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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 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 SportsandJorts
3.81/5  rDev -8%
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 StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to drlovemd87 for sharing another epic bottle that cant be bought in colorado! this is a neat one, and although i have never had the base beer for this, i have to imagine the rum barrel brings it to this elite level of quality and uniqueness. aromas of Caribbean spice meld with very dark roasted barley and the coffee notes that accompany it. i get a little dark chocolate, a heavy hit of vanilla bean, and a woody character thats earthy and has some minerals to it. very interesting. the taste of this one, and most barrel aged beers ive had from these guys, is a lot less about trying to pick apart the elements and analyse them, as it is just drinking and savoring the whole. the rum influence is obviously heavy, but the flavors are integrated to a level not often seen, and its unfair to this beer to dissect it like i normally tend to do. the mouthfeel is just insane, a touch sweet from the rum, but velveteen softness and the viscosity of a good port wine. carbonation is minimal, but i dont wish for more of it. there is something delicate about this enormous beer, and thats tough to come by. jackie o has continued to blow me away, and i must now rank them with my favorite breweries in the country. this is next level stuff!

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Photo of breadwinner
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Smells of dark fruit, molasses, vanilla, oak, chocolate and some other spices I can't put my finger on. Warming alcohol. Delicate spiced rum flavors up front, finishes with oak. On the thin side.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from the 2014 release. Poured into a snifter 11/19/2014.

A- Dark black body, oily and thick. Half finger offwhite head, minimal retention time, no lacing. Has nice legs on it. Pretty much looks like what the name implies. [4.25]

S- Sweet rum, dark fruit, oak, dark chocolate. Not particularly complex, but for a rum-barrel aged beer, the rum really plays nicely with the rest of the base beer. One of the few rum-barrel aged beers where this is the case. [4.25]

F- Smooth milk chocolate, rum sweetness, dark fruits, oak, dark chocolate, finishing with a mild piney bitterness. Nice complexity, and as in the nose, the rum plays nicely with the rest of the beer. This definitely works. [4.25]

M- Thick bodied, on the lower end of carbonation for the style. Smooth, slick and sticky. This is fairly nice with a slightly over-bittered finish. [4.25]

O- This was pretty impressive in how the rum was so strong but played very nicely with the rest of the beer. Nice complexity and mouthfeel as well. This is a more than solid stout to try. [4.25]

Final score: 4.25

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%

2014 Bottle from Joe. Thanks buddy. Pours viscous black into the tulip with almost not head, with just a creamy espresso foam colored head settling around the top edges. Rich aroma of molasses, anise, chocolate, raisins, and definite rum, though not boozy smelling. Flavor is sweet vanilla molasses, lots of anise, a bit of rum spice, booze, chocolate covered raisins. Medium thick mouthfeel with lowish carbonation, and not too dry. A nice dessert beer that is in the wheelhouse of CCB's recent Da Un Beso. Very similar beers, with this one coming with a bit more heft and booze. Good stuff.

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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 dsigmon
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Jet black and nice mocha head that doesn’t stick around for too long.

S: Rum, rum, and more rum...delicious rum and a dash of cocoa

T: Starts off with sweet decadent chocolate followed with some fantastic rum barrel characteristics...hint of coffee on the end. I’m not normally a fan of sweeter stouts but the sweetness is integrated nicely with the barrel and there are no dark fruit notes currently present.

M: A tad thinner than I’d like, a little slick and sticky, but absolutely nothing to complain about.

O: Great beer, the taste doesn’t linger long and there isn’t a ton of complexity. It’s became quite flat after allowing it to sit and “open up” more which I haven’t experienced before but worth noting.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
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 WesMantooth
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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 ddedhed
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

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 CaptCleveland
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

12.7oz bottle from latest release. No bottle dating. Opened at cellar temp and poured into Hoppin' Frog snifter.

Opaque, black liquid, two-finger, mocha head to a nice rim throughout. Large splotches of lacing as the tasting proceeds.

