Oil Of Aphrodite | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Imperial Stout brewed with black walnuts

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Reviews: 178 | Ratings: 833
Photo of Thomas_Wikman
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

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Photo of thebeers
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
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

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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Photo of RMW66
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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...

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Photo of csmrx7
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of KurtisCarman
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
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

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Photo of Beginner2
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of roasted malt notes with some black chocolate notes with some walnut notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix of roasted malt notes with some black chocolate, some walnut notes which fits well with the flavours profile with some residual sugar notes also noticeable. Body is about average for style with some good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. Interesting mix of flavours that doesn’t end up being too gimmicky.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery pub in Athens.
Clear but nearly opaque reddish-brown body with a good beige head. Patterned lacing is left sticking to the glass.
Enticing and complex aroma but without a clear walnut note.
Flavor: bold, lightly boozy, with hints of molasses, bitter chocolate and toasted dark bread. Mildly bitter finish.
Full, lightly oily body with light carbonation.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Good, but not great, lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of malt, chocolate, nuts, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a good amount of dark malt (present throughout), a good shot of the advertised walnuts, some chocolate notes, light coffee, a burnt quality, and caramel. A sneakily complex flavor that gets better as you go along. Subtle and sweet. Has a similar quality to Dark Apparition, but this isn't a problem. Tasty.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, easy to drink stout. Worth a try.

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Photo of hophugger
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review of a Jackie O's beer from the great state of Virginia(a state that does not see distribution0. dark, dark brown with minimal head and almost non-existent lacing. Aroma is full of deep dark malts and sweetness. Taste is heavy malts and a nice dryness from the walnuts. This is a nice stout. MF is good, slightly dry and full of deep malts and an ever so slight bit of bitterness from the hops. the nut factor is nice but definitely not overpowering as the balance is done quite well and the overall feel is pleasant even with the higher abv. Walnuts are a player, although not big, but leave a nice feel and produce a good stout

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black body, largely opaque, with thin tan head, minimal, with extensive, super tight bubbled lacing.

S - Surprisingly quiet nose, malt and chocolate present, but just a trace.

T - More roasted malt and char on the tongue, joining nutty chocolate and malted milk ball notes. Close is mildly bitter, building over time, but not harsh.

M - Brisk feel on the tongue, some minimal warmth, and a slightly dry finish. Given this beer's heft, it is amazing how easy this one drinks.

O - Surprisingly refined and clean, especially for the ABV. Enjoyable enough, but this has a couple years on it and may have experienced some drop off, as the flavors are a touch less saturated than I'd expected.

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Photo of Psilo
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown from the bottle, sits black in the glass. Khaki cap sticks around, but not much lacing left behind.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, nuts.

Taste follows. Lots of roast and bitter coffee. A distinct nuttiness which I can't quite place as walnuts specifically. Chocolate sweetness and some lingering alcohol on the aftertaste. Bitterness lasts for some time.

Medium bodied, slick and oily. Rather smooth. A worthy stout.

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Photo of Buck89
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Clear dark brown on the pour yielding a modest tan head. Walnuts jumped out on the nose, followed by chocolate malt, caramel, and some floral notes. The taste followed closely - I picked up the nuts with a hint of saltiness at first. Bitter chocolate and floral bitterness ensued, with some char especially on the finish. I liked the nuttiness which then gave way to a classic RIS taste.

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Photo of Vidblain
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oil of Aphrodite pours a deep brown-black with a pleasant, light brown head. When cold, there's not special about the smell or taste - it's a fairly muted nutty stout without any particular characteristics to the taste aside from that nuttiness.

As the beer warms, the walnuts become a bit more present. This is both good and bad - much like Avery's Nutty Professor, the beer takes on an unpleasant salty quality which leaves a profoundly bad taste in your mouth. This is one stout that I prefer when it's quite cold. At least the consistency and feel are excellent - it's very rich and thick and leaves your glass significantly coated.

I'm curious to see what barrel-aging does to this beer. Does it tame that saltiness? Are the walnuts still too present? Have to track down a bottle.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color as you'd expect, moderate tan cap that settles quickly. Aroma is surprisingly woody considering it isn't barreled at all - some vague earthiness from the walnut, a little vague sweetness from the syrup, traditional roasted malt. You can tell what the ingredients impart but yet somehow they lack a concrete identity.

Taste isn't far off from your run-of-the-mill stout; a well-made one, undoubtedly, but lacks distinction. There are traces of nut flavors floating around, but you can barely find any of the Belgian syrup the bottle proports. Ends pretty hoppy as well, which you may or may not like in a stout. Mouthfeel is a bit thin as well.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to MastaaaGrillaaa for this brew, from NBS BIF#6

12.7 oz. Bottle

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice dark brown/black color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger light tan head, which leaves a pretty nice medium size oil slick, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, walnuts, some licorice. The taste is pretty nice, malty, with some dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, walnuts, licorice. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, a pretty nice complex brew. Overall, this is pretty nice. Definitely like to see what else they have to offer.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L) Surprisingly very little head on this beer, even with a vigorous pour into my snifter. It is a tad old, but I wouldn't think it would effect things that much. It is a lovely, oily, black however.

S) There are notes of espresso, vanilla, toffee, and even some bourbon notes, but no tree nut vibes.

T) The taste is rich and roasty. There is definitely some strong espresso, a lingering sweetness from the malt, a smidgeon of vanilla or marshmallow, and some notes of roasted walnut or chestnut (but I honestly wonder how much of me detecting those flavors isn't just me knowing they are in there). The tree nut flavors most certainly are not dominant.

F) The beer is medium-low carbonated with a silky mouth feel.

O) It isn't bad, I wish the walnut flavors were stronger and that the beer actually had a head and lacing, but perhaps my bottle is funky.

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Photo of Prager62
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12.7 ounce bottle with no visible date recently sent to me by fellow BA LeperJim. Pouring it in a 12oz. snifter for the review.

Look- Pours a thick oily looking dark brown that borders black leaving a few centimeters of tan colored foam. It appears nitro-like with very active tiny carbonation bubbles that surface with a reverse cascading action. Some moderate lacing is left behind.

Smell- Dark roasted malt, molasses, figs, tobacco and a hint of char.

Taste- Dark roasted malt, figs, raisins, tobacco, leather and some char. There's a slightly bitter taste in the finish before it opens up to reveal something woody in nature. I'm guessing the black walnuts?

Feel- Medium thick and oily with a slightly bitter semi dry finish.

Overall- A very well made non barrel aged stout that delivers some complex flavor. It almost tastes like it was oak aged. I'm guessing the black walnuts may have something to do with that? Whatever the case, this is one every lover of robust stouts should check out.

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Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 833 ratings