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Dark Apparition - Mole | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by PittBeerGirl on 12-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
13
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 13
Reviews by genog:
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4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my #1 over the weekend. Wish I got to sample more. Poured a rich dark color without any head by the time it got to my table in a small sample glass. Smell was similar to the other DA but this had some kick to it. The spicy chillie made for a very interesting aroma that leads into the orange peel and other spices. The taste is what made this for me. Rich stout, with spicyness after you get through the thick sweet flavors. Love this beer, hope it gets bottled, but I don't think anytime soon.

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Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Tripphop
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks and smells just as the other DA's do. Nose is muted slightly on this one, though. Flavor is rich and lush, muddy roasted malt and chocolate undertones are complimented by a creeping chile burn. The finish is delightful. The beginning of the taste is much like DA but the chocolate note in the beer is accentuated by the mellow heat from the peppers. Solid variation.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Jackie O's Anniversary Extravaganza. Served side by side with a few of the other DA varieties.

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin whisp of a head and a bit of a collar around the edges. The nose is quite nice with some strong anise plus a bit of chili, roast, and chocolate. A touch of vanilla is hiding in there as well. The taste starts out good, but some of the experience is lost in the finish, which packs quite a bit too much heat for my tastes. The flavor starts out with some strong star anise/black licorice character, and then works it's way into some of the characteristics of the base beer. As it finishes, the reason for the name becomes ever apparent as the chili starts to make its way through and brings a bit of a burn with it.

I really enjoyed this beer up through the finish, which just didn't quite work for me, though others seemed to really enjoy it. The Drinkability was affected by the feel of the finish, but not so much that I had any problem finishing this.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown beer, black in low light. Had a little bit of a tan head that receded quickly to ring.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, spice, chili's. A decent dose of anise in there as well.

T - It's not bad, chili's come through solid, but don't mix perfectly with the chocolate, although it's not bad. Anise gives it a bit of an exotic spice characteristic.

M - Fairly full bodied, decent carbonation.

O - Not bad, I'm not the hugest black licorice/anise fan, but I did like the chili's and found this to be a worthy beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes taken 2/5/11 at Jackie O's during the bottle release and strong ale event. This was essentially round 3 of our full Jackie O's weekend experience. This was my second and final brew of the evening after leaving for a few hours to get some rest and a bite to eat. Let me state for the record that 2 things I strongly dislike about some brews are over-use of brewers black licorice/anise and over whelming heat from hot peppers. Unfortunately this brew displays both of these and I tried to keep as open of a mind as possible about it.

This brew pours a hazed dark brown with lighter hues of brown and clarity around the edges when held to the light. A finger of frothy mocha head forms and retains fairly decent. As the cap fades, it leaves some patchy lace clinging to the glass.

The smells of this brew is mostly that of anise. A very bold tangy blak licorice character that carries over to the front of the flavor. A minor roasted quality of grain reveals faint indications of chocolate and a spiced aspect that is somewhat citrus-like. For the most part, the nose of this brew is dominate by the scent of black licorice.

Taking a sip reveals a flavor and intense warmth of chile with both a citrus element and raw earthy pepper flavor. Anise/black licorice comes through and plays a very minor role in the flavor of this brew. Further tastes include light chocolate malt and coffee. I tried desperately to ignore the chile's impact in this brew but it pretty much takes over and maskes most of the other flavors.
 
A medium bodied offering that has a smooth feel and a light amount of carbonation. The big chili heat seemingly induces heartburn here. If turned down a few notches, this chili impact would be more enjoyable and would prove a bit more drinkable for me. As-is it was a bit distracting and limited my enjoyment of this brew. Regardless, this brew is quite polar. It smells of strong licorice and tastes like a chili heads dream. It's worth a try at least, some tweaking if the recipe could produce something quite amazing.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Urbancaver
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with less head than the others. Smells strongly of chilli and chocolate. I really like the combination but its too overpowering. Tastes of peppery spiciness at first. Lots of anise coming through. I like this aspect of it but the combination of flavours is overpowering and unbalanced. Solid mouthfeel but the overpowering spices limit the drinkability

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Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The board said chilli's and I'm a complete sucker for this one.

A- Looks like all the other DA's variations. Pours a black color with pretty much no head or lace.

S- A good amount of vanilla sweetness, chocolate, roasted malts and coffee.

T- Follows the nose quite well, but with a slight heat from the chilli's. Picking up a bit of the anise as well.

M- Fuller side of medium and low carboantion.

O- I really like this one, but not as well as the vanilla. I wish the pepper heat was a bit more.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Body is a very dark brown, nearly black hue. Served with virtually no head-but with a think tan collar that remains thin but lingers on for awhile. Hints of vibrant red can be seen when this brew is held up to the light.

S- A hint of chili accents the classic DA IRS behind it. A bit of cinnamon lies deep within the background.

T- Flavor is a lot like regular DA but has an accent of chili and spicy cinnamon with roasted malt, vanilla, anise, licorice, and dark chocolate undertones. The spiciness fades for the finish and lets the stout characteristics shine through for a moment. Before the spiciness really kicks in- hot cinnamon and a hint of chili linger on and on for quite awhile.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a nice thick, viscous body that is exceptionall smooth and creamy.

D- Now THIS is a mole stout. Other than Hunahpu's I have only had one other at a brewpub-and this is much better than both (though my 4 for appearance may subtract from how much I really love this brew). Its a fantastic, exceptionally well done brew overall-and one of my favorite stouts. Hopefully this will come around again or be bottled.

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Photo of boxcar01
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There were a quite a few versions of Dark Apparition at the Jackie O's 5th Anniversary party. This was on the upper end of the selection, advertised with Chili, cocoa nibs, star anise, orange peal, cinnamon, and vanilla.

It pours the same as all the DAs, darkbrown-black with very little head, just a thin ring.

The vanilla comes through more than other attributes in the aroma, mostly stouty aromas beyond that. Similar in taste, although the anise is noticeable upfront and the chili burn dominates the aftertaste. My own preference would be to cut the anise and double the chocolate but that's just me.

I'm a sucker for chili stouts, and Dark Apparition is a quality base for this one. Glad for the chance, order a couple.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a tulip...Looks no different than of the the dark app variants...Aroma of chocolate with vanilla, winter spices, and chili accents. The chili is nice not overpowering adds something to this...The taste starts off pretty nice but the chili's are not as successful here as in the aroma. Gives it a weird taste I'm not loving. The added heat is a nice touch though. In middle of the da variants.

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Dark Apparition - Mole from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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