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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 42
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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srandycarter

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:15:36 | More by srandycarter
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iadler

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 04:30:39 | More by iadler
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 04:42:34 | More by Ryan011235
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 19:29:36 | More by mdfb79
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HopHead84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 04:37:09 | More by HopHead84
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 19:07:34 | More by womencantsail
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 03:13:27 | More by AgentZero
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 23:00:08 | More by Huhzubendah
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike Thorpe (his review is below mine on here) for bringing this to a recent tasting!

A: Very Dark brown hue with a ring of head thats tan with a little lacing, good but not great.

S: The smell I dig. It's like a cinnamon espresso mousse cake in the nose, seriously interesting smell I've never had in a beer before. Nutmeg, maybe a little malt, no hops at all, brown sugar, and overall a 'vanilla frosting' smell. Very alluring if you like confectionary desserts especially.

T/M: Very different than the smell, not nearly what I thinking it would be like, almost a different beer completely. Roast and coffee are the main flavors with barely any brandy or oak present to me, like a smaller RIS. The finish is a bit acrid and bitter but not in a hoppy way, kind of like old coffee. It's also dryer than I thought and it seems unbalanced. It's still not a bad beer by any stretch, but it's also not the best.

Overall it's ok, but seems sort of like an overall weak offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 17:19:39 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 00:32:25 | More by Thorpe429
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ahalloin

Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:31:41 | More by ahalloin
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:44:00 | More by yourefragile
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cosmicevan

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:28:56 | More by cosmicevan
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GabrielM

New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 22:27:23 | More by GabrielM
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 04:50:51 | More by mikesgroove
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camil1mj

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 03:55:22 | More by camil1mj
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abecall98

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 03:15:55 | More by abecall98
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seeswo

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 21:50:45 | More by seeswo
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 16:30:49 | More by thagr81us
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ne0m00re

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 01:11:37 | More by ne0m00re
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:50:58 | More by ShogoKawada
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GrowlerGirl

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 18:17:50 | More by GrowlerGirl
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Spider889

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:06:03 | More by Spider889
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Tripphop

Virginia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 19:18:08 | More by Tripphop
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 23:26:12 | More by Rhettroactive
Dark Apparition Brandy Barrel from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.