Oil Of Aphrodite
Jackie O's Brewpub

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Jackie O's Brewpub
Ohio, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,117
Ranked #3,209
4.19 | pDev: 8.59%
Oct 09, 2022
Sep 11, 2010
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Notes: American Imperial Stout brewed with black walnuts
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Rated: 4.18 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Oct 09, 2022
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured moderately hard from a large bottle into a snifter glass, forming a finger or two of tan head. Deep brown color. Smell is definitely nutty. Flavor follows, with a bit of malt background with lots of walnut up front. Not complex, and solid if you like nuts. Not too many stouts that use nuts, so unique from that perspective.
Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Sampling a cellar temp 12.7 oz bottle from 2020. Been in my cellar since January 2021 and well taken care of prior to the trade that sent it my way.
Ive poured into my trusty snifter and the beer pours a pure black coffee color with almost no light passing through, only on the edges do I see hints of mahogany color. A dense tightly packed tan head of about 1 cm foams up and has faded to a sturdy surface covering quickly after the pour. This covering does stick around and leaves dense lattice when I take a sip or swirl the glass.
Aroma is dark malts with some dark chocolate and bits of charred malt and some nutty notes, not a sweet hit like peanuts or hazelnut, definitely more earthy. I may get a little anise on the nose too.
First sip reveals a smooth textured medium bodied beer. The carbonation is very vine and gently rolls across my palate. Feels very smooth and easy to drink for an ABV of 10%!
Flavor is sort of what nose advertised with some additional flavors too. Roasted malts and dark chocolate with a bit of light coffee and again char are up front. This moves to some earthy nut flavors that linger a bit. I dont get any real hop notes nor any hint of ABV from flavor or any warmth. This beer is a sneaky easy drinker and another win from a solid brewery! Well worth it if you like bigger imperial stouts.
May 27, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by Danzifer from Ohio

Apr 05, 2022
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Reviewed by fehrminator from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I think this one mostly comes down to how you feel about walnut. If you’re a fan, this is an exceptional beer. There’s a walnuty umami thing going on with a nice bourbon barrel finish. Little vanilla. Hint of maple. So good. Worth a tick for sure.
Note: let this one warm a bit
Mar 13, 2022
Rated: 4 by KT3418 from Colorado

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12.7 oz bottle, vintage 2020, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - dark and oily with a hazelnut head that dissipated quickly
S - coffee, roasted malt
T - coffee, roasted malt, molasses, chocolate
F - thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation
O - excellent beer
Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12.7 oz bottled 2021 poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at just above fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours dense black with little or no light penetration and light brown head. The head recedes to an irregular ring and single layer of bubbles. Minimal lacing. The aroma is mild with sweet and roasty notes. The taste is bittersweet roasted malt with a hint of nuttiness and earthy, mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a mostly dry finish. No hint of the ABV in the taste or aroma. Overall, very good. This is a very nuanced and delicious imperial stout.
Nov 26, 2021
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark chocolate color with a 2F head in a Stone RIS glass.
Deep aroma of Belgian candy sugar and walnuts.
Semi smooth mouth feel, moderate bitterness.
Great taste: the Belgian candy sugar stand out along with the walnuts.
Moderately bitter finish.
Great beer!
Nov 10, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by desint from Belgium

