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Dark Apparition - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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273 Ratings

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 268
Gots: 59 | FT: 7
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:
According to the brewer, this is a Russian Imperial Stout, not American Double Stout.

(Beer added by: Hophead101 on 11-06-2008)
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Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Heady start; black is black. Hint of barrel juice, more wood with a pinch of oxidation, brown sugar with some sherry-soaked raisins. Lush, super creamy, full bodied but not syrupy. Vanilla bean, distinct boozy bourbon. Firm pull of oaky wood. Caramel, toffee, coffee. Chocolate cake, dark ripe fruit. Big drip of molasses. Hint of cardboard from oxidation but at a level of compli- menting. Not overly sweet; woodiness draws in some dryness and the finish has a long linger of bourbon. There is some great balance here—as the sweetness walks out the door, the booze and wood are left to deal with settling down, which they do.

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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from fresh 375ml bottle into Hoppin Frog snifter. Date of review is 4/18/14.

Appearance- Completely and utterly pitch black. This has a 3/4 finger of dark tan head that fades quickly.

Smell- Sour cherry and deep dark chocolate burst into my face. I also get spiced rum and a malty smokey bacon.

Taste- Much less of the tart or sour scent makes it through to the taste. This beer is dark and mysterious. It is quite hard to pick out certain flavors. Molasses is the most dominant flavor in my taste. Very bitter dark chocolate is present too. Now that it is warming, I do get much more coffee.

Mouthfeel- This beer is NOT for the faint-of-palate. Super rich and super bitter, this beer will blow you away. Every sip feels like I let a molasses flavored Hersey kiss melt in my mouth.

Overall- Good beer worth seeking out. I cannot wait to taste this beer in it's barrel-aged form. It is a bit harsh when it's this fresh, but mellowed out from time in barrels would make this beer world-class.

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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%


Acquired via trade
Thanks, TomTwanks!

A great Russian imperial stout. Follows the style in fairly typical fashion with good amounts of roast, very mild char and coffee character. Straightforward, but the alcohol is hidden well. Nice beverage to drink while sitting around the fire pit, that's for sure.

08-19-2013 14:38:27 | More by ehammond1
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4.68/5  rDev +13.3%

I've been wanting to really try some Jackie O's, these cans that have been showing up have left me wanting much more. Surprise from wvsabbath's adventure last weekend to the brewpub in Athens, landed me this beer without much effort thanks again for the beer!

The first time they've released this in the 375 ml bottle capped with not cork, beautiful artwork matches the pitch black beer, creamy tan head coats the glass nicely fine speckled lacing left behind.

The aromatics keep your nose stuck in this beer, deep creamy dark chocolate, coffee roasts, a bit of gentle booze, plums/raisins dark fruit, herbal hops in the nares. Perfect nose in every way it keeps you lost in the beers dark hue.

Flavors velvet smooth textures on the palate, creamy caramel, matched with dark chocolate, bittering hops and dark roasts dry the palate out, even keeled booze with coffee roasts turns up the volume this is some beer. Dark fruit plums/raisins appear again complemented with a healthy load of hops, I bet this beer ages incredibly well.

The texture is heaven the mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy silky goes down so smooth well hidden booze, even mellow carbonation flows perfectly big beer but has so much finesse literally drinks with way too much ease.

Overall, highly impressed I can't wait to see how well the bourbon barrel aged version, possibly one of my favorite stouts of all time...immensely complex with incredible mouthfeel...damn Brad please distribute more of the bottled beers across Ohio!!!

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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%

This is a thick, heavy, viscous motor oil of a beer, black as midnight. The head is a dark brown one a solid finger high that keeps its form and its height for the full session while dropping down good legging.
The flavor of chocolate syrup, like the liquid center of a chocolate lava cake, contrasts interestingly with wood and cocoa powder to make it more semi-sweet. The headiness and warming alcoholic flavor give the impression of briefly dark spirit-soaked dark fruits with even something like apricot in there. It's almost as if the flavors the alcohol's integration brings out shift throughout the session so that I can never quite say expressly that it's more like rum, bourbon, port or sherry. It seems as some point it's each of those, more than one at a time here and there. The cedar-like flavor mingles in with everything at all times, simultaneously adding its own sort of balance while giving it some complexity. Otherwise, it's fairly straightforward and shows off the staple notes of roast and coffee with additional hints of vanilla and almost molasses-like sweetness.
As thick and viscous as it should be, it straddles the line that these beers can tumble over as far as sitting heavily. It just avoids it, though. Carbonation is soft, just right for the creaminess it adds with just enough of a nip to it. It angles on the sweet side, almost cancelling out the balancing dryness but stopping just short of teetering over.

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2.93/5  rDev -29.1%

2011 vintage. #156/228. Waxed bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours no head. Opaque black but rather thin. Spotty lace with oily legs. Bit below average.

Nose is soy sauce, roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, and some char. Average. Could be a touch more aromatic.

Opens nutty. Some roasted malt tartness. Soy sauce, prunes, more roasted malt. Anise and cocoa beans towards the end. Finishes roasty with a cocoa and smoky aftertaste. Could be a touch sweeter. Decent complexity with an odd bit of tartness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit thin and overcarbed in the mouth. Accented finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Goes down decent but again, suffers from being too thin.

Overall, a pretty average imperial stout. Given that this is the base, I'm not sure what to expect from the different barrel treatments. Its ok, just nothing to be impressed by.

05-11-2012 00:28:00 | More by SpeedwayJim
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Many, many thanks to csmiley for the bottle. You're the man, dood!

Bottled on 11/18/2009

Dark Apparition pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. Save for a few faint burgundy highlights at the outermost edges, it looks onyx to me. Well done. A mocha tan head rises to about a finger and a half in depth. It dissipated quickly, and left a moderate coat of sticky lace lining the glass.

The nose is good, but could use a tad more strength. Dark chocolate and cocoa lead the charge. There's a hint of roasted malts, but they pale in comparison to the chocolate. Coffee is rather strong in the mix, and complements the malts very nicely. Smells like a bit of black licorice, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit are secondary. Alcohol is masked well.

The flavor is likewise quite good. Chocolate malts provide a very sturdy, flavorful base. Bittersweet dark chocolate blends nicely with a touch of roasted malts. Coffee follows and really opens up the flavor. As a coffee fan, I'm liking it. There is a tangy, dark fruit flavor that permeates throughout. Personally, I think it's a little strong. Less would be more in this case. Light black licorice, molasses, and a hint of vanilla add nice depth. Alcohol never comes through very strong. Finishes with an espresso infused chocolate flavor, topped off with a touch of dark fruit.

Dark Apparition has a medium body. Carbonation is light, and it is smooth. More body would be a little better. Big stouts need big bodies. This one falls a little short of that. Drinkability is good. It goes down nice and easy. I'm really enjoying the bomber.

Jackie O's did a nice job with Dark Apparition. It's a rather tasty Russian Imperial Stout. Personally, I'd like a little less dark fruit and a little more body. But, it's really good beer as it is. Don't let my nitpicking discourage you. Definitely worth picking up if you attend the next bottle release. Good stuff. Thanks, Chris.

09-25-2010 00:43:46 | More by prototypic
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Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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