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Dark Apparition - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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133 Reviews

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 731
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 23.37%
Wants: 312
Gots: 240 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hophead101 on 11-06-2008

According to the brewer, this is a Russian Imperial Stout, not American Double Stout.
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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 Ounce Bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

I was at work today wasn't really wanting a brew. Yet today seems to be Stout Day. I'll play along with the rest of those who Care. Now let's get on with the brew. Off the Jump this brew Pours an incredible Dark Brown body that gives the illusion of being Black in the Glass. There's nice Chocolate tone Hues that illuminate around the glass. The Crown on this brew sheds a Deep Mocha Cloud and giving the brew a Majestic appearance. Fantastic.

Let's take a nose dive into the Aroma, shall we? This first hits the nostrils with a melange of Dark Roasted Complexity. It's not just one thing that grabs your attention. It's just a rich array of Chocolate sweetness that follows with Quality Coffee roast. Nice hits of Nutty and Fruity (notes of Pear meat) esters flourishes on the backend. Nice Subtle Floral hop notes finishes this off. Just an Amazing Smelling Brew.

Time to savor the Flavor! This first hits the palate with a subtle notes of Molasses that takes a turn for Chocolate. Giving me a "Taste-Gasm"! In the mid palate Caramel sweetness makes itself known. Nice dose of Coffee roast comes in last but not Least. This finishes slightly weak/thin but a nice strong bitterness comes in and makes a sweet love with the residual sugars left behind. Aftertaste of strong Caramel and Fruity subtleties. The feel of this brew is Medium-Full body with excellent smoothness like Silk, yet the Sharp Carbonation is what really draws this back from me..just a little bit.

Overall: There's so much going on in this brew to just pin point what I enjoy the most. All the flavors are Balanced with sweetness, bitterness and no Booze at all. This is a nice relaxed brew that gets better as it Warms. It's rich yet not Over the Top. Just a great brew that is worthy of Attention. This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Jet black. Can't see at all through the glass, which is great! Aggressive pour leaves near no head and has me questioning if this beer has any carbonation at all.

S - WOW!!!! If you blindfolded me and told me that this is Bourbon County Brand Stout, I'd say 100% this is BCBS. Fudge Brownie. Pastry chocolate, cherries & Mild plumb. Bourbon. Vanilla. Oh my Gawd! Brown Sugar really adds to this style. Arguably better than the new Maple craze of this style.

T - Really. Everything mentioned in the nose transfers over into the taste perfectly. This is a BCBS Light at 10.5%. I'm quite familiar with BCBS & this is arguably the same beer with less alcohol. What does this mean? It's awesome!!! Minus the mouthfeel.

M - It's borderline flat. This is really the only aspect of where this beer is lacking. And make no doubt about it. This is where it is lacking.

O - This beer has everything going for it, minus the mouthfeel. The potential is HUGE with this one. Clean it up and we have a winner. Cheers!!!

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Photo of goldenbooter
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome russian stout. Strong nose and a deep brown head. Flavor stays with you. Thick with malt and a hint of caramel. Expensive but worth trying every single time.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7fl bottle served in a snifter glass. 2015 bottling. From looking at the bottom of the bottle after the pour, looks like some sediment came along with the pour.

Appearance: Pitch black with a thin tan ring of foam. An occasional island of lacing.

Smell: Rich chocolate (cocoa), hint of raisin, coffee, molasses, and burnt sugar. Very nice.

Taste: Very much like the smell, but no raisin. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel sweetness, and a mild bitter finish. The finish is a bit woody and herbal at the same time. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, light carbonation, a little chewy.

Overall / Drinkability: I had this on tap about a month ago at South Park Tavern and enjoyed it so much I thought I should buy a bottle and see if it was as good as I remember. I think the mouthfeel is better when it's on tap, but the beer is quite tasty and is a definitely good slow sipping beer. The alcohol is very well hidden - dangerously so. Good thing I just have this one bottle. The beer went well with meatloaf and would definitely pair well with dessert. Actually, it would pair really well with chocolate chip cookies and I wish I had some right now as I finish this beer off. Well done and something I'll have to pick up again.

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Photo of mabermud
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like many of the beers I rate on here, this is not the first time having this.

Look: Super dark brown. Light mocha head that is semi-fine and persistent. The head quickly reduced to a halo, and thin film over the top.
Smell: Sweet malts and cream. Molasses and vanilla. Malt bomb.
Taste: Sweet malts and cream. Molasses and vanilla. Malt bomb. There is a touch of alcohol, or booze, however you want to describe this.
Feel: Thick. Lower level of carbonation. Chewy and fine.

