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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Oil of Aphrodite is an American double stout brewed with locally harvested black walnuts and Belgian candy syrup. English, German, American, and Belgian malts are accompanied by pacific northwest hops, creating a sweet and rich springboard for deep nuttiness. Lay this beer down for a while and share with friends and loved ones. After all, beer should be enjoyed and remembered; this is why quality and character are at the heart of every beer we produce.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2013 On tap at the brewpub, served in a snifter. Solid black color. Thin, creamy lighter-brown head, fading to minimal. Bitter walnutty-dark chocolate taste. Some warmth - a good amount. Splotches of lace. Lighter, smooth carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Nice, bittersweet taste. A good sipper, but kind of biting. At $6 a snifter, Id rather spend and extra $1 and get a FBS. 7/4/7/4/15

Re-rate, 7/17/13: On tap. My original rating is one of my very early rates, Id only tried a handful of stouts. Ive got many more reference points now, and have been appreciating this stout over and over again since it got tapped at Dutchs. Yes, even in humid 95F July heat. Somehow, its a good imperial stout for the summer. Not too heavy on the chocolate, licorice, or coffee, just a bit of dark chocolate, and a really nice nuttiness that lasts long in the finish, and a nice hint of cherry cola in the finish. Its not too sticky, which helps with the drinkability. Medium to bigger body. Lightly crisp, lighter carbonation. Good moderate to stronger bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. No hint of the alcohol, just a nice clean lightly roasty nutty dark chocolatey finish in the aftertaste. A delicious, well-balanced imperial stout. I could drink this all night.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at Pauls tasting. Pours a viscous looking brown to black with a medium sized dense tan head that deflates rather fast. Chocolate all over the nose, sweet and sticky, a touch nutty. Smooth and silky, cool chocolate and warm roast, but very subtle. Some nice ice cream notes in here. Chocolate and roast, soft bitter cocoa. Chocolate, warm and smooth, brownies. Delicious.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9310) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! 2011 bottle #120/348. Pours an opaque dark brown with a small dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, toast, and a lot of grains. Flavor of roasted malts, dark chocolate, oat-like grain, coffee, molasses, cola, and some faint dark fruit. Lingering roast. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a Roasty mouthfeel. Nice, straightforward imperial stout.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Thanks Greg for the hook up! Thick black pour, tan head. Aroma has a nutty quality, very reminiscent of walnuts, with chocolate, roast, chocolate. Taste up front is walnuts, dry chocolate and roast, some caramel sweetness with a dry finish. Unique and delicious!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9078) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th 11. Courtesy of Solan. noire, fin col beige. Chocolat, malt avec fin allant sur des notes de vanille. Au palais, la bire conserve un excellent got de caf, vanille, grains et de chocolat laissant une fine amertume au fini. On peut y noter les noix avec en arrire un peu de sucre candi. Un peu du par rapport celle que javais pu goter avant.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (8933) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle shared at rbwg 2016. Clear mahogany brown coloured pour with a loose tan. Aroma is vanilla, creme caramel, woody oak. Flavour is composed of full sticky brown sugars. Wood. Tangy apple. Wood tannin, choc. Palate is oak, dry tannin. Full and sticky, tangy.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexsdad06 (8907) - Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Draft at Jackie Os. Pours dark brown with a medium sized thick beige head. The aroma is big roasted malts, noticeable black walnuts, chocolate, dark candi sugar and a touch of char. The flavor is more big roasted malts, chocolate, char, dark sugar and caramel. The black walnuts add a special component to the beer. The mouthfeel is another aspect that, for me, makes this a standout beer. Thick and creamy, this begs to be poured into a snifter and slowly sipped on cooler fall and winter evenings. This has not failed to satisfy, whether it is from a bottle or on draft.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8331) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Bomber. Pours a totally black color with a thick large brown head. The aroma is caramel corn, vanilla, sugars. The flavor is a rich combination of nutty, some butter, roasted malts, sweet brown sugar, sour cherries, the nutty sweet flavor dominates. An interesting brew, the Belgian spirit shows. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8074) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pours inky dark void with mocha head. The aroma is mostly roasty malts, rich coffee goodness, burnt malts, black strap molasses and dark chocolate. The taste is smooth rich and roasty. I get dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, burnt malts and sweet yet singed black strap molasses. Just below those notes lurks the likes of dark roasted coffee, some mild oak notes and a thin river of sweet rum. Lovely

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8050) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bomber to oversized snifter (shared with the Mrs.; thanks for muling this for me, DrSilverworm!). Batch 13, bottle #229/276. Looks good; pitch black and viscous with foamy mocha head that dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes good too; chocolate malt with a nice presence of both the walnuts and the dark Belgian candi sugar. Nice on the palate; rich and smooth. This is great beer.


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