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

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 539
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 481
Gots: 142 | FT: 23
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: ffejherb on 01-24-2010

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Normally, barrel aging improves an already good base beer (at least that is the idea.)

In this case, however, the beer gets taken down a notch with the addition of the bourbon barrel characteristics.

My advice would be to drink the regular Dark Apparition, which is a nice beer, and not bother with the barrel aged version, which trades at a much higher value.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great looking stout. Pitch black with small amount of dark brown head. Pours thick. Smell is on point with a barrel aged stout. Lacks a little body and complexity. The alcohol is prominent and overpowers the rest of the flavors. Maybe a little less time in the barrel would make this more balanced. Overall nice stout, but fell short of expectations.

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Photo of goldenbooter
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome russian stout. Strong nose and a deep brown head. Flavor stays with you. Thick with malt and a hint of caramel. Expensive but worth trying every single time. The bourbon hits at just the right time

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Photo of Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Lots of bourbon with a nice vanilla and brown sugar complexity spliced in. Pretty boozy but there's enough there to make it quite the interesting aroma.

T- Very smooth in the onset with notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and even maple. Very smooth for the ABV and the bourbon kicks in right near the back end providing just enough booze presence.

M- Silky smooth with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- I just had a pour of BCBS on draft earlier tonight and this is pretty much right on par with a bit more sweetness. My first Jackie O's beer and I sure am impressed.

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Photo of mschantz
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled pour from 375 ml bottle. Pours a moderately viscous dark black with rich brown edges with a thin tan foam. Bourbon dominates the nose with fig, date and molasses apparent. Taste is quite sweet but somewhat balanced by the bourbon. Just a hint of bitterness at the end.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been meaning to try JO's for a while and this did not disappoint. Drank straight out of the bottle sitting around a fire at a friend's going away party. Nice and thick, stout with brown sugar and barrel up front. Look forward to trying more from them.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color. Has a sweet aroma of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Smooth drink with a bit of bite from the bourbon. Flavor is sweet, bourbon and very nice. Very good overall

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Booze, Raisins, Vanilla, Wood

Such a lush brew, smells and smacks of bourbon soaked raisins. Pours a really great looking lace for a bigger barrel aged brew, very inviting appearance. Very fresh bourbon barrel character, big on vanilla. Not too sweet as the roasted character, wood and alcohol keeps everything in check. Nothing short of amazing.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 10.5% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015)

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome. Pours very dark. Very little head on mine with a aggressive pour. Smell of bourbon and chocolate. Has a sweet taste, bouorbon, chocolate and vanilla. Very smooth.

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Photo of Tylertut
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black with a small and quickly dissipating brown head. No lacing.

Smell: Really strong bourbon smell. Notes of coffee and chocolate as well.

Taste: Loads of bourbon here too. Some chocolate, coffee, molasses as well. More heat than I expected which disappoints me a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thick body and lower carbonation.

Overall: Id say this is like a little sibling to BCBS and is trying to be like it. Which I love. A really solid BBA stout that I'd pick up again if I come across it.

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Photo of OGFGabv
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely love this beer. Pours like black ink with a think mocha head that disipates very fast. Great big bourbon, chocolate, coffee smell. The taste is amazing with again- lots of bourbon, wood, chocolate, coffee and vanilla sweetness. There is some heat there in the finish, but hey- if you bought it, you read the label. Another exceptional offering from this brewery.

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours thick and black, not much in the way of head. The aroma is very boozy and bourbony. The taste is also bourbony, with chocolate and coffee mixed in. It's comlex and intense which I, but still well balanced within its extreme. This is what I love in a BBA stout and Jackie O's executed it masterfully.

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Photo of dar482
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reminders of a smaller Bourbon County come through on this one. Lots of rich bourbon, caramel/sugary sweetness, vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee bitterness, some alcohol on the back.

A medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BA Dark Apparition

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 15/20

Overall 84/100

Summery: This BA stout comes across as super boozy and a mess of a malt Bomb. Not very easy to drink. It's mega complex and big. I suppose it's just for me. Add on the $12 price tag and it is beyond me how highly rated this beer is~

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is by far the best of the three dark apparition variants we had side by side. Exceptional barrel character that softens the base beer in a way it vary much benefits from.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375 ml bottle
Pours a dark brown bark color with a faint tan head. Aroma of bourbon, brown sugar, molasis, buttery rum, toffee, leather and tobacco oozes out of the glass. A ton going on here. Maybe some raisin too. Nose presents with a lot of booze. It is intense. Flavors follows nose well with some added vanilla and charred oak. Very smooth initially, but a strong lingering alcohol burn. Feel is creamier than expected, but probably due to the low carbonation level that borders on being flat (not in a bad way).
Overall, this was a strong showing. Highlight for me was the aroma. Would have been exceptions if the flavor let the base shine through just a little more.

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Photo of mabermud
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle served in my favorite brandy snifter.

Look: Pitch brown body. No light penetration when held up the the bright sun. Darker mocha head that quickly retreats to a thin halo around the glass, and an oily cloud in the middle of the glass. Slow dripping legs and lacing that slowly melts from the sides of the glass.
Smell: A cornucopia of bourbon barrel, booze, coconut, toffee, vanilla, and darker chocolate. A nice, stronger boozy aroma develops with deep draws through the nose.
Taste: The taste follows the smell. Also, think bourbon, chocolate liqueur. Booze and bourbon definitely make themselves know. A touch of sweetness at the finish. There is some heat.
Feel: Thicker body. Lower carbonation. Creaminess.

Overall - Jackie O's does it again.

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Photo of deford
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Photo of brentk56
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of Seeker_11
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.