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 JohnnyMc
1.2/5  rDev -70.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

At time, aged for over a year in cellar conditions.




Sour fruit notes, minimal aroma, tart taste through and through. Very disappointing. This beer could have been amazing!

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Photo of mabermud
1.9/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Fantastical hard pour into my favorite, and only 15.5 ounce brandy snifter that does not create magnificence.

Look: Deep and dark looking body capped with a wispy, broken, filmy mocha colored head. The harder than normal pour did not create anything but an unconnected film over the top and a thin halo.
Smell: Deep and rich aromas of sweet, dark roasted malts, milk chocolate/lactose, and rum barrel. Upon first sniff, I smelled 7-up with rum. The walnuts are detectable and worthy of mention.
Taste: Hmmmmm...I think I have a bad bottle...maybe, maybe not. Is it supposed to taste like this. Some sourness like a whiskey sour...
Feel: Not memorable.

Overall - Is it supposed to be like this...

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Photo of ehammond1
2.24/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

(Aged for 6+ months)

Black throughout with a moderately sized brown head that leaves dots and spots of lace down the glass. This has appropriate visible carbonation per the style.

A somewhat strange aroma, especially for the style. There's a good amounts of wood and caramel aroma, along with some off-putting acidic/funk character. I'm sure that isn't intended. There's some chocolate and roast elements as well, but something is off here.

The flavor is also I'm sure unintended funked and acidic. The wood notes taste moldy, the rum flavors sharp and acidic, and the rich chocolate and cream flavors don't hide something going wrong here.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Not good.

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Photo of KevSal
2.42/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big thanks to msgraves for this huge want, thanks man! I really enjoyed the regular,

2011 bottle number 85 of 206 poured into 2 eclipse snifters.

A- looking real good, somewhat still with a small white head that doesn't last long.

S- woa this one is huge on the alc, it's so heavy it covers up everything else. Smells more like tequila/ cheap rum. I'm not liking this too much.

T- taste is better but still not to my liking. The base comes through here covered with that same tequila like rum flavor. No sign of walnuts like the base had but the roasted stout is there.

M- mouthfeel is average for a ba stout, not very much carbonation and somewhat thick body. It's alright, works well to cover the mouth, including that tequila alc taste

O- not sure what happened here, I've had ccb Neils and loved it. This one was much different than that, and I dont think it worked well with the rum, I can see this base better in whiskey, brandy or bourbon. I was wondering if I had a bad bottle or maybe it wasn't aging well (6 months) but reading some other reviews it sounds like this is how it's supposed to taste (atleast this batch anyway) so I guess it's one of those cases that its just not for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.66/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottle # 92/206. 2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, wood, rum, and some funky dirty feet aromas. Taste is much the same down to the funky flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with some sort of infection going on.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.74/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A big thanks to Jeff for this little gem. 375ml capped bottle into OEC stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger mocha colored head with little retention. Beer is thick, oily and pitch black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good stick and big, filmy legs. Quite menacing.

Nose is alarmingly tart. Notes of sour dark fruit, roasted malt, cocoa powder, lactose, chocolate and booze. A bit strange though very aromatic.

The first taste confirms that my nose isn't lying. Opens tart plum and prune. Some chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt hides in the background but these are almost completely overtaken by the roasty, grainy sour taste. Boozy throughout but that just enhances the tartness. Roasty finish with a puckering, smoke and tart dark fruit aftertaste. I'm sure this isn't what the brewer intended.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and chewy in the mouth and goes down slightly hot and viscous. Messy finish with a lingering, heated aftertaste. Decent.

As a sour stout, this isn't terrible... but its not good either. As a regular stout, this is clearly infected. Just not a very good beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body with a small off-white head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Rich dark chocolate aroma. Rum is equally strong, but doesn't overwhelm. It has a strong buttery aroma, too.

Taste - Lots more rum. It dominates. Extremely boozy. Butterscotch flavor is almost overwhelming. Chocolatey, but rum lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Overwhelmingly boozy. Medium body.

Overall - The butterscotch is too much. Detracts from the beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nice sweet aroma. Smells like a good bottle of rum. Tastes sort of like Bacardi though. seemed to have that sourish taste Bacardi has. Didn’t really care for that since I’m not a big Bacardi fan. Drank too much 151 back in the day.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a black color with a very very thin brown head. Head is pretty much a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and no lacing left behind at all.

S- Smell is pretty roasty, bakers chocolate, spicy rum and wood. There it is again the same funk that I get from all these BA brews.

T- Taste is a lot like the nose. A bit more booze than I expected. Same funk is here again. Not quite how to explain this funk.

M- Fuller side of medium for sure and light carbonation.

O- This same bit of funkiness that I keep picking up in their brews is a bit of a let down. I really enjoyed the regular version.

