Dark Apparition | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Russian Imperial Stouts are one of brewmaster Brad Clark’s favorite styles of beer and Dark Apparition is without a doubt his favorite beer to brew. We stuff 2200 pounds of malt into our 20bbl mash tun and by the end of the mash, dark malts are spilling onto the brew house floor! Brad includes great flavors he admires in his favorite Russian Imperial Stouts like chocolate, coffee, roast, dark fruit, caramel, and some nice earthy/spicy hop character. With a midnight black color and chewy, dextrinous body, Dark Apparition is a huge beer with tons of character.

Added by Hophead101 on 11-06-2008

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Ratings: 985 |  Reviews: 202
Photo of KurtisCarman
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of caramel colored head. Viscious, minimal lacing, zero head retention

S: Roastyness, darkfruits

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a little smokeyness & caramel up front. More vanilla, dryness & caramel as this warms & a little fig. Finishes dry, roasty with vanilla & dryness

MF: Medium body, minimal carbonation

A good RIS, ABV is well hidden

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown-black pour turns to pure obsidian in the glass, with a slim finger of dark tan foam on top... Aromas of chocolate, espresso, and molasses are substantiated on the sip, with additional hints of dark fruit and a slight edge of wet char... Light translucency during the pour is followed by a rounded, velvety mouthfeel and a smooth medium-full-bodied weight... A little more sweet than bitter, a little more wet than dry, with a little stick on the finish... A nice representative of the style... 2018 bottling...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jackie O's Pub & Brewery "Dark Apparition"
1 Pint 0.9 fl. oz. brown glass bottle seemingly without production codes or freshness dating
$7.99 @ DeCicco & Sons, Brewster, NY

Notes via stream of consciousness: Typical appearance with an opaque black body and finger-thick head of densely creamy tan foam. The head retention is excellent. The aroma is malty and grainy with notes of golden caramel, toffee, toastiness, milk chocolate, and a soft roastiness like that of sweetened cold black coffee. The flavor follows, maintaining the golden caramel and toffee-like notes as a large part of it's makeup, as opposed to the usual dark, bittersweet chocolate and firmer roastiness that's usually found. It's chocolatey, yes, but there's also a lot of caramel, even a candy-like sugary note, and then all of the other notes found in the aroma. Additionally, some fruitiness and spicy and leafy hops appear in the lingering aftertaste. A median bitterness balances it nicely and it's remarkably smooth, and fairly dry with just a soft note of bitterness lingering in the end. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge, and it seems very thoroughly fermented. How strong is this? 10.5% abv! Wow, it doesn't seem like that at all. It's impressively well-balanced and rounded, and satisfying, but also highly drinkable in quantity if you were actually able to do that given its strength. It's an interesting and unusual Russian Imperial stout, and well worth seeking out.
Review# 6,254

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Photo of curlybird
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, almost no head

Cocoa, molasse, booze are found in the nose

The taste follows plus some earthy bitterness

The mouthfeel is semi-syrupy with a low carbonation

A good ris but not the best example I've had

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Photo of argock
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured an almost transparent and thin black color. Very little head formed that quickly disappeared.

Smell: light toffee, raisins, vanilla and hint of that Riesen candy.

Taste: starts out with milk chocolate with a fruity essence. It finishes quickly and the dark fruits come in full force and lingers after the finish. Notes of raisins. Not too bitter or charred, actually a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly creamy texture

Overall: it’s a good RIS that pretty much lines up with Old Rasputin except it cost more and only comes in a single bottle.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, malt, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of a good amount of malt (present throughout), a lot of dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, a bit of caramel, some dark fruit (raisins, in particular), and a light burnt quality. A subtle, sweet, and rich flavor. It's not quite as robust as I imagined, but it's smooth and extremely well-balanced. Quite tasty.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A well done, easy to drink stout. Definitely worth a look.

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Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle drank 2018 (a year and a month after release), poured into a red wine glass.

Almost black ribbon fills a black cup with an espresso foam cap, the edges brighten to a brown when held up to the light. Swirling it around leaves a brown coat that falls away leaving some splotchy, khaki tan leopard print lacing.
Dark chocolaty malts, deep and dark fruits (chocolate covered raisins), brownie brittle, licorice and coffee shop around all of that. Too cold and it's all dark chocolate and coffee beans, but it bursts open with roasted malt fruitiness once it reaches its fairly wide sweet spot.
Bold and complex roastiness, mix of milk and dark chocolate chips, not too dry, fainter fruits than the aroma but still defined towards the end. Long, long lingering roast and fruit cake flavors. Some blackstrap rum and blueberry, too.
Medium-full bodied, good carbonation. Chewy though not that much compared to the ridiculously heavy imperial stouts, but still well within standards for the style and right where I prefer it.

Really, really good imperial stout that could be aged a lot longer for me. Exceptional with brownies and cookies and cream ice cream after dinner.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not thick or dense. It’s thin as hell. Looks like Coca Cola pouring into the glass with a tan head. Smells and taste bitter with overwhelming amounts of dark fruit, even for a RIS. Not my style of stout, that’s for sure.

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Photo of kwjd
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heeenrik
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL undated bottle poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temp (allowed to warm a bit) 10.5% ABV. The beer pours dense black with mocha brown head. The head recedes to a film and ring. The aroma is strong baker's chocolate with a hint of caramel. The taste is more dark chocolate up front with some coffee and roasted malt showing up on the finish. The line between sweet and bitter is walked perfectly here. The mouthfeel is full bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is no hint of alcohol in aroma or taste and the rich malt base never tilts to cloying. Overall, outstanding. Recommended.

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Photo of rab53
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eddieeight
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick dark opaque brown. I got zero head on the pour. No lacing, nothing.
Smells strongly of bourbon and vanilla.
This is a smooth tasting beer. Goes down like liquid chocolate. I've got notes of nuts, coffee, vanilla, burnt caramel, all swimming in a bourbon bath. As advertised on the label, it's heavy on the malt. Also heavy on the alcohol at 12.5% but that's all right with me. Overall a delicious beer although a bit pricey at $11.99 bottle. However it feels good as an ohioan to drink local.

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Photo of Buck89
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Opaque dark brown color with a thick and creamy tan head.
Aroma - chocolate, roasted malt, floral hops, faint cherries
Taste - milk and dark chocolate, some coffee, faint char, and floral notes.
Feel - thick and full bodied but silky, not overly sweet. My favorite aspect of this one
Overall - great beer that lives up to it's reputation.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of beige head that retains fairly well. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, toffee, with a hearty backbone of roasted malts. Flavor profile has roasted malts throughout. Chocolate (both milk and dark), cocoa, toffee, and caramel add additional complexities to the flavor profile, all while remaining well balanced and simplistic. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a fine graininess, and velvety feel. Overall, it's a quality straightforward Russian imperial stout. No added flavors, or barrel use, just a good quality heavy stout.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 375mL bottle.

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Photo of cmurphy7
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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