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 O’s.
A- Our first paddle was nearly all stouts. It included this, VBDA, Sweet Choc Love and other Jackie O’s 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 O’s. 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 O’s 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.
adnielsen (9478) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Darkness Day eve, thanks to StFun for sharing. Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Roast, dark chocolate, light chocolate, whiskey and some fruit in the nose. Many people complained about a massive infection in this beer but I didn’t think it was too bad. There was a touch of a twanginess but the bourbon and booze seemed to cover it pretty well. I’d like to try another bottle but I kind of enjoyed this one.
thomashall (160) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Infected bottle. Strong bourbon smokey smell. Taste okay still...some sour. Would like to try again.
BVery (6980) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Infected - dammit. Still pretty good, but I wish I could try it good. Slight wood. Sour fruit - I’m sure unintentional.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours black with zero head. The nose is black coffee, roast and dark chocolate. The taste is all rich coffee with some roasted malt. Nice.
wedgie9 (2100) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on 4/28/12 with the Nashville and Knoxville crews at Curtis’ old house, big thanks to JR for bringing this one. Pours nearly black with a thin tan head that leaves no lacing. The nose is dominated by coffee with dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut, maple, and toffee. The flavor is sweet with malted milk, and all of the same vanilla, dark chocolate, coconut, and maple. The body is full with average, smooth carbonation and a long coffee, vanilla, and coconut finish.
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Hampton Inn pre-DLD party. Pour is dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is of coffee, wood, roast, oak, and chocolate. Flavor has lots of coffee - lactose, cocoa, caramel, vanilla. Finish is smooth and roasty.
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle. Infected mess of a beer. I have had so many infected brews form this place.
Earlier Rating: 4/28/2013 Total Score: 3.9
Roasty coffe, nice bourbon, oak, vanilla. Outstanding beer with a nice fruitiness.
alexsdad06 (5904) - Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Jackie O’s (samples from bottle since). Pours black with a small lasting beige head. The aroma has all the parts a big stout should have: roasted malt,some smoke, dark chocolate with the bourbon integrating nicely. The addition of big coffee notes add another layer to enjoy. Touches of vanilla. The flavor is also not dominated by the bourbon, but has a strong coffee component. Dark chocolate, roast, some smoke, vanilla and bourbon. Medium plus bodied and a real treat to drink. I have enjoyed this quite a bit.
SudsMcDuff (5944) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, thanks djd07 .. . deep brown black .. . a touch tart- