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

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Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel AgedDark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ffejherb on 01-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
693
Reviews:
161
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
488
Gots:
195
For Trade:
35
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle:
Beer pours with not the thickness but the color of used oil. Trying to generate a decent head failed, but there was a thin head that appeared. It seemed to change from brown to light tan quickly as it faded to the edges.

Nose is chocolate brownie, sweet, chocolatey, vanilla and brown sugar evident. The brown sugar evokes a hint of molasses, but also seems to stay distinct as my nose relaxes. There's something else lightening the chocolate note, but I can't make it out.

Feel is lighter than the nose suggested, more in line with the lower viscous pour. The fullness of the flavor is high, though.

And the flavor that comes is in line with the nose. My initial impression, that was tempered as I drank more, was that of a really good, fresh licorice. The spice bite was a little light for that, perhaps. A little more cola that brownie up front, but lingering notes are brownie-ish. The brown sugar helps.

This beer reminds me a slight bit of Alewerks Rapadou Porter, which uses a sugar adjunct decently well. This is better, with the barrel aging really not distinct/very well integrated. Well enjoyed as a closing beer for the night.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours jet black with thin mocha colored head that dissipates to a thin ring. Not much lacing.

Aroma - Absolute huge bourbon nose, burnt brown sugar, vanilla, oak and roasted malts. Dark chocolate as it warms.

Taste - Oh the taste is mouth watering, a very balanced mixture of bourbon, oak,vanilla, brown sugar, dark chocolate and molasses.

Feel - Full bodied creamy smooth feel. Warming and oh so smooth.

Overall - Just an amazing beer, such wonderful balanced flavors the alcohol is so well hidden but the bourbon flavor is there.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bjlynch83
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Jim!

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a small head, and very small amount of lacing.

Smells like chocolate fudge, caramel, sweet bourbon, and oak.

This got rave reviews from my mouth for sure- it tastes so silky, with lots of chocolate, a bit of roast, a moderate amount of sweet bourbon, and slight creamy coffee. It's not the most complex build ever, but it's still really tasty.

This is medium bodied and pretty creamy, with basically no essence of the alcohol apparent at all.

Jackie O's is mega underrated, and this is another welcome addition to their catalogue for me.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into an OEC tasting glass. Pours a deep black - at the margins, it's an almost hazy brown. Smells deep and roasty, with an almost umami element (soy-sauce like). The palate takes that same unique umami/soy component and adds to it an almost coca-cola taste and sweetness. Hints of chocolate linger in the background, with subtler-still coffee. Mouthfeel is deeply thick. Outstanding. The umami and soy are the real stand-out components here, unique from the many other Imperial Stouts I've been trying recently.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AJmon13
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IRS tulip. Very dark and viscous pour with low carbonation and not much bloom (I do not consider this to be a flaw in a barrel-aged beer). The nose is rich with roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, and some coffee.

Full body with a creamy feel and rich, smooth flavor with a terrific balance between better and sweet.. I get roasted malt, lots of toffee, vanilla, unsweetened chocolate, and bourbon. Finish is warming but not boozy. Very smooth with no bite at all. Very liqueur-like. A dessert in a bottle.

Overall, an amazing barrel-aged beer with no oxidation or off-putting tart, dark fruit flavors. The flavor is especially impressive given that this beer is less than 12%ABV. It's expensive, but with Jackie O's you know you're getting a great barrel-aged beer. Very few brewers today seem to be able to match them in this department. I'm so glad I can buy these from time-to-time at Jungle Jim's in Eastgate. I've been to the brewery a few times, but it's such a long drive.

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