Dark Apparition - Nuts
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #156
Ranked #2,895
4.22 | pDev: 15.88%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Notes: Brewed with hazelnut, almond, pecan, cashew, and coconut.
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 108 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sample at EBF 2016 Chocolate with huge nutty aroma and flavor with hints of stone fruit. Light earthy bourbon and vanilla sweetness, like desert in a glass.

Feb 09, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

EBF sample pour. Poured very dark. Aroma was a strong imperial stout infused with a well defined nuttiness. I thought the flavor was even more impressive. Hazelnuts are something I specifically remember tasting. It starts out like a roasty, dark stout then finishes with a medley of very nutty flavors. It was a little hot and maybe less full bodied as other beers I tried at the fest but I really enjoyed the stressed nutty flavor.

Feb 08, 2016
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scottfrie from California

2.51/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle 84, batch 300, bottled 2012. Thanks again StormKing47.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a finger of dark tan head. Head faded into a lasting collar leaving a few spots of spotty lace down the glass.
S: Vanilla, coconut, caramel, and dark chocolate. Unfortunately, I think I detect a few notes of sherry and tart cherries.
T: Yep, sour cherry infection hits first and overshadows the stout flavors. The finish is full of thick dark chocolate milkshake and a good dose of coffee, and the aftertaste has notes of vanilla and roast. The stout flavors in the finish are at least very rich, thick, and potent, so at least I could see how this beer would have been fresh.
M: Spritzy, foamy, and tingly infected carbonation, thick body, chewy, but unfortunately tart, carbonation.
O: Another disappointment from JO’s. What’s sad is this tastes like it would have been a really excellent beer.

Jul 17, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #189/300. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with an off-white collar. A few wisps.

Smell - Dark chocolate. Lots of nuttiness. Nonspecific nuts, I guess because they used a variety. Boozy.

Taste - Incredibly nutty. Dark chocolate with a ton of nuts. A little bit astringent in the finish with the slightest red wine flavor.

Mouthfeel - Chewy. Slightly harsh in the finish from the red wine flavors and the nuts.

Overall - Well, the nut treatment is very strong. Too strong, I think.

Jun 18, 2014
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stewart124 from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is what was on tap at Dutch's in Cincinnati Ohio. The board said Dark Apparition with Walnuts.

Poured into a snifter. Obsidian black with tan head. Beautiful.

Some espresso notes in the nose with big roasted characters.

Super smooth. Wow. I would have thought a RIP would need some age on it but this is wonderful. Full bodied but I could put back a few of these, There is a bitterness in the background but this compliments the beer so well. There is no edge to this. Fantastic beer. I need to try another version of this.

The roasted characters come through so well. I am guessing the nuts just round out the harsh bitterness from roasted malts and the hops to back it up.

Very pleased to have tried this.

Dec 21, 2013
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CaptainRaisin from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful stuff here.

Beautiful nitro pour at the brewery. "Beer Porn"

Nutty, soft vanilla/crème notes. Chocolate and coffee.

Mhm. This is certainly not bad at all. You can definitely gather the roasty, nutty flavors right off the bat. Maybe roasted almonds. The chocolate and crème aren't far behind.

A slick, smooth elixir that is far from cloying.

Killer. They are not in the business of normal, run of the mill craft brews. Always a twist or turn with these guys.

Oct 04, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared this with JLindros and crew while up in Maine for The Festival. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle # 151/300. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a nice dark brown with a light one finger tan head that fades to a thin halo and leaves rather nice side lacing / legs.

S - Chocolate, cream, nuts, light roast, good earthy notes. Super, super dark chocolate thing going on.

T - Roasted nuts, cream, vanilla bean, dark dark malts, light bourbon, sweet malts, big dark chocolate notes, light nut honey candy. I like that 'so nutty its nearly acrid' note this beer has on the tongue. Bitter lingering finish.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation, quite drinkable.

O - Overall, different strokes for different folks I suppose. While probably my least favourite of the Dark Apparition series I still thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Was hesitant to age this for any true amount of time, due to fear of losing the nuttiness. I stand by my choice.

Aug 09, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another big one from Jackie O's thanks to rudzud. Bottle 151/300

Pours a light fizzy head, light lacing, super dark pitch black thick beer with long legs.

