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

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234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 390
Gots: 55 | FT: 3
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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Brenden

Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big, heady-looking, thick and viscous, this dark brown beer looks like it intends to bring it. The head is darker than medium brown and about one finger tall. Its retention is strong, as is the lacing stuck to the glass.
With lots going on in the nose, the malty foundation laid down is strongly evident, not to mention being enough to hold together lots of strong notes of some pretty heavy stuff with ease. It smells like a thick, heavy bread cooked with molasses and brown sugar. It's evidently alcoholic and very warm without being nothing more than straight heat. It warms nicely and gives a kick while allowing tons of flavor to come through. The malts are heavy and dark, complex in and of themselves, and providing just a bit of roast and cocoa. On the tongue, perhaps just slightly more than in the nose, some woodiness becomes a factor while adding a dryness to counter a sweetness without being too dry. A light note of herbal leaf adds somewhat more dryness, hops just enough to balance while keeping things fantastically even and preventing any domineering or one-sidedness in the flavor.
Smooth and beastly, thick and robust without sitting heavily on the tongue or in the stomach, the leaf is actually felt in a dryness toward the front of the tongue and keeps excellent balance in the mouthfeel as well as every other aspect of this beer. Carbonation is just right, only a bit of active crispness in the rich, smooth brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 20:13:14 | More by Brenden
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clay23

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-02-2014 16:50:22 | More by clay23
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dbc5

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-30-2014 02:25:39 | More by dbc5
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-29-2014 02:00:40 | More by Walkerjgt
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ScottJWing

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-27-2014 08:33:11 | More by ScottJWing
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AlienSwineFlu

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-27-2014 05:39:33 | More by AlienSwineFlu
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Jhovde2121


4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-27-2014 04:06:43 | More by Jhovde2121
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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-26-2014 17:51:55 | More by aasher
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masterofsparks

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-26-2014 13:35:30 | More by masterofsparks
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TDavis

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-23-2014 21:16:48 | More by TDavis
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riemster

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-21-2014 16:58:07 | More by riemster
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Brew33

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-21-2014 11:23:46 | More by Brew33
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WVUbrew

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-20-2014 23:02:26 | More by WVUbrew
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Urs

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-17-2014 18:20:31 | More by Urs
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caahare

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-14-2014 04:44:23 | More by caahare
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, dark brown with no head; some decent lacing

S: Booze, burnt brown sugar, oak, bourbon, roasted malts; this is so boozy

T: Really boozy but not in a bad (hot) way; lots of bourbon and chocolate and oak; as the beer warms the beer--though still quite boozy--begins to come together nicely; even some brown sugar and nutty and dark fruit flavors on the finish

F: A bit thin but it gets more body as it warms

O: This is a nice, boozy, and bourbony beer

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2014 18:09:31 | More by dbossman
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Auslander

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-04-2014 21:33:59 | More by Auslander
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UcDru

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-04-2014 15:31:04 | More by UcDru
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Cody_Mac

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-04-2014 02:07:29 | More by Cody_Mac
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elkinbrown

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-02-2014 22:35:30 | More by elkinbrown
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7%

06-02-2014 14:28:04 | More by Gotti311
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WesM63

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-02-2014 01:14:45 | More by WesM63
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-28-2014 21:21:53 | More by waddellc2
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury VT, Memorial Day. Hill Farmstead, Jackie O's, Three Floyds, Alchemist, etc. all under one roof...

Appearance - Black beer, beige head. Pretty good retention and bits of lace.

Smell - Big bourbon and charred oak character, dark chocolate, roast, salty scotch-like tones. Very barrel-heavy but pretty good.

Taste - Really opens up nicely here, tons of great stout and bourbon flavors, though still quite barrel-forward. Cocoa, vanilla, marshmallow, brown sugar, roast, coconut. Smores goodness. Some warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light carbonation, medium heftiness, some alcohol warmth but doesn't detract much from drinkability.

Overall - Awesome, mostly feels like a bourbon barrel takeover, but in that realm of beers this is great. Tons of remarkable flavor coming through and not overbearing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2014 01:44:06 | More by Chico1985
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap in Waterbury, VT yesterday after the weekend Hill Farmstead anniversary madness.

A- Oily black bodied ale poured to a snifter from the tap. Dark mocha head to a half finger with a foamy frothy texture. Decent head retention. Thick ring produces sheets and spots of lace.

S- Cocoa brownie fudge chocolate, vanilla bourbon with slight oak that melds with sweetness. Smoothed out barrel feel, no bite just smooth and dessert-like.

T- Whiskey strengthens but still lacks a harsh but as it provides a quality bourbon flavor. Vanilla oak and decadent cocoa malts makes brownies come to mind. Fairly sweet, burnt ash cracked grain, coffee roast and a graham cracker marshmallow hint in the very end.

MF- Medium thick body with a somewhat oily slickness and creamy-foamy texture. Carbonation is medium high and it all ends with a warming finish.

Dark grainy base provides the decadence of roast and thick chocolate while aging in the barrel brings vanilla and whiskey into play without any harshness. Gimme some brownies that taste like this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2014 00:22:43 | More by cbutova
Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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