Dark Apparition Brandy Barrel - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Dark Apparition Brandy BarrelDark Apparition Brandy Barrel

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very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 45
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Urbancaver on 05-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to kenneyho for sharing this one with me in-line at BASC! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, very sweet alcohol (yum brandy), wood, and a hint of dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, subtle roasted malt, very sweet alcohol, dark chocolate, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I am a big fan of brandy, and that comes with no exception when you talk about beer. The brandy barrels really added a nice touch that was very noticeable and defined to this one. Having had the Bourbon version shortly after this one, I can honestly say this was my favorite of the two without question. Really nicely put together and enjoyable.

Photo of Tripphop
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite treatment of the Dark Apparition thus far, next to the Vanilla. Pours a deep pitch black with a soft brown head that fades to almost nothing. A reddish brown light is revealed around the edges. Small bubbles can be excited with a nice swirl of the tulip releasing soft aromas of chocolate and raisin, although minimal carbonation is present. The taste is decadent, lush dark fruits and chocolate melt and coat the palate. The brandy creates a soothing warmth that melds perfectly with the base beer creating rich layers of malt and fruit and oak. The mouthfeel is vinous and slick. The body is medium, by no means a dessert, it coats the tongue and leaves a great lingering finish of chocolate and booze. An exceptional brew.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma consists of black chocolate with some Macintosh toffee notes and some light brandy. Taste is also a mix between some light dry black chocolate notes with some Macintosh toffee notes and some brandy, which is more pronounced when tasted then in the aroma. Body is full with low carbonation and some light alcohol is apparent though not too strong to distract.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rich dark in color, essentially black as an abyss with no light coming through on this one at allTwo fingers worth of brown, frothy head then gradually formed and pushed just out over the lip of my snifter.

warm vanilla notes waft through the air and perk up my senses. I find that rich aroma comforting and soothing and a sign that it stayed in the barrel just the right amount of time. a complex mixture of chocolate, hints of tobacco and leather, even the finest touches of coffee all coming together and creating a symphony of aroma. Vanilla and brandy notes hit first. Smooth and silky feel here, really very nicely done. It melts seamlessly and effortlessly into a spinning cauldron of coffee and chocolate that just reeks of woody tones and vanilla underpinnings. Warming really starts to bring this out now. Hints of chocolate are now awash on the palate and are starting to flex their muscle through the haze, but the finish belongs to the barrel as the sweet, balanced flavor leaves its mark and fades off into the night.

Photo of largadeer
2.17/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of GrowlerGirl
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We were all happy when Brad started to play with other barrels besides the Bourbon barrels. And it seems that DA goes well with everything! Still waiting for a Port Barreled DA!

Appearance - Dark brown-black, thick.

Smell - Boozy brandy more present, backed with the regular DA nose (chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, toffee, malty, nutty). The DA scents are less prevalent than in the Bourbon Barrel DA.

Taste - Apricot/apple brandy, fig and DA's chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, toffee, malty, nutty notes. Aftertaste bitter chocolate and sweet brandy.

Mouthfeel - Coating light syrup feel with warming alcohol.

Overall - All versions of DA should be consumed, this is a nice addition to the DA line. - yummm.

Photo of camil1mj
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Romulux I got to try DA, Bourbon DA and Brandy DA all in the same night.

A: Dark as night. Small amount of carbonation. Little to no lacing.

S: Sweet, sweet and more sweet with a hint of alcoholic heat.

T: Initially you get a very sweet brandy taste followed by malty and chocolate undertones.

M: Light bodied for the style. A little disappointed as this series has been hyped up. Slightly carbonated.

O: A great series of stouts. Very glad I got to try all three variations from the recent releases. This was in the middle for me, landing between bourbon and the standard DA. This makes me want to try other brandy BA stouts.

