Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2011 02:18:16 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The fine folks of Athen's premier brewery finds great success with the Dark Apparition. So why not challenge that notion with barrel-aging for greater complexity, aged compounds and a simmering boost of strength? That's just what happens in this bourbon-barrel aged edition.
As the nose dives into the glass, a boisterous rift of coffee, burnt sugars, creamy malt, maple, molasses and chocolate waft about. Those are hard to distinguish from the bourbon influences- cherry wood, caramel, vanilla, marzipan and aged notes of sherry or port come to mind as the mouth waters nearing that first sip.
Getting the cart before the horse, its appearance pours with a mysterious dark brown hue that's ominously of tree bark. While its body is chocked full of shady cocoa powder, its head is thinly laced and captures a hue of mocha. Its low-forming head and necklace of lace suggests that the beer's alcohol and barrel complexities have gotten the better of its foam character.
But those fudge, brownie and mocha flavors are sooo irresistible as the malty-rich taste of roasted malt, espresso and bitter chocolates unapologetically grope the taste buds with its sultry sherry-like fruitiness and aged beautification. Those light meaty, savory, fruity and minerally characteristics pave the way for a decadent finish of rum and chocolate with spicy warmth and coffee-like tendencies.
Without any doubt, the body is full but is also picked apart with wine-like acidities, bourbon warmth, wood spices and cocoa dryness for a finish that is powdery, minerally and plaster-like despite its dessert-like effects.
This Bourbon Barrel Aged Apparition Ale accurately delivers on its whisky effects. Even though I taste "bourbon-esque" character, I feel that much of that comes from the malts where much of the "bourbon" influences are simply of whisky. I gotta question those spicy booze flavors as opposed to the more savory "bourbon" influences.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2014 07:56:56 | More by BEERchitect
Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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