Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged w/ Coffee)
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged w/ Coffee)Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged w/ Coffee)
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #220
Ranked #948
4.36 | pDev: 6.19%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged w/ Coffee)Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged w/ Coffee)
Notes: American imperial stout brewed with black walnuts, aged in bourbon barrels, and conditioned on coffee.
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micada from New York

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2020 12oz bottle poured gingerly cellar temp to a Glencairn glass. Color is solid oil black. Barely any head other than a pencil-thin carbonated penumbra around the glass circumference. Nose is very dominant bourbon, mild candi sugar, and charred oak barrel when you take a big inhale. No black walnuts on the nose, which may be from it being a 2020? First sips follow the nose, with the bourbon being very hot up front, akin to a DFH WWS, where another five or ten years might be needed to mellow that out a bit. The black walnut comes in a little on the mid palate, more subdued again than my expectation. It does give quite a drying quality, wine-like in action, not the flavor. Or, like when you eat black walnuts or walnuts, you get that dry finish on your tongue. The alcohol hits hard and fast...not unexpected for 13.5%, but there is no grace period for this one. Mouthfeel is full, with a good linger and the drying effect mentioned earlier. Tiny sips bring the bourbon and dryness to the fore, but a big mouthful brings in more of the candi sugar along with that. Overall, it’s excellent. It’ll be interesting to see what some time on a shelf does to it.

Mar 22, 2021
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stortore from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into a snifter. 2019 edition, had 12/29/19.

Pours a dark brown, mostly opaque, with a quarter inch head and specks of sticky cling. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, light bourbon, caramel, chocolate, some tobacco, some cocoa, a fairly strong nutty smell from the walnuts. Smells great. More bourbon in the flavor, then coffee, chocolate, malt, cocoa, light caramel and vanilla, less walnuts than the nose. Smooth, fairly dry, a very good full body, well carbonated.

The coffee and bourbon are the stars, the walnuts boost the aroma. Lots of good aromas and flavors. Really enjoyable.

Apr 02, 2020
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a low tulip glass.

Look is a pitch black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is strong bourbon with a hint of coffee.

Taste is sweet malt with a hint of vanilla bourbon.

Mar 19, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oil of Aphrodite is a great beer from Jackie O's. This version is barrel aged and conditioned on coffee. The beer was surprisingly mild. The coffee is strong on the nose but missing in the taste. This one runs a bit flat overall.

The base beer is a better option, or Oro Negro which is a world class beer.


Mar 15, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black body with virtually no head save some brown bubbles. Big coffee, dark chocolate fudge, whiskey bitters, bourbon booze, wood, nuts, char and vanilla in the nose. Taste hits the coffee, wood, and bourbon powerfully, but afterward whimpers in comparison with the nuts, vanilla, chocolate and char. Want more balance there, but the flavors that do star do so very purely. Feel is boozy, with sharp coffee and solid wood backing, and malts o plenty, but again thins out like the taste after the ferocious entrance. Still delicious, but better options out there for a go to option

Jan 03, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like the ne-dark, thick, sticky lacing. Smell is woody boozy bourbon and dark malt and coffee. Taste is malty, strong bitter coffee, and a bourbon background. Big bodied, bold, boozy, thick and oily. Great from the first taste to the end.

Dec 06, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2019 Vintage

Pours a glossy jet-brown body with deep mahogany hues at the edges and capped with around a finger of fluffy deep khaki foam; decent retention for a stout of its ABV, with a spotty few islands of paper-thin cap and dense, frothy collar left behind; a generous spatter of lasting, webby lacing clings to the glass.

Aromas of chocolate cake batter, baker's chocolate, and chocolate malt fly from the glass upfront (a chocolate bomb, for sure), with lighter tones of almond and ground coffee interwoven within; underlying toffee, vanilla cream, oak, and peanut brittle course through the backdrop.

Taste brings baker's chocolate, emptied bourbon barrel, slightly acrid coffee grounds, and cherry pits for a bit less sweetness than the bouquet; an overarching boozy presence encumbering the profile softens as the beer sits before smoothing into an oaky, cake batter-esque finish.

Mouthfeel features a fluffy medium body with a pillowy puff of moderate carbonation upfront that quickly dissipates on the palate to a mild, semi-bitter malty char and slick texture; minor boozy warmth comes through on the back end, intercepting an otherwise creamy-smooth finish.

