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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

321 Ratings
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 412
Gots: 81 | FT: 9
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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baybum, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

MordorMongo, Jan 14, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

zhanson88, Jan 06, 2013
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 12.15.12
Thanks to jodan for the bottle
Bottle 2011 104/336

A - Pours a very dark brown with only a few dark brown bubbles that cling to one side.

S - Strong bourbon, carmel, sweet fruit, oak.

T - Bourbon, then some sour ripe fruit, but subtle, then some vanill and finally finishes with some coffee.

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body.

O - This is a flavor rollercoaster - Layer after layer, wow!

HuskyinPDX, Dec 24, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

twiggamortis420, Dec 07, 2012
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Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.