Dark Apparition - Kopi Lowak | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Thorpe429 on 12-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 14
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Just like the regular coffee version, this pours a very dark brown color with a thin whisp of a tan head. There is a low cap as it falls with a few bubbles around the edges. The nose is quite interesting and brings a stronger, more complex coffee presence than did the regular coffee version. The coffee is stronger here, though is still lets the base beer come through a bit. Really digging the coffee used in this one.

The taste isn't quite as good. As with the regular coffee, I was looking for a big more integration between the base beer and the Kopi. The coffee is really dominant with some chocolate undertones as well as a slightly-roasted character. Good body with a slight touch of booze and a nice coffee dry bitterness. Drinks quite well. A solid brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64 oz swing-top growler into a couple of tulip glasses. HUGE thanks go to Stakem for bringing this one back from the last Jackie O's release and generously sharing it with me.

Pours a pitch black in the glass, topped with 2 thick fingers of foamy dark mocha head. This settles down into a rich ½ finger, which stays robust and frothy looking, and leaves back a ton of thick heavy lacing that drenches the sides of the glass. Great look here! The Kopi Lowak here has that same great quality to it that have picked up with other beers that use it, having an earthy, dank, and bright citric character to it. The roasted aspects of the nose are giving off a light acrid smokiness that is counteracted by underlying notes of dark chocolate, toffee, and vanilla. The only drawback here is the stiff alcohol warmth that emerges as this warms. It's not overpowering but does distract a bit.

The taste is similar to the nose, with the coffee having some green and herbal flavors that should feel more aggressive yet still stays very mellow feeling on the palate. There is still some bitterness present though, both from an earthy hop presence and the blackened and roasted aspects of the malts. Luckily there is a supportive sweetness present underneath, thanks to a sticky and flavorful mix of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla character. Those black malts and darker aspects of the coffee really stick in the finish here though, with a dry and acrid feel that is strengthened by the spicy alcohol notes that linger as well. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a touch of a sharp prickliness to the carbonation but you can sense more of a smooth and chewy feel underneath. I'm not sure of the ABV on this but feels like it's about in the 10% range, as there is a warm sweetness and overall beefiness to the body but without this getting overly hot. It at least handles its alcohol better then the nose does anyway.

This was certainly great but didn't quite blow me out of the water. This never did quite reach the robustness levels that it felt like it could achieve plus that higher ABV took the nose out of this somewhat. Adam admitted that he thought this didn't travel as well in the growler as he had hoped for but I'm still damn grateful that I was able to try this. Thanks for taking care of me man!

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4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge head of chocolate rises up from the bottom of the glass and caps a dark as night body that has the look and feel of oil. Giving it some time only lets the lacing totally obscure the entire glass and lets the aroma build up and over the glass competing with every other scent in the room. Dark coffee, well roasted with a huge chocolate presence come straight up and at you, really just wonderfully done I have to admit. Smooth, even and well put together the rich roasted malts collide with notes of vanilla and a nice bitter note that brings up the rear. Each sip is like a finely roasted coffee bean that you dunked in a glass of Hershey syrup and roasted over a campfire. Just that good!

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4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stakem for the remainder of the growler he and kegatron split. poured chilled into two tulips shared with octopus87.

The beer is pitch black, no light passing through this stout - a thin 3/4 medium tan band caps it, rocky with an average sized bead, no lace to speak of. The smell is great- wonderful mix of coffee which has a fruity and sweet aroma w/ a cocoa bean presence with mild spice and slight vanilla quality with a lot of dark sugar elements and subtle alcohol ester. The feel is like silk -smooth and not coarse at all, yet not oily either. The feel is moderately full bodied with subtle sweetness and spice with a gentle warming quality and mild alcohol with slight drying effect on the palate.

The flavor is rich and robust with sweet malt and dark sugar with slight roasted bean taste with mild fruitiness from the Kopi Luwak -wow, I never imagined the coffee could have such a huge impact on the taste of such a big stout like this, but it is vinous and plum-like with a light amount of spice adding to the caramel elements from the malt and yeast adds to the flavor too with mild red pear-like quality. the cocoa effect from the roasted malts is slightly verging on dark cocoa astringency, but never really goes that far, just sits in the sweet spot of roasty and full flavored realm. I love the way the coffee stands out at first but becomes blended with the base stout as it warms. This is a coffee-lovers beer for sure, but it has so much in the mix to make it interesting for anyone. A superbly brewed beer, great example of the style -the only drawback is more than a glass at this abv can be challenging. This packs a wallop like a velvet hammer.

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4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 2/25/11. I'm very appreciative that the folks at Jackie O's (Brad and bartenders alike) allowed me to fill a growler of this to bring home and share. I feel somewhat guilty for holding on to this for nearly 3 weeks before opening it with Kegatron but it provided a unique experience to see how coffee characteristics can drop off.

