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

Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel AgedDark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

182 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sent to me by Dan. Thanks!

A: The beer pours a black color and looks almost flat, in fact, it is. No head to be found, either.

S: Jesus is this boozy. Tons of bourbon, booze, and ethanol type aromas on this one. Lots of oak with a bit of vanilla as well as some chocolate and roasted malt notes, just a hint of coffee, as well.

T: Tastes a bit better, but still a touch harsh. Lots of booze/ethanol as well as a bit of actual bourbon flavor. Some wood and vanilla are there as well as roast, chocolate, and a touch of coffee.

M: Medium bodied with essentially no carbonation.

O: Way too harsh, way too much booze, and no carbonation? Not a winning combination.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 00:38:27 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with light retention. Aroma of corn and light vanilla with some light black chocolate and alcohol fusel is good. Taste is a complex mix of corn and vanilla with some bourbon which rounds the edge of this beer. Body is full with low carbonation and some fusel alcohol is perceptible. Not bad though I prefered the brandy barrel version.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 21:05:20 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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
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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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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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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

04-24-2011 22:06:52 | More by Mora2000
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mdfb79

New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/19/11 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for bringing this one; thanks Mike. Bottle number 188 of 384.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malts, light vanilla, and

t - Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, chooclate, roasted malts, and caramel. Vanilla is huge in the taste which I loved.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy body. Very easy to drink and not a lot of heat.

d - Wow, what a great beer. I've had the Kopi Lowak version and enjoyed it quite abit, but this version is even better. This version has a lot more vanilla as opposed to the coffee. Would love to try this one again sometime and really makes me want to hit a Jackie O release.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 19:01:04 | More by mdfb79
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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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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet bourbon aroma with a decent barrel presence.  Some toasted oak, vanilla, sweeet bourbon, coconut, chocolate, caramel malt, toffee and coffee bean.  Bourbon barrel nicely integrated.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a boozy bourbon barrel presence that lingers over the sweeter malt notes into slightly dry finish.  Boozy but not too hot with lots of bourbon flavor. Some dry oak and vanilla but mostly boozy bourbon overpowering things.  Underneath there is some roasted malt complimenting the dry oak.  Hints of toast, dark chocolate, coffee bean and oatmeal.  Sweet and boozy with a very strong bourbon flavor that overpowers everything else.  That being said it never gets too hot but it's still thin, watery and one dimensional.  

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 02:16:19 | More by corby112
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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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2010 13:20:49 | More by Kegatron
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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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this one in a great trade from normyk.. William seriously hooked the Boise peeps up... Thanks a ton buddy.

Bottle #169/384... deep dark brown head... great lacing and retention....

Nose is amazing.. rich chocolate and well integrated bourbon... very complex with everything meshing on the near perfect level.

Flavor is fudgey bourbon soaked brownie batter.. coffee... rich cherry esters... tons of vanilla and still some how more roasty than I was expecting.. awesome mid palate.. very rich and coating.. wave after wave of goodness coats the palate.. Verging on an all "5" brew... but my attempt to get to it "fresh" demolished that. Very good right now.. will be EPIC with 6 months.

Great body and a smooth everpresent carbonation.. almost creamy... finishes more dry than the nose and the initial taste would lead you to believe.. awesome.. just awesome.

The RIS tasting was just stupid cool, but I caught this bottle a couple times with big pours and I would love another.... I figure that ship has sailed. Normyk was a stallion in this trade... I (and the Boise crew) truly appreciate it.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 07:49:03 | More by JohnGalt1
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

231/384

Poured into Founders snifter. Pours a thin layer of mocha tan head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: The bourbon is up front with this beer. Reminds me a bit of whiskey. It has roasted malts and coffee with some chocolate notes. I also get brown sugar and molasses. Has some dark fruits. It has a very inviting aroma.

Taste: Whiskey/bourbon up front in a warming way. Has some vanilla with the oak as well. Then the roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa/chocolate hit. This is all followed by a wave of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied; no where near as thick as I was expecting. Low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends warm, roasted, and a bit dry.

Overall, a decent -bal aged stout. It has some quality flavors, but lacks in the mouthfeel. It is pretty drinkable and I like the additional flavors, but it just lacked a little depth in the taste. Still, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 00:47:34 | More by mothman
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HopHead84

California

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/24/2011

Thanks to Jason for opening this.

A: The beer is a very dark shade of brown. Not much else to report. Small head.

