Dark Apparition
Jackie O's Brewpub

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Jackie O's Brewpub
Ohio, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #175
Ranked #2,757
4.21 | pDev: 8.79%
Thursday at 01:17 AM
Nov 06, 2008
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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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Rated: 4.21 by Danzifer from Ohio

Thursday at 01:17 AM
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the can into a snifter glass.

Classic dark walnut black with a surprising big mirror like shine. Head creation is even as impressive, with a dark tan head that reaches stronger than the usual. Good two finger head with an eventual elevator decent, but leaves a very good thick collar.

Excellent Russian Imperial classic character. Thick hints of dark nut and chocolate, with a subdued light fruity ester character of raspberry and blackberry. The estery character is very mellow compared to most Russians and makes for a different overall experience. Later it gets even into gumdrop like territory which is very impressive.

The palate is just as impressive as everything before it. Rich bodied with a real varied flavor. Mid palate hits with excellent charring and roasting character, nearly giving to what almost seems like barrel aging. Thick but controlled oily touches of tobacco and fruity hop and pine bitterness, with dark fruited berry character more so than the sweet red berried fruit of the nose. Licorice and honey in the aftertaste, with even playful carbonation on the finish.

This is a real impressive Russian Imperial, gives Courage a serious run for its money lets put it that way.
Nov 22, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
It’s good. Like, real good. But it’s also not rich. No, not real rich. This one is kind of a socialist Russian Imperial Stout; it wasn’t what I was expecting, but it still gets the job done. So, it’s definitely not (put your favorite Russian authors name here). But more so (put your second favorite Russian another’s name here). Yes. It’s that.

See ya.
Nov 11, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by jayhunter357 from Massachusetts

Nov 04, 2022
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Nov 03, 2022
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from undated 12 oz. can into a Spiegelau glass. It pours nearly ink black with about a finger of creamy, khaki-colored head and a thin sheen of lacing. On the nose there is roasted malt, burnt coffee, chocolate, tobacco smoke, earthy char, and just a whiff of anise. The taste opens with burnt coffee grounds and baker's chocolate. Beneath there is a strong base of earthy, nutty char and licorice. Only as it warms are there any notes of caramel and dark fruit which balance the initial bitterness. There is also a substantial hop presence for the style. It finishes with some hints of spice. The mouth feel is creamy and rich with low carbonation. The can indicates an ABV of 10% vs. the 10.5% when the Stout was added to the BA database. It's warming for 10%. Overall, Dark Apparition is a very good RIS. My only complaint is that I'd like the dark fruit to be more evident but it's hard to tell the age. It merits its "Outstanding" rating.
Oct 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Beejay from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: dark black in color, with a dark tan head

S: caramel, brown sugar, and coffee.

T: black licorice, caramel, and burnt sugar.

M: medium thick in body with low carbonation. Slick finish.

O: overall pretty tasty, but not my favorite of the style.
Sep 25, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a four-pack from the Appalachian Vintner in Asheville 8-4-2022 for $13.99. No canning date, consumed can #1 for review 8-28-22. 10.0% ABV.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head with the original pour.

Nose has hints of chocolate integrated with the strong roasted malts.

Taste is a large heavy roasted malt base that emits dark chocolate and licorice notes. Hops are heavy and balancing the malt sweetness very nicely. Finishes with a touch of coffee astringency.

Mouthfeel is medium to large bodied and very smooth and satisfying with each sip.

Overall a really well done RIS! Look forward to trying the BA variants!
Aug 28, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle pour into a snifter at 50°.
Black as, well, a dark apparition, an inch or so of khaki head rises and lasts.
Smell is dark cacao, lightly burnt roasted malt, espresso, stone fruit.
Taste is classic European-style RIS. Nice dry and long finish, touch of licorice strands in the background.
Feel is slick, but not oily, full body and a bit chewy, only a tease of alcohol burn.
Overall, damn fine effort.
Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured pitch black with a tall light brown head that dissipated slowly and left little lacing.
Aroma was roasted malts, roasted coffee, roasted cacao, and maybe some dark fruit.
Taste followed, tons of roast flavors in here, some sweet in form or flavor of dark fruit, any chocolate is non sweetened.
The feel is almost chewy but really not- it gives me that impression simply because of all the roasted flavors packed in.
OA, very good. Not my favorite RIS, but one I would never turn down if offered.
Aug 19, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Budlum from Maryland

Jul 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Dark Apparition (the base beer) from Jackie O’s. Received from brewery 02/02/22. $ 15.82 (Including tax and shipping)/12.7 oz bottle ($1.246/oz). Stored at 37 degrees at home. Reviewed 27/06/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
“2020” on label, otherwise undated bottle. Served at 62.4 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King Snifter. Final temperature 66.0 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Brown (SRM 30), opaque. When rear-lite, opaque with light penetration at the edges - amber.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.5 cm, aggressive center pour), fawn, high-density, good retention, diminishing to a 0.5 to 2.5 cm crown, a rocky complete cap, and a dozen three-dimensional islands.
Lacing – Poor. After the head retracts only a few scattered islands and archipelagos of near-microscopic bubbles remain.
Aroma – 3.5 – Little aroma but what is there is cocoa powder. No hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3 – Begins with weakly sweet chocolate rapidly followed by light sourness. Infected? No ethanol (10.5 % ABV as marked on label) aroma or taste. Mild gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Full, creamy, weak carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5. I think I got a bad bottle – surely the sourness is not intended. The variants I’ve tried all lacked the sour aspect.
Jun 27, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Jun 01, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by shigg85 from Japan

May 06, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

May 05, 2022
Rated: 4 by KT3418 from Colorado

Apr 11, 2022
Rated: 4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by Curt2969 from Ohio

Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by jak from North Carolina

Dec 23, 2021
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Rated by jrpapajcik from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a can.
Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by 40ontarget from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Dark, no light gets through. A finger of foamy tan head. Unsweetened cocoa is the first smell followed by brown sugar, major roast, this mornings coffee, and a whiff of cherries. The taste is char like Ardbeg, coffee, toasted pecans, molasses, with dry bitter acidity on the finish. Full bodied and almost chewy. An outstanding RIS. Tastes and smells wonderful. The warmer it gets the deeper it gets.
Nov 11, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by desint from Belgium

Oct 03, 2021
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Resistance88 from California

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A wonderful non adjunct( banana free:stuck_out_tongue:) Russian Imperial Stout.

Look : 5 . Looks like the ghost of G Washington or a Zombie Pirate.

Smell : 5. It'S all beautifully cooked malts , semi sweet chocolate chips, cocoa and some vanillia bean or something along those lines

Taste : Follows your nose wherever it goes! Initial flavor of cold brew with a pump of vanilla . Not insulting. Flavor of crystal malty stuffs and everything great about Non BA Non Adjuncted well made Russian Imperial Stouts

Feel : 5 . Feels good that it's going into my liver.

Overall : 5 . Ima drown in these over the next week or so.

This is much better than their Barrel Aged version to me.
Sep 22, 2021
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Reviewed by HopHunterCL from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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
Rated: 4.99 by simonrgilbert57 from California

May 08, 2021
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Rated by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
3.96/5: A no-nonsense RIS at heart; dark chocolate, licorice, roast, and dark fruit esters dominate both the aroma and flavor profile
Mar 05, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Feb 28, 2021
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Reviewed by jakecattleco from California

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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
Rated: 4.19 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 4.2 by GaryM6 from New York

Jan 28, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2021
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Rated: 4.5 by Lukass from Ohio

Dec 29, 2020
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +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
Rated: 3.87 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Nov 23, 2020
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