit over the hops.

the mouth feels tremendously therapy very sick long lasting oily quality.

I highly recommend this beer.
is this review looks questionable is all done with Google Voice.

Photo of Treyliff
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared tonight with Curran.

Pours a thick and dark black, with a small, short-lived quarter inch head, and no lacing. Looks like delicious motor oil.

Smells like chocolate, walnut, rum, and butterscotch.

I've heard someone describe this as liquid Werther's, and that's not a bad way to describe. There's a really strong butter cream and butterscotch flavor that doesn't detract at all, along with a warming rum flavor, some chocolate, and a huge walnut blast that only appears when this warms up. This becomes really, really good when it's warmed up, and is just simply good when out of the refrigerator. It's pretty sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.

This one is quite thick and burly, mouthfeel-wise. It's got a lower amount of carbonation, and a very thick body.

This is quite excellent. Another great BA beer from Jackie O's.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black as night oil like liquid which had a huge tan head that really very slowly faded leaving behind lots of gooey sticky brown lace.

caramel, with some chocolate mixed in and a strong alcohol presence. Lots of sweet vanilla and bourbon, huge oak smells here. smell as well, very sweet overall. It was smooth, with not alot of carbonation. Huge bourbon whiskey type taste hit me right away as did the alcohol, this was not something to be messed with for sure. Very creamy thick feel and very strong alcohol presentation. Hints at french vanilla and a touch of chocolate rounded out the back side and added a bit of sweetness.

Photo of ddedhed
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

I can taste the base beer (which I love), but booze heat overtakes this particularly on the back end. A little bit of a a disappointment based on how much I love regular Oil of Aphrodite. Still a nice stout.

Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Craig. 2010 release, though I didn't note the bottle number.

Oily flat black, completely opaque. Leggy, barely carbonated.

The nose reminded me a lot of cocoa powder. There's plenty of complexity beyond that, too; molasses, dark rum, toasted walnuts, a bit of sweet teriyaki sauce. Impressively balanced.

The first thing my palate picked up was a huge bittersweet chocolate flavor. Combined with the subtle note of walnut, this instantly made me think of walnut brownies or fudge. Dark rum is also evident, but it's very integrated, adding another layer of flavor without overwhelming the base beer's complexity. The body is very viscous, bordering on syrupy - perhaps a bit too rich to drink in large quantities, but it's very good.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Jeffo. Thanks, man.

bottle 94/206.

A hard pour in a snifter revealed a fairly thick stout with a nice one centimeter mocha colored head. Minor lacing.

A smell i do remember from back in the day when I would actually drink rum. So rum barrel present on the nose together with some dark fruits, vanilla and dark malts

Bold and complex flavors. The but falvors from the base beers shines through. Also picked up enough of the roasted malts and sweetness.

The mouthfeel is a lot lighter then expected by the mean looking pour. It's seems a bit watery and the body is just not full enough to make this beer excellent. Also found the carbonation a tad too much for the style.

Highly recomended!!!

Thanks Jeff for bringing this for random beer night!

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a hunahpu's snifter. Bottle 140 of 216.

Appearance: Beer pours a black color with just a touch of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: very sweet with lots of roasted malt and dark fruit. The rum plays a large roll in the smell. Burns the nostrils quite a bit.

Taste: Lots of roasted malt sweetness and a rum flavor that is accompanied by a pretty intense burn. Mild vanilla with lots of dark fruit. A bit oaky. The nuts are stuck in the background. The finish is warm and sweet.

Mouthfeel: The body is quite thick and could use more carbonation. The finish is very dry.

Overall: the taste is quite nice even if the beer is a bit hot. I would have liked a little more carbonation. Good overall.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the August 27th bottle release. A couple 4 oz pours from tasting snifters.

4.5 A: Black. Came with nearly no head, but the light brown head that was there stuck around a while and left some lacing.

5.0 S: Wow! The regular is already wonderful, but now its perfect. Rich chocolate, caramel, decent general maltiness, black walnut nuttiness, and candi sugar. The rum and barrel adds plenty of vanilla, some oak, and of course some sweet rum.

4.5 T: The taste is similar to the smell. Chocolate, caramel, walnut nuttiness, moderate toastiness, soft roastiness. The rum and vanilla are quite strong in the taste and indeed probably a bit stronger than in the nose.

4.5 M: Heavy body, but on the lighter end of the spectrum. A decent bit thicker than the regular. Great creaminess and super smooth.

4.5 D: Great base beer. Great treatment. I could drink Oil all day.

Photo of KevSal
2.42/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big thanks to msgraves for this huge want, thanks man! I really enjoyed the regular,

2011 bottle number 85 of 206 poured into 2 eclipse snifters.

A- looking real good, somewhat still with a small white head that doesn't last long.

S- woa this one is huge on the alc, it's so heavy it covers up everything else. Smells more like tequila/ cheap rum. I'm not liking this too much.

T- taste is better but still not to my liking. The base comes through here covered with that same tequila like rum flavor. No sign of walnuts like the base had but the roasted stout is there.

M- mouthfeel is average for a ba stout, not very much carbonation and somewhat thick body. It's alright, works well to cover the mouth, including that tequila alc taste

O- not sure what happened here, I've had ccb Neils and loved it. This one was much different than that, and I dont think it worked well with the rum, I can see this base better in whiskey, brandy or bourbon. I was wondering if I had a bad bottle or maybe it wasn't aging well (6 months) but reading some other reviews it sounds like this is how it's supposed to taste (atleast this batch anyway) so I guess it's one of those cases that its just not for me.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

08/27/11- Had this one on draft at the Jackie O's release.
A: Soft cream collar with no lacing, but opaque.
S: Honey-dipped walnuts and rum. The malt doesn't decessarily stand out except as chocolate-covered raspberries. Pleasant.
T: Nice molasses and rum with some white wine acidity. Good sugar and vanilla but overall dry and crisp with smokey chocolate raspberry linger.
M: Thinner and crisper than you'd expect, with a slight fruit viscosity.
O: Great.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of Rum and Wood!

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