Ice Apparition
Jackie O's Brewpub

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Jackie O's Brewpub
Ohio, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.28 | pDev: 9.11%
Mar 31, 2013
Feb 05, 2011
Notes: None
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Rated: 4.25 by spycow from Illinois

Mar 31, 2013
Rated: 4 by bsuedekum from Missouri

Mar 09, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Arbitrator from California

Jan 28, 2013
Rated: 4 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jan 08, 2013
Rated: 4 by AlexFields from Tennessee

Dec 28, 2012
Rated: 4 by t0rin0 from California

Oct 17, 2012
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Reviewed by Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Tasted this one at Dark Lord Day 2012. Served in a taster glass. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin off-white head and not much in the way of lacing, though there’s a bit of a collar. The nose brings a touch of booze along with nice notes of coffee, roast, and dark chocolate. Flavor is full of chocolate and a bit of warming alcohol. Body is medium-full with low-ish carbonation. Another nice beer from Brad. Very enjoyable.
May 09, 2012
Rated: 4.75 by injuredreserve from Louisiana

Apr 13, 2012
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Reviewed by largadeer from California

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Johndoe8 shared this one. Thanks, Rich.

Dense black body with minimal carbonation or head formation.

Equal amounts malt sweetness and roast on the nose, decidedly sweeter than regular DA. Dark chocolate, anise, fairly well hidden alcohol.

Palate is good but slightly rougher than the nose. Malty, grainy, plenty of roastiness. Moderately sweet, but not syrupy by any means. Some booze comes through in the finish. This was pretty enjoyable, less thin and acrid than regular Dark Apparition.
Apr 10, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by InebriatedJoker from Ohio

Jan 21, 2012
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Reviewed by AleWatcher from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark brownish black with some reddish caramel hues in the edges. Nice thick creamy head. Good lacing and awesome retention.
This smells nice-- it almost reminds me of really fresh Kate the Great somehow... Possibly in the smooth well-balanced tastiness.
Lots of chocolate, coffee, and caramel notes.
I'm amazed at how well the alcohol is hidden here-- I pick up some, but it is very nice and pleasant, providing a nice warming feel.
Velvety and smooth feel. Really nice carbonation.

Overall-- very impressed. I would drink this all night!
Jan 21, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by Urbancaver from Ohio

Dec 04, 2011
Rated: 5 by Stigs from Pennsylvania

Dec 04, 2011
Rated: 5 by pest from Ohio

Nov 23, 2011
Rated: 5 by Photekut from Tennessee

Nov 17, 2011
Rated: 4.5 by ej285701 from Ohio

Nov 14, 2011
Rated: 4.75 by sideshowe from Pennsylvania

Nov 14, 2011
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Reviewed by Spider889 from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
On tap at the Brewpub a couple releases ago, review from notes.

Black, with a nice persistent cap of dark foam. Surprisingly enough (or maybe not... I guess my understanding of everything that goes on during icing is pretty minimal) this was the best-looking Dark Apparition variation of the day. Looks very heavy and dense - this much does seem to make sense to me though post-icing.

Smells of roasted coffee and nice heavy black malts. There's some burnt toast/char type of character on the back end. All of this, however, is superseded by strong astringent booze. Surprised? Not this guy.

The flavor is also quite dark and heavy. Again char and coffee flavors provide bitterness. There is also the taste of mild peanuts and vanilla.

Hot hot hot baby! This beer is strong as hell. I like it, but even a sample pour is a sipper on this one.

Overall this was a surprisingly nice beer, but the coffee is worlds better.
Sep 21, 2011
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Reviewed by MbpBugeye from Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On tap at Jackie O's Brewery Side at the June release. Tasted side by side with Coffee Ice Apparition. I've had this before at previous releases.

This one looked nicer than the coffee version. It actually, somehow, held a nice head that eventually faded to a very thick collar. There was a lot of lacing as well. The beer just looks super thick and pure black.

This really is just Dark Apparition, with its ashy smoke, ramped up. Coffee and vanilla mix with lots of licorice rope and dark fruits.

The ashiness is reserved for the aroma, where the fruitiness and licorice notes are really coming out in the flavor. Its all very dense and rich. The potency of the flavors alone make this a sipper, leave alone the alcohol.

Equally as full bodied and sludgy thick as the coffee version but the alcohol really packs a wallop here. This beer is slow, syrupy and hot.

This one is pretty brutal and intense, but a really enjoyable drink.
Jun 30, 2011
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Reviewed by GrowlerGirl from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Got to try the Dark Apparition Ice or Ice Apparition before it was at the 6/25/2011 bottle sale, and again at the sale.

