Dark Apparition - Nano Quetzalcoatl | 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): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A quite unique beer thanks to rudzud for sharing. Fairly old bottle from what I understand.

Pours with a hint of a darker fizzy head that fades quite quickly, but a very dark black colored beer, thick legs on the glass, no light coming through but I wouldn't call it pitch black.

Nose is mixed, great aromas of cocoa, vanilla, aged dark malts, baker's chocolate, caramel, a hint of bourbon oak, chewy oats, etc. Then the bad, oxidation rotting cardboard but not much. Also in there are hints of chili and earthy spices, cocoa nibs, etc. This would easily be a 4.5 if not for the oxidation.

Taste is lesser so, initial taste brings light sour bad infection like, like my early homebrew infections, and a hint of oxidation cardboard again, but both are not too much. Then nice flavors, light cocoa nibs, chalky powdered cocoa, light vanilla and oak barrel, light wood dust estery flavors, light acrid like dark roast that seems to have mostly faded from what it probably initially was. Some bitterness. Finish has more malting cocoa, booze kicks in a bit, smooth rich and creamy but a little sticky syrup, sour cherry (chocolate covered), and a faint chili heat.

Mouth is thick, rich, syrupy, some warming tingly booze, very light carb.

Overall mixed, there are some great aspects, and I bet this would be a phenomenal beer if it wasn't for the oxidation and slight sour infection onset. I like the light chili, nice cocoa, barrel flavors, etc. I think the malts would get a little burnt and acrid if it was fresher too, so mixed overall.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, Brad (beace) was nice enough to give me a bottle of this when I stopped in at Jackie O's this past December (2010). Served in a Dogfish Head Signature glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, anise, wood, smoke, chilies, and some dark fruit and bourbon. Something about this brew reminds me of the aroma inside of a bourbon barrel warehouse. The brew tastes like dark fruit (sweet and tart), wood, bourbon, and some chilies, bittersweet chocolate and anise. The spicy chilies flavor comes out more as the beer warms up. The spice is noticeable but not strong. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with low carbonation. Even with a year of age on it, it's a good brew. I didn't mean to wait this long to drink it! This is just a reminder that I don't make it down to Jackie O's nearly enough.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

motor oil like with a small tan head that had a quick fade, and had a nice lace down sides for the duration of the glass.

smell was light but very sweet. Caramel and sugar being the predominant flavors. A very light hint at chocolate and a modest amount of alcohol were present as well, though this did diminish as it warmed. obviuos shock for me was a bitter hoppy finish that seemed to come out of no where on this black liquid. Lots of caramel flavors mixed in with black licorice made this one yummy drink indeed. The feel feel was thick, creamy almost chewey in consistency. Very robust full body and flavor.

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Photo of StormKing47
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank God after getting assaulted by The Mother of All Storms cmurren25 graciously shared a 12oz bottle of this gem with petesuphi and I. After my disbelief and disappointment this one was highly anticipated...

A- A very intriguing deep, dark brown almost black color with a nice amount of carb leading up to a creamy, off-white head. A very nice looking beer that has me excited for all of the rest.

S- A burst of sweetness, spiciness, bitterness and all the pleasantries of a well done barrel aged stout. A sweetening combination of chocolate, earthy wood, semi-sweet licorice and bitter dark chocolate. As it warms there is a faint vanilla smell, but this one is devoted to the bitter and sweet chocolates with a licorice infusion.

T- Had no idea star anise was like a white licorice, but my oh my is that every present in the initial taste. A very nice semi-sweet taste accompanied by a sweet chocolate. As it warms there is a very nice bitter dark chocolate finish with some spice that gives a little pinch and burn with some faint woody afterburn. Very enjoyable.

M- A nicely bodies stout with some coating and viscosity. A very surprising low level of carb which is always welcomed in big stouts. It allows you to taste every ingredient. Nice and chewy with just enough to leave you wanting more and more.

D- Dangerously due to the abv being disguised behind all the flavor. It's smooth, little burn and a nice spiciness not found in many beers. Very nice and a shame there's under 100 bottles around.

