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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

118 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 164
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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HosP

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First trip to Jackie O's for their big stout day. Bought on tap that night.

Beer pours pitch black, nice tan tan head on top. Good amount of lacing left behind down the glass. Narrows as it slides down the glass, along with the head.

Aroma is very pleasant. Doesn't overcome you with one smell over another. Initial smell is a nice roasted coffee aroma. Along the way there are some hints of chocolate mixed in.

Great taste! Very smooth and easy to drink a glass or two of this. Like the nose, there is a very nice coffee flavor up front. Again it doesn't overpower all the lighter flavors along the way. Roasted malts and chocolate give great character. Some hints of bourbon give it a nice finish. The bourbon wasn't as evident as I'd think it would. Maybe after sitting for a while the bourbon will come out a little more. However, everything goes together great and makes you want another glass!

A little thinner than a full body. Little carbonation in the mouth. Gets a little dry at the end.

This was the first beer I had from Jackie O's in the morning. After a 4 oz. pour I couldn't wait to get some in a bigger glass. Later in the night got a couple snifters of this. If this was all they had, I could have sipped it all night long. Very much enjoyed this beer. Can't wait to open my bottle and see how the flavors change.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 01:06:24 | More by HosP
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Patchmaster

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First visit to Jackie O's for a release. What a great place. If you haven't been to this rustic little gem you need to go. Reviewed from my notes had in a 4oz pour.

A- Pours a pitch black with a nice tan head. Dissipates out to leave a bubbling head of goodness. Decent amount of lacing along the glass.

S- Definitely is a nice roasted coffee. I would say there are some strong notes of coffee. The coffee smell lingers. I hope it doesn't fade in the bottle.

T- Coffee up front with a smooth taste. I anticipated more bourbon, but it is hidden very well. You know it's there, but it doesn't overpower what this beer is meant to do. Very well balanced.

M- If there were ever a critique it would be that the beer is a tad thin. Not overly thin, but noticeable.

D- I would say this was one of many highlights. I was fortunate to land a few bottles so I'm anxious to see what this beer does sitting for a year. If you have a chance try this beer, or anything from Jackie O's. You won't be disappointed!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 21:08:11 | More by Patchmaster
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Jesse13713

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Great Lakes Christmas Ale snifter. I picked up this bottle at the February 5th release, and decided to crack it open tonight to celebrate my 100th review! Bottle 106/213, bottled in 2011 of course.

Appearance - Right away, I notice that no head is in sight on this beer. It ended up with about an eighth of an inch of rich chocolaty foam that dissipated in a matter of seconds. The lacing on the glass is absolutely phenomenal as it elegantly clings to the glass. The liquid itself is a completely opaque black. Light is having a hard time traveling through this monster of darkness.

Smell - Perhaps the most robust beer I have ever smelled. Ethanol is slightly present in the background; but definitely isn't the star of the show. The real spotlight is on the coffee; as it should be with it being this beers main focal point. The coffee smells fresh, robust, rich and complex. The coffee note is absolutely unassailable. Chocolate then finds it way into the equation quite elegantly. Hints of dark fruits, perhaps plum, make themselves known as well. Dark malts prevail slightly over the chocolate.

Taste - The taste is unlike anything I've ever had before; partly thanks to the Kopi Luwak coffee and otherwise due to the fact that Jackie O's brews have a signature dark fruit taste to most their beers that is just absolutely delicious. I am initially greeted by a hint of dark plum that glides across my tongue. My swallowing of the beer allows it to explode elegantly into a slight ethanol taste accompanied by chocolate bliss. I then feel as if my taste buds are attacked by a happy swarm of dancing coffee bees. If that makes any sense. And they just sting me with all the right flavors of coffee. The coffee translates from nose to tongue quite well; bringing all of it's robust and bold properties with it. The bourbon notes keep themselves hidden subtly in the background and attribute to the taste delicately.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - This brew is incredibly drinkable and the most enjoyable sipping beer I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. I had many variations of Dark Apparition at the event, but ultimately passed over this one as I knew I had a bottle of it coming. I regret not trying this on-tap, but it tastes just as fresh as everything I did have on-tap at the brewery. The taste is smooth, yet bold and rich at the right times. The bourbon remains well hidden for the most part. But when it does present itself, it does so with purpose and in dignified formality.

I want to send out a huge thanks to Brad and everyone else who worked so hard at the Jackie O's brewery to make this beer, and all other variations of Kopi Luwak possible. I truly enjoyed every single beer I had at the February 5th event and I have cleared my calendar for the sours release on April 2nd. The event really got me into reviewing craft beer. I've always had an appreciation and taste for craft beer; but this event really got me interested in beer advocacy. I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that goes into your profession.

Any one who hasn't had the chance to try a Jackie O's beer; I advise you to make it one of your top priorities. You can tell that a lot of thought and care go into every batch and beer that these guys make. I still have a Quincedence, Oil of Aphrodite, Cellar Cuvee 4, Captain Barley Heart and Joe the Plum taunting me on my shelf. I plan on saving each and every one of these for a special occasion. I enjoyed Wood Ya Honey with friends and family last week, and finally persuaded myself to open up Kopi Luwak for this special 100th beer review occasion. One final thanks to the guys and gals at Jackie O's for some of the best beer I've ever experienced.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 05:43:25 | More by Jesse13713
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 00:27:17 | More by TurdFurgison
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West Virginia

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New Hampshire

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Illinois

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HopHead84

California

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 05:21:36 | More by HopHead84
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Cstromberg57

New Hampshire

4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 02:35:19 | More by Cstromberg57
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

705ml shared at the 2011 Hunahpu's release but I don't remember who opened it. Whoever you are, thanks a ton!

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown color with faint hints of mahogany edges when held to a light and a one finger dark mocha head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lace behind.

Amazing silky chocolate aroma with a deep roasted mocha coffee/espresso bean presence. that isn't burnt or acrid at all. Hints of chocolate tootsie roll(but somehow not artificial), caramel, toffee and hazelnut as well as a faint bourbon barrel presence. Subtle booze with hints of vanilla and oak but this beer mostly smells like the best coffee ever brewed. Amazing nose!

Chewy full body with an excellent balance of roasted espresso, silky milk and bittersweet dark chocolate. Hints of hazelnut, toffee, oatmeal and luscious chocolate malts. incredibly smooth, well balanced with a well masked ABV. No alcohol heat whatsoever making this beer dangerously quaffable. Slightly smokey, dry and roasted but still sweet with a very faint bourbon barrel presence. Again, there is slight boozy bourbon sweetness with sweet vanilla and marshmallow notes. The bourbon is there but the coffee flavor is so ridiculously smooth and prominent that it takes a back seat.

Overall, this beer far exceeded my expectations. I find most of the Jackie O's beers that I've tried so far to be overrated but this beer is excellent and totally legit. Please trade me more.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 04:44:09 | More by corby112
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 22:18:44 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 20:36:11 | More by rudzud
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Dark Apparition - Kopi Luwak Bourbon Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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