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Oil Of Aphrodite - Bourbon Barrel Aged W/Coffee | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Cynic-ale on 12-14-2013

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 47
Photo of rudzud
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave nice wisps.

S - Aromas of sweeter fruity coffee, light roast, nice richness. The bourbon is good, light vanilla, nice fudgy chocolate.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, very solid coffee notes, nice sweetness, the base is nicely sweet, good chocolate. The bourbon is nice and sweet, good vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, smooth, creamy.

O - Overall this was a very nice beer. Excellent barrel and coffee notes. Typical great Jackie O's stout.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud

Light fizzy dark head fades quickly, nice legs, dark almost black color

Nose tons of fresh roasted coffee, nutty earthy but sweet pepper spicy coffee, dark roasted, little chocolate cocoa, big fudge, little vanilla, some nutty aromas, little cookie dough.

Taste brings sweet candy malt, little brown sugar syrup, almost maple sweet but not a ton, dark choc fudge, fresh roasted coffee, quite nutty candied walnuts, touch fruity, little bitter roasted and earthy hop, fresh coffee grinds, touch vanilla barrel. Finish big fresh coffee, little earthy hop, nutty caramel fudge lingering

Mouth is fuller bod fudgey, little creamy, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice but big sweet.

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Photo of bgold86
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge huge fudgyness and mocha profiles on the nose with hints of vanilla and slight nuttiness, the oak really shines through as well. Huge chocolate and coffee on the palate, just utterly huge (huge!), with a creamy mouth-feel to boot. Taste reminds me of brownies with walnuts, absolute spectacular, 100/100! The brewmaster/s at JO's deserve a hearty congrats on one of the finest beers I have ever enjoyed (at the time of this review am a hop and a skip from 1,000).

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Photo of Jeffo
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from hotpipes a while back. Thanks for the box of goodies man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2013
Bottle 34 of 230
Walnut stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee

APPEARANCE: A clear, dark brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, slightly crackly, light brown head with half decent retention. Head quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Black body with no real carbonation evident. A ring remains leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Not bad.

SMELL: Lots of raw coffee beans with cream and vanilla from the barrels as well. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and coconut with notes of milk chocolate as well. Smells nice, and the coffee and barrel work well together.

TASTE: Coffee and bourbon barrel with vanilla notes up front. Oak and coconut in there as well. Big and bold swallow with bourbon and alcohol, lingering finish of bitter coffee beans, bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate and some spicy booze notes. Barrel is more prevalent than the coffee perhaps, but it's flavorful, interesting and well balanced. Really like what's going on here.

PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation. Slightly watery on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Some heat lingers. Like a lot of these Jackie BA beers, this one is a little watery in the feel. Still, this one is probably better than a lot of the other ones.

OVERALL: A really good brew here. This confirms that Oil and its offspring are much better than the Apparition crew. The feel isn't what it needs to be, as with all their BA beers, but the flavor and aromas are top notch. Thanks again for the stuff hotpipes. This was really enjoyable.

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Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to fiver29 for sending me one of his patented killer boxes with this among the bottles nestled inside. Really like the artwork much better than the old stuff - spartan, stark green with green wax, 22 oz. bottle, #190 of 230. Split with my wife who likes beer, coffee, & bourbon. Triple threat, she is.

The pour is black, the carbonation fades to irrelevance quickly. Nose is in coffee-nuke territory, a roasted assault on the senses. I have to come at it with just the right angle, & finally catch a whiff of elusive vanilla & bourbon. But the coffee stands out.

Oil of Aphrodite - Bourbon Barrel Aged with Coffee is something I can't say three times fast, sober or not. Nose bleeds right into the taste, where the coffee takes control more firmly than a tattooed barista in latex. That said, this is a beer that really needs to warm to allow the coffee avalanche to slow its cascade. Subtle, almost gentle notes of bourbon & vanilla suffuse the palate, &, seriously, rise right up into my sinuses. Alcohol is noticeable, warming. There's an oddness that must be the nuts; I'd never identify it if I didn't know what they were. Very smooth & I'm drinking this like it's lunchtime in Ciudad Juarez.

Well! This is a marked improvement on the old Jackie O's, which I'd come to associate with mediocrity & off-tastes. I'm not big for subtle, but this is a subtle stout that works, with the tastes seeming to infiltrate my entire head. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black, but not viscous looking. No head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Sharp, green coffee aroma. Some bourbon. Chocolate.

Taste - Again, the coffee flavor is very sharp and green. Sharp and acidic. Chocolate. Bourbon rounds it out.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Low carbonation.

Overall - This suffered after DB Hunahpu, but it's very good. A Jackie O's stout that's good! What!

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Photo of chinchill
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle shared with Drsilverworm (thanks) at RBWG-2014.

Aroma: Nutty dark roasted grains with coffee. Strong and complex but of a mess. All the elements come together nicely in tasting, although the walnuts in this "walnut stout" are never apparent.

Feel: Smooth, medium-full body.

O: Strong refined complex taste make this an excellent sipper.

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Photo of jegross2
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Aged Oil Of Aphrodite With Coffee from Jackie O's Pub and Brewery out of Ohio.

Score: 98

2013 vintage. Bottle 11 of 230. Served in an O'so snifter and enjoyed on 01/28/14. Thank you Jon and Mark for the bottle!

Appearance: Black body, with brown highlights at the upper edges when held to light. Pours a quarter finger of khaki head that quick settles to a ring around glass. Average lacing, good retention. Lovely browning of the sides of the glass when swirled, with good legs. 5/5

Smell: Big vanilla, coffee that is overshadowed by the vanilla but still quite present, chocolate, and a light roastiness. Molasses and bourbon aroma too. The balance of coffee and vanilla present in the nose reminds me a lot of Prairie's Pirate Bomb. Overall, this is a really lovely mix of aromatics, with a sweet leaning profile that is vanilla forward. I could smell this all evening. 4.75/5

Taste: Big vanilla backbone, overlaid with coffee (more so than in the nose), smooth bourbon, molasses, and milk chocolate. Most of the chocolate flavor is towards the finish. As it warms up, there more coffee initially comes through, giving added bitter balance to the sweetness of the vanilla. However, by room temp, more molasses comes through tipping the balance back towards sweetness again. Finishes with a mix of chocolate, light vanilla and residual coffee. The finish is perfectly bittersweet. Everything is wonderfully integrated here. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, quite viscous. Spot on carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Sweet leaning profile, but still well balanced. No real booziness. 4.75/5

Overall: A really awesome bourbon-forward bourbon barrel aged beer with a good level of sweetness and coffee flavor done right. The integration here is marvelous. This and Coffee Dark Apparition are two great beers from Jackie O's that prove they have the talent to produce elite beer, yet also epitomize why most of their other barrel aged released to date have been massively disappointing. Seek a bottle of this one out.

Cost: $20 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Oil Of Aphrodite - Bourbon Barrel Aged W/Coffee from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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