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

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 388
Gots: 54 | FT: 3
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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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New York

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Sean for this one. Aroma: Anise and vanilla, coffee, chocolate malts and bourbon. Very intense. Appearance: Black pour with offwhite head. Flavors: Bourbon and vanilla cream makes a perfect mariage with chocolate and coffee. Very well integrated. Palate: Very heavy with light carbonation. A dessert in itself. Overall: Very good barrel aged IS. The flavors are intense and you can really feel the barrel presence without being cloying. This is not infinitly complex but the flavors are so well blended together.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 21:53:00 | More by Luk13
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle number 246 of 336.

poured into tulip glass. I shared my bottle with both wedge9 and ryan585.

Appearance: very dark brown beer almost black in color. Thin head on top this beer more than a cap.

Smell: Caramel, oak, bourbon, and vanilla.

Taste: Heavy bourbon notes that are both sweet and smooth, but is not overdone. Brown sugar, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, raisins, and even think I detect some butterscotch. The beer finished with burnt marshmellows and a small boozey burn.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with a low to moderate carbonation. Beer is a little syrupy, but i dig it.

Overall: If you have a sweet tooth; this is a beer for u! Massive malt and bourbon bomb! After tasting this beer... I want to try Dark Apparition and all its other barrel-aged spin offs. This is fantastic beer! Jackie O's is awesome!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 05:59:44 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Romulux I got to try DA, Bourbon DA and Brandy DA all in the same night.

A: Dark as night. Small amount of carbonation. Little to no lacing.

S: Alcoholic heat dominates this one. Best smell of the three variations from the most recent release.

T: Initially you get a very big alocholic heat followed by chocolate, malt and sweetness.

M: Light bodied for the style. A little disappointed as this whole series has been hyped up here on BA.

O: A great BA stout. Very glad I got to try all three variations from the recent releases. This was my favorite of the three. Would not to see how this does over the next few years!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 03:51:47 | More by camil1mj
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Jet black with a little tan head retention that subsides quickly leaving a tan ring. Bright color to it, no haze at all.

S- Smells like a coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a little hint of sour in the back. Hints to a flanders.

T- The sour is not dominating. It gives a citrus berry taste at the end. It starts like a good bourbon stout, good chocolate and vanilla flavors, then finished by the citric sour.

M- Big mouth feel, but not hard to put down. Has some viscosity without a doubt.

O- this is an awesome beer, but the sour gives a fruity character. My first sip instant reminded me of FFF Chocolate City (bourbon scotch ale with marrion berries).

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 20:08:09 | More by Kshock
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3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Don't know what the hype is for this beer. Yeah it's rare but it's not THAT great. Poured into a snifter. Pours super flat again like the Cab Cherry Man. No head. No lacing. Super black.

Aroma is good. Probably the best part. It's super bourbony. Nice stouty ness. Caramel and some slight dark fruits.

Taste is way too thin. And no carb. Has a nice bourboness. Little bit of roast in the finish. The flavor is really lacking like some caramel and body you would expect from a stout of this style.

Mouthfeel is too thin and no carb. Terrible mouthfeel for a stout.

Overall this beer was disappointing. And people are saying the west coast hypes up their beer. This one is not deserving of an A at all. There are alot more beers I would put up there. If their other beers are rated this high and taste like this I dont think I will be trading and giving up awesome beer just because the bottle count is 300.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 07:09:32 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark as hell with a light lacing head around the rim of the glass

Smell- bourbon, oakyness, and vanilla.

Taste- bourbon, vanilla up front. Brown sugar is present and the finish is very suttle with bourbon but it doesn't linger. Some alcohol burn

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 06:13:23 | More by badboyrsl84
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
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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District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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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3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap before bottle release day

This beer is a different BBA imp stout than some. It's a dark abyss of night with a nice sweetish oak vanilla nose. It's a bit boozier than I like with this tartish almost apple taste near the end of the sip. I like this beer but I think I'd like it better after a year or so on it. Overall it's an awesome beer but I'd like more age on it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 04:42:56 | More by kaips1
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South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4.43/5  rDev +3%
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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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you're reading my reviews, I hope you're seeing a pattern. Shared with nhindian. Bottle # 244/384

A: One finger of tan head that disappeared so quickly I hardly got to see it! Lacing is nice, however.

