Dark Apparition - Vanilla Bean Rum Barrel - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by madvermin:
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
Got this from AwYeh as part of our trade; thanks again Luke.
Vintage: 2011, bottle 60/225
Pours opaque black with a thin layer of tan foam on top that dissipates quickly. Leaves no lace whatsoever. Lots of tiny bubbles on the sides of the glass.
Nose is sweet, but only slightly so. Definite vanilla up front, but it is soft and tame. A touch of rum behind it, and a faint milk chocolate all throughout. Potentially phenomenal blend of aromas, if only it was stronger. It doesn't help that no amount of swirling will generate any sort of head to sniff. I only got these once the beer warmed a great deal, and even then it took several sniffs to get anything.
Vanilla up front on the taste is clean, pure, and sweetened, like icing on a cake or ice cream. Rum comes in next, seamlessly taking the baton from vanilla and moving to its own slightly fruity, molasses and cane sugar middle. Distinctive rum flavor is present in spades, but at the same time it doesn't overpower. I guess the malt profile takes a backseat to all of this, as some chocolate and roasted malts are present, but don't make a big show. I happen to love the vanilla and rum though, so I'll give that aspect somewhat of a pass (even if it happens to be a requirement of the style) since it isn't cloying at any point.
Mouthfeel is fluid but syrupy, giving the drinker some of the best of both worlds. No carbonation whatsoever is fine to drink I guess, but I want some to generate head so I can get a better smell of the beer. Drinkability is really fantastic for the style, as I found myself taking swig after swig of this. No hint of the abv at all; even the rum flavors were never offensive. Could have used more malts, especially some to bitter the beer up at the end, but perhaps this is exactly what they were going for. Whatever the case, I enjoyed it a great deal for what it was and hope to try more traditional Jackie O's brews in the future (since they're from my home state and all).
04-23-2011 07:54:02 | More by madvermin
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3.58/5 rDev -7%
This beer is dark brown in color, nearly black, with a small, creamy tan head. Retention is good and some nice lacing is left clinging to the glass.
Vanilla is all over the noise, actually a little bit cloying. Wood and smoke are also present. The malts almost get muted by all the sweetness and the alcohol, the rum notes adding to the confusion a bit. This is a nice aroma that just gets overrun a bit.
The flavor is an odd mix of smoke and wood with more of a charcoal taste coming though mixing with something of a citrus tang. This one's actually a bit confusing and I just think the elements don't mingle as well as they could, making this one somewhat tasty but also somewhat chaotic. This is just one where the things meant to make the beer special overwhelm it instead.
The mouthfeel is smooth and the body fills out with each sip without getting filling. Levels of carbonation are appropriate for it to work.
This is one that has a great base but is run over by the vanilla and rum. It does make me interested in trying other variations of it. That aside, just because it's not great doesn't mean it's not good. I still like it.
04-08-2011 14:55:10 | More by Brenden
2.98/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
05-27-2012 01:22:31 | More by SpeedwayJim
2.38/5 rDev -38.2%
Bomber thanks to the late (on BA) chswimmer on his birthday. The man has a liver of steel.
Black as the night in color with a one finger tan head.
Huge vanilla and rum on the aroma with mild roast and chocolate.
The flavor is just too unbalanced with vanilla bean and rum overwhelming everything else. Some oak and chocolate hide in the background.
A little syrupy with carbonation on the low side.
Disappointing. Goes to show you can just mix a bunch of intense flavors and throw them in a barrel to make a good beer. Well sometimes you can, but not always. Yes I am giving a rating like this to a -bal aged imperial stout from a hyped-up brewery. Deal with it.
03-01-2011 02:27:51 | More by nickd717
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
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
07-25-2011 13:30:00 | More by akorsak
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
10-08-2011 02:32:50 | More by mikesgroove
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
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured into a snifter. Bottle #66 of 225. 2011 vintage. This was my favorite beer on-tap at the release, but my palate was less than fresh by the time I got to this.
3.0 A: Black color. An aggressive pour yielded barely one finger of light brown head that fell pretty quickly, but did leave a bit of lacing behind.
