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

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BA SCORE
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353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 431
Gots: 86 | FT: 9
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ffejherb on 01-24-2010)
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Bottle #186 of 336.

3.5 A: Black color. Fairly aggressive pour yielded only one finger of creamy light brown head. Retention is average and little lacing is left.

5.0 S: Truly a great smelling brew. The bourbon is the first thing you notice, but it allows for the stout to shine through as well. Lightly leathery with a peat-like smokiness, notes of pear, and that signature JO's barrel character. Oak and vanilla are more subtle than when I had this fresh. The stout offers tons of chocolate, brown sugar, and hints of coffee.

4.5 T: The bourbon seems to have mellowed a bit since the release. I dare say the stout is now in the driver's seat. Lots of chocolate followed by brown sugar, molasses, and coffee. Barrel adds moderate vanilla and oak. Bourbon adds leather, a touch of char, pear, and hints of peat and smoke.

3.5 M: This is the only thing that doesn't live up to on-tap at the release. Heavier medium body. Carbonation is lower than I'd like and it causes this to come off as a bit thin and less creamy.

4.5 D: Great beer and a vast improvement over the regular Dark App.

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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer looks exactly like an imperial stout should, completely black with a dark tan head. The aroma is wonderful. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as a lot of notes from the barrel aging: bourbon, maple and vanilla.

The flavor is more of the same. You can tell the base beer is excellent and the chocolate and coffee notes come through nicely. I also get the same barrel aging notes as in the aroma: whiskey, maple and vanilla. The bourbon is present but is not overpowering. All of the flavors work very well together and make this an outstanding beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big, heady-looking, thick and viscous, this dark brown beer looks like it intends to bring it. The head is darker than medium brown and about one finger tall. Its retention is strong, as is the lacing stuck to the glass.
With lots going on in the nose, the malty foundation laid down is strongly evident, not to mention being enough to hold together lots of strong notes of some pretty heavy stuff with ease. It smells like a thick, heavy bread cooked with molasses and brown sugar. It's evidently alcoholic and very warm without being nothing more than straight heat. It warms nicely and gives a kick while allowing tons of flavor to come through. The malts are heavy and dark, complex in and of themselves, and providing just a bit of roast and cocoa. On the tongue, perhaps just slightly more than in the nose, some woodiness becomes a factor while adding a dryness to counter a sweetness without being too dry. A light note of herbal leaf adds somewhat more dryness, hops just enough to balance while keeping things fantastically even and preventing any domineering or one-sidedness in the flavor.
Smooth and beastly, thick and robust without sitting heavily on the tongue or in the stomach, the leaf is actually felt in a dryness toward the front of the tongue and keeps excellent balance in the mouthfeel as well as every other aspect of this beer. Carbonation is just right, only a bit of active crispness in the rich, smooth brew.

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4.6/5  rDev +6%

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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt for sending this my way in a recent bif! Review from notes.

A: Pours black with a very small tan head that dissolves quickly and leaves behind no lacing whatsoever.

S: Nice and bourbony, some chocolate and plenty of oak. There is a little bit of vanilla and caramel as well.

T: Surprised by how chocolatey this beer is, very nice. There is also some brown sugar and some slightly sweet dark fruit, plums came to mind at the time.

S: Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, but very smooth and easy drinking. No sign of the 10.50%.

O: A very nice beer, a great start to a mini-tasting that it was consumed at. Loved how chocolate forward it was mixed with with bourbon flavors.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Bomber #210/336 poured into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours like all the other Dark Apparitions. Deep, near opaque black. No head, no lacing but oily, thick legs that really coat the glass. Big and bold.

Bourbon presence is immediately apparent in the nose. Boozy sweetness covers the unfortunate slight tartness from the base beer. Fudge, caramel, chocolate, and a very mild roastiness. Decent.

Again, the base beer here is not that great so no amount of aging in any barrels is gonna make a huge difference. That being said, this is better than either the regular or vanilla so far. Opens sweet booziness, fudge, and chocolate. Some ashiness and again, that mild, light, unpleasant tartness appears. End is sweet with some honey notes. Finishes slightly tart and roasty. Warming produces more sweetness. This one has a bit of hope.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and warm going down. Finishes sticky with a lingering aftertaste. Again, a touch thin but the barrel helps here.

