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

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 392
Gots: 67 | FT: 10
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 IPAescotch:
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3.93/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured into a snifter. decent pour. Tan head, exquisite lacing, looked like a dalmation. Bar was dark, but the beer appeared boldly black.

Whiskey smell.

Tastes full bodied n carbonated. Creamy bourbon chocolate. Not really the flavor for this beer, but reminds me of rum cake (if it was saturated in makers mark).

Mouthfeel is perfect, thick and creamy but not too syrupy, and with none of that trub you sometimes get in the bottle, maybe im just not used to drinking from a tap.

Drinkability is low just because this is so damn strong. Delicious, but i would never exceed two of these a night.

09-05-2010 14:33:34 | More by IPAescotch
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-21-2011 05:08:20 | More by Callmecoon
Photo of Mora2000


4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

04-24-2011 22:06:52 | More by Mora2000
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5/5  rDev +16%

11-15-2011 03:31:31 | More by boatshoes
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-15-2013 01:05:04 | More by williamjbauer
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-08-2014 18:17:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-13-2012 16:42:29 | More by acurtis
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4.56/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

07-05-2014 20:13:14 | More by Brenden
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4.23/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

06-01-2012 20:21:50 | More by mdaschaf
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5/5  rDev +16%

11-14-2011 17:10:50 | More by jh1982
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-13-2013 00:24:09 | More by NorthCoastPranqster
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

05-29-2012 01:16:09 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

#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

10-01-2012 17:22:02 | More by dirtylou
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4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

10-30-2011 17:03:27 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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5/5  rDev +16%

11-17-2011 23:33:40 | More by Photekut
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

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!

09-05-2011 02:24:30 | More by prototypic
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

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

06-12-2014 18:09:31 | More by dbossman
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-13-2014 13:23:20 | More by dailyminefield
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3.53/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

07-10-2011 07:09:32 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Huge thanks to Ryan011235 for hooking up this tick.

Pours black and thick with a lasting one-finger tan head and good lacing.

The aroma is pretty nice, with oak and bourbon as well as great base stout notes of roast and dark chocolate.

Great complex flavor. Bourbon, oak, and bourbon- soaked dark fruits, along with coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla. Complex and very tasty.

The mouthfeel is better than Oil of Aphrodite, smooth and not too syrupy with softer carbonation.

Great stuff, really impressive and better than expectations.

12-17-2010 23:51:39 | More by nickd717
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4.05/5  rDev -6%

Liter swing-top growler into several glasses. Thanks go to FooFaa for bringing this one to the party.

Pours a dense black, with a 1/2 finger covering of burnt mocha head. This stays quite frothy around the edges, leaving a big creamy cascade of heavy lacing behind. Just a good RIS look and the retention held up pretty well for a BA Sout. Chocolate is very rich smelling in the aroma, along with notes of roast and coffee, which give this some crunch in the nose. The Bourbon is very assertive here, with vanilla and woody textures helping smooth some of the more aggressive aspects of it out but make no mistake that this is a huge part of the monster bouquet on this.

Chocolate roast is just as huge in the taste, giving this a rich chewy sweetness. The Bourbon character is no slouch either, giving the profile a big boozy and dry feel. This finishes with lingering roast, a smack of vanilla, and a deep tannic dryness which literally sucks all of the moisture out of your mouth after each sip. The mouthfeel is VERY much on the full bodied side, with a huge chewiness to it that then gets much slicker feeling the more it sits in the mouth. This appears to handle its large ABV rather well, with most of the warmth coming from the barrel.

I really dug this for the most part. Very deep tasting with a complex strength to it, the only thing really holding this back is the aggressiveness of the Bourbon itself. This is one best enjoyed in smaller quantities as a sipper. I couldn't imagine tackling a large quantity of this by myself.

02-12-2010 13:20:49 | More by Kegatron
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

08-17-2014 03:19:37 | More by ohiobeer29
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -6%

Massive thanks goes out to thunderroad12 for sharing this one with me in-line at BASC among other rarities! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, peat, sweet alchol, and subtle wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, subtle roasted malt, dark chocolate, peat, wood, and subtle alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. However, the slight peat character on this one was a little off-putting to me. While it was not abrasive, it just didn't seem to fit in well with the other flavors going on in this one. The aroma was quite nice on this one however. While I say the flavor wasn't the best, it was in no-way bad. Really glad I got the chance to try this one!

07-18-2011 16:26:19 | More by thagr81us
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-17-2013 00:15:33 | More by bum732
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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Pitch black, creamy tan head. Aroma is very faint but the bourbon is there. Not overly present in the taste either, the bourbon kinda creeps in on the finish and mingles with smooth roasted malt and chocolate undertones. Very well done, the base Dark Apparition is great and all of the variations are as well.

02-07-2011 03:51:17 | More by Tripphop
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