5.0 S: This smells amazing! Really absolutely wonderful. What a difference a clean palate makes! The vanilla and rum are both present in ample amounts and work extremely well together. Lots of chocolate, a moderate roastiness, some oak and caramel, and overall sweet but far from cloying. Not a hint of alcohol.
4.0 T: The taste is several steps below the nose and the nose isn't really indicative of how this tastes. The aroma suggests a sweet, rich chocolately stout, but in reality, it's much drier than can be expected. There's a healthy moderate bitterness in here. Whether it comes from the dark malts alone or if there is some hop contribution is not apparent. The vanilla and rum are much less apparent than in the nose, but are still a feature. Moderate roastiness with much less chocolate, caramel, and overall sweetness than the nose. Again, alcohol is well hidden. It's still a tasty beer, just not an outstanding one.
3.5 M: The mouthfeel leaves much to be desired. While I wanted a thick, rich body, this only offers a medium one. The carbonation is on the lower end of acceptable. Super smooth, but could be creamier and a thicker body would certainly help with that.
4.0 D: I had a great time smelling this beer, a pretty good time tasting it, and a mediocre time sloshing it around in my mouth so I guess the experience is overall positive. I've never had the original Dark Apparition, but the bourbon barrel variety was much thicker and richer than this one. I'm not sure what happened in that rum barrel, but hopefully the next time this is released, the body is richer and the taste is deeper.
04-25-2011 01:17:21 | More by DavoleBomb
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
Bottle opened by Pete. Served in a snifter.
Pours near black with a thin mocha head. Decent staying power after a swirl with some light legs. The nose is pretty nice with a good amount of chocolate and vanilla plus a nice warming boozy character. The flavor is really quite nice with some sugary vanilla and chocolate plus a bit of roast. There is a slight amount of dark rum character, though I don't think I'd pick this up if I hadn't known about it. Feel is ridiculously-creamy and smooth with a bit of back-end booze. Drinks really well; I really enjoyed this one.
02-14-2011 19:56:39 | More by Thorpe429
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
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
Reviewed from bottle release on 2/5/11. When I read about this beer, I couldn't wait to try it. My first sip was at breakfast after driving most of the night and sitting out in the cold waiting to get in. Luckily this beer didn't disappoint! Ended up getting a larger pour later that night in a snifter.
Poured dark in color with a darker brown head. Lacing clung in spots to the glass. Head hung around until almost the drink was gone.
Like you would expect, lots of vanilla notes throughout. Very sweet smelling, with some alcohol smell coming through late. Good roasted malts balances out the drink nicely. Hints of chocolate draw you in and hook you.
Just like the nose, very sweet vanilla flavor dominates the first part of the drink. Full flavors keep coming with dark fruits adding some depth. A little spice, maybe a little booze taste cut into the sweetness. Drink ends with some bitterness mixed with some coffee and chocolate flavors.
Still not quite a full body. Light carbonation. A tinge chewy to the mouth.
Overall a very enjoyable drink. Lots of flavors come through and give a lot of character to this beer. Very impressed with these barrel aged beers from Jackie O's. Could sit and drink this all night on a winter evening!
02-12-2011 05:14:16 | More by HosP
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
I was a big fan of the Vanilla DA when I had it on tap, let's see how throwing it in a rum barrel turned out. Bottle shared by me at DLD.
A - Black beer, slightly viscous looking, with a small mocha head that faded to oblivion and left the sides of the glass clean.
S - I like the vanilla beers that Jackie O's has put out because they seem focused on vanilla. Big vanilla smell here with the usual slightly roasted malt character and a touch of coffee. Some barrel and an interesting rum smell.
T - There is a ton of vanilla and a lot of rum going into this. Rum seems pretty hard to work with, as it tends to overpower a lot of the other flavors and bury the base beer in an odd way. Wood and a little bit of sugar, this is a very sweet stout, with the rum making it seemingly sweeter. It's alright, but I like the regular vanilla version better.
M - Little bit thin, but nothing to really complain about. Soft carbonation and smooth.
O - Not a bad beer, but not great. It's fun to see Brad put unique combinations together and try things out. Not my favorite, but worth giving it a go.
05-12-2011 16:34:05 | More by AgentZero
Dark Apparition - Vanilla Bean Rum Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.