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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Normally, barrel aging improves an already good base beer (at least that is the idea.)

In this case, however, the beer gets taken down a notch with the addition of the bourbon barrel characteristics.

My advice would be to drink the regular Dark Apparition, which is a nice beer, and not bother with the barrel aged version, which trades at a much higher value.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great looking stout. Pitch black with small amount of dark brown head. Pours thick. Smell is on point with a barrel aged stout. Lacks a little body and complexity. The alcohol is prominent and overpowers the rest of the flavors. Maybe a little less time in the barrel would make this more balanced. Overall nice stout, but fell short of expectations.

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Photo of goldenbooter
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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 Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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 mschantz
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled pour from 375 ml bottle. Pours a moderately viscous dark black with rich brown edges with a thin tan foam. Bourbon dominates the nose with fig, date and molasses apparent. Taste is quite sweet but somewhat balanced by the bourbon. Just a hint of bitterness at the end.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.73/5  rDev +11%
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 Stevem68
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color. Has a sweet aroma of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Smooth drink with a bit of bite from the bourbon. Flavor is sweet, bourbon and very nice. Very good overall

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

Booze, Raisins, Vanilla, Wood

Such a lush brew, smells and smacks of bourbon soaked raisins. Pours a really great looking lace for a bigger barrel aged brew, very inviting appearance. Very fresh bourbon barrel character, big on vanilla. Not too sweet as the roasted character, wood and alcohol keeps everything in check. Nothing short of amazing.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 10.5% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015)

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome. Pours very dark. Very little head on mine with a aggressive pour. Smell of bourbon and chocolate. Has a sweet taste, bouorbon, chocolate and vanilla. Very smooth.

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Photo of Tylertut
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black with a small and quickly dissipating brown head. No lacing.

Smell: Really strong bourbon smell. Notes of coffee and chocolate as well.

Taste: Loads of bourbon here too. Some chocolate, coffee, molasses as well. More heat than I expected which disappoints me a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thick body and lower carbonation.

Overall: Id say this is like a little sibling to BCBS and is trying to be like it. Which I love. A really solid BBA stout that I'd pick up again if I come across it.

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Photo of OGFGabv
4.73/5  rDev +11%
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 Beef_Curtains
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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