Dark Apparition | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
895 Ratings
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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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 895 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of tjwarren
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with thin brown quickly disappearing head. Smell is all malt a tad too sweet on the nose. Taste is expected to be sweet but it is not. Instead it is roasty bordering on bitter but not crossing over. Subtle dark fruit. Mouthfeel is perfect. Just a tad of abrasion to keep it from being oily or thick. Like all Jackie O's the balance is everything. Nothing dominates. All is harmonious. It is a work of art.

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

Photo of mschrei
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A gift from @oach, poured into a stout snifter. Not a very dark beer – thinning brown edges, the lacing does not last very much. Quite a lot of floaties for a stout. Roasty dark notes on the smell with a sugary vanilla background. A great example of malty roasty stout flavor, and just as impressive on the feel – it's not oily and it's not thick. It's straight up the middle, and it delivers. I had it with a pork tenderloin marinated in a maple syrup/Dijon mustard/IPA mix. It was fantastic with the meal, and it was exceptional afterward by itself. I thought the Bourbon barrel aged version of this was outstanding, but the regular version might be just as good.

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Photo of zao77
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts next to North Coast's Old Rasputin. Hefty beer, not overly sweet, very balanced at 10.5% abv. World class beer all the way.

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Photo of tsgooch79
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 pours a dark black with almost no head and no lacing. The smell is caramel and molasses and some char underneath. The taste is similar with the char being more upfront. The alcohol is very well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation and slightly thinner than expected. Overall a great RIS, especially if you like that dark RIS char.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is very dark brown, not quite black, in color. A little different for RIS. Body is medium, but taste is pretty classic--good roasty taste. Lacing is solid. Overall, it is decent for the style. If you are looking for an RIS a little on the lighter side, this is worth the try.

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

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jcb7472
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HopSavant
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CNoj012
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pitch black used motor oil color with a dense, one finger light mocha head that takes a bit to recede to a microfilm layer. There is sparse spotted lacing and many brown floaties.

Smell is caramel, molasses, coffee and bitter chocolate with the slightest hint of smokiness.

Taste is very similar, but the caramel, molasses and smokiness are more apparent while the chocolate and coffee take a back seat.

Feel is full bodied, thick and velvety smooth.

Overall a great stout. The heavy feel is excellent and the smokiness combined with the sweet caramel and molasses makes for a great mix.

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Photo of GlennWB
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coldy
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have been aging and trying these periodically. Just had one at about a year of age on it....wow.
Excellent beer...coffee and chocolate smell...mostly chocolate initially...finish and after taste has toasted caramel.
Really nice drinking stout for cool weather...allow it to warm to about 55 degrees and enjoy!

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Photo of Chestertonian82
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sd123
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of izzyismyrott
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slack
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ruby brown in color and clear brown on the edges with some head remaining on one side and good lacing.

Nose is booze, molasses, dark fruit, and a bit of hops.

Taste is sweet, figs, smoky, malty, hoppy, bitter, cocoa, and coffee.

Mouthful is medium and smooth, kinda velvety but thin. Carbonation is low. Finish is warming.

This is a very balanced RIS, hops and booze do not overwhelm, flavor profile is really enjoyable. Recommend to all.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. 2016.

A - Pitch black and a mocha head of about one finger. Spotty lace and some retention which is expected for the style.

S - Licorice, leather, some hops, chocolate, fudge. Sugar.

T - Sweet again. Some roast, but not a ton. Leans more towards chocolate, rich dense bread and sweet sugary notes. Chocolate and bread are what come to mind the most.

M - Carbonation is nice. Medium. Body is pretty big and the finish is lot's of lingering bitterness and sweetness.

O/D - This is a good sipper. Definitely leans to the sweeter side without being too big and rich. While it is sweet, it has bitterness to balance and doesn't attack you with big barrel flavours or lot's of roast and coffee. Definitely doesn't show it's strength. Good stuff.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Apparition from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
4.19 out of 5 based on 895 ratings.
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