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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
jackieos.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Russian imperial stout aged in apple brandy barrels for over a year

Added by Britt on 12-29-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
37
pDev:
5.08%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
5
Trade:
1
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4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the draft pour, I didn't get any head besides a bubbly tan collar over an oil slick black body.

Smell is brown sugar, chocolate wafer, roasted nuts, prune and nougat with hints of coffee and toasted graham.

Taste is raisin, nougat, oak, waxy nut, fudge and hot bourbon with a hint of marshmallow in the swallow as it warms.

Slick feel with a thin body and a dry to semi-dry finish.

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4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rich sweet vinous grapey wine w/ big smooth cocoa and dark chocolate. Finishes dry so you can't stop sipping. Personal favorite Dark Apparition. Zero heat, what a treat.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 bottle

It smells like dark grape, red apples, figs/dates, molasses, oak, and tobacco.

Tastes fairly sweet. The barrel overtakes the Dark App base a bit, but the roasted malts, brown sugar/molasses, fudge like chocolate, and tobacco come through in the end. Its mostly red apple and Concord grape with a little alcohol. Not too hot for being over 13%, but noticeable. It has a solid medium body with a little alcohol heat, and finishes dry. A bit like a red wine.

This is pretty barrel forward like a lot of their aged beers, but it’s done really well.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lavishly smooth and dangerously drinkable, the Dark Apparition stout undergoes a little facelift. Layers of fortified wine and a hint of cider and oak decorates the roasty and toasty taste of the stout but with a spicy balance to give this ghost of a beer new life.

Ominously black and completely opaque, the scantly headed cap swirls like brandy itself with tawny brandy legging but with an inky onyx sheen. Strong brewed coffee, a twinge of vinous alcohol, a pep of dark fruit and a smoky cocoa scent decorates the nose before the first sip delivers a host of roasted sweetness to the tongue. Brown sugar, molasses and sorghum lay sweet and sultry tracks before the brunt of roast rolls in.

Its malty sweet grip loosens on the middle palate and the high roast of espresso, bittersweet chocolate and the tarish nature of black walnut bring an earthy, campfire and sweet ash demeanor to the tastebuds. Trending tart and peppery, a hint of grilled dark fruit seem of grape, plum, blackberry and blackcurrant-like along with nuanced complexities of brandy spice and mulled cider. A late palate of charred oak and chicory bring a sense of earth and dryness to the aggressive roast and supportive sweetness.

Full bodied and shockingly drinkable, the decadence in taste allows for a coffeehouse lightness in texture. Malty dry and decidedly spicy, the beer finishes with the warmth of kahlua with a long afterglow of baker's chocolate, fortified wine and espresso.

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4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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Dark Apparition - Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 37 ratings