Beerman6686 (3560) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured an almost jet black color with a beige head. Aroma was lots and lots of fresh almost espresso like coffee with a good amount of bourbon and vanilla too. Flavorr was bursting with great tasting coffee, not overly roasted or burnt, and dark chocolate and bourbon were there too. Great Stuff.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at 2/5 release. Dark brown, thin tan ring or a head. Washed out watery nose, bit of coffee grind and cloying bourbon sweetness, some ethanol and dark fruit. Flavor has large ethanol whack, grinds, a lingering bourbon note. Thin, harsh and unbalanced, grinds and heat clashing badly, and almost no sign of an imperial stout underneath, absolutely no hop, very little malt, just thin sweet barrel heat. 10% ABV Bourbon... the future of craft beer? 53539
Out of the bottle 3 weeks later sees a big difference. More coffee and milk chocolate (masking astringent bitteness) and very little heat. Still not nuanced, especially in the coffee, but largely better than day 2 on tap. 746313
Travlr (9944) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle. Very dark brown, tan head. Has plenty of barrel in the aroma, but too much barrel in the taste for me, it overwhelms the rest of the beer.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet coffee and chocolate nose, some caramel. Taste is very sweet, lots of toffee and dark fruit, lots of coffee, chocolate.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to chswimmer for this tick. Pours black in color with a nice well-formed tan head. Huge great coffee aroma, earthy without too much weasel crap, with dark chocolate and roast along with mild bourbon. Excellent flavor, big on coffee but I love it. Just a little bit of bourbon -bal aging evident. Great chocolatey notes behind that, along with roasted malts and maybe even slight spice. Fairly full-bodied and smooth with slight charry dryness and a long finish, with medium-low carbonation. A damn good coffee stout, although Iím a sucker for this style.
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Jackie Oís Bottle Sale/ Stout and Big Beer Fest on 02/05/2011. Pours black with a minimal tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate and bourbon. Rather rich and smooth body with flavors of chocolate malt, moderately bitter coffee and booze. The finish is bourbon-soaked roasted coffee beans. Veers a little far on the bourbon side but a solid beer nonetheless.
TheEpeeist (3057) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
How nice to arrive home from work to find a perfectly chilled box of Jackie-Os from Brian sitting on my back deck. The Kopi leaked just a bit but made it easier to decide which of the four to drink first. 22 oz bottle opened with a hiss. Dark brown with tan froth. Nose a sublime melding of spicy coffee bean, rich dark chocolate and bourbon. Medium body but i wished it was more substantial. A soft buzz and an alcohol bite. Taste is coffee, bittersweet chocolate and bourbon. Intense but not as well blended as it smelled.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap at the pub during the release.
A-pours a deep black liquid with a little to no head, of what is there looks to be dark tan in color.
S-the nose is a bit harsh with strong overtones of barrel ad bourbon. there are hints of malt sweetness and a touch of coffee but all are muttled and muffled by the bourbon and wet wood.
T-the coffee comes through much more in the flavor and the wood and bourbon are slightly less pronounced. the flavor isnít bad but there is a ton of heat in the back making it a bit harsh and hard to want more.
M-more full bodied than the vanilla rum and somewhat thick. stronger carbonation with a slightly messy and grainy finish.
D-lots of coffee forward flavors but a rather hot and very singular. the kopi luwak is a great tasting coffee favor in this beer but other than heat and coffee there isnít much else happening and it has some serious lack of focus in the body.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Jackie Os on the day of the release. This was the last beer of the day before the 7 hour trip home. I could taste this brew the whole way home. Intense stuff. Dark pour with a thin chestnut colored head and a little lace. Aroma is muted bourbon and oaky tannins overwhelmed by the infamous kopi luwak. Some may say the coffee is so intense that it takes away from the barrel. It might but its still insanely good. Roast, bakers chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramelized sugar and resinous coffee. Lingering coffee aftertaste
MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the release at Jackie Oís.
A- Our first paddle was nearly all stouts. It included this, VBDA, Sweet Choc Love and other Jackie Oís dark beers. They all looked nearly identical. Chris mentioned that if you were to review from this paddle, you would be wrong to give any one of them higher than a 3 since they are all so similar looking. Fortunately we did get this one on other paddles with much different line ups, as well as by its self. So I can say that I think just above average is pretty justified for this one. It never was brought to the table with much of a head, sometimes appearing fairly flaccid. Its thick, dark body is its saving grace.
S- This beer has the most potent aroma of the lot. Those Kopi beans pack a huge punch. Acidic, strong black coffee displaces all the air in the room. Warming helps bring out the chocolate that holds up the rich coffee. Its also very alcoholic, seemingly more so than the other DA treatments, including VBDA. Smooth bourbon comprises most, but not all of this alcoholic smell. Some of it is just pure, unabashed booze.
T- From what I understand this is the Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Apparition from an earlier release, just with Kopi Luwak coffee added. But I am left wondering where the smooth, sweet brown sugar went. Perhaps it isnt included in this batch, or, more likely, is buried by those gargantuan coffee notes.
The taste of this every bit as assertive as the aroma. Alcohol is big, and I wonder why. I dont recall the noncoffee version being rough like this. The BBDA is my favorite by Jackie Oís. As strong as it is, the booze is second to those beans. When added to Dark Apparition they are very acidic. The strong bourbon puts hair on your chest as the potent black coffee curls said hairs. There is a very noticeable tartness that seems to be accentuated by the acidity in the coffee. I really think this beer could do with out the tart fruitiness, in fact most of these Jackie Oís beers can do without it.
M- This is the hottest beer of the night, some how even hotter than Iced Apparition (which of course is only 12% ABV, right?). Its very thick and smooth but that smoothness is lost to a very dry finish. Carbonation is appropriately subtle.
D- I liked this beer, but I really enjoyed the regular BBDA better, and I think Quincedence was the best from the release.