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Photo of Ri0
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 350mlbottle into a snifter, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a 1 finger tan head. Lacing is minimal with small spots on the glass. Aroma is pleasant with a big roasted and sweet malt characteristic in an imp stout. Dark chocolate, coconut, and walnut all are present. The flavor...what happened here? There is a bit of tartness, presumably from the rum barrels. It's not bad, but it does seem off. I want more of the roasted malts and dark chocolate, but I am picking up some tangy coffee and almost an olive flavor. The feel is good with a smooth rich liquid and soft carbonation. If only the taste was like the aroma, this would have been outstanding.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage, bottle 65/206, courtesy of Ryan011235. A vigorous pour into the middle of an oversized snifter yields nary a bubble. I tried pouring a little into a narrow tulip, but no dice. Appropriately dark, though, and it leaves nice legs. Repeated swirling finally coaxes a few hints of wispy foam.

The rum presence in the nose is steady but not overpowering, although it does manage to take a bit of the edge off the walnut blast of the base beer. Still smells plenty nutty, though. Cocoa powder and dry roast malt aromas with a touch of chocolate sweetness. Burnt, buttery, oaky, inviting.

Burnt and roasted malt flavors are immediately followed up with a flash of alcohol heat. Dark fruit with plenty of rum and oak. More boozy than warming; the nuts finally at the end of the finish after the heat dies down. Sweet and tangy at times, charred at others. I'm reminded of homemade caramel. Modest carbonation. The booziness seems to hurt the otherwise coating, oily feel a bit.

Pretty nice sipper here, although the booziness makes me wonder if I should have held onto it for a while before enjoying. I suspect if I had another bottle in a year, it would score higher. I liked the regular Aphrodite better than this one, but I'd certainly be up for trying the other variations.

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hey look, another bottle from fiver29! I think they’re breeding in my cellar, & I’m encouraging such activity by rubbing them up against one another. Another 375ML stubby split with my wife, side-by-side with the sherry barrel version.

Again, black-on-black, with carbonation visible only to the obsessed & persistent. The nose is like a rum-pirate sandwich. I’m pretty sure there’s a beer under there, but I’m going to have to submerse myself in the liquid to find out. I’m game.

Oil of Aphrodite – Rum Barrel Aged is like a light rum: half the alcohol, none of the beer. The first, second, & third swallows burn a bit, & I fear for a midnight run of indigestion. RUM! There might be a bit of the base stout under there, & the one thing you can’t throw a wool cloak over is the squirrel’s hoard of nuttiness.

And that’s about it. Nuts-and-rum. Is there a walnut rum? If there isn’t maybe In-Bev should consider whipping one up. Two notes, but those notes are pure. Good beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle 59 of 300 from 2013, big thanks to evan12 for the share. enjoyed from a mini snifter at the southampton IRS release and then the capped bottle was uncapped at home and re-enjoyed from a JO mini...review is a combo of notes from first impression and 2nd impression a few hours later.

a - brew poured a watery black, but coated the glass in stoutiness. what little head present was gone quick. some nice dark brown highlights but once the head was gone, it was gone for good...little sludgy.

s - nose is fairly peaty. folks at the release when the bottle was first opened were surprised that this vintage seemed to lack some of the magic of previous vintages (or other bottles)...some fruitiness from the rum was there, but hidden behind the soggy peat the leads in the nose.

t - flavor follows the nose to a degree leading with peat, but presenting a wash over the rum infused stout.

m - mouth is carbonated and a bit chewy, fairly big and bold, even for the style.

o - overall, a bit of a let down. i've had several JO brews over the years and always heard that this was the highlight and i've definitely had others that were better. nice to finally get the tick though.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredibly, domineeringly sweet, with a weird slickness of feel. It's interesting, no doubt, and I admire it somewhat for that, but it's simply not drinkable beyond 6-8 ounces or so.

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Photo of lupercmda
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black opaque black. Smells like it fermented with brett. I get a sour dank smell with a little rum smell. Taste is sour and unbalanced. Has a lot of of rum predominating the taste. I wonder if I got an infected bottle as I truly thought this was a sour.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks mang! Let's get this shit started. Dark brown body with a small beige head. Oak, roast, tannic qualities, vanilla. Sweet roast, light chocolates. Lots of wood and sweet wine / rum character. Good for splitting a few ways.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A friend was in Ohio the day these were released, he snagged me two bottles. I wanted to love this beer but the rum sweetness was over the top, saccharine. I'll revisit this brew again - maybe my palate was off when I first tried it. There's a lot going on, wood, char, nuttiness - but the rum does a damn good job of masking those elements.

