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

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94
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707 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:
707
Reviews:
166
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.69%
 
 
Wants:
486
Gots:
193
For Trade:
33
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 707 |  Reviews: 166
Photo of craftsb41
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours dark with a small head that disappears quickly.
S - The aroma is molasses and bourbon.
T - The flavor is a little sweet and then the bourbon hits you. But its not harsh, just like a warm wave pouring over you.
M - Thinner than I expected, lacked the creaminess of the base RIS.
O - This is a very good beer but I enjoyed the base beer more. I would buy again.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2014 version. Based on drinking the base beer, I'm guessing later years are superior. This fizzed out pretty quickly leaving a flat dark brown beer. No legs, thinnish appearance. Smell has a lot of bourbon but not much of the base. Flavor is similar, with the base disappearing under oak / vanilla / cedar / leather / nougat from the spirit.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

Photo of mschrei
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Lukass
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluejacket74
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce bottle, 2016 vintage. Served in a Jackie O's snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and some coffee. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some burnt/charred malt and woody flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot and I definitely recommend this, but then pretty much everything from Jackie O's is really good!

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Photo of Morey
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 LloydDobler
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

'15 bottle poured into rocks glass

Dark brown pour with no head at all. Thin, clear cola color toward the edges. At first a little bland in taste and smell, so I let this one warm and open up a bit. Subtle bourbon, coffee, and sweetness on the nose. Chocolate and whiskey are very sneaky and come out strong after an initial taste of mild flavors. Very thin(way more so than the nonBA version), like a flat soda. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of TboneRN
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The taste reminded me a lot of Parabola, which is obviously very high praise. Like all great BA stouts, the barrel flavor is very much present, but doesn't overpower the base beer. I had non-BA Coffee and Vanilla a couple days ago, and the barrel aging does wonders here, adding extra complexity and completely obscuring the alcohol flavor. This was a very good stout.

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

Photo of Bugs318
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with a pretty scant tan head of slight retention.
S: wafts big bourbon vanilla as the dominant note. Underneath there is some cacao, some anise, and a trace of ethanol.
T: Vanilla and wood up front with a chocolate finish. Quite sweet, but very tasty. Heat is well hidden here.
M: body is, at most medium full, and a touch under expectations and, while nicely silky, is a bit sticky with low feeling carbonation. There is a moderate heat on the swallow that is less evident to the tongue.
O: the stickiness is really the dominant knock here against what is otherwise a pretty stellar beer.

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Photo of DanoBear
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bman13
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BuccoFan
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely a beer to start cool and allow to warm. Initially creates a thin but uneven head, but eventually forms a nice ring as it progresses. The brown sugar absolutely provides a nice, but not over-the-top, sweetness. Bourbon, however, is a little hard to detect, and the body lacks heft.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jackie O's Pub & Brewery - Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Apparition. 11.5% ABV. 12.7oz bottle split between two snifters. 2016 release.

Look: Pitch black body, with a finger sized mocha colored head, which lapses into lacing.

Smell: Sweet bourbon, charred oak barrel, dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and brown sugar.

Feel: Insanely smooth, with very little carbonation. Medium bodied.

Taste: Sweet bourbon, charred oak barrel, dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and brown sugar all combine throughout from beginning to end. Gets a tiny bit boozy as it warms up, leaving a small burn.

Overall: I seem to end up having special versions of beers before the regular version, and that is the case with this; having the Bourbon Barrel Aged version first. I can say for sure, that this is damn good, with a great combination of flavors, without being too boozy.

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Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
4.26 out of 5 based on 707 ratings.
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