Oil Of Aphrodite
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #711
Ranked #1,980
4.2 | pDev: 8.81%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
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Notes: American Imperial Stout brewed with black walnuts
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
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
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MNJR from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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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janubio from Spain

4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
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
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
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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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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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bret27 from California

3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
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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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.16/5  rDev -1%
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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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
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
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
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
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%
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
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.2/5  rDev 0%
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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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Near black with a garnet huge. Soupy, mocha-colored head. Sheets of lacing. Big, dark, complex aroma with strong umami as well as some chocolate, red wine and nuts. Red wine and umami up front in the taste with brownie batter on the backend. A touch of ash and some strong nuts, too. Kiss of vanilla in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, oily feel with strong carbonation. Nice, chocolatey, nutty, oily complexity in this one. Well named.

May 07, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottling date

Pours a thick, oil black with a short-lived head of deep beige, which eventually results in sparse, stringy lacing and a lasting, bubbly collar.

Aromas of burnt sugar, creamy vanilla, and toasted barley overrun with semi-tart dark cherry and candi syrup strike first; bits of smooth chocolate and faint oak and coffee make up part of the background and add depth to both roasty and sweet elements; unique combination of roasty, tart,and candi syrup sweet.

Taste opens with dark cherry syrup bolstered by light notes of licorice and anise; toasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso all doused with a candi syrup influence build as the beer warms; some walnut, and caramel and toffee sweetness come into play on the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side, oily and slightly sticky, but is leveled some by a drying carbonation; creaminess builds a bit before thinning in the later stages, where a semi-tart, roasty maltiness appears on the finish.

Having had the bourbon barrel-aged variant, I feel comfortable saying this beer benefits from time in a barrel; while there's nothing inherently wrong with the base beer, the barrel noticeably tames the more raw, overwhelming elements of the candi syrup. Tons of character here to this one; the dominant flavors could just use some mellowing to see this one balance out.

Mar 24, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany body with mocha head

Smell - dark chocolate, nuts

Taste - chocolate, hazelnut, roasted malts, brownie

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, chocolate upfront, brownie and nutty on the back end, a bit thin for an imperial stout

Overall - decent stout here, brownie finish is the best aspect of the beer. A bit pricy for what it is.

Price point - $7.99/12.7 oz bottle

Feb 01, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short head consisting of off white bubbles covering the surface.
S: Strong aromas of black licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of black licorice along with hints of roasted and nutty malts. The licorice becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout seems to be a little lighter in body compared to other beers in the style. It is very easy to drink considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 20, 2019
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RMW66 from Australia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a 5mm tan-mocha head that disappears quickly with minimal lacing. The smell is roasted malts, dark chocolate and some nutty aromas. Taste is dark chocolate with subtle nut flavors, nice roasted malts and subtle aniseed notes with a slightly bitter finish. Very smooth mouthfeel with moderate body and subtle carbonation. Didn't know what to expect with the walnuts but it works very well - it is well balanced and nicely integrated. Look forward to enjoying this again.

Jan 14, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018 bottling, brewed with black walnuts and Belgian candied syrup, English, German, American, and Belgian malts, and Pacific Northwest hops...

Bit of a chance here, as there was nothing particularly alluring about a beer brewed with black walnuts, but hey, you never know until you try, right? Walnut and molasses aromas waft up from the black glass body, bringing suggestions of sweet sesame, chocolate, hazelnut, and vanilla... Similar flavors follow on the sip, sweet chewy walnut, espresso sweetened with blackstrap molasses, chocolate and vanilla liqueurs... Medium-bodied, smooth, a little sticky, very mild bitterness, moderate sweetness that fades just a bit toward the finish, subdued carbonation... Very nicely delivered, warming - better than I expected...

Dec 28, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The use of nut and nut oil in this is brilliant. Adds body, and mouthfeel while adding to the tase without over powering. Ballances very well.with the dates and ripe plum from the malts. Can't wait to try the BA version.

Dec 25, 2018
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KurtisCarman from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: black oil, minimal head
S: overly nutty aromas had me concerned that it was going to be too nutty to my taste
T: subtle nut flavors, rich dark chocolate, stunning malt character in this one
F: very smooth for not being barrel aged
O: awesome beer. Going to get more.

Dec 11, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

This beer pours black as bubblin' crude. It is topped with a little mocha head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is nutty with dark chocolate.

The smell is pretty much the same. I get dark chocolate with an earthy/nutty flavor. I get hints of anise and coffee.

Full bodied. Oily, slick mouthfeel

I have not had a fresh one, but I think four years of age hasn't hurt this beer at all. It is very tasty and fulfilling.

Nov 16, 2018
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New to the shelf and new to my palate and hopefully a new favorite.

A shiny black brew with a thin, concave dark tan head.

Complex aroma with burnt sugar, caramel cinnamon, plum and black cherry.

The taste is equally involving with black cherry and plum along with notes of cotton candy, brown bread and tannin and pine in the finish creating a very well-balanced brew.

Heavy in body and creamy but super smooth with a hint of alcohol makes for an easy sipper.

Love it when a wish comes true.

Nov 11, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & chestnut hued mahogany with a pinky of caramel head. Not quite up to par head retention & lacing

S: Roasty, a little nutty, dark fruit & little booze once warm

T: Follows the nose, some coffee and dryness up front. Walnuts, a little fig, raisin, vanilla charred grain, plus woody/walnut hull bitterness as this warms, just a touch of booze. Finishes with a little Chicory, woody bitterness, a touch nuttyness & plenty of dryness, just little fig, & cinnamon

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation

Solid Imp Stout, drinks easy enough for what it is. Not sure I would buy again, not totally in my wheelhouse

Nov 03, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Beer Temple as a run-up to an event organized by Half Acre for brewers who don't get distributed here. My first from this legendary shop that appears to have good food, too.

Often with imperials, something -- usually a smell or taste or alcohol -- comes on too strong. Not so here. Well-balanced. It was like having a bittersweet chocolate bar with nuts. Yummy.

I rarely rate this style above the average. (Only 2 are above average of the 17 that I've Had of the top 50 per BA ratings.) So my rating may not seem like high praise, but actually it is.

Oct 14, 2018
Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 862 ratings