Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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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): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ffejherb on 01-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#797
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
763
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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Photo of Zazzi82
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter
2015

This beer pours black and has no head.

The first thing I smell is caramel and vanilla. Then I get some chocolate.

The taste starts out with vanilla and caramel up front. Then I chocolate through the middle with coffee in the finish.

Full bodied with viscous, smooth mouthfeel. Very low carbonation

This one has aged well. It has a dessert beer taste and smell with all the sweet treats that are sensed. It is also very warming due to the alcohol content. A great beer for a cold winter evening.

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Photo of tsgooch79
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ktr5010
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - pitch black with nice lacing that is mocha colored
S - sweet, bourbon, dark chocolate with some vanilla
T - hints of black licorice, molasses, bourbon, and browns sugar
F - good thickness
O - First time having anything from Jackie O's and this was great

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Photo of tittyfish
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jcflorian
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bum4ever
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L- The beer pours black with a thin half centimeter mocha head. The head recedes quickly to a thin ring leaving no lacing.
S- The nose is dark chocolate with bourbon washing over and receding to reveal the chocolate once again.
T- Like the nose the chocolate is first out to the box. Mid palate the bourbon arrives in full force. As the bourbon recedes you are left with a touch of lingering brown sugar sweetness and vanilla from the oak.
F- The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a stout, but it still posseses a slickness which coats the tongue. Carbonation is quite light which helps mask the thinness.
O- Not perfect example of the style, but the flavors and complexity really elevate this brew to must try. Recommended.

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Photo of bobv
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/4 inch tan head over an almost black body with some lacing. Small head dissipates to a ring in a few minutes. Nose of bourbon with notes of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, coffee, and oak. Taste mirrors nose with the bourbon taking a backseat to everything else. As it warms the bourbon comes forward a bit, but not overly so. Nice feel, although a tad thinner than I had hoped. Overall, a real nice BBA Imperial Stout. Cheers!

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Photo of Eddieeight
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick dark opaque brown. I got zero head on the pour. No lacing, nothing.
Smells strongly of bourbon and vanilla.
This is a smooth tasting beer. Goes down like liquid chocolate. I've got notes of nuts, coffee, vanilla, burnt caramel, all swimming in a bourbon bath. As advertised on the label, it's heavy on the malt. Also heavy on the alcohol at 12.5% but that's all right with me. Overall a delicious beer although a bit pricey at $11.99 bottle. However it feels good as an ohioan to drink local.

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Photo of Greasy
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ericsbrown
4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of bigred89
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JPS10
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014

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Photo of alpineclimber
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tony210
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark and a bit on the thin side, minimal head. Big bourbon barrel aroma, ample chocolate. Taste is: huge bourbon barrel presence, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, touch of vanilla, light espresso finish, absolutely delicious. Rich and creamy, suprisingly medium to full bodied. Overall this is a great bba brew, completely different from its non-bba counterpart. Would buy this any time it's available.

2/5/18
12.7 oz, 2017 vintage
4.5 rating

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Photo of SerMosh
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woemad
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle courtesy of WesMantooth. 2017 vintage.

Poured into an Imperial glass (don't know what else to call it). A moonless midnight black in color. Thin, mocha colored head that dropped fairly quickly. Spotty lace. Perhaps not a great looking beer in terms of lace or head retention, but it's 11.5%, so I'll cut it some slack.

Rich nose to this. Bourbon and brown sugar dominate, as expected. There's also a nutty aroma, reminiscent of the walnuts from Oil of Aphrodite, but no mention is made of any such adjunct on the label.

Whoa, this is smooth! Not nearly as "hot," booze-wise, as I was expecting. Also, not as sugary as I feared. Glad this is not the version brewed with vanilla. There's enough of such a flavor coming through from the bourbon barrels. Not much hop flavor. If in the mood for a bitter take on the style, I might look elsewhere.

Creamy mouthfeel, but also a little thin in the body.

Delicious. This is a sweet and hearty big stout. Boozy enough if you dig bba-beers, but not so hot as to require multi-year cellaring to become approachable. I'm really enjoying it's flavor and drinkability on what is essentially the drinking day of my birthday. Thanks, Corey!

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Photo of JLK7299
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been sitting on this after getting it in a trade for about a year. Not sure if it’s the aging or pouring it at a great temperature but I like it a lot more than the current rating! Nitpicking to find anything wrong with it!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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