Dark Apparition
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #88
Ranked #1,528
4.23 | pDev: 8.75%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
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Notes: 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.
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HopHunterCL from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a finger of sticky brown head.
Aroma is a roasted malt bomb. Cocoa powder, dark roast coffee, toffee, raisin, and tobacco.
Well balanced between sweet and bitter. Chocolate fudge with dark fruit (prune?) Finished pretty dry with a nice coffee note.
This is a very good imperial stout with no adjuncts or barrel to get in the way. Jackie Os know what they’re doing here.

Jul 04, 2021
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks very nice deep dark black as it should be with an excellent 1/2 inch of mocha foam. Smell is excellent nice mocha tones good amount of chocolate a mild hint of toasted caramel. Taste Quite good a bit dry but balanced with a good sweetness bittersweet chocolates good coffee roasts a very smooth balanced flavor I didn't expect not too hoppy not too sweet. Body is smooth silky easy drinking and every sip has great flavors.

Well I for sure I will have it again great price smooth profile shame I had to pick it up in Ohio but if I ever see it again I remind myself to drink two pints instead of one. Lovely!

Apr 25, 2021
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jakecattleco from California

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great RIS without any unnecessary crap getting in the way. Going to definitely grab another and provide a formal review when I have more time, tasty.

Feb 16, 2021
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into my snifter. Canned 10-30-2020.
Received via trade with @Artizen, thank you!
the beer pours a rich dark coffee color with a dense tan head of about 2 cm. This foam fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer and leaves dense lattice if I swirl the glass or take a sip. Looks the part of an imp stout.
Aroma is some roasted malt, almost charred notes and some dark chocolate and hints of coffee. I also get a light balancing spicy hop note, but this is malt forward for sure.
First sip reveals a smooth texture and mild spacious carbonation. THe body is fairly thick but not syrupy or really chewy on the palate. Easier to drink physical characteristics than I expected for the beer.
Flavor is what the nose advertises with large roasted malt character some dark chocolate and a bit of black coffee. This moves to some light molasses in the middle and also some charred wood notes. The hops from the nose are absent and I dont get any hint of the ABV either.
this is a nice imperial stout with no adjuncts clouding over the direct malt character and I find it to be very enjoyable, although a little to easy to drink for a 10.5% imperial stout, which is only dangerous not a negative on the beer.
Definitely worth trying if you like the style.

Jan 23, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got a 4pck of this beer from my local Giant Eagle store. It poured an opaque dark with tan head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent had the imperial Russian stout characteristics with subtle cocoa and roast highlights. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with hints of cocoa, roast, molasses, and anise. The mouthfeel was fuller in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

Dec 24, 2020
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. 12 oz can is 6 months old and delicious, with notes of brown sugar and molasses and a deep malty flavor. I'm going to age a few cans for at least a year and see how they develop.

Sep 07, 2020
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Radcpa from Washington

4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged in the bottle for a couple of years. Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a pleasant smooth malt and bourbon. Taste is also a very pleasant malt and bourbon.

Aug 23, 2020
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BerryKumquat from California

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pitch black.
S: Maple syrup.
O: A lot of syrup flavor with a bit of stout notes
F: A different take on Rogue XS.
O: An odd overly heavy maple syrup beer.

Aug 09, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle served in a snifter. Can't find a date on it. I think I bought it down at Belmont Station in Portland a while back.

Pours black with a small to medium sized light brown head. Plenty of fine, slow carbonation. Smell is rich, dark roast, coffee, anise.

Taste is a lot of roast bitterness, a bit of boozy sweetness, strong anise, more booze as I drink more.

Mouthfeel is rich, chewy, thick. This is a very good beer.

Aug 02, 2020
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jexer from California

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark chocolate with a hint of coffee, great stout. Sweet with a good solid mouthfeel, a very easy going flavorful beer. Would buy again in an instant.

Jul 27, 2020
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark and opaque, black with red-brown tint, Just a hint of tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing.

S - Pungent hit of roasted malts and booze, dark fruit and vanilla, and a bit of coffee and dark chocolate as highlights.

T - Bright open of booze and raisin, vanilla and sweet dark breads. Molasses and dark fruit juice come forward in the middle, and a biting dry bitterness in the finish, suggesting unsweetened cocoa and coffee, but also an earthy note like freshly tilled soil. It works remarkably well.

M - Shockingly easy to drink, given how big a beer it is. The weight is moderate, and the close is dry enough to scrub the tongue. There is a subtle build from that dryness, but not enough to become particularly taxing.

O - Superb RIS, with great flavor, carefully dialed in with subtle weight and finish. This had a few years on it, and the experience signaled just how solid a cellar beer this is. If you find it, buy it, and put it away in a safe place for a few years to get yourself a real treat.

Jul 12, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate color with a 1F head in a Spielgelau Stout glass.
Complex aroma especially with warming: layers of chocolate, mint, and coffee.
Very smooth MF.
Deep layered chocolate taste with coffee, followed by a mild bitter finish.
This is a new brewer for me- excellent top class stout.

May 07, 2020
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MaximalC from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours seal brown topped by an ephemeral crown of khaki frogspawn. Rich aroma smells of dates, prunes, molasses, peat, and bourbon.

