Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Bourbon Barrel Oil Of Aphrodite | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
41 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Bourbon Barrel Oil Of AphroditeBourbon Barrel Oil Of Aphrodite

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by oline73 on 12-26-2012

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 248
Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black in color. Big bourbon and oak. The Belgian candied syrup shows and maybe some nuts. Chocolate and vanilla. Roasted malts. Molasses.

Full bodied. Smooth and warming.

Solid BA stout. Definitely worth a try.

 223 characters

Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black with a bubbly tan head that is thinner than regular and does not retain.

Marked difference on the nose from regular, with oak, vanilla, and coconut! No walnut really from my perspective.

Taste is really fine. Caramel, vanilla, coconut, maple, brown sugar. Wow, this is such an improvement over the base beer--something I rarely, if ever, say!

Feel is creamy, smooth, light on the booze--overall a really good blend of attributes from the barrel treatment.

 470 characters

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with thin tan head. Smell is mostly bourbon with a hint of roasty malts and walnuts. Taste is rich chocolate, molasses, roasty malt, walnuts and great bourbon flavor with no alcohol burn. Light carbonation and a bit thin

 235 characters

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

Single bottle purchased from local Heinen's, fresh from recent release.

Opaque, dark brown-black elixir, generous pour into Lawson's snifter. One finger tan head to thin rim with mocha islands floating and crazy dragon-shaped lacing around the vessel.

Dark chocolate, bourbon, caramel and nuts. A whiff of barrel and earth.

The chocolate and bourbon intermingle, playing a duet across the taste buds.

Smooth bitterness, fudge-like chew, well carbonated, full body.

A wonderful BBA stout that can be picked up off the shelf at the local grocery store.

 556 characters

Photo of rypkr
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - into a snifter it pours like thick used motor oil. Zero head despite trying to create it pouring straight down the middle.

S - yes! More bourbon than a fifth of bourbon. So, so sweet. Cloyingly sweet in fact. Smells of dark fruits - plums and raisens soaked in strong bourbon.

T - it's sweet. Very, very sweet. It almost tastes like a bourbon barrel aged quad. It starts with a heavy palate of fruit and carmelized sugars, but finishes roasty and stout like. It actually finishes almost burnt. It leaves the palate with a faint taste of roasted walnuts - which I find impressive to actually come through and not be a novelty to just say that it's brewed with. Bourbon is heavy throughout and as it leaves the palate the kentucky barrels linger on.

M - blah. Jackie os you dropped the ball here. It's thin and watery. It is exactly as it looked and no surprise that it yielded no head. If it has one saving grace here it's the oily mouthfeel the nuts leave it to depart with.

O - I recall loving the non barrel aged version. And though this is heavy on the barrel (which I appreciate), I feel like the time conditioning it harmed it too greatly on the feel to be worth the bourbon addition.

 1,197 characters

Photo of Beersnake1
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp into Jackie O's snifter. Allowed to warm up. Look is jet black with dark tan head. Getting notes of bourbon, roasted malts, candy, licorice, and toffee. I wouldn't say that they smell is the best part of this beer, although it's great. The taste wins this for me. Departs a bit from the nose in that the flavors are much stronger. Sweet bourbon, licorice, and bitterness are strong. The bitterness persists in the aftertaste, but the sting is nice. It brings thoughts of burnt caramel. The alcohol is well hidden. The feel is a bit thin. I expected this to be thicker and creamier, but I am not complaining. Overall, this is amazing!

 659 characters

Photo of brenlinn
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

jackie o's did it again, and again, and again. Always seems to be ahome run. base beer is amazing, but the BA version is out of this world. thick head, dark in color, hazy.

 173 characters

Photo of goldenbooter
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer isn't even fair. Smell is on point. Deep in color with about 1/4 inch head. Walnuts and spice come out on the tongue. Barrel on the back end. Another great brew

 170 characters

Photo of jzeilinger
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark brown pour, very viscous, ultra thin toffee colored ring.

S - Bourbon, oak, boozy aroma.

T - Some buried cherry, roasted toffee, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit.

M - Heavy, oily, slick, some boozy effervescence, lip smacking sticky.

O - Very good!

 264 characters

Photo of glass_house
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pitch black pour with two fingers of dense, milk chocolate colored head. Maintains a substantial collar with moderate oily lacing. Aroma is absolutely incredible as soon as I pop the cap. Big waves of vanilla, dark cherries, fudge, bourbon, and a freshly opened pouch of Red Man. Wow. For my money, beer just can't smell any better than this.

