Dark Apparition - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

644 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 299
Gots: 223 | FT: 44
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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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Ratings: 644 | Reviews: 123
Photo of shangwang
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Knilas
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Photo of paco1029384756
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. This is one of my favorite shelf stouts.

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of do_ob
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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, 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.

Photo of maximum12
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of stickydankhop
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of BaronRVH
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of adapt313
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of docoman
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a very enjoyable RIS, better than expected for a non-BA stout.

Photo of Bisco42
4.65/5  rDev +11%
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!!

Photo of vfgccp
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark cola body with dark brown highlights around the rim. Light khaki head has ok retention and ok lace.

S - Nice nose. Boozy and sweet, but with surprisingly little dark fruit. Bourbon soaked oatmeal raisin cookies, almonds extract, pumpernickel bread, and molasses.

T - Thick molasses, almond brandy, a big soy sauce note, and sweet dark bread. Interesting honey teriyaki finish.

M - Thick full body and the smoothness is about on part.

O - The huge umami note through the center of this beer isn't for everyone, but if you like it this is a nice example of the more savory side of the style.

Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark apparition Jackie os
Thanks Chris.
Medium full body worn spur on carbonation.
Dark fruits. dark bread.
Alcohol not entirely hidden but the alcohol esters are a positive.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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

Photo of CincyBrewTull
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This murky beer sucks you into its complex depths from the first sip, it seems bottomless, There is vanilla and coffee right off. Chocolate lurks in the background and lingers hauntingly with the coffee. Buried at the bottom of the pit that is Dark Apparition is hints of charcoal and leather. As the cold ghost thaws alcohol becomes apparent in all the right ways.

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 version
Thanks to BA Ambassador @WesMantooth
Rec'd in NBS BIF #1

Pours a deep mahogany, deep and dark. Apt name. Foam builds to 2 fingers, dense and tan. Dissipates to an even loosely packed thin froth after a few minutes.
Smell starts with hints of roast, cocoa powder, earthiness, and maybe dried fruit.
Initially the taste brings forth a subtle roast, earthy peat, dried cocoa powder, and a hint of boozy warmth. Reminds me of many of the RIS’s I had years ago before breweries started getting creative with barrel aging. Straight ahead with roast, peat, and sweet taking a back seat. But this one is complex. There is a creaminess to this one.
So this brings me to mouthfeel. Slightly slick, and like I said, creamy. The finish is much the same, being very consistent. Quite good, through and through.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, toast, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, raisin, plum, light char, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, raisin, plum, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Outstanding balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, moderate dark fruit, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small-moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Russian imperial stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, moderate dark fruit, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV, even with the noticeable alcohol warmth after the finish. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 375 ml bottle into my tulip glass, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color that is not interested in letting in any light whatsoever. Has a tan head that is only about 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch thick when first poured and that settles fairly quickly to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a pretty decent surface film layer of foam. Very nice lacing here too. Aromas of roasted molasses and caramel malts and dark chocolate followed by a nice coffee note. Has a good caramel and molasses roasted malt taste upfront that gives way to some dark chocolate bitter sweetness and some roasted black coffee bitterness. Good balance of flavors. Has a slightly crisp, somewhat oily, somewhat smooth and creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A bit lighter body wise compared to a lot of other imperial stouts I've had. This one really coats the tongue and the inside of the mouth and does not want to leave, as it has a bitter and dry aftertaste. The 10.5% ABV is well hidden as this is quite easy to drink. Then that 10.5% ABV starts to creep up on you. An excellent imperial stout here!

Eric

Photo of BB1313
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with barely any light getting through; khaki head that fades leaving very nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of milk chocolate. There's also hints of caramel and vanilla. Hints of dark fruits as well. Lots of malts. The flavors are pretty bold. More chocolate. More caramel with hints of butterscotch. Raisins are there. There's a subtle bitterness, but it's definitely not over the top. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's not like motor oil, but it's not thin. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed and it's easy to drink.

This is a very nice stout. It's not unique or flashy, but traditional and well crafted. I do like Oil Of Aphrodite better, for what it's worth. But this is no slouch at all.

Photo of Ri0
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 375ml into chalice.

A - Obsidian with a one finger mocha head that fades into a thin ring. Some spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Aromas of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, caramel, molasses, and toffee. This is big in the bitter chocolate for an RIS. No discernible notes of dark fruit.

T - Roasted malts with a caramel filled chocolate flavors. Some faint coffee, molasses, and toffee round off the beer. Quite flavorful.

M - A smooth, rich and velvety feel with a nice light carbonated feel.

O - An excellent RIS that is without any dark fruit component. It is pricey, but still delicious.

Photo of Filabee
2.99/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

There was not much going on taste-wise in this beer. A fine drink but nothing special.

Photo of canislupus88
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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