Dark Apparition - Nuts - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 28
Gots: 1 | 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)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stakem on 02-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with hazelnut, almond, pecan, cashew, and coconut.
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4 oz. sample at JO's 6th Anniversary. I prefer Oil of Aphrodite everytime over Dark App, but as an "Oilized" beer, I had high hopes for this.

4.0 A: Black color. Came with just a touch of creamy beige head that retained well.

4.5 S: It's Dark App...with NUTZ! Allegedly brewed with five types of nuts, but I'm not sure whether black walnuts (the feature nut of Oil) are included. Moderate roastiness, good bit of coffee, and sharp, almost spicy chocolate. Dark caramel malts and molasses. The nuts put this over the top. Really, it is amazing. Cashews and peacans specifically speak out.

5.0 T: The nuts take over the taste. Tons of nuttiness and the variety of nuts used is fully realized. Plenty of chocolate again. Coffee right after that. Light to moderate roastiness that lingers into the aftertaste. Good bit of molasses with light caramel.

4.5 M: Whether it is from the nuts or the newest batch, this is much heartier than the Dark Apps I've had in the past. Heavy body, but still on the lighter end of the spectrum. Good moderate carbonation and great creaminess. Super smooth.

5.0 D: I hope JO's and every other brewery jam pack beers with nuts. It seems to do magic every time. I've always though Dark App was tasty, but far from elite. Nuts have made this beer into just that.

More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Lee via a BA in OH – much obliged!

Pours black with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of dark chocolate and a smooth nuttiness. The only one I can definitively pick out is hazelnuts but there are others in there.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the nut influence is not as pronounced. Rich roasted malts up front are joined quickly by toasted nut flavors. Midway through the nuttiness is cut by the addition of smooth dark chocolate that carries through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this was a very solid beer and a surprising one as no one knew the story behind the growler’s contents. Very interesting and well worth a shot.

Photo of joshuagarrett4
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mishugga for hooking up a 32 oz growler of this. This being a rather rare treat, and my 1 year BA anniversary having just past, it seems like a good time for my first ever review:

A: Color is about as close to black as brown can get. Head was a little weak.
S: Holy nuts! If you put this under my nose blindfolded, I would definitely think I was getting a nut brown ale. Some nice roasty notes come through too.
T: The nuttiness. is very abundant here. If I were going to label this one, I'd call it an imperial black nut brown ale, with the nut brown ale part slightly dominating the stout part. I'm not sure what nuts they are using in here, but I get walnuts quite a bit, maybe pecans.
M: A bit thin for an imperial stout, which is why I would rather call it an imperial brown ale.
O: I liked this beer a lot. For my first review, this is a very difficult one to review to style, as it is its own thing. Poor imperial stout. Poor nut brown ale. Fantastic beer!

Photo of CaptainRaisin
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful stuff here.

Beautiful nitro pour at the brewery. "Beer Porn"

Nutty, soft vanilla/crème notes. Chocolate and coffee.

Mhm. This is certainly not bad at all. You can definitely gather the roasty, nutty flavors right off the bat. Maybe roasted almonds. The chocolate and crème aren't far behind.

A slick, smooth elixir that is far from cloying.

Killer. They are not in the business of normal, run of the mill craft brews. Always a twist or turn with these guys.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #189/300. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with an off-white collar. A few wisps.

Smell - Dark chocolate. Lots of nuttiness. Nonspecific nuts, I guess because they used a variety. Boozy.

Taste - Incredibly nutty. Dark chocolate with a ton of nuts. A little bit astringent in the finish with the slightest red wine flavor.

Mouthfeel - Chewy. Slightly harsh in the finish from the red wine flavors and the nuts.

Overall - Well, the nut treatment is very strong. Too strong, I think.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, brown finger of head, plenty lace.

Aroma: mild woodsy bourbon, chocolate, coffee, roast, raisins, and there is a sweet nuttiness. It's really hard to pull out specific nuts since it melds so well. Coconut isn't a nut though lol

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts, some espresso, light vanilla and woody bourbon. Again, its nutty, but specifics are difficult.

