Dark Apparition - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 659
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 301
Gots: 225 | FT: 45
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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 GrowlerGirl
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yes, I love this beer. It's on my "Damn that's a good beer!" list. And yes, I say that every time I have it!

Appearance - Dark brown-black, with a beautiful reddish cast when held in front of light.

Smell - "Damn that's a good beer!" Yes, when I smell it too! Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, toffee, malty, nutty. All that and yet not too sweet.

Taste - Same as smell: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, toffee, malty, nutty notes. Bitter chocolate aftertaste."Damn that's a good beer!"

Mouthfeel - Coating syrup feel.

Overall - Still my favorite Russian Imperial Stout. Dangerous because it's way too drinkable. No problem consuming a growler with a little help from a friend. All versions of DA should be consumed, but the original will always rein supreme! - Thanks Brad! (784 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is part of the most epic stout tasting ever. This from Mistakebythelake

A-dark black with tan head and lacing
S-chocolate and slight bit of vanilla
T-chocolate and lots of roastiness. I am more and more impressed with this brewery the more I have of it
M-gosh of so smooth. Medium bodied and creamy. Can I give this a 6?
D-wow. This is insane. I'd like to give this a 6 as well. (384 characters)

Photo of West08
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
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). (164 characters)

Photo of OGFGabv
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (239 characters)

Photo of T_Reeves92
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

A: Dark black with a light tan head.
S: Chocolate, Dark Fruits, Candied Sugar
T: Follows the nose with an alcohol finish
M: Velvety feeling in the mouth, perfect consistency
O: Very Good beer. Jackie O's has outdone themselves on this one. (240 characters)

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nicely done smell of chocolate coffee dark fruits carmel and molasses taste just like smell gets better as it warms poured into a sniffer
Good ris, local priced right will revisit (179 characters)

Photo of Oldlogin
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

A most enjoyable Stout----Mild , mellow but with a good butt kick----Im sorry, Im not into hints of this and hints of that----Im here for the robust flavor and kick---- (168 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

thanks to Tom/eraticator for this.
a very nice beer! tastes like chocolate ice cream. almost dessert.
big thick head that dissipates some but leaves heavy lace.
very dark and great carbonation.
chocolate and caramel notes.
not too sweet either! mouthfeel is not super full which makes this go down easy for a 10+ percent brew.
would definitely request in trade again! (377 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

A: Pours an impenetrable black, and forms a moderate, relatively short-lived head of pale tan. The head leaves a ring in its wake, with sparse, patchy lacing.

S: "Roasty" is the first word to come to mind as regards the scent, which is warm with dark malt and scorched grain. A faint undertone of molasses and seared caramel waft beneath, along some black currant and raisin hints.

T: Huge malt flavors. Waves of roasted grain with molasses-like sweetness and burnt toffee with some dark chocolate seem to alternate as it move across the palate. There's a faint earthen-ashy bitter tone underneath, though it does not interfere with the slideshow of maltiness - this is a silky-smooth stout. Black currant flavors show up here and there, with hints of raisin along for the ride, and there's a touch of deeply dark coffee along as well.

M: Huge and creamy, this drinks like an Imperial stout.

O: This is a particularly good Russian Imperial Stout. Will repeat. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thank you goes to George (goryshkewych) for sending me a hand bottled, one liter swing top of this beautiful beer!

Black with highlights of deep crimson and purple when held up to the light. Tightly focused small beaded carbonation in part due to the fact it was filled off a keg.

The smell was everything I look for in an impy stout- deep roast expresso, chocolate, English toffee, slight piney hops, plum.

The taste neatly matched the aroma as sultana/sherry notes danced on the tongue. This beer is the closest in taste I've found yet to an aged KTG. It even has the LBV port and malted milk ball character that I've only really found in Kate.

Drinkabilty is excellent as 05Harley and I polished the 1 liter of heaven off in under 25 minutes. This just got better and better as it warmed.

I had never even heard of this brewery until George brought it to my attention less than a month ago and I'm so glad I got the chance to try this!

