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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

122 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 165
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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1.25/5  rDev -70.1%

chippo33, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
2.51/5  rDev -40%

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.

scottfrie, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of HopsHopenstein
3/5  rDev -28.2%

HopsHopenstein, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Brew33, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

cpetrone84, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Gonzoillini, Jun 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Massbmx, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

orangesol, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

Jeffo, Jul 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

monitorpop, Dec 15, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

nlmartin, May 26, 2013
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

MbpBugeye, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

andrewinski1, Mar 21, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

GRG1313, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

kbuzz, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

MITCHELLMPLS, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

tclang, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Sean9689, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

mattafett, Apr 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

sliverX, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

EgadBananas, Mar 19, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

ehammond1, May 11, 2013
Photo of Spider889
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

Spider889, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

AwYeh, Feb 06, 2011
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Dark Apparition - Kopi Luwak Bourbon Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.