Poured into a sniffer, this brew appears black in color with 2 fingers of a very dark tanned head. It is creamy and leaves a lacing effect in a wall about the glass. Sips and swirls remove the wall of lace and form more patches and spots. The retention power of the head is pretty decent, a light swirl easily revives it back to a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew has a citrus component like hops mixed with coffee beans. There is a tangy amount of alcohol to the nose mixed with a bit of a mineral component somewhat like sulfur but not quite. The citrus twang picks up more of a fruited aspect that blends into the roasted quality of the malt that smells earthy, chocolatey and a bit like leather mixed with tobacco (if there was such a thing?) All together the coffee inclusion is blended well into the roasted factor of this brew. It's strange to say this but I actually prefer the way this smells as it warms up to when I had it 3 weeks earlier and fresher from the tap. Instead of being completely dominated by the smell of the kopi coffee, letting it drop off a bit gave the underlying stout properties more of a chance to shine.

The taste is bitter sweet chocolate malt blended with a tangy amount of alcohol that is fruity and gives way to a citrus character of the hops mixed with the coffee. The fusel-like characteristic of the alcohol is not distracting, it is bold and integrates well with the other flavors. Roasty overall with a nice citrus aspect that contrasts the semi-sweet chocolate malt flavorings. As I enter glass number 2 and this brew gets warmer it picks up more of an herbal character and the fruity alcohol/malt combination imparts a flavor reminiscent of plums/raisins.

This is a medium bodied brew that is almost full in the feel but not quite. It has a modest amount of carbonation and is quite drinkable. Very warming with a good blend of citrus to earthy components. Easy drinking despite the ~10% abv. The kopi inclusion is enjoyable and offers a unique twist to the typical coffee stout. I look forward to the next opportunity to try more of Brad's creations.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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2/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Anniversary part. This was my favorite of the variants... Black body with a dark tan head, good retention, ok lacing... Like the coffee variant the nose shows off tons of coffee, however here the coffee is a toucher sweeter and not has harsh and other things shine though... While the nose is good, the biggest difference here is the taste. This tastes great, super flavorful and balanced. The smooth coffee shows but there is lot of chocolate in here to break it up. Highly recommended.

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4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this on tap at Jackie O's in December, but was in no condition to make a decent review. Tried it again with a fresh palate at the Feb 2011 bottle release, on tap at the brewpub:

This was dark black like all Dark Apparition varieties, with a thin tan foam. A wonderfully rich coffee aroma, very roasty and enticing. Some roasted and sweet malts too but the Kopi Lowak beans pretty much overpower those notes.

Initially sweet tasting, with nice coffee flavors but not as strong as you'd suspect from the smell. Less in the flavor than Beer Geek Breakfast, still tasty though. Nice roasted character throughout.

On the thinner side for a stout but that aids poundability. No noticeable alcohol in flavor or feel (burn), so that's a plus too. Recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing wrong with adding civet poop coffee to Ohio's best stout. Bring it on.

A - A black beer with a fine bubble, brown head that had some decent retention. For a stout, there's a decent bit of minor lacing for a big beer.

S - Big coffee notes. Great, big, rich, dark roast, coffee. Some slight bit of chocolate, little vanilla.

T - Great coffee taste with some interesting chocolate sweetness and a tiny bit of citrus. This is a great brew and while the Kopi is dominant, it doesn't compltely bury the other flavors as some subtlties do shine through.

M - Smooth, silky, great carbonation.

O - Good beer. I was excited to randomly have it again when I stopped by a second time. Good stuff, would love to have it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ffejherb
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Deuane for procuring a growler of this at the Jackie O's release and sharing it on 2/6/11.

A - Poured a dark espresso/chocolate/walnut brown liquid with a small burnt tan head that reduced to a slim veil and left some swatches of lace behind.

S - Pretty mild roast with a hint of tobacco and an abundance of chocolate notes. Plenty of coffee and vanilla goodness as well. A slight waft of alcohol also emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Amazingly well-balanced coffee beer with plenty of coffee, chocolate and vanilla attributes, yet none of these dominate to the point of turning this into a one-dimensional brew. Hints of molasses and sweet caramel emerge in the middle. Finishes with a mild earthy hop bite.

M - The smooth and silky texture of this stout results in a sublime mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot-on for the style... just enough to give it some prickle, but not too much to detract from the creaminess and oiliness of the body. Virtually no alcohol warmth at all.

D - Pretty damn amazing effort from Brad! He actually improved on an already stellar beer. Kudos to Jackie O's for producing this fantastic coffee stout!

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4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Brad and Melissa for letting me get a growler fill of this delicious brew so I could take some home and share it with fellow geeks. It was well received and enjoyed during our 2011 Super Bowl Party.

A-Deep, dark, rich black/brown with light kisses of deep ruby. A thin tan head reduced to patchy foam and left little flecks of lace.

S-Rich roasted malt with subtle hints of wet leather, fresh tobacco and a underlying layer of dark chocolate. Rich, luscious coffee wafts in but is not overwhelming in the nose.

T-Moist, dank earth, dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and a subtle hint of vanilla sweetness. Only bitterness that comes through is a mild earthy hop note.

M-This one is smooth and silky beyond belief! I cannot even tell you how luscious and decadent this beer is.

D-So damn delicious I had pangs of selfishness thinking why did I share this growler! Then reality kicked in and the delight of sharing such a fantastic brew like this with good friends made it all worth the while!

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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