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

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.53%


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:
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(Beer added by: ffejherb on 01-24-2010)
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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Warren (Lazerlobe) for opening his home for the Syracuse Area Tasting Appreciation Night (S.A.T.A.N.)!

Date: 18 December 2010
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: Provided by Warren (Lazerlobe), 22fl oz bomber

Pours with no head, no lacing. Color is black, stricken with crimson. Aromas of well-balanced bourbon, pecans, hotness of alcohol, a touch of smoke, maple, and perhaps a spice but that could be the booziness. Taste of sweet milk chocolate, smooth bourbon, delicious dark malts, and slight molasses. The bottle says that it's brewed with brown sugar but maple covers the palate with intense sweetness. Thanks again, Warren!

Drank this beer side-by-side with Jackie-O's Dark Apparition, and found the Apparition to be sweeter, while the Yeti was more intense with chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 04:34:37 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The release for this was my first bottle release party, and it was awesome.

A- Poured into my trusty Delirium snifter. Really no head, just little patches of deep tan bubbles. The beer is a deep black with some red.

S- FANTASTIC. The brown sugar plays a big part in this beer. Nice rich,sweetness countered by,deep roast and bourbon.

T- Even better than the smell. This is one of the very best BA stouts out,there. The brown sugar is what,sets this apart. Rich toffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, bourbon.

M- Full and rich. Very low carbonation. Its a sweeter beer but surprisingly its not too sticky.

D- I really want more of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 04:53:36 | More by MbpBugeye
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Jackie O's barrel aged fest, another unbelievable beer from this emerging powerhouse. The beer pours dark brownish black with a thin creamy head the color of milk chocolate.

This beer's nose is really good, full of all kinds of flavor. First off is the bourbon, darkly sweet and mouth-watering (if you like bourbon). Behind that there's evidence of a large malt bill, from the ample chocolate and roasted malts, and also a good deal of dark fruits and caramel, like a bourbon-soaked brownie.

It tastes, if anything, better than it smells. The bourbon is present from the start of the sip through the lingering aftertaste, but it's complemented by all the rich flavors hinted at by the aroma. Roasted malts, caramel fudge, plums/figs/raisins, even a little vanilla (maybe from the barrels). The body is thick enough to match the robust blanketing of the other senses, this was really really good.

As a testament to the wide breadth this brewery has, I'd say that this excellent beer was only the 3rd best I tried at the festival, behind Bourbon Barrel Sweet Chocolate Love and Oil of Aphrodite. This is a brewery to keep an eye on.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 19:00:53 | More by TurdFurgison
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black as night, completely opaque with a huge billowing head of tan up and over the top of the glass. Really enormous look to it. Cascading head fell back down to earth and still at over two inches high refused to gain any ground what so ever.

Huge aroma of bourbon, rich chocolate notes and wonderful hints of molasses. As it warms it takes on a very sweet note, with touches of coffee adding a slight bitter nose to it. Really well defined though I have to admit here. Lots of bourbon, with that vanilla character very prominent indeed. Rich vanilla notes undermined the huge coffee and chocolate flavors, vanilla, molasses, hints of oak notes, sublime. Even as it comes up to near room temperature it keeps its insanely rich character.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 01:04:47 | More by mikesgroove
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cosmicevan

New York

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed this at a barrel aged tasting on 2011-08-06 alongside regular dark apparition and brandy barrel aged.

2011 #18 of 240

look is identical to all the others...like a black hole with no head at all. the smell is really nice. not top shelf bourbon, but a nice smelling brew. flavor, however is spot on. vanilla, creamy, wonderful. mouth was the top of the 3, very creamy. overall really nice and my favorite of the three by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:21:54 | More by cosmicevan
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Served at room temperature. Bottle #343/384

A - Pours a dark, chocolate brown. Produced a fingers width of mocha colored head, quickly reduced to a thin ring around the glass. Little to no lacing.

S - Very potent. Great combination of molasses, vanilla and chocolate bourbon. Infiltrates the nose...the alcohol makes the nose hairs tinge. I could sniff this for hours.