Nose is super dark, acrid roast, a definite nutty aroma with hints of coffee, dark char, bit of super dark chocolate, little booze as well.

Taste is again super dark malt, acrid roast out front again, bit of dark chocolate and char, burnt caramel, thick syrupy sweet malt character too, bit lush creamy, hint of over roasted coffee. Then nutty flavors, mixed nuts, chewy, a bit of a candy bar like character with teh choc, nuts, and caramel. Light vanilla barrel notes I think, butter earthy hops and biter chocolate, rich. Finish is long dark choc, bit more barrel notes I think, and more bitter acrid char.

Mouth is full bod, rich dark thick, bit syrupy, some warming booze, decent lighter carb.

Overall not bad, many of the other Dark Apparitions I think were better, but it's def interesting and tasty, just a bit too acrid, or maybe it's too fresh.

Jul 05, 2013
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, brown finger of head, plenty lace.

Aroma: mild woodsy bourbon, chocolate, coffee, roast, raisins, and there is a sweet nuttiness. It's really hard to pull out specific nuts since it melds so well. Coconut isn't a nut though lol

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts, some espresso, light vanilla and woody bourbon. Again, its nutty, but specifics are difficult.

It's full bodied, somewhat chewy. A nice and different treatment to a great stout.

Thanks John!

Mar 24, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 02/04/12 notes. Had on tap twice at EBF day session, up in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, toasted malts, spice, coffee, and maybe a little anise.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, nuts, chocolate, alcohol, toasted malts, and cofee. Very nice, more nuts then the nose.

m - Medium to full body. Smooth, not a lot of alcohol present. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall another nice DA variant. Not my favorite but somewhere in the middle of the pack of DA's. Taste definitely has a ton of nuts to it. Would like to have it again.

Feb 27, 2012
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seeswo from Ohio

4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this a few times. Pours black with a light cocoa head. The nose is a decadent, roasted malt and chocolate nuts. Seriously. The taste is similar - roasted malts, and a really delicious flavor of chocolatey nuts. The flavor is an astounding and interesting elevation of the imperial stout. Unique and yet flavors that are familiar. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. The body is substantial and yet, this beer is quick drinkable and relatively creamy. I would strongly recommend starting at cellar and letting it get warmer as what makes this beer special is hardly evident out of the fridge. Great job BC! This is a favorite.

Jan 27, 2012
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John_M from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sigh... I was about ready to throw in the towel when a growler of this was opened up at the finewinemike event, but I'm glad I had one last small glass before calling it a day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose was complex in this beer, showing an interesting array of licorice, roasted malt, some pecans and light dark chocolate. The chocolate and pecans seemed to come out even more on the palate, with some light coffee and vanilla as well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and I thought the beer finished well. The beer was not at all heavy or tiring on the palate, and I thought this beer hid its high alcohol rather well. Drinkability was actually pretty good, which is something that was hard to appreciate at this point in the tasting.

A very, very nice beer from the folks at Jackie O.

Dec 21, 2011
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another huge thanks to BC for the growler. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Looks like DA...black, light mocha head, thin ring, wisps.

S - Chocolate covered toasted nuts, burnt sugars, roasted malt. A very rich, dessert-like nose, that was hard to keep away from my nose. Excellent stuff.

T - Similar to the nose. Chocolate, toasted nuts, light roast, sweet roasted malts. This is a very sweet beer, but the nuts really help take some of that away and add an excellent twist on an already good base beer.

M - Full, rich and smooth, viscous, creamy finish.

O - Another winner here from Jackie O's. My favorite Dark App variant and super-pumped I was able to try it. Once again, thanks Brad and looking forward to having this one on-tap at JO's.

Dec 19, 2011
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another growler surprise from Sean. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Black body with a hint of brown at the fringes.

S - Big roasted malts and mixed nuts - predominantly hazelnut and pecans - semisweet chocolate, toasted coconut shavings, and extremely well-hidden alcohol.

T - Taste is virtually identical, with roasted malts, dry roasted nuts, light chocolate, milled grains, and a hint of coconut. No alcohol presence, and a surprisingly clean finish.

M - Creamy and smooth full body, low carbonation, no alcohol, and surprisingly low tannic character for a beer brewed with nuts and coco-'nut'.

