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Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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448 Ratings
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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 463
Gots: 124 | FT: 23
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ffejherb on 01-24-2010

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Ratings: 448 | Reviews: 111
Photo of deford
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Firestone Walker snifter.

L- Dark, very dark with a great lil caramel colored head...just delicious looking...like dessert.

S- Dark fruits, sweet candy, cocoa, maybe molasses and just a hint of Bourbon.

T- Much the same with real roasty, charred oak. Lots of dark fruits here. A nice sweet finish on the back of the tongue.

M- Mouthfeel is the best part...exactly what you want from a BA Stout...rich, thick, bubbly...very nice.

O- Gotta say I wouldn't change a thing here...a lovely dark brew...would be really nice poured over Vanilla ice cream.

Photo of StoutFox
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have to say im a bit disappointed with this one, its almost too bourbon'y. I think that's because I find the base beer a bit watery.

Photo of cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Hunahpu's Day 2015 in Tampa at Cigar City Brewing

Photo of Raziel313
1.98/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Not a fan at all. Bourbon tastes really cheap. No thank you

Photo of jlindros
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012, big thanks to Rudzud

Super pitch black thick oily beer pours with no head, nice legs though.

Nose is loaded with black malts, roast, charred coffee, little soft anise, nice molasses brown sugar and caramel, little rum like molasses, bit of raisin, nice buttery oak with little vanilla and some bourbon, booze and tannins have softened a lot I think, bourbon and buttery oak come more and more as it warms.

Taste starts with a little toasty char and burnt like, fusel alcohol, but that's not too bad as it quickly turns to black malts, toasty and charred, coffee like, with faint anise and phenols, fudgey like with molasses and brown sugar sweetness, charred brown sugar, etc. Then buttery barrel on the back end, some vanilla and nice bourbon, bit of a nougat with light candied raisin. Finish dries a bit, little sticky, more booze and phenols, bit more anise, tannins, light bourbon, molasses rum and a touch of bbq sauce, nice flash of vanilla late.

Mouth is full bod, light fusel warming booze, thick but not too syrupy, lighter carb.

Overall interesting, some nice qualities but some not so nice qualities, maybe a bit too much age.

Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros. 2012 vintage, bottle 340/348.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice dark brown almost black hue with next to no head. Legs are very nice.

S - Aromas of rich nutty bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate, sweet barrel notes, faint alcohol, real nice buttery oak. Pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, albeit a bit flat. Up front things are more alcohol, but the finish is great bourbon and brown sugar. Light anise and tannins along with faint booze and light soy sauce and molasses.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely chewy, not that boozy.

O - Overall this beer was quite tasty. Probably waited a hair too long. The flashes of vanilla are very tasty but the finish is kind of week.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At Huna '15. No line for these guys when I arrived was wild.

Photo of brentk56
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a rather modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet; spots of lacing linger around

Smell: Chocolate fudge, caramel, vanilla, marshmallow, oak and Bourbon

Taste: Chocolate fudge, caramel and Bourbon forward, with developing marshmallow tones; in the middle, the oak and vanilla tones develop, with the finish being quite a mellow combination of all the elements

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: One of Jackie O's better efforts, I would call this a marriage between a Bourbon barrel-aged IS and a barleywine

Thanks, howopeeps, for the opportunity

Photo of Devman171
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Huna day, great roast and bourbon character, well balanced, nice chocolate, love this one

Photo of Brewstradamus
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For what it is... this is perfect. Excellent RIS

Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black in color with a small creamy khaki colored head that retains nicely, leaving some lacing behind

S- it has some funky vegetal aroma up front, but then opens up with notes of bourbon barrel and dark chocolate malt, toasted marshmallow and brown sugar, with some leather/tobacco, raisin and vanilla close it out

T- leather and tobacco flavors up front mix with vegetal flavor that follows the aroma, notes of bourbon flavors kick in with oaky vanilla, followed by dark chocolate and fig, herbal hop finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a silky finish

O- the vegetal aroma disappeared as it warmed up, giving way to nice bourbon and chocolate notes

Photo of Seeker_11
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%

Not a bad extra from a trade. This beer does not smell as good as it tastes. Overall it's pretty good. Not as good as other Ohio RIS's but worth a tasting.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Tasting dark fruit, vanilla, oak and a touch of tobacco. Very little sweetness. Short finish. This is head and shoulders above the original but still lacking elite status.

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter; Summer 2014 release, 11.5%. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense brown head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, brown sugar, leather, light char/smoke, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, brown sugar, leather, light char/smoke, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light char/smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of rich dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible barrel aged imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity and balance of rich dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An incredibly delicious offering.

Photo of rden4654
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not one of Jackie O's best offerings but I wouldn't talk you off tring it.

Photo of Dope
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle. 11.5% ABV.

A: Pitch-black pour with a very tall and dark head. Head is surprisingly fizzy (and very loud as a result). Head dissipates pretty quickly, though it slows significantly at the end. No sign of lacing at all.

S: Lots of chocolate and caramel up front. A bit of marshmallow in there, sorta reminds me of s'mores oddly enough. Sweet - even get some toasted sugar (probably the marshmallow I spoke of). Lightly oaky.

T: Kind of a flat caramel and chocolate up front again. Lots of sweet chocolate in the middle. Caramel coats everything. Very sweet, very malty, very dessert-like. A bit of umami, especially lingering in the aftertaste with hints of char and oak.