Wonderful aroma of rum, caramel, nut/earth, dark fruit, cocoa, mild char.

Dark fruits, caramel sweetness, rum backing and mild burnt malt. The rum is ever pervasive but does not crush the other flavors.

Full body, slightly slick, not as heavy as BCBS (which is the measure).

A really nice rum barreled stout that melds ingredients into an outstanding, complex brew. Well done.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -13%
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 Dope
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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 robwestcott
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold from the tap at Jackie O's with a hint of a short lasting tan head, clean and leaving no lace but a thin ring around the edge.

Subtle rum and oak?, sweet molasses, smoke?

Big bodied, chewy, rum barrel, char after, super cool brew.

Drinkable - are you serious ?

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 8.1.13

A - Pours black with a 3/4" brown head that creeps to the edges forming a ring.

S - Rum, booze, raisins, dark fruits.

T - Rum, nutty, wood, sweet chocolate and fruit, chocolate covered raisins.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Dark heavy and boozy, lots of rum, raisins, and fruit.

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Photo of bashiba
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

warning: very sick black Pacific coffee colored head.

the nose is sick what the hell has the molasses Sunapee quality touch of dark malt.

the flavors and very heavy face picchocolate and burn black milds along with a half heavy smoke and some light rum flavors there's just a touch of 19 s with a light bit over the hops.

the mouth feels tremendously therapy very sick long lasting oily quality.

I highly recommend this beer.
is this review looks questionable is all done with Google Voice.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on 4/10/2013. Thanks to Koelshtrinker for sharing. Bottle #58 of 216. Pours a mahogany hue with no head, just a cluster of bubbles along one side of the glass. Nose expresses sweet malt, cocoa, ethanol, vanilla and a hint of the rum barrel. Taste follows nose, but also a little watery with some vinous notes. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an even carbonation and some residual heat. Overall, an excellent beer - could use more body; however, the flavor and nose really make up for this aspect.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/31/12 notes. Big thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one; I liked the base beer a lot so was excited to have this one. 22 oz. bottle into a taster glass.

a - Pours a deep brown color, almost black, with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, rum, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Nose is very interesting...a nice mix of chocolate, rum, and vanilla. I like it quite a bit.

t - Tastes of cocoa, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, rum, alcohol, coffee, cream, burnt malts. Nice, though a little more alcohol here and not blended quite as well as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink overall.

o - Overall a pretty good stout. I think the base beer is a really solid, good American stout, and think this is a little bit of an improvement on it. Rum usually isn't my favorite barrel to see beers in but it worked well here; the nose is really nice and complex. Would love to try the other variations and have this one again.

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Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to Justin, thanks for the taste!

The beer pours a nice color that you'd hope for in a stout, very dark brown highlights and a totally black core color. Decent Ning of brown head and some lacing.

The smell is very nice and quite complex. The rum really melts in beautifully to the sweet cocoa and roasted malt stout base. It really smells like a decadent fudge based dessert, it's great.

The taste really follows suit, it opens up pretty sweet and chocolatey and ends with a nice mix of the spirit and a ton of coffee roast. It's a fine beer, maybe a bit on the sweet side up front but still quite tasty.

The feel is ok, it is a bit light for a big stout like this and has a bit of burn, which is ok, but seems a little astringent on the palate for me.

Overall a very good beer, great for a tasting, probably wouldn't be great to drink a lot of.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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 johnnnniee
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared tonight with friends
Pours an inky black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates as soon as it musters. Smells of alcohol, oak, rum, dark sugar, chocolate, roasted coffee, and oily nuts. It really a unique aroma, at times I get a creme brulee thing going on then it seems like burnt caramel or roasted nuts. It's very complex. The flavor follows the aroma with a bit more alcohol heat than the the aroma promised. Nutty rum and chocolate flavor with a hint of stout and coffee. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet boozy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this beer, but a bit less alcohol burn would have sent this to the stratosphere for me.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
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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Oil Of Aphrodite - Rum Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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