Jackie O's has shown me a deft touch in producing stouts on the sweeter side without verging into outright pastry territory, and this is yet another highly competent example. Vivid malty tones render the added coffee a vague subtlety while a slight booziness persists across the profile, and yet the brew's friendlier sweetness and rounded feel prove key balancing factors to what is ultimately a sturdy, satisfying BA stout that has me drawing comparisons to a boozer KBS.

Nov 14, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Released 8/16/19; drank 11/9/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice tan head; decent lace.

Chocolate syrup, dark roast coffee bean & mild oak notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup & mild bourbon flavors up front; dark roast coffee bean & mild oak notes on the finish. Mild booze heat emerged as this warmed.

A substantial coffee stout; I'd have another!

Nov 10, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark brown-black body, mostly transparent, light tan head, minimal, with a bit of lacing.

S - Strong boozy hit of bourbon vanilla and wood, coffee notes below.

T - Follows the nose of boozy chocolate and vanilla in the start, with a middle introducing some nuttiness, and a pungent acidic bite couples with a mild bitterness, a full expression of coffee through the close.

M - Prickly acidity in the open, moderate weight, and a lingering slick aspect in the finish.

O - I cannot say this is my favorite bourbon stout, but it is a well built acidic coffee stout, and I like it.

Sep 25, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is rich and decadent roasty, toasty, and caramely malts with coffee - kept at a medium-roast with an expressive, and lightly dark body - with chocolate and toffee. Bourbon kicks in at the midway point and comes on strong until the finish, with the only reprieve from bourbon being a light hit of barrel char at the finale. Really sharp dynamics. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty and caramely malts throughout. Over the malts, lingers medium-bodied, lightly fleshy coffee with toffee, molasses and caramel beyond. Bourbon is much more subtle here, adding a kiss of heat to the back-end, with light char and barrel character rounding out the finish. It's heavy and dark forward with oodles of coffee that finishes with a teasing kiss of heat - lovely. Mouth feel is thick with a grainy, particulate feel that adds a little additional depth and presence to each sip. Overall, roasty and heavy stout up front with coffee and bourbon that come on later. It maintains a lovely dynamic throughout, balancing out the heavy front end with the hot back-end.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 375mL bottle.

Jul 21, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with some black chocolate notes, coffee with some bourbon, vanilla and light woody notes are also perceptible. Taste is a mix of black chocolate notes with quite a bit of residual sugar notes with some light floral coffee notes and some bourbon, subtle vanilla and woody notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but I was expecting a bit more bourbon notes.

Mar 15, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

Dark brown/black appearance. Fuller bodied for the style. The beer was capped by a small, bubbly, khaki colored crown that quickly dissolved. A thin collar encircled the oily looking liquid. Streaks and drops of patchy lacking trickled down the glass.

Bourbon notes came through strong in the aroma. Loads of fresh vanilla bean too. Some brown sugar sweetness was apparent. Raisins were also noticeable. Unfortunately, I picked up no walnut or coffee. Overall, very pleasant but not super complex. Both the bourbon and the sweetness intensified as the beer warmed.

The flavor was similar to the nose though perhaps not as rounded. Big roasted malt presence on the front end. Touch of caramel too. Vanilla notes appeared in the center. The beer finished with a moderate boozy/bourbon quality that smoothed out as the beer warmed. Subtle raisin notes also came forth, as did the overall sweetness. A touch of bitter char lingered after the swallow.

The beer was medium bodied bodied for the style. Oily and slick on the palate. The liquid contained a moderate effervescence that turned creamy and smooth on the palate. After a few sips, I could feel the sugars in the beer leaving a slightly sticky film on my lips.

Despite the fact that I picked up neither coffee nor walnuts in this, Oil Of Aphrodite - Bourbon Barrel-Aged With Coffee was a tasty and enjoyable, though perhaps somewhat forgettable, imperial stout. Jackie O’s beers were very hot commodities a few years ago, but I understand why today they seem to get lost in the fray.

