Oil of Aphrodite - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Jackie O's Brewpub

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Jackie O's Brewpub
Ohio, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #628
Ranked #1,624
4.28 | pDev: 8.88%
Oct 19, 2022
Dec 26, 2012
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Notes: Oil of Aphrodite is an American double stout brewed with locally harvested black walnuts and Belgian candied syrup. English, German, American and Belgian malts are accompanied by Pacific Northwest hops, creating a sweet and rich springboard for deep nuttiness. This stout was aged in bourbon barrels for 8 to 12 months creating an amazing brew worthy of goddesses and gods alike. A beer passionately created to transcend your glass and provide a truly memorable experience.
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Rated: 4.02 by pkalix from California

Oct 19, 2022
Rated: 4.45 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Sep 23, 2022
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Good barrel aged stout.
Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Oil of Aphrodite Bourbon Barrel (2022) from Jackie O’s. Received from brewery 02/02/22. $ 15.82 (Including tax and shipping)/12.7 oz bottle ($1.246/oz). Stored at 37 degrees at home. Reviewed 27/06/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
“2022” on label, otherwise undated bottle. Served at 57.0 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King Snifter. Final temperature 61.3 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Brown (SRM 30), opaque. When rear-lite, opaque with light penetration at the edges - amber.
Head – Small (Maximum 0.7 cm, aggressive center pour), copper, high-density and fizzy, no retention, diminishing to a 0.1 to 0.2 cm ring of tiny bubbles, and no cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.5 – Weak bourbon. No hops, no yeast, no detectable walnuts.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins with mild bourbon and some light walnut flavor and bitterness. No ethanol (13.5 % ABV as marked on label) aroma or taste. Mild gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends tasting like almost every other BBA impy stout.
Palate – 4 – Medium, creamy, weak carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75. Overall, not a bad impy stout, just a bit weak in the walnut department.
Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2022 bottling, 12.7oz bottle, 13.5% ABV, served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a very dark brown head upon pouring, and the head died back to a ring at the side with an occasional island of lacing that would slowly slide back down the glass.

Smell: Walnuts, bourbon, toffee, tiny bit of pine.

Taste: Tastes a lot like it smells, with definite walnut and bourbon whiskey notes, combined with vanilla, the Belgian candi sugar for sweetness, and some light bitterness for a finish, where the walnuts mixed in with some char/roasted malts come lingering back mixed in with the mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, creamy thick, very light carbonation, warming from the higher ABV.

Overall / Drinkability: Very delightful and dangerous. The alcohol was noticeable very early on. Quite a powerful beer, but a great one for sipping and savoring. It's quite nice how all the flavors stick out and don't get overwhelmed by the bourbon barrel aging, which seems to have brought higher alcohol content, but not overwhelmed all the other flavors. Well done.
May 01, 2022
Rated: 4 by BigIronH from Michigan

Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan

Apr 25, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Mar 14, 2022
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Reviewed by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet at ~40 degrees F and allowed to warm during consumption.

L: Pours your typical stout impenetrable black, and forms absolutely no head whatsoever even with a vigorous pour.

S: Cold, this smells of oaky-vanilla boozy barrel notes and more than a hint of chopped walnut. As it warms, not much changes - those two scents remain strong, and are joined by a hint of chocolate.

T: Cold, this is quite barrel-heavy, with loads of tannic oak, boozy caramel, and vanilla. There are hints of chocolate and some walnut manifests by the swallow and lingers in the aftertaste. As it warms, the barrel recedes slightly, allowing some chocolate and raisin to peek through, and the walnuts to appear earlier. Hints of leather and plum can be found here and there as well. The ABV remains quite noticeably warm.

F: Full and thick. Almost foldable.

O: I do like this version a bit more than the base Oil, which isn't exactly a slouch of a stout.
Feb 23, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Feb 06, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look - great black and thick with a nice tan head and lacing
Smell - walnut roasted malt chocolate caramel barrel
Taste - slight nutty chocolate slight caramel roasted malt and wood
Feel - medium full body with a light carb
Overall - really tasty nutty ba stout
Feb 01, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by BLPasch from Michigan

Jan 05, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by vabeerguy from Virginia

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Dec 21, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by shigg85 from Japan

