Sunday, August 9, 2015

Jackie O's Bourbon Barrel Oil of Aphrodite

This is the 11.5% ABV double stout brewed with walnuts from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens, Ohio that they have aged in bourbon barrels. In addition to the locally harvested black walnuts, it also uses Belgian candied syrup.

The beer pours pitch black with just a touch of dark brown at the edge if held to the light. There is a short, thin and not long lasting head of dark cappuccino brown head.  The aroma is toasted walnuts, dark roasted malt, sweet, bourbon, vanilla, dark cherry, and a bit of wood. The taste follows the aromas, hitting all of the same notes, nutty, sweet, dark roasted, with the bourbon boozy, but never taking over the flavor. It drinks smooth, full, round, warming. It is very sweet, yet never too sweet. This is really good.

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