Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by csmiley:
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2010 03:01:44 | More by csmiley
More User Reviews:
4.44/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The beer pours coffee black with a thin halo of tan head that lays content around the glass's circumference. There is negligible carbonation and no sediment. The nose is heavy with bourbon notes, vanilla/caramel oakiness, and has little spice or hops. The taste provides generous chocolately sweetness upfront followed by dark fruits (raisins, black mission figs), coconut, minimal roast/bitterness, and a biting ethanol. It's full bodied, minimally carbonated (but not totally flat), sweet with rich bourbon barrel notes, and has a lingering, slightly dry, boozy oak in the finish. This is definitely a potent bourbon infused stout that has left me completely satisfied from availability to execution - would recommend to others.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 01:30:23 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.56/5 rDev +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.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 20:13:14 | More by Brenden
Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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