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Oil Of Aphrodite - Rum Barrel Aged | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Oil Of Aphrodite - Rum Barrel AgedOil Of Aphrodite - Rum Barrel Aged

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of brenlinn
4.99/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I agree with the bros on this one. Amazing. You must like rum to like this beer. Rum forward with the base beer at the finish. Smell isn't barrel strong.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick black pour that coats the glass like no other...
Hints of black walnut like the oil but strong strong rum flavors underlying everything.
This is the thickest, strongest, tastiest beer I think i have had in a long time! Hard to rate this cause it's so very very good!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Jackie O's for the Experimental Beer Festival. There were also 16 cases for sale, with labels stating "Malt beverage brewed with walnuts and aged in rum barrels".

This was the best in show today, a really well crafted beer. It poured a dark brown/black color, opaque, with a thick tan frothy head. It smelled just delicious, cocoa and caramel and nice rum overtones. A very well defined roasted malt character, with nuttiness getting a nearly perfect complement from the barrels, rum worked well with this stout.

It tasted perfect, just exactly the flavors I wanted from this barrel aged stout. The black walnuts pair well with the chocolate malts, and rum (apparently aged in wet rum barrels for 8 months) flavor added to perfection without dominating. It has to be tasted to be believed, really very good.

Thick bodied and viscous, nice lasting flavors after every sip. Delicious.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at jackie os

A dark body with a tan head that disapates after a while

S-lots of rum. Like I just opened a new bottle of rum

T-rum starts out heavy up front but mellow into okay vanilla awesomeness. Wow

M-medium body and smooth

O-very, very good beer. One uos the Base beer in a very good way

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Photo of Deuane
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 50/192. Big thanks to beace for the hook up! Sampled some at the brewpub over the 2010 Thanksgiving weekend but felt taking notes inappropriate. Glad to have the opportunity to crack a bottle and share with some fellow BA's at the 2010 Bullfrog Holiday Party.

A-Rich, viscous, deep black with a thin tan head that reduced to a thin ring and left moderate lace. An invigorating swirl left flecks of foam and a coating of oil like liquid slowly sliding back into the pool below.

S-Shazam! Impressive notes of alcohol, deep, dark roasted malt and tannic astringency. This reminded me of those delicious rum cakes from Bermuda.

T-Incredible complexity with flavours of roasted malt, dark chocolate, fresh crushed walnuts, sweet vanilla and a subtle, yet intoxicating, blast of rum alcohol burn, Finishes roasty, earthy and dry.

M-Medium to medium-heavy bodied with a viscous, oily slickness. The smooth factor on this one is off the charts. Carbonation is quite low making this one more like liquid velvet,

D-I could reach Nirvana tonight drinking this one! One mighty fine sipping brew for sure. I bet if you drank enough of this one it could cure your asthma too! An impressive brew that Brad should be VERY proud of!

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Photo of rhinos00
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split amongst rye726, doodler, and forgetfu at a recent Jackie O's tasting. Poured from a bomber into several pint glasses.

A- Pours a dark chocolate color with a fingers worth of cream colored head. Reduced to a thin ring throughout consumption. Minor lacing was left on the sides of the glass.

S- A wonderful bouquet of aromas. Plenty of chocolate and roasted malts with brown sugar, molasses, rum and walnuts. Imagine a chocolate brownie soaked in rum with walnuts on top. Good stuff!

T- Like the aroma, but really cohesive. There's a roasted, chocolate sweetness upfront from the malts. Following is a combination of earthy notes from the walnuts, vanilla and a slight amount of oak. The rum flavor is perfect cap on a great tasting beer. Finishes with a nice, rum alcohol flavor.

M- Medium to heavy bodied. Really enjoyed this aspect of the beer. Velvety and smooth, just how I like it.

D- At 10%, this beer is dangerously drinkable. I had a hard time putting this one down.

Overall, probably the best offering I have had from Jackie O's to date. Very impressed by well the rum barrels were integrated into this beer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Urbancaver was kind enough to break this gem out for our stout tasting on 11/13. Taken from notes.

Poured a thick, black and oily with a dark tan head. The head was small and didn't last long, leaving a fine halo around the edge of my tulip.

I get an amazingly rich blend of caramel, woodiness, nuts (pecan and almond) and light coffee. Fantastic!

The taste was world-class. This was the largest, most complex and satisfying RIS I have had in 2010. Dare I say, putting it in the ranks among Dark Lord. The rum barrel added a more subtle edge to this beer, but the flavor was just incredible. Malts, coffee, dark chocolate, figs, tobacco and oak all mixed in an amazing way.