Run, do not walk to get this stuff before more people find out just how good it is and the supply is drained!! (1,061 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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!!! (1,510 characters)

Photo of grub
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

12oz bottle, compared against the rye barrel and bourbon barrel versions.

pours opaque black with a few very fine brown bubbles of head. no lace. same as the ba versions.

aroma is great. similar to the BA versions, minus the barrel character. dark chocolate. whole wheat bread and biscuit. cracker. light alcohol. caramel and toffee. a bit earthy.

taste is excellent. this is a huge stout that shines without any barrel aging. much like the aroma. dark and bittersweet chocolate. bit of orange and tangerine. just above low bitterness level. nice big caramel and toffee character that was masked by the barrels. more compexity than either BA version.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. medium carbonation level. similar to the rye version.

drinkability is great. this is an amazing stout. great balance. tons of depth and complexity. i loved the rye version, but would pick the base version above either of the barrel aged ones. good stuff! (1,039 characters)

Photo of Bisco42
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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!! (2,110 characters)

Photo of tswater
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, Brad at Jackie O's got this one right! I sampled this, more than once, at the GABF Friday night in Denver. It was definitely the best Russian Imperial I had at the fest. Appearance was wonderful, with very little head. Smelled like chocolate, with coffee present as well. Taste was outstanding... chocolate, coffee and some fruit up front finishing with bourbon at the back of my mouth. It's too bad we can't buy it here in Denver, because I would enjoy this one all winter long. (484 characters)

Photo of shangwang
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black pour with a thick rich creamy head of mocha leaving thick sticky lace behind.

Coffee, lactose, roasted barley, black fruits, earthy hops, plum, raisin, dark chocolate and more nice complex aromas.

What a great rich, creamy, velvety impy stout. Rich, thick roasted barley and malt through the middle onto the long finish. Hints of coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, a bit of vanilla and residual sugar at the very end. Plum, tobacco, leather, black licorice blackberry, earthy hops with a bit of pine. Very complex and overly drinkable considering the ABV. (566 characters)

Photo of canislupus88
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Text book RIS. Jackie O's is one of my favorite breweries. I love this stout and I buy it by the case. Midnight black, brown head, smells of chocolate and roasted malts, tastes like bitter dark chocolate, espresso, and booze, mouthfeel is light and fluffy with light CO2 carbonation. Definitely can drink 2-3...then the alcohol hits and then I hit the bed. You won't regret trying it, and buy more than 1 because you will want another. (436 characters)

Photo of BaronRVH
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Delicious- full bodied, velvety smooth, lovely nose, rich malt flavor but not cloying. I love everything I've had from Jackie O's and Dark Apparition is no exception. I would recommend picking up a bottle of you see it. (219 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, 2014 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit (raisins, plums), coffee, and caramel. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some molasses, herbal hops and burnt/charred malt noticeable too. It's a tasty brew, with plenty of roasty, bitter, and sweet flavors. Just gets better and better the longer I drink this! Mouthfeel/body is full, it's rich, creamy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. I think it's a pretty good RIS. Hopefully Jackie O's will put out another batch of this soon! $5.99 a bottle. (707 characters)

Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (152 characters)

Photo of Knilas
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (242 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black with dark brown tint. 1/4 inch head with nice lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, Bitter hops, molasses, raisin, plums, smoke, burnt leather.

Taste - Up front smokey malts with a mix of coffee bitterness, alcohol warmth and mild dark chocolate. Creamy, silky with sweetness of dark fruits and molasses. Smoke and roasted flavors really come out as this warms up. It almost has some barrel aged flavors with the alcohol warm and a little whiskey like note in the finish.

Mouthfeel - A huge malty, coffee bite nails the tongue. Palate gets more bitter coffee and hops, along with some sweet molasses and dark chocolate. Aftertaste is alcohol influenced, bitter and smoked malts.

Overall - Excellent beer, so glad I drove to the brewery. Very pricey for a non barrel aged beer but man, its soooo good. Really bold, full flavored, not for a occasional stout fan for sure. I cant wait to try the barrel aged version, I think its going to be a monster. (1,007 characters)

Photo of zimm421
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a screw-top growler into a tulip. Appears a wonderful black color, maybe a hint of brown. The head develops late in the pour, creating a fairly thin brown head that leaves wonderful lacing and never really goes away.

The nose is full of roasted malts, lots of dark chocolate, caramel and coffee. The aroma is wonderful, has strength and draws you in for more. As it warms, dark fruit notes start to develop. The taste is full of chocolate, malts, bitter coffee flavors, caramel and some alcohol notes. The dark fruit notes come through here as well. This is very complex and inviting. I've had better, but not many.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied; slightly thin for an RIS in my opinion. Carbonation level is about average, seems to be right on. The lighter mouthfeel makes is easier to put away large amounts of this at a time. Overall, this is an impressive brew. Glad I could finally get a few growlers from Jackie O's, I'll definitely be going back for refills in the coming months. (1,001 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Great head with great lacing. Black as night with a tan head and great lacing
Smell - Strong boozy Carmel chocolate coffee
Taste - Has a great coffee dark chocolate Carmel and very slightly hoppy taste. Can't taste the booze as much as you can smell it
Feel - great medium full body and lite carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.
Overall - Fantastic beer! Great everything. Complex and needs to be enjoyed. (426 characters)

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Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.