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

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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:
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Added by ffejherb on 01-24-2010

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Reviews:
147
Ratings:
643
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.9%
 
 
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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 643
Photo of brenlinn
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The standard for all other BA Stouts to live up to. Brown sugar mixing with the stout and adding a perfect mix of barrel. In all that i have tried, it seems waiting a year makes this amazing

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Photo of goldenbooter
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome russian stout. Strong nose and a deep brown head. Flavor stays with you. Thick with malt and a hint of caramel. Expensive but worth trying every single time. The bourbon hits at just the right time

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Warren (Lazerlobe) for opening his home for the Syracuse Area Tasting Appreciation Night (S.A.T.A.N.)!

Date: 18 December 2010
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: Provided by Warren (Lazerlobe), 22fl oz bomber

Pours with no head, no lacing. Color is black, stricken with crimson. Aromas of well-balanced bourbon, pecans, hotness of alcohol, a touch of smoke, maple, and perhaps a spice but that could be the booziness. Taste of sweet milk chocolate, smooth bourbon, delicious dark malts, and slight molasses. The bottle says that it's brewed with brown sugar but maple covers the palate with intense sweetness. Thanks again, Warren!

Drank this beer side-by-side with Jackie-O's Dark Apparition, and found the Apparition to be sweeter, while the Yeti was more intense with chocolate.

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Photo of T_Reeves92
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Serving: Bottle

A: Jet black with a thin-medium head
S: Oak, Chocolate, Candy Sugar, Molasses
T: Molasses, Dark Fruits, Brown Sugar, Wood
M: Silky smooth, warmth from the alcohol is prominent.
O: Excellent example of a BB aged stout

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The release for this was my first bottle release party, and it was awesome.

A- Poured into my trusty Delirium snifter. Really no head, just little patches of deep tan bubbles. The beer is a deep black with some red.

S- FANTASTIC. The brown sugar plays a big part in this beer. Nice rich,sweetness countered by,deep roast and bourbon.

T- Even better than the smell. This is one of the very best BA stouts out,there. The brown sugar is what,sets this apart. Rich toffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, bourbon.

M- Full and rich. Very low carbonation. Its a sweeter beer but surprisingly its not too sticky.

D- I really want more of this.

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Photo of OGFGabv
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
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 mctizzz
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
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 mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black as night, completely opaque with a huge billowing head of tan up and over the top of the glass. Really enormous look to it. Cascading head fell back down to earth and still at over two inches high refused to gain any ground what so ever.

Huge aroma of bourbon, rich chocolate notes and wonderful hints of molasses. As it warms it takes on a very sweet note, with touches of coffee adding a slight bitter nose to it. Really well defined though I have to admit here. Lots of bourbon, with that vanilla character very prominent indeed. Rich vanilla notes undermined the huge coffee and chocolate flavors, vanilla, molasses, hints of oak notes, sublime. Even as it comes up to near room temperature it keeps its insanely rich character.

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Photo of mschrei
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Second time I had this one. Only change I made was bumping up the smell a quarter point. Almost a blackish color with light edging upon drinking. Ever present mild lacing, healthy activity on each drink, and possible presence of particulates that are tough to see due to the darkness of the beer. Sweet malty smell with barrel hiding below. Unbelievable taste-rich, roasty, sweet, and boozy. Takes all the characteristics of a barrel aged stout, mixes them together, presents wonderfully. A little oily feel, but still fills the whole mouth with vibrancy. A truly excellent beer.

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Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Side-by-side with '13 BCBS.

A- Black with a medium level, light tan head. Reflective like oil.

S- Scotch and oak. Lots of barrel in this one.

T- Roasted marshmallow, brown sugar, medium-range bourbon, and I get a bit of a coconut flavor with this as well. I've heard a few people describe this beer as a "barrel-aged S'more," and I think that's actually pretty accurate for those familiar with BA stouts.

M- Typical alcohol warmth, not too heavy and not too light. If it was cold out, the mouthfeel of this beer would really seal the deal.

O- Love this beer... much better out of a bottle than on tap in my opinion, for whatever reason. This wins my side-by-side against BCBS by a couple points. Cheers!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed this at a barrel aged tasting on 2011-08-06 alongside regular dark apparition and brandy barrel aged.

2011 #18 of 240

look is identical to all the others...like a black hole with no head at all. the smell is really nice. not top shelf bourbon, but a nice smelling brew. flavor, however is spot on. vanilla, creamy, wonderful. mouth was the top of the 3, very creamy. overall really nice and my favorite of the three by a long shot.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Jackie O's barrel aged fest, another unbelievable beer from this emerging powerhouse. The beer pours dark brownish black with a thin creamy head the color of milk chocolate.

This beer's nose is really good, full of all kinds of flavor. First off is the bourbon, darkly sweet and mouth-watering (if you like bourbon). Behind that there's evidence of a large malt bill, from the ample chocolate and roasted malts, and also a good deal of dark fruits and caramel, like a bourbon-soaked brownie.

It tastes, if anything, better than it smells. The bourbon is present from the start of the sip through the lingering aftertaste, but it's complemented by all the rich flavors hinted at by the aroma. Roasted malts, caramel fudge, plums/figs/raisins, even a little vanilla (maybe from the barrels). The body is thick enough to match the robust blanketing of the other senses, this was really really good.