D - This is an excellent beer, and possibly the best thing I've had from Jackie O's. I hope Brad makes this regularly, as it's a very successful treatment of a solid base beer. Very drinkable, with a nice balance of sweetness and roast flavors. Hope this gets bottled in the future.

Dec 18, 2011
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4 oz. sample at JO's 6th Anniversary. I prefer Oil of Aphrodite everytime over Dark App, but as an "Oilized" beer, I had high hopes for this.

4.0 A: Black color. Came with just a touch of creamy beige head that retained well.

4.5 S: It's Dark App...with NUTZ! Allegedly brewed with five types of nuts, but I'm not sure whether black walnuts (the feature nut of Oil) are included. Moderate roastiness, good bit of coffee, and sharp, almost spicy chocolate. Dark caramel malts and molasses. The nuts put this over the top. Really, it is amazing. Cashews and peacans specifically speak out.

5.0 T: The nuts take over the taste. Tons of nuttiness and the variety of nuts used is fully realized. Plenty of chocolate again. Coffee right after that. Light to moderate roastiness that lingers into the aftertaste. Good bit of molasses with light caramel.

4.5 M: Whether it is from the nuts or the newest batch, this is much heartier than the Dark Apps I've had in the past. Heavy body, but still on the lighter end of the spectrum. Good moderate carbonation and great creaminess. Super smooth.

5.0 D: I hope JO's and every other brewery jam pack beers with nuts. It seems to do magic every time. I've always though Dark App was tasty, but far from elite. Nuts have made this beer into just that.

Dec 05, 2011
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oline73 from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on-tap at the Jackie O's release event this weekend. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a layer of fluffy tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Quite roasty and sweet with some dark chocolate and nuts.

Taste: Roasty cashew heaven. Dark chocolate with some alcohol. Very nutty with a somewhat bitter finish. This beer tastes like alcoholic cashews, amazing.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This is probably the best nut beer I have ever had. Very natural and really good. A great desert beer.

Dec 04, 2011
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Spider889 from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is possibly my favorite Dark Apparition variation.

I have heard lots about how fat and oils can great affect a beer's head retention among other things. But this beer pours with a tall head in spite of the nuts. Thick and black.

The aroma and flavor are wonderful. The nuts add a sweet roastiness and smooth complexity to Dark Apparition. Aromas of rich chocolate, light char, and chestnut. The flavors are more along the lines of almond and coffee, with chocolate sweetness as well.

Slightly boozy, but I can't fault the beer. The sweet nuttiness is smooth. Very sticky mouthfeel. Overall just an excellently executed one-off.

Nov 10, 2011
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projectflam86 from Ohio

4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thin head. Decent lacing left behind.

S- Mellow roasted aroma with some notes of chocolate and anise oil.

T- Big roasted flavor with bittersweet chocolate and black licorice. The almonds, pecans, and hazelnuts are mild but definitely present and add depth to this already complex flavor profile. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M- Full bodied and well carbonated.

O- This brew is nearly perfect. I thought the roasted nuts would get buried beneath the huge RIS backbone but they shine thru nicely.

Jul 21, 2011
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glid02 from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Lee via a BA in OH – much obliged!

Pours black with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of dark chocolate and a smooth nuttiness. The only one I can definitively pick out is hazelnuts but there are others in there.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the nut influence is not as pronounced. Rich roasted malts up front are joined quickly by toasted nut flavors. Midway through the nuttiness is cut by the addition of smooth dark chocolate that carries through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this was a very solid beer and a surprising one as no one knew the story behind the growler’s contents. Very interesting and well worth a shot.

Jul 17, 2011
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nrbw23 from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a black color with pretty much no head what so ever just a few bubbles. No lacing either.

S- The smell of this one was different than the others, in that the nuts were every where. I'm picking up quite a bit of hazelnut and even walnut. Roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits.

T- Taste is roasted malts, dark fruits, and a very nutty flavour. Picking up quite a few of the nuts notes. This beer is very solid and the nuts really shine through.

M- Fuller side of medium and the carbonation seemed a bit low.

O- One of the better variations I've had. I hope this one keeps coming back.

Nice thick and oily body, no real indication of the ABV to be seen, just a rich and tasty stout. I'd have it again any time, Brad keeps experimenting and coming up with winners.

