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

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 390
Gots: 65 | 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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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

A- Pours a pitch black color with a fairly thin brown head. Head is gone pretty quick, turning into a thin ring around the edge of the glass and leaving next to no lacing.

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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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.47/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

10-30-2011 17:03:48 | More by Beejay
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4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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3.93/5  rDev -8.8%

A - Black for sure. No pop...no fizz. no head. Not required by some beers, so I am ok so far.

S - Soy meets coffee. Mocha coffee. Love soy in the mix.

T - Dense mix of booze, soy sauce, cocoa, coffee and wood.

M - Chewy, sludgy, oily stuff. Balance good. NO CARBONATION. It would have helped.

D - Lots of promise. Would have been lots better with the carbonation.

10-16-2011 03:19:18 | More by srandycarter
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

09-23-2011 05:07:09 | More by AgentZero
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

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!

09-05-2011 02:24:30 | More by prototypic
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3.55/5  rDev -17.6%

776th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet

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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.

08-31-2011 02:43:39 | More by FosterJM
Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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