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Dark Apparition - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 766
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 321
Gots: 243 | FT: 31
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

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 Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Serving: 12 ounce bottle poured into a Firestone Walker brandy snifter

Appearance: wonderful looking beer, pitch black, nice tan head, dissipates quickly but lots of tiny bubbles stick around the glass's edge, very little light comes through when held up.

Smell: getting lots of dry roasted malts on the nose, there's a nutty roasted aroma coming through I am not getting any alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Big roasted, chocolate, nutty malts, getting some alcohol, very smooth, drinkable, a little bit of coffee type bitterness, very good.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy mouthfeel, this is above medium mouthfeel, not very thick, semi-viscuous mouthfeel, finishes dry on the palate, lots of carbonation.

Overall: this is really good, not sure about the beers age acquired it in a trade, it's different than most imperial stouts I drink. I would to try this fresh or on tap to get a better understanding of it, but it's really good and a must try for stout lovers as myself.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 90/100

Nice big full bodied head. Lasted much longer that most stouts. Aromas were also much more prevalent. Yeast, brown sugar, Chocolate and coffee. Huge chocolate Coffee flavor that covered the 10.5 rather well. Really was an exceptional Stout that stuck out in a sea of average~

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Photo of ThatguyJoefromBoston
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Got this in a trade. For a 10.5% ABV, I was expecting a very thick and heavy RIS. In a sense, thats what I got, but it was also perhaps the most drinkable RIS I've had. All the flavors from dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, a little oak, and subtle hops came out. I didn't get molasses, booziness or licorice like I do with many RIS which I found interesting. Excellent mouthfeel and flavor improves as it warms.

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Photo of rudzud
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. 2014 vintage 375mL

A - Pours a nice dark brown/black hue with a good one finger mocha head that fades to leave a thick creamy halo and light clouding.

S - Aromas of rich bakers chocolate, faint roasted malts, very light smoke. Faint caramel sweetness and alcohol. Lots of rich chocolate for sure.

T - Taste is more of the nice milk and bakers chocolate. Rich and deep with a nice roasted malt char going on. Faint licorice notes, light caramel. The alcohol is hidden nicely, but, is more evident on the back end with a faint burn. Very straightforward.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, alcohol is hidden nicely save for the finish.

O - Overall, a very nice RIS. Well crafted, like nearly every single Jackie O's stout. A bit hot on the finish, but the taste makes up for it.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cool ass 12 oz bottle heavy too poured into nonic pint

A: Deep darkness like a new moon sky almost no head at all I was worried it was flat

S: licorice some chocolate

T: Very nice licorice taste sweet not overly complex it's a nice taste but straight forward with it licorice and some chocolate

M: very soft carbonation medium to heavy coating on the tongue

O: This isn't a super complex beer but it crushes it as a stout it's not hot it's sweet it's thick it's got a slight licorice and chocolate taste it's just well done. If you see it buy it you will be pleased don't go out of your way though it's just a great beer but you aren't going to be like this is life changing.

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Photo of Oldlogin
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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----

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Photo of Dope
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 batch.

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall but very fizzy medium brown head. Head fizzes out very quickly but then slows down dramatically about halfway through. Two-stage head retention? Interesting. No sign of any lacing.

S: Big and bold roasted malt. Light smoke on top of some decent coffee. Bittersweet cocoa. A little sweet when swirled, milk chocolate and caramel.

T: More roasted malt. Chocolate is most prevalent here with some smoky umami up front. Bitter roasted coffee in the middle. More bountiful sweet chocolate in the finish, giving it a mocha-like flavor...swirled with caramel.

M: Heavy and silky smooth. Thick and sweet but not cloying. Really nice.

O: A surprisingly nice RIS. Varied but balanced roasted malt flavors. Mouthfeel is top notch here, drinkability is off the scale here (even for a 10.5% RIS). Pretty much everything I look for in an RIS. I can't wait to try some of the barrel aged variants.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition poured from a 375ml bottle into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a 1/2-finger head that slowly settles
S: Deep and dark with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and bourbon
T: Dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, sweet malt and bourbon. Complex, matching the nose just in a slightly different order
M: Full-bodied with noticeable but mostly balanced alcohol; a fairly lengthy finish
O: Complex and tasty. I look forward to trying another with a year or two of age

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. From the growler from the brewery. Pours a thick oily black with light tan head and
nice moderate lacing. The head dissipates to a thin layer. Nose of molasses, chocolate,
toffee, tons of sweet malts, and a hint of coffee. Flavors are deep and intriguing. Full on
Russian Imperial Stout. Richly roasted malts and flavors of dark chocolate hit up front with a
nice hint of sweetness that lingers. Licorice (black) lightly coats the tongue without being
over powering. A moderate coffee bitterness dances with hops and settles down to a nice
roasted sweetness. Excellent smooth mouthfeel. Wonderful with warmth. Tons of alcohol
warmth on the aftertaste. Nice.
An A plus!


