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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: 5.31%
Wants: 338
Gots: 132 | 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 UCLABrewN84
2.66/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottle # 92/206. 2011 vintage.

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 on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, wood, rum, and some funky dirty feet aromas. Taste is much the same down to the funky flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with some sort of infection going on. (515 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to Eric for opening up this bottle last night. This has been one of my bigger wants ever since I first had the regular Oil of Aphrodite. It did not disappoint. Bottle 168/192. Served in a Bruery tulip. I damn myself for not remembering to pull out my Jackie O's snifter.

Pours nearly black with a thin mocha head and some light lacing. Some legs on the side of the glass as well. The nose initially brings forward a good dose of dark rum and some walnut. Chocolate and light roast in the background. The flavor really melds the rum, chocolate, and malt very, very well. The walnuts come through more toward the finish. The rum provides for an exquisite finish after a very full-bodied brew. Simply excellent. One of the better beers I've had in a long time. (776 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 largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mark for sharing this and me for sharing some with Jeff's carpet.

A: The pour is black as night with a finger of tan head.

S: Lots of roast and charred barrel/oak to begin with. The vanilla and rum notes come through after that and, strangely, so do the walnuts. Plenty of coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of spice (from the rum?).

T: A strong flavor of dark chocolate and roasted malts up front, followed by lots of rum, vanilla, and charred oak. There is a very distinct nuttiness and only a moderate coffee flavor. Like with the aroma, there is a slight spice note.

M: The body is medium to full with a medium level of carbonation.

O: One of the best Jackie O's beers I've had to date. Really nice stuff. (728 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,380 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 MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brad for sharing this while visiting Chicago. Served in a Lost Abbey Rastal Teku glass.

A - Pours with a dime of foam that quickly settled to a thin ring, leaving no lace. Pitch black body. Looks exactly like the base beer.

S - Spice wood, huge cane sugar and rum notes. Not as much nut character as the original beer. Some dark fruits and roasted malt in the periphery.

T - This is probably the most rum-heavy beer I've had, and thankfully it isn't infected like the rest of them. The rum character is very similar to aged, spiced rums. There's a big nut character in the finish. I'm not sure if I prefer this to the base beer.

M - Lower carbonation, extremely smooth medium-full body, with minimal heat. Finishes slightly sticky. Again, very similar to the regular version. Thankfully didn't lose much body in the barrels.

D - This was slower drinking the original, as it had a much stronger spirit character. I can't slam rum, and since this has such a big rum character I ended up feeling the same way.

If you dislike rum, you'll probably hate this beer. (1,074 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/31/12 notes. Big thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one; I liked the base beer a lot so was excited to have this one. 22 oz. bottle into a taster glass.

a - Pours a deep brown color, almost black, with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, rum, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Nose is very interesting...a nice mix of chocolate, rum, and vanilla. I like it quite a bit.

t - Tastes of cocoa, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, rum, alcohol, coffee, cream, burnt malts. Nice, though a little more alcohol here and not blended quite as well as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink overall.

o - Overall a pretty good stout. I think the base beer is a really solid, good American stout, and think this is a little bit of an improvement on it. Rum usually isn't my favorite barrel to see beers in but it worked well here; the nose is really nice and complex. Would love to try the other variations and have this one again. (1,042 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to foofaa for bringing this one to Imminent Liquidation II. I have wanted to try this one for awhile now, glad to finally have the chance.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving thin streaks of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of plenty of dark roast, warm rum, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and a surprising amount of walnuts for how much this beer has added to it. Grows a little spicier as it sits in the glass, most likely from the rum.

T - Starts off with some chocolaty sweetness and a bit of dark roasted malt slowly giving way to hints of walnuts, vanilla, coffee and plenty of spicy rum. Finish has some dry oak tannins and some sweet roast, not lingering on the pallet for very long.

M - Big body and flavors with moderate carbonation. The carb works very well with the flavors and while they are strong they don't overpower the pallet for very long.

O - I really liked the base of this one so I was looking forward to trying this treatment and it didn't disappoint. I look forward to trying some of the other ones in the future. (1,096 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by TurdFurgison, thanks! Bottle # 168/192, a very interesting beer that unintentionally went up against the 50/50 Eclipse Elijah Craig.

Beer is black and forms a thin lazy head that breaks, no real lacing, beer appears almost oily and with a swirl coats the sides of the glass.

Beer's aroma is complex but really nutty at the same time. I didn't realize this was made with walnuts until someone pointed out that's probably where the aroma was coming from. There is some sweetness and some liquor character.

Beer is medium in body and really creamy in the mouth, there is a lot of rum character and some chocolate. While the beer is quite nutty it is not as nutty as I expected from the aroma. Seems to have incorporated into the palate quite well. Interesting beer all around for sure. I'd have it again no doubt. (831 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber # 70/192 from the original release. This was proclaimed by a local advocate to be one of the single best barrel aged beers ever created. So going into this my expectations were set pretty high. Poured into a matching Jackie O's snifter, the brew appears black in color with a dark mocha head. The cap fades leaving a bit if spotty lace sticking to the glass. Some leggings of alcohol creep down the wall of the glass slowly. The head holds in mainly a ring around the outside of the glass.

The aroma is dark and roasty as expected with a kilned quality producing the expected scents of coffee, chocolate and an overall fresh roastiness. In the background is a faint nutty aspect mixed with some alcohol tang, citrus and mineral elements. A bit of sulfur emerges when swirled across the back. In the nose, the barrel character never really jumps outright, it primarily plays a supporting role to the alcohol scent.

The taste includes some fortified alcohol aspect overtop a bitter roasted grain base. Espresso mixes with unsweetned chocolate and a bit of citrus that seemingly comes feom
coffee instead of hops. There is a very nutty aspect that blends into some barrel flavors of caramel and toast. Some fruity alcohol flavors are present before the onset of mild vanilla that lasts into the aftertaste.

This is a boozy brew but overall is integrated nicely. I enjoyed the subtile barrel nuances but was a bit disappointed that the base nutty character i enjoyed so much was almost completely lost under the increased alcohol presence. It is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. I had no issues finishing my glass and would had reached for more if it was possible. This is not the worlds best barrel aged beer but it is most certainly worth a try. (1,777 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)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared tonight with friends
Pours an inky black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates as soon as it musters. Smells of alcohol, oak, rum, dark sugar, chocolate, roasted coffee, and oily nuts. It really a unique aroma, at times I get a creme brulee thing going on then it seems like burnt caramel or roasted nuts. It's very complex. The flavor follows the aroma with a bit more alcohol heat than the the aroma promised. Nutty rum and chocolate flavor with a hint of stout and coffee. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet boozy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this beer, but a bit less alcohol burn would have sent this to the stratosphere for me. (680 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Riko at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Very dark brown, bordering on black. There's a small light brown head.

S: Fudge and brown sugar with a lower level of roast. Rum is light, and it accompanies oak and vanilla. Blackstrap molasses is evident.

T: Fudge and roasted malt with sweet brown sugar and evident vanilla. The rum is a little stronger here than in the aroma, and fusel notes are somewhat harsh, though not detrimental.

M: Full body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: The beer had a nice aroma but the alcohol was a little harsh in the flavor. (585 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 8.1.13

A - Pours black with a 3/4" brown head that creeps to the edges forming a ring.

S - Rum, booze, raisins, dark fruits.

T - Rum, nutty, wood, sweet chocolate and fruit, chocolate covered raisins.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Dark heavy and boozy, lots of rum, raisins, and fruit. (331 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 TurdFurgison
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Jackie O's for the Experimental Beer Festival. There were also 16 cases for sale, with labels stating "Malt beverage brewed with walnuts and aged in rum barrels".

This was the best in show today, a really well crafted beer. It poured a dark brown/black color, opaque, with a thick tan frothy head. It smelled just delicious, cocoa and caramel and nice rum overtones. A very well defined roasted malt character, with nuttiness getting a nearly perfect complement from the barrels, rum worked well with this stout.

It tasted perfect, just exactly the flavors I wanted from this barrel aged stout. The black walnuts pair well with the chocolate malts, and rum (apparently aged in wet rum barrels for 8 months) flavor added to perfection without dominating. It has to be tasted to be believed, really very good.

Thick bodied and viscous, nice lasting flavors after every sip. Delicious. (907 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 DefenCorps
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge want of mine, knocked off by TurdFurgison. Thank you, Eric.

An impressively thick, black beer, there's a dense, dark brown head as well. As it recedes, it reveals rather nice legs. The nose is intense. The walnuts really come through, with a mild skin-like astringency. The brown sugar and vanilla rum character is noticeable as well. Roasted malt character is rather pronounced as well, this beer doesn't have much by way of sweetness. A little caramel and a little cocoa are present,as well as some cookie dough. The palate opens thick and chewy with a little vanilla, plenty of brown sugar rummy flavor and a moderate roasted malt flavor with a surprisingly low malt bitterness.Nutty walnut flavor is present as well, especially in the mid-palate, along with some caramel. Full in body with medium-light carbonation, this has a sweet and roasty finish with caramel and vanilla. A very impressive stout, this! Thanks again, Eric! (939 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on 4/10/2013. Thanks to Koelshtrinker for sharing. Bottle #58 of 216. Pours a mahogany hue with no head, just a cluster of bubbles along one side of the glass. Nose expresses sweet malt, cocoa, ethanol, vanilla and a hint of the rum barrel. Taste follows nose, but also a little watery with some vinous notes. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an even carbonation and some residual heat. Overall, an excellent beer - could use more body; however, the flavor and nose really make up for this aspect. (511 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)

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