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Dark Apparition - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

343 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 277
Gots: 93 | FT: 14
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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1/5  rDev -76%

rcklein, Sep 06, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63.9%

djmichaelk, Apr 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -51.9%

bbadger, Sep 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.9%

kscaldef, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Arbitrator
2.2/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2011 vintage, thanks to claaark13. Thanks, Sean!

A: Pours a deep, dark brown that is opaque in the center, with just the smallest light penetration at the edges. If I'm not mistaken, this is actually a bit darker than the barrel-aged treatments. It pours with a short-lived mocha head that quickly retreats into a thin collar.

S: One whiff and this explains my confusion over the barrel-aged treatments I had recently. They weren't infected; this beer simply has a roasted, grainy sourness to begin with. I don't like it; it makes it seem like an imperial milk stout, but without the robust milk chocolate presence to back it up. Instead, this one has roasted coffee and a touch of nuts. Decent, but it's not particularly pungent or complex.

T: The taste is, unfortunately, both simple and composed of flavors I don't enjoy. It might be oxidized; the front-end has almost no flavor. The mid-taste eventually flows into a roasty, grainy sourness takes center stage here, segueing into licorice, plums, and a lesser presence of baker's chocolate. There is some grainy bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Terrible presence. The beer overall feels lacking and watery, in part due to its simplicity. Each swallow falls off the palate quickly, and before I know it the beer is half gone with almost no flavor to show for it. It drinks like a much lighter imperial stout (think Old Rasputin). That would be acceptable if this were intended to be a 6% "sessionable" imperial stout, but for something of this beer's purported ABV, I would love some flavor to back it up. At least there is no trace of the booze.

O: I've been pretty disappointed with all three versions (base, bourbon, brandy) of this year's Dark Apparition. I'm sorry to say it, but I'm writing these guys off.

Arbitrator, Dec 06, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

BarrytheBear, Oct 30, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

popery, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.88/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This review is from a growler shared by InebriatedJoker.

Appearance
Basically all of the pours coming out of this growler were awesome looking. Lots of head, lots of lacing, all across the table.

Aroma
This is either an off batch, some less than spotless tap lines or a product of it being in a growler (which wasn't very old). This time around Dark Apparition had a lot of buttery smells with some Robitussin cherry. The roasty ash is being taken over by butterscotch and overly sweet caramel.

Taste
Much like the aroma, this isn't the same as the other times I've had this beer. I'm reviewing it because after having a few glasses of this I think it is a less than stellar batch. The flavor is lead by butter and cough syrup. There is a lot of dark fruits, but lots of the nice roastiness is missing.

Mouthfeel
Carbonation seemed a little high, but the body is about right.

Overall
To say there is probably some batch variation at Jackie O's would be an obvious claim. They work in very small batches and it seems they have been pretty crunched for time and space lately. Lets hope we see more consistency in their staples like Dark Apparition in the future.

MbpBugeye, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of pants678
2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Black body, slim off-white head.

Roasted malts are clear.

Flavor's striking, of a dark chocolate 90% or higher. Could use barrel to round it out or vanilla beans or anise to smooth it out. Alcohol's semi prevalent. Tough to enjoy, has a real inky, licorice character.

May work better as a porter with up'd carbonation.

pants678, Jun 06, 2014
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2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

SpeedwayJim, May 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of cwguy5
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the Jackie O's release 8/27/11.

A - deep black with very thin, tan head that faded to nothing after a bit; some spotty lacing on the glass
S - slight "sour" smell is noticed right away, almost like some wild ales; some nuttiness after the initial funk; earth; light roast
T - walnut, oak, a sour flavor that i don't recognize(maybe an off batch), slightly earthy taste followed by some mild roastiness
M - light carbonation; somewhat thin and slippery feeling; was expecting it to be a bit heavier; short linger that did not dry at all
D - slightly funky which may or may not be an off batch; i wasn't sure if the funky was intended or not so it wasn't horrible by any means; didn't care for the first few sips but by the end of the glass i was warming up to it a bit

cwguy5, Sep 15, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black pour light brown head. Spotty lacing and not a lot of retention. The smell is great. Robust chocolate and roasted malts form the base. The coffee and molasses come in to form a wonderful concoction. Best part of the beer is the smell. Then the taste goes way down hill. Dark fruits maybe some sourness, with a chocolate and coffee finish. Part of me believes this is becoming infected. The mouthfeel is very watered down and boozy and it isn't terribly drinkable. Pretty disappointed.

russwbeck, Nov 25, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Hops and Pie. Dark black with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is roasted malt and not much else. The flavor was a little too bitter for me, sort of ashy and just not rich like I want my imperial stouts to be. Overall, pretty average, maybe it's better out of the bottle.

ArrogantB, Mar 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

stouts4me, Nov 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

jl28r1, May 18, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A big thanks goes out to a whole bunch of guys who helped me put together a six bottle set of these Dark Apparitions. I think this one came from claaark13. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
Bottle 113 of 228

APPEARANCE: Pours out dark brown, almost black, and yields a small, medium looking, fizzy tan head with pretty lousy retention. Head quickly bolts and leaves only a slight ring behind. Black opaque body with next to zero carbonation evident. A ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, tobacco and smoky notes. Pretty bold with lots of chcolate and tobacco. Pretty solid really.

TASTE: Really sweet for sure. Some roasted notes with lots of caramel sweetness and black licorice. Dark chocolate and tobacco as well, as the nose had led on. The bold and lingering aftertaste is roasted with lots of caramel sweetness, tobacco and some bitter dark chocolate. Some smoky notes as well. Perhaps a touch too sweet for me, but this is still pretty complex.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate with just enough weight to be alright, goes down smooth and finishes very sticky on the palate. A little too cloying for my tastes. Enough body, however, which isn't always the case with Jackie O's.

OVERALL: This beer has a lot of potential, but the lousy look and somewhat cloying mouthfeel hold it back a little. It's also a little too sweet for my tastes. Tone down the sweetness and beef up the palate a bit and I think this would be a much more impressive brew. For now, it's alright. Thanks again for providing the kickoff claaark13.

Jeffo, Jul 11, 2012
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3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Auslander pours an oily black with a dark tan head.

Nose is roast, charcoal, licorice and red vines.

Taste is alot of roast, char and ash with some fruity, sour-esque presence. Im not quite sold on this as it has a thinnish mouthfeel with some odd fruit and char flavors. This does not taste much like the bourbon barrel version I had awhile back.

twiggamortis420, Nov 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

daveytheformer, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

HumanParaquat, Apr 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

DoubleSimcoe, Apr 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

osuskin, Oct 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

BeerHunter76, Sep 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

mattsucks, Apr 05, 2014
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Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.