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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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #197
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #833
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 8.78%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
367
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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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Photo of Parmesan
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
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
2015

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.

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Photo of CraftPicks
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of jrc1093
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of mschrei
4.46/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
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

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of pda22
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle, 2016 vintage, label says 11.5% ABV. Served in a Jackie O's snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, walnuts, molasses and chocolate. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of woody and burnt/charred flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought it was a good overall brew, definitely worth picking up if you like imperial stouts and/or Jackie O's brews in general. $11.99 a bottle.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
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

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 367 ratings