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

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 124
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 6.75%
Wants: 163
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Spider889 on 02-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Bottle 6/213. 22 oz bottle poured into my FFF Teku glass and split with my husband.

A- Body is a dark brown/nearly black hue which is opaque and does not light pass through. An aggressive pour yields a 1 finger creamy dark tan head which fades pretty quickly and leaves a thin collar and some lacing.

S- Smooth, rich, bold dark coffee, overripe plum, vanilla, oak, bourbon sweetness and anise. Nose is pretty balanced overall. A slight hint of alcohol comes through as well.

T- Somewhat soft upfront with some coffee overtones, vanilla and oak make up the background with just a hint of bourbon flavor. Smooth coffee, a hint of overripe fruit, and very little alcohol come through for the finish. Left to linger is overripe fruit, and a mild alcohol heat.

F- Low to medium carbonation and a relatively thick, heavy body. Body is smooth-but not as much so as oil of Aphrodite.

O- Overall this is a great beer-maybe only slightly past its prime. The bourbon is soft and this brew is extra smooth and rich. You can definitely taste the base beer- Dark Apparition with this, so even though its BBA and with Kopi Lowak added- Jackie O's never loses sight of the original beer. (1,189 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
2.6/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Vintage 2012, bottle 166/300. Thanks again, StormKing47.

A: Pours a thick inky black with a rather thin dark brown head that quickly faded into a faint bubbly collar.
S: Huge notes of sweet and boozy bourbon barrel, rich dark chocolate, and mellow, smooth coffee. There something vinous in there as well, hopefully not infection.
T: Fuck. Another JO beer turned to shit by infection. It’s not as bad in this one as it is in some of the other stouts, but this beer is still ruined. The bright spritzy tart cherry and vinous grape hit first, followed by the BA stout flavors of rich chocolate, mild coffee, and slight vanilla. The bourbon is mellow and has notes of spicy oak as well. This tastes like it would have been a great beer, although the coffee is pretty faded.
M: Tingly frothy, spritzy, ample infected carbonation, tart infected motuhfeel, full body.
O: I’ve got to say the past few JO beers I’ve had have been a hot mess. Too bad, I was excited for this one. (1,007 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #189/300. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Just shy of inky black. No real head. A hint of transparency at the edges.

Smell - Tons of coffee. It gets a little abrasive. Not a lot of bourbon, just a touch of it. Some chocolate, but most of it is overwhelmed by coffee.

Taste - Very coffee forward. So much so that it's a little acidic. Even tangy. Again, a bit of chocolate, but all I really taste is coffee. Some bourbon, but not a lot of barrel character.

Mouthfeel - Medium body for a stout, not big enough to handle the coffee. Very acidic. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Too much coffee and acidic flavor with not enough rich flavors from the barrel and stout to balance it out. (735 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

2012 vintage. Bottle # 130/213.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, bourbon, cocoa, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of bourbon and coffee qualities. (639 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer was from 2012 Staff release. The beer was lightly chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is inky black. The head was a burnt tan coloration and didnt hang around. Scattered lacing marks this beers passage from my glass.

S- Dark roasted malt cocoa and a medium roasted coffee aroma rise form my glass. This rides on a tide of vanilla and bourbon.

T- Bourbon takes a lead with undertones of coffee, dark roasted malt light bittersweet cocoa, slight underlying sourness I have come to associate with most Jackie O's beers. Really wish the coffee was a bit more pop out.

M- Medium bodied lightly carbonated slightly lacto tones.

O- This beer did not deliver what I was hoping. I wanted a much more intensely coffee beer. I guess 5 months in a bottle toned down the coffee notes. Again with Jackie O's beers a bit of sourness has crept in over time. Still a tasty beer. (899 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Thorpe429!

Black as can be. Shiny and substantial. Small dark brown head. Leaves the glass very messy. This is a gorgeous imperial stout. I suppose I've had thicker ones, or ones that are more striking, but this is a very gorgeous beer.

There's lots of acidic, earthy, sharp Kopi Luwak coffee character, along with miscellaneous char and roast, and earthy, bittersweet chocolate. Some oak as well. As the beer warms, good amounts of vanilla/bourbon notes emerge. Nice.

A very nice combination of oak, acidic and earthy coffee, and layers of chocolate. Low bitterness. As with the aroma, there isn't a lot of bourbon-barrel character here. I'm not complaining. This is tasty.

Full body with low carbonation. Appropriate.

