Dark Apparition - Vanilla Bean Rum Barrel - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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3.51/5 rDev -8.8%
22oz bottle into matching Jackie O’s snifter. 2012 vintage, bottle 157 / batch 240. A warm thank you to HosP for sending me this years ago.
A: Pours black with a thin dirt brown film of a head that quickly disappeared into a soft collar. Streaky and soapy lacing was left down the glass.
S: Mellow notes of rum, chocolate, and whole vanilla bean. I get a touch of caramel and maybe some coffee as well. I never had this fresh (when I assume all the flavors were brighter), but I am pleasantly surprised at how much the vanilla still dominates the nose.
T: Rich flavors of chocolate, coffee and molasses hit first, followed by the rum barrel. The finish is strangely sweet and almost fruity, and I get notes of raisins, caramel, cola, and leather. The aftertaste is where the vanilla really comes through, and notes of whole vanilla bean, toasted marshmallows, and roasted coffee linger on my palate. Flavors definitely taste aged and slightly oxidized.
M: The carbonation was my least favorite part of this beer as it was spritzy and foamed up on my palate. Once it subsided though, the full body and slicky, greasy mouthfeel were fairly pleasurable to drink.
O: Great flavor but I think this was a little past its prime. Vanilla and rum still came through very well though. Thanks again, Mark.
07-03-2014 02:08:24 | More by scottfrie
4/5 rDev +3.9%
1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
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.
01-31-2014 01:52:33 | More by buschbeer
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
05-17-2013 07:09:02 | More by jlindros
District of Columbia
3.79/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
05-11-2013 20:43:33 | More by Huhzubendah
4.36/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
05-07-2013 22:29:50 | More by rudzud
2.45/5 rDev -36.4%
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.
03-16-2013 01:20:54 | More by Alieniloquium
1.61/5 rDev -58.2%
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.
01-18-2013 12:30:09 | More by nlmartin
4.23/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
12-06-2012 20:21:23 | More by cosmicevan
Dark Apparition - Vanilla Bean Rum Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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