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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
88
very good

81 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
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.

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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.

Photo of spdyfire83
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.

Photo of CarolinaKevin
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of billab914
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.

Photo of russwbeck
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours black with a brown head and very nice lacing. The aroma is boozy with brandy, chocolate, roasted malts, and molasses. It is very sweet. On to the taste, brandy and booze are at the forefront, but chocolate makes its presence known on the back. Sweet and blended well. Much better than Angel's Share Brandy, which is basically all I have to compare this too. Coffee roasts on the finish. The problem is the body is very thin and has a very low carbonation. The low carbonation on this and Angel's Share makes me wonder how feasible aging in Brandy barrels is going forward. Not digging this very much.

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Dark Apparition Brandy Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.