Oro Negro
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #96
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4.43 | pDev: 7%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
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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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trevormajor from Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -48.1%
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
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Guaro from Italy

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
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
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev -10.6%
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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teromous from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -13.5%
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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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
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
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
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
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Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
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
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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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buschbeer from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12.7 Fl Oz bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

This beer pours black with a little mocha head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is chocolate and cinnamon forward. I pick up on the vanilla too.

The taste follows the smell. There is a strong cinnamon presence. The vanilla is more noticeable than the chocolate. The pepper is felt in the finish with a tickle of the throat and a gradual warming as I consume.

Thin mouthfeel for a Jackie O's stout. Low carbonation

This is a grand stout. I was concerned that three years in the cellar would be a detriment to this beer. While it may have lost some of its fresh flavors it is still a delicious beer.

Nov 27, 2018
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Thats how a stout should look. Thick blackness with a big lasting sticky tan foam.
Smell - sweet vanilla and cinnamon with a slight cocoa scent along with some spices
Taste - Lots of complex flavor. cinnamon vanilla with the spices but not hot as expected since its habanero. Kind of nutty but very light on that side
Feel - light body with a light carbonation as well.
Overall - I was expecting more but its still pretty good.

Nov 16, 2018
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with a slight caramel-colored head that fades to a creamy ring almost immediately.

Aromas burst with habanero heat out of the bottle, but soon soften immensely to form a bouquet of soft, incredibly vibrant cinnamon (now with only a little peppery heat in the background), bright vanilla, and mild oak; very detailed but easy to decipher, and so well-done.

Taste sees the habanero heat make a return, adding an overarching and earthy spice to notes of cacao nibs, light cinnamon, walnut, and creamy vanilla on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick but smooth and has this really appealing, mild creaminess working for it; no trace of the ABV, not to mention the heat is tempered very nicely on the palate.

Absolutely loving the cinnamon tones in this one; good use of heat as well, and although at times overwhelming, it always belonged in the profile. I'm normally not one for peppery stouts, but this one had my curiosity, and from a pure quality standpoint did not disappoint.

Aug 15, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nice jet black with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant hints of walnut and spices
T-The taste follows the nose with a amplifying flavor of walnut and spices
M-A medium bodied well conditioned beer
O-A very well balanced beer with a very unique and delicate flavor

Aug 09, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger and half of khaki-colored, dense foam. Head has good retention. Aroma is spicy mole, walnuts, pecans, chocolate, lactose, and roasted and toasted malts. Lovely depth to the aroma, with a fun little twist in the aroma. Flavor profile is Mexican spices, lactose, walnuts, pecans, and roasted and toasted malts. Nuts and malts are up front with the spices swelling on the back of the tongue as the beer warms. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a velvety, fuzzy, grainy texture. Good presence. Overall, a very tasty brew with a pleasant twist in the aroma and flavor profile. It has a great presence.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 375mL bottle.

May 28, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

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

Pours a pitch black coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells quite nicely of chocolate and cinnamon, with hints of vanilla and chili coming through as well. Taste follows the nose initially, being dominated by dark chocolate, roasted malt and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla as well. Then the chili peppers start to kick in though, being a LOT more prominent on the tongue than in the nose. There's also an underlying earthy, musty, woody note to this. Finishes with a light bitterness and quite a bit of chili heat, that lingers on the tongue for a long time. Smooth, but not praticularly thick mouthfeel with a medium body and low carbonation.

While it's a little light-bodied, this has an interesting flavor profile going on if you enjoy your Stouts a bit more on the spicy side. The cinnamon and Habanero peppers definitely show through with quite a bit of chili heat in the aftertaste, but the overall balance still works out quite well.

Apr 14, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

3.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours completely black in color, with a nice, fluffy beige head.

Its nose is defined by cinnamon and rock sugar, creating a sugary sweet impression among a noteable chili aroma. The beer thrives from an earthy cocoa note, which gently tones down the peppers in benefit of the cinnamon.

Has a surprisingly light body, light mouthfeel with a soft, nuanced carbonation. This makes the beer very easy to drink, if it wasn‘t for the prominent peppers, making you slow down your pace to prevent any accumulating burn.

Tastes of dusty cinnamon, subtle wood bark and a note of bakers chocolate in the beginning. The flavour then switch gears, heading for the opposity direction, which offers a coal accompanied dryness with earth and whiff of licorice. The beer tastes „darker“, roastier than it did during the beginning with a borderline heavy impact of peppers, slowly working their way down the throat. Finishes with its now established interplay between roast, dryness and peppers, leaving a long lasting trace behind on the palate, which lets you taste the beer for minutes after each sip.

I do appreciate the boldness and flavor composition in this. Its nothing like huna or bomb, but instead chooses a very hot pepper profile with a well working dark malt rusticness. The mouthfeel is a little underwhelming, it lacks required depth to tone down the peppery burn with some desired, smoothing whipped cream. Apart from that, it is an interesting approach in the realm of mexican chocolate stout iterations.

Apr 14, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just had this one right after Oil of Aphrodite. Same look with a modest tan head. Great nose with cinnamon, some vanilla, and faint pepper. Wow is this big on the palate - great blend of cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, nuts, and a great warming heat on the back. The right amount IMO, enough for emphasis but not detracting from the other flavors. Great beer.

Mar 15, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours black with one finger tan head that settles to a think ring strings of lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Great balance of cinnamon, vanilla, peppers, dark fruit, Mexican chocolate, and light nuttiness. All of the aromas really work well together.

Taste - Up front lots of cinnamon and a ton of heat from the habanero peppers. Earthy/nutty flavor from the walnuts, vanilla i love the way the slight sweetness of the vanilla balances the heat. Nice rich chocolate finish.

Feel - Full creamy feel, lingering heat from the peppers very smooth and soft.

Overall - Loving the flavor and aroma balance, everything plays well off of each other nothing overpowers.

Mar 09, 2018
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BergBeer from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Opaque jet black with a medium khaki head. No activity visible.

Smell: Rich and velvety. Notes of Dark chocolate, espresso, black licorice, cinnamon, vanilla, leather, and a tingly sort of spice.

Taste: Intense Mexican chocolate on the attack. Notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, chili pepper heat, light vanilla, and cold brew. Then a body of a more prickly pepper heat and light green pepper flavor. There is a light fruity sweetness the pepper note. The finish is suprisingly hoppy with a piney hop dryness, more prickly spice, and a alcohol finish that is a bit intense.

Feel: Rich but not oily. Quite spicy. Medium alcohol. Moderate bitterness. Semi dry body with a semi dry finish.

Overall: A unique brew and one that actually nails Mexican chocolate. A lot of beers like this and they can be quite weak but all the flavors in this are very forward and you really get each one. The heat is quite intense and really keeps this a sipper. A well made beer but a once in a while treat.

Feb 28, 2018
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NathanBeets from South Dakota

4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Oily black look to this brew. Tiny caramel colored head

Lots of cacao nibs on the nose, along with some nut and spices.

This is a nice fudgy brew. I would like to acquire more!

Medium mouthfeel with some heat on the back end.

Feb 26, 2018
Oro Negro from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 961 ratings