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Dark Apparition - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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299 Ratings

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 273
Gots: 71 | FT: 8
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

daryk77, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

dailyminefield, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

itracy63, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

xJMFCx, Jul 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Norseman, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jhovde2121, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

angrybabboon, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ScotNH, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

masterofsparks, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

spoonsock, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

bluejacket74, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

bccrosley, Jun 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

FatherDru, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Brew33, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

22Blue, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

dcisco44, Jun 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

tclipse, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Bilco, Jun 08, 2014
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2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ttylicki, Jun 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Artjsantos, May 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

pagesofphotographs, May 29, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

srgj88, May 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

williamjbauer, May 25, 2014
Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.