Dark Apparition | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Dark ApparitionDark Apparition

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

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

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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Photo of Bisco42
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolute treat. Phenomenal RIS, bursting with flavor in the most subtle way. From the top down, if this beer is a glimpse of what Jackie O's can brew, than we are in for a treat. Luckily I have a few BA DA's and OoA in the cellar. Poured into a snifter at room temperature. One and a half finger head that leaves lacing for the whole beer.

L - Straight up black. Maybe even darker than Ten Fidy, and certainly a better head. Poured the same way, DA leaves lacing as well as a coat above the brew for the entirety of the beer. Really special and unique.

S - Coffee, Caramel, Roast, Earth, hints of Vanilla and Malt that leaves the nose desiring a taste. There is absolutely no part of me that feels like this beer is lacking in the smell.

T - Woah... definitely better than Ten Fidy, which is the beer I will compare it to. I love the mouth feel, but the flavors are astonishing. Fresh, Coffee, Dark Roast, Vanilla, Boozy (but in a balanced way that complements the coffee nicely), hints of cedar and hops, but incredibly minimal. A sweet RIS that nearly defines the style.

F - So thick, so sweet and savory. This isn't a refreshing beer that you'd drink in the heat, this is one that demands the proper time of season to be drank. The complexities in the feel are incredible. Perfect amount of carbonation that coats the tongue and bursts as it goes down the throat.

O - Damn near perfect. The quinticential Imperial Russian Stout, I was contemplating leaving this one in the cellar to age or trade to an unlucky soul that can't obtain this across the nation, but after putting on Phish and feeling spring coming as well as the simple desire for a stout I reached for this. Thank God I did, because this may be the new go-to Stout for me when it is available. I can't picture a better beer for it's style. Surprised it doesn't have a 100/100 on this one, where as beers such as Ten Fidy, BBB, BABC and Speedway have higher. I've had those, many times, and this beer is far superior to my tastes, IMO.. The wonders of ratings in the craft world!! Jackie O's is on the up and up!!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally . . . a Jackie O's beer that lives up to some of the hype ! By now I know it's just me but I'm just usually left underwhelmed by this brewer but not this time. Dark App has everything you could ask for in a Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Black black black. Head is lighter than I expected though, more of a khaki than anything else. Head dissipated fairly quickly and a gathering of bubbles remains on top.

N - ROAST! Almost exactly the same as Ten FIDY or a Blackout. It's that deep roast with some butter on top. Like chocolate.

T - Nice, a little bit lighter than the ones I mentioned above. Just a strong roastiness without being too strong; an almost sessionable imperial stout. I could drink this all day.

M - Luscious and velvety. Coats the mouth entirely but it's not thick. Not sure how they pull that off. Very impressive.

O - A very fine RIS; I wish I could get this all the time.

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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 adapt313
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a non barrel aged, non adjunct imperial stout this is incredibly solid. Pours dark and oily with a small dark cocoa head. No lacing, minimal retention, but a small cap remained the entire time I sipped on this. Smell is loaded with coffee and dark fruits, with hints of vanilla and walnuts. Taste is heavy on dark fruits, some coffee and vanilla, has a woody or nutty quality to it, and finishes dry with a mild hoppiness and alcohol burn. Has a good thickness and velvety soft carbonation but is still relatively easy drinking for a big 10% stout. Dark app is a great example of a straightforward RIS.

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Photo of maximum12
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptCleveland for this, a beer I’ve managed to avoid despite sampling several of its other incarnations. 2014 dated/375ML bottle taken myself, since the wife is off doing PhD stuff.

Pour is a stout with low carbonation; sans surprise. The nose wakes me out of a pre-bedtime stupor: very nice chocolate, black malts, moderate roast. Smells just like a good, big-time stout should.

Dark Apparition is a textbook RIS…though this particular scholarly stout was written by Piers Anthony or Jim Butcher rather than Anthony R. Ghellard, PHD DDS MMD. Big chocolate – I seem to be finding a lot of beers with this characteristic lately, perhaps I should lay off the Reese’s & Peppermint Patties – is in the forefront, with a supporting cast of thousands. Quick hit of herbal mint, lovely molasses sweetness, burr oak nuts, an almost jaeger-like boot of alcohol, honey, vanilla echo. The feel is marvelous: heavy, slick, smooth. Despite the evident alcohol, this drinks like a session RIS.

