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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 BMMillsy
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%

2014 Bottle from Joe. Thanks buddy. Pours viscous black into the tulip with almost not head, with just a creamy espresso foam colored head settling around the top edges. Rich aroma of molasses, anise, chocolate, raisins, and definite rum, though not boozy smelling. Flavor is sweet vanilla molasses, lots of anise, a bit of rum spice, booze, chocolate covered raisins. Medium thick mouthfeel with lowish carbonation, and not too dry. A nice dessert beer that is in the wheelhouse of CCB's recent Da Un Beso. Very similar beers, with this one coming with a bit more heft and booze. Good stuff. (592 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of dsigmon
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Jet black and nice mocha head that doesn’t stick around for too long.

S: Rum, rum, and more rum...delicious rum and a dash of cocoa

T: Starts off with sweet decadent chocolate followed with some fantastic rum barrel characteristics...hint of coffee on the end. I’m not normally a fan of sweeter stouts but the sweetness is integrated nicely with the barrel and there are no dark fruit notes currently present.

M: A tad thinner than I’d like, a little slick and sticky, but absolutely nothing to complain about.

O: Great beer, the taste doesn’t linger long and there isn’t a ton of complexity. It’s became quite flat after allowing it to sit and “open up” more which I haven’t experienced before but worth noting. (739 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 WesMantooth
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like regular Oil, it pours an opaque black. Has a small mocha head that does have a little ring that survives all the way down the snifter.

Smell is very strong aroma of rum. Very sweet, similar to a Captain and Coke, with vanilla, carmel, and toffee. Also slight cocoa and roasted aromas as it warms, but the rum overshadows everything else.

The taste has the rum right up front. Sweet, with a little burn. Toward the back of my tongue, I get the slightly chared, roasted malt and chocolate, with a nutty aftertaste. The walnut aspect is what sets this stout apart both with the regular version, and this one. This may sound stupid, but my biggest criticism would be the rum. While quite enjoyable, it doesn't share the spotlight quite enough. I think regular Oil is a fantastic stout with a unique flavor and it is slightly drowned out here. The balance does seems to improve the more it warms.

The aging seems to have thinned the body of this beer.

I think Oil of Aphrodite is an outstanding beer. I also think this version is outstanding, but the barreling does not quite take it to world class status. Another outstanding brew from Jackie O's though. (1,163 characters)

Photo of ddedhed
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

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. (207 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

12.7oz bottle from latest release. No bottle dating. Opened at cellar temp and poured into Hoppin' Frog snifter.

Opaque, black liquid, two-finger, mocha head to a nice rim throughout. Large splotches of lacing as the tasting proceeds.

Wonderful aroma of rum, caramel, nut/earth, dark fruit, cocoa, mild char.

Dark fruits, caramel sweetness, rum backing and mild burnt malt. The rum is ever pervasive but does not crush the other flavors.

Full body, slightly slick, not as heavy as BCBS (which is the measure).

A really nice rum barreled stout that melds ingredients into an outstanding, complex brew. Well done. (621 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle 59 of 300 from 2013, big thanks to evan12 for the share. enjoyed from a mini snifter at the southampton IRS release and then the capped bottle was uncapped at home and re-enjoyed from a JO mini...review is a combo of notes from first impression and 2nd impression a few hours later.

a - brew poured a watery black, but coated the glass in stoutiness. what little head present was gone quick. some nice dark brown highlights but once the head was gone, it was gone for good...little sludgy.

s - nose is fairly peaty. folks at the release when the bottle was first opened were surprised that this vintage seemed to lack some of the magic of previous vintages (or other bottles)...some fruitiness from the rum was there, but hidden behind the soggy peat the leads in the nose.

t - flavor follows the nose to a degree leading with peat, but presenting a wash over the rum infused stout.

m - mouth is carbonated and a bit chewy, fairly big and bold, even for the style.

o - overall, a bit of a let down. i've had several JO brews over the years and always heard that this was the highlight and i've definitely had others that were better. nice to finally get the tick though. (1,182 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 71/300 of the 2013 batch.

A: Pitch black pour with a small but dense dark brown head. Head fades pretty quick due to small initial size but great retention and a nearly solid wall of heavy lacing to boot.

S: Interesting aroma. Hard to place. It's nutty, mainly. Even without the label I would have said walnuts, and a whole lot of them. Some sweet chocolate to mix in and some vanilla to boot? Very unique.

