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

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 81
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
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 yourefragile
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of GabrielM
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (1,034 characters)

Photo of camil1mj
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of abecall98
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Loki83 for sharing this rare beer.

A - pours a very dark black, tan lacing head. Great for the style, not much to say here.

S - wow, sweet butterscotch and caramel nose, and fresh vanilla. Wow. Not much brandy or barrel prescence, but I don't care, the beer smell great.

T - nothing like nose. It begins like an imperial stout, with roasted malt dominating, then it becomes overtaken with a slight infection. It's a little lacticc like bad milk. Really ruins the beer. The barrel makes a slight appearance at the finish.

M - very thin. I expected a full feeling here. Given the nice appearance, I expected a great carbonation to finish this beer. I get a flat watery beer that finishes dry oddly.

O - I expected a little more from how it's talked up. Jackie O's needs to fix these easy issues. (808 characters)

Photo of seeswo
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.37/5  rDev +15%
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. (908 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to the MbpBugeye guy for this one, and the cool glass to boot. btl 122/240.

A- Big sticky, 3-finger head with some moderate, attractive tan lacing on the glass. Head settles to a 1-cm pancake. Really an eye-catching pour, very nice.

S- Loads of dark fruit, some vanilla and oak. Some pretty aromatic coffee notes.

T- A lot of sweet chocolate. Brandy sweetness is cut with an oaky, almost buttery note. Caramel, molasses tie in to that buttery flavor. Lots of sugar in a variety of ways, but it never gets overwhelming. There's a lot of brandy in this one, for better or worse. Not sure how long the beer was in the barrels, but it might have been too long.

M- Really thick and heavy, good presence and finishes nicely with a brandy sweetness and coffee bitterness. Alcohol heat is very mellow. Vinous quality comes on strong when the beer comes to room temp.

O- Interesting, Flavors don't fully come together- but there's a lot of good stuff here. I'm not the biggest brandy fan either, but I think they did well with it here. (1,042 characters)

Photo of GrowlerGirl
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of Spider889
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of Tripphop
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,107 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jackie O's Public House side on the day of it's release in bottles. This was the second one I sprung for, right after the amazing Bolero Brown.

Appearance
The barrels don't do much for the appearance of Dark Apparition. All of the various barrel treatments have looked identical. They don't have much head, just a small floating pillow. They are a deep woody red around the edges with a black core.

Aroma
This one smells way different, however. The brandy barrels Brad has chillin' out in the basement below are doing some crazy and interesting things to his beers. There is a lot of sweet and vinous brandy and red grape notes that jump out. Cocoa and vanilla hide beneath. After a short while I was able to pick up a lot of sweet tobacco, like a hobbit pipe or some brandy soaked shisha.

Taste
This incarnation starts sweet with lots of fruit and big vinous characters. Its very wine-like on the front, but it has a flash of spiciness. Plenty of oak helps to keep things running along smoothly. At about the mid-palate mark the beer nearly does a full 180 shift. All of the pent up roasty, coffee and chocolate flavors of the barreled base beer let loose. The result is a darker tasting, smoothly chocolatey and oak driven finish. Alcohol is no slouch here, but it never comes anywhere near astringent or assertive. It just provides a nice boost at the end. After all, this is a big RIS aged in a barrel that was filled with distilled wine, and it tastes just like that.

Mouthfeel
While alcohol isn't much of a big deal in the flavor, it really does give this beer's feel some oomph. Its quite warm. As usual, I think this Dark Apparition is a tad thin, but I think the time in the barrels have upped it's body a little bit. The overall feel of the beer is low carbonation and gritty. The finish is powdery and coarse.

Overall
I really looked forward to this beer and was not let down. I really liked this beer. It shared many similarities with Bolero Brown, which was also aged in brandy barrels. Both beers exhibit a lot of unique complexities and a great marriage between intense vinous, wine notes and rich, creamy maltiness. (2,150 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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). (908 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Brad for this sneak preview. Was AMAZING out of the barrel 3 months ago... Bottled version does not disappoint.

Pours a pretty dark brown with a touch of brown head. A bit of carbonated off the pour. Smells sweet and a bit fruity. Oak and vanilla on the nose tha get stronger as it warms. Tastes sweet and a bit fruity. Lots of vanilla on the tongue. Oak and some sweet ligt fruits. The carbonation adds a bit of bitterness and hurts the mouthfeel a lot. Overall, solid, but a bit much. Wish it were more flat ;)

Edit: let this shit warm up! So much better warm on the nose especially (594 characters)

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Dark Apparition Brandy Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.