Very, very tasty, though I expected more barrel character and less coffee. That being said, I'm certainly not complaining. The aroma is incredible and the taste is better than average. (953 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

162/300: Poured out as a deep black color with tan colored head on top. The head settles leaving a ring around the edge of the glass. The lacing is pretty good. The smell is sweet, some spicy vanilla aromas and roasted malt. The taste of sweet vanilla with some subtle roasted malt with plenty of Bourbon. The mouthfeel is slick as oily, the carbonation is gentle. Overall it's a very good brew. (395 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tastingglass

Pours dark brown with a tan head , no lace ,
Nose is nice dark, roasted chocolatey coffee with slight vanilla, roasted malts, and just enough barrel to add complexity.
Flavor is similar with coffee, coffee all over, dark chocolate, vanilla, breaking into some chocolatey kopi coffee with bourbon and a hint of wood.
Flavor profile is medium-bodied and just exuding goodness all over.
Very enjoyable. (444 characters)

Photo of Cstromberg57
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer!! Josh C! Thanks for the bottle!! Pours dark black with a think dark head that fades rather quickly. The nose on this one if fantastic! Tons of bourbon, vanilla and some coffee. The taste follows that nose perfectly! Great bourbon, chocolate and coffee that mixes wonderfully. Great mouthfeel, very thick and satisfying. Overall, I will try to get this bottle again at every opportunity! Don’t miss out if you can get it. (438 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Staff bottle 87/300 poured into a goblet.

Pours a very dark brown with a half finger of creamy tan head that leaves a ring on top of the pour. The nose is full of dark fruit, vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate. Lots going on here. The flavor starts off with a dark fruit sweetness. The coffee and bourbon hit the tongue hard, but it's quite smooth. There is a nice sweet undertone that reminds me of vanilla. The finish is sweet and full of the coffee. The body is slightly less thick than it should be with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

This is a very interesting beer. I enjoyed the combination of the sweet, the coffee, and the bourbon. I'd definitely have more if I get the chance. (696 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to rudzud for sharing this beast. The reviews seem underrated, but I think that is due to most of them being last year's batch.

Batch 2012, bottle 57/300

Pours a dark mocha colored creamy but smaller head that fades fairly quickly nice legs, super dark pitch black beer.

Nose is phenomenal, bourbon up the wazoo, nice sweet boozy bourbon, some vanilla toasty barrel, buttery oak. After the barrel comes an interesting smooth rich coffee, not strong or earthy bit nice, nutty, caramel, vanilla, also a creamy Swiss chocolate, dark choc, hint of booze.

Taste is nice, bourbon barrel, with fresh sweet candy bourbon, smooth, rich creamy malt, dark malts. Again an expensive Belgian or Swiss chocolate creamy, a bit thinner in malt than I expected, but rich creamy milk choc. Light barrel char, vanilla and light buttery oak, etc. Then light caramel and candy wafer, oats, etc. A bit of smooth nutty coffee, rich but not earthy coffee. Finish is long rich creamy choc, lift smooth coffee, some vanilla barrel and oak, drier but still slightly sweet sticky.

Mouth is fuller bodied, very smooth and rich with hint of booze and lighter but decent carb for the style.

Overall hell yeah. Great malts and base beer, great bourbon and barrel, great expensive creamy choc, and coffee that tastes like I would sip on a veranda in Venice or something, smooth mellow nutty and delicious. (1,390 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with miketd this is the 2012 batch 57/300.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a deep rich dark brownish black with a half finger mocha head that left light lacing and a thin mocha blanket.

S - Aromas of zomg. Wonderful bourbon notes along with nice vanilla notes. Then coffee....so much nice coffee here. Not the first kopi luwak beer I've had but hands down the best. Wonderful vanilla.

T - Taste is delicious . Great chocolate and vanilla here with lovely vanilla and oak along with faint caramel and bourbon. The coffee pops, nicely nutty, super smooth and balanced. Unreal.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice. Smooth and rich with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

O - Overall I very much enjoyed this beer. It is incredibly good and well done with delicious wonderful vanilla and coffee. Outstanding. (807 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of the 6 beer set. A big thanks to hotpipes29 for supplying this one for us. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
Bottle 136 of 213

APPEARANCE: Pours out thicker black and yields a small, medium thick, light mocha colored head with good retention. Better and thicker pour than the base beer, with a more impressive head. Black opaque body with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a slight wisp and ring that remain the whole way and leave some nice dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty good looking, much like the vanilla and bourbon variants.

SMELL: Lots of coffee for sure. Notes of bourbon and vanilla in the back, but this is all about the coffee here. Some roasted malts and dark chocolate come through as the beer sits a bit. Nice stuff, though perhaps a little coffee dominant.

