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)

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Beer added by: Spider889 on 02-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of HosP
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First trip to Jackie O's for their big stout day. Bought on tap that night.

Beer pours pitch black, nice tan tan head on top. Good amount of lacing left behind down the glass. Narrows as it slides down the glass, along with the head.

Aroma is very pleasant. Doesn't overcome you with one smell over another. Initial smell is a nice roasted coffee aroma. Along the way there are some hints of chocolate mixed in.

Great taste! Very smooth and easy to drink a glass or two of this. Like the nose, there is a very nice coffee flavor up front. Again it doesn't overpower all the lighter flavors along the way. Roasted malts and chocolate give great character. Some hints of bourbon give it a nice finish. The bourbon wasn't as evident as I'd think it would. Maybe after sitting for a while the bourbon will come out a little more. However, everything goes together great and makes you want another glass!

A little thinner than a full body. Little carbonation in the mouth. Gets a little dry at the end.

This was the first beer I had from Jackie O's in the morning. After a 4 oz. pour I couldn't wait to get some in a bigger glass. Later in the night got a couple snifters of this. If this was all they had, I could have sipped it all night long. Very much enjoyed this beer. Can't wait to open my bottle and see how the flavors change. (1,337 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 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 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)

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