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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
86
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Spider889 on 06-25-2011)
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

djrn2, Sep 09, 2012
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.

Thorpe429, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +2.3%

acurtis, Jan 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

nmann08, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 08, 2011
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 23, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
2.15/5  rDev -45%
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.

largadeer, Mar 04, 2012
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.

jlindros, Oct 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

oline73, Sep 11, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/17/11 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; thanks Mike! Always like trying new Jackie O's beers. Bottle 240 of 240.

a - Pours a dark brown color with an inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like the others, pretty good.

s - Smells of alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, brandy, and sweet vanilla. Alcohol is very prominent, moreso than the other versions, and the vanilla is minimal, unlike the others.

t - Tastes of brandy and alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruity malts. No real vanilla here and again, lots of booze. Very strong again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some definite alcohol heat.

o - Overall a very good beer, but no where near as good as the other versions I've had. My least favorite of the DA beers so far; would personally sit on this for a while or trade for the other versions. Worth trying though and still a well done beer.

mdfb79, Sep 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle 240 of 240 shared by Mike and Mike.

Appearance is like the other apparitions, dark black with a slight mocha colored head. The aroma of this bottle is an abomination. Smells like a vanilla butter chardonnay cake. Artificial and gross. Flavor attempts to recover from the aroma and isn't quite as vomitous. Still fairly sweet, with a very strong brandy presence from the barrel, as well as interesting layers of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, butter, caramel and brown sugar. Overall, a fairly unique experience from the draft version (which I need to dig out my notes of), but this is my least favorite DA of the most recent release.

yourefragile, Aug 18, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

corby112, Jun 24, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

stakem, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is dark brown with a finger of tan head. The aroma is quite nice and complex, with brandy, oak, and roast. The flavor brings vanilla and oak with some booze and barrel notes. I seem to like this brew considerably more than my esteemed cohorts. The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish has a subtle harsh kick with some booze notes. Overall, I thought this complex, tasty, and interesting. I would have it again.

Huhzubendah, Aug 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a very dark brown color with a thin, bubbly, tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a lot of dark fruits coming out in it with notes of fig and plum being the most noticeable. Some brown sugar flavors mix with a little roasty, chocolaty, stout flavors. The sweeter, dark fruits flavors are pretty bold in it, but it's a pretty good aroma overall.

The taste shows the dark fruits more up front with some fig, plum and cherry notes coming out. In the finish I get more chocolate and cocoa to it with just a little bit of a roasty presence. Some alcohol is noticeable in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is heavy with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a pretty solid beer. It has a lot of sweeter, dark fruits and chocolate flavors to it but it managed to pull everything together pretty nicely.

billab914, Dec 02, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

HopHead84, Sep 01, 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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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Rhettroactive, Jun 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

TurdFurgison, Nov 14, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

chippo33, Nov 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

bsuedekum, Jun 15, 2012
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Dark Apparition Brandy Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.