Dark Apparition - Nano Beans | 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 01-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown, minimal head, substandard appearance. Aroma was a blend of coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Well done.

Taste mixed those three, body of average viscosity, integrates some toffee and caramel. Warmed nicely. Wasn't overly hot. Sturdy. Avoided too much ashy bitterness or dark fruit. Enjoyable.

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, got this from Brad on a trip to Jackie O's quite a while ago, thanks! I'd guess this is a 2011/2012 vintage? It's been in the fridge for a while, might as well drink it tonight! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Aroma is great, the brew smells like milk and bittersweet chocolate, caramel, vanilla and some dark fruit. It tastes like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit (cherries) and some coffee. It's a mostly sweet tasting brew, very nice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I liked this a lot, it certainly aged well! Never turn down a Jackie O's brew, I haven't had a bad one yet.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of popery
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of AlexFields
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing this to March Madness '11, just getting some old reviews out of the way on a relatively slow afternoon. . .

Bottle with just writing on like a sticky note. Man, you know this is rare! Pours a brown beer, very thin head of 1/16" i'd say. Impressive chocolate and vanilla aroma, alright things are looking up finally.

Taste had some coffee thrown in with the chocolate and vanilla. Body is really not all that thick, but the flavor profile is. Pulling caramel as it warmed. Mouthfeel nice, flavors meld well, alcohol a little warm, not hot, everything playing well. This beer just kept getting better, chocolate kept getting thicker, darker, more prevalent as I got used to the vanilla. I never could officially tell if this was a bourbon barrel, yeah, it seemed to have some additional alcohol heft to it beyond what the body was carrying, but I never truly tasted bourbon, I just got a lot of chocolate and vanilla, which ain't a bad thing.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Doodler brought over a 12oz bottle of this stuff from the brewery. Ghetto, hand written, white label with just "Beans" on it. Cheers man!

From a 12oz bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: A black pour is thicker than the regular version. Comes out like the vanilla variant for the most part. Small, tan colored head quickly recedes to a ring only. Black, slightly transparent body with no carbonation evident. a slight ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Thick enough, but needs better lacing.

SMELL: Heavy bourbon nose for sure. Oak, vanilla and milk chocolate, as well as some dark chocolate and molasses. Bold and quite good.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak and vanilla notes from the barrels up front. Some roasted flavors and sweet molasses make an appearance as well. Big, bold and lingering aftertaste of bourbon, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and sweet molasses. A decent alcohol punch at the swallow and a bit of a burn. Regardless, this is tasty stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and very low levels of carbonation. Silky smooth on the palate, though not carbonated enough to be creamy, unfortunately. Goes down fine with a bit of a burn and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. A little flat and watery and needs a touch more carbonation. Still smooth enough.

OVERALL: I think the watery, undercarbonated feel kept this one from being all it could be. There is a lot of nice flavor in here with a potent barrel component, but more carbonation was needed to really let it all shine. Still, an enjoyable beer I was glad to have the chance to try. Thanks heaps for this one Doodler. Appreciate the generosity.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of brystmar
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of claspada
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ghetto 12oz, hand-labeled bottle that just says, Dark App - Beans.

Pours a viscous dark, dark brown/black, just like motor oil, with no head what-so-ever.

Aromas begin with huge notes of freshly scraped vanilla beans with lesser notes of fudgy chocolate and whole coffee beans. The bourbon emerges, along with some oak as it warms a little.

The tastes begin with some great fudgy chocolate and a huge, fresh vanilla bean presence that makes this a decadent dessert beer for sure. There are some notes of whole coffee beans and a touch of booze that is well masked by the vanilla. The coffee and chocolate emerge more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is viscous and thick with little-to-zero carbonation. Not Dark Lord or even BCS thick, but heavy on the palate because of the dominant RIS flavors and minimal carbonation. Bourbon appears towards the finish, drying out the initial sweeter vanilla and chocolate flavors.

Overall, this was an amazing version of Dark Apparition and by far the best one I have had to date. The rich decadent flavor profile is really intense and I was happy to share this small bottle with several others just because of the decadent flavor profile. Not sure if it is feasible to trade for but if you could, do so. I hope to be able to try more of the small nano Apps in the future, specifically the Nuts version.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Eric (TurdFurgison) for my 30th birthday way back in June. Served in a tulip.

A - Pours virtually still, just like the rest of the Nano offerings from Jackie O's. Black body, a glint of brown at the edges, and a few tiny spots of lace.

S - Massive melted chocolate bar, intense vanilla, and notes of oak and coffee beans in the periphery. Ridiculously rich and sweet vanilla and chocolate flavors - like ice cream doused in syrup with chunks of fudge. *Perhaps* a hint of alcohol as it warms up.

T - Again, monstrous vanilla and milk chocolate, with light roast character, and faint smoke and tar in background. Not much barrel presence, as the barrel flavors have been obliterated by the vanilla bean addition.

M - Minimal carbonation, creamy and viscous full body, and some tannic dryness in the finish. Lack of bubbles isn't a big problem for this style. Not much alcohol presence.

D - I had this back in early June thanks to Mike (AgentZero), and it was significantly more coffee and whiskey-forward. It's still quite good now, but based on my limited data points I suspect this has peaked - drink 'em if you got 'em. My favorite nano, and a beer I'd gladly have again, but very rich and best enjoyed in small doses.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Spider889
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of AgentZero
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black beer that looks a little brown on the edges. Small bottle, so on an unagressive pour there was only a little bit of brown head that rose up, didn't leave much on the sides.

