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Dark Apparition - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

496 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 288
Gots: 164 | FT: 24
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:
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 HookemHoos
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great head with great lacing. Smell needs more scent. Has a great coffee dark chocolate slightly hoppy taste and a great body and creamy feel. Fantastic beer!

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottling poured into a Bruery snifter. The pour is nearly black with no light escaping. A rough pour produces a massive khaki-colored rocky head that dies down fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing. The nose is rather subdued, but I do get some roasted malt, cocoa, black coffee, burnt pudding, a hint of vanilla, and some grassy hops.

Full body with a fairly firm feel and a smooth roasty flavor. Nicely balanced between roastiness and sweet malt. Some toffee and caramel sweetness up front, then the roasted malt produces bitter espresso and dark chocolate notes. At mid-palate, you get not-so-intense char-like notes characteristic of the style and the hops produce a faint woodiness that is quite distinct, yet melds nicely with the char. One of the smoother and more drinkable RISs I've enjoyed recently, but to me it lacks the creamy feel of my top-shelf RISs (Ten FIDY, FIS, Stone IRS, and Pt5). Still, a fantastic beer. Finish lingers with dark chocolate and a hint of licorice.

What else can I say? A wonderful Russian Imperial Stout (though a bit pricey at 6 bones a bottle). The beer is impressively smooth and not nearly as bitter as I thought it might be. I really enjoyed it, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to insert it into my regular RIS rotation (which currently consists of Founders, Founders, Stone, Founders, Pt5, Founders, Ten FIDY, Founders). Still, one or two bottles of this a year certainly won't break the bank. It would be interesting to put this one into a blind tasting with some other favorites to see of the feel really is thinner and if it benefits from the perceived smoothness.

Photo of freshcarl
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AFchino
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rden4654
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jshusc
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radiohannibal
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grover37
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smalkmus
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jlang2012
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuckeyeBeers
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breadwinner
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zac16125
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates


Thanks to mikeincharleston for hooking me up with this one.

A: Pours a somewhat thin appearing opaque black with browning on the edges. Less than 1/2 fingers width of tan colored head builds and then quickly recedes, leaving essentially zero lacing. 4

S: Chocolate fudge, booze, dark fruits. Roasted malt, herbaceous woody notes, a medicinal like character. 4.25

T: Lots of roasted malt, oak, bitterness on the finish. I also get semi sweet cocoa, subtle dark fruits, and stale coffee. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied but on the thinner side, carbonation on the higher end, ABV is very well masked, drinkability is good. 4

O: Overall, a very good beer. Nothing crazy, but certainly an enjoyable brew. 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a great example of the style, not relying on additives and barrels to make this special and unique, but rather on attention to detail and expert brewing. the beer is dark and medium luster in the glass, with almost an inch of mocha colored frothy head. it has a dark fruit nose of raisins and even cherry in with the usual suspects of bitter barley roast and bakers chocolate that come from the grain. the flavor is similar to the nose in that its all the things you expect to taste in a russian imperial and is not loaded down with vanilla and whiskey barrel and coffee bean, its just straight up stout, and its one of the better ones out there. bitterness is average, more from the grain than anything else, and the dark fruit and chocolate notes are robust mid palate. overall an extremely impressive brew thats sort of the best of both worlds for me, and has an amazing mouthfeel thats creamy and bubbly for the style, but still viscous and dense, its just exceptional stuff. i am yet to have a beer from these guys that wasnt incredible...

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of unclekeith
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BergBeer
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of antoneloc
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.