Dark Apparition - Kopi Luwak Bourbon Barrel - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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3.85/5 rDev -7.9%
Acquired via trade
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.
05-11-2013 03:38:05 | More by ehammond1
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
05-06-2013 22:34:49 | More by Knapp85
3.96/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
04-23-2013 12:07:31 | More by beerpirates
4.61/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
03-18-2013 02:35:19 | More by Cstromberg57
4.39/5 rDev +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.
01-28-2013 13:36:40 | More by oline73
4.58/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
01-07-2013 22:18:44 | More by jlindros
4.58/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
01-06-2013 20:36:11 | More by rudzud
Dark Apparition - Kopi Luwak Bourbon Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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