Dark Apparition
Jackie O's Brewpub

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Jackie O's Brewpub
Ohio, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #166
Ranked #2,745
4.21 | pDev: 8.79%
Feb 02, 2024
Nov 06, 2008
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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Reviewed by OldJoeHam from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours like a black hole. Minimal head gone quickly. Lacing is scant but there. Really don't get much nose, but that is not my strong suit so leaving it a 4. Taste is dominated by dark chocolate & coffee in a really pleasant way - no chemicals. For a reasonably high abv alcohol is very quiet - just a bit in the finish. If you were quaff stout this could be dangerous. Feel is smooth, silky not oily, carbonation stops by to say hi but doesn't intrude. Have to agree, a very good beer I have not seen in these parts before
Feb 02, 2024
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Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Slight light to medium khaki colored head with limited retention... Gives way to a slight swirled lacing... Cor is a black and there is no light leaking in around the edges... Nose is much more subdued than expected.... Bitter baker's chocolate and some roasted malt... Perhaps a hint of marshmallow but not much else... The palate is much more pronounced... Milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, molasses and perhaps a touch of smoke... Good complexity... Feel is full bodied but it's not overly dense... Light carbonation.. Sleek and goes down surprisingly smooth... Nice beer... The easiest drinking 10.5% ABV stout I've ever had...
Jan 21, 2024
Rated: 4.44 by Prospero from Colorado

Jan 05, 2024
Rated: 4.14 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Dec 20, 2023
Rated: 4 by Nyoder

Nov 26, 2023
Rated: 4.12 by BeerKegger

Nov 24, 2023
Rated: 4.02 by not2quick from Missouri

Nov 11, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by akk14 from Illinois

Nov 10, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Nov 07, 2023
Rated: 4.13 by Boone757 from Virginia

Nov 02, 2023
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Rated by Jasonja1474 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice toasty stout
Oct 30, 2023
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
10/29/23 Poured from a 12 oz can purchased from Giant Eagle by DW as a special long week gift....

Big and bold in look and taste. Plenty of lacing and foam!

Sweet and roasty. Iron, molasses. Leaves an aftertaste that is not very pleasant.
Oct 29, 2023
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz, canned 11-17-22 I assume
L: jet black body, tall khaki head fades to a thick layer of foam
S: roasted barley, dark cocoa, molasses, caramelized grain, cherry, raisin
T: rich & smooth; dark baker’s chocolate, roasted barley, anise, molasses, cherry, plum, prune, raisin, caramel, dark roast coffee, earthy hops
F: full body, ample carbonation, well balanced and not too boozy, finishes bitter with cocoa, roast, and earthy hops lingering
O: first time trying a beer from this brewery and it’s a great first impression!
Jul 23, 2023
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a good-sized, light brown head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass. It smelled of roasted malt, coffee, rich chocolate and sweet toffee. Strong roasted malt taste with coffee and sweet chocolate/toffee.
Jul 20, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jul 15, 2023
Rated: 4.6 by SharPei19 from Ohio

Jul 01, 2023
Rated: 4.02 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

May 13, 2023
Rated: 4.39 by MikeZim

Feb 03, 2023
Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Brewpub
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1137 ratings