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

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
700 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:
700
Reviews:
163
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.69%
 
 
Wants:
487
Gots:
196
For Trade:
35
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 700 |  Reviews: 163
Photo of HeartofMiami
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 SRBush1974
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkrug5
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 SaxmanRick
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Dr_Fox
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jayhunter357
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason_cs
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Jamison85
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cp45
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 orangesol
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
4.26 out of 5 based on 700 ratings.
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