Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #244
Ranked #945
4.32 | pDev: 9.03%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)
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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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Guaro from Italy

4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
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
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -3%
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
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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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trevormajor from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
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
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metter98 from New York

4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
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
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one-finger tan head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor bourbon, dark fruit, and sweetness from the Belgian malts. Higher ABV (12.1%) is hidden. Pricey at $15.45 for a 375ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Jan 01, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7 Fl Oz bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

This beer pours like used motor oil. It is black and viscous. A timid pour yielded no head.

The smell is caramel, vanilla, and nuts.

The flavor follows the smell. I get caramel, vanilla, and an earthy, nutty flavor. In addition I taste chocolate and hints of coffee.

Full bodied with a slick, viscous mouthfeel

I like this beer quite a bit. I like it better than the BB Dark Apparition. This is one of the better bourbon barrel-aged beers that I have had from them.

Dec 31, 2018
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CraftPicks from Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to like this beer more. This was a 2015. I tasted oxidation.

VISUAL: Ruby brown color with a small amount of thin brown foam that quickly collapses and minimal lacing.

AROMA: Nutty aromas, brown sugar, and whiskey.

TASTE: Highly sweet linger, moderately sweet, with a mild metal.

MOUTHFEEL: Light body, slightly warming and a little carbonation.

Dec 16, 2018
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7% poured into snifter

Huge dark fruit from yeast, nutty character, bourbon, light roast, chocolate. Elements of an English stout. Good and unique but better options out there

Sep 02, 2018
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date.

Pours a toasty black with a thin film of surface-level beige head and a light, foamy ring on the edges; sparse but present lacing.

Aroma is striking; plenty of brown sugar, chocolate-dipped cherries, candied syrup, and toffee upfront; light bits of vanilla, toasted walnut, and vague but promising dark malts make their way into the fold as well, with the vanilla fitting in nicely as a primary supporting tone; rich but restrained, and incredibly dynamic. This is subtly unique and very pleasant.

Taste brings a great balance of roasty malt, fresh baker’s chocolate, and cherries upfront; then, some wood, subtle candied syrup, vanilla beans, and a mild nuttiness to round things out. Complex yet approachable flavors to accompany a great toasted malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is slick, never too sticky and maintains a near perfectly-balanced body throughout; that this is over 12% is just absurd. It’s absolutely effortless through and through, only making its presence felt at the most appropriate of intervals.

Stunningly unique and well-built stout; so many great flavors in sync and are resonating with me quite a bit. This is how a BA stout is done in my eyes.

Aug 24, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery pub in Athens together with the regular version.
Clear but nearly opaque reddish-brown body with a good beige head. Patterned lacing is left sticking to the glass.
Enticing and complex aroma with a moderate impact of BBA. Again, no clear walnut note.
Flavor: bold, lightly boozy, with plenty of bourbon and some wood from the BBA. There are hints of molasses, bitter chocolate and toasted dark bread but these are faint and restricted to the finish and aftertaste. Notably sweeter than the regular version, with a smoother body, and preferred.
Full, lightly oily body with light carbonation.

Jul 31, 2018
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bobhits from Kentucky

4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer for the trained beer drinker.

I just want to rave about how wonderful this is. I'm not sure I'd get how great this is even a few years ago. The mix of nuts, chocolate, raisins, vanilla, oak...all those notes don't really do this one justice. This is sweat, savory, and bitter all at once. The mid pallet is beyond complex and rich beyond words. There are light hints of fruit, so much chocolate (and different types from fudge to dark bitter chocolate and multiple steps between), the nutty notes are as complex as I have had and while walnuts are certainly there, it's so much more.

Just to make this beer all the better the body is rich, full, and creamy.

I thought I'd had this before, but honestly I need to buy more bottles. The beer is comically expensive at 11.99 for a slightly over 12 oz bottle, but this is truly a special beer. I almost hate to tell people how good this one is.

