Dark Apparition - Figgie Smalls | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Dark Apparition - Figgie SmallsDark Apparition - Figgie Smalls

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Apparition aged in Tuthilltown 4-Grain Whiskey barrel with figs, brett, and lacto.

Added by Rhettroactive on 06-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by rye726:
Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from a twelve ounce bottle into an imperial int glass. Dark with a thin tan head. Nose has a nice tartness along with dark malts, candy, figs, oak and whiskey. Great flavor profile, nice depth and complexity. Medium body has a crisp carbonation. Really great stuff. I think this is a style that should be attempted more often.

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Photo of jisom123
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz no-label bottle at Jackie O's. Bottled for the pub only.

Something went incredibly RIGHT with this beer. This beer is as well balanced as the Jubel 2010 or FW 14. I suspect BC and the gang knows they hit it out of the park with this one. I bet we will see this in a labeled bomber before summer 2012. (I hope)

This beer needs to be shared with as many people as possible.

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Photo of Photekut
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Tripphop
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12 oz bottles.

The beer pours with almost no head, deep color, almost black. It sticks to the glass like oil. The aromas are rich with dark fruit and chocolate. The fig stands out in the smell just enough and livens up the nose. The flavor is great, loads of red fruits and roasty chocolate and creamy coffee notes. Fig matches up very nicely with this base beer intensifying the sweet vinous front to the beer. There is a lot more weight to this one than many of the other treatments, very satifying. The finish is smooth and silky, lingering for a while. Great nano, I'd say try this one again in a bigger batch. I can only imagine the label for it.

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Photo of GrowlerGirl
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried the Figgy Smalls during the last bottle sale at Jackie O's. 6/25/2011

Appearance - Dark brown-black with chocolate head.

Smell - Vanilla and fig backed with sour.

Taste - Sweet and Sour. All of the chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, toffee, malty, nutty flavors of Dark Apparition with figgy sour addition. Nice bitter chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel - What you would expect from a Russian Imperial Stout.

Overall - An excellent combination of sweet and sour, would like the fig to come through a bit stronger.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle to snifter at the Jackie O's bottle release on 6/25/11.
*From notes

A: Rich cherry brown to an almost ruby port black. The edges of the beer are absolutely gorgeous, as the robust figgy burgundy mixes with the epic black hole of the traditional Dark Apparition. Almost no head on an agressive pour - less then .25 fingers. Mild lacing follows.

S: Dark chocolate and warm figgy pudding. It's incredible. Dark vine fruit and rich charry malt linger in the nostrils for ages. It's unreal. It maybe the best bouquet I've ever encountered on any beer. Simply perfect.

T: The dark fruit hits the palate first, seeping into every corner of my mouth. Sun dried fig concentrate and a touch of acid fade slowly into the wrathful, dark side of the brew. The toasted, charry chocolate malt, sweet alcohol and a touch of bramble funk consume the palate from the mid to finish. Complex beyond measure and supremely balanced.

M: A bit more weight then the other Dark Apparition one-offs. This isn't meant to be motor oil, but rather a sipping beer that you can return to again and again. Nice carbonation, though it's a bit brash. The texture is slightly oily.

O: Brad Clark is an artist at the top of his game. He should be commended for the brewing clinic he's put on with this outstanding beer, which is the best of the Dark Apparition variations.

Jackie O's Figgie Smalls is so ridiculously, insanely good, it's scary. Every single brewmaster in America should taste this, as it'll have each and every one of them wetting their panties in fear. Figgie Smalls raises the Russian Imperial bar to insane heights, and should be required quaffing for every beer enthusiast in America.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Rudzud has been talking this beer up for as long as I've known him, and he finally got around to cracking it on his birthday drinking party. Thanks for sharing such a rarity.

No real head other than bubbles, pitch black beer with colored oil swirls, looooong legs.

Nose big dark malts, sweet syrupy cocoa, chocolate and black malts but no roast. A mild barrel, vanilla, with fig like infused whisky that almost seems like rum or brandy, and a mild funk, dark fruit thing, creamy but mild sour lacto.

Taste is very interesting and unique, plenty of sour lacto, fruity with a mild chocolate covered cherry, when syrupy creamy filling, little fig paste and fig infused whisky like cognac flavor. Mild oxidation, light mineral note on the back end, dry powdered cocoa dust. Nice sour lacto, and fig paste lingering, more chocolate, etc.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, mild syrupy and mild creamy, light carb.

Overall very interesting, much better than i thought.

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Photo of chrispoint
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of Spider889
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Jules11788
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of johnhenryconway
2/5  rDev -47.5%

Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting a long, long time to crack this one. I received this bottle in my first ever BA trade. Was always hesitant to crack it after communicating with Brad Clark (head brewer at Jackie O's) after he told me they only bottled 48 bottles for on site consumption only/given to friends. How my trading partner ended up with one is unknown, but the small 12oz bottle with the 'DA nano Figgie Smalls" white sticker on it ended up in my possession. Realistically this is (or was) the last bottle in existence as again, all were meant for on site consumption at Jackie O's years ago. Shared with JLindros and Threelions at my 30th birthday get together.

A - Poured into my Kate the Great tulip a super super dark motor oil black with no head at all. Looks very very still.

S - Wow, super complex. Loads of dark chocolate, yeast notes, lacto, whiskey, dark fruits. The interplay of brett and fig gives this beer an almost rum raisin aroma. Man oh man does this smell good.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the nose, but, it's close. Complex sour figs/cherries, light oxidation, whiskey, dark bakers chocolate, very nice base dark apparition beer here. Nice chocolate covered cherries. Truly delicious and unique, the figs play great with the base stout and whiskey.

M - Mouthfeel is thin, lightly carbonated, a touch syrupy. Alcohol is hidden though.

O - Overall, it was a touch too oxidized, but then again this was never meant to leave the brewery so I suppose that's to be expected. Really, really like how the figs interplay with the stout, whiskey, and yeast notes. Very pleasant beer that I'm so glad I was able to try. I wish more brewers would include figs in their BA stouts. So, so good.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of TheBeerologist
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Dark Apparition - Figgie Smalls from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 15 ratings