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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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,145
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
1,017
pDev:
9.03%
 
 
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318
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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A- Thick 375ml pour into a chalice with a tar black body and a nutty-cocoa brown head. The texture of the cap is very thick and creamy and it has great retention. Plentiful lacing in the forms of mostly webs.

S- Dark chocolate and roasted barley really lead the way with a slight yeast presence. Bitter 85% dark chocolate, cocoa powder, toasted nuts, spiced raisins, molasses, chocolate malts, straight charred grain, toffee and burnt brownies.

T- Straight up dark and roasty apparition while bringing out the real intense and well rounded flavors which again are all about that delicious roast grains and to a lesser degree the high gravity ferment. The beer opens up with a mix of bitter dark chocolate and a touch of sweetness that wasn't suggested in the aroma bringing on some milk chocolate as well as molasses, burnt grain, toffee, heavily toasted nuts, vanilla sweets, caramel, chocolate malt and toast. Definitely some hop bitterness as well as a very slight earthy and herbal hint.

MF- A very thick brew with a carbonation level on the low side. The texture is slightly creamy and blackened grain bitterness lingers in the finish.

Finally getting to try the base brew to some great BA stouts that I have sampled over the years. The word dark is spot on as this thing boasts a lot of dark chocolate, bitter roasty and intense malts.

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Photo of kitch
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12.7 fl. oz. bottle, 2017 vintage, poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a thin dark tanned head that disappeared quickly but left some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate, toffee, raisin, molasses and licorice.

Taste: Roasty, chocolate, coffee, caramel, molasses, herbal, licorice, and a hint of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Nice easy drinking flavours here, but in this case, the bourbon barrel aged version is definitely the way to go.

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

Photo of nmann08
2.77/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Celtics76
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt, chocolate, coffee and caramel hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a malt, chocolate, coffee and flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Stout

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Photo of JakerLou
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of impending
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smi69
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of locoformavs
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VolatileAgent7744
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bogdawg
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScaryEd
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of creamy caramel head. The head leaves an impressive amount of cobweb lacing before settling into a thin sheet.

The aroma brings notes of almonds, toffee, plums, and dark chocolate. There's also some caramel, roasted coffee, and spicy hops on the back end. Nicely balanced and complex aroma.

The flavor brings toffee and molasses, followed by loads of caramel and roasted coffee. There are some more subtle notes of plums and fig as well as dark chocolate. Finishes faintly hoppy and bitter. Very roasty throughout.

The feel is full-bodied with almost no carbonation. Exceptionally creamy and smooth. Chewy. A bit oily and sticky on the finish.

Overall, an absolutely fantastic RIS. It's full of flavor and aroma and has a body like your mom's ass. A bit pricey but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of samEBC
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours black with no head and subtle red-brown hues at the edge. The smell is dried fruit, molasses and roasted malts. Tastes of dried fruit, caramel, molasses notes and nice roasted malt with a little alcohol heat, but less than expected given the ABV. Has more sweetness and less bitter taste and aftertaste than many Russian Imperial Stouts I have tried. It is full bodied, smooth, well balanced with little carbonation and medium length. I really enjoyed this. Look forward to trying the BBA version.

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Photo of jcoleMA66
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

L: Pours a pitch black color with bits of dark red on top where the light hits it. Not much of a head or lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted malt, dark stone fruit including cherry, some caramel and toffee, a bit raisiny, some notes of chocolate. Smells quite inviting.

T: Roasted malt, caramel and toffee, notes of raisin, some chocolate and darker tart cherry stone fruit. Tastes very nice.

F: Thick full body with some slight cola like carbonation.

O: This is a very nice Russian Imperial stout.

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Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,017 ratings