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

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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:
712
Reviews:
166
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.69%
 
 
Wants:
488
Gots:
195
For Trade:
34
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Ratings: 712 |  Reviews: 166
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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Photo of Prager62
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A recent bottle sent by BA extraordinaire @LeperJim. There's no apparent bottle date, but the label states 2015. I'm guessing it's a fairly recent release. Pouring this 375ml in my 13oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a dark brown leaving a thin ring of tan foam around the glass. Very little carbonation is present.

Smell- Bourbon forward with some vanilla, dark chocolate, and brown sugar hiding in the back. A trace amount of molasses and oak as it warms up.

Taste- It begins with a bourbon explosion, opening up to some dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and dark cherry. There is a fair amount of oak that comes through in the finish.

Feel- While quite oily and coating the sides of the glass, it is a little on the thin side. A considerable amount of alcohol burn from the 11.7% abv.

Overall- If you love big bourbon flavor in your stouts as I do, then this is one to try. The only minor negatives in my world are the thin feel and slight lack of carbonation. The complex bourbon flavor more than makes up for that. A winner in my opinion and so glad a generous BA hooked me up!

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Photo of ericat78
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In review is a 2015 vintage, thanks WesMantooth!

A - Pitch black with a thin, thick, toffee colored lacing ring, no carbonation, very thick and viscous.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted toffee.

T - Lots of bourbon and oak from start to finish, toffee, with a mild chocolate toffee sweet bitterness in the finish, lingering bourbon and dry oak in the mouth.

M - Big medium body, velvety smooth, sticky, very dry finish.

O - Lots of bourbon in this beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of do_ob
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz. bottle into a Madtree snifter. Dark brown pour and black as it can be in the glass. About 1/2 a finger of mocha-colored head initially, which quickly fizzed down to a very conservative lacing. Very roasty notes on the nose along with bittersweet dark chocolate, relatively tame bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Smells very nice - not overly boozy at all, as I was expecting. If I had to compare, I'd say the aroma on this beer reminds me of BCBS. On the taste, just a monsterous amount of dark chocolate up front with backing highlights of roasted malt and vanilla. Oaky, sweet bourbon creeps in as it warms on the palate and only intensifies on the finish and aftertaste. After a second, my cheeks hurt a little from this glorious, boozy sweetness. In terms of feel, this guy fares pretty well. Maybe just a little thinner than I'd like, but I love that it's not some gigantic, chewy, boozy candy bar in a bottle. The guys & gals at Jackie O's never disappoint. Aside from the mouthfeel being a little off in my book, I'd be inclined to say I like this just as much as Bourbon County. Well done.

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Photo of buckeyePA2015
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jsurfs82
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of alwaysplayin
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Kjbober
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of msumike89
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Apearn87
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

This is a very different barrel aged stout as it highlights chocolate more so than the barrel qualities. Light vanilla compliments a full Bourbon flavor. It tastes like bourbon balls. Light toffee and caramel can be found parsed amongst sips.

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Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
4.26 out of 5 based on 712 ratings.
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