Jan 22, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a pitch black body with a scant half finger of light brown head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention and some lacing
S -- Bourbon, dark chocolate fudge, dark roast coffee, sweet raisin, prune, molasses, caramel, vanilla
T -- Boozy bourbon, bitter herbal hops, espresso, rich fudge, toasted walnut, oak, brown sugar. Booziness is a tad harsh, perhaps due to the bottle's freshness
F -- Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. Pretty intense boozy/hoppy bitterness and not too sweet
O -- A nice, robust flavored imperial stout. The walnuts are hard to pick out but the coffee and bourbon barrel come through big time. Pricey (~$14/12 oz bottle in MA)


Dec 30, 2018
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 2017 12.7 ounce bottle bought in the middle of the year into a DFH tulip. For once I did the right thing and let the bottle warm to room temperature before opening (breweries please take note for your big stouts)

Very dark brown body topped by a small hot chocolate colored creamy head which dissipated quickly but left a tight bubbly lacing on the glass side. Sweet barrel boozy chocolate smell with other flavors coming in and out. Can taste the coffee faintly but maybe the year plus cellaring has faded it back with the walnut and dark fruits. Booze is there but not overly hot. Feel is perfect for a stout like this as the tastes linger in the mouth. I had the regular Oil of Aphrodite relatively fresh and don't recall it being nearly as good as this.

Dec 16, 2018
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Notes of rich candied dried dark fruit, raisins, walnuts, toasted brown bread, dark roasted malts, immense robust roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, oak, vanilla, bourbon

Nov 17, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque ebony body with a thick, light tan head (pretty good for a high ABV beer); excellent lacing along the glass. Nice charred grain scent infused with bittersweet chocolate and coffee ground notes. Very rich and balanced flavor profile, mimicking the aroma but also adding some well-blending alcohol notes, some with bourbon tones. Heavy body; slick and oil; chewy; semi-sweet finish with a bit of alcohol heat.

BA currently lists the ABV at 10.0%. The bottle label shows 12.1% ABV (update submitted).

A powerfully strong and seductive dark beer that deftly balanced strength and seduction in one fine package. It makes for one fine morning cup o' coffee...

Nov 03, 2018
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dertyd from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out a dark black color, with a thin hazel nut colored head------------- the aromas are of fudge, vanilla, bourbon and oak(amazing aroma)------------- the flavors are of lightly bitter coffee, soy sauce, tobacco, chocolate and oak, the beer had a thick mouthfeel with a dry finish------------- overall this beer is world class - this was one tasty imperial stout, it's a big chocolate fudge bomb that drinks so smooth for over 12%-

Aug 23, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

This beer pours black in color and is topped with less than an inch of mocha head that leaves little lacing.

The smell has coffee, hints of bourbon, caramel and vanilla.

The coffee is not in your face but present. It marries well with the bourbon. Caramel and vanilla give it a dessert character.

Full bodied. Thick and viscous.

This is a very good beer from a great brewery. It is not the best that I have had from them, but I wouldn't pass on it.

Jan 31, 2018
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woemad from Washington

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle received courtesy of WesMantooth. 12.1% abv per the label.

Poured into a Kane snifter (courtesy of. MacMalt), this was a variation of dark brown that was not unlike a midnight in the middle of nowhere with no moon. Decent-sized mocha head for something 12.1%.

Big, complex nose to this. I took the precaution of getting the bottle out of the fridge while still engaged in morning coffee drinking, and it seems to have paid off well. While there are some generic, roasty coffee notes to this, they are well into the background to the walnuts, which seem almost front and center, except they are generously sharing nasal space with other aromas, such as molasses, chocolate, bourbon (duh), vanilla, even pipe tobacco.

The palate is overwhelmed with the flavors of the scents noted above. Like in the nose, the coffee is quite restrained for an adjunct ingredient. I must note that the bourbon barrel flavors also (while being more dominant than the coffee), play nice quite well rather than dominate, as most barrel aging does, if we're honest.

Body and mouthfeel, while velvety and creamy, is a little thin for such a beer, but not to a disappointing degree.

Wow. This is a superlative beer. I'm a huge coffee beer geek, but damn if I don't care how mellow the coffee contribution is, because the whole is so, ridiculously, insanely delicious. God, what a beer! Thank you so much, Corey!

Dec 03, 2017
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated (?) 375 ml bottle poured into tulip. Picked up on last Toledo Zoo/beer run August 2017.
Pours dark as night with small 1/2 finger rich mocha head, does not last long. Licorice, coffee, doughiness on the nose. The bread smell is a bit odd. Big notes of chocolate, rich and smooth coffee, nuts, some Belgian notes, raisins. Alcohol burn on the finish. Velvety and smooth, chewy mouthfeel. Leaves a prickle on my lips.

