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Dark Apparition - Kopi Lowak - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Dark Apparition - Kopi Lowak
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 34
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 12-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 14
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Brad and Melissa for letting me get a growler fill of this delicious brew so I could take some home and share it with fellow geeks. It was well received and enjoyed during our 2011 Super Bowl Party.

A-Deep, dark, rich black/brown with light kisses of deep ruby. A thin tan head reduced to patchy foam and left little flecks of lace.

S-Rich roasted malt with subtle hints of wet leather, fresh tobacco and a underlying layer of dark chocolate. Rich, luscious coffee wafts in but is not overwhelming in the nose.

T-Moist, dank earth, dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and a subtle hint of vanilla sweetness. Only bitterness that comes through is a mild earthy hop note.

M-This one is smooth and silky beyond belief! I cannot even tell you how luscious and decadent this beer is.

D-So damn delicious I had pangs of selfishness thinking why did I share this growler! Then reality kicked in and the delight of sharing such a fantastic brew like this with good friends made it all worth the while!

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Live review of bottle 138/213.
A: Opaque black with a dark cream head with good lacing.
S: Dark chocolate milk, subtle hints of the bourbon heat with vanilla bean, very nice strong espresso, a hint of dark fruits. This smells awesome.
T: Very nice espresso, cleaner than you'd expect with the bourbon alcohol rinse without much of a linger, a slight acidity (from the coffee or from the coffee itself). Wait a minute... the linger comes back long after the sip as a dark caramel and slight astringency, not like you just took a shot of whiskey like KBS, but much more mild. Dark chocolate that develops a cream right in your mouth. It has the boldness of a powerful stout but then is rendered easily drinkable by the barrel. Excellent.
M: Thick and uncarbonated, developing a slow carbonation, and then immediately cut clean by the bourbon and sticks to your mouth on the linger.
O: This is an excellent example of a bourbon coffee stout. By far one of my favorites.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stakem for the remainder of the growler he and kegatron split. poured chilled into two tulips shared with octopus87.

The beer is pitch black, no light passing through this stout - a thin 3/4 medium tan band caps it, rocky with an average sized bead, no lace to speak of. The smell is great- wonderful mix of coffee which has a fruity and sweet aroma w/ a cocoa bean presence with mild spice and slight vanilla quality with a lot of dark sugar elements and subtle alcohol ester. The feel is like silk -smooth and not coarse at all, yet not oily either. The feel is moderately full bodied with subtle sweetness and spice with a gentle warming quality and mild alcohol with slight drying effect on the palate.

The flavor is rich and robust with sweet malt and dark sugar with slight roasted bean taste with mild fruitiness from the Kopi Luwak -wow, I never imagined the coffee could have such a huge impact on the taste of such a big stout like this, but it is vinous and plum-like with a light amount of spice adding to the caramel elements from the malt and yeast adds to the flavor too with mild red pear-like quality. the cocoa effect from the roasted malts is slightly verging on dark cocoa astringency, but never really goes that far, just sits in the sweet spot of roasty and full flavored realm. I love the way the coffee stands out at first but becomes blended with the base stout as it warms. This is a coffee-lovers beer for sure, but it has so much in the mix to make it interesting for anyone. A superbly brewed beer, great example of the style -the only drawback is more than a glass at this abv can be challenging. This packs a wallop like a velvet hammer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Deuane for procuring a growler of this at the Jackie O's release and sharing it on 2/6/11.

A - Poured a dark espresso/chocolate/walnut brown liquid with a small burnt tan head that reduced to a slim veil and left some swatches of lace behind.

S - Pretty mild roast with a hint of tobacco and an abundance of chocolate notes. Plenty of coffee and vanilla goodness as well. A slight waft of alcohol also emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Amazingly well-balanced coffee beer with plenty of coffee, chocolate and vanilla attributes, yet none of these dominate to the point of turning this into a one-dimensional brew. Hints of molasses and sweet caramel emerge in the middle. Finishes with a mild earthy hop bite.

M - The smooth and silky texture of this stout results in a sublime mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot-on for the style... just enough to give it some prickle, but not too much to detract from the creaminess and oiliness of the body. Virtually no alcohol warmth at all.

D - Pretty damn amazing effort from Brad! He actually improved on an already stellar beer. Kudos to Jackie O's for producing this fantastic coffee stout!

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Dark Apparition - Kopi Lowak from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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