T: Again, super nutty initially but now there's a good amount of sharp rum in there mixing it up. Quite a bit of chocolate in the middle to boot. Kinda tastes fudgey. Some caramel in the finish joins it. Pleasant bittersweet chocolate aftertaste with a hint of walnuts. The boozy rum especially likes to linger.

M: Big, smooth and borderline creamy.

O: I've had the regular version of this and I don't remember it being quite so nutty. Rum is sharp but cuts the thickness and add some complexity. A very unique brew, I debated quite a bit on the scores. It's a little odd up front but fantastic on the back end. (1,030 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold from the tap at Jackie O's with a hint of a short lasting tan head, clean and leaving no lace but a thin ring around the edge.

Subtle rum and oak?, sweet molasses, smoke?

Big bodied, chewy, rum barrel, char after, super cool brew.

Drinkable - are you serious ? (275 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 bashiba
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (495 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 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 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 Dreadnaught33
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to Justin, thanks for the taste!

The beer pours a nice color that you'd hope for in a stout, very dark brown highlights and a totally black core color. Decent Ning of brown head and some lacing.

The smell is very nice and quite complex. The rum really melts in beautifully to the sweet cocoa and roasted malt stout base. It really smells like a decadent fudge based dessert, it's great.

The taste really follows suit, it opens up pretty sweet and chocolatey and ends with a nice mix of the spirit and a ton of coffee roast. It's a fine beer, maybe a bit on the sweet side up front but still quite tasty.

The feel is ok, it is a bit light for a big stout like this and has a bit of burn, which is ok, but seems a little astringent on the palate for me.

Overall a very good beer, great for a tasting, probably wouldn't be great to drink a lot of. (871 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to play russian roulette with my 1 and only bottle of the 2011 batch 138/206

Pours jet black with almost no head

smells like a really nice pure cane rum and powdered hot choclate mix

taste starts as a nice malty sweet stout that moves onto a smooth rum taste and finishes with dry cacao(thanks tosh for suggesting i taste cacao)

mouthfeel is normal for an imperial stout very light carbonation

overall really glad i tried this and super glad it wasn't infected...another very good jackie o's offering (513 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 nrbw23
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a black color with a very very thin brown head. Head is pretty much a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and no lacing left behind at all.

S- Smell is pretty roasty, bakers chocolate, spicy rum and wood. There it is again the same funk that I get from all these BA brews.

T- Taste is a lot like the nose. A bit more booze than I expected. Same funk is here again. Not quite how to explain this funk.

M- Fuller side of medium for sure and light carbonation.

O- This same bit of funkiness that I keep picking up in their brews is a bit of a let down. I really enjoyed the regular version. (610 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After trying the regular I'm curious how well this beer fares...

The beer pours a jet black with an oily head that fades quickly. The nose is sweet with a big rum barrel aroma and some malty sweetness. There is an oily walnut in the taste that mixes with the huge rum barrel flavors. The malty sweetness comes off a bit chocolately, but there is a boozy bite in the finish. This beer has a medium-heavy body with a residual sweetness, roastiness, and some oily barrel that lingers. This doesn't drink as smooth as expected, but still very spot on flavors. I've enjoyed this beer twice, but feel it's lacking in comparison to apparition. (637 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
2.24/5  rDev -45.9%
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. (769 characters)

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 Spider889
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from a full pour on draft at the release last year. I will admit that the bottle I opened a few months later was a drain pour due to really harsh astringency/huskiness and dirty booziness. Needless to say, this beer may exhibit some variation.

For now I cannot find notes on the bottle so I will limit my review to the notes (draft) I do have on hand...

A - Black and a bit more thin looking than the regular full body of the base Oil of Aphrodite. Very little head but there are some dark fudgy twinges of color at the top ringing my glass.

S - The oak component is really prominent - damp and musty; full of age and knowing. There's some tartness from the liquor but rum is bound to do that to some extent I think. Sweet toasted coconut wafts up at me - the evidence of a clean-drinking dark rum.

T - Where I found the aroma to be good, the flavor was pure excellence. The rum is really potent and assertive. Hot but not really boozy/offensive. I was getting boatloads of coconut and vanilla bean from the barrel. Happily, the base beer was still wonderfully present. Lots of sweet roast and nuttiness, coffee undertones, and bitter dark grains.

M - Light carbonation, pleasant density - though some more fullness/body would only help to add impact to this beer. The rum starts smooth but gains in harshness on the finish. I'd venture that some age in properly stored/handled bottles might do this beer wonders. (I wouldn't take this advice on any 2011 bottles though.)

O - This (on tap) was a beer that lives up to the hype. (1,540 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 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)

Oil Of Aphrodite - Rum Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.