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Dark Apparition - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

344 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 277
Gots: 93 | FT: 15
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

djrn2, Apr 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Jan 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Jackie O's Anniversary Extravaganza. Sampled multiple vintages. Review based on the early 2010 version.

Pours near black with a thin mocha head that doesn't leave too much lacing but settles down with a nice collar. The nose is pretty strong with chocolate, coffee, roast, black licorice, and some dark fruits. A tad bit of vanilla in the background.

The flavor is quite nice as well with a good dose of roasted coffee and chocolate plus a nice kick of lightly-sweet dark fruits. Good balance between everythin. The mouthfeel is the only real drawback to this one. While the carbonation is nice, the overall feel is a bit thin. However, the fact that it's not really viscous at all does aid the drinkability of this one. All around, this is a solid brew.

Thorpe429, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.8%

acurtis, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a headless black color; no lacing expected given the presentation and none witnessed

Smell: Prune and dark chocolate aroma

Taste: Dark fruit, up front, followed by the chocolate and, at mid-palate, the hoppy bitterness arrives and is joined by some fusel alcohol; after the swallow, the beer is rather boozy, with the a finish that reverts back to where it started, with fruit and chocolate dominant

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but low carbonation

Drinkability: Undercarbonated, to my tastes, but full of flavor; the sort of beer that will only improve with some age

brentk56, Sep 16, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

kjkinsey, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size brown foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of black chocolate and light molasses is interesting. Taste is dominated by dry black chocolate notes with some light molasses and some very subtle tart notes. Body is above average with limited carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nicely brewed with limited complexity – fuller body a bit more carbonation would have been better.

Phyl21ca, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

GRG1313, May 13, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes. i was lucky enough to get a bottle of this last year so it already had a year on it to begin with. bottle 129/172. poured into a pint glass.

Huge and dark, evil looking jet black in color with a huge tan head that reached a height of nearly three inches before it even thought about trying to settle down, and even then simply dropped tons of spider like lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Really just huge looking and absolutely perfect. Rich aroma of roasted malts, nice touches of rich chocolate notes and huge notes of vanilla and molasses. Warming brings out light touches of coffee, hints of woody notes and a light bourbon touch that really pulls it all together really quite nicely. Rich flavor, huge notes of molasses and chocolate, loads of coffee infused goodness and a just a nasty, wicked dark licorice like flavor to it. This thing was a beast and a half to say the least. Warming brings out more touches of woody notes, more hints of vanilla, and a nice back splash of roasted malts. Really again very well done and a very solid example of the style.

overall really nice and a great beer to experiment with that they do quite well!

mikesgroove, May 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending me this one, Dan.

A: The beer pours pretty much black with a finger or so of tan colored head.

S: A more approachable aroma than some of the barrel aged versions. Heavy on the roasted malts with a mild smokiness. Lots of dark chocolate and licorice with a touch of molasses and toffee for sweetness. Mild char and booze aromas, too.

T: Quite a bit of chocolate and cocoa flavors to this, but still very roasty with some char notes. There is a hint of vanilla along with jus a very mild smoke and licorice flavor.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: The base version of this beer is a pretty good imperial stout. It's interesting that the barrel doesn't always treat it so well.

womencantsail, Sep 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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!!!

WVbeergeek, Apr 19, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Three Penny Taproom, served in a tulip.

The color is black, opaque with medium tan head with sporadic lace left on the glass and fine bead. The aroma is of dark cocoa and brownie batter which has been burned onto the pan with light alcohol and mild toffee hints with spice in the background. The feel is sweet like toffee with big roasted and bitter grainy texure with moderate bitter with med high carbonation and warming alochol in the drying finish.

The taste of this stout is very rich with dark cocoa and slight roasted coffee acidity with a mild dark brown sugar tinge and lots of alcohol midway with almost spicy accent of heat with a bitter dark grain lingering flavor with some dark fruit like raisin and perhaps black pepper. The overall take is a pretty tasty stout for the strength - alcohol is not well masked though good dark malt flavor but a bit out of balance for my taste, though...a little raw and almost hot.

Slatetank, May 28, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had as part of the mini Whale Stout tasting back in mid December. I wish I could remember who brought this, thank you whoever it was.

Light fizzy dark head over a pitch black beer.

Nose is buttered biscuit, bourbon, oak, butterscotch, some dark malts, a dark bitter roast, a nice roasty dark stout somewhere under all that.

Taste is similar, a dark roasty stout to start, light milk chocolate and malted milk ball, some bourbon, butterscotch, oak, molasses, light booze, a light rum like taste, spicy bourbon, semi bitter sweet chocolate, a light booze taste as well.

Mouth is medium bodied, a little thinner than I thought it would be, with light carbonation.

