Dark Apparition - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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4.68/5 rDev +13.3%
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!!!
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 03:08:51 | More by WVbeergeek
4.48/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 02:22:19 | More by wvsabbath
3.96/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 23:06:17 | More by frenchblood21
3.84/5 rDev -7%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-18-2014 00:33:08 | More by dar482
Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.