Overall - Awesome. On the verge or Parabola like taste, but not quite. This is one of my favorite out of state breweries. They make outstanding stouts and have a world-class barrel age program. This beer does not disappoint.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014. poured from bottle 8-23-2015. inky black with no head. delicious. i've been holding onto this bottle for months. tomorrow is my birthday. i'm celebrating early. cheers!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally . . . a Jackie O's beer that lives up to some of the hype ! By now I know it's just me but I'm just usually left underwhelmed by this brewer but not this time. Dark App has everything you could ask for in a Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boozy, chocolatey, raisiny, vanilla, malty goodness. It of course pours very black in color and has that oily feel that I believe a lot of russian imperial stouts have. Outstanding brew.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Black black black. Head is lighter than I expected though, more of a khaki than anything else. Head dissipated fairly quickly and a gathering of bubbles remains on top.

N - ROAST! Almost exactly the same as Ten FIDY or a Blackout. It's that deep roast with some butter on top. Like chocolate.

T - Nice, a little bit lighter than the ones I mentioned above. Just a strong roastiness without being too strong; an almost sessionable imperial stout. I could drink this all day.

M - Luscious and velvety. Coats the mouth entirely but it's not thick. Not sure how they pull that off. Very impressive.

O - A very fine RIS; I wish I could get this all the time.

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Photo of West08
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This is a very under rated beer. Better than bcbs in my opinion. Dark chocolate and malt power this beer. Hits the back of throat with very little burn (10.5).

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like most Jackie O's beers, this one is good but not great. It's a very solid Russian Imperial Stout, but like most RIS, it's a big beer whose enjoyment fades the longer you drink it (unless you are fighting the harsh russian winters, which I was not).

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth stout. Reminds me of ten fifty with less vanilla flavor and slightly smoother. Delicious!

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Photo of OGFGabv
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black ink in color with a nice light carmel colored head that doesn't last long. Very nice nose- chocolate, molasses, toasted malt. Taste is so nice. Chocolate, coffee, toasted malts. Very pleasant mouthfeel and finish. Very well done RIS.

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Photo of shangwang
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extremely complex RIS that produced layers of flavor as it opened up. I enjoyed the 2014 vintage. Poured dark with a creamy head reminiscent of a latte or cappuccino. A roasty nose with notes of caramelized carbon on a steak and fresh coffee grounds. Among the many flavors in the taste, I got bakers chocolate, espresso, toffee, raisins, and even a little smoky peat. Fairly obvious traces of alcohol which wained as the beer warmed, but still stuck around. Great creamy mouthfeel, medium to heavy in weight. Smooth bittersweet finish.
Really enjoyed this extremely well-rounded beer. It was on the sweeter side of the RIS spectrum, but not overly so and the complexities in the taste balanced the beer nicely. Great job by Jackie O's.

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Photo of Knilas
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Jet black in color with a nice brownish tan head. Notes of coffee, chocolate and heavy on the molasses. Light happiness and easy on the carbonation. One of the finest imperial stouts I’ve tried. I’ll be buying many more of these!

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, earth and faint alcohol. Taste of sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, brown sugar, toast, earth and grass. A tasty, oily Imperial Stout.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Preferred this to the BA offering. Just as thick and dark as it needs to be. I find Jackie O's does barrel aging as good as anyone, but this regular offering ones up that one. Comparable in many ways to Ten Fidy.

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Photo of do_ob
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark brown but becomes a solid black once in the glass. A thin, but dense head of mocha-colored foam sits on top and sticks around for quite a long time. Chocolate, coffee, oak, roasted malt, and a little bit of spice on the nose. Heavy and dense mouthfeel. A bit dry on the palate, which surprised me. Coffee, bitter chocolate, tobacco, molasses, and roasty malt on the taste. Finishes watery with a slight alcohol twang on the back end. Bitterness and coffee on the aftertaste.

Overall, pretty good. This beer is a great example of the style.

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Photo of maximum12
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptCleveland for this, a beer I’ve managed to avoid despite sampling several of its other incarnations. 2014 dated/375ML bottle taken myself, since the wife is off doing PhD stuff.

Pour is a stout with low carbonation; sans surprise. The nose wakes me out of a pre-bedtime stupor: very nice chocolate, black malts, moderate roast. Smells just like a good, big-time stout should.