Compared to the Vanilla and regular (I don't even want to think about the disaster that is the nano), this is the best so far. The bourbon barrel aging really helps sweeten this one and tones down that ever present tartness. A worthy brew.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#239/384; secret santa 2011; split 3 ways

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, ebony body - light creamy mocha lace, mildly carbonated

smell: bourbon, rich dark chocolate, dark fruit

taste: This was some tasty stuff - quite bourbon-forward with a ton of chocolate, dark fruit caramelized in brown sugar, molasses, oak, heavy roasted malt, charred espresso.

mouthfeel: big and bold, smooth finish

overall: great stuff - would love to try some of the other variants

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4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black. Not Brown, Black. Small amount of light brown head.

S - Nothing but bourbon and chocolate in the smell, and I like it that way.

T - Wow!! Brown sugar, carbonated, with molasses and bourbon thrown in for good measure. This is what perfection tastes like.

M - Great for the style, the agressive carbonation keeps the sweetness from getting cloying.

O - Great beer. This was a hold out from the original release, now a year old. Absolutely delicious.

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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Bottle #184/384

Barrel-aged Dark Apparition is pitch black in color. Very ominous. No light cuts through at all. Very impressive looking. A dark mocha colored head tops it and rises to about a finger and a half in height. It recedes quickly, leaving light strands of lace lining the glass.

Smells delicious. It’s very malty up front. Chocolate and caramel malts smell delicious. It definitely smells a little sweet. Bourbon and oak are definitely in the mix. The bourbon seems to be moderately strong. That’s my preference. It complements the malty notes very well. Secondary scents include coffee, molasses, and perhaps a touch of black licorice. Alcohol is there, but it doesn’t smell too strong. Eh. It’s big beer…what do you expect?

The flavor definitely lives up to the nose. The malt base is nothing short of tremendous. It’s full of caramel sweetness, bittersweet dark chocolate, and a little cocoa. Very tasty. Bourbon has a moderately strong flavor. It works perfectly. Eight months is barrels were the perfect amount of time. The flavor profile is quite deep. Secondary flavors of oak, roasted coffee, molasses, very faint black licorice, and a touch of sugar are all noted. Alcohol is blended well for what it’s worth. It’s there, but isn’t warm or hot. Finishes a little sweet and chocolaty with a touch of bourbon.

The body is best described as medium. Carbonation feels light. It is smooth, but would benefit from more body. It just feels a little insubstantial for a big barrel-aged stout. Not bad at all though.

Barrel-aged Dark Apparition is excellent beer. I know Jackie O’s brews a lot of good beer, but this has to be among their best. It’s chock full of flavor and has a ton of depth and character. There’s really not much that could improve it. Maybe a tad bit more body. That’s about it. Great stuff. Thanks a ton for the bottle, Chris!

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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, dark brown with no head; some decent lacing

S: Booze, burnt brown sugar, oak, bourbon, roasted malts; this is so boozy

T: Really boozy but not in a bad (hot) way; lots of bourbon and chocolate and oak; as the beer warms the beer--though still quite boozy--begins to come together nicely; even some brown sugar and nutty and dark fruit flavors on the finish

F: A bit thin but it gets more body as it warms

O: This is a nice, boozy, and bourbony beer

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Don't know what the hype is for this beer. Yeah it's rare but it's not THAT great. Poured into a snifter. Pours super flat again like the Cab Cherry Man. No head. No lacing. Super black.

Aroma is good. Probably the best part. It's super bourbony. Nice stouty ness. Caramel and some slight dark fruits.

Taste is way too thin. And no carb. Has a nice bourboness. Little bit of roast in the finish. The flavor is really lacking like some caramel and body you would expect from a stout of this style.

Mouthfeel is too thin and no carb. Terrible mouthfeel for a stout.

Overall this beer was disappointing. And people are saying the west coast hypes up their beer. This one is not deserving of an A at all. There are alot more beers I would put up there. If their other beers are rated this high and taste like this I dont think I will be trading and giving up awesome beer just because the bottle count is 300.

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