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

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Dark Apparition Brandy BarrelDark Apparition Brandy Barrel

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BA SCORE
87
very good

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 43
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Spider889 on 06-25-2011)
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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.

mikesgroove, Jul 23, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Tripphop, Jun 28, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

GrowlerGirl, Jun 30, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

thagr81us, Jul 18, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

ne0m00re, Jul 18, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Spider889, Jun 29, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a medium dark tannish head. Looks good. The smell is very malty - the brandy and sweet roasted malts glue themselves together with a small presence of booze as well. Taste is that melded brandy and sweet roasted malt richness (small hint of oak). There is a real butteriness to the flavor as well, like toffee or butterscotch. The beer is not boozy, but darn potent. Comes together nicely for me, but if you don't like brandy beers, back away because this isn't shy. Mouthfeel is medium with reasonable carbonation. Overall, I think this is a successful brandy BA Imperial Stout. There is a great potential for harshness with brandy instead of bourbon barrels and this beer avoids that.

seeswo, Jul 21, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Mar 18, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 123 out of 240, poured into a Bruery snifter. Huge thanks to Chad for this one!

A - pitch black with an appropriate amount of brownish head. It coats the glass nicely after a swirl.

S - sweet brandy, chocolate, some dark fruit, alcohol, some oak.

T - tingly sweet brandy, vanilla, wood, chocolate, some smokiness.

M - perhaps a tad bit overcarbed, but otherwise very nice. It is a little warm, but still very pleasant.

O - a really nice brandy barrel brew that I've been wanting to try. A little thinner than I like and maybe a bit too carbonated, but a solid brew otherwise.

GabrielM, Aug 06, 2011
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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.

jlindros, Oct 21, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

srandycarter, Oct 18, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

44th Review
Bottle to snifter.
Bottle 23/240

From notes. Shared at the DL Variant + Others Tasting in Chicago by deadmule back in October. Thanks again Brian - this was a fun one that I was very excited to try...a nice surprise for sure!

A: For simplicity, I’ll call it black. I was debating many other options here, but at the end of the day, it’s just black. One-quarter fingernail (dark tan) head on vigorous pour.

S: Roasted malt in your face with a whisper of dark chocolate and caramel. Overtones of sweet brandy sneak from the glass as I rapidly swirled the beer around.

T: Toffee, dark chocolate, and brandy. Very sweet. Hint of figs/plums hidden in the layers.

M: Somewhere between medium and full-bodied with low carbonation. Nicely put together start to finish.

O: This beer was an excellent introduction for me to Jackie O’s. They have always been on my radar, but never crossed my path. Simply put, it was a solid beer. I’d return to it in the future and look forward to trying their other offerings going forward.

spdyfire83, Dec 05, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

camil1mj, Jul 23, 2011
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Dark Apparition Brandy Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.