It's full bodied, somewhat chewy. A nice and different treatment to a great stout.

Thanks John!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle shared with alex for the fourth of july party. split into twin tasters/

jet black pour with a good inch and a half of wonderfully colored head on top started off the session just right.

aroma is dark roasted nuts, cocoa, a ton of rich brown sugar and a touch of tobacco. really just complex as hell and not at all what i was expecting. a bit thin on the feel, but not terrible just more of a big stout then an ris. still though the flavor came across very, very well with each sip complenting the one before. dark, dark chocolate, lots of roasted malts and tons of rich, dark flavors. this was exactly what i was looking for. smooth and creamy finish left the flavor of light smoke an brown sugar on the tongue with a touch of vanilla sealing it off.

Photo of oline73
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on-tap at the Jackie O's release event this weekend. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a layer of fluffy tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Quite roasty and sweet with some dark chocolate and nuts.

Taste: Roasty cashew heaven. Dark chocolate with some alcohol. Very nutty with a somewhat bitter finish. This beer tastes like alcoholic cashews, amazing.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This is probably the best nut beer I have ever had. Very natural and really good. A great desert beer.

Photo of DROOO
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

shared by mishuggah march 27 (2011) out of a growler into a spooky night of the living ale's tasting glass. cheers dood!

maple, candied walnuts, coffee, sweet chocolate, biscuits.

light tan head that you basically had to swirl to see. body was a dark brown black with transparent brown edges.

i didn't find it to taste as sweet as it smelled, although it tasted like a moist piece of chocolate cake. i picked up some nuttiness resembling walnuts accompanied with a slight roasty character.

light-medium, creamy, slightly oily

i enjoyed the nutty chocolate nose better than the taste. there were some interesting layers of flavor. i enjoyed the chocolate aspects best and would have preferred a stronger nut presence. i prefer my imperial stouts thicker in mouthfeel, however, overall, this was a good beer.

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another big one from Jackie O's thanks to rudzud. Bottle 151/300

Pours a light fizzy head, light lacing, super dark pitch black thick beer with long legs.

Nose is super dark, acrid roast, a definite nutty aroma with hints of coffee, dark char, bit of super dark chocolate, little booze as well.

Taste is again super dark malt, acrid roast out front again, bit of dark chocolate and char, burnt caramel, thick syrupy sweet malt character too, bit lush creamy, hint of over roasted coffee. Then nutty flavors, mixed nuts, chewy, a bit of a candy bar like character with teh choc, nuts, and caramel. Light vanilla barrel notes I think, butter earthy hops and biter chocolate, rich. Finish is long dark choc, bit more barrel notes I think, and more bitter acrid char.

Mouth is full bod, rich dark thick, bit syrupy, some warming booze, decent lighter carb.

Overall not bad, many of the other Dark Apparitions I think were better, but it's def interesting and tasty, just a bit too acrid, or maybe it's too fresh.

Photo of Spider889
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is possibly my favorite Dark Apparition variation.

I have heard lots about how fat and oils can great affect a beer's head retention among other things. But this beer pours with a tall head in spite of the nuts. Thick and black.

The aroma and flavor are wonderful. The nuts add a sweet roastiness and smooth complexity to Dark Apparition. Aromas of rich chocolate, light char, and chestnut. The flavors are more along the lines of almond and coffee, with chocolate sweetness as well.

Slightly boozy, but I can't fault the beer. The sweet nuttiness is smooth. Very sticky mouthfeel. Overall just an excellently executed one-off.

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sigh... I was about ready to throw in the towel when a growler of this was opened up at the finewinemike event, but I'm glad I had one last small glass before calling it a day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose was complex in this beer, showing an interesting array of licorice, roasted malt, some pecans and light dark chocolate. The chocolate and pecans seemed to come out even more on the palate, with some light coffee and vanilla as well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and I thought the beer finished well. The beer was not at all heavy or tiring on the palate, and I thought this beer hid its high alcohol rather well. Drinkability was actually pretty good, which is something that was hard to appreciate at this point in the tasting.

A very, very nice beer from the folks at Jackie O.

Photo of projectflam86
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thin head. Decent lacing left behind.

