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 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 cpetrone84
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the pub during the release.

A-pours a deep black liquid with a little to no head, of what is there looks to be dark tan in color.

S-the nose is a bit harsh with strong overtones of barrel ad bourbon. there are hints of malt sweetness and a touch of coffee but all are muttled and muffled by the bourbon and wet wood.

T-the coffee comes through much more in the flavor and the wood and bourbon are slightly less pronounced. the flavor isn't bad but there is a ton of heat in the back making it a bit harsh and hard to want more.

M-more full bodied than the vanilla rum and somewhat thick. stronger carbonation with a slightly messy and grainy finish.

D-lots of coffee forward flavors but a rather hot and very singular. the kopi luwak is a great tasting coffee favor in this beer but other than heat and coffee there isn't much else happening and it has some serious lack of focus in the body. (911 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 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 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 MbpBugeye
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the release at Jackie O's.

A- Our first paddle was nearly all stouts. It included this, VBDA, Sweet Choc Love and other Jackie O's dark beers. They all looked nearly identical. Chris mentioned that if you were to review from this paddle, you would be wrong to give any one of them higher than a 3 since they are all so similar looking. Fortunately we did get this one on other paddles with much different line ups, as well as by its self. So I can say that I think just above average is pretty justified for this one. It never was brought to the table with much of a head, sometimes appearing fairly flaccid. Its thick, dark body is its saving grace.

S- This beer has the most potent aroma of the lot. Those Kopi beans pack a huge punch. Acidic, strong black coffee displaces all the air in the room. Warming helps bring out the chocolate that holds up the rich coffee. Its also very alcoholic, seemingly more so than the other DA treatments, including VBDA. Smooth bourbon comprises most, but not all of this alcoholic smell. Some of it is just pure, unabashed booze.

T- From what I understand this is the Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Apparition from an earlier release, just with Kopi Luwak coffee added. But I am left wondering where the smooth, sweet brown sugar went. Perhaps it isnt included in this batch, or, more likely, is buried by those gargantuan coffee notes.

The taste of this every bit as assertive as the aroma. Alcohol is big, and I wonder why. I dont recall the noncoffee version being rough like this. The BBDA is my favorite by Jackie O's. As strong as it is, the booze is second to those beans. When added to Dark Apparition they are very acidic. The strong bourbon puts hair on your chest as the potent black coffee curls said hairs. There is a very noticeable tartness that seems to be accentuated by the acidity in the coffee. I really think this beer could do with out the tart fruitiness, in fact most of these Jackie O's beers can do without it.

M- This is the hottest beer of the night, some how even hotter than Iced Apparition (which of course is only 12% ABV, right?). Its very thick and smooth but that smoothness is lost to a very dry finish. Carbonation is appropriately subtle.

D- I liked this beer, but I really enjoyed the regular BBDA better, and I think Quincedence was the best from the release. (2,354 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dave for sending this my way. Poured into a tulip straight down the middle yielding no head. Disappointing appearance. Nice Pitch black appearance with a maple syrup like color on the edges. There are some tiny bubbles that show themselves with a bit of agitation.

The coffee aroma in this one is stellar. The aroma indicates dark chocolate and strong vanilla notes. There is a hint of sweetness in the aroma as well. Love the aroma; reminds me of KBS.

The taste starts out a little too bitter on the front of the tongue but the finish reveals those magical barrel aged goodness I expected. There is a bit of tinnyness in the front that is undesirable. The delicious coffee and chocolate flavors are too powerful let the taste go to ruin however.

The carbonation is a bit too prickly, and the body is medium to heavy as an imperial stout should be.

This beer has a lot of great flavors but there are a couple flaws that take away from it possibly being one of the best of its kind. I hope they make this again because I really liked it, all things considered. (1,070 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle 7 of 213.

Blackness. Mocha head, nice sporadic lacing.

Aroma of coffee, big bourbon, oak, booze and chocolate.

Mild bourbon and oak, lots of chocolate and coco bitterness. Coffee seems to play second fiddle.

Creamy full bodied and coating.

Drink is good for what it is...biiiggg.

Naturally very good, but I think the barrel steals the show. I think a non-barrel version would really let the Kopi shine. (415 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Jacie O's release.

Very dark. They didn't serve in full glasses (only 4oz) so head/lace was negligable. Seemed thinner than regular Dark Apparition.

Smell was full of coffee. The Kopi Luwak coffee does have a distinct aroma (really reminds me of Brunch Weasel). Lots of smooth coffee, but slightly sour and buttery.

The flavor wasn't as delicate, closer to coffee grounds. It was sweet and smooth going down. The bourbon is very light (second use barrels?). Some roastiness and dark chocolate round it out. If I swish it around in my mouth deeper oak and bourbon characters present themselves. Typical Jackie O's sourness is creeping in on this one - why?

Medium bodied, just shy of chewy (which would really delight me). Well carbed just enough to showcase the coffee and stout. Finishes dry and slightly boozy going down.

Overall a solid brew, but there are better coffee beers out there. I would have enjoyed a stronger bourbon presence. (959 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 AwYeh
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black; dark brown around edges. Thin tan head (decent size for a 4 ounce pour).

