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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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, shared by thegrogbog at the last Jackie O's release (thanks Tim!).

This might be the richest tasting version of Dark Apparition that I've tried so far. Very large bourbon in this, "dark" smelling and rich, with a large dose of vanilla too. Maybe some cocoa in back, and definitely some coffee but at a very low level, lower than expected based on name.

This tastes just as good as it smells, huge blasts of bourbon but it doesn't get boozy, and I'm coming to realize that beans might refer to vanilla beans rather than coffee beans. Delicious, I'm giving this a "5", I could drink quite a bit of this. Puts the other Dark Apparitions, as good as they are, in their place.

Viscous and mouthcoating, the body matches the flavors well and keeps all senses engaged. Highly recommended, this is maybe my favorite from the brewery.

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Photo of jampics2
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Jackie O's. This was the last beer I had at the release and perhaps my favorite treatment, so I was glad to take a few notes and give it a proper rating!

The beer is dark black in my snifter. It looks good but has no head or lace, which can happen with BA beers. But this, in particular, looks a tad on the syrupy side, which dings the appearance score a bit.

Nano beans has amazing aroma. There are huge notes of vanilla, almost dominating at first. When I dig a bit deeper, I find some layers of fudge and a touch of coffee and bourbon. The coffee and bourbon are both on the down-low, and there is minor barrel impact in the way of oak and vanillin. But this is very pleasant and expressive. If a tad more of the intricate scents emerged, this would be a perfect smelling beer.

Ditto for the taste - it's quite remarkable. The base beer brings some great chocolate notes to the table and a huge, fresh vanilla bean presence makes this quite a lovely beer. There's some notes of coffee and a touch of booze that is well masked by the vanilla. The coffee and chocolate emerge as it warms. A very tasty beer that comes close to the top of the genre.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the syrupy side. The beer has medium viscosity, perhaps more like medium-plus. The carb is low and the beer just comes off as a touch sticky. But this never gets in the way of enjoying the beer. I really, really thought this version stood out from almost all the rest at the Stout festival. Good work here, Brad!

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Photo of HosP
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from Jackie O's bottle release on 2/5/11. Couldn't pass up a 12 oz of this poured into a snifter. Love the mailing label slapped on the bottle!

Poured jet black with almost no head to the beer. What head there is, clings to the edges of the glass. Smelled mostly of vanilla upfront. Roasted coffee beans came in towards the end. Get a twinge of alcohol smell. Very nice earthy aroma all around.

Taste is much sweeter than could have imagined. Vanilla sweetens the drink right up. Coffee flavors do help balance out the drink and bring back down. Has some bitterness mixed in lightly at the finish of the drink too. Flavors all mix very well together. Alcohol warms the drink up as you go along.

Full body with little carbonation in the mouth. Not very dry, and very refreshing.

Very, very enjoyable drink. Would stand in line, in the cold, for the chance to buy a bomber of this. Lots of flavors, all strong, but balanced very well! Gotta love having a brewer release this kind of stuff that you won't normally get. Thanks Brad for an amazing beer.

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Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken 2/5/11 at Jackie O's during the bottle release and strong ale event. Usually I am totally against bottle consumption when there are wonderful draft selections to choose from. However, in this case I couldn't pass it up. Who knows when/if a chance to try this brew will come around again.

12oz bottle for $7 poured into a sniffer. This brew appears black in color with a finger of brown froth that slowly recedes to a thin cap across the top. A fine rope of lace clings along the glassware with faint spots.

The aroma of this brew is composed of coffee indications that include some citrus beans, vanilla sweetness and bakers chocolate as it warms. An alcohol tingle emerges through the nose as it warms. Overall a pleasant and enjoyable scent to this brew.

The taste of this brew is tangy with alcohol, a citrus aspect of coffee beans and hops, tangy warming alcohol, sweet chocolate, and a seemingly clingy vanilla paste coasts the mouth with a smooth sweetness. Well blended and a deeply enjoyable brew.

This is a medium bodied offering with a light amount of carbonation. It could maybe slightly benefit from a bit more carbonation but as-is I'm not complaining. This is very drinkable with a pleasant warmth that I found myself nearing the end of the glass much sooner than I wish I had.

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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A-This is extremely black. Slight tan head appears
S-Smell a lot of vanilla and coffee up front. reminds me alot of Bourbon county Vanilla Stout.
T-Slight bourbon taste, but not as much as I was expecting. A lot of vanilla. Coffee comes out more so when it is warmer.
M-Full body an viscous great feeling
D-This goes down so smooth. This is better than GI Vanilla. I hope Jackie O's bottles more of this brew!

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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks mistakebythelake for this great treat

Pours pitch black with a bit of white head on the corners. Smells very strongly of vanilla with some nice coffee on the back burner. Tastes very strongly of vanilla with a bit of coffee. The vanilla is almost too much as the bitterness of the beans comes through. The coffee comes out more as it warms. Thick solid mouthfeel but too bitter to be that drinkable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429 and Amyliz4. Thanks Mike and Amy!

A: This brew appears black, with 1/4" of beige head that leaves some good lacing in its wake.

S: The aroma is grand, with scents of alcohol, coffee, oak.

T: The beer tastes bold, with a pronounced bourbon presence. Flavors include vanilla, dark molasses, maple syrup, and coffee. The coffee could be brought to the forefront a bit more, as it seems somewhat overrun by booze. The muted coffee presence notwithstanding, this was a tasty and enjoyable beer.

M: Medium body, with moderately low carbonation.

D: I certainly enjoyed this beer. As it was sweet and strong (alcohol) tasting, a few ounces of this was plenty.

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

Bottle shared by Thorpe recently, I really love the label on this bottle BTW, one of the coolest I've seen in a long time.

Beer is black, dark, completely opaque with a thin brown / tan head that breaks quickly to a halo that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly coffee with some vanillic acid and a little tannic character, oaky smells good. Bourbon on the backend as usual.

Beer is medium in body and creamy in the mouth, strong flavored, the liquor and sweetness lead off first. There is some bitterness in the late from some chocolate and some coffee, tastes really good. There is some complexity that is going on here that is hard to describe. The finish is not dry but refreshing, it's very drinkable for what it is. I really liked this beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Brad for giving Amy and I a bottle of this. Shared with friends at a recent tasting and poured into a tulip.

Pours darn near black in color with a thin mocha head and a few legs along the sides of the glass. The nose brings forward a really strong barrel character plus a good amount of vanilla and a nice coffee presence as it finishes. If anything, it could use a bit more coffee to really get that characteristic into the mix but I will absolutely not complain at all about how the vanilla and bourbon interacted here.

The flavor is a beautiful blend of bourbon and vanilla with some very mild coffee and chocolate in the background. There is a slight heat to the flavor that works well with the vanilla and bourbon. A bit of molasses as well. The body is full and fairly viscous. Great bourbon character throughout. Really enjoyed this one and hope to see it again in the future.

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Dark Apparition - Nano Beans from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 34 ratings