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Photo of darktronica
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2014 release. One of the most strongly aromatic bottles I've ever opened, but the first word that comes to mind is... pungent. Not immediately offputting or even unpleasant, but a distinct combination of rum with walnut oil that has perhaps gone slightly rancid. I don't think the beer is infected or has gone bad--I still quite enjoyed the flavors upon drinking it--but I think the walnut is just now starting to turn. I'm glad to have cracked it now rather than later when it might become overpowering.

Other smells include lychee, clove, a touch of sour cherry, and cedar. The walnut is prominent in the flavor, along with the barrel character and some tartness. I would be very interested to try this on draft or as a fresh bottle from the next release.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a deep mahogany, very close to black. a finger of a creamy tannish colored head. strong retention and a large lacing left behind. completely opaque due to the dark color. leaves a brown viscous layer behind as it swirls around

Smell: rum, dark fruits such as plums and dates, some nuttiness.

Taste: opens with rum along with super sweet dark fruits. again plums and dates. a strong nuttiness comes through and just a hint of roastiness makes its way through all the flavor. Strong alcohol flavor near the end.

Mouthfeel: pretty thick, low carbonation. extremely warming.

Overall: tasty but I think it needs a bit more body and some additional roastiness to stand out a bit more. The balance is a little off.

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Photo of Dope
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 71/300 of the 2013 batch.

A: Pitch black pour with a small but dense dark brown head. Head fades pretty quick due to small initial size but great retention and a nearly solid wall of heavy lacing to boot.

S: Interesting aroma. Hard to place. It's nutty, mainly. Even without the label I would have said walnuts, and a whole lot of them. Some sweet chocolate to mix in and some vanilla to boot? Very unique.

T: Again, super nutty initially but now there's a good amount of sharp rum in there mixing it up. Quite a bit of chocolate in the middle to boot. Kinda tastes fudgey. Some caramel in the finish joins it. Pleasant bittersweet chocolate aftertaste with a hint of walnuts. The boozy rum especially likes to linger.

M: Big, smooth and borderline creamy.

O: I've had the regular version of this and I don't remember it being quite so nutty. Rum is sharp but cuts the thickness and add some complexity. A very unique brew, I debated quite a bit on the scores. It's a little odd up front but fantastic on the back end.

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Photo of ddedhed
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

I can taste the base beer (which I love), but booze heat overtakes this particularly on the back end. A little bit of a a disappointment based on how much I love regular Oil of Aphrodite. Still a nice stout.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like regular Oil, it pours an opaque black. Has a small mocha head that does have a little ring that survives all the way down the snifter.

Smell is very strong aroma of rum. Very sweet, similar to a Captain and Coke, with vanilla, carmel, and toffee. Also slight cocoa and roasted aromas as it warms, but the rum overshadows everything else.

The taste has the rum right up front. Sweet, with a little burn. Toward the back of my tongue, I get the slightly chared, roasted malt and chocolate, with a nutty aftertaste. The walnut aspect is what sets this stout apart both with the regular version, and this one. This may sound stupid, but my biggest criticism would be the rum. While enjoyable, it doesn't share the spotlight quite enough. I think regular Oil is a fantastic stout with a unique flavor and it is slightly drowned out here. The balance does seems to improve the more it warms.

The aging seems to have thinned the body of this beer.

I think Oil of Aphrodite is an outstanding beer. I also think this version is very good, but the barreling does not improve on its status

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Photo of joefuzz
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to play russian roulette with my 1 and only bottle of the 2011 batch 138/206

Pours jet black with almost no head

smells like a really nice pure cane rum and powdered hot choclate mix

taste starts as a nice malty sweet stout that moves onto a smooth rum taste and finishes with dry cacao(thanks tosh for suggesting i taste cacao)

mouthfeel is normal for an imperial stout very light carbonation

overall really glad i tried this and super glad it wasn't infected...another very good jackie o's offering

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Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chswimmer for sharing.

Pours jet black and viscous with a small tan head.

The aroma is pretty chocolatey with molasses and booze, nuts, a little rum and oak.

The flavor is rather nice, a little ashy with dark chocolate, anise, soy sauce, oak, and rum-soaked toasted walnuts.

Very full-bodied with low carbonation - a bit too low - and very slick.

A good imperial stout overall, maybe not as good as the non-bal version though as crazy as that is.

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Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a hunahpu's snifter. Bottle 140 of 216.

Appearance: Beer pours a black color with just a touch of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: very sweet with lots of roasted malt and dark fruit. The rum plays a large roll in the smell. Burns the nostrils quite a bit.

Taste: Lots of roasted malt sweetness and a rum flavor that is accompanied by a pretty intense burn. Mild vanilla with lots of dark fruit. A bit oaky. The nuts are stuck in the background. The finish is warm and sweet.

Mouthfeel: The body is quite thick and could use more carbonation. The finish is very dry.

Overall: the taste is quite nice even if the beer is a bit hot. I would have liked a little more carbonation. Good overall.

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