S: Sweet coffee, chocolate and roasted malts; not as much bourbon as expected but still quite enjoyable.

T: Bourbon flavor does come through in the taste more prominently, though the coffee is now surprisingly absent. Strong dark fruit malt flavors, particularly of plum.

M: Medium body and carbonation; sticky and syrupy texture.

D: Good, but the fruit flavors overpowered the coffee and bourbon flavors a bit too much to make this one really enjoyable for me. Still definitely worth a try; a unique beer. (593 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 trappistlover
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(sampled courtesy of smokepot!! Many thanks!). This was a lucky chance meeting with Joe while at Alesmith. He very generously offered some nice brews including this one. Pours a viscous black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is rich coffee, dark chocolate and caramel. Taste was sweet malt with some light bourbon flavors. Medium bodied with an oily texture. The finish was smooth and roasty. Very nice beer and I feel lucky to have tried this. (447 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 sweemzander
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Yet again, Kyle keeps sharing! Bottle #100/213.

(A)- Pours a thick dark black color. Produced some tan foam and bubbles.

(S)- A really nice roasted fresh coffee grounds in front of a cocoa and molasses front.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice roasted coffee with a light spice and molasses richness.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. A bit thin and watery feel-wise, but has good flavor and feel.

(D)- Not bad. A great coffee profile and roasted qualities. Good stuff. (506 characters)

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

Thanks to jh1982 for breaking this out during March Madness.

Pours very dark, brown head, decent lace. Big coffee and bourbon aroma.

Bitterness, licorice, heavy alcohol feel on the palate. Heavy roasted coffee and chocolate malt. Would like to try the non barrel aged version of this, as the alcohol heat, while not bad at 10.5%, I thought took away from the base beer, but can't really know without trying it, but this one just seemed a little too dominated by the barrel. Just didn't get as much of the coffee aspect as I would like.

A good beer, just not quite getting into the 'great' category that I've seen some offers expecting for this. (649 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 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)

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

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

Bottle 50 / 213
2011 vintage

The beer is a dark brown color, with 1/4" of beige head. The head recedes to a thin, oily layer and leaves some good lacing on the glass. The aroma brings a grandiose coffee presence, followed by bourbon, light tobacco, and subtle oak. The smell is superior to the taste. The flavor brings a heavy dose of coffee, as expected. Flavors blend well together, though the body is a bit on the thin side. The finish leaves ample coffee and roast notes lingering on the palate, as well as a lasting bitterness. Overall, this brew was pretty easy to drink and rather enjoyable. (637 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle 44/213. thanks to neorunner for this bottle.

A: pitch black with thin brown head that quickly subsided.

S: earthy coffee and whisky, sweet sweet bourbon whisky. notes of chocolate, roasted barley. a bit of vanilla lingers on your tongue afterwards. (and to quote a friend, it smells like shit)

T: more coffee and then a nice sweet bourbon taste. a bit of oak and licorice.

M: this is warm. both via the bourbon and the alcohol. only a medium body, i was expecting a much fuller beverage from this.

O: a sipper, but I could certainly sip more and more. The blend of coffee and whisky is rather intense - and made for a jittery sort of relaxation, if that makes sense. As far as KL bean beers go, CC's Final Push was tastier. Overall this was quite good, but I was expecting much more. (799 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark as night inky black pour with a nice little tan head of about two inches that fades down into a nice layer of about an inch or so that hangs around for the remainder of the session.

nice aroma, rich cooca and coffee dominate with a nice touch of bitter and roasted malts that take over the profile very nicely. smooth, effortless flavor then wraps itself over the palate. light hints of vanilla mix in with the dark chocolate and rich roasted malts. small touch of alcohol but this fades quickly as it warms and leaves you with a nice touch of sweet vanilla and brown sugar that really compliments the cocoa and lightly hopped finish quite nicely. (653 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pete shared this last night. Thanks, friend!

Pouring jet black with a dense, dark brown head with good retention and lacing. The nose is all coffee, just tons of it. Very fresh, the coffee is moderately bitter and earthy, pushing the barrel character to the back. There's bourbon, vanilla and cream, along with a thick and heavy stout base with roast, a little licorice . The palate is great as well, though the coffee bitterness is a little stronger than I'd like. Flavors are great, the bourbon and coffee blend is nice and the dark chocolate and heavily roasted malts are present, and the finish is surprisingly acidic and enjoyable. Very enjoyable stuff, thanks again, Pete! (679 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thickerfreakness for the share! 22oz bottle into an unmarked snifter.

Pours out a nutty, cola-colored body with a scant wisp of khaki bubbles scattered up top. Massive notes of roasted chocolate and earthy caramel malt grains. Nutty, and the term "biscotti" got thrown around the tasting group. The coffee aroma is strong and bold with a hint of espresso sweetness.

The flavor is heavy on mocha up front, with a dark cherry/raspberry middle that seems to characterize many of Jackie O's darker beers. It's almost sweet, almost tart, but always good. Mouthfeel is a little thin on the palate with a soft carbonation level. Overall, Kopi Luwak didn't live up to the regular Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition, but it was close. Fans of coffee beer should seek out this one. (779 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.