Highly recommended! We poured this next to their regular Oil Of Aphrodite and both were fantastic in their own way, but this one stood out by far. I know they are hard to land, but try to get one!

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Photo of humuloner22
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a few of these girls on trade. This is the first BA version I have reviewed.

Appearance: Black as night decent amount of head when poured aggressively and it hangs around the edges of the glass throughout the pour.

Aroma: Chocolate malts, some rum but not as much as I would expect. Nevertheless, a nice beer for sure.

Taste: Rum is predominant on this one. There is more booze on the tongue than on the regular Oil. Walnuts and sweet toasted notes are present. Some molasses notes come through as well. Not cloying but this beer is on the sweeter side for sure. I am certain that is the rum barrel coming through. This is what BCBS should taste like really, its well balanced, not too boozy but just enough and the mouthfeel is spot on.

Overall: So far to me this is the best of the lot. I am interested in seeing what a sherry barrel aging does to this beer!

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a really great beer. One of the best from Jackie O's. Pours a thick, oily black with an espresso head. Big notes of rum, oak, vanilla, chocolate malts, roasty mlats, hops, nuts, caramel, molasses and dark pitted fruits. Nice, the barrel really adds great depth and complexity. Full, creamy body, excellent finish.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for breaking this out at the Bullfrog Xmas party on 12/19/10!

A - Poured an oily black liquid with a thin tan head that reduced to a thin ring of retention and stringy lacing.

S - Man this beer smells yummy! Think rum-soaked vanilla candy with a hint of honey and walnuts.

T - Amazingly complex flavor with plenty of chocolate character, dried nuts, a subtle rum presence and a hint of spices and vanilla. Finishes with a tinge of earthy bitterness and a nutty astringency.

M - Medium pushing full-bodied with a slick, oily texture and subtle carbonation. Exceptionally smooth with minimal alcohol presence. Finishes with a hint of warmth and astringency on the palate.

D - Look here brother... who you jivin'? This is easily one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever imbibed. Amazing! Hey Brad... what kind of guru are you anyway?

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle poured into can glass

A: very dark not much head but what there was had a caramel hue to it then it settles to a nice frothy film

S: pure rum I can smell some tart caramel

T: lots of caramel and vanilla with sweet nuttiness. Lots of sweet booze a little leather some roasted malts

M: nice thick feel a little cloying

O: this beer flavor wise is jaw dropping there is so much going on here I can't explain it all. The rum barrel is amazing. This beer is quite amazing

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the August 27th bottle release. A couple 4 oz pours from tasting snifters.

4.5 A: Black. Came with nearly no head, but the light brown head that was there stuck around a while and left some lacing.

5.0 S: Wow! The regular is already wonderful, but now its perfect. Rich chocolate, caramel, decent general maltiness, black walnut nuttiness, and candi sugar. The rum and barrel adds plenty of vanilla, some oak, and of course some sweet rum.

4.5 T: The taste is similar to the smell. Chocolate, caramel, walnut nuttiness, moderate toastiness, soft roastiness. The rum and vanilla are quite strong in the taste and indeed probably a bit stronger than in the nose.

4.5 M: Heavy body, but on the lighter end of the spectrum. A decent bit thicker than the regular. Great creaminess and super smooth.

4.5 D: Great base beer. Great treatment. I could drink Oil all day.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pitch black
Aroma is dark chocolate fudge, vanilla, candy bar
Flavor is dark chocolate and bitterness mixed with vanilla and oak.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin but the carbonation is fine.
Overall this well exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial stout brewed with candied syrup and locally-produced black walnuts and aged in rum barrels. Obtained on a recent trip out to Jackie O's. Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour has the same dark, not quite black appearance as the standard OoA and produces a noticeably thinner 1 finger of fine tan head that retains pretty well. The nose is quite different from the plain OoA. All those toffee, vanilla, and nutty notes are blanketed by sweet molasses and decadent run. I detect a touch of cocoa in there as well. It makes me think of those delicious little German dark chocolates filled with Asbach Uralt brandy.

Full body with a fairly creamy feel and a wonderfully complex flavor. Not quite as complex as 2-year-old Abyss, but complex nonetheless. Up front there is a bready, malty backbone supporting some toasted nuts, a bit of licorice, oak, vanilla, a fair amount of cocoa, and a lot of rum. The rum flavor brings an intense earthy sweetness, but tricks you into thinking this beer is hotter and boozier than it really is. There is a strong port-like flavor in the back of the palate which complements the sweet, malty, nutty character of the base beer very well. Lingering flavors of chocolate and rum fester in your mouth, tempting you to keep sipping. A bit of alcohol warmth on the finish.