T - Was not expecting this at all. This beer aged wonderfully in the bourbon barrels. Upfront a sugar sweet molasses flavor comes forth. As the beer sits on the palate, chocolate bourbon notes become more prominent. Finishes with a sweet, vanilla bourbon flavor. Lots of oak in the finish as well. Just a perfect combination of flavors.

M - In between medium and heavy bodied with good carbonation. The finish is rather dry and leaves a bitter oak taste on the palate. My only complaint is that I think it could have been slightly more viscous. Then again, I like my stouts to resemble motor oil.

D - Definitely a sipper, but the flavors make this beer very hard to put down.

Overall, probably one of the best offerings I have had from Jackie O's. Probably one of the best examples I can think of that displays a great balance between a base beer and bourbon barrels. Kudos!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 02:34:50 | More by rhinos00
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 17:03:27 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Kan for bringing Brad, brewmaster at Jackie O's to our Sunday afternoon tasting. This was an awesome sneak peek that is making almost drive for the release...Black with some really nice light tan head...The aroma here is awesome. Its super sweet with tons of honey, maple syrup, chocolate and vanilla. A perfect combination that you would think would be too sweet but somehow isn't...The taste is almost as good, brings back all the sweetness of the aroma but brings out some of the wood here, which we got none of on the front. Lots of honey, vanilla, raspberries in the middle and wood. I really like it, would be perfect if a little more balanced with either some bitterness or light hop finish...Easy drinker can't believe what the abv is.

This is an awesome RIS. Its sweeter so as long as your like sweet stours you'll love this.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 00:16:21 | More by jrallen34
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zhanson88

California

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottling. Bottle 110/384.

Appearance: Pours out dark brown, almost black, in color. Not terribly viscous looking. A khaki colored head forms that has limited retention and lacing.

Smell: Quite a bit of sweetness initially with milk chocolate and vanilla notes. A hint of dark chocolate bitterness as well. Not much roast or any other form of bitterness going on. I was surprised at the level of bourbon notes that were still present, as this beer is now over two years old, but still a very strong bourbon presence. Seems nicely integrated, though.

Taste: High level of sweet milk chocolate notes along with vanilla. Not much bitterness of any kind to balance. Smooth bourbon notes and a bit of oak take over the middle and finish. It's pretty sweet, but everything is very smooth and well integrated.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is nice. Just under full, with a good level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, I thought this was a great barrel aged stout. One of the best I've had in a while. Very rich and decadent. Only real knock I have is that it is a bit sweet, but if you like sweeter imp. stouts, this is for you. This is drinking about perfect right now. I think 2 years is a good age for this. I could see it being maybe a bit too bourbon forward even a year ago.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 21:31:28 | More by zhanson88
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genog

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Jackie O's 5th anniversary celebration. Really loved this one. This was handed to me without any head it was just an inky black beer. Aroma was incredibly rich with oak, whisky type boozy aroma coming through. Some coffee and dark licorice but mostly the oak. Taste was rich dark chocolate malty goodness that lingered beyond the oak that stayed up front while the dark flavors continued on through the palate. The slight sour notes started to take over as well. Mouthfeel coated my tongue with a thickness that made this a very nice sipping beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 21:18:13 | More by genog
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to goryshkewych for the chance to try this brew! Shared at CaptinRedBeard's tasting on 1/22/11. Bottle #316/384

Poured into a sniffer, this brew appears black in color with some clarity around the thin edges. It displays some lighter brown around the sides and a finger of brown head appears and quickly fades leaving spotty and leggy lacing on the glass. The faint resemblance of a head holds tight to the sides of the glass. A swirl revives the cap back to a fingers strength.

The aroma includes notes of whiskey and an earthy component that is roasty. A little bit of tangy hops mixes with the alcohol before blending into a sweet scent of vanilla that is very pleasing to the nose. Before even taking a sip I am enjoying this brew, I love the way it smells.