Nov 15, 2021
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottle purchased at Brewery 7/18/21. ABV 13.5%. Poured at 56°. Tight tan head renders an island of micro dots; heavy ring and bands of soapy lacing; cap, rin and lace do not last long; a few spots of lace and medium legs on swirl. Strong bourbon nose up front followed by toasted nuts. Taste is boozy bourbon and sweet chocolate, dark fruit and raisins; semi sweet caramel malt and earthy hop bitterness; nutty middle; vanilla on backend. Medium full body, creamy feel, moderate minus carbonation; face flushing warmth from alcohol; barrel dry finish. Overall, mostly sweet chocolate and bourbon; long boozy oaky bourbon linger; a bit thin, but easy drinking; barrel a bit stronger than base.
Jul 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Guaro from Italy

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Almost totally black with very little
cream-colored hair. Nose: dried fruit, milk chocolate, molasses, light vanilla and wood, bourbon. On the palate there is caramel and chocolate, delicate roasted notes of coffee and toasted malt, dehydrated dark fruit and dried nuts, hints of vanilla and a finish with oak and whiskey. Slight ash and bitterness at the end of the sip. Medium body not too velvety or viscous, low carbonation.
Apr 10, 2021
Rated: 4.69 by BrookW from Virginia

Apr 05, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by MJSFS from Florida

Mar 26, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Medium black with brown highlights and head. Bourbon meets walnut liqueur, baker's chocolate and light coffee in the nose. Taste again starts with bourbon and now toasty and dark oak, with the chocolate walnut, candi sugar, molasses, and light soil and coffee combo. Feel is malty smooth and moderately warm from the barrel, walnuts don't translate besides enhanced sweetness, good depth with the dark elements though. Nice modern stout with a fun adjunct that has hints of old world influences
Mar 19, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 2.88 by ChicagoNick from Illinois

Dec 28, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Dec 10, 2020
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a dark brown / almost black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing, though.

S: A very nice aroma of booze, malt, chocolate, a nutty quality, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a decent amount of chocolate (always a welcome addition), a tinge of caramel (quite sweet), a good amount of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel), some of the nutty quality (a subtle presence), and a decent bit of malt (a solid backbone). This is a focused, powerful, yet easy to drink flavor.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied,

O: An easy to like, well-crafted stout. Worth a try.
Dec 08, 2020
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12.7 oz bottle, 2019 vintage, poured into a snifter at 53 degrees F:
L - black with a hazelnut head that dissipated quickly
S - walnuts, bourbon
T - walnut, bourbon, toffee, fig
F - thick mouthfeel, mild carbonation
O - great tasting stout, well balanced and smooth
Oct 19, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by DaveCash from New York

May 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L:. Pours a thick pitch black with a small tan head and nice fingers of tan lacing around the glass.

S:. A strong toasted walnut, some sweet Belgian Candi sugar, some chocolate mixed in there too. Smells nice and inviting.

T:. Strong nutty walnut, mixes with roasted malt and some chocolate, sweetness comes from Belgian Candi sugar. The Bourbon is lighter than some stouts but in the background.

F:. Slick thick body.

O:. I really like what the walnuts do to this beer.
Feb 05, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

Jan 03, 2020
Rated: 4.64 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

Dec 23, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia

Dec 20, 2019
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On-tap at Gold Star Beer Counter, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short light tan head.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate and candi sugar.
T: The taste is a bit sweet from the candi sugar and has flavors of dark malts along with strong notes of bourbon.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a lot of bourbon flavors but doesn't have as much vanilla compared to other bourbon barrel aged beers. It hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: on-tap
Nov 21, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Nov 18, 2019
Rated: 4.55 by Mooslerfitness from Ohio

Nov 02, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Oct 04, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by Kdouble from Tennessee

Sep 25, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by C_Adams from Ohio

Sep 16, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by cd34 from Illinois

Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by CaptainHate from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured a 12.7 oz bottle into a DFH tulip. Inch high tan head which rapidly dissipated over a brownish black body. Smell was of boozy barrel malty sweets that, although it was hard to separate the component parts, was very inviting. Taste was more complex as the chocolate, vanilla, caramel and molasses were all bouncingly competing over the smooth malty goodness. Alc was very understated. Mouthfeel was very full and retained the flavor in a very characteristic of Jackie O's big stouts and barleywines.

I haven't had an Oil of Aphrodite variant that I haven't preferred over the base stout.
Sep 07, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by QuakeAttack from California

Jun 03, 2019
Oil of Aphrodite - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Jackie O's Brewpub
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 393 ratings