Dark Apparition | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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93
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162 Reviews
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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:
According to the brewer, this is a Russian Imperial Stout, not American Double Stout.

Added by Hophead101 on 11-06-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
870
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
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323
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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 870
Photo of mschrei
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A gift from @oach, poured into a stout snifter. Not a very dark beer – thinning brown edges, the lacing does not last very much. Quite a lot of floaties for a stout. Roasty dark notes on the smell with a sugary vanilla background. A great example of malty roasty stout flavor, and just as impressive on the feel – it's not oily and it's not thick. It's straight up the middle, and it delivers. I had it with a pork tenderloin marinated in a maple syrup/Dijon mustard/IPA mix. It was fantastic with the meal, and it was exceptional afterward by itself. I thought the Bourbon barrel aged version of this was outstanding, but the regular version might be just as good.

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Photo of zao77
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts next to North Coast's Old Rasputin. Hefty beer, not overly sweet, very balanced at 10.5% abv. World class beer all the way.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 pours a dark black with almost no head and no lacing. The smell is caramel and molasses and some char underneath. The taste is similar with the char being more upfront. The alcohol is very well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation and slightly thinner than expected. Overall a great RIS, especially if you like that dark RIS char.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is very dark brown, not quite black, in color. A little different for RIS. Body is medium, but taste is pretty classic--good roasty taste. Lacing is solid. Overall, it is decent for the style. If you are looking for an RIS a little on the lighter side, this is worth the try.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pitch black used motor oil color with a dense, one finger light mocha head that takes a bit to recede to a microfilm layer. There is sparse spotted lacing and many brown floaties.

Smell is caramel, molasses, coffee and bitter chocolate with the slightest hint of smokiness.

Taste is very similar, but the caramel, molasses and smokiness are more apparent while the chocolate and coffee take a back seat.

Feel is full bodied, thick and velvety smooth.

Overall a great stout. The heavy feel is excellent and the smokiness combined with the sweet caramel and molasses makes for a great mix.

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Photo of coldy
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have been aging and trying these periodically. Just had one at about a year of age on it....wow.
Excellent beer...coffee and chocolate smell...mostly chocolate initially...finish and after taste has toasted caramel.
Really nice drinking stout for cool weather...allow it to warm to about 55 degrees and enjoy!

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Photo of Slack
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ruby brown in color and clear brown on the edges with some head remaining on one side and good lacing.

Nose is booze, molasses, dark fruit, and a bit of hops.

Taste is sweet, figs, smoky, malty, hoppy, bitter, cocoa, and coffee.

Mouthful is medium and smooth, kinda velvety but thin. Carbonation is low. Finish is warming.

This is a very balanced RIS, hops and booze do not overwhelm, flavor profile is really enjoyable. Recommend to all.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. 2016.

A - Pitch black and a mocha head of about one finger. Spotty lace and some retention which is expected for the style.

S - Licorice, leather, some hops, chocolate, fudge. Sugar.

T - Sweet again. Some roast, but not a ton. Leans more towards chocolate, rich dense bread and sweet sugary notes. Chocolate and bread are what come to mind the most.

M - Carbonation is nice. Medium. Body is pretty big and the finish is lot's of lingering bitterness and sweetness.

O/D - This is a good sipper. Definitely leans to the sweeter side without being too big and rich. While it is sweet, it has bitterness to balance and doesn't attack you with big barrel flavours or lot's of roast and coffee. Definitely doesn't show it's strength. Good stuff.

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Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at CBC 2016 - day 2. Pitch black with a beige head. Notes of coffee, chocolate, dark roast, light caramel. Smooth mouthfeel, well balanced aromas.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a tad thin but is more opaque under greater quantity of liquid. Smell is chocolate and burnt toffee. Taste follows the smell with a pleasant bitterness on the back end. Pretty silky going down. Overall a really good Russian imperial that requires a bit more viscosity to be truly world class.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as the night. First smell was all coffee; subsequent smells revealed molasses and chocolate. Taste brings a light sweetness and a little bourbon. The malt undertones are fantastic.

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Photo of m_hall
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (provided via the good graces of a co-worker from Ohio) into a tulip. Completely and utterly black, topped by a 1 finger tall, dense tan head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Aromas are sweet malts, brown sugar, dark bread, along with figs and a cinnamon-like spicy note.

Flavors come big with bittersweet chocolate, coffee and toffee up front. Dark fruits (black plum, figs) come in after and raise the sweetness in the middle, somewhat like a Belgian Strong Dark, leading up to a long finish with lots of smoky, earthy notes. Outstandingly balanced all the way through the palate.

Mouth-feel is medium heavy bodied, slightly oily, creamy. Low carbonation, and a pleasantly controlled alcohol warmth. You'll know you're drinking a big beer, but it's a very gentle weight.

A class-act RIS, without a doubt, if Jackie O's ever gets wider distribution and gets this beer into more hands, they could really make waves in the craft scene. This is among the handful of best Imperial Stouts I've ever tried, along with Ten FIDY, Bell's Expedition Stout, and Founder's Breakfast Stout. Now if you'll pardon me, I think I'm going to move to Ohio so I can drink this every day.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bayshore Beverage Sandusky, drank in the hotel room in a beer desert in western NY
Solid black color with a small tan head. Rich roasty with lots of dark fruity molasses to it. Light earth and alcohol to counter. Nice little sipper.