Jun 29, 2018
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cosmicevan from New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shocking I don't have a tick up for this one as it's one of my favorites from a brewery I love. The oil in general is a great brew from the nuttiness... the BA version just ups the decadence. A classic and one of the best although some of the more recent stouts take it to an even next level, this is a worthy beverage.

Apr 02, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - pitch black with a one finger beige head, nice lacing all along

S - very nutty, nice bourbon notes, chocolate and cocoa and it might be a bit weird but some truffle oil notes

T - Chocolate, molasses, nuts a bit of caramel, light roasted coffee notes, very balanced not overly sweet nor bitter, some acidity

M - quite thick, low carbonation

O - Definitely an unique bourbon barrel aged Imperial stout. It doesn't go on the dessert stout territory (it doesn't taste like a walnut brownie). It's semi-dry semi-sweet. A solid offering.

Mar 07, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, cola brown edges, very little in the way of head retention/lacing. Smell is a sweet roasty barrel, coffee and molasses, mild nuttiness. Taste is sweet, vanilla and nutty, almost fruity, mild barrel presence. Slight oily feel, rich, roasty. Very tasty.

Dec 13, 2017
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A- Black with a bit of tan head and lacing
S- Sweet and nutty. Bourbon. Alcohol. Fresh oak
T- Sweetness upfront followed by nice mellow nuttyness from walnuts. Finishes with bourbon and then candied sugar.
F- Very nice and robust mouth feel
O- Solid BA stout

Sep 26, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into chalice glass.

A: Small mocha colored head. Body has pure blackness no light escaping.

S: Lots of crushed walnuts, Aharo Bourbon characteristics lots of oak. vanilla, toffee, a little dark chocolate.

T: Lots of soft Bourbon, and chocolate. Then you get a nice toffee vanilla oak taste and then some nuttiness that develops nicely through the finish.

M: Medium bodied a good bit of slickness from the Alcohol not very thick.

O: This beer is hidden by a lot of the Bourbon, but it is still delightful with lots of great Bourbon flavors and still finishes with some amazing walnut flavors.

Sep 10, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A friend in Ohio sent me the Bourbon Barrel Aged Oil of Aphrodite. It is very flavorful bourbon barrel aged stout that does not go over the top.

Look: black with a half-inch mocca colored head.

Aroma: nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon

Taste: roasted malts, sweet chocolate, some coffee, walnuts, bourbon, perhaps some red wine, a lot of flavor.

Feel: medium to full body with a creamy texture. It's a wonderful beer.

Aug 24, 2017
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pda22 from California

4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep dark chocolatey appearance with a slight caramel head.

The slight aroma of bourbon is nearly perfect.

A great body and mouthfeel combined with a good mix of bourbon is delicious.

Jun 08, 2017
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Zoomslowik from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a very dark brown with a little light brown head. It fades to a decent ring around the glass.

S- Some bourbon, but not overpowering. A little bit of chocolate and vanilla.

T- Decent chocolate base with quite a bit of bourbon. Just a slight bit of nuttiness.

F- A little thin, but rich. Slight alcohol burn.

O- Pretty good, but I would have liked a little more nutty flavor from the walnut.

Apr 01, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm reviewing a 2016 version provided by wesmantooth.

The beer pours a deep black with very little, quickly disappating head on a vigorous pour. The pour leaves a small tan ring with a small amount of lacing.

The smell knocks you back with chocolate and bourbon. There is a light roasted malt presence also.

The taste follows the smell with roasted malts, milk chocolate, and bourbon, but it adds a nuttiness from the walnuts the really comes through in the aftertaste. The chocolate also comes through strongly.

The mouthfeel is nicely thick and mildly carbonated.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. It has a great mouthfeel with a nice, balanced taste. The reputation of this brewery is well deserved.

Mar 20, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a bit thin and brown. Looks black in the glass with a thin head.
S: oh yeah, big bourbonand chocolate.
T: very nice bourbon, slightly nutty and chocolate.
F : medium to thick feel and coats fairly well.
O: so much better than the non Ba version

Dec 17, 2016
Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 377 ratings