Dark Apparition - Double Barrel-Aged
Jackie O's Brewpub

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Jackie O's Brewpub
Ohio, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #19
Ranked #406
4.52 | pDev: 4.42%
Dec 12, 2022
Jul 06, 2017
Dark Apparition - Double Barrel-AgedDark Apparition - Double Barrel-Aged
Notes: Aged in bourbon barrels for 8 months then transferred into port barrels for 6 months.
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Rated: 4.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Dec 12, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12.7oz 2022 vintage bottle poured into a Duvel glass at just above fridge temp 14.5% ABV per label. The beer pours midnight black with no light penetration and a meager medium brown colored head. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring and some micro dots of lacing. The aroma is mild with roasted malt accented by bourbon and port barrel. The taste is semisweet chocolate with layers of fruit, oak, port wine, and bourbon. Really delicious. Mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just less that average carbonation and a semi dry finish. No ethanol to the nose or taste buds. No way I'd guess the ABV at 14.5. Overall, excellent to world class. Another wonderfully crafted barrel aged stout from Jackie O's.
Dec 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Served at 55 degrees. Appearance is standard for the style. Darkest of browns bordering black with a small amount of short-lived beige colored head that receded quickly to a thin ring. The aroma comes out of the glass in waves of caramel and molasses with some lingering barrel notes in the background. Very sweet smelling, but that's ok...this beer smells amazing.

For the taste, let's just say this is wonderful. This isn't a surprise based on the nose, but it leads with rich molasses, but evolves over time to bring forth some faint chocolate and barrel. While I wouldn't likely have picked up on this unprompted, the port casks are there if you look for them in the aftertaste. Maybe slightly less roast than I would have liked, but that is a tiny nit. This is a very tasty beery that absolutely belies it's 13% ABV. The feel is almost a tad then when it first hits the tongue, but then has more substance once fully consumed.

Overall, this is an excellent beer.
Dec 10, 2022
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Reviewed by SHDoyle from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Another excellent stout by Jackie O's. It's everything you'd expect in a stout, but with the double barrel aging process I somehow wanted "more". This certainly isn't one to pass on, but also not one to run out and grab, especially at its price point.
Nov 14, 2022
Rated: 4.69 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Nov 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured black and had a brief attempt at a light brown head that dissipated almost immediately. Looking at the ABV and double barrel aging, well, I guess that’s what happens.
The aroma was amazing, smooth roasted malts, cold brew coffee and chocolate and toffee all rolled into the nose.
The taste followed, not a touch of bitterness anywhere and though chocolate and toffee were present, it wasn’t sweet at all. Hit almost all my happy buttons.
The feel was excellent, nicely viscous for sipping this really tasty beer.
Got via trade, definitely want to try it again.
Sep 01, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by MJSFS from Florida

Aug 11, 2022
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12.7 ounce bottle, 2022 vintage, 14.5% ABV on label. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. Not much lacing either. I like the aroma, the brew smells like dark fruit, port, roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate and caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some molasses, coffee and burnt/charred malt flavors. I think the port stands out a little more than the bourbon does. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick and rich with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's a bit boozy, but not as much as I was expecting it to be. I thought this was a pretty good overall imperial stout, need to buy more of this one!
Jul 16, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jun 10, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by Zonian1 from Ohio

May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Double Barrel Dark Apparition from Jackie O’s Brewing. 12.7 oz bottle purchased online from Jackie O’s, $17.11 (Including tax and shipping), $ 1.347/oz. Stored at 40 degrees after purchase. Reviewed 16/04/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Undated bottle. Served at 51.9 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 58.6 degrees. Sorry, I couldn’t wait any longer!
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Brown (SRM 20), opaque.
Body – Deep Brown (SRM 20), opaque. When rear-lite, weak light penetration at the edges.
Head – Small (Maximum one cm, aggressive center pour), caramel, fizzy and rapidly diminishing to leave a 0.2 cm tan crown and no cap.
Lacing – None. At 14.5% ABV none was expected.
Aroma – 4.25 – Smells sweet with weak roasted malt and strong molasses, some chocolate, and (maybe) cherry. No hops, no yeast. No alcohol. Bourbon in the background.
Flavor – 4.5 – Moderately sweet with toffee and weak bourbon overtones. A bit fruity but less cherry than the nose. No alcohol burn until it hit the stomach, producing a mild warming which slowly builds. No hops, no yeast. Ethanol (14.5 % ABV, as marked on container) is otherwise hidden. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4.5 – Full, creamy, soft caressing carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 (After deducting 0.25 point for undated bottle) In general, it looks like every other RIS. The aroma is enticing, and the flavor is delectable! The mouthfeel compliments both the flavor and aroma and helps make this a joy to drink!
Apr 16, 2022
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
4/16/19 bottle @ home
Nov 30, 2019
Rated: 4.58 by NMA from Ohio

