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

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #32
ABV:
12.8%
Score:
96
Ranked #598
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 8.05%
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
815
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
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Notes: This hauntingly good brew in your hand is rife with dark complexities. Seven malts were used to create deep flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. A hint of bitterness and herbal character from carefully selected European and American hops help support the monolithic maltiness. After conditioning in stainless steel, the beer was transferred into bourbon barrels. For 8 to 12 months, Dark Apparition waited patiently in oak barrels until the time was right to spring forth with its ghostly gusto. A truly decadent brew that is intended to be poured into your favorite snifter and given time to warm up from it's dark and cool resting place.
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Reviews by Daktyls:
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Daktyls from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks and pours like a classic stout. Virtually no head, slick black.

Aroma has notes of molasses, brown sugar, and definitely some bourbon in there.

Taste is absolutely wonderful. Woody bourbon notes, light molasses and brown sugar, some mild chocolate and maltiness. Feels nice and slick, not a lot of carbonation, quite drinkable.

Jul 22, 2017
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Booze, Raisins, Vanilla, Wood

Such a lush brew, smells and smacks of bourbon soaked raisins. Pours a really great looking lace for a bigger barrel aged brew, very inviting appearance. Very fresh bourbon barrel character, big on vanilla. Not too sweet as the roasted character, wood and alcohol keeps everything in check. Nothing short of amazing.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 10.5% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015)

Aug 25, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Lots of bourbon with a nice vanilla and brown sugar complexity spliced in. Pretty boozy but there's enough there to make it quite the interesting aroma.

T- Very smooth in the onset with notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and even maple. Very smooth for the ABV and the bourbon kicks in right near the back end providing just enough booze presence.

M- Silky smooth with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- I just had a pour of BCBS on draft earlier tonight and this is pretty much right on par with a bit more sweetness. My first Jackie O's beer and I sure am impressed.

Sep 24, 2015
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been holding onto this one for a while now - probably 6 months. Maybe because I liked the non BA version a lot, or maybe just because it took a little trouble to get. Either way, its spent far too long in the downstairs fridge against my taste buds will...

A - 375ml poured into a snifter. Pours heavy and frothy - I like it. Head is fairly subdued not towering but what is there is rich and thick. Lacing looks thin however.

S - holy phuck. Jackie os brewery is a master as transferring the barrel to the nose. Every BA beer from them I've had essentially smells like a kentucky distillery. Let's hope the rest of this beer keeps up...

T - vanilla beans. Bourbon. Chocolate... was what came through right off the bat. I can't even describe how much balance this beer has between a cloying vanilla sweetness and a bitter chocolate tinge all the while being bitch slapped by bourbon. The flavor of this beer is palatable "extreme". It has so much going on but it's right down the median for everything I pick up.

M - typical jackie os it's a little thin. Hate to dock it because it's delicious but but does drink very thin for a bourbon barrel stout.

Overall - I'll buy again every chance I get. Arguably underrated but jackie os are pretty attainable so that is to be expected.

Aug 16, 2016
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a tad thin for a barrel aged stout. Holds a light khaki ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass throughout. The bourbon barrel is pretty pronounced in this beer with hints of caramel chocolate and booze. Taste follows the smell but is generally balanced and lacks the bitter RIS bite of the non barrel aged version. Very smooth with subtle sweetness. Feel is light. Overall this is a rather good beer that has great nose and pretty good taste but lacks the substantially of the serious body that a barrel aged stout should have.

Aug 16, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a rather modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet; spots of lacing linger around

Smell: Chocolate fudge, caramel, vanilla, marshmallow, oak and Bourbon

Taste: Chocolate fudge, caramel and Bourbon forward, with developing marshmallow tones; in the middle, the oak and vanilla tones develop, with the finish being quite a mellow combination of all the elements

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: One of Jackie O's better efforts, I would call this a marriage between a Bourbon barrel-aged IS and a barleywine

Thanks, howopeeps, for the opportunity

Mar 16, 2015
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falcon1 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.9%

Dec 02, 2011
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kaktusjak from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 29, 2015
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_RL_ from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 15, 2015
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genog from Ohio

4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Jackie O's 5th anniversary celebration. Really loved this one. This was handed to me without any head it was just an inky black beer. Aroma was incredibly rich with oak, whisky type boozy aroma coming through. Some coffee and dark licorice but mostly the oak. Taste was rich dark chocolate malty goodness that lingered beyond the oak that stayed up front while the dark flavors continued on through the palate. The slight sour notes started to take over as well. Mouthfeel coated my tongue with a thickness that made this a very nice sipping beer.

Dec 07, 2010
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kiki3drt292 from California

3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 24, 2016
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WVUbrew from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Jun 21, 2014
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nickfl from Florida

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is by far the best of the three dark apparition variants we had side by side. Exceptional barrel character that softens the base beer in a way it vary much benefits from.

May 21, 2015
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 26, 2015
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DanoBear from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 29, 2016
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 14, 2016
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mjw1200 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.9%

Aug 30, 2014
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Beef_Curtains from Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours thick and black, not much in the way of head. The aroma is very boozy and bourbony. The taste is also bourbony, with chocolate and coffee mixed in. It's comlex and intense which I, but still well balanced within its extreme. This is what I love in a BBA stout and Jackie O's executed it masterfully.

Jun 26, 2015
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Photekut from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +14.9%

Nov 17, 2011
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kbuzz from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Dec 16, 2012
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Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 01, 2017
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szmnnl99 from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 21, 2015
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 12.15.12
Thanks to jodan for the bottle
Bottle 2011 104/336

A - Pours a very dark brown with only a few dark brown bubbles that cling to one side.

S - Strong bourbon, carmel, sweet fruit, oak.

T - Bourbon, then some sour ripe fruit, but subtle, then some vanill and finally finishes with some coffee.

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body.

O - This is a flavor rollercoaster - Layer after layer, wow!

Dec 24, 2012
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 01, 2015
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one was disappointing considering how highly rated it was. No date listed on bottle. Pours a thick black syrupy color with just a little tan head and very scant lacing. Aromas of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, roasted nuts, malt and some brown sugar. Also a trace of raisin. Taste follows the nose, fairly well balanced but not as much depth as I would have liked. It seemed thinner and less powerful than the high ABv would’ve suggested. Even as the beer warmed the flavors didn’t come out very much. Smooth, very slightly thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Would probably not try it again.

May 29, 2020
Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 815 ratings