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Dark Apparition - Vanilla Bean Rum Barrel - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Dark Apparition - Vanilla Bean Rum BarrelDark Apparition - Vanilla Bean Rum Barrel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 17.4%


Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MbpBugeye on 02-05-2011)
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buschbeer

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
2012 release
Bottle 176/240

A - It is black as coal. Two inches of mocha head rest lazily on top.

S - They is definitely a dark fruit thing going on. I get some plum, molasses, and the slightest hints of vanilla.

T - The taste continues the plum theme. There is also some mellow roasted malt. I get kind of a coffee finish.

M - Full

O - This is a fruity stout. I like it. Two years has served it well. I really need to get to Jackie O's.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:52:33 | More by buschbeer
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Bottle 184/240, '12

Darker colored creamy 1/4 finger head, pitch black thick strains the glass kinda beer.

Nose is potent, rum and booze at first, the rum brings a fruity rum aroma, nice vanilla like barrel, figs raisin and dried stone fruit, light mineral like aroma, little roast and dark black malt, faint caramel and choc.

Taste starts rich, melting dark and expensive chocolate, and lots of vanilla, nice dark choc and some bitterness, light barrel like and a nice light rim fruity flavor. Some slightly metallic mineral flavors come through and combine with the rum barrel fruit to almost make it seem infected but I don't think it is. Some warming booze, a fruity booze quality from the rum barrel, and booze is semi subtle. A nice chocolate covered fruit taste too. Finish is sweet and fruity, more dark malts and vanilla.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, lighter but decent carb, light warming booze.

Overall really interesting, nice dark malts that bring dark flavors and sweetness without the burnt, nice fruits from the rum. Booze is hidden well, pretty tasty beer and well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 07:09:02 | More by jlindros
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by noodleuser. Thanks man!

The beer is dark brown with maroon highlights and a small beige head. The aroma offers booze, oak, vanilla, chocolate. Raisin and fig in the flavor with notes of sweet vanilla. Booze and chocolate as well. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 20:43:33 | More by Huhzubendah
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros. Bottle 184/240, '12 batch.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark black hue with a quarter inch head that fades to leave a thin halo and wisps. Wonderful.

S - Aromas just knock me back. Wonderful rum, vanilla beans, dark chocolate, light booze. Just smells great

T - Taste is a bit confusing. I really don't get the sour notes others talk about. I think infact that's the roasted malts mixing with the fruity rum barrels. Its a nice balance, with tasty vanilla notes. Good barrel as well, its not "knock your socks off "kuk rum but its there.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, smooth and good.

O - Overall a darn good be but not earth shattering. Its a nice blend and mixing. Glad to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 22:29:50 | More by rudzud
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.45/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle #101/240. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black and transparent at the edges. No head. Looks flat.

Smell - Rum, chocolate, and fudge. Tons of vanilla. Nice.

Taste - Lots of vanilla with a nice rum barrel. Chocolate and a consistent lactic sourness. Very odd. Really ruins what was potentially a good beer.

Mouthfeel - Sour. Medium heavy. The sourness kills. Intentional?

Overall - Really disappointing. I wanted to enjoy this. The bottle wasn't that old when we consumed it. Just soured. What's strange is that it's such a clean sourness. Almost makes me wonder if Jackie O's did it on purpose, although I can't fathom why.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 01:20:54 | More by Alieniloquium
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nlmartin

Ohio

1.61/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This bottle was from 2012 release. The beer was lightly chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is black and oily looking with a ruby opaqueness to light. The head was a thin burn tan coloration. Whisp of lacing mark this beers passage from my glass.

S- Lightly roasted malt enters into the land of cocoa, far fainter vanilla aroma than I expected, sweet molassis and caramel notes, rum notes creep out, along with the oak, earthy notes creep around, very slight lactic notes.

T- The beer is dominated a lactic rum combination. Lightly roasted notes, a bit of cocoa, molassis sweetness. I am so let down!

M- The body of the beer is thin and boozey. The carbonation is low and wouldnt be an issue if the beer was a bit more robust.

O- I simply cannot approve or reccomend this beer. Jackie O's brews some good and on occasion great beers. I love alot of the beers I have tried at Jackie O's brewpub. Many times I find something gets lost in translation from the tap to the bottle. Hey guys a bit more QA is in order.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 12:30:09 | More by nlmartin
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cosmicevan

New York

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken from early 2012 (March?) from a bottle share i hosted with the local crew.

Thanks kindly to TheBeerologist for the trade.

a - pours jet black with a thin tan head. spotty lacing at best.
s - the rum is in the nose and vanilla beans are subtle.
t - flavor is malty with good vanilla flavoring and a hint of rum.
m - nice mouthfeel.
o - overall, the rum and vanilla help the base beer. pretty enjoyable compared to some of the others in the series that i have tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 20:21:23 | More by cosmicevan
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours pitch black color with a nice tan head. Head becomes a thin layer of bubbles and leaves a bit of spotty lacing at best.

