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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
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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:
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(Beer added by: Spider889 on 02-05-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

djrn2, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pete for sharing this. Served in a snifter.

Pours near black with a thin mocha head. Fairly good retention. The nose brings loads and loads of Kopi coffee. This is very reminiscent of the nose on the straight DA Kopi, though I think the bourbon really helps to integrate things in this version. There's a bit of bourbon and roast there as well. The taste is really nice and the coffee is dead on. Nice full and chewy mouthfeel with a bit of excess booze. A bit over-the-top on the coffee, so I wouldn't be able to drink too much of this, but I did really enjoy the pour I had.

Thorpe429, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.3%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

acurtis, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

GRG1313, May 13, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Knapp85, May 06, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided by Pete, thanks Pete. Served in a snifter. Beer is black to dark brown at the corners, hazy with a this almost nothing head, no lacing, some legs on the glass with the swirl and very low carbonation.

This beer is also a little hot but less so than the other. There is a definite coffee aroma to this beer as well. Maybe the coffee is cutting the alcohol smell a little.

Beer is medium to light in body on the forward palate and a little dry at the back. There is more coffee / roast in the back half of this beer than the first but it is also quite good. The finish is slightly more acidic than the vanilla one but it is quite enjoyable. There is almost two phases to this beer the roastiness at the back and the sweetness of the front. The two work well together as a juxtoposition.

drabmuh, Feb 11, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

jlindros, Jan 07, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +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.

oline73, Jan 28, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 02/20/11 notes. Shared by neorunner; thanks a lot Nate! Bottle 54/213.

a - Pours a jet black color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for 1-2 minutes..

s - Smells of strong coffee, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and oak.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, oak, bourbon, and light vanilla from the barrels.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and very good.

d - I really liked this stout. It reminded me a bit of Beer Geek Weasel thanks to the strong coffee and roastiness, but this also has nice bourbon and vanilla. Would love to try this again sometime..

mdfb79, Feb 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

imperialking, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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.

corby112, Mar 24, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

orangesol, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of stakem
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

stakem, Aug 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

drewone, May 20, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Huhzubendah, Apr 10, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Gonzoillini, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 27, 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.