Overall, a phenomenal beer. I like the way the rum barrel complements the base beer. I'm not a big fan of rummy, port-like flavors in roasty stouts, but OoA is certainly not what I consider roasty and it works here. Personally, I'm not sure I can say this rum barrel aged version is better than the standard OoA. It's too different and it's like comparing apples and oranges. I also think some additional time in the bottle might do wonders for this beer. Some of those rummy notes might fuse with the nuts a bit better. I feel very strongly that the base beer is exactly what the brewer intended the moment you pick it up. I would definitely buy this again, to age it if for no other reason.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to Eric for opening up this bottle last night. This has been one of my bigger wants ever since I first had the regular Oil of Aphrodite. It did not disappoint. Bottle 168/192. Served in a Bruery tulip. I damn myself for not remembering to pull out my Jackie O's snifter.

Pours nearly black with a thin mocha head and some light lacing. Some legs on the side of the glass as well. The nose initially brings forward a good dose of dark rum and some walnut. Chocolate and light roast in the background. The flavor really melds the rum, chocolate, and malt very, very well. The walnuts come through more toward the finish. The rum provides for an exquisite finish after a very full-bodied brew. Simply excellent. One of the better beers I've had in a long time.

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Photo of seeswo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very thick, viscous black into a Darkness tulip. Dark brown receding head. Looks intense. The nose, holy cow: nuts, roasted and caramel malts, molasses, brown sugar, rum, vanilla. Comes together really nicely. Lots going on blended well into one flavor. I have had regular Oil of Aphrodite and this flavor blows the regular one away. The rum and barrel time bring it altogether and stunt some of the harshness of the walnut-skin? flavor, or whatever it was. Big body, appropriately light carbonation. Overall, I really, really enjoyed this beer. Perfect to split between 4 people, a bomber would be too much. Would make a good desert beer. More rum beers! Nice work Brad.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of snifters. Batch #1. Bottle 70/192/ Huge thanks go to Stakem for sharing this. I’m glad I could be there when you finally decided to open this!

Pours a pitch black, topped with a ½ finger of rich and creamy chocolate colored head. This maintains a robust ½ finger, leaving back a thick cascade of brown oils and frothy lace. The aroma smells of fudge, molasses, vanilla, dark fruit, dark roast, and some spicy warmth towards the back. This is smooth and delicious in the nostrils.

The taste is just so smooth and well integrated across the board here, with notes of rum, spice, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, some darker ripe fruit, and then some dry roasted notes and char on the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied and just so smooth and creamy on the palate. There is a very light sharpness to the carbonation but the overall feel here and ridiculously well hid alcohol content just carries all of that sticky sweetness so well.

I REALLY liked this! The rum character seems to cover up a lot of the walnut flavor that was so prominent in the regular version of this but man, the melding of the base and barrel flavor here is just so well done. This one grew on me more and more as I worked through this glass. I’ve been really enjoying these BA Jackie O’s beers that I’ve had so far. I look forward to checking out more in the future.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

08/27/11- Had this one on draft at the Jackie O's release.
A: Soft cream collar with no lacing, but opaque.
S: Honey-dipped walnuts and rum. The malt doesn't decessarily stand out except as chocolate-covered raspberries. Pleasant.
T: Nice molasses and rum with some white wine acidity. Good sugar and vanilla but overall dry and crisp with smokey chocolate raspberry linger.
M: Thinner and crisper than you'd expect, with a slight fruit viscosity.
O: Great.

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Photo of mistakebythelake
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally reviewing this unique and complex beer after having it for the third time. Thanks BeerandBourbon (Rodger and Gina) for opening one up at your party.

Poured a deep black with a thick to medium head and slight lacing on my snifter. Head quickly dissipated and slight bubbles remained.

I thought the rum was less present on the nose then when I had it on tap at the release months back. Still pick up the dark walnuts, chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes almost liked it smelled of some rum, with slight characteristics of sugar cane and molasses. This was followed by the black walnuts and toffee and chocolate. Not one taste stood above the other as they blended delightfully together. As this warmed up, Each time i have noticed the rum coming through a bit more.