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Photo of SABERG
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into the modified tulip glass.
A - It's dark in there! A beautiful mocha cap rides on top of what looks like a glass of bakers chocolate. The lacing forms
broad stripes as the experience progresses.
S - Dark fruits, fig, raisin. Earthy nose with toffee and dark chocolate mingling quite adroitly with coffee, dark sugar, and molasses. There
is a bit of that hot alcohol tingle on the nose, ever so gentle.
T - That cornucopia of stout goodness, rich malt backbone, dark roast without being overbearing, Semi sweet chocolate, red raspberry, pumpernickel toast, with more fig spread. A nice alcohol warmth resides as the experience unfolds.
F - Medium in body, gently carbonated, the start is sweet, then the fully coated palate responds to a perfectly applied bitterness. The alcohol provides a sweep at the end almost enough to clear out that rich mix. Lingering for some time is a slightly bitter chocolate thread.
O - This offering , displays all the elements of a big stout with deft skill. A body that seems light is rich in flavors, full in its impact delivering a full RIS experience. A wonderful warmth from the ABV sits in the correct place.The brewers craft is on full display with this offering.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a midnight black color. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is rich and creamy chocolate and roasted malts. Has a smooth low carbonation feel. Overall a delicious beer.

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Photo of brenlinn
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For this being a base beer of the BA version, it stands alone. Using the brown sugar gives this stout a distinct flavor that I feel other breweries try to replicate.

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Photo of Omnium
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Tulip Glass

A - Pitch black with a half a finger of fizzy tan head, medium lacing.
S - Roasted malt, big smokiness, fig, cherry, charred wood, light hints of coffee.
T - Classic RIS, big smokiness, some darker fruit, big burnt wood roasted malt flavor, definitely some coffee, bitter earthy hops.
M - A little on the thin side for how high the abv is.
O - Good RIS, but surprised how thin and watery it feels. Flavor and Aroma deliver though.

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Photo of CernMatt
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was a nice stout. It was a heavy stout, which was enjoyable on a crappy weather day. It was smooth and not overpowering. It had a very nice finish and no bad after taste.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black bordering on coffee murky at the extents, massive dark brown head. Gorgeous.

Nose is rich and dark as Joseph Conrad's heart. Chocolate and molasses and bitter coffee. All the notes you want out of an RIS, well done, just could have been a little more pronounced.

Flavour doesn't blaze any new unseen trails, but what it does it does very well. That chocolate is still very definitely there and a burnt bitter edge with less coffee and molasses. If you went into this one having just read the label expecting "coffee, chocolate, caramel, and molasses," well... you would not be disappointed. As I am not. Coffee comes through more as it warms. Again, not pushing boundaries just taking a known space and executing it at a very high level. More please.

Body is creamy smoothe and somewhat oily. Less thick and chewy than I would have gone for, and the carbonation took me a bit by surprise, but man it is smoothe and oat creamy.

This is a fantastic brew, and one that just keeps getting better as it gets closer to room temperature. Much much love to @WesMantooth for including this in his NBS BIF #3 box. Thanks Corey!

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Photo of spacecake9
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my 400th review so I wanted something special.
Poured into my Werk Force snifter.
A - Pours black with a beautiful tan head that settles to a thick ring.
S - Aroma is not as powerful as I would like but I pick up coffee and molasses.
T - Flavors are deep and wonderful with notes of coffee, molasses and chocolate.
M - Thick, creamy, low carbonation.
O - This is an outstanding, well balanced RIS. This is right up there with Ten Fiddy and Old Raspy. Just fantastic!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark viscose pour, saddle brown thin, creamy head topping. Average rate of retention, milky, film lacing.

S: Rich chocolate-oats for aroma. Milky touches, very smooth, warm cocoa, marshmellow and vanilla spicing. Nice strength, smokey wood and barley with some sweet burnt caramel on the trail.

T: Roasted malt for flavor, very rich roasty chocolate oats and charred wood. Silty smooth campfire minerality, smooth charred alcohol (whiskey barrel), with some fresh esspresso notes. Dark fruit of plums, smokey barley and burnt currant fruitiness.

M: Silky smooth mouthful, oily and viscose, small touches of carbonation.

O: Refined and polished drinking experience, exceptionally smooth 10.5% slides down effortlessly like a 7% at best. Drinks incredibly well with a roasty chocolate-oat after-taste. Outstanding quality.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours jet black with a thin tan head.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate and roasted malts.

T - The flavor is dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, and some dark fruit. There is some char in the finish.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Very soft and creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - Very solid RIS. The flavor are big and bold. Great beer.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my top surprises at EBF on Friday.

Smooth mouthfeel with taste of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

Full bodied all the way with great finish.

One of my highlights of the night.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one while grilling antelope in the darkness. Luckily I did not see any apparitions, except my big hungry dog. Anyway, it is a very dark beer with a thin brown head. Wow it had a lot of flavor. I tasted chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. It was creamy and nice sipping.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Heavy dark roast with some dark fruit notes in there as well. Some booze plus some dark chocolate, molasses and char.

T- Big malt character with some sweetness in front and then bam! Heavy char finish that has plenty of character and doesn't go too overboard. Bitter roast brings notes of espresso bean, bitter cocoa and a bit of smoke.

M- Semi-creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- I had had the BA version of this first and loved it. Nice to know the base beer is just as spectacular.

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Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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