Oro Negro
Jackie O's Brewpub

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Jackie O's Brewpub
Ohio, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #210
Ranked #462
4.41 | pDev: 7.03%
Monday at 09:56 PM
Sep 18, 2014
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Notes: American Imperial Stout brewed with black walnuts & conditioned on vanilla beans, oak staves, habaneros, cacao nibs, & cinnamon sticks.
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
For my money this is overpriced and overrated. I had this from a bottle so maybe that was the problem, but I mostly only get hot pepper spice, cinnamon and barrel, and not enough of walnut, cocoa or vanilla. The look is flat and overall kind of meh.
Monday at 09:56 PM
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Picked up a 2022 bottle at the Appalachian Vintner in Asheville 8-4-22 for $13.99. Consumed 11-22-22.

Beer poured black with a very little tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is wonderful, of mildly roasted malts infused with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon.

Taste is a large mild roasted malt base infused with chili peppers, cinnamon, and takes in a touch of vanilla and bourbon from the barrel. Finishes balanced from the barrel and hopping with a touch of sweetness as intended.

Mouthfeel is smooth, easy to sip.

Overall a delicious dessert beer, well done by the brewing team!
Nov 22, 2022
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2022 bottle.Pours into a snifter jet black with a half finger deep beige head that is gone pretty quickly.`Deep raisin and cinnamon notes in the nose with underlying pepper spice cacao.Slick feel it slides down easy.Raisin and dark chocolate upfront on the palate with some vanilla sweetness and mild burn in the lingering finish.My first Jackie O's beer wich is crazy to me.Very well made.
Jun 03, 2022
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I’d give this a 4.5 except there wasn’t any head to the pour.
Deep walnut and chocolate aroma.
Quite smooth mouth feel.
Excellent taste: Walnuts, bourbon, chocolate.
Great beer! I would’ve liked to have seen a better pour. Otherwise a first rate stout.
Nov 06, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
12.7 oz bottle, vintage 2018, poured into a tulip glass at 55 degrees F:
L - dark dark brown with a hazelnut head that did not disappear
S - walnuts, a bit of cinnamon, vanilla/cacao
T - lots of cinnamon, kind of overpowering, walnut and cacao in the background
F - thick with minimal carbonation
O - This may be past its prime, as the cinnamon is overpowering
Mar 18, 2021
Rated: 4.62 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Feb 02, 2021
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Reviewed by fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Appropriately dark brown, and my gentle pour produced no head at all -- a tiny film of bubbles at the top.

Smell: Reminds me of my vacation to Guatemala and the Chocomuseo there -- fresh milk chocolate and sweet spices. Very nice.

Taste: Excellent -- follows the nose with hints of milk chocolate, lightly roasted grain, a bit of habanero kick, and the promised walnuts. Properly balanced.

Feel: Medium bodied, light carbonation, and a tiny kick from habaneros in the throat at the end.
Sep 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Guaro from Italy

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Ebony color tending to black, hazelnut foam with large and wide grain and little hold. Scent of milk chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, walnuts, chilli and slightly woody tones. On the palate the soft sweet sensations of chocolate and toffee blend with the spicy notes of cinnamon and with a huge spicy finish that goes hand in hand with a robust but not intrusive ethyl note. Towards the middle of the sip also notes of dried fruit, dehydrated dark fruit, dates, vanilla and light roasts. Chilli chocolate aftertaste. Chewable body, round and velvety except in the finish where the spiciness makes it sharp. Very low carbonation.
Aug 18, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Aug 14, 2020
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Reviewed by firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Oro Negro is one of my favorite annual beers from Jackie O's. The base beer and barrel aged variant are both elite. This base beer is very spicy on the back of tongue, which separates it from a lot of other imperials. The oily, walnut profile holds up to the spice.

The nose is extremely vanilla, but it doesn't come through in the taste. It is interesting contrast. I would suggest Oro Negro to any beer drinker for a unique experience.

Mar 30, 2020
Rated: 4.53 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Jan 31, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by vabeerguy from Virginia

Jan 20, 2020
Rated: 4.26 by MilaMila from Massachusetts

Jan 04, 2020
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Reviewed by scotorum from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the 12.7 oz. fancy bottle with exotic Mexican label art, into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a; Opaque black with an inch and a half tan head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Unique aroma with vanilla and pepper notes most prominent.

t: Entirely surprising taste with definite heat on the end but a n apparent combination of ingredients with chocolate and cinnamon as well as hot pepper far more prominent than on the nose.

m; Full, or nearly so, great body and some carbonation tingle.

o; The word "unique" keeps popping up, but then who else has made a stout with this mix? TRhe hot pepper tends to steal the show but the underlying flavor combo also makes this a special brew. Expensive ($10) but worth the experience. Makes us wonder how the bourbon barrel aged version changes the whole.
Nov 08, 2019
Rated: 4.84 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Oct 18, 2019
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a deep black no light getting thru this one, Small dark tan head falls slow only spotty lace or realistically not lace.

Aroma is roasted malts that seem subdued do to the spices over powering the malts, hot peppers and cinnamon dominate at first pour. After it sits a while the nuttiness appears along with coco nibs peaking out underneath. Weird wouldn't guess
this is an Imperial stout from the nose the added spice and nuts seem to cover the roasted malts up.

Taste is like the nose peppers and spice are up front and linger though out the flavor. Get hints of the roasted notes and chocolate just for a second or two. Finish is lingering spice and big nutty notes. If you like spicy stouts which I do you may love it, to me seems not so complex and kind of one trick pony for World Class status but its defiantly in the good category.