S- Light vanilla, sweetness and a touch of spice. Roasted malts, chocolate and stale coffee pop up. Something odd smelling to this one too a musty wood smell and a bit of funkiness.

T- A bit sweeter than I'd like. Rum adds some spice and quite a bit of an oddness to this brew. Malts are pretty light and subdued. Oh and there it is again....the odd funky taste I get when I drink a Jackie O's brew.

M- Full in body and low in carbonation.

O- I'm not sure if its the funkiness or the rum which I don't like, wait I know its the funkiness that goes with just about every one of their beers. Their on the right track just got to eliminate this funk.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 21:20:32 | More by nrbw23
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dcloeren

Texas

2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing Josh

Poured a deep oil black.

The aroma is vanilla forward with some licorice and boozy rum.

The taste is run dominated from the beginning but completely saturated by half way through the sip. Very faint vanilla up front.

The mouth feel is extremely light with a touch of carbonation. Terrible mouthfeel and the finish is a cOmbination of burning and watery disappointment.

This beer was very disappointing. Watery, boozy (not in a good way) and hot. A combination of failures without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 03:13:24 | More by dcloeren
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to a whole bunch of guys who helped me put together a six bottle set of these Dark Apparitions. This one came courtesy of Stakem. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
Bottle 160 of 225

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 no carbonation evident. Head fades to a slight wisp and ring that remain the whole way and leave some nice dots of lacing down the glass. This variant looks pretty solid really.

SMELL: Rum botes and lots of dark, pure chocolate. Fudge brownies, cocoa powder, vanilla and coconut as well. Distinct oak notes from the barrels. The vanilla aspects are really nice and well integrated here. Bolder aromas and quite wonderful.

TASTE: Not quite as impressive as the nose, but still quite good. Rum, oak and some dark chocolate up front. Vanilla dn coconut accompany some roasted flavors through the middle into a bold finish. Rum, oak, vanilla and roasted chocolate linger nicely on the palate. Again, the vanilla component is really nice here, thought the flavors aren't quite as forthcoming as the aromas were. Still very tasty, however.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate with just enough weight to be alright, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. The same as the base beer but not quite as sticky.

OVERALL: This one was my favorite of the bunch. The vanilla aspects were done really well in this beer. A touch more in the flavor and a thicker, heavier palate would help bring this beer to the next level I think. Still, as it is now, it's a very aromatic and enjoyable beer that I would gladly have again. Thanks again for this one Stakem. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 17:38:02 | More by Jeffo
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SpeedwayJim

New York

2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage. Bomber 221/225. Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303. Kinda just forgot about this one for a while.

Pours thick, viscous, and black. No head and very little lace. Oily, thick legs though. Looks every bit the big beer.

Nose is subtle booze, some mild vanilla, fudge, and roasted malt ashiness. Ok but a bit of a letdown given the robustness of the appearance.

If the nose was a letdown, the taste made this one take an even larger turn for the worse. Vanilla is only present towards the back and a touch in the aftertaste. Rum barrel aging coupled with the base beer gives this one an awkward tartness. Some roasted malt and fudge rescue this a bit in the middle but finish is too boozy for the overall taste. Not very good. As it warms, the vanilla peaks out a bit more, but its still dominated by an awkward non-infected tartness.

Medium bodied and too carbonated. Oily and spritzy in the mouth and boozy and slick on the finish. Filmy and sticky aftertaste. Again, average but I expected more from the initial appearance.

Another Dark Apparition variation that didn't live up to the hype. Though this might be a bit of my fault for aging the vanilla presence out of this beer. Still, just barely average and definitely not worth the fuss.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 01:22:31 | More by SpeedwayJim
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FosterJM

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1303rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22 oz

2012 Vintage
Bottle #152/240

30th Birthday Party
Thanks to CPAbeer for this bday gift

App- Pitch black but had some brown highlights and a little red edges. A small brown head was there and then gone. Maybe a couple dots of cling.

Smell- A lot of vanilla and I was glad to smell that. I was hoping this would be up there in aromatics. A bit of sweetness from the Rum and a touch malty as well. No trace of the booze though.Fairly sweet and creamy.

Taste- The taste was very similar to the nose. A lot of creamy malts intermixed with the rich vanilla. A touch of fruits from the rum and a bit of oak from the barrels. Very flavorful.

Mouth- A bit of a thin medium body with a medium carbonation. Residual creamy fruits was all that remained. Not much vanilla.

Drink- A good beer but could been great IMO. Needed a bit more body and a bit less barrel time with more vanilla added but quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 22:37:58 | More by FosterJM
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration.