The taste features bourbon and peat up front, succeeded by a crescendo of coffee and molasses. Notes of caramel and toffee round things out on the back end as warming alcohol lingers in the gullet. Warming reveals notes hazelnut, marshmallow, and earthy, slightly medicinal hops. Low carbonation and medium body make for a smooth, still, slightly slick mouthfeel akin to that of an oatmeal stout.

Overall, this is a solid imperial stout with nice complexity and an enticing aroma. The mouthfeel is a little underpowered for 13% ABV, but nothing egregious. Better brews can be had for less, but this is still undeniably good in its own right.

Apr 25, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with lots of leakage to mahogany on the edges and props up a frothy tan head that does a nice job of tracking down the glass, which surprised me given the 10.5% ABV. A sporty RIS indeed.

The nose features the coffee, chocolate, and caramel referenced on the label, but the molasses aromas stand out on the nose and REALLY stand out on the taste, especially as this warms (and the caramel is a star on the taste, too).

Truly decadently delicious, this is an RIS to seek, especially if you like sweeter flavors from molasses and caramel.

Apr 12, 2020
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Dominion Beer & Wine on 4/4/20. A crowler at 10.5% ABV. Poured into a small stemmed tulip.

A nice Imperial Russian Stout that certainly acquires more depth as it warms, but not that depth of other more highly rated (by me) RIS’s. 4.0

A – Pours opaque black with a one-finger rocky tan head, which dissipates quickly to a thin layer. Some lacing combined with alcohol legs. 4.0

S – Aromas of roasted malt, dark fruit, and faint chocolate. 4.0

T – Roasted malts (but not burnt), leather and licorice. 4.25

MF – Medium bodied with a creamy semi-dry finish. Slightly warming. As the beer warms the finish dries out and becomes more bitter. 4.0

Apr 07, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very boozy stout, no doubt it is bourbon barrel age.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color with thin brown head and nice lacing. Strong bourbon smell and taste. Some dark chocolate, toffee and expresso as it warms a bit. A good beer to have on occasion!

Mar 28, 2020
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osheamatth from New York

3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don’t know why I drink these Imperial stouts. Once in a while I fine one that really resonates with me but I just don’t like the style of beer. This looks nice and rich like luxurious oil but that’s where the accolades end. It’s cloying and burnt smelling and tasting and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.

Mar 03, 2020
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours an inky black with an almost nonexistent tan head. Initial impression is dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, and maybe a touch of bourbon. Actually, I'm so tired of "bourbon bombs" that it's refreshing to find one that exercises some restraint. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, nice and smooth. Carbonation is very light. Finish is sweet but not cloying. A very good RIS, but not my favorite.

Feb 29, 2020
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can dated 10/08/19 dropped into a pint glass much like my car drops 40 weight onto the driveway, quickly leveling itself. The inky black liquid is capped with a 1/8in head of cinnamon colored tiny bubbles leaving spotted lacing.

Aromas of coffee, chocolate, almond, stone fruit, and a clean whiff of fresh air.

Roasty dark chocolate and stone fruit flavors dominate the coffee with hints of molasses, caramel, cocoa, almond, raspberry, toasted Wonder bread, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, but not as thick as the oil coating my driveway.

Overall a solid, if sweet, example of the style.

Dec 24, 2019
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adab123 from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I went into this beer with high expectations that may have skewed my appreciation. But no matter what way one puts it, this beer isn't on the level of others of its genre that cost the same or less. Too much sweet (almost nutty) malt.

Dec 14, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wtf? Absolutely outstanding! Cousin Vladimir's boys killed it on this one. Huge abv in a drinkable stout. Jet black pour with good head. Smells and tastes of coffee and chocolate. Full, heavy mouthfeel and an aftertaste dominated by bitter coffee

Dec 01, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pitch black/deep amber with a chocolately tan head. Minor carbonation.

S: Strong malts with dark notes. Choc, coffee, that sort of thing.

T: Well done. The bitterness seems to be mostly from the dark chocolate. The roasted malt is exquisite.

F: Smooth and clean, though it is a sipper with it's high weight.

O: My favorite Russian Imperial Stout so far.

Nov 01, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and a slowly descending lace ring. The aroma struck me as molasses, dark chocolate, mild coffee and even a hint of boozy vanilla. Thick, sticky, yet slick, moderate coffee dryness underneath a sweet chocolate (and partially vanilla) taste with some woody booziness on the finish. Dangerously easy to drink and very good (almost the proverbial meal in a bottle).

Aug 26, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated bottle; drank 8/7/19 @ the Carriage Inn.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head; decent lace.

Milk chocolate covered raspberry, merlot, mild floral & faint strawberry notes in the nose. Wow!

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, raspberry & caramel flavors up front; faint dark chocolate notes on the finish. Amost no booze heat.

A sublime nose on a very good beer. I'd have another!

Aug 12, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque, dark black in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is big sweet white sugar, dark roast, and vanilla. Medium-heavy bodied, sweet, slightly roasty, low carbonation. A lot sweeter than I expected. Excellent stout.

Jul 22, 2019
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