Appearance - Dark brown-black with minimal light chocolate head.

Smell - D.A.'s chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, toffee, malty, nutty scent but stronger and boozy. Maybe more vanilla.

Taste - Stronger more concentrated than D.A. All of the chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, toffee, malty, nutty flavors of Dark Apparition with a burning boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Coating and alcohol warmth.

Overall - I love the regular Dark Apparition and feel this may be a bit overkill, but if you want an extra boozy Russian Imperial, and like the warm feel as it goes down, this may be the ticket.
Jun 30, 2011
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Reviewed by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Had this on the day of the June 25th release. Recieved in a short Munich glass.

4.0 A: Black color. Came with a small, short lived beige head.

4.0 S: Moderately roasty with milk chocolate. Sweet dark caramel and molasses. Coffee is subtle, which is strange since it is rather aggressive in the regular version. Nearly NO BOOZE, merely hints of it.

4.0 T: Strong caramel, moderate roastiness, milk chocolate, and mild coffee. Blackstrap molasses underneath. Rich, but barely boozy with a subtle warming after the finish.

5.0 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Great creaminess without too much booze burn.

4.5 D: Great beer and another excellent addition to the Dark App lineup.
Jun 27, 2011
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Reviewed by sisuspeed from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks for the growler Paul! Awesome tick.

Pours a pitch black motor oil with a thin film of dark tan foam on top. Light lacing.

Lots of well roasted coffee, dark malts and dark chocolate on the nose. Fairly simple, but great coffee/chocolate notes.

Coffee, caramel and chocolate wash over the tongue. Dark roasted malts with a touch of vanilla. I really like the creamy caramel and chocolate that comes through. The ABV is surprisingly well hidden and I'm told this batch is much higher than 12% ABV.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and creamy with just a touch of alcohol warmth on the finish. Low, but spot on, carbonation. Touch of coffee bitterness throughout.

Overall, this goes down really easy, especially for the ABV. Lots of smooth coffee and caramel. I love the thickness of the body. Great stuff. I would love to have this again. Definitely worth grabbing a glass if you see it on tap.
May 14, 2011
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Reviewed by kirok1999 from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Generously shared from a pitcher by the owner and brewmaster.
Pours black and thick with just a bit of wispy lace.
Smell is like a fresh poured coffee with a ton of sugar in it. Mild fruits, plums, dates and raisins.
Taste is much like the smell; massive coffee presence, dark fruits, caramel and a fair amount of bourbon. It's rich and dense with almost no carbonation but it really doesn't need any to release the flavors.
I was impressed as hell when he told us what he had done to make the beer....iced a stout and loaded it down with ground coffee beans. Between the 4 of us at the table, it smelled like we were in a Starbucks.
I made the glass last as long as I could and wished we could have had more.
May 08, 2011
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Reviewed by stakem from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Review from notes taken on 2/4/11. The night before their bottle release.

Served in a snifter, this brew appears pitch black with no head but dark brown lacing clings around the glass in a thin rope. A swirl releases some bubbles that stick to the glass but never have the strength to formulate a cap.

The aroma is fruity like plums. Heavy roast and pungent alcohol. Slight roasty indication. Coffee tones come out that are crushed by the alcohol's presence. It's a pleasant and quite fruity alcohol aroma that is enjoyable but quite one-sided.

The taste is fruity and fusel with roast malt and a big alcohol warmth and flavor. A coffee taste lingers faintly in the mouth long after a sip is taken. Nice pleasant bitter roastiness that gets dominated by alcohol as it warms. At times it tastes somewhat fruity and sweet before the alcohol heat takes over.

This is full bodied and lightly carbonated. Quite drinkable for what I doubt is only the listed 12%. As it warms the alcohol really comes out. This is a brutal beast with an interesting depth of flavor that really distinguishes itself from the normal version. Sweet goodness this should have been a smaller pour. I had no problems finishing the glass but would have liked to had the chance to taste something else after this. It's worth a try for sure.
Feb 08, 2011
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Reviewed by BeerAndBourbon from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A. Pours black with half finger super creamy tan colored head that clings leaving lots of nice lacing.

S. Roasted coffee, cocoa, some dark chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. The alcohol is fairly apparent as well.

T. Similiar to smell, but the alcohol is more apparent; there's quite a bit of bite on the tail - with an almost spiciness. It's a bit numbing when you swish it in your mouth.

M. Super thick and lucious with a bit of bite on the tail. It's clear that most of the mouthfeel is from the viscosity not the carbonation.

D. The mouth numbing takes a bit away from the beer. Quite good.
Feb 05, 2011
Ice Apparition from Jackie O's Brewpub
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