Bottle # 152/240.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cookie dough, vanilla, and dark fruit. Taste is the same but is slightly sour. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a beer with a better smell than taste but I am not really getting any rum aromas or flavors from this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 22:55:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black as night with a deep, dark color that no light could penetrate. Nice chocolate head of about an inch came up initially but then settled down to a bare top that just looked like an evil pit of doom The aroma was rich with blackstrap molasses,vanilla beans,hints of alcohol and a ton of roasted malts, interesting, I must go in fora closer look. The flavor was equally as rich, dare I say wonderful Super sweet notes here of vanilla, molasses, hints of oak and a touch of almost bourbon as it warms. This was an amazingly complex beer. Super full bodied with that huge feel that you really only find in the best of the RIS's, you know what I mean. A huge beer that you know is every bit as strong as you thought it would be, but for some reason is just soo damn smooth, you just cannot stop drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 02:32:50 | More by mikesgroove
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rye726

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Around $20 if I remember correctly. Twenty-two ounce bottle served at room temp. Poured into a pint glass. Nice color and dark tan head. Not a lot in the nose. Dark malts, rum and vanilla. Taste also lacks complexity. Nice roasty and sweet flavors complimented by barrel. Thin body.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 00:03:55 | More by rye726
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womencantsail

California

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle, Lee.

A: The pour is definitely black with a small layer of tan colored foam.

S: Rum and vanilla definitely shine through. Lots of roasted malt and dark chocolate with a touch of toffee and cocoa powder. A nice touch of coconut with some hazelnut aroma, too.

T: The flavor has a bit too much booze, but it is nice otherwise. Heavy on the rum, coconut, and vanilla. Good dark chocolate and roasted malts with mild coffee and toffee flavors.

M: Medium to full body with smooth carbonation.

O: If the flavor wasn't so boozy, this would have been a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 02:23:26 | More by womencantsail
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HopHead84

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/27/2011

Bottle shared by Andrew at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Black and still. Looks like motor oil with a diminutive cap of dark brown foam.

S: Huge vanilla and rum with oak and dark chocolate. Redolent of Hawaiian tropic sun block with cocoa, molasses, and oak. Evident booze with lightly roasted malt.

T: The flavor exhibits notes of sweet vanilla with well integrated rum and moderately roasted malt. Coffee is faint, accompanying a low earthy bitterness. There's a touch of booze heat in the finish.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth.

Overall: Unique and enjoyable in small quantities. What I mean to say is that I'd have a little trouble putting back a growler of this on a work night.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 04:24:28 | More by HopHead84
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from Deuane. Bottle number 41 / 225.

A - Pours deep brown, borders on black, with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich vanilla, chocolate, coffee, oak tannins, spicy run, and the ever present dark roasted malt. The vanilla is strong but it doesn't get to the point of being overpowering.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet vanilla slowly giving way to a mix of dark roasted malt, chocolate, butterscotch, dry oak tannins, spicy rum, and a bit of booze. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, lingering for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, roasted, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Pretty damn good. Jackie O's really does know how to use rum barrels the right way. This one had a lot of sweetness but the other flavors did just enough to keep it in check.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 20:17:43 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. Last night an opportunity arose when some friends came to visit. Enjoyed with BAs CaptinRedBeard and ClockworkOrange.

Bomber, hand numbered 91/225 poured into a matching Jackie O's snifter. This brew appears black in color with a dark brown head. A swirl revives the quick dissolving cap that leaves spotty lacing effect on the glass. When held to the light, lighter brown clarity is noted around the edges.

The smell of this brew is sweet chocolate notes reminiscent of cocoa powder. Plenty of vanilla sweetness really makes the chocolate aroma pop. Across the back some of the alcohol starts to evolve with a tangy spirit aspect. The smell of this brew is quite pleasing. The vanilla bean inclusion really mixes well with the natural vanilla scents from barrel aging.

The taste is tangy with spirit infused alcohol. Lots of mildly roasty chocolate malt flavors sit below a plethora of vanilla bean sweetness. The flavor of this brew brings forth the first indications of the exaggerated vanilla flavoring that you can slightly tell that it has to be more than just the barrel character. The alcohol is lightly spicy across the back almost like cinnamon and toasted coconut. Once warm more oak and woodsy quality comes out along with a more intense focus of tangy alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is excessively drinkable for 10.5%. The alcohol is very well integrated and even when warm never felt to me like it was in double-digit realm. A great balanced and enjoyable offering with spicy and woodsy flavors. I'm not completely sold on the idea of rum barrels but this was an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 18:57:32 | More by stakem
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koopa

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a handsome black with a 1 finger khaki crown that displays moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: Very nice vanilla presence over a plethora of dark malts. Definitely some chocolate notes but I can't make out the rest since the vanilla is so prominent.