Apr 06, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Kurmaraja from California

Dec 11, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Sep 03, 2018
Rated: 4.99 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Jul 28, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

May 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Rristow from Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Tasted from bottle and compared against BA Dark App and BA Dark App with Vanilla and Coffee. Like it better than the regular BA and Vanilla and coffee BA. Pours black with light tan head. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, coffee, chocolate and you do get a little fruity port notes. Complex taste. Cherry and berry notes come through with bourbon, caramel, molasses, coffee, and chocolate. Excellent BA stout.
Mar 21, 2018
Rated: 4.55 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Feb 13, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by jaydoc from Kansas

Feb 05, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Jan 27, 2018
Rated: 4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by Vidblain from Minnesota

Dec 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
As the roasted hazelnut hued liquid leaves the bottle, the motor oil rich appearance descends into the Duvel tulip as one black mass. It's dark as sin, with the only light being a coastline of tan foam.

The smell is sweet. Black strap molasses and chocolate smell as if they are coating an oak barrel, like syrup. Spiced coffee, booze, and deep red wine support a dark fruit base.

Such a complexity of flavors overjoy the taste buds. In similar fashion, the syrupy molasses takes lead. A hint of booze and then rich roasted malts, burnt toast and almost smokey chocolate, and sweet black cherries follow before letting the oak and a tad more booze linger on.

The surreal rich stickiness is simply amazing. It's as bold and oily as it should be. It demands you take your time between tastes, though I do not want to. It is indeed sweet, with bitterness clearly coming from it's roasted qualities, and the only perception of dryness coming from oak. Somehow, the mildest prickly carbonation still manages to emerge through its density.

The Devil as my witness, this is the best BA stout I've had in a long time. It is sinisterly good in every facet with the exception of a more impressive head and lacing, but that is just a minor matter of preference. Thank you Corey for this amazing treat! Cheers.
Nov 26, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by countrypeddler8 from Illinois

Nov 18, 2017
Rated: 4.54 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Nov 17, 2017
Rated: 4.55 by wvsabbath from West Virginia

Nov 16, 2017
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Reviewed by WesMantooth from Ohio

4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
From a 375ml bottle

It is a slightly thicker looking pour than many of the barrel aged beers. Kind of a muddy/brownish black. There is a nice amount of tan foam, but it disappeared rapidly.

It smells phenomenal! Really reminds me quite a bit of Bourbon County Barleywine. Charred barley and some chocolate in the background, but up front it is mainly caramel/toffee, molasses/brown sugar, and a red wine like cherry/dates along with vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Just a hint of a spicy citrus.

The flavors pretty much follow, with a bit more of the port wine flavor coming through. Bourbon is up front, followed by a strong, sweet cherry along with molasses. Chocolate on the back end lingers. There is a noticeable hoppiness for the style with maybe just a hair too much bitterness in the end.

The body is very nice. A heavier medium consistency. It has a borderline cola like feel to it though that I think is more from the hops bite than carbonation.

This is probably one of my top 3 from Jackie O’s and that is saying something
Oct 31, 2017
Rated: 4.45 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by monty79_1997 from Missouri

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Oct 28, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Oct 17, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Oct 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Furlinator from California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Huge dark chocolate, vanilla and vague dark fruit on the nose. The taste follows with dark chocolate, vanilla and black cherry with bourbon and pirt accents. Rich, decadent and world class.
Oct 11, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona

Oct 01, 2017
Rated: 4.81 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Sep 09, 2017
Rated: 4.39 by Raziel313 from California

Sep 04, 2017
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Rated by BEER88 from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Not sure i dig this one better than regular BA version. Its good but it adds a wierd sweetness and subtle fruitiness that is awkward to my palate.
Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 4.49 by Beerbom from California

Aug 12, 2017
Dark Apparition - Double Barrel-Aged from Jackie O's Brewpub
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 51 ratings