Jackie O’s Brewery Oil of Aphrodite
What the brewers say
An American double stout brewed with locally harvested black walnuts and Belgian candied syrup. A sweet and rich springboard for deep nuttiness.
What our panel thought
Aromas of raisin, dried fruit, and candied strawberry are more reminiscent of a Belgian dark strong. The fla-vor profile fairly quickly changes course as it delivers a noticeable roast, toast, and chocolate-malt punch with those classic Belgian notes moving to express themselves in the background along with some subtle nutti-ness. The overall package is unusual but surprisingly interesting.
What our editors thought
Subtly sharp acrid notes give the nose an edge that would otherwise be lost to the slightly buttery and rich umami notes. The sip is more straightforward and porter-like, with faint roast and a light nutty sweetness that quickly dissipates.