S: Lots of coffee and roasted malt with a light smoke element. I detect an unmistakable nuttiness that accompanies a low level of bourbon.

T: Alcohol up front with faint bourbon. Roasted malt borders on burnt. Lightly nutty. Coffee finishes it off and bourbon makes a short appearance. Not much bourbon to speak of overall.

M: Full in body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, sticky, and a touch thin.

Overall: A good beer, though not enough spirit or barrel character for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 18:17:47 | More by HopHead84
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dirtylou

Washington

4.25/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 17:22:02 | More by dirtylou
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 16:26:19 | More by thagr81us
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Nick.

Moderately viscous opaque black with a thin tan head.

Strong aromas of brown sugar and molasses, musty oak, toasted coconut and chocolate syrup. Bourbon is present but integrated, and there's a berry-like fruit character. Alcohol is noticeable too, though it's not harsh. While it smells good, the barrel doesn't seem to gel as well as it could with the base beer.

Bourbon, earthy oak and chocolate flavors hit the palate first. Coconut sweetness, sharp alcohol and berry preserves. Full bodied, but not as viscous as Oil of Aphrodite. Finishes with mellow alcohol and chocolate-caramel candy sweetness. This is pretty impressive.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 06:35:49 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Auslander, muchas gracias for this gem! Pours a lighter shade of black with a small cap of brown head. Average retention and spotty lace.

Nose is chocolaty as hell with a fair amount of rum-soaked blackberry fruitiness and vanilla. The woody aspect of the barrels is pretty subtle and the bourbon is complementary as opposed to dominant. Smells delicious.

Wood comes out to play a bit more in the flavor and is followed by the signature bourbon sting. Fruitiness is a big part of this beer and overpowers the chocolate and any sweetness that might pervade the beer. I really like the interplay of the various flavors on this beer, it flows from fruit to roast to bitter flawlessly and like Twizzlers...makes mouths happy! Mouthfeel is decent, although ‘thick’ would never come to mind. I like it a lot, much better than the brandy barrel version I had previously.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 03:26:13 | More by twiggamortis420
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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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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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FosterJM

California

3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

776th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
22oz

@Woodshop Classix
Thanks Shail for sharing

App- This for some reason was a bit lighter than the regular DA. Only a 1/8" of bubbles and didn't have much cling or lace to it.

Smell- Well I think something went wrong. Normally the barrels add a certain depth of flavors and this was quite lacking. Some residual coconut flavors showed on the nose but mostly just booze and malts.

Taste- I don't think this was a good bottle. I can't call it infected since it has some good qualities behind and wasn't a sour stout or a Brett stout by any means. Just a little bit of a normal stout flavor and a little vanilla from the barrels and a little oily.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Didn't leave a whole lot behind, just a bit of slick malts.

Drink- I really had high hopes for this bottle and was very excited to try it. A bit of a letdown but still pretty tasty in the end. I think I need to trade for more Jackie O's.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 02:43:39 | More by FosterJM
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black colored beer with a nice than head that had decent retention and faded to a nice ring.

S - Bourbon, oak, vanilla, barrel. A bit of chocolate and some roast in there as well. Has all the components of a good BA stout.

T - Lots of really smooth bourbon overlying the chocolate and roasted notes of this beer. Quite bourbon forward, but manages not to be hot.

M - Smooth, thick, lower carbonation.

O - Really good beer. For those seeking bourbon barrel aged stouts this would be a good one as it's pretty much spot on.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 05:07:09 | More by AgentZero
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a generous BA named Adam, whose handle I've forgotten, for bringing this bottle to Darkness Day for us as part of a BIF. 22 oz. bomber, bottle 300/384, assumedly the 2010 vintage since it's been resting here in the quiet of my cellar for over a year.

Pours dark. Very dark. No stars. Nose is a crushing weight of bourbon, more thank I've had jammed into my septum in a while, sweet vanilla, sweetness that must be the brown sugar. Hothothot.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Apparition is a stout steeped liberally in bourbon, which tastes more like hard whiskey on this palate, but hey. Delicious bourbony vanilla is straddling this big stout in a harsh, grinding kind of move. The vanilla really pops beautifully. The brown sugar shows in a sweet depth doggying up the malts. Oak. Quite low in carbonation, but nobody here cares. Easy sipper, I could pour this in the system for a long time in small doses.

Lovely. There's that certain thing underlying this beer that excellent stouts have, that certain 'whoosh' in the malts that supports everything over it. Not terribly complex, but terribly tasty. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 04:49:17 | More by maximum12
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Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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