TASTE: Coffee and roasted malts up front. Slightly watery flavor unfortunately, as it isn't quite as flavorful as hoped, especially after listening to the nose's sales pitch. A little better at the swallow with coffee, caramel sweetness and some bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate. Medium and lingering aftertaste of bourbon, bitter coffee and chocolate, as well as a slight smoky note. Really lacks flavor up front, but picks itself up nicely after the swallow.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Heavier than others in the series, but that's not saying much really. Creamy and smooth enough, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. This is actually the best feel out of the six beers.

OVERALL: This was almost, but not quite. The nice nose, while a little one-dimensional, had me ready for a wave of flavor. Unfortunately that wave never came. While the coffee and barrels did come out nicely after the swallow, the intial flavor was way too non-existent for a top class beer. This was enjoyable, but slightly disappointing at the same time. Regardless, this was a very fun set of beers to try, and as a closing act, this one stuck perfectly the "almost, but not quite" theme. Thanks again for the box of beers hotpipes29. (2,083 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Bomber #22/213. Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours like the rest of the DA series. Dark, heavy, and slick. A dark coffee head that collapses quickly. Lacing is very spotty but legs are thick and oily.

Kopi coffee hits immediately and its tremendous. Deep roast, chocolate, cocoa, and bourbon in the back. This one's actually very enticing.

Again, kopi upfront makes this one pretty one-dimensional but also pretty tremendous. Coffee, cocoa, and chocolate upfront with bourbon sweetness and a slight sweet/tartness from the base beer pushed far in the back. Ends chocolate, coffee roast, and fudge. Finishes sweet and boozy with a boozy aftertaste.

Medium bodied and again, a bit thin. Probably the one disappointing aspect of this beer since the kopi really can't assert its presence here. Slightly bubbly and smooth and hot going down. Finishes oily and slick with a lingering aftertaste.

Having had the regular, then bourbon, and now the kopi bourbon, its really amazing what kopi luwak can do to a beer. This is by far, the best in the series and one that I wouldn't hesitate to seek out again. A very solid offering. (1,172 characters)

Photo of hdelavega
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a growler this black brew kicked up a pretty thick dark tan head that left nice lacing all the way down. The aroma is heavy on roasty notes, tuns of coffee and roasted malt. Nice vanilla and bourbon to. I get sweet malt flavors right up front with some mild sweet dark fruit with bitter coffee in the finish. The taste of this one really surprised me, I was expecting way more coffe, the nose was pretty misleading. Medium body, light carbonation, nice coating. Overall a very enjoyable brew, I would have enjoyed more coffee in the flavor but I guess those little monkey cats can only poop so much. (623 characters)

Photo of sendsilk
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very similar to what Cam (Urbancaver) said.
A very dark brown pour. With a nice mocha/brown head. Smells fantastic with some sweet vanilla and a touch of bourbon aroma.
Tastes coffee heavy and chocolatey, not overly done as the Kopi Luwak coffee treatment is the best I have ever had. Nice vanilla and bourbon. Perfect carbonation. An above average treatment to a solid base beer that I will keep seeking out. (409 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Bill!
Pours a dark dark brown. Nice brown head. Looks stellar.
Smells sweet and malt heavy. Lots of vanilla, touch of bourbon aroma. Overly sweet but very nice aroma.
Tastes coffee heavy and chocolatey. Nice vanilla and bourbon. Nice flavour profile.
Well carbonated. Overall very nice. I quite enjoy this (313 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife wanted a stronger but tasty beer to commemorate a Thursday night game, and this bottle made the cut. I'd originally had it on tap at the release, liked it then and I've been looking forward to cracking a bottle since then. Can't believe it took this long.

It pours a dark brown color, opaque with a thin tan foam. Dark tan foam too. The nose is really nice, it reminds me immediately of the 2011 KBS I had earlier this week, plus tons of coffee. Rich bourbon, roasted malts, coffee beans, this earns a very high score on aroma.

It tastes just as good, I don't remember liking this quite this much on tap (probably due to palate fatigue, tons of quality taps with high ABV). All the bourbon and coffee from the aroma, plus some vanilla that becomes more evident with each sip. This is tasty but a sipper, a mild burning feel lasting after every drink.

The body is on the thicker side, similar to the base as well as the many variations I've tried over the last year. This is a fantastic treatment on Dark Apparition, a real winner. Recommended. (1,055 characters)

Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About twenty smackers for the bomber. Enjoyed in a pint glass. Nice dark color and silky coffee head. The coffee and bourbon barrels really add to this beer. Great nose and flavor profile. No on the same level as Oil of Aphro, but one of the better Dark App varieties I've had. (277 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lee for sending this my way.