The taste is roasty with a bitterness similar to strong brewed coffee, bitter chocolat, tangy whiskey and smooth vanilla melded together perfectly throughout. It has an earthy aftertaste with a bit of citrus hops that comes out as the brew warms.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. As it warms, more alcohol comes out in the flavor and warmth. A smooth easy drinking brew yet it has bold flavoring and an exceptionally fine beer. I found myself not wanting to take notes and just sit back and enjoy the brew without thinking about it. I would love to get more of this. I'm pretty sure opening this bottle has made up my mind and I'm going to attend the next bottle release at Jackie O's.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 20:39:33 | More by stakem
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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/24/10- Review of a 22 oz bottle number 63/384.
A: Black with red hues with a tan film and collar with lacing.
S: Sticky molasses caramel and espresso with a nice mild vanilla bourbon. Excellent, with bananas, dark cherry, and graham crackers.
T: Nice chocolate espresso with clean bourbon alcohol presence. There is a very good cigar earthiness, and an awesome combination of bourbon with the stout.
M: Thinner, but good for a barrel-aged stout.
D: Good.

Overall, this reminds me of The Abyss with a more prominent bourbon character. This is an awesome example of a bourbon barrel-aged RIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 23:13:25 | More by ne0m00re
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csmiley

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 03:01:44 | More by csmiley
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

Bottle 188 / 384

The beer appears a deep, dark shade of brown, bordering on blackness. The beige head is nearly a finger thick and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bourbon and roast, with additional notes of oak, chocolate, and vanilla - very nice.

Delicious tasting beer, with bold flavors of chocolate and vanilla. Bourbon is quite present as well, but the beer doesn't come across as overly boozy. Terrifically balanced, this is an excellent barrel aged stout.

The feel is rich, buttery, and creamy. Alcohol content is there to a certain degree, but the beer never comes off as hot. I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the beer.

Overall, extremely well done. I'd really like to have this one again. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 01:47:40 | More by Huhzubendah
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel and bourbon alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bittersweet dark chocolate malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small bourbon alcohol bite finish of long duration. This is another standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:52:14 | More by tmoneyba
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely among my favorites from Stone Soup '13. Major thanks to whoever brought it.

Dark, obsidian black pour, with maybe some dark brown around the edges, a dark mocha head dissipated to a thin, wispy layer, and the beer left some oily traces on the glass. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon-soaked oak. The taste reflected the aroma, and then some. Smooth bourbon, vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, dark malts and dark chocolate, undertones of dark fruits. Smooth, full body, creamy and warming. I liked this beer a lot, and since it sat untouched for a while, I had no problem helping myself to a second generous serving.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 22:54:57 | More by Rifugium
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brad from Jackie O's for bringing this by on Sunday. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours with a quick-dissolving tan foam that settles to a thin ring and light film. The body is nearly pitch black, with a hint of brown at the fringes.

S - Honey, dark bread, vanilla, and light oak that emerges more as it warms up. There's also some caramel, fudge, maple, and s'mores character.

T - The taste is more barrel-influenced, with healthy amounts of vanilla and butterscotch complementing the honeyed date and fig malt character. The oak and barrel tannins do a good job at keeping things from being overly sweet and cloying.

S - Very smooth, creamy full body, with low alcohol heat. Nice dry, tannic finish that helps change the pace a little.

D - Uh...yes. This was quite a bit better than the Highland Weasel we had immediately before. With the honey and maple characters it reminded me a tiny, tiny, bit of Kaggen! and Imperial Eclipse - good company to be in. I think those that score bottles in a few weeks will be quite happy with this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 02:39:07 | More by MasterSki
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a total delight. Bottle 144 of 384.

The pour is a dark black oil color that produces a cocoa brown head. It is a thick beer that leaves its mark on the sides of the glass. The head doesn't stick around for long, but the beer itself reminds me of a dark hole or abyss.

The smell is delicious, starts the salivating. It has a great sweet bourbon smell followed by cocoa beans, earthy grain, hints of caramel and molasses.

