Dark Apparition | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
895 Ratings
Dark ApparitionDark Apparition
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
Ratings:
895
Reviews:
171
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.31%
 
 
Wants:
321
Gots:
269
For Trade:
34
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Photo of Bjlynch83
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marzen_Fan
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark beer with a tan head that leaves just a spot or two of lacing. The aroma is dark chocolate coffee licorice and roasted malt. The taste of black licorice caramel coffee and a bitter char finish. Very nice RIS.

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Photo of DankScuba
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

This beer pours black and has hardly any head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is chocolate, anise, and earthy with very light smoke.

The taste begins with chocolate and anise. Then I get a little alcohol. Finally, I taste roasted malt and oatmeal.

Full, thick and chewy mouthfeel

This is a solid stout from a great brewery.

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Photo of kotzbauerm
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of eifster82
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into snifter.

Very dark-brown liquid. Foam hangs on the edge of glass as you drink along.

When cold, this is nothing special. Some roasted malts on the nose and taste, and feel is relatively thin. But as it warms it really opens up nicely. Very complex combo of malts. Roast and rich. Flavors of chocolate, coffee and molasses and the feel also becomes thicker.

Very enjoyable non BA RIS.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kruthy
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of lochef81
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macrosmatic
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into an unmarked snifter.

A: Black and opaque with low visible carbonation. Forms a half-finger of mocha colored head, but this doesn’t stick around for long.

S: Chocolate and cacao nibs, roasted malts. Lesser notes of caramel, with a touch of coffee and leather. Sticky brown sugar and molasses are present, but without coming across as overly sweet.

T: Dark chocolate, caramel, and dry bakers chocolate. Toffee and malted milk balls, dark molasses and vanilla. A touch of roasty and hop bitterness towards the end keeps this from being a sweet bomb.

M: A nice heavy, sticky body - though certainly not at a Hunahpu level. The alcohol presence is very well-hidden, and low carbonation sensation.

O: Very tasty, especially for a small-format bottle that I bought off the shelf. I’m impressed.

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Photo of DrBier
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, smooth, smooth. Split a bottle with a buddy. Dark black pour with a Fichte packed khaki head. Aroma of roasted malt, fudge, char and smoke. Smoky taste followed by baker's chocolate, char, roasted coffee grains and figs/plums. Nice dark fruit component. The silky body and creamy mouthfeel is what sets this apart. Outstanding.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NMA
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow...now this is a RIS! Smooth like velvet and extremely complex. The first thing on the nose is dark fruit, then roasty coffee. Tastes the same w a layer of caramel/toffee and some bitterness to follow. Delicious!

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CaptainHate
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm really trying to be more educated about stouts. I picked up a barrel aged version of this at my favorite suddes shoppe and then found this at half the price at a grocery store. As a brief aside, although I really really have liked every barrel aged beer I've had, I'm starting to think that it's getting a bit faddish plus it shouldn't mask the base taste of the beer.

With that preamble, I decided to drink this first. Wow, it is so good in every aspect of the experience. Such a rich smell, taste and feel. To point out the level of quality, I followed this with a Stone Xocaveza, which I enjoy a great deal; it seemed thin and unidimensional by comparison.

Just a great experience.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour that settles a near black with a sticky, frothy tan head. Aroma is big on bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, licorice, even a cola-like note. Flavor is very rich, with big roasted coffee, dark chocolate, hints of vanilla and a dash of licorice. Feel is smooth, full-bodied and very rich. Really nice complex stout that is a solid change of pace from the adjunct riddled stouts out there.

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Photo of frekky
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014.

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Photo of ryanflc
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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