Decent drinkability, a very light booze hit, a little sticky feel, and semi sweet.

jlindros, Feb 15, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/21/11 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for bringing this one over. I've enjoyed most of the DA variations but haven't had this one yet. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip. 2011 vintage, bottle #58 of 228.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, and alcohol. Lots of sweet chocolate and roasted ntoes in the nose and definitely some alcohol. A good smelling big RIS.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, light coffee, and alcohol. Again, the sweet chocolate comes out a lot up front, and some vanilla/cream in the taste.

m - Medium to full boy and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink for a big RIS.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot. Got to try the Brandy version a few days ago and I thought this was much better, though I still prefer the Kopi Luwak, Vanilla, and Bourbon versions to this. Would like to have it again.

mdfb79, Aug 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

MarkyMOD, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.72/5  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!!

Rochefort10nh, Nov 01, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber received in a past trade with iceicebaby. Thanks again Sean! Bottled 11/18/2009, #6/172.

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass. Two finger mocha head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. Rings and sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Deep roasted malt aroma with a nice smokey character, subtle spice and luscious chocolate. Toasted with hints of burnt toast, bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal and roasted coffee/espresso bean. I'm also picking up some anise, licorice, earthy hops and boozy sweetness. Smells pretty good.

Medium bodied but a bit lighter than expected with a roasted chocolate malt flavor that is balanced by subtle hops and spice. There's a slightly sweet element that balanced out the toasted notes but this beer is all about the roast. Slightly smokey and toasted with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, oatmeal, burnt toast and deeply roasted coffee/espresso bean. The coffee presence is very prominent but there are hints of licorice and a lot of sweet booze balancing things out. There's also an earthy, piny hop bitterness that compliments the dark chocolate and balances things out a bit further. A bit thin for my liking and still a bit hot but at 10.5% the ABV is relatively well masked.

Overall, this beer is pretty complex but it's a bit boozy and thinner bodied than I prefer for the style. A decent interpretation of the style but not something that I would seek out again. I loved the bourbon barrel kopi luwak version but this one was kind of disappointing.

corby112, May 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

orangesol, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, thanks Brad!

Shared with BA smoked and poured into a matching Jackie O's snifter. It appears a very dark brown to black color. A dark brown head appears and quickly recedes to a thin lacing around the edge of the glass. A light swirl hardly revives the cap outside of a thin lacing effect. Spots of lace cling to the glass throughout the duration. When held to the light, it has some lighter brown clarity around the outer most edges.

The smell is roasty with pleasant burnt grain character somewhat reminiscent of coffee. There is a solid tangy alcohol inclusion. Dark semi-sweet chocolate runs throughout the nose mixing with the alcohol makes for almost a citrus-like experience perhaps from the hops as well. Once warm, it has a mild nutty grain inclusion which adds a nice depth to the roasted quality.

The taste is chocolate grain and fresh brewed espresso-like bitterness and citrus elements. It is pleasantly bitter like coffee yet has that citrus aspect like fresh coffee beans but with a brightness that has to come from the hops as well. There is a light almost musty grain flavor across the back that gets a bit nutty. The aftertaste has a faint hint of mineral character. All together this is a pleasantly roasty and chocolate flavored RIS that is well rounded and very enjoyable.

It is medium to full bodied with a low level of carbonation. It could benefit a bit from just a touch more carbonation but as-is it is still solid. It has a great depth of flavoring that keeps my attention with every sip. The 10+% abv is hinted throughout with the tangy flavoring and warmth but it is very well integrated into the beer. This is a fantastic brew that gets even better with every barrel treatment it goes through, a solid base all around.

stakem, Aug 13, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Zaphog, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle# 26/72 ... This is one of four very rare Jackie 'O bottles rhinos00 sent me.... Alex deserves some major props... He is a trader that is a true BA.

I've been sitting on this for a while... cracked it last weekend at a pretty epic tasting with the Boise peeps.

short lived and pretty short dark tan head.. the brew is very clear and more deeeep dark brown than black, but I'm not complaining.

very roasty with good amounts of cocoa... smells pretty dry.. mild dark fruits that never seem to really develop.

good chocolate and lite French Roast.. some sort of caramel essence mid palate could use a bit more maltiness to tie things together.. again some dark fruitiness shows that I associate with dark sweet cherries without the sweetness ... good body for the style.. the carbonation was pretty lite...

This was a great RIS.... yet seems very standard... It pretty much nails it perfectly, but doesn't knock it out of the park.

Thanks again Alex!! I have the 2 sours left and hope to crack them with the core group very soon.

3.5/4.5/4/4/4.5

JohnGalt1, Apr 30, 2010
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

PEIhop, Nov 20, 2011
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Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.