S- Mellow roasted aroma with some notes of chocolate and anise oil.

T- Big roasted flavor with bittersweet chocolate and black licorice. The almonds, pecans, and hazelnuts are mild but definitely present and add depth to this already complex flavor profile. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M- Full bodied and well carbonated.

O- This brew is nearly perfect. I thought the roasted nuts would get buried beneath the huge RIS backbone but they shine thru nicely.

Photo of scottfrie
2.51/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle 84, batch 300, bottled 2012. Thanks again StormKing47.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a finger of dark tan head. Head faded into a lasting collar leaving a few spots of spotty lace down the glass.
S: Vanilla, coconut, caramel, and dark chocolate. Unfortunately, I think I detect a few notes of sherry and tart cherries.
T: Yep, sour cherry infection hits first and overshadows the stout flavors. The finish is full of thick dark chocolate milkshake and a good dose of coffee, and the aftertaste has notes of vanilla and roast. The stout flavors in the finish are at least very rich, thick, and potent, so at least I could see how this beer would have been fresh.
M: Spritzy, foamy, and tingly infected carbonation, thick body, chewy, but unfortunately tart, carbonation.
O: Another disappointment from JO’s. What’s sad is this tastes like it would have been a really excellent beer.

Photo of mistakebythelake
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 oz sample at Jackie O's.

Another great Dark App treatment by Brad. A dark roasted blackish color with a light head. The smell of the nuts definitely hits you as i brought the glass up to my nose. Could immediately smell the almonds. A very nice balance of the roasted nuts, with some chocolate and bitterness. Rich and fairly thick on the mouthfeel. Easily could have enjoyed more as it is not overpowering and it is definitely a stout to enjoy in these winter months in Ohio.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this growler home from the epic Jackie O's tasting for my wife, Gina, since she wasn't able to attend.

A. Pours black with brown edges with a small tan cap that leaves touches of residual lacing.

S. Dark chocolate with some vanilla and a lot of nuts - like a peanut butter chocolate beer.

T. Nuts are prominent upfront with chocolate and other dark roasted malt. Some vanilla and caramel come out as it warms.

M. Fairly thick luscious body with nice creamy carbonation.

D. Great. Good flavor and body. Goes down easily. I'm glad I got a chance to try this. These Dark Apparition variations continue to surprise and please me.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub on 2/5/11. Pours black with a finger of dark brown head that thins out and holds close to the edge of the glass. As it warms, patches of lacework form and hold along the glassware.

The smell of this brew is completely dominated by nuts. Like, the nuttiness is not just a contributing scent, this is an all out nutty madness. I found myself desperately trying to smell something other than the nuts which produced a light indication of fresh grains that is well hidden behind the nuts. Some roasty chocolate and coffee appears as this brew warms along with a slight citrus hop indication.

This brew tastes absolutely oily with nuts. It's like throwing a handful of walnut and hazelnuts in your mouth and washing it down with a stout. The aftertaste of that is what this tastes like mid palate. Slightly bitter from a combination of roasted grains and citrus hops. It finishes with a light indication of alcohol and a faint musty grain taste appears as this brew warms. It leaves a long lingering aftertaste in your mouth tasting like a combination of hazelnut and walnut. Not bad, but very bold.

This was a medium bodied offering with a somewhat smooth feel and light amount of carbonation. Easy drinking and an interesting enjoyable one off that is very nutty. For me, it would have been a bit easier going down if the nuttiness was turned back a few clicks. The alcohol is fairly well hidden for what I believe is 10%? My first impression of this brew was a bit overwhelming with the nuttiness. It would have been much more enjoyable if the nut character was tamed down a little but it grew on me as the experience went on. Not bad. This is a must try if you enjoy the nuts...

Photo of stewart124
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is what was on tap at Dutch's in Cincinnati Ohio. The board said Dark Apparition with Walnuts.

Poured into a snifter. Obsidian black with tan head. Beautiful.

Some espresso notes in the nose with big roasted characters.

Super smooth. Wow. I would have thought a RIP would need some age on it but this is wonderful. Full bodied but I could put back a few of these, There is a bitterness in the background but this compliments the beer so well. There is no edge to this. Fantastic beer. I need to try another version of this.