Photo of iadler
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by deadmule for our tasting. Another brewery I've been wanting to try for some time. Poured into a snifter. Bottle 23/240

A- Pours a very dark brown with a one finger mocha head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Dark fruits including black cherry and plumb, oak, sweet brandy, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch candy. Pretty sweet.

T- Dark fruits again with cherry, fig, raisins, roasted malt, vanilla, butterscotch, oak, brandy and dark chocolate.

M- Low to medium carbonation and medium body. Very smooth with a fruity sweetness similar to port that finishes a bit dry.

O- I liked this, but thought it was a bit too sweet with the butterscotch candy qualities. Curious to see what the other variations are like.

Thanks again Brian!

Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on the day of the June 25th release. Received in a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Just a touch of creamy beige head.

4.0 S: Vinous brandy with a touch of diacetyl present. Good bit of oak and some vanilla. The brandy is definitely the main attraction. Usually I don't like dark beers in brandy barrels, but this is still as pleasant as the regular. Underneath chocolate and coffee are detectable with the slightest touches of molasses and caramel.

4.0 T: Again, brandy and barrel are strongest. Vinous, boozy brandy, oak, and a good amount of vanilla. Coffee, chococlate, and molasses in respective decreasing intensity.

4.0 M: The barrel treatment somehow made the body a good bit thicker than the regular. Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and smooth.

4.0 D: Good beer and probably my favorite dark, brandy treated beer (which really isn't saying much).

Photo of ne0m00re
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at the Jackie O's release.
A: Very dark brown with a thin creamy collar.
S: Vinous coffee and chocolate, raspberry, good brandy character, sweet.
T: Nice slightly tart raspberry and brandy over the coffee and espresso. Really well balanced with a bit of astringency and roasty finish lingering.
M: Thinner with a slight froth
O: Awesome. Imagine a shot of espresso and a shot of brandy. This surprisingly works well. Easily the best of show at this release.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap to snifter at the Jackie O's bottle release on 6/25/11
*From notes

A: Smoldering and dark. Black as night, with a head the color of brownie batter. A nice .25 finger head with little lacing.

S: Unlike the other Dark Apparition variants, this one is a good deal sweeter on the nose. Red fruits and a hint of hard candy mix with the alcohol and rich chocolate malt.

T: More acidic then any of the other one-off's. The fruit here really comes out to play on the mid, and the finish is molten chocolate with a tart and tannic twist.

M: Really oily and almost thin. I don't know quite what the brandy barrel has done to the mouthfeel and texture, but it's unlike any of the other versions. It's still packing a reasonable amount of carbonation and weight, but this is without question the most dissapointing part of the brew.

O: Jackie O's Brandy Barrel Dark Apparition is a really high quality beer. It has everything going for it but the mouthfeel, which affects the overall presentation and delivery of the finished product.

Not the best of the Dark App's, but an incredible brew none the less.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Brad for hosting this release and putting out another batch of fine beers. Shared at a tasting the other night and served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a dark brown color with a good light tan head and some spots of lacing. Thin cap and collar throughout. Cap covers the collar, but I can assure you that it's there.

The nose has a whole lot of oak and vanillin. It's very, very reminiscent of an oaky chardonnay in that regard. Behind that is some chocolate and roast with light brandy. Very buttery, but not from diacetyl. The flavor takes a step back from that, with a bit of booze and brandy plus some light oak and vanilla and roast. Medium body and very smooth. This is where the barrel really shines.

Overall, quite good, but not at the level of some of the others in the Jackie O's BA stout series.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dfclav for this one. Had at the Stouts and Spiders tasting thanks to Mike. Bottle 3 from batch 240.

Pours a very light fizzy head covering, with a very dark black syrupy beer with some legs.

Nose brings barrel, wood, bread and biscuit malt, hint of chocolate and roast, bit of coffee, loaded with caramel like caramel candies, hint of sweet fruity brandy or brandy soaked raisins or something, dry and bready.