Nov 08, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle into a gold rimmed snifter, Coffee Bourbon Barrel Oil of Aphrodite comes out of the neck a wonderful, deep black walnut brown that shifts itself to near black in it's temporary home. A thin, tightly knit dark tan ring around the glass is only accompanied by a small island in the center.

A neck turning, big, boozy waft let's me know this beer isn't messing around. A few minutes later to allow the temperature to rise, and deeper inhalation, reveals lightly roasted coffee, black strap molasses, vanilla, toffee, nuts, tobacco and marshmallow. All the signs of a great bba stout are there to please the mind, and drive a pleased smirk to my lips.

The first sip is one to ponder. Despite the dominance of bourbon, I can't help but notice the real deep nutty presence. A hard feature to capture, I find, to hold true in such beers. The coffee is minimal. Semi sweet chocolate, charred wood, and dark pitted fruit (plum like) flavors blend together as the supporting cast.

Aside from the obvious booziness, a lightly slick and oily feel, though still a bit thin, adds a good backdrop to this beer. It really isn't all that sweet and surely not too bitter either, making this decidedly well balanced.

I have to be honest, this was one of the more difficult reviews I have done. I think this beer would be an A+ with more coffee and a more roasted presence, as well as a richer (thicker/ feel. Otherwise, this is another outstanding beer from Jackie O's, that proves how great their barrel aging program is. Cheers and thanks again Dave!

Oct 23, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with brown head. Aroma has bourbon, chocolate, some astringent roasty notes and coffee liquor. Taste is bourbony, roasty with chocolate and coffee notes. Some nuts and coffee bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Nice variation on the original with the coffee integrated really well.

Oct 14, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle while in Ohio a couple months ago; stored in appropriate conditions. Loved the BA Oro Negro so I’m looking forward to enjoying another walnut-infused style.

Great looking pour - black body with a tight one-finger cap of brown foam. Spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Head lasts a surprisingly long while.

The aroma is...a mystery to me. Two out of every three times I lean in for a sip I get what I expect - French roast, bitter chocolate, toasted grains, charred oak and toasted coconut; a delicious cascade of smells. The unlucky third time is when I pick up an acrid, earthy and somewhat spicy aroma. No idea why; probably my busted olfactory system and not the beer...but I’m just writing down what I’m experiencing. Maybe it’s the walnuts - who knows.

Taste is free of any unpleasantries - moderate coffee lead followed by a cascade of chocolate, charred bread, oak, toffee and toasted coconut. Not quite fudgy sweet or overly coffee-acidic. A nice balance and blend of flavors. The nuts don’t make a noticeable impact beyond potentially contributing to an underlying earthiness that goes well with the barrel.

Smooth and incredibly soft on the palate; ABV is nowhere to be found. Slick and pillowy with a combo sweet and bitter feel. Great beer.

Oct 09, 2017
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce bottle, 2017 vintage. Served in a Jackie O's snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like coffee, bourbon, vanilla, nuts, chocolate, and roasted malt. It tastes like bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee, nuts/walnuts, earthiness, chocolate, roasted malt and molasses. I think it's more of a sweeter tasting imperial stout. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. Thought this one was pretty good, but then it is a Jackie O's stout so of course it's going to be good. Really enjoyed this variation of Oil of Aphrodite, it's certainly worth buying a bottle or 2 if you come across some! $11.99 a bottle.

Sep 23, 2017
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CaptCleveland from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12.7oz bottle purchased from local CLE grocery chain for $11.99.

Opaque brown-black elixir poured into snifter produces a thick, tan head which dissipates to a thin rim. There are splotches of widely spaced lacing some clumped together to form sheets and plenty of legs down the perimeter of the vessel. The ABV on the bottle is 12.1% vs the 10% listed here on BA.

Earth, nuts, burnt malts, coffee, barrel and bourbon.

Wow, the aroma portends some awesome brew and the taste comes through. Coffee, bourbon, barrel, roasted malt and earthy, nutty flavors.

As expected a nice full bodied stout, nicely carbonated with a bit of heat.

Solid BA stout that demonstrates the brewers craft. Such a nice bonus to be able to pick this bottle up at a local grocery chain.

Sep 03, 2017
Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged w/ Coffee) from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 176 ratings