Dark Apparition - Vanilla & Coffee Bean
Jackie O's Brewpub

Dark Apparition - Vanilla & Coffee BeanDark Apparition - Vanilla & Coffee Bean
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Jackie O's Brewpub
Ohio, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #153
Ranked #2,267
4.24 | pDev: 6.37%
Apr 18, 2022
Jan 09, 2015
Dark Apparition - Vanilla & Coffee BeanDark Apparition - Vanilla & Coffee Bean
Notes: Russian Imperial Stout conditioned on vanilla beans & coffee beans.
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Rated: 4.1 by jak from North Carolina

Apr 18, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Apr 04, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by harrisjohnson from Maryland

Oct 11, 2020
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Reviewed by TTAmod from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

L: Inky, dark brown with a one finger tan head that hangs around for a bit.

S: Nice bourbon smell on the nose...oak, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, nutmeg, spices.

T: Very complex, roasty brew here. Has a noticeable, but not overpowering barrel taste. The vanilla is extremely subtle. I haven't had the regular BBA Apparition, but it would be interesting to compare. Not super sweet, but it has a nice, roasty character. There is a pleasant bitterness and spice on the way down. Really not a lot of alcohol for a 12.8% BBA stout.

F: Pretty typical syrupy big body here. But, it still goes down quite easy considering the ABV.

O: This is a solid BBA stout, but it's an extremely bloated, competitive category. This is a very strong, roasty, bourbon stout. It's almost old school in it's taste. Reminds me very much of a BCBS from 10 years ago. Not a bad thing at all. The Jackie O's availability is wonky in IL, but this is worth buying if you're into this big, BBA stouts.
Jul 12, 2020
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big and bracing aroma of coffee, booze, vanilla, chocolate, malt, and molasses.

T: Tasted of bit of molasses (a sweet little tinge), a good amount of dark chocolate (a surprisingly subtle presence), some malt (present throughout), lots of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel), a good shot of coffee (a warming presence), and a hint of vanilla. This is a powerful and complex flavor. Delicious.

F: A below average amount of carbonation with a smooth, warm finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A highly enjoyable stout. Drinkable.
Jun 01, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Mar 16, 2020
Rated: 4 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Mar 05, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by badmotorgrunge from Illinois

Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Feb 04, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Dec 25, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by I_Like_Beer from New York

Dec 10, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Aug 06, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Mar 31, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 4 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Jan 20, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

Jan 07, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by jakecattleco from California

Oct 21, 2017
Rated: 4.26 by Dr_Fox from Utah

Sep 23, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Sep 14, 2017
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Reviewed by JohnnyMc from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours pitch black.

Aroma is lots of coffee, decent bit of vanilla and then more traditional Dark App notes like roast, chocolate, etc.

Taste also has a decent amount of coffee and provides a nice accent to the base beer, while the vanilla is a bit more on the mild side overall.

Medium-full bodied, very smooth for the ABV and easy to drink.
Sep 12, 2017
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Rated by BEER88 from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Yum..coffee, toffee, vanilla. Like an adult candy bar.
Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 4.61 by bcsbeer from Florida

Jul 28, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by jkrug5 from Maryland

Jun 26, 2017
Rated: 4.2 by pagesofphotographs from Colorado

Jun 11, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by Beerbom from California

May 11, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by CPAles from Illinois

Apr 21, 2017
Rated: 4.62 by Miska from Illinois

Mar 24, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by Muss42 from Michigan

Mar 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Gaddabble from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very well balanced with no flavors overwhelming others. Primarily base stout, oak, coffee, bourbon, and vanilla, more-or-less in order of prevalence. There is a strange vinuous character that arrives mid palate and lasts through the finish. It is not unpleasant per se, but it gets in the way of the flavors listed that I am looking for. Not one of Jackie O's best BA efforts, but those standards are super high. For what it's worth, did a side-by-side with a similar beer in Lost Abbey Track 10, and in my view, Track 10 absolutely blew it away.
Mar 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Mar 10, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by dohedan from Michigan

Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 4.58 by dar482 from New York

Feb 17, 2017
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Reviewed by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at EBF. I love the Jackie O's stouts and they had a nice lineup at EBF. This one was very smooth and drinkable at 10.5 and the coffee and vanilla were nicely balanced. None of the flavors overwhelmed the others.
Feb 11, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by petermethot from New Jersey

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4 by Dave_Treat from Virginia

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by cp45 from New Jersey

Feb 05, 2017
Dark Apparition - Vanilla & Coffee Bean from Jackie O's Brewpub
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