Well, now I know why the variants are so good. It appears to have done a smooth jazz impression since bottling, as there is no roast or edge to speak of, but I am not complaining. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 Ounce Bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

I was at work today wasn't really wanting a brew. Yet today seems to be Stout Day. I'll play along with the rest of those who Care. Now let's get on with the brew. Off the Jump this brew Pours an incredible Dark Brown body that gives the illusion of being Black in the Glass. There's nice Chocolate tone Hues that illuminate around the glass. The Crown on this brew sheds a Deep Mocha Cloud and giving the brew a Majestic appearance. Fantastic.

Let's take a nose dive into the Aroma, shall we? This first hits the nostrils with a melange of Dark Roasted Complexity. It's not just one thing that grabs your attention. It's just a rich array of Chocolate sweetness that follows with Quality Coffee roast. Nice hits of Nutty and Fruity (notes of Pear meat) esters flourishes on the backend. Nice Subtle Floral hop notes finishes this off. Just an Amazing Smelling Brew.

Time to savor the Flavor! This first hits the palate with a subtle notes of Molasses that takes a turn for Chocolate. Giving me a "Taste-Gasm"! In the mid palate Caramel sweetness makes itself known. Nice dose of Coffee roast comes in last but not Least. This finishes slightly weak/thin but a nice strong bitterness comes in and makes a sweet love with the residual sugars left behind. Aftertaste of strong Caramel and Fruity subtleties. The feel of this brew is Medium-Full body with excellent smoothness like Silk, yet the Sharp Carbonation is what really draws this back from me..just a little bit.

Overall: There's so much going on in this brew to just pin point what I enjoy the most. All the flavors are Balanced with sweetness, bitterness and no Booze at all. This is a nice relaxed brew that gets better as it Warms. It's rich yet not Over the Top. Just a great brew that is worthy of Attention. This brew is Recommended.

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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 CincyBrewTull
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This murky beer sucks you into its complex depths from the first sip, it seems bottomless, There is vanilla and coffee right off. Chocolate lurks in the background and lingers hauntingly with the coffee. Buried at the bottom of the pit that is Dark Apparition is hints of charcoal and leather. As the cold ghost thaws alcohol becomes apparent in all the right ways.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Heady start; black is black. Hint of barrel juice, more wood with a pinch of oxidation, brown sugar with some sherry-soaked raisins. Lush, super creamy, full bodied but not syrupy. Vanilla bean, distinct boozy bourbon. Firm pull of oaky wood. Caramel, toffee, coffee. Chocolate cake, dark ripe fruit. Big drip of molasses. Hint of cardboard from oxidation but at a level of compli- menting. Not overly sweet; woodiness draws in some dryness and the finish has a long linger of bourbon. There is some great balance here—as the sweetness walks out the door, the booze and wood are left to deal with settling down, which they do.

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Photo of OGFGabv
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black ink in color with a nice light carmel colored head that doesn't last long. Very nice nose- chocolate, molasses, toasted malt. Taste is so nice. Chocolate, coffee, toasted malts. Very pleasant mouthfeel and finish. Very well done RIS.

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

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmcurran
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frenchblood21
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from fresh 375ml bottle into Hoppin Frog snifter. Date of review is 4/18/14.

Appearance- Completely and utterly pitch black. This has a 3/4 finger of dark tan head that fades quickly.

Smell- Sour cherry and deep dark chocolate burst into my face. I also get spiced rum and a malty smokey bacon.

Taste- Much less of the tart or sour scent makes it through to the taste. This beer is dark and mysterious. It is quite hard to pick out certain flavors. Molasses is the most dominant flavor in my taste. Very bitter dark chocolate is present too. Now that it is warming, I do get much more coffee.

Mouthfeel- This beer is NOT for the faint-of-palate. Super rich and super bitter, this beer will blow you away. Every sip feels like I let a molasses flavored Hersey kiss melt in my mouth.

Overall- Good beer worth seeking out. I cannot wait to taste this beer in it's barrel-aged form. It is a bit harsh when it's this fresh, but mellowed out from time in barrels would make this beer world-class.

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Photo of 1Adam12
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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 chealsie
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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