S - Outstanding. Roasted malts, hints of espresso, baker's chocolate and fudge, vanilla, barrel, it's definitely a sweet one but smells amazing. Almost everything you'd want in a chocolate/vanilla barrel stout.

T - Decadent chocolate and great vanilla presence that is not artificial. It is a sweet beer, and would make a fine dessert. Roasted malt backbone with hints of coffee and toffee. Very full taste, no heat that I can detect.

M - Smooth, full bodied, soft carbonation.

O - Fantastic beer, thanks to beace for making this happen. Probably my favorite Dark Apparition variation to date, hope to be able to have it again in the future.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to popery for sharing.

A: Pours a very dark brownish-black with a small head that quickly faded away into nothingness.
S: Big notes of fresh vanilla with lesser notes of coffee and bourbon.
T: Potent vanilla but the coffee, chocolate and roasted malt is right there to support it. As I was drinking this I got a flash in my mind of Beer Geek Brunch Weasel in regards to the coffee. This beer has a similar exotic coffee profile.
M: Medium-full body with low carbonation and a tame alcohol presence.
O: Definitely a unique flavor combination that I’m glad I got to try, but it’s such strong beer with such potent flavors I wouldn’t want to drink more than a few ounces at a time.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure who brought this beer to the tasting, but thanks for the rare tick!

A: The beer pours almost black in color with a finger of khaki head.

S: This beer REEKS of vanilla, and I like it. Smells like sticking your nose in a bottle of vanilla extract. Some bourbon and chocolate, maybe a bit of roast. But mostly vanilla.

T: The same story on the tongue. Intense vanilla flavor and sweetness to this beer. Some sweet and smooth chocolate and bourbon, but the vanilla quickly overrides that.

M: Medium in body, smooth carbonation.

O: This was a great beer if you love vanilla. I like it a lot, but after awhile, it became a little too much for me to handle.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

part of the goodies i brought to gbx last night, i opened this one up with two good buddies. poured into the mikkellar glass i ended up keeping, this was enjoyed on 6/11/2011 for my bday!

poured out dark as night with a minimal head and only slight brown lacing dripping down the sides of the glass.

warming brings about tons of vanilla, this thing is knee deep in vanilla with a wonderful bourbon backing and tons of bitter chocolate and roasted notes. smooth flavor, again very rich with vanilla dominating everything around it. simply stunning in that regard. clean finish with burnt malts, chocolate, vanilla and a touch of heat to finish it off.

overall an oustanding beer, glad i could tick this one off.

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Photo of thetomG
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this one tonight with AgentZero & MasterSki... thanks guys!

Pretty typical deep brown color - not much head and little lacing.

Very strong bourbon/barrel aroma - flavor is more barrel with a bit of vanilla and some great chocolate and coffee flavors coming on strong in the finish.

Excellent & smooth mouthfeel with a bit of lingering heat from the alcohol.

GREAT beer - so glad I got to sample this one... more please!

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 5/19/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye

Pours a medium brown but is jet black in the glass. 1/4th inch head starts off bubbly then thins to a slight skim but has a decent collar. Small specks of lace.

Smells divine. Heavy aroma of the base beer - roasted/burnt chocolate and some molasses. Bourbon nips and overtones. Not much coffee. Warmth finds a bit of musty earthiness; dank wood. Quite a fair amount of vanilla. This rather sweet; on the cusp of too sweet. The sweet spot, perhaps?

Tastes good but doesn't reflect the full excellence of the nose. Some tangy roast upfront. Roasted chocolate, molasses and musty oak with a caress of bourbon, though fairly mild. Coffee beans on the finish and a touch of espresso roast. Vanilla is surprisingly light compared to how bold it was in the aroma. Oak picks up as it warms, leaving something of a hollow finish.

Full bodied and viscous; it seems thinner than the base beer, though. Smooth, low carbonation. It's almost silky.

Good stuff (I'm a fan of the Dark Apparition line anyway). I could smell it all day long but 6oz is plenty for one sitting, mainly due to sweetness. I spent time smelling the empty glass after it was gone and was perfectly content to do so.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with Ryan011235. Poured into a small snifter.

Dark black with a thin, dark red head. The head is hard to coax out and short lived. There is a little bit of spotty lacing left by the ring of retention.

Amazing. Its silky smooth and loaded with vanilla, but not sickly sweet vanilla that I usually find in stouts with vanilla beans. There isn't a whole lot of coffee, but I think it mostly helps to offset the sweet vanilla with a roastiness. Wet oak and soft bourbon weave in and out of the background.

Nearly as amazing as the aroma, the flavor is equally as silky. Here's where the coffee's role is primarily felt. There is lots of acidity from the potent coffee as well as a very dark roast. This dark, rich roast mostly waits until the end. Vanilla keeps the roastiness in check with a soft creaminess. As it warms a truck load of sweet, almost tart fruits come out. I'm assuming this is the base beer combined with the strong coffee beans coupled with the bourbon element. Very nice.

A little bit thinner than I had hoped, but thats nitpicking. The carbonation is very low, giving this beer a languid, smooth, velvety feel. The alcohol provides a potent warming sensation that works wonderfully with this big beer.

This is a killer beer from Jackie O's. I might dare to say that its Brad's finest work. I wish this would see a bigger run, hopefully it will in the near future. *cough*kegitandsendittobodega*cough*

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