Taste starts off predictably with bittersweet dark chocolate, followed by layers of molasses, vanilla, toffee and caramel. Some bitter, roasted malt notes in the middle, but the Belgian candi syrup definitely keeps this one leaning toward the sweet side. Never syrupy or cloying though. The walnuts seem to contribute a slightly dry gritty facet to the slick, viscous body, more so than anything they do for the taste. Excellent bourbon flavor without any noticeable heat. Some woody notes linger on the palate. The mouthfeel is rich enough, but I find myself wishing it were just a bit more full and thick. But it is generally smooth and creamy and coats the palate well.

Overall, another masterpiece out of Athens. This is easily the best beer I have had in quite a while. The only thing better than this beer on Saturday was drinking it while watching OSU hammer *ichigan.

 1,259 characters

Photo of KYGunner
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This really highlights the bourbon barrel qualities with some oak but tons of coconut, vanilla and bourbon flavor. The bourbon comes on near the finish. Some light chocolate and toffee near mid palate. Fantastic beer!

 217 characters

Photo of Dope
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle.

A: Pitch-black pour. Tall, almost black head. Nice multi-layered head too, three distinctly colored layers initially, before it starts to fade. Great head retention with a thick mountain of foam that never goes anywhere. Thick walls of lacing. Nice.

S: Whoa. Toasted marshmallows, vanilla and milk chocolate. Very sweet, very strong. Hints of caramel when swirled. Smells rich, sweet and inviting.

T: Damn. Heavy bourbon up front with loads of caramel and toasted marshmallow. Very sweet. Nutty too, definitely get those walnuts. Lots of sweet, creamy milk chocolate in the middle. Lightly roasty but mainly it's the big, bold sweet flavors. Finish is quick and clean with some lingering milk chocolate, toasted sugars and hints of oak. Barely any burn despite 10% ABV.

M: Super smooth and borderline syrupy. Surprisingly not that heavy for the ABV.

O: One hell of a bourbon barrel beer. I've had the base beer and the rum version and this version annihilates the other two. Super sweet flavors from beginning to end. Little balance so this is a sipper but at least it comes in a small format bottle. No harshness and very smooth body does help pump up the drinkability but I'm sure it'd get to be too much after a while.

 1,240 characters

Photo of Stevem68
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate color. Has a Boozy and sweet aroma. Flavor is nutty, boozy, sweet, boozy, and I get notes of vanilla. Overall this is delicious

 150 characters

Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Jackie O's

Pours pitch black with small creamy tan colored head that retains for a while before reducing to a ring. Smells of dark chocolate & vanilla, toasted walnut, bourbon, oak and a hint of sweet caramel. Tastes has a nice mix of chocolaty bourbon with some earthy and nutty notes. A bit of vanilla sweetness from the barrel, roasty finish with a hint of coffee. mouthfeel is medium-thick with moderate low carbonation, creamy finish.

Probably my favorite Oil variant, a top notch BBA Stout!

 514 characters

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vanilla, mashmellow, chocolate, roasted malt, oak and booze. Super dry. Sweet, but balanced out by the bitterness. Smooth, medium thick mouth feel. Pretty awesome.

 163 characters

Photo of mctizzz
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Walnuts come through but not in your face. Great stout but could use a bit less sweetness. Take my review with a grain of salt though, I'm drinking it warm, out of the bottle in a bag, on a bus, in 90 degree weather. Def not optimum drinking conditions.

Edit: poured the 2nd half into a papercup, shit is beautiful, I get where the name comes from. Both smell and taste are dominated by boozy caramel with a bit of hop bitterness and some walnuts at the end. Score was bumped up once #properglassware was acquired.

 515 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

these guys are consistently putting out some of the best beers in american, and this is easily one of them. i cant believe they dont garner more attention, oh well, more for me i guess. this is a major stout at its base, a really good one, and its enhanced a lot here by a bourbon barrel and some walnuts. the barrel makes it way way sweeter than the base, which for me a little bit of a negative, but the vanilla and wood that come through the rich chocolaty malt base is just right, and that slightly astringent bitterness of roasted barley is entirely absent here. the walnuts add a lot too, an earthen base, specific to walnut, not at all a generic nuttiness, which i often get from most nuts in beer. this is really distinctly walnut, and as such has a very winter overall vibe to it for me, something about cracking nuts on christmas eve drinking beer with my family... the alcohol is a little more prominent here, you get the fusels of the whiskey too, which is why, and the beer has a texture more like syrup than the original, but i dont really mind that thickness because i want to taste this beer forever. leather and coffee and even plum, this is a complex and deluxe regal drinking experience that cannot be prolonged enough. i could drink a gallon of this.