As a testament to the wide breadth this brewery has, I'd say that this excellent beer was only the 3rd best I tried at the festival, behind Bourbon Barrel Sweet Chocolate Love and Oil of Aphrodite. This is a brewery to keep an eye on.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Kan for bringing Brad, brewmaster at Jackie O's to our Sunday afternoon tasting. This was an awesome sneak peek that is making almost drive for the release...Black with some really nice light tan head...The aroma here is awesome. Its super sweet with tons of honey, maple syrup, chocolate and vanilla. A perfect combination that you would think would be too sweet but somehow isn't...The taste is almost as good, brings back all the sweetness of the aroma but brings out some of the wood here, which we got none of on the front. Lots of honey, vanilla, raspberries in the middle and wood. I really like it, would be perfect if a little more balanced with either some bitterness or light hop finish...Easy drinker can't believe what the abv is.

This is an awesome RIS. Its sweeter so as long as your like sweet stours you'll love this.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black. Not Brown, Black. Small amount of light brown head.

S - Nothing but bourbon and chocolate in the smell, and I like it that way.

T - Wow!! Brown sugar, carbonated, with molasses and bourbon thrown in for good measure. This is what perfection tastes like.

M - Great for the style, the agressive carbonation keeps the sweetness from getting cloying.

O - Great beer. This was a hold out from the original release, now a year old. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of stakem
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to goryshkewych for the chance to try this brew! Shared at CaptinRedBeard's tasting on 1/22/11. Bottle #316/384

Poured into a sniffer, this brew appears black in color with some clarity around the thin edges. It displays some lighter brown around the sides and a finger of brown head appears and quickly fades leaving spotty and leggy lacing on the glass. The faint resemblance of a head holds tight to the sides of the glass. A swirl revives the cap back to a fingers strength.

The aroma includes notes of whiskey and an earthy component that is roasty. A little bit of tangy hops mixes with the alcohol before blending into a sweet scent of vanilla that is very pleasing to the nose. Before even taking a sip I am enjoying this brew, I love the way it smells.

The taste is roasty with a bitterness similar to strong brewed coffee, bitter chocolat, tangy whiskey and smooth vanilla melded together perfectly throughout. It has an earthy aftertaste with a bit of citrus hops that comes out as the brew warms.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. As it warms, more alcohol comes out in the flavor and warmth. A smooth easy drinking brew yet it has bold flavoring and an exceptionally fine beer. I found myself not wanting to take notes and just sit back and enjoy the brew without thinking about it. I would love to get more of this. I'm pretty sure opening this bottle has made up my mind and I'm going to attend the next bottle release at Jackie O's.

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Photo of genog
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of rhinos00
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Served at room temperature. Bottle #343/384

A - Pours a dark, chocolate brown. Produced a fingers width of mocha colored head, quickly reduced to a thin ring around the glass. Little to no lacing.

S - Very potent. Great combination of molasses, vanilla and chocolate bourbon. Infiltrates the nose...the alcohol makes the nose hairs tinge. I could sniff this for hours.

T - Was not expecting this at all. This beer aged wonderfully in the bourbon barrels. Upfront a sugar sweet molasses flavor comes forth. As the beer sits on the palate, chocolate bourbon notes become more prominent. Finishes with a sweet, vanilla bourbon flavor. Lots of oak in the finish as well. Just a perfect combination of flavors.

M - In between medium and heavy bodied with good carbonation. The finish is rather dry and leaves a bitter oak taste on the palate. My only complaint is that I think it could have been slightly more viscous. Then again, I like my stouts to resemble motor oil.

D - Definitely a sipper, but the flavors make this beer very hard to put down.

Overall, probably one of the best offerings I have had from Jackie O's. Probably one of the best examples I can think of that displays a great balance between a base beer and bourbon barrels. Kudos!

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Photo of brentk56
4.61/5  rDev +8%
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 Marius
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of kitch
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 375ml bottle of 2015 vintage and poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: It poured a deep dark black colour with a thin khaki head that dissipated almost just as quickly but leaves some nice spotty lacing.

Aroma: Strong bourbon, sweet brown sugar, chocolate fudge brownie, molasses and vanilla.

Taste: Starts with sweet molasses followed by bourbon and dark chocolate with some light toffee, caramel and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation and a warming alcohol feel.

Overall: A very good Russian Imperial Stout with a nice hit of bourbon that is strong but not harsh and nicely complemented with chocolate, caramel and coffee flavours. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of dar482
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reminders of a smaller Bourbon County come through on this one. Lots of rich bourbon, caramel/sugary sweetness, vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee bitterness, some alcohol on the back.

A medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of bgold86
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the nose, big dark dried fruits, lots of chocolate and coffee, big big bourbon and vanilla sweetness, wow, what an improvement over regular dark app! Taste is more of chocolate and bourbon with slight vanilla. Overall a huge step forward over a pretty average base beer, but as some have displayed it as such below, this beer is NOT the gold standard for bourbon barrel age stouts, is not close as it falls quite short as compared to its contemporaries.

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