Sep 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Oil of Aphrodite from Jackie O’s Brewing. Received on 10 Sep 20 from Craftshack, San Diego, CA. $15.24 (Including shipping) per 12.7 oz bottle ($ 1.20/oz). Stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 9/7/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Undated other than “2020” on the label. Served at 56.4 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 61.7 degrees.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When rear-lite, amber at the thinnest edge.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive center pour), buff, high density, short retention, diminishing to a three mm crown constantly being replenished by rapid carbonation and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.5 – Begins with roasted malt with perhaps a hint of coffee, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.75 – Begins with moderately bitter roasted malt, although some of the bitterness may be contributed by the black walnuts, then shifts to sweet. Slight coffee flavor but not tasting any black walnuts, no hops, no yeast. No ethanol (10 % ABV, as marked on container) taste. Gastric burning does occur following the first swallow, but this quickly ameliorates to a dull glow. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.25 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 Unremarkable appearance – could be anything from a porter to a stout. Definitely temperature-dependent, gets sweeter as it warms, and the ethanol flavor increases. Thinner than expected, more to the porter end of the spectrum. Overall, I’m somewhat disappointed – I was expecting a heavier mouthfeel and was absolutely expecting some black walnut flavoring.
Jul 09, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jun 05, 2021
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Reviewed by MNJR from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very nice! Rich backbone of cocoa, bourbon, raisin, plum, candied nut, licorice, and just the right crisp hoppiness on top of it all. Smells fantastic, the oak barrel coming through amid the great stuff already mentioned. Truly a celebration of the art of imperial stout. I got a lot from this bottle, worth the price and would love to have again.
Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottle from Etre Gourmet, srved at home in a snifter glass.
Dark brown colour, smallbrown head with short retention, just a line of a lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, walnuts, dried fruits, berries, some leather.
Full body, creamy texture, sweet finish.
Taste of chocolate, walnuts, spices, dried fruits and berries.
Apr 01, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by rmp5458 from Pennsylvania

Mar 13, 2021
Rated: 2.28 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Feb 14, 2021
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Rated by rhamning from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Opaque, nice head that dissipates relatively quickly. Coffee, molasses, I get walnut in the nose but not the taste. Very nice. Would buy again.
Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4 by drstalker from Illinois

Jan 11, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by Jeez from Massachusetts

Nov 21, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana

Oct 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a thick and very dark brown with a creamy head that dissipates fairly slowly.

The aroma is toasted grains, sponge toffee and milk chocolate. It is very enticing. I don’t perceive the walnuts on the nose.

Milk chocolate, mildly sweet toffee and the star ingredient walnuts jump out on the tongue. A hint of bitterness finishes the sip. What a pleasure.

This is full bodied, moderately creamy and simply superb.

What a treat. My very limited experience with Jackie Os is excellent to really excellent.
Oct 09, 2020
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Look - fantastic thick black color with a nice tan head and sticky lacing
Smell - toasty roasted grains along with some cacao and nuts
Taste - slightly bitter some walnuts a little burnt malts
Feel - full Body with a light carb
Overall - pretty good but not sure about that slight burnt taste and the walnuts
Sep 13, 2020
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Bottle courtesy of BigTimeADL as extra.
L: black with brn head.
S: burnt coffee, nuts. Metal.
T: Spicy burnt wood. Notes of chocolate.
F: Viscous and slightly slippery slick.
Overall: fairly solid stout base. The problem might be however, that walnuts are kind of bitter and gross by themselves. A bit of a metallic smell and saliva-like consistency didn’t help. Couldn’t finish.
May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a sparse khaki head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, molasses, cocoa and nuts. Flavor is dark toasted malt, cocoa, nuts (can't really detect walnut character per se), and coffee, a bit of bitterness in the finish that is reminiscent of the bitter, tannic skin between a walnut and its shell. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A full bodied imperial stout with notable nut character, but not much distinct walnut to my palate, although the finish does have some walnut notes, particularly the tannins. Body not as heavy nor viscous as I expected from the name, actually only moderate for a big stout like this. Flavorful and with a welcome nut profile, but not a game changer.
May 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Purchased at Rustico, Arlington, VA during the quarantine on a free delivery deal. Poured into a small stemmed tulip. 10.0% ABV.

A nice but ordinary imperial stout. Always nice to drink a big ABV beer that’s not barrel aged and without adjuncts. 3.75

A – Pours a thin amber brown/black with a brown/tan one-finger head that dissipates to almost nothing in less than a minute. Some minor lacing. Viscosity clearly shows on the glass. 3.75

S – Aromas of roasted malts (but not burnt or bitter), malty dark fruit, raisin sweetness, molasses. 4.0

T – Roasted bitter malts, mildly burnt with some heat from the high ABV (but not excessive or bad). 3.75

MF – Medium heavy bodied with a semi-dry finish. Still seemed slightly thin for the style and AB. Warming. 3.5
May 17, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by fossage78 from Massachusetts