Mouthfeel is only heavy medium to me maybe approaching full, fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall worth a try its not bad maybe you will fell like some who think its wonderful.
Sep 05, 2019
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
I don't see a date listed on the bottle.

Appearance: The body is black and the head is a short but frothy ring and sheet of light tan and tobacco stained yellow colored head. It doesn't have much head retention and it leaves no lacing. The coloring of the head is nice.

Aroma: There is a light bit of cocoa and a bit of bourbon aroma. There isn't much of an aroma to this beer.

Taste; There is earthy chocolate, cinnamon, a bit of what tastes like ancho chili pepper, paprika, and black pepper. It is a very flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a wonderful smoothness that starts out from the very first sip and supports the weight of a full bodied beer. That smoothness also helps to buffer a nice spicy heat that the beer has, and allows it to also coat the palate more evenly. It is the perfect mouthfeel for this beer.

Overall: It's really an outstanding beer with a lot of spicy and earthy characters which marry a nice chocolate flavor. The bottle label states that their "cherished Oil of Aphrodite is infused with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, habaneros, and cinnamon sticks." It really kicks out a lot of these flavors and it shows how aware the brewers are of their beer. Rather than this just being wishful thinking, they have crafted something that delivers their intent. I really enjoyed it and I would both recommend it and drink it again.
Jul 05, 2019
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle poured into a snifter

Jet black motor oil liquid, pencil thins brown creamy foam cap cap that quickly disssipates

Aroma is spicy , chili’s , cinnamon, peppery, nuts

Taste is peppery , spicy, habanero , cinnamon

Medium sudsing, mild heat on the finish on the back of the mouth

Good beer
Jul 05, 2019
Rated: 4.85 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Jun 14, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by Jason_cs from Florida

Jun 13, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by BrookW from Virginia

Jun 09, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by eldoctorador from Chile

Jun 06, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 31, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

May 20, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by impending from California

May 19, 2019
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: An incredibly enticing aroma of chili peppers, nuts, chocolate, spices, malt, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a good amount of malt (present throughout), a good shot of chocolate (always welcome), some vanilla, a bunch of habanero chili peppers (not overdone, though), some walnuts, and cinnamon as well. An extremely lively, complex, and powerful flavor. It's the right mix of spicy, sweet, and aggressive. There's definitely heat, but it's never obnoxious. Tasty stuff.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a warm, smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: If you like spicy stouts, check this one out. Drinkable.
May 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Black in color with no light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering a majority of the top. I smell habaneros, walnuts, vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate. I’m tasting cinnamon, walnuts, and chocolate. The mouth has a gentle warmth from the habaneros, but is smooth despite the ABV likely due to the oak staves.
May 12, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by jt_thomas18 from Tennessee

May 09, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

May 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
There is a slight burn from the peppers. Not bad if you like that, but if you arent ready for it, itll surprise ya.

Though this is obvious, the bourbon barrel version of this mellows it out nicely without losing its complexity.
May 06, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by McBraniel from Virginia

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by brother_rebus from Maine

Apr 21, 2019
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. The beer is part of a trade with @flatlander, I believe. Thanks!
The beer pours jet black color with no light passing through my glass. A dense, but small beige head of .5 cm foams up and fades to a wispy surface layer with sturdy edging.
Aroma is some dark chocolate, a bit of vanilla and cinnamon and some pepper note. Dont get any hops and the booze is hidden too. A nice start to what I hope is a complex beer.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine and prickly carbonation. texture is sort of slick and also coats my palate with each swallow.
Flavor is some dark chocolate and vanilla but then rolls to brown sugar and finishes with a good dose of heat from the habaneros. This heat lingers long after each swallow and dominates all other flavors on the finish.
Booze is pretty well hidden actually and again hops dont make a show.
I enjoy this beer and it is pretty complex, the heat is kind of robust on the finish, which makes me think of some heartburn later, but it works with the other flavors.
Worth a grab if you are in the area where you can get beers from this brewery.
Apr 01, 2019
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pouring from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours out very dark brown and forms black in the glass. It forms a thin, peanut butter colored crown that is creamy and holds well. Leaves sticky lacing throughout.

The nose brings a tingling spice note of cinnamon and peppers tangling through rich and decadent sweet layers. Sweetness of chocolate and vanilla with a slight alcohol presence at the end.

The taste follows suit to the nose. It is rich and decadent with sweetness, creamy vanilla ice cream and milk chocolate notes. Cinnamon and peppers are in there as a nice accent, to not steal the show as well as some slightly roasty malts. I’m not really picking up any walnuts, and it might just be because they are covered by the other added ingredients.

I really love the tingling and burn from the cinnamon and peppers. It adds that character that I want and expect from a stout with that combination. It’s medium bodied, well carbonated and has a little booze on the back to let you know the alcohol is in there.

Overall, it’s what I wanted from a stout with these listed ingredients. Very well done. I would just ask for some more walnut presence, but I can understand how it would be hard to achieve with all the other adds.
Mar 17, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by shelby415 from Oregon

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Mar 07, 2019
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
A 12.7 fl. oz. bottle, 2017 vintage, poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a thin brown head that dissipated quickly while leaving some nice spotty lacing.

Aroma: Carrot cake, chocolate, cocoa, light roast, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, and a nice light chili kick. It’s like liquid dessert.

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, cacao, cinnamon, carrot cake, raisins, vanilla, light nuttiness and a good moderately strong spicy chili kick on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Body may be a little lighter than I’d prefer, but everything else seems to work really well. Aroma was especially perfect with great cake and dessert like smells. Taste was also nice as the sweetness was balanced by the chili spice. Everything just went well together.
Mar 06, 2019
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