The roasted characters come through so well. I am guessing the nuts just round out the harsh bitterness from roasted malts and the hops to back it up.

Very pleased to have tried this.

Photo of mishuggah
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Urbancaver for the growler!

Review from my notes on 3.27.11

A: Very dark brown/black with slight amber colors around the rim of the glass. Small, brownish head on top.

S: I am getting a lot of toasted nuts in the smell, with the requisite roasty notes. I am also getting some sweet creaminess as well.

T: Big, nutty flavor. I could see that being lost in the other big flavors that are also in the beer. The DA base is working quite well with the nuts, very enjoyable.

M: Thick and oily, but not syrupy. Somewhat low on the carbonation, but that is not a detriment.

O: Complex, nutty flavors working with the big base give this a very earthy flavor. Very well rounded and drinkable, a fantastic experiment. This beer makes me wish I had access to the great things Jackie O's is doing these days.

Photo of seeswo
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this a few times. Pours black with a light cocoa head. The nose is a decadent, roasted malt and chocolate nuts. Seriously. The taste is similar - roasted malts, and a really delicious flavor of chocolatey nuts. The flavor is an astounding and interesting elevation of the imperial stout. Unique and yet flavors that are familiar. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. The body is substantial and yet, this beer is quick drinkable and relatively creamy. I would strongly recommend starting at cellar and letting it get warmer as what makes this beer special is hardly evident out of the fridge. Great job BC! This is a favorite.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark dark brown with a good amount of brown head. Smells very heavily of nuts... Hazelnuts and pecans mostly. Tns of nuttiness. Tastes super nutty... Very smooth and rich. Tons of but... Amazing. This is a phenomenal combination of malt and nuts. An awesome experiment by brad!

Photo of Sean9689
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another huge thanks to BC for the growler. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Looks like DA...black, light mocha head, thin ring, wisps.

S - Chocolate covered toasted nuts, burnt sugars, roasted malt. A very rich, dessert-like nose, that was hard to keep away from my nose. Excellent stuff.

T - Similar to the nose. Chocolate, toasted nuts, light roast, sweet roasted malts. This is a very sweet beer, but the nuts really help take some of that away and add an excellent twist on an already good base beer.

M - Full, rich and smooth, viscous, creamy finish.

O - Another winner here from Jackie O's. My favorite Dark App variant and super-pumped I was able to try it. Once again, thanks Brad and looking forward to having this one on-tap at JO's.

Photo of brew3crew
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Part of an epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and Co.

A-pitch black with a nice tan head. Looks amazing
S-amazing nut smell
T-lots of hazelnut. Nice toasred feeling. Finishes nice and chocokatly
M-medium bodied and oh so smooth. Absoluelty amazing beer
O-wow. This is amazing. One of the best I have ever had

Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared this with JLindros and crew while up in Maine for The Festival. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle # 151/300. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a nice dark brown with a light one finger tan head that fades to a thin halo and leaves rather nice side lacing / legs.

S - Chocolate, cream, nuts, light roast, good earthy notes. Super, super dark chocolate thing going on.

T - Roasted nuts, cream, vanilla bean, dark dark malts, light bourbon, sweet malts, big dark chocolate notes, light nut honey candy. I like that 'so nutty its nearly acrid' note this beer has on the tongue. Bitter lingering finish.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation, quite drinkable.

O - Overall, different strokes for different folks I suppose. While probably my least favourite of the Dark Apparition series I still thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Was hesitant to age this for any true amount of time, due to fear of losing the nuttiness. I stand by my choice.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 02/04/12 notes. Had on tap twice at EBF day session, up in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, toasted malts, spice, coffee, and maybe a little anise.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, nuts, chocolate, alcohol, toasted malts, and cofee. Very nice, more nuts then the nose.

m - Medium to full body. Smooth, not a lot of alcohol present. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall another nice DA variant. Not my favorite but somewhere in the middle of the pack of DA's. Taste definitely has a ton of nuts to it. Would like to have it again.

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Dark Apparition - Nuts from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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