Feb 23, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Dec 27, 2019
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Reviewed by unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a deep, greasy brown. Practically slithering into the cup. An aggressive pour coaxes a dense and ponderous mocha colored head that seems glued to the glass. Heavy footsteps in the hallway evoke a jello jiggle in the otherwise stoic countenance.
It's cool demeanor gives no aromatic hints. Is the nuttiness all in my head? Am I transported by the suggestion on the label to a damp, musty grove of stately old centurians. Wading through the tide pool of yellowing leaves, kicking up slimy stones that leave permanent black marks on my boots and fingers. Beneath the inky mush an impenetrable brain locks away the carefully considered opinions of the year, of the ages, and I just wonder why the hell I think I'm in a walnut orchard when this beer just smells faintly of roasted nuts.
But you know a person by their kiss, and here is where we finally meet this creature of the night in their element. Smooth and subtle as it first slides past your gate, a sweetness is suggested at but a creeping languid bitterness feels like it's formal announcement of arrival. This bitterness spikes up to the tannic pinnacle found in that phantasmagorical walnut shell before settling nicely into the oily soft sweetness of the nutty flesh. As the reserved beast warms up to your embrace it's sharp edges drop away, the bitter bite and the nutty sweet smile blend a bit more cleanly and feed a pleasant conversation, but that tannin sharp whit never leaves you with a truly clean slate.
But regardless of what you might say about this ladies personality there is no denying the body. Voluptuous, robust, and substantial. She fills your void and replaces the sun.
An interesting and wonderful encounter. Perhaps not one I need to run out to pursue again but nothing I'd ever regret.
Dec 16, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by dental from Massachusetts

Dec 05, 2019
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 03, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 02, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by kkarimi from Texas

Dec 01, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pretty sure I reviewed this before, so this must have been lost
Pours a darker fizzy bubbly slight dense but small head a bit of lacing but low retention, long inky legs staining the glass, basically pitch black beer

Nose super dark roasty malts, thick dark malt with some dark chocolate, fudge, cocoa, roasted barley with a little coffee, loads of walnuts and a bit generic nutty, sweet chocolate marshmallow nougat nutty candy bar

Taste sweet rich dark malts again, roasty but not burnt, loads of chocolate and walnuts, fudgey actually peanutbutter and chocolate fudge like, with some caramel and nougat candy bar, generic nutty but also a bit of actual walnuts, powdered cocoa, some chocolate cake icing, little bitterness, a little vanilla and baking spice from the roasted malt, and a little coffee, drier finish, a flash of alcohol, more lingering spicy bitter hops and roasted malt bitterness, and loads more chocolate fudge

Mouth is fuller bod, rich chew and a bit creamy, light carb, light alcohol

Overall pretty nice, rich roasty chocolatey fudgey imperial stout, with plenty of walnuts and nutty candy like, without overly roasty, a great base for all the great barrel and adjunct aged versions
Sep 02, 2019
Rated: 4.09 by robotic_being from Florida

Aug 27, 2019
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Reviewed by BayAreaJoe from California

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours deep black, light sand color head, ok retention & lacing. Smells of toasty malts, chocolate and nuts. Taste follows, and it's a tad bit too sweet. Feel is decent but could stand to have a bit fuller and creamier body. I know this is an oldie goldie, but compared to all the stouts out these days, this is just slightly above average.
Aug 10, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Unknown vintage; drank 8/5/19 @ Baby Bird.

Midnight black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head; minimal lace.

Fresh earth, oak & dark chocolate notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy-yet-sticky mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate, fresh earth, oak & acorn flavors.

Robust RIS vibes here.
Aug 09, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Aug 06, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by mltobin from Connecticut

Jun 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
The stouts from Jackie O' are great including this one. It is truly delicious.

Look: black with a thick mocca colored head

Aroma: toasted malts, chocolate, nuts

Taste: toasted malts, chocolate, walnuts, mild coffee

Body/Overall: it is silky/oily, creamy and smooth
Jun 21, 2019
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