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Photo of Beerzebub
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

2014 bottle. Thanks Daniel! Smells malty and lightly smoky, surprisingly like a Scotch ale, along with molasses, coffee, chocolate cake, and hints of herbs and licorice. On the palate, deep dark chocolate, licorice, and brown malt. Only slightly sweet. Nice herbal hop bitterness, lingering for quite a while and completely drying out the finish. High drinkability. An original and interesting brew, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of T_Reeves92
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, 2014 vintage, poured into a teku

A- pours motor oil black with nearly no head at all, with what little bit is there disappearing quickly, leaving a coffee-looking beer in the glass

S- dark chocolate and burnt brown sugar mix with sweet molasses, coffee and fig. Also picking up some barrel juice aromas with a bourbon-like sweetness, hints of vanilla and herbal hops close it out

T- initial flavor upfront is subdued, with just some malty sweetness. As it enters mid-palate, some sweet notes of molasses and brown sugar kick in, followed by some dark fruits and chocolate. The finish gives some herbal hoppiness with dry, slightly bitter coffee/chocolate on the close

M- medium-thick body with low carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth and slick finish, lots of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- a heavy and boozy sipper, would have liked to get more chocolate notes, I'd be interested in trying the BBA version

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A motor oil like black with a khaki colored head.

Smells very strongly of slightly burned brown sugar, wood, and bourbon.

Taste like cocoa powder, chocolate, expresso beans, bourbon, oak,brown sugar, and dark roasted malt. The bourbon really powers through, especially in the aftertaste. Almost has a rum like burn. It also finishes pretty bitter. This is an outstanding beer.

I would say world class if the heat/burn from the bourbon didn't overpower the flavor on the back end quite as much. And I am a bourbon person. Not sure who's barrels were used, but that could be a factor. A sipper for sure. At $12 a bottle, I probably won't be drinking again soon. That would apply to almost any beer though. If I see it for $6, I will be all over it.

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Photo of Brenden
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a thick, heavy, viscous motor oil of a beer, black as midnight. The head is a dark brown one a solid finger high that keeps its form and its height for the full session while dropping down good legging.
The flavor of chocolate syrup, like the liquid center of a chocolate lava cake, contrasts interestingly with wood and cocoa powder to make it more semi-sweet. The headiness and warming alcoholic flavor give the impression of briefly dark spirit-soaked dark fruits with even something like apricot in there. It's almost as if the flavors the alcohol's integration brings out shift throughout the session so that I can never quite say expressly that it's more like rum, bourbon, port or sherry. It seems as some point it's each of those, more than one at a time here and there. The cedar-like flavor mingles in with everything at all times, simultaneously adding its own sort of balance while giving it some complexity. Otherwise, it's fairly straightforward and shows off the staple notes of roast and coffee with additional hints of vanilla and almost molasses-like sweetness.
As thick and viscous as it should be, it straddles the line that these beers can tumble over as far as sitting heavily. It just avoids it, though. Carbonation is soft, just right for the creaminess it adds with just enough of a nip to it. It angles on the sweet side, almost cancelling out the balancing dryness but stopping just short of teetering over.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Bilco for sharing this

Review from notes, 6/7/14

Appearance: Dark, deep brown (almost black) with some medium brown around the edges - pours with a medium sized head, fades to some wisps, leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Nice aromas of coffee, dark roasted malts, and chocolate malts - very rich, with decadent chocolate and toffee - sweet, with some dark chocolate brownies and cake - some dark fruits - smells a little boozy, but it works with the overall richness of the aroma

Taste: Dessert in a glass - rich and decadent, with some serious brownies and chocolate cake - big chocolate malts, lightly roasty, lightly burnt, with dark chocolate, cocoa, fresh brownies, fudge, molasses, toffee, and dark coffee - light bitterness and some booze - mostly this is about the chocolate

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy with a nearly full body, low carbonation, smooth, some residual burnt bitterness and heat

Overall: Decidedly beastly

We drank this outside on a warm near-summer day, and oddly enough that seemed to be a great setting for this burly beer. Big, rich malts with some bold chocolate flavors. I haven't had many beers from Jackie O's, but with offerings like this I might be starting to understand why their beers are sought after.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of pants678
2.96/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
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.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Tons of chocolate and coffee with a touch of molasses. Super complex. ABV is well concealed, and the beer is incredibly smooth and the carbonation is spot on--excellent mouthfeel. Really great sipper. Best close to room temperature.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
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!!!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from fresh 375ml bottle into Hoppin Frog snifter. Date of review is 4/18/14.

Appearance- Completely and utterly pitch black. This has a 3/4 finger of dark tan head that fades quickly.

Smell- Sour cherry and deep dark chocolate burst into my face. I also get spiced rum and a malty smokey bacon.

Taste- Much less of the tart or sour scent makes it through to the taste. This beer is dark and mysterious. It is quite hard to pick out certain flavors. Molasses is the most dominant flavor in my taste. Very bitter dark chocolate is present too. Now that it is warming, I do get much more coffee.

Mouthfeel- This beer is NOT for the faint-of-palate. Super rich and super bitter, this beer will blow you away. Every sip feels like I let a molasses flavored Hersey kiss melt in my mouth.

Overall- Good beer worth seeking out. I cannot wait to taste this beer in it's barrel-aged form. It is a bit harsh when it's this fresh, but mellowed out from time in barrels would make this beer world-class.

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Photo of dar482
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma has a good amount of dark cherries and dark fruit character with coffee and chocolate.

The flavor follows with dark chocolate, the dark fruits, molasses, and very dark flavors. Roasted malt, coffee, but in general is hurt by a thin mouthfeel and a very big alcohol presence.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.