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

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 387
Gots: 51 | FT: 4
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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3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #54 of 384, 2010 Poured into a Eclipse Snifter

A: Pours jet black with no foam whatsoever. And also there is no lacing to speak of.

S: Has a sweet aroma of brown sugar, sweet bourbon, and some nice hints of vanilla and oak.

T: Lots of sweet, dry oak along with some sweet brown sugar notes. And also there are some nice hints of coffee and very fruity dark chocolate on the back end.

M: Light carbonation, with a nice thick mouthfeel.

O: This was definitely a treat being able to try this, but after all the hype around this I thought the barrel overshadowed the beer itself, instead of blending and mingling nicely. This was definitely a great experience to try, and I am definitely looking forward to trying the Kopi Luwak version.

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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours an oily dark dark black. Zero light comes through this beer. There is a thin head that really cant be measured that shows up as its poured vigorously. A nice swirl also brings up no head but a thin film that recedes quickly. The slight carbonation is a nice slightly tan cream colored. (4.0)

S - Starts off with sweet Bourbon notes. Nice sweetness. Definitely some brown sugar and molasses. There is a surprising roasted notes that overtakes some of the sweetness around the middle of the nose. I've never had the base beer but this is really chocolaty so I can imagine that the base beer ha some of these same qualities. Very nice nose. (4.5)

T & M - Starts off with an interesting cocoa powder note. Not much Bourbon to speak off. The sweetness that is perceived in the nose is a bit subdued. but not too much. There is definitely some more coffee and chocolate notes than what I expected. Very nice. Im surprised its note as boozy as others. Don't get me wrong there is definitely some brown sugar and molasses sweetness and some slight alcohol sweetness but no real burn. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is slick and oily with a nice medium-full body. (4.0)(4.0)

O - Overall this is a good effort. Its no the best BBA beer I've had but its still pretty good. (4.0)

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2011 vintage, bottle 274 / 336. Thanks to claaark13 for this one!

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit last year (scroll down for the original review), so I retraded for the latest batch. Re-review here.

A: Pours a dark brown body that appears opaque in the center, with a mild maroon translucence around the edges. A short-lived tan head appears and vanishes quickly.

S: Bourbon is noticeable on the nose, along with vanilla and oak. Leather, chocolate, and caramel. A touch of soy sauce.

T: The taste is a bit disconcerting to me. I remember last year's having a dominant bourbon character composed of sweeter flavors like caramel, vanilla, and milk chocolate. This one still has some bourbon, along with base beer flavors like milk chocolate and some anise, but it's starting to turn a tad green apple-y, with a pronounced grainy sourness. More smoke and soy than I remembered this beer having. It's an odd experience.

M: Medium-bodied, with low carbonation. It feels thin, and finishes semi-dry. Otherwise, it's fairly velvety and clean, though the tartness amplifies a perceived, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Just a touch of booze bite.

O: This wasn't as impressive as I remembered it being last year. The flavor in particular has taken a boozy and slightly tart turn; I'd hesitantly say this was in the incipient stages of infection, but I'll see if more reports echo my experience, first. Whatever the case, I wasn't particularly impressed with this bottle, though I wouldn't say it was undrinkable.

EDIT: I have since had the base version, which also has the same grainy sourness I picked up in the bourbon and (to a lesser degree) in the brandy-barrel aged iterations. I think that flavor is just a hallmark of this particular beer now. I can't say I love it.


Original review:

3.5 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.5 / 4.5 (A)

Thanks to nickd717 for opening this up.

A: Pours a black body that reveals itself to be a clear, dark brown in smaller quantities. The head is tan in color; it rises to a half-pinky in height and vanishes quickly. No lace.

S: Caramelly bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, oak. Very light vanilla. There's a small presence of alcohol. I will say it's not harsh, just there. I don't necessarily like that quality, but I'm sure it will fade as the beer ages.

T: Bourbon, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla. Toasted oak and coconut. The finish is relatively clean, with a small presence of tannins and a lingering aftertaste of caramel. The booze I detected on the nose is even more subdued here. The barrel character is pretty well integrated. With more complexity and mellowness in the flavor, I'd have bumped this up to a 5.0. Right now it's beginning to show the signs of greatness, but they haven't fully materialized.

M: There's a mild warmth, but nothing I would call "hot" in this beer. It has a full, rich flavor, but it is not a viscous beer. I like that characteristic; I'm less impressed by underattenuated, syrupy beers than I am by beers that nail the sweet spot. I think this is a fine example.

D: This was left on the table as the tickers moved on to greener pastures. I kept taking more pours of it. I enjoyed it.

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S- Picking up a ton of bourbon. Roasted malts, vanilla, wood, darker fruits, and a touch of herbal hops.

T- Follows the nose really well. I'm digging the bourbon aspect of this one a lot. Roasted malts, very light coffee, chocolate, raisins, vanilla and wood. Very nice.

M- Full in body and low carbonation if any.

O- Very solid brew. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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