Dark Apparition | 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): 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,205
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
971
pDev:
9.03%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Ratings: 971 |  Reviews: 195
Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JOBEERFB
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

Photo of guzzleacoldone
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Very dark brown, cloudy and fluid with a great foam that quickly retires. Intense and persistent nose but less defined than what is felt when drinking. A lot of berries, dried fruit, licorice, chocolate, vinous, dry and clean, harmonious and balanced

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Photo of rkarimi
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pkalix
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of deereless
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heerboth
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NathanBeets
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet black beer in a glass. Tan head.

Caramel, dark fruit, chocolate and nuttiness is what I get from the nose.

Great brew. Lots of caramel on the taste.

Decent mouth feel that sticks around.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone flute. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a quarter finger light brown head that dissipates into patches. Aroma of dark toasted malt, molasses, slight cocoa, coffee and toffee. Flavor follows, with slightly sweet dark toasted malt, light molasses, milk and dark chocolate, hints of dark stone fruit and caramel, light hops. Finishes with long lingering chocolate dark malt with light char and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light to medium creaminess and nice mouth feel. A full flavored and balanced dark stout with lots of mixed, light flavor notes. The profile is classic Russian imperial stout, but has a nice mild hop bitterness to the finish, which leans a little to the American style. A flavorful and integrated stout with fine chocolate character. Worthy.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 971 ratings