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

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Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel AgedDark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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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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4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Liter swing-top growler into several glasses. Thanks go to FooFaa for bringing this one to the party.

Pours a dense black, with a 1/2 finger covering of burnt mocha head. This stays quite frothy around the edges, leaving a big creamy cascade of heavy lacing behind. Just a good RIS look and the retention held up pretty well for a BA Sout. Chocolate is very rich smelling in the aroma, along with notes of roast and coffee, which give this some crunch in the nose. The Bourbon is very assertive here, with vanilla and woody textures helping smooth some of the more aggressive aspects of it out but make no mistake that this is a huge part of the monster bouquet on this.

Chocolate roast is just as huge in the taste, giving this a rich chewy sweetness. The Bourbon character is no slouch either, giving the profile a big boozy and dry feel. This finishes with lingering roast, a smack of vanilla, and a deep tannic dryness which literally sucks all of the moisture out of your mouth after each sip. The mouthfeel is VERY much on the full bodied side, with a huge chewiness to it that then gets much slicker feeling the more it sits in the mouth. This appears to handle its large ABV rather well, with most of the warmth coming from the barrel.

I really dug this for the most part. Very deep tasting with a complex strength to it, the only thing really holding this back is the aggressiveness of the Bourbon itself. This is one best enjoyed in smaller quantities as a sipper. I couldn't imagine tackling a large quantity of this by myself.

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4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this hard to get mini-growler of this up and coming Ohio brewery.

A-Black with reddish capped dark tan head that reduced to a thin veil of retention and left next to no lace.

S-DEEP bourbon notes overlying dark chocolate and roasted malt. Subtle notes of vanilla and coffee. In the end the bourbon wins out and this one ends up a bit hot, but still impressive if you are a bourbon fan, like me!

T-Deep, rich dark chocolate and roasted malt get caught in a tidal wave of bourbon. This one is impressive but the bourbon take a hold a bit to strongly.

M-Medium-heavy bodied, a SUPER smooth sipper. Bourbon notes dominate your palate by the secnd sip in. Finish becomes quite dry with impressive oak notes.

D-There is no question this is well crafted brew but ultimately the bourbon aging is too aggressive and dominates the other attributes of the beer. I enjoy bourbon immensely but in beers such as this I like bourbon WITH my beer not beer WITH my bourbon. Maybe we enjoyed this one too young and it could use some more aging to smooth things out. Good effort but a bit too raw for my liking.

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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing a growler on 1/23/10.

A - Emerged black as a charred lung with a creamy, burnt tan head that reduced to a thin film and yielded virtually no lacing on the glass.

S - Smells like a bourbon-soaked brownie with subtle vanilla and chocolate notes. Ultimately, the aroma is quite hot and boozy with a huge waft of alcohol attacking the olfactory.

T - Rich and chocolatey yet extremely warm and boozy with a dominant bourbon presence and a hint of woody astringency. Finishes with a somewhat boozy bourbon character amidst plenty of earthy, woody notes.

M - Super slick and smooth with a very oily texture, allowing the stout to slide down the throat with ease. The warm alcohol presence provides a moderate burn on the palate. Finish is quite dry with a hint of astringency and lots of residual sweetness.

D - Dark Aparition is quite tasty despite its warm, alcoholic bite. Still, this RIS retains its drinkability fairly well, although it is quite rich and sweet. Very good effort overall.

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