S: I am really having difficulty determining the difference between this smell and the smell of Bourbon Barrel Sweet Chocolate Love. Perhaps this has a bit more roastiness, but the bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol smells are extremely similar.

T: Wow I'm really impressed by the taste. While the smell is very similar to Sweet Chocolate Love and the ABV is higher, you can hardly taste the difference. In fact, this tastes less alcoholic than Sweet Chocolate Love. Coffee mainly, and a bit of chocolate, dominate the taste with bourbon taking a backseat. The coffee is HUGE on the backend. The bourbon comes first, followed by the chocolate and a nice amount of hops. Nice contrast in flavors

MF: Heavy body, the thin body of Sweet Chocolate Love does not apply here. Nicely carbonated without a big hit of alcohol.

O: While a bit of dark fruits/sourness is present, this beer was a nice surprise. I was worried that I was going to strike out with Jackie O's tonight, which didn't happen.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 05:15:57 | More by russwbeck
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Big thanks to normyk for this beer!! Split with russwbeck.

Bottle #244/384.

A - Pours a dark black, looks a little bit thinner than Bourbon Sweet Chocolate Love. Head is about a finger's worth of tan-colored head with moderately low retention. Lacing is pretty good and has some nice alcohol legs.

S - This smells strangely similar to Bourbon Sweet Chocolate Love.. it must be the bourbon barrels used for these (is this Woodford Reserve as well?) but I'm getting slight dark fruits and sweet malts. Has a good amount of roast and bourbon, and vanilla, and again, some tartness like cherries.

T - The taste vindicates the nose and much more. The front end is pretty roasty, bringing smooth coffee. It transitions nicely into big chocolate notes, which melds smoothly into oak, vanilla, and wood. The finish is long and full of bourbon and roast.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with low carbonation. I would like to see this be a bit thicker and chewier, but it leaves a nice coating on the mouth.

D/O - Drinkability is high. Probably one of the lightest RISs I've had, but its chock full of flavor. Alcohol is well-hidden without sacrificing some bourbon flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 05:14:35 | More by nhindian
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thrope429 for bringing this to a recent tasting.

Pours pretty much black with a little bit of tan head. Nice looking beer that looks a little bit oily perhaps. Smell is really rich with sweet bourbon and some roasted and chocolate malt. Oak and a lot of vanilla really shine through. Taste is similar with full flavors coated in bourbon. Some definite heat coming off this, but in a pleasant way. Vanilla, oak and chocolate are highlighted. Mouthfeel seems a little bit thin at times, but fairly full.

Thanks again Mike!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 18:06:02 | More by Lunch
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District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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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New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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4.47/5  rDev +4%
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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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very very dark with a good amount of head. Very thick like a good RIS should be! Haven't had the non barrel aged in a while so its tough to compare but I think it has more of a reddish tint to it. Smells strongly of bourbon and coffee. I remember a lot more buttery scents on tap but there are not many on the nose out of the bottle Taste is overwhelmingly coffee heavy. Again, not something I remember from having it on tap. The bourbon profile is wonderful. Thick solid mouthfeel.. drinkability suffers from the strength but still a good sipper

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 18:43:12 | More by Urbancaver
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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.


Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 07:49:03 | More by JohnGalt1
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours almost black with a thin mocha head.

Ok we have bourbon, roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and brown sugar.

Ok the taste is much more bourbon then the nose, but it is mixed in with roasted malt, caramel, and some nice fig flavor.

Ok the beer is full bodied and creamy but not super thick.

The booze is hidden but this is still for sipping.

From Notes:

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 01:45:35 | More by earthboundagain
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, creamy tan head. Aroma is very faint but the bourbon is there. Not overly present in the taste either, the bourbon kinda creeps in on the finish and mingles with smooth roasted malt and chocolate undertones. Very well done, the base Dark Apparition is great and all of the variations are as well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 03:51:17 | More by Tripphop
Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.