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Dark Apparition - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

536 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 295
Gots: 181 | FT: 28
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of gashmoney
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

A: Pours an impenetrable black, and forms a moderate, relatively short-lived head of pale tan. The head leaves a ring in its wake, with sparse, patchy lacing.

S: "Roasty" is the first word to come to mind as regards the scent, which is warm with dark malt and scorched grain. A faint undertone of molasses and seared caramel waft beneath, along some black currant and raisin hints.

T: Huge malt flavors. Waves of roasted grain with molasses-like sweetness and burnt toffee with some dark chocolate seem to alternate as it move across the palate. There's a faint earthen-ashy bitter tone underneath, though it does not interfere with the slideshow of maltiness - this is a silky-smooth stout. Black currant flavors show up here and there, with hints of raisin along for the ride, and there's a touch of deeply dark coffee along as well.

M: Huge and creamy, this drinks like an Imperial stout.

O: This is a particularly good Russian Imperial Stout. Will repeat.

Photo of hosehead83
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black almost purple in color with a thin tan cap of foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of bourbon, dark malts
Taste-Dark fruit, bourbon, dark malts, brown sugar. A slow-sipper to be sure.

Photo of dtm426
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of loganburgh
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaymo18
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Bonis
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JGlitz87
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hockeypuck
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.