Dark Apparition is a textbook RIS…though this particular scholarly stout was written by Piers Anthony or Jim Butcher rather than Anthony R. Ghellard, PHD DDS MMD. Big chocolate – I seem to be finding a lot of beers with this characteristic lately, perhaps I should lay off the Reese’s & Peppermint Patties – is in the forefront, with a supporting cast of thousands. Quick hit of herbal mint, lovely molasses sweetness, burr oak nuts, an almost jaeger-like boot of alcohol, honey, vanilla echo. The feel is marvelous: heavy, slick, smooth. Despite the evident alcohol, this drinks like a session RIS.

Well, now I know why the variants are so good. It appears to have done a smooth jazz impression since bottling, as there is no roast or edge to speak of, but I am not complaining. Excellent brew.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kind of harsh, very strong roast character. Seems like it might be a bit past it's prime, but it isn't old enough for that to be the case. Possibly poorly packaged, or maybe it just doesn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of stickydankhop
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is good but I feel that Old Rasputin is better in this style. Something is slightly off in the smell. Maybe its the bottle I have. not much of a head or glass cling either compared to OLD Rasputin.

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Photo of BaronRVH
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 poured medium hard into a snifter-style glass

Black, inky with an 1/4-1/2" creamy head.

Let it sit for about a half-hour. Nose warmed with great chocolate, molasses, dried fruit, mild coffee flavors. Hints of vanilla.

Taste is incredible for something not barrel-aged. Tastes like it smells but with a brilliantly clean finish that lingers for a minute or longer. Taste changes and evolves on your palate. Alcohol is completely integrated. Yeast and malt bill is just outstanding.

Mouthfeel/texture is full, coating but bright for a RIS.

This compares well or better than many BA RIS. Jackie O's is contually creating amazing stouts.

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Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I've had. Super smooth, well balanced and the ABV is not even noticeable. I'm surprised this is not world class.

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Photo of adapt313
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a non barrel aged, non adjunct imperial stout this is incredibly solid. Pours dark and oily with a small dark cocoa head. No lacing, minimal retention, but a small cap remained the entire time I sipped on this. Smell is loaded with coffee and dark fruits, with hints of vanilla and walnuts. Taste is heavy on dark fruits, some coffee and vanilla, has a woody or nutty quality to it, and finishes dry with a mild hoppiness and alcohol burn. Has a good thickness and velvety soft carbonation but is still relatively easy drinking for a big 10% stout. Dark app is a great example of a straightforward RIS.

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Photo of Bisco42
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolute treat. Phenomenal RIS, bursting with flavor in the most subtle way. From the top down, if this beer is a glimpse of what Jackie O's can brew, than we are in for a treat. Luckily I have a few BA DA's and OoA in the cellar. Poured into a snifter at room temperature. One and a half finger head that leaves lacing for the whole beer.

L - Straight up black. Maybe even darker than Ten Fidy, and certainly a better head. Poured the same way, DA leaves lacing as well as a coat above the brew for the entirety of the beer. Really special and unique.

S - Coffee, Caramel, Roast, Earth, hints of Vanilla and Malt that leaves the nose desiring a taste. There is absolutely no part of me that feels like this beer is lacking in the smell.

T - Woah... definitely better than Ten Fidy, which is the beer I will compare it to. I love the mouth feel, but the flavors are astonishing. Fresh, Coffee, Dark Roast, Vanilla, Boozy (but in a balanced way that complements the coffee nicely), hints of cedar and hops, but incredibly minimal. A sweet RIS that nearly defines the style.

F - So thick, so sweet and savory. This isn't a refreshing beer that you'd drink in the heat, this is one that demands the proper time of season to be drank. The complexities in the feel are incredible. Perfect amount of carbonation that coats the tongue and bursts as it goes down the throat.

O - Damn near perfect. The quinticential Imperial Russian Stout, I was contemplating leaving this one in the cellar to age or trade to an unlucky soul that can't obtain this across the nation, but after putting on Phish and feeling spring coming as well as the simple desire for a stout I reached for this. Thank God I did, because this may be the new go-to Stout for me when it is available. I can't picture a better beer for it's style. Surprised it doesn't have a 100/100 on this one, where as beers such as Ten Fidy, BBB, BABC and Speedway have higher. I've had those, many times, and this beer is far superior to my tastes, IMO.. The wonders of ratings in the craft world!! Jackie O's is on the up and up!!

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Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.