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

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94
outstanding
700 Ratings
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:
700
Reviews:
163
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.69%
 
 
Wants:
487
Gots:
195
For Trade:
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Reviews by zhanson88:
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4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottling. Bottle 110/384.

Appearance: Pours out dark brown, almost black, in color. Not terribly viscous looking. A khaki colored head forms that has limited retention and lacing.

Smell: Quite a bit of sweetness initially with milk chocolate and vanilla notes. A hint of dark chocolate bitterness as well. Not much roast or any other form of bitterness going on. I was surprised at the level of bourbon notes that were still present, as this beer is now over two years old, but still a very strong bourbon presence. Seems nicely integrated, though.

Taste: High level of sweet milk chocolate notes along with vanilla. Not much bitterness of any kind to balance. Smooth bourbon notes and a bit of oak take over the middle and finish. It's pretty sweet, but everything is very smooth and well integrated.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is nice. Just under full, with a good level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, I thought this was a great barrel aged stout. One of the best I've had in a while. Very rich and decadent. Only real knock I have is that it is a bit sweet, but if you like sweeter imp. stouts, this is for you. This is drinking about perfect right now. I think 2 years is a good age for this. I could see it being maybe a bit too bourbon forward even a year ago.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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)

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Photo of Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of rypkr
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OGFGabv
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely love this beer. Pours like black ink with a think mocha head that disipates very fast. Great big bourbon, chocolate, coffee smell. The taste is amazing with again- lots of bourbon, wood, chocolate, coffee and vanilla sweetness. There is some heat there in the finish, but hey- if you bought it, you read the label. Another exceptional offering from this brewery.

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Photo of StoutFox
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have to say im a bit disappointed with this one, its almost too bourbon'y. I think that's because I find the base beer a bit watery.

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Photo of Jcorn
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Ryno3031
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 77apm
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mctizzz
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been meaning to try JO's for a while and this did not disappoint. Drank straight out of the bottle sitting around a fire at a friend's going away party. Nice and thick, stout with brown sugar and barrel up front. Look forward to trying more from them.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer looks exactly like an imperial stout should, completely black with a dark tan head. The aroma is wonderful. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as a lot of notes from the barrel aging: bourbon, maple and vanilla.

The flavor is more of the same. You can tell the base beer is excellent and the chocolate and coffee notes come through nicely. I also get the same barrel aging notes as in the aroma: whiskey, maple and vanilla. The bourbon is present but is not overpowering. All of the flavors work very well together and make this an outstanding beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Marius
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CBC 2016. Black with a tan head. Bourbon, coffee, vanilla, licorice. Great mouthfeel and balance between flavours. A damn fine beer, one of the highlights of the show, for me.

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

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boatshoes
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

A solid bourbon barrel aged stout. Bourbon has a strong presence in the nose as well as the taste, which I like. Finishes dry however and that detracts from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

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Photo of jminch
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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