The taste is divine, a real winner in my book. Strong notes of sweet milk chocolate with caramel and toffee. It has a great bourbon flavor, nice sweet touches of booze and vanilla. Delicious.

It is a thick beer, great for warming up the palate. It coats the mouth with oily residue and makes the drinker feel like they just finished a seven layer chocolate cake. Delicious beer that is worth getting a hold of.
J

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 00:02:37 | More by Jmoore50
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Eric for this beer. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a color that is nearly black and has a pretty good light mocha head that sticks around for a bit before falling to a thin collar. The nose brings some really nice bourbon along with oak and a fairly-strong vanilla presence. Light chocolate lingers in the background along with some hints of roast. In the end, however, this is all about the bourbon. The flavor is quite nice. The bourbon permeates everything and is incredibly smooth. I really like what this has done to the base beer. Good, thick body that is supremely smooth without any hint of the 10.5 ABV. Overall, a great beer that really has me looking forward to the next Jackie O's stout release.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:08:03 | More by Thorpe429
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GrowlerGirl

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a Dark Apparition fan, I've been consuming BBDA since it was created. Finally I'm reviewing it.

Appearance - Dark brown-black, thick oily.

Smell - Buttery sweet bourbon, and a little oak with all the regular DA nose (chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, toffee, malty, nutty). The DA scents are more prevalent than in the Brandy Barrel DA.

Taste - Sweet bourbon, vanilla, and DA's chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, toffee, malty, nutty notes.

Mouthfeel - Coating syrup feel with warming alcohol.

Overall - All versions of DA should be consumed, and if you like boozy bourbon barreled beers like I do - yummm.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 18:00:23 | More by GrowlerGirl
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Beejay

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to RocPorterFanatic for sharing this guy with me.

A: Pours a deep brown, in the glass it is black. An aggressive pour yields a very dark brown head, that dissipates relatively quickly.

S: Huge bourbon barrel nose. Boozy and syrupy with a sweet vanilla and oak aroma. A touch of molasses, and you can almost smell the caramelization of the oak barrel itself.

T: Dark chocolate, and bourbon dominate the flavor. Rich, oaky, with vanilla and a nice bourbon kick. There is certainly a nice booze kick to it. There is a touch of black licorice in the finish.

M: Rich, dense, and thick. Carbonation is appropriate for the style. It leaves a slight film in the mouth that lets you know you're drinking something thick and sticky.

O: Wow, what a beer. This is everything a bourbon barrel RIS should be. Big, delicious, and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 17:03:48 | More by Beejay
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap to snifter at Jackie O's on 6/24/11
*From notes

This batch of Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition was aged in Woodford Reserve barrels (per Brad Clark)

A: The name ain't lyin' - this monster is as dark as night. The .5 finger head yields little to no lacing.

S: Wonderful bouquet. Like the best of the bourbon barrel bunch, it's got that toasted coconut and sweet whiskey profile. The highlight of the brew.

T: The booze hits first, as this is pretty hot and rather sweet. The bourbon runs rampant from start to finish, yet the charry malt sets the foundation here. The dark cocoa and molasses keeps this stout anchored and carries it through and beyond the finish. There's also a noticable amount of funk to it. Not a sour funk, more like a metallic twinge on the finish that adds to the complexity.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit thinner then some of the RIS's you may encounter, but I feel this allows the beer to be much more approachable and drinkable. If it were packing a motor oil consistancy, I don't know how you'd get through entire serving, as it's such a complex and robust stout. The carbonation is a bit more noticable then expected, but keeps the beer from becoming too cloying.

O: Jackie O's Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition is one of the best barrel aged beers in the business. It puts a lot of other brews to shame, and overall this is easily the second best DA Brad has yet to concoct (Figgie Smalls being a reasonably close #1).

Pretty damn close to perfect, and worthy of it's massive hype.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 23:46:09 | More by Rhettroactive
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prototypic

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 02:24:30 | More by prototypic
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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