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

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.65%
Wants: 162
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Spider889 on 02-05-2011)
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4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 13:36:40 | More by oline73
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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

07-13-2014 16:32:46 | More by orangesol
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3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 23:45:32 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-13-2014 05:22:23 | More by GRG1313
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 05:26:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 13:00:54 | More by nlmartin
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-11-2013 14:39:33 | More by tclang
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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 03:38:05 | More by ehammond1
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Dark Apparition - Kopi Luwak Bourbon Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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