Dark Apparition - Maple Barrel
Jackie O's Brewpub

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Jackie O's Brewpub
Ohio, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #141
Ranked #5,087
4.31 | pDev: 3.48%
Jun 19, 2022
Sep 13, 2021
Dark Apparition - Maple BarrelDark Apparition - Maple Barrel
Notes: Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon (BLiS) barrels that previously held maple syrup.

Seven malts were used to create deep flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. A hint of bitterness and herbal character from carefully selected European and American hops help support the monolithic maltiness. After conditioning in stainless steel, the beer was transferred to into bourbon barrels that were used to age maple syrup. For 15 months, Dark Apparition waited patiently in oak barrels until the time was right to spring forth with its ghostly gusto. A truly decadent brew that is intended to be poured into your favorite snifter and given time to warm up from its dark and cool resting place.
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Dark Apparition Maple Barrel from Jackie O’s. Received from brewery 02/02/22. $ 15.82 (Including tax and shipping)/12.7 oz bottle ($ 1.246/oz). Stored at 37 degrees at home. Reviewed 19/06/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Undated bottle. Served at 55.7 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King Snifter. Final temperature 60.9 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Brown (SRM 30), opaque. When rear-lite, opaque with light penetration at the edges - amber.
Head – Small (Maximum 0.6 cm, aggressive center pour), wheat, high-density, short retention, diminishing to a 0.1 to 0.2 cm crown and a half-dozen thin tiny islands.
Lacing – None. None expected at 12.2% ABV.
Aroma – 4.5 – Burst of bourbon and maple when the cap was removed. Settles into molasses and fainter bourbon as it warms. No hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins with moderately sweet caramel with dark fruits, molasses, maple, bourbon, and a hint of chocolate. No ethanol (12.2 % ABV as marked on label) aroma or taste. Mild gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4.5 – Full, creamy edging toward syrupy, carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 (After deducting 0.25 point for an undated bottle) Smooth! Flavors are well-integrated, so nothing really stands out, just a delicious melding of ambrosial flavors hiding the ethanol. There is nothing in the appearance that prepares you for the delights of the nose and taste buds.
Jun 19, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

May 28, 2022
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Ruddy dark brown with a thin mocha head that quickly settles into a wisp and crown. Minimal lacing.

Dark chocolate, vanilla, a little plum and a touch of maple in the nose.

Stronger maple in the taste, but not over the top. It complements the dark cocoa and dark fruit flavors nicely. Just a hint of ash and umami in the finish.

The feel is a little thin for the big beers these days, but still somewhat creamy with a nice underlying soft fizz to it.

A little restrained, but very nicely made.
May 11, 2022
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours an a opaque thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown + dark chestnut brown + dark garnet red + dark amber colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a small patch of very thin film covering about 5% of the surface of the beer surrounded by a thin ring at the edges of them lass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of maple syrup over just shy of strong aromas of roasted + dark + chocolate + toasted + caramel malts with moderate to strong amounts of caramel + toffee + molasses sweetness. Moderate aromas of vanilla + coffee + bourbon + toasted oak + anise/black licorice. Hints of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are just shy of strong flavors of roasted + dark + chocolate + toasted + caramel malts with moderate to strong amounts of caramel + toffee + molasses sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of maple as well as moderate flavors of vanilla + coffee + bourbon + toasted oak + anise/black licorice. Finally there are hints of earthy hops. Light to moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which slowly fades away leaving complex malt + bourbon + maple flavors lingering.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Silky smooth, almost creamy.

O: Drinks fairly easily considering the strength of this beer and the alcohol is pretty well hidden with a full slick mouthfeel. Enjoyable with tons of malt complexity and lots of additional flavors/aromas. Love the maple barrel aging.
Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12.7 ounce bottle, 2021 vintage. Served in a Dark Apparition chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like maple, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some oak, burnt/charred malt and caramel flavors noticeable too. All the flavors mesh well together, but it leans sweeter tasting to me than roasty. Bourbon character comes out more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is slick and a bit syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, worth trying especially if you like maple imperial stouts or any of the other Jackie O's Dark Apparition brews!
Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12.7 oz bottle, vintage 2021, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - dark and oily with no head
S - bourbon, maple syrup, molasses
T - maple syrup, molasses, bourbon in that order
F - thick and silky with no carbonation
O - great beer, but not one of my favorite dark apparition varietals; a bit too sweet
Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Jan 08, 2022
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jan 06, 2022
Rated: 4.26 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Nov 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Pours motor oil black with minimal head. Looks incredibly inviting.

Nose: Maple jumps out immediately! Then comes toffee, black licorice, chocolate, and some vanilla. So smooth. Some chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Taste: Oh my. The maple is definitely dominant, but huge oloroso sherry notes compete. Really interesting. Brown sugar, strawberries, raspberries, vanilla, and lots of chocolate. It might be a bit too sweet on the palate (at least for me), but that would be my only complaint. It is also expected after resting with maple barrels.

Mouthfeel: Definitely thick and creamy. Overall, a really nice take on this already amazing stout. Definitely worth a try!
Sep 26, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by BeerBucks from New York

Sep 21, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by MJSFS from Florida

Sep 13, 2021
Dark Apparition - Maple Barrel from Jackie O's Brewpub
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 13 ratings