Jackie O's continues to impress me I hope if they every distribute that they pick PA first. Keep them coming.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Brad for this 12-ounce bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a very dark brown color with a good tan head with some pretty good staying power. It then fades into a thin cap for the rest of the drink. The nose is interesting and is definitely an improvement from the mole, but still doesn't quite hit the level of some of the best Dark Apparition varieties that I've had. The anise presence in this one is pretty strong and goes along with some nice dark chocolate and a bit of roast. The nose is more similar to the Mole version than the taste, but it's something I enjoy.

The taste brings the anise straight to the front and is backed up by a nice amount of roasted malt and chocolate. Following that, the chile finally starts to come through and was much better than the Mole. Really nice amount of heat in the finish that complements the beer quite well. Nice and drinkable--very interesting and I definitely enjoyed this one. Thanks again, Brad.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with the omnibeerpresent MasterSki.

A - A black beer that had a late rising brown head that bubbled up briefly about a finger in height, before quickly disappearing. Not much left on the sides of this.

S - I think this is turning, sour notes indicate some sort of lactobacillus infection (explanation stolen from Alex). Smells interesting, with a large licorice smell, plus chocolate and chilis, but also smells scary as something is off. Not sure what to expect.

T - Taste is surpringly great compared to the nose. I don't really like licorice, but the combination works excellent with the chocolate and chili giving this one quite the unique taste. Very smooth. It started to get even better as it warmed up, but in the end the sourness of what seems to be infection was getting hard to take.

M - Somewhat velvety, lower carbonation.

D - This is a really unique and good beer, if there's any left it should really be drank now though if my bottle was any indicator. Thanks as always to Brad for trying new stuff.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 5/19/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye

Looks almost exactly the same as the Nano Beans. Jet-black with a 1/3rd inch brown foam cap that doesn't last. Wispy retention and a bubbly collar. No retention or lace by the end.

Smells really bright (dare I say light?). Sharper sweet tones mix with a strong anise and licorice aroma. Smells almost exactly like Jagermeister. Residual sugars. Other aromas are pushed to the side.

Quite tangy. Sweet and boasting some heat. Not just alcohol heat either. Spicy, peppery notes that build over time. Apparently there are some sort of chilies in here. I'm not sure I would have come to that conclusion on my own but chili beer expert MbpBugeye pointed it out. Some oak and roasted undertones but most of it is tangy sweet.

High medium body. Carbonation is pretty low. Reasonably smooth. The finish tapers off nicely.

An amusing beer but one that doesn't do it for me. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood after the Nano Beans but I doubt I'd be inclined to revisit this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Joe. Thanks a lot for this rare tick.

A: The pour is almost black with a minimal tan/brownish head.

S: Quite a strange aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of smoke. There's a strange spiciness of pepper, perhaps even a chili aroma. Some tart cherry that I wasn't expecting.

T: The tart fruit, specifically sour cherry, is even more pronounced. A mild spice and chili pepper flavor. A little bit of all-spice and cinnamon, it seems. Maybe some anise, too?

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Really quite strange. The flavors don't seem like they should work, but I liked it.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with some frothy brown head that dissipates quickly. Smells very interesting. Chilli and star anise are the strongest on the nose. No cocoa really present. Tastes mostly of star anise and strong malts. The chilli is powerful on the back of the throat. Thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. A fairly drinkable beer. Can't tell how strong it is

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brad, shared with Jason.

A - Pours black, small tan head which quickly vanishes, some bubbles here and there.

S - Chocolate, chili, sour/tart notes, slight oak. Smells infected.

T - Chocolate, slight chili, oak, more sour/tart notes. Yes, infected.

M - Medium, light carbonation, creamy/semi-dry finish.

D - Drink now, this one is sour and I'm sure it will continue this thread. I think I'm going to hold onto my last bottle and drink in a year or so to see if the sour notes have changed this one totally.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks mistakebythelake for this one, My second dance with Jackie O's...