Taste: The rum barrel presence totally detracts from this solid vanilla bean stout.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall: Drinkability is decent but nothing to write home about. The mouthfeel is really what helps it while the taste holds it back.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 20:02:05 | More by koopa
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this 22oz. bottle on 7/24/11. Bottle #41 of 225.

A - Poured a chocolate brown liquid with a slim tan ring and spotty lacing around the edge of the glass.

S - Vanilla, butterscotch and a hint of sweet rum pushes forth, as anticipated. Caramel, chocolate and woody notes round out the aroma of this delectable stout.

T - Like the aroma, the vanilla and rum attributes really shine, giving the flavor an almost alcoholic candy quality, like butter rum candies. The alcohol warmth is replaced with gentle sweetness, which keeps any harsh alcohol character out of the picture. Imagine bobbing for apples when you were a kid. OK, now imagine bobbing for vanilla-laced caramel and butterscotch cubes in a wooden vat of rum. Yeah...

M - Medium bodied but still fairly slick and smooth, with a hint of warmth on the palate. Carbonation is subtle.

D - Bangin' version of Dark Apparition with plenty of vanilla and rum barrel characteristics. Jackie O's does rum barrels right!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:18:34 | More by ffejherb
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Deuane for sharing this one. Lucky me for picking it out...A 650 mL bomber.

A: The stout is a dark brown color, thick and murky enough to resemble blackness but not quite there. A tan colored head sits handsomely atop the brew.

S: Sweet vanilla beans, sturdy, stand out in the nose. It even goes so far as to crowd out the stout body. Rum adds a fruitier aspect but the vanilla is the clear winner.

T: Thankfully the taste delivers more than just the intense vanilla. While there, the beans don't play such a forceful role. The rum barrel adds an interesting tandem of oaken strength and sickly sweet booze. I'm not a bug rum fan, so the flavor requires a few sips to get used to. There is plenty of stout running around as well, bold chocolates and burnt grains. The dark roasted aspects go well with the vanilla but the rum seems to be the odd man out, struggling to coalesce. Still good though.

M: The mouthfeel is pleasantly sweet, the vanilla smoothing out most of the rough edges of both the stout and the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 13:30:00 | More by akorsak
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I missed the release where they sold this one, so thanks to strikertown for trading it to me at one of the other releases.

Pours dark black with no head. Rum barrel beers never seem to have a head. There's a dark ring around the edge of the beer but no head over the rest of it.

Smell is HUGE vanilla and not a whole lot else. Maybe some chocolate and oak but the vanilla mostly covers up whatever else there is.

The taste is also extremely vanilla forward, but there's more than just the vanilla. It's not nearly as dark and roasty as the regular dark apparition, as the rum aging seems to have pushed some of that out, but there's a nice burned bitterness in the background and it's not nearly as sweet as you might expect. The bottle says to expect candied orange notes, and while I wouldn't have said orange specifically, there's a subtle citrusy tartness somewhere in the flavor too.

Not super well carbonated but it's extremely smooth and creamy as rum barrel aged beers usually are, and that mouthfeel works well for this beer even without the carbonation.

This is an excellent beer, my favorite of the Dark Apparition treatments that I've had. Probably still not as good as the base beer is, but close.

8.4/10

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 23:18:45 | More by AlexFields
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Similar to the base beer - very dark, with just a touch of transparent brown in the edges. A mocha brown cap fades quickly.

Smell: The aroma blends together well. Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla and dark chocolate. This one is pretty much malt and sweetness in the nose.

Taste: A touch of vanilla really adds some nice depth to the smooth Belgian chocolate, roast malt, and coffee flavors. Really no fusel finish, just a continuation of the smooth flavors all the way through. A light bitterness lasts from the end of the sip into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is light on all of these, maybe a touch more could help out. The smoothness is pretty great though, and overall it does have an almost velvety quality. Full bodied. Maybe slightly oily.

Overall: Tried side by side with the Kopi Luwak and regular Dark Apparition, and I liked this one the best. The vanilla really brought everything together.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 21:51:51 | More by KickInTheChalice
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OakedCanuck

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter. 2011 vintage. Bottle # 129 of 225.

A - Pours a dark black with ever so slight brown edging against the light. Brownish head dissipated quickly, minor lacing

S - Lots of rum, wood, vanilla, toffee, caramel

T - Excellent vanilla flavour backed up by a sweet caramel rum. Roast and chocolate with some charcoal were also present. It was also containing some citric hops and actually I picked up some mandarin oranges!

M - Creamy, medium-heavy, silky!

O - I really enjoyed this beer. The rum could have afforded to be a bit stronger but the madagascan vanilla beans were superb. Really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 21:28:04 | More by OakedCanuck
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Dark Apparition - Vanilla Bean Rum Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.