A: The beer pours black in color with a finger of tan colored foam.

S: Plenty of coffee aroma to this. It's really nice and has a touch of spice to it. Lots of vanilla and bourbon notes with a touch of oak. Chocolate and roasted malt aromas to go along with all the coffee.

T: A fairly substantial amount of semi-sweet dark chocolate to go with all the intense coffee. Still lots of bourbon and vanilla from the barrel and minimal oak. Moderate sweetness of toffee and molasses.

M: Medium to full bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Easily the best of the Dark Apparition varieties that I've had. Really nice stuff. (660 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with minimal tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, wood, passion fruit, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The aroma on this one was quite complex and kept my brain busy while trying to dissect it. The flavor on the other hand wasn't as impressive which was kind of a disappointment. Still good, just not awe-inspiring. Worth trying for sure though. (709 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been anxious to try this beer again. I havent had it since on tap at the release. Wow, it has been 6 months already. Tuesday night an opportunity arose when some friends came to visit. Enjoyed with BAs CaptinRedBeard and ClockworkOrange.

Poured from a bomber #15/213 into a matching Jackie O's snifter. This brew appears black in color with some light brown clarity around the edge. A dark brown head holds around the rim with spots and strings of lace that stick to the glass. A light swirl revives a finger of head back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is roasty and tangy with deep earthy quality mixed with a light must aspect and woodsy qualities. The oak is present in the nose with a whiskey kick to accent the alcohol inclusion to the nose. Lots of chocolate malt is present with a sweetness and mild vanilla. Some spices are present lightly reminiscent of cinnamon and toasty coconut. Deep earthy smelling quality is present but not strikingly bold by any means, it is well incorporated throughout.

The taste is roasted bitter grains, earthy and tangy with a light citrus coffee beam quality. Wooded and oaky flavors throughout mixed with almost a dirt to char flavoring. Lots of bitter roasted chocolate with a touch of vanilla smoothness. The roasted elements of the grain/coffee get to be drying but not fatiguing on the finish. It is tangy with a whiskey kick that continues to evole as the brew warms.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is perfectly balanced for more than 10%. Very easy drinking and enjoyable. I was very pleased to find the kopi addition to this brew still readily evident. It carries a nice depth of earthy flavoring that really works with the base roasted grain character. (1,766 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Nearly black with slightly lighter edges. A brown foam cap rests on top, fading rather quickly.

Smell: Bourbon and Kopi Luwak, a great smelling creamy coffee for sure. Smooth chocolate and roasted malt are a little bit more in the background compared to the regular Dark Apparition.

Taste: The bourbon and coffee flavors blend so well together, and the smooth roasted malt and chocolate flavors are nice as well. This doesn't have that awkward transition to the hops, but there is still a little bourbon booziness at the end. Not terrible, but not great.

Mouthfeel: This is quite the smooth beer. Maybe it is the illusion of smoothness from the Kopi, but I am ok with that. Still a fairly light carbonation, leading it to feel like it has an even more full body than it does.

Overall: This is a fun variation on a good beer, and I might be being a tad critical simply because of the amazing beers that were tasted along with it. Definitely worth revisiting. (1,024 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

7/2/2011

Bottle 203/213 shared by stawn, thanks!

A: Black in the snifter with a big light brown head. Nice color and retention. Looks foreboding.

S: Robust bourbon and vanilla notes with a big earthy coffee presence. Wood and dark chocolate meld with a moderate roasted malt quality and a pervasive nuttiness. This smells amazing.

T: The flavor nearly mirrors the quality of the aroma, with nutty and earthy coffee notes accompanying bourbon, dark chocolate, and vanilla. There's a low earthy bitterness as well as a moderate roasted quality. The coffee tastes excellent with the bourbon. Very nice.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is chewy, smooth, silky, and sticky.

Overall: This was shockingly good. Highly recommended. (750 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Jackie o – kopi luwak – very dark, deep can’t see through it, not much head to speak of at all, but this is an attractive beer. smell is roasted malts with a little coffee and chocolate. Wow, taste is great. chocolate, booze and coffee…mouth is GREAT…smooth as day. Like a spicey stout. Alcohol is present, very boozey. glad I got to try it, but not something I’d trade my cellar for, but a solid beer all around. (488 characters)

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Dark Apparition - Kopi Luwak Bourbon Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.