Moderately carbonated and a pretty thick mouthfeel that will leave your mouth and glass slightly coated with this delicious oil. Enjoyable and tasty experimental beer aged in rum that has not disappointed. Looking forward to the next batch as Brad has continued to procure more unique rum barrels.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle number 119 of 192. This is another bottle courtesy of Jh1982. The regular version was good, but with a kiss of a barrel this thing turned into something fantastic. This beer really transformed from the fridge temperature to room temperature.

The appearance of this one is like the oil spilt in the gulf. With an aggressive pour it produces a half finger brown head that instantly leaves. This is barely different than the regular version, it just has a bit of a lighter brown edge which is a small sign that this beast of a beer MIGHT have thinned out because of the barrel.

The rum is a very large influence on this one. It owns such a distinct smell and taste that only this kind of liquor could give. The base beer has a bit of a nut character with strong hints of cinnamon. This lends a lot of its smell to a spiced rum, some coconut as well. A little bit of oak with a strong caramel and chocolate malt background.

I could almost copy and paste the smell characters into the taste category. Strong malt backbone that brings flavors of cinnamon, walnuts, chocolate, and toffee. Then the barrel just creeps in as smooth as silk, really spicy rum barrel. I have not had many rum barreled beers, but this is delicious. The barrel changes the beer for the better, adding a delicious complexity.

A very thick beer with a great level of carbonation and thickness. These beers are sippers, and this one is no different. Lots of flavor paired with thick mouthfeel makes this one a great beer to be shared with friends. Im glad I was around when this was opened.


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared tonight with Curran.

Pours a thick and dark black, with a small, short-lived quarter inch head, and no lacing. Looks like delicious motor oil.

Smells like chocolate, walnut, rum, and butterscotch.

I've heard someone describe this as liquid Werther's, and that's not a bad way to describe. There's a really strong butter cream and butterscotch flavor that doesn't detract at all, along with a warming rum flavor, some chocolate, and a huge walnut blast that only appears when this warms up. This becomes really, really good when it's warmed up, and is just simply good when out of the refrigerator. It's pretty sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.

This one is quite thick and burly, mouthfeel-wise. It's got a lower amount of carbonation, and a very thick body.

This is quite excellent. Another great BA beer from Jackie O's.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Brad for bringing this along when he came to Chicago. Been wanting to try this for a while.

A - Black beer, brown head that had decent retention and was made of fine bubbles. Had a surprising amount of lace on the sides for such a big beer.

S - Nicely toasted walnuts on the nose. There is some rum and the slightest bit of rum spice in there as well. Roasted malts.

T - Probably one of the better, if not best, rum barrel beers I've had. Unfortunately that's a spirit that doesn't seem to do a ton of good with beer. Baker's chocolate and walnuts and some well integrated rum. I'd say it's a winning combination.

M - Smooth, fairly close to full bodied, with soft carbonation.

O - Really nice beer, I don't like rum a ton or rum barrel aged stuff much either, but this is quite well done and a great combination. Hopefully I'll have my chance to get my hands on this again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Molasses, Walnuts, Booze, Wood

Here we have an Imperial Stout that has seen a healthy duration of rum barrel aging with the company of walnuts, the rum character is pleasantly noticeable which compliments the massive stout character this brew brings to the table. The 11.5% abv does not show itself until about halfway through the glass, new subtle complexities with each sip. Finishes with suggestions of walnuts, floral alcohol, brown bread, mild molasses, and faint woody rum ... amazing.

STYLE: American Double Stout | ABV: 11.5% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015)

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Photo of Treyliff
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours a pitch black color with a small foamy khaki colored head that reduces to just a ring around the edge

S- Wow, dominant rum aroma up front, the strongest rum barrel that I've experienced on the nose. Beyond that, nutty notes mix with dark fruits, butterscotch, vanilla dark molasses & candied sugar. Very pronounced aroma

T- Big sweet rum flavor, as expected from the powerful aroma, it gives flavors of sweet molasses and candied sugar. Slightly tart dark fruits kick in mid-palate with flavors of dark cherry & blackberries. Toasted nuts & earth, quickly followed by cocoa and smoky charred malt on the finish

M- medium-viscous body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly boozy, warming finish

O- this seems to have the most dominant barrel character, which plays nicely with the base beer. The nuttiness of the walnuts add a contrast to the sweetness of the rum and Belgian sugar, very well done

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce bottle, label says 2014 vintage. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head that didn't stay around long. There's a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like rum, molasses, nuts, dark fruit, burnt wood and vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like rum, burnt/charred malt, walnuts/nuttiness, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and some roastiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good double stout, Jackie O's has done a great job with this one! Definitely worth picking up! $11.99 a bottle.

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