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

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 456
Gots: 125 | FT: 24
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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: 429 | Reviews: 110
Reviews by csmiley:
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4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 206/384. Purchased at the brewery.

A - Pours nearly jet black. Some very dark brown shows around the distant edges of the glass. It looks a little thick coming out of the bottle. The tan head a little short topping out at less than a quarter inch in height. It compact and sticks around for a minute or two before receding to a medium sized ring around the glass. Medium amounts of lace stick around as the pint disappears.

S - Pretty easy to pick out the bourbon influence in this one. It comes across as hot and sweet initially. Fortunately, there are several other aromas that balance things out well. Lots of chocolate starts the show off. It's complemented by a heavy sweetness that I'm having problems putting my finger on. I'm guessing a combination of maple syrup and molasses. Vanilla get introduced at this point but it only plays a supporting role to everything else. Bourbon heat and some very light dark fruit notes on the back end. Excellent.

T - Again, bourbon through and through. There's a nice amount of heat and thick caramel sweetness that just lets this brew shine. Chocolate comes through strong just like the aroma would have you believe and stays on the bitter side which works well here. Midway, some vanilla and light wood are present with vanilla easily dominating. Cherry and cooked caramel show up as well. There is just a faint hint of coffee on the tail end that is hard to pick out over the other flavors.

M - Medium bodied at first. As it warms the body starts to thicken up and become creamy. Light carbonation that is totally appropriate for this brew. Finish is sweeter than expected. It's warm, but mostly sweet.

D - Drinkability for the BBDA is quite good. Bourbon is strong but all the other aspects of the brew balance very well with it. At 10.5%, you'll want to take your time with it. That shouldn't be an issue for any seasoned beer drinker and the rewards you see after it warms is well worth the wait. This is my second time trying BBDA and both times it has been impressive. No issues here finishing off a bomber by myself. Highly recommended if you get a chance to try it out.

More User Reviews:
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Photo of Brenden
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Iparedman
4.6/5  rDev +6%

Photo of brians52
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdaschaf
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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 Photekut
5/5  rDev +15.2%

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