Dark Apparition Brandy Barrel - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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3.45/5 rDev -11.8%
Thanks go out to BA Therealnomayo for hosting a tasting that included every barrel aged version of dark app. The brew pours dark brown to black with a mochoa colored head. A light swirl aggitates bubbles back to the surface.
The smell is quite tangy with alcohol esters and almost a vinous element that seems like it is too much. The oak/barrel aging reveals itself with suggestions of coconut mixed with raw oak and a bit of vanilla. Not the best dark app treatment but not horrible either.
The taste is quite tangy with alcohol. Some raw oak, vanilla and ash tray aftertaste. As it warms up, there is cocoa and coffee hints but the tangy alcohol is not well integrated with its vinous and nearly tart components.
This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Im guessing the vinous elements of this barrel is what caused the distraction and made the character of this brew just clash. Dark app on its own has some tang to it but this brandy barrel really exaggerated it and not in a good way. While not a bad beer, I would opt for any other treatment than this one.
08-28-2012 18:53:44 | More by stakem
2.18/5 rDev -44.2%
The second bottle in the six beer set that we'd assembled. I think this one came from claaark13. Cheers!
From a bomber into a snifter
Bottle 99 of 240
APPEARANCE: Much the same as the base beer, with a couple improvements. Pours out dark brown, almost black, and yields a small, medium looking, fizzy tan head with half decent retention. Retains a little better than the base beer, but also fades quickly to a thin ring. Black opaque body with next to zero carbonation evident. A ring remains and leaves a few dots of lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Roasted malts, brandy and ribs! Burnt meat and BBQ sauce. Some dark chocolate and coffee notes in there, but this is all about ribs and BBQ sauce in the backyard by the pool. Whoa. Pretty off-putting.
TASTE: Starts with some roasted malts, tobacco brandy, and the BBQ suace is a little more subtle here. Luckily, though it actually works a little better here. Not that that's saying much. Caramel sweetness and a touch of dark chocolate at the swallow, moving into a bold and lingering aftertaste of brandy barrel, roasted and smoked malts, and caramel sweetness. Some alcohol shows up as well and give it a bit of a hair spray character as well.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate but a touch too light for the style. Goes down smooth and finishes very sticky on the palate. A little too cloying for my tastes. Same cloying feel as the base beer, though a touch lighter in body.
OVERALL: Hair spray and BBQ sauce are not the qualities I'm usually looking for in a barrel aged imperial stout, and this time was no different. I don't know where these flavors came from, but as a collective community here, we should do whatever it takes to make sure they generally don't feel welcome. Train wreck of a beer. Avoid.
07-11-2012 17:25:49 | More by Jeffo
3.83/5 rDev -2%
Huge thanks to Photekut for sendig this my way. Shared with PALMEJ1.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger beige head that slowly fading into a lasting cap. Really good retention with chunks of soapy lace left behind.
Roasted malt aroma with a decent barrel presence thats nicely integrated . Subtle toasted oak, vanilla and booze followed by sweet and dark malt notes. Hints of slightly burnt malt, coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal.
Medium bodied with a nice balanced of brandy barrel, roasted and sweet malt notes. Really sweet with a strong boozy barrel presence. Hits of toasted oak, charred wood and brandy followed by some coffee, dark chocolate and smokey, roasted malt. A bit thinner than expected and a bit too much sweetness. Lots of boozy flavor but not too hot. Decently quaffable.
06-24-2012 01:42:11 | More by corby112
3.23/5 rDev -17.4%
22oz. bomber #34/240. Poured into a Cigar City snifter.
Just like the others. Dark, heavy, and sticky. Oily legs but no head and no lacing.
Nose is vanilla, booze, wood, and leather. Some chocolate, fudge, and prunes. Sweeter than the others and lacking that slight tartness from the base. That helps.
Opens sweet nuttiness. Some caramel, prunes, and chocolate. Tartness from the base hits hard and fast. Anise and more prunes towards the middle. Finishes roasty with hints of cocoa powder and cream. Aftertaste is more tartness. Pretty middle of the road considering its peers.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down warm and sticky. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Again, a bit thin but the barrel helps.
Not quite as good as the Kopi and Bourbon but a bit better than the base and the vanilla, this one sits squarely in the middle of the Dark Apparition offerings. A decent beer but this keeps me wishing the base beer was better.
06-07-2012 00:44:28 | More by SpeedwayJim
4/5 rDev +2.3%
22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Shared this guy in line at DLD. Bottle # 52/240.
A: Pours a dark black with a thin tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to thin ring and leaves some splotches of lace along the edges of the glass.
S: The brandy barrel shines giving this beer an extra layer of sweetness. Sweet brandy, roasted malts, bitter chocolate and some light oak.
T: Sweet brandy, some oak, a little butterscotch and caramel sweetness. Both bitter bakers chocolate and milk chocolate with a just a bit of roasted malts and vanilla on the finish.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. The finish is roasty and sweet, but not drying at all.
O: The brandy barrel takes a slightly above average beer and turn it into a great one. I really enjoyed the sweetness from the barrel. Would like to have again.
05-06-2012 14:30:02 | More by Treebs
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
A- Pours a black color with just a few brownish colored bubbles. Pretty much zero head and no lacing at all.
S- Quite a bit of brandy here for sure. A lot of booze. Dark fruits, burnt sugar, vanilla and wood.
T- Quite a bit of brandy and dark fruits up front. Some wood, chocolate, light coffee, and vanilla. Quite a bit of booze here too.
M- Lighter side of medium in body and fairly low in carbonation.
O- I was pretty excited to get to try this one. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but its not my favorite of the Dark Apps.
04-28-2012 09:47:31 | More by nrbw23
4.18/5 rDev +6.9%
22oz bottle opened on 2-14-12.
A - Pours a motor oil brown with a one finger dark brown head. Good retention, but fades to the edges and leaves good lacing.
S - Brandy, cherry, chocolate.
T - Smooth chocolate with a cherry-brandy finish.
D - Good carbonation and a nice lighter body.
O - I was affraid this one would be strong, but it was very nice and balanced.
03-18-2012 05:02:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
2.15/5 rDev -45%
Nickd717 shared this one. Thanks for the tick.
Opaque black body capped by a thin but lasting light tan froth. Sweet, buttery nose. A lot of slick diacetyl, tart dark fruit, sweet barrel notes, butterscotch. Palate is slick and buttery up front, some noticeable sweetness from the barrel along with mild tannins. Dark fruit and charred malt toward the mid-palate, some burnt acidity and a little heat in the finish. Ends with a big grape alcohol character. This is alright, by no means good. The base beer seems to be afflicted with diacetyl and a burnt acidic malt flavor.
03-04-2012 05:56:20 | More by largadeer
Dark Apparition Brandy Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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