 1,270 characters

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big, big bourbon influence right up front. Tons of bourbon, vanilla and oak in the nose and taste of the beer. It's very chewy with a thick body and creamy mouthfeel. Tons of dark fruit apparent just under the surface. Awesome beer, but should improve with time.

 262 characters

Photo of djgustafson
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter. Received in trade, but I think it was purchased for around $13.

L- Pours an opaque black with a one-finger tan head that sticks around for a short while. No light shines through this one.

S- Wow. Blown away by the aroma that I'm getting. Vanilla, nuttiness, chocolate, booze, and caramel. I know this was brewed with walnuts, but it smells like a bourbon-chocolate-pecan pie.

T- Taste is more of the same, but some of the nuttiness is lost. Huge barrel notes of oak and vanilla complement a roasty background. The nuttiness tries to sneak in, but is dominated by the barrel. Very tasty.

F- Chewy, but perhaps the slightest bit thin. Moderate alcohol burn plays well with the beer's flavors.

O- This is the second bourbon barrel-aged stout that I've had from Jackie O's, and I'm equally as impressed as I was with the first. The huge barrel presence masks some of the beer's more subtle flavors, but it is certainly a treat. An incredibly enjoyable stout that I'd love to revisit with some age.

 1,028 characters

Photo of Ohiovania
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is almost as good as the $13/12oz price tag. Wow! Everything about it is world class. How do they get the nose on these beers? It's kind of insane how amazing it smells. The smell is just shy of the smell and the mouthfeel could be thicker to rate higher but I would take this beer any day of the week.

 312 characters

Photo of do_ob
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz. bottle into a tulip. Pours a dark, cocoa brown and settles pitch black in the glass. An aggressive pour resulted in a 1 finger head of dense, syrupy, tan foam. Great aroma on this one. I have a cold coming on and I can still smell this thing from 2 feet away. Delicious cocoa, chocolate, roasty malt, sweet bourbon, vanilla..Just an awesome smell. Medium-heavy weight, and quite smooth on the mouthfeel. Right away on the taste I get vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and bitter coffee. There's a more profound booziness as it sets in. As it warms on the palate, notes of walnuts, coconut, and maple syrup emerge. Finishes smooth with a slight alcohol bite, and leaves a boozy, coffee-like aftertaste behind.

This is undoubtedly a great beer. I'm on the fence as to how I really feel about it, though. I love a good imperial stout, and I love bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts. But this one is almost too bourbon-y for my liking. It has all the right characteristics to make it an outstanding beer regardless, but it's incredibly boozy for 10%. As much as I hate to say it, I prefer the regular version better, if only a by a little.

 1,141 characters

Photo of BrewUSA
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Barrel Aged Oil of Aphrodite

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 91/100

Summery: Loads of malt and nuttiness. Its super complex, also rather hot and boozy. A touch syrupy on the feel. Sticky like tar. The walnuts do shine. A real nice BA stout with a twist. Def worth a grab. No great value though at $12 per 12.75oz~

 449 characters

Photo of pgrenvicz
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel that this beer gets little credit. Dark and sumptuous, with an abundance of sweet bourbon barrel and a great mouthfeel. I had two bottles of this and they didn't make it a week. Very well done BA Stout.

 209 characters

Photo of WesMantooth
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black into the Jackie O's snifter with a small, dark khaki head that disipated into a fine ring around the glass with nothing in the middle.

Smells like bourbon, oak, vanilla, carmalized sugars, slightly charred malts, cocoa, and leather.

Taste follows suit. Sweet up front. Brown sugar, molasses, VERY subtle bourbon. Then some deep roasted chocolate malts, and the nutty (Walnut) flavor from the base beer. Finish is bitter, but not overly so.

Body is very solid for a barrel aged beer. Average carbonation.

Overall, this is what I was looking for (but did't get) in the Rum Barrel version. It took and outstanding stout to world class. While I think that the base stout flavors are better in Dark App., this one is on par with Bourbon Barrel Black Maple for balance/integration of barrel qualities. A top 3 beer from a brewery that owns barrel aged beers in Ohio.

 886 characters

Photo of jsurfs82
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is about as good as it gets for a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout folks. I loved the Rum Barrel Aged Oil of Aphrodite but might like this better. I really need to drink these side by side. Hands down the best Barrel Aging Brewery in Ohio, maybe the country!

 265 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Bourbon Barrel Oil Of Aphrodite from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
4.28 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!