Jul 11, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle shared with alex for the fourth of july party. split into twin tasters/

jet black pour with a good inch and a half of wonderfully colored head on top started off the session just right.

aroma is dark roasted nuts, cocoa, a ton of rich brown sugar and a touch of tobacco. really just complex as hell and not at all what i was expecting. a bit thin on the feel, but not terrible just more of a big stout then an ris. still though the flavor came across very, very well with each sip complenting the one before. dark, dark chocolate, lots of roasted malts and tons of rich, dark flavors. this was exactly what i was looking for. smooth and creamy finish left the flavor of light smoke an brown sugar on the tongue with a touch of vanilla sealing it off.

Jul 04, 2011
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KickInTheChalice from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this one out.

Appearance: Out of the bottle this pours a mahogany / black color, with a one finger off-white head. No real lacing, although it seemed to leave a little oily residue on the glass.

Smell: Vanilla, hazelnut, and walnuts all shine through, really dominating the smell. There is some cocoa and roast malt in there as well.

Taste: The nut flavors really control the flavor as well. It is more like drinking an imperial nut brown ale with a dash of dark malt in it. Hazelnuts, walnuts, and pecans all blend together nicely with some vanilla, with cocoa and medium roasted malt providing the support. Fairly sweet, but not cloyingly so. I could enjoy a fair amount of this.

Mouthfeel: Like the other Dark Apparitions I have tried, this is smooth and creamy, with a nice light to medium creamy carbonation. The nuts add an oiliness to an already viscous brew.

Overall: This was very enjoyable and the addition of nuts really impact the flavor of the beer. There is no nuance here. The oily residue, although impossible to eliminate in a brew with this many nut additions, is what prevents it from getting another .5 for appearance, mouthfeel, and overall. A solid beer though.

Jun 29, 2011
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readbaron from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes - 3/27 - thanks to urbancaver for shipping this one out!

A - Pours out a dark, dark brown - nearly black with a decent mocha head that fades into a ring of foam.

S - Nuts! Smells strongly of hazlenut and wallnut, nearly overwhelmingly so. Faint stout like sweetness and roast underneath. As it warms the smell becomes more integrated. Unique and awesome aroma.

T - Taste is great - strong hazlenut/wallnut flavor, but well blended with roasty malts and some chocolate sweetness. However, there's a hint of sourness somewhere in there. Not enough to be unpleasant, but noticible.

M - Smooth and creamy but a bit flat (possibly due to being in the growler a week).

O - great beer. Awesome nutty flavor. I hope it gets bottled (and without that faint sour taste).

Apr 15, 2011
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mishuggah from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Urbancaver for the growler!

Review from my notes on 3.27.11

A: Very dark brown/black with slight amber colors around the rim of the glass. Small, brownish head on top.

S: I am getting a lot of toasted nuts in the smell, with the requisite roasty notes. I am also getting some sweet creaminess as well.

T: Big, nutty flavor. I could see that being lost in the other big flavors that are also in the beer. The DA base is working quite well with the nuts, very enjoyable.

M: Thick and oily, but not syrupy. Somewhat low on the carbonation, but that is not a detriment.

O: Complex, nutty flavors working with the big base give this a very earthy flavor. Very well rounded and drinkable, a fantastic experiment. This beer makes me wish I had access to the great things Jackie O's is doing these days.

Apr 13, 2011
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DROOO from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

shared by mishuggah march 27 (2011) out of a growler into a spooky night of the living ale's tasting glass. cheers dood!

maple, candied walnuts, coffee, sweet chocolate, biscuits.

light tan head that you basically had to swirl to see. body was a dark brown black with transparent brown edges.

i didn't find it to taste as sweet as it smelled, although it tasted like a moist piece of chocolate cake. i picked up some nuttiness resembling walnuts accompanied with a slight roasty character.

light-medium, creamy, slightly oily

i enjoyed the nutty chocolate nose better than the taste. there were some interesting layers of flavor. i enjoyed the chocolate aspects best and would have preferred a stronger nut presence. i prefer my imperial stouts thicker in mouthfeel, however, overall, this was a good beer.

Apr 01, 2011
Dark Apparition - Nuts from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 108 ratings