M: Low carbonation and heavy body. Thick and syrupy.

O: Hmph. Delicious. Bourbon adds some nice complexity to this one (I just had the base beer last week). Lots of caramel everywhere with charry oak. Having said that, I think I prefer the base beer still. A little better balanced and I feel like this one is a bit too cloyingly sweet (with almost no carbonation it really intensifies this effect too). It's close, and they're both excellent of course.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

375ml bottle received in trade from jd626. Big thanks, Jordan!

Black, opaque elixir poured into KBS snifter. Vigorous pour yields 2 finger mocha head that quickly dissipates to a thin rim. Scant lacing.

Nice, complex aroma of wood, bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla and sweet caramel. The bourbon is not overwhelming, providing a steady backdrop for the other scents.

Dark fruits, vanilla, and caramel at the front with a nice smooth wood char at the back end. Once again the bourbon adds a nice layer to the festivities.

Full body, a bit thin when compared to BCBS, adequate carbonation.

A really nice, complex BA RIS.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev -6%

375 ml bottle in trade from Joe. Huge thanks buddy! Pours dark brown from the bottle and settles as pitch black in the glass with a one finger brown head. Beautiful aroma of rich chocolate and bourbon, lots of woody oak, a hint of vanilla and coconut. Flavor is a nice hit of woody bourbon, vanilla, caramel, more wood and vanilla. Long finish of the vanilla and bourbon, and relatively hot. Mouthfeel is thin for the style, but not overly thin to the point of really hurting the brew, though it comes off as a little hot as noted. Medium plus carbonation. Very nice after dinner drink, and you must love bourbon as it has soaked up a lot of that flavor.

Photo of blankenhoney
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the late summer 2014 release, enjoyed from a snifter.

A: Dark and opaque, with a creamy khaki head. Looks like the major league BA stout it is.

S: Aromas of boozy chocolate, caramelized brown sugar, raisins, and vanilla. Really strong bourbon scent. Not perfect, I guess, but a great smelling beer.

T: Such a flavorful beer: lots of char and roast, creamy dark chocolate, brown sugar, and marshmallows. Nice bourbon baseline holding everything together.

M: This is a fantastic beer, but the mouthfeel is where it really shines. It's approaching BCBS territory, with a thick viscosity and a rich creaminess. Love it.

O: A fantastic BA stout.

Photo of jbwimer
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours super dark with a head that does not linger. Smell is chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon, and a little toffee. Flavor doesn't have the roast of the base beer, which was disappointing. Still, the sweet chocolates, brown sugar, and pinch of booze are really enjoyable. Could use some more viscosity, but the mouthfeel was still pleasant. Great stuff.

Photo of T_Reeves92
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Serving: Bottle

A: Jet black with a thin-medium head
S: Oak, Chocolate, Candy Sugar, Molasses
T: Molasses, Dark Fruits, Brown Sugar, Wood
M: Silky smooth, warmth from the alcohol is prominent.
O: Excellent example of a BB aged stout

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -7.8%

From a bottle, pours a dark mahogany brown, thin carbonation.

Smell is all bourbon and wood, caramel, molasses, a little roast, but its fighting through alot of sweetness. Flavor is sweet molasses, chocolate bourbon balls, lots of booze, still pretty hot. The finish is creamy and milky, sliding down your throat.

Overall, this is a bit hot right now, would like to see it smooth out a little.

Photo of WesMantooth
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 comes across like a rum because of sweetness. It also finishes fairly bitter/charred with an little burn.

This is an outstanding beer. I think this is close to being in the same conversation as BCBS if the heat/burn from the bourbon didn't overpower the flavor quite as much (i.e. more balanced), and I am a bourbon person. Not sure who's barrels were used, but that could be a factor. Maybe spent a hair too much time in there too. A sipper for sure, but still a must try world class beer.

Edit: I have adjusted my scores a little after the most recent batch. I find that the bourbon is more balanced/less heat. The gap between this and BCBS just narrowed.

Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Side-by-side with '13 BCBS.

A- Black with a medium level, light tan head. Reflective like oil.

S- Scotch and oak. Lots of barrel in this one.

T- Roasted marshmallow, brown sugar, medium-range bourbon, and I get a bit of a coconut flavor with this as well. I've heard a few people describe this beer as a "barrel-aged S'more," and I think that's actually pretty accurate for those familiar with BA stouts.

M- Typical alcohol warmth, not too heavy and not too light. If it was cold out, the mouthfeel of this beer would really seal the deal.

O- Love this beer... much better out of a bottle than on tap in my opinion, for whatever reason. This wins my side-by-side against BCBS by a couple points. Cheers!

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours coffee black with a thin halo of tan head that lays content around the glass's circumference. There is negligible carbonation and no sediment. The nose is heavy with bourbon notes, vanilla/caramel oakiness, and has little spice or hops. The taste provides generous chocolately sweetness upfront followed by dark fruits (raisins, black mission figs), coconut, minimal roast/bitterness, and a biting ethanol. It's full bodied, minimally carbonated (but not totally flat), sweet with rich bourbon barrel notes, and has a lingering, slightly dry, boozy oak in the finish. This is definitely a potent bourbon infused stout that has left me completely satisfied from availability to execution - would recommend to others.

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Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.