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

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Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel AgedDark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ffejherb on 01-24-2010

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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 686
Photo of GreesyFizeek
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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Photo of LAp
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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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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Photo of callowaybp
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Russian Imperial. Lots of Bourbon and chocolate notes that grows as the beer warms up. Pitch black in color with very little head. Very smooth feel. A great one to have extra to age.

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Photo of grover37
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml for $13 from 101 Bottles, split into balloon tulips with Lisa. Really delicious, complex, and a nice balance between stout and barrel character. Nose it a touch hot, this one will age well and come together over a year or so. Recommended.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Nice oily look. No head though. Smells about right. Slight bourbon tones. Sugary. Tastes really mellow- not really robust, not really boozy. Feels kinda bad. Smooth, but its flat as a moxie. No bueno. Overall pretty good, but given the high price, theres others out there.

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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 bobhits
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short and simple!

Bourbon warms this beer up but seems to clean kill the mouth feel and body. It almost waters down the beer and leaves a somewhat flat bourbon smooth body. The nose stays very smooth and vanilla, creme brulee like.

This is great great stuff but it misses just a bit due to the bourbon barrels killing the mouth feel.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2015 version served close to room temperature. It pours black as dark as the label with a very small amount of dark brown head around the edge. There is a little lacing left behind. The smell is an amazing sweet bourbon. It's really strong and great enough I almost don't want to stop smelling it and take a drink. The taste is dark, charred, bourbon with a sweetness the really compliments it. There is a lingering alcohol feel the end. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with very little carbonation. It's a little thinner than I expected. Overall an excellent beer, although a little more of the char taste than I normally like, but that's a minor criticism of a great beer.

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Photo of BrotherDylan
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really really wanted to like this beer but it was just to brash. The beer is a bull in a china shop with the bourbon and bitter tannins wrecking what is left of the base beer. It was too much in too little. I wouldn't buy it again.

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

**'15 edition**

L: pours slight black with no head. Pitch black in the glass though
S: nice smooth bourbon sweetness with chocolate lingering.
O: nice! Smooth bourbon, a touch of chocolate. It's very good.
F: smooth for sure, medium to full thickness. Very nice

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Photo of Slack
3.02/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ruby to deep brown in color with head around the edges and good lacing.

Nose is boozy, brown sugar, and oddly acidic.

Taste is sweet, oak, and pepper.

Mouthful is medium, carbonation is average, finish is warm.

Looking at the other reviews, this seems to be either infected or just bad. I will give the benefit of the doubt and say infected.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle, 2016 edition poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black but almost no head
S: Bourbon, cocoa, chocolate, molasses
T: Chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar
M: Full-bodied, very smooth, a bit sweet but not hot
O: A very tasty RIS. Tasty now but I need to find another to age a while

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Photo of Sabtos
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprisingly fizzy for a JO brew, the head displays a dark tan, with a dark brown body underneath.

I smell brown sugar, oak, chocolate wafer, and burnt caramel.

Taste is rich caramel and brown sugar, oak, vanilla, and that signature boozy Jackie O's barrel heat, with a chocolate background.

Medium body, a little fizz, and surprisingly more tasty over the regular version. I even like this a touch better than their legendary BB Oro.

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

Pours an opaque dark brown color almost black, very viscous like oil, with khaki colored head. Bourbon, lots of boozy bourbon on the nose, some chocolate, sugar sweetness, and coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes very boozy. Lots of bourbon on this, almost overwhelms the beer.

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Photo of bgold86
4.56/5  rDev +7%
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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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 brenlinn
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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 Mateo2699
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is an oily black, khaki big bubbled head that settled to a ring with nice spotty lacing.

Smell is initially sweet bourbon, wood, oak, vanilla ans brown sugar. Bourbon sticks out more as it warms.

Taste Follows nose well. Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla initially. Then the back end is wood and bourbon-esque flavors that stick around for a while.

Mouthfeel is velvety and slightly oily. Bourbon profile is slightly sticky, low carbonation.

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Photo of kitch
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
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 TheElectricOne
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance: pours black as night, with a totally opaque body; even when swirled. Carries a slim, khaki-colored head on top, with a lot of retention, and some spotty lacing.

Aroma: very sweet smelling, with lots of bourbon-y, fudgy scent. Very dessert-y and chocolate-forward. Not much barrel char, it's a very soft, vanilla laden barrel character.

Taste: super sweet and decadent. I got lots of dark chocolate, lots of sweet bourbon character with just a touch of smoky roast. Finishes very, very silky and luscious.

Feel: full-bodied, though maybe needed a TOUCH more body to support the heavy sweetness. It's picking hairs at this point though.

Overall: this is a great barrel-aged stout. Tons of sweetness, extremely decadent and complex flavor profile, and some subtle barrel character. Super nice.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this sent to me from Ohio. Very good.

(L) Very dark almost black with a thin mocca head.

(A) The aroma is sweet and coffee.

(T) The flavor is chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, a bit sweet, and I did not get much bourbon, and no alcohol taste. However, I may have served it a bit cold.

(F) A bit thin but easy drinking and overall delicious.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black body, two finger offwhite head, good retention, not much lacing. Smells of molasses, oak, a bit of smoke, honey, chocolate, mild roast. Flavour is on the sweeter side, with the molasses being prominent, followed by dark chocolate, touch of dark fruit and roast, bourbon, a bit of smoke. Mouthfeel is full bodied, substantial, lower carbonation, a bit of sweeter molasses on the finish. Solid BA imperial stout with a bit more sweetness than I'd like, but has been put together well.

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