A-Pours a deep black (get tired of saying pitch black so I mixed it up) with tan head.
S-Smells very interesting, like something I never had before, Star anise is all over this and I can't really get past it.
T-Mostly Star anise. Can't say i am a huge fan. Pick up some Chili as it goes down the throat.
M-Very thick as it seems to engulf my taste buds.
D-Fairly drinkable, surprised at 10% tag...

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Photo of rudzud
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received this in my first trade ever. I've been holding onto it for a while and shared at the End of the World party. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark brown hue with a quarter inch mocha head that faded to leave a thin thin blanket and little lacing along with nice legs.

S - Lots of dark fruits, light vanilla, super super faint chili notes and the smell of infection, aka cardboard. Light cinnamon, chocolate, and maybe some barrel notes. Very unique and different.

T - Taste is..argh, yep infection! Booze also is mixed in along with wet cardboard. There are lingering chocolate notes, and the infection gives it a sour chocolate cherry finish. Very faint cinnamon but no chili really.

M - Mouthfeel is thin, smooth, and creamy.

O - Overall, a shame this was infected but there are still some redeeming qualities in it. Still very amped I got to try this one.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Cyclone8
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Oh, MAN! I was so looking forward to this. Yes, I'd read about the infection in some bottles, but I figured that my (single) bottle would buck the trend!

Things started off so nicely, with a wonderful pour and a beautiful mocha head. The nose was wonderful, so rich and complex, promising so much...

And then the taste. Damn. Behind the sour weirdness there was so much going on. But then there was the aforementioned sour weirdness that ruined the whole stinking thing. It broke my heart. I managed to slug down 2/3 of it, but then just gave up the ghost and drain poured this bad boy. It broke my heart.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brad via Mike for the chance to try this one. Made with chili, anise, and aged in a nano barrel. Also, apparently infected. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A hard pour yields a wispy mocha foam that settles to a thin ring, leaving behind glass-coating oily film. The body is black, with a hint of brown at the fringes.

S - Earthy whiskey, anise, chocolate cake, and an odd tart fruity note. It actually reminds me of some wine barrel stouts I've had, but there's some horse character as well. Very unusual, but it grew on me. Not much overt chili flavor.

T - Taste is more typical of a barrel-aged stout. Molasses, chocolate, vanilla, star anise, and a hint of lactic sourness as it warms up.

M - Surprisingly crisp carbonation. Sticky finish, and not overly oaky or tannic - couldn't have spent a ton of time in those tiny barrels. There's some light chili warmth in the finish, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

D - Don't age this one any longer, as it's going south. It's an interesting premise, and I would to try a new non-infected batch as this was definitely "off".

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Ryan011235. Poured into a small snifter.

We had this one right after Beans. The two look very similar, perhaps this one had a little bit more head, but that's mostly a product of the pour. Its dark with minimal foam and only spotty lacing.

Wosssahaah, LOTS of anise. Big notes of Jagermeister. The star anise smells different that other licorice/anise aromas typically found in beers. Its a much fruitier, brighter, and sweeter black licorice aroma. I'm not picking out much of the chilies, but there is a pinch of pepper as well as oak.

Plenty of anise, which was expected as the aroma was dominated by it. Again, the anise comes across as much more fruity than the typical licorice. Lots of pepper heat, this is was I was hoping for. The heat, as it so often does, builds slowly. There is some wet oak and some of the dark, rich, almost tart fruitiness that Dark App has.

I love the chili heat. It can get quite formidable as far as chili beers are concerned. Very low carbonation and not quite full bodied.

I love the spice, but this beer in general is a bit weird. Granted, this is a pretty far flung experiment, that indeed did work out nicely.

After reading some reviews, and seeing them talk about this beer being infected, I have to disagree. At least this bottled didn't lead me to believe that it was infected.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for this rare tick... Dark black pour with only a light tan head, not much carbonation... The aroma is interesting, licorice, some alcohol, and lots of chile... The taste at first is a bit sour, drink this one up right away. More licorice with lots of chile on the finish. Interesting.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Dark Apparition - Nano Quetzalcoatl from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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