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

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 125
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 163
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:
Beer added by: Spider889 on 02-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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4.37/5  rDev +5%
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..

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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of corby112
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev -1%
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!

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3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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2.6/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Bottle #67 of 213. I thought I liked the Vanilla Bean version the best until I cracked a bottle of it. Amazing how being tired and already buzzed damages the palate, haha. I'm hoping this one is better.

3.5 A: Pours black. One finger of creamy medium brown head, but it falls fairly quickly (damn coffee!) and leaves nonuniform splotches of lacing.

4.5 S: Big coffee aroma, huge really. The coffee is definitely the centerpiece, but the other aromas do well to contribute to the nose. Bourbon and oak with the ever so slightest touch of booze. Hints of caramel and dark chocolate. Roasty, but not burnt or peated.

4.5 T: Everything comes together in the taste. Coffee is still the dominant taste, but unlike the nose, it isn't far and away the strongest. The leathery bourbon is much more pronounced as is the oak. Vanilla also comes to play. Light chocolate and moderate caramel flavors. Again a clean roastiness. A bit drier than I prefer, but still an excellent amalgamation of flavors.

3.5 M: Like the Vanilla Bean, the mouthfeel is the downfall. I wanted a thick, rich body but all I got was a medium one. Good moderate carbonation and super smooth, but could be creamier. A little higher mash temp and every one of this beer's scores goes up.

4.0 D: Really tasty beer. All this needed was more body and sweetness and it would have been up there with the best of them. Still, definitely worth a drink if you can find one.

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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Dark Apparition - Kopi Luwak Bourbon Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.