Taste brings some light chocolate, oatmeal even, creamy chocolate milk, again with lots of caramel, tons! A hint of booze sneaks through with a bit of the burnt roast flavor but not a lot of either. A hint of fruit, like fig or brandy soaked raisins again, as it's semi sweet with more creamy chocolate and a light boozy brandy flavor. Light barrel and oak, with a hint of woody esters. Finishes a bit drier with lots more caramel, hint of cinnamon spice, chocolate, oats, chewy, dark chocolate, bitter roast, all lingering on the finish. Its quite bitter but not really an acrid burnt flavor.

Mouth is heavier bodied, lower but decent carb.

Overall really nice, great dark malt flavors, chocolate, bit of roast, tons and tons of caramel, a bit of barrel and wood flavors, some nice brandy with fruit and slight esters, some nice bitterness, and a touch of booze that doesn't kick ass. A nice well rounded tasty beer.

Photo of AgentZero
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown beer with a tan head that had some moderate retention and left the sides of the glass clean.

S - Tons of butter. It's really a butter bomb. There is a bit of brandy and some cocoa sweetness but it is dominated by a very rich buttery smell. I dig butter though, so this isn't an entirely bad thing.

T - Out of all the DA variants I've had, this one is my least favorite. It seems to have turned in some strange way, little bit sweet. Strange butter, brandy doesn't seem to have melded very well with the beer, and doesn't taste good either. A little hot, and hard to get down.

M - Fuller side of medium bodied, a little thin, moderate carbonation.

O - This one didn't turn out well, although based on some other reviews I suspect I may have gotten a bad bottle. Would definitely like to give it another go.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Jackie O's on 8/27/11

Irresponsible Tick #10

Uh... it's really dark - close to black. No head/retention or lace. Brandy imparts a tangy fruit booziness. Burnt molasses and chocolate. Makes for tangy dark fruit. Way thinner than most Dark Apps. Regardless, it's way smooth. Light carbonation. Burnt sugars still emerge, and get messy with the brandy notes. Earthy finish. Not nearly as good as rum.

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sending this my way, Curt.

A: The beer pours black in color with a tan head to go with it.

S: Brandy aromas practically jump out of the glass on this one. Very vinous with a nice spirit character as well. Oak and vanilla are also there, as is a graham cracker sweetness to balance the roast and dark chocolate. Perhaps a hint of butter.

T: The flavor is fairly sweet from all the fruit notes of the brandy. Lots of molasses, graham cracker, and vanilla also contribute to that. All the roast is sort of counteracted here. A little bit of tannic oak is also present.

M: Medium bodied with a low, smooth carbonation.

O: Significantly better than the Bourbon version. The butter on the nose was the thing that held this one back from being a real stand out.

Photo of Spider889
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, a little thin looking with dark brown coffee highlights in the light. Spotty inconsistent lace.

Smells very rich and malty. Brandy isn't exactly notable, but a sweet alcohol presence is definitely there.

Tastes really malty. Loads of coffee and vanilla flavors. Toasted bread crusts and browned barley. The barreling is nice and potent. Sweeter than the bourbon barreled version. There was a little tartness on the finish, but nothing too out of place.

Nice even mouthfeel, I would like this to be thicker, but it is otherwise pleasant. The one thing we noticed was the whatever the barrel tended to be, it always seemed to thin out the Dark Apparition base beer, which was quite thick and heavy itself.

Overall very nice, and especially better than this year's bourbon version.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle opened on 2-14-12.
Bottle #212/240

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.

Photo of ahalloin
2.79/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to Thorpe429 for bringing this to a tasting last night!

Pours a dark blackish-brown with no light permeating. This stuff is very thick, but not completely black like some RIS. Nice light tan head forms and dissipates quickly.

The smell reminds me of a super complex chocolate cake. Chocolate, batter, frosting sweetness. Its all here. There are slight hints of roast and a note of rum raisin. As I found out in a hurry, the smell is definitely, without question, the best part of this beer and it goes down hill from here.

The taste is very weird. There is some chocolately sweetness but is overcome quickly by a crazy amount of coffee bitterness that is not pleasant. I guess it would be akin to chewing a roasted coffee bean. A just plain acrid finish only contributes to the problem of being totally unbalanced toward an awkward bitterness. This is really a strange amalgamation of flavors. Maybe I had a bad bottle.

The mouthfeel also works against the beer with a VERY hot alcohol finish.

Overall this beer has a great aroma, but the flavor is so weirdly unbalanced. I don't recommend going out of your way to try this.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

enjoyed this at a barrel aged tasting on 2011-08-06 alongside regular dark apparition and brandy barrel aged.

2011 #104 of 228

look is identical to all the others...like a black hole with no head at all. the smell is fruit on roasted malt. a bit odd smelling actually. the brandy doesn't help the beer in the flavor, it kind of gives it an identity crisis in my opinion. kind of like chocolate covered fruit. this was a good beer, but not worth the hype and my least favorite of the three.

Photo of stakem
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/27/2011

Bottle shared by Andrew at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Near black with a finger of dark foam that lingers for half a minute.

S: Brown sugar, dark chocolate, and molasses with a nice brandy profile. Smells pretty good except for a persistent butter note that cuts through the more pleasant attributes. Oak accompanies vanilla.

T: Fudge and brown sugar with delicious brandy notes and less butter than was in the nose. It's pretty easy to ignore, actually. Vanilla is light. There's a little plum and a whisper of coffee. Alcohol is evident but not harsh or detracting.

M: Full in body with lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, and creamy.

Overall: Good stuff that would have been much better without the butter notes.

Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black. Check. Not much head. Just thin ring. Very sparse lace. Not much going on visually.

S - Cocoa and light wood. Maybe too cold, but not much giong on on the smell scene either.

T - Nice big sweet malt flavor, mixed with a an almost cherry brandy and wood.

M - Hot, decent carb, good balance.

D - Pretty tasty; I am going to enjoy this whole bottle.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of claaark13. Thanks!

2011 vintage, #115 / 240.

A: Pours an opaque dark brown (basically black -- the lighting isn't strong enough to get into nuances here). A vigorous pour elicits only a pinky finger of mocha head that quickly collapses into a very thin film, which lingers for a long time.

S: Dark-fruit dominated, with brandy (grape) leading the way. Suggestions of fig are noted, as is some vanilla and a touch of oak. Chocolate and notes of molasses also waft toward the nose.

T: Begins with a brandy-barrel sweetness, lending accents of grape and mild vanilla to the base beer's flavors of milk chocolate, roast, and cherry. A light grape tartness (or possibly grainy sourness) going on, and the finish is mildly astringent with lingering flavors of leather, earth, and oak -- they're bitter and a little acrid. Given my odd experience with the 2011 Bourbon iteration, I am of heightened sensitivity here. But maybe I'm just over-cautious. See my "overall" section below for elaboration.

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Mild booziness. I'm not fond of the finish, which leaves leather and oak naked; they're not a good way of closing out this beer.

O: I have to be honest here: I've developed a notion, prior to try this beer, that grape-based spirit/liquor/etc. barrels just don't work for stouts and porters. I arrived at that conclusion after trying several wine-, port-, and brandy-barrel aged beers in those styles and finding them all lacking. I think that grape flavors can work with, but not really enhance, stout flavors. So when I say I'm not impressed by this, you should take it with a grain of salt and keep my possible bias in mind.

I also drank the 2011 Bourbon Dark Apparition recently, and found it to have a grainy sourness or beginning-infection flavor. I find a similar flavor in the Brandy DA, but in this beer it's less pronounced, so I'm inclined to think it's just from the brandy. Whatever the case, it brings the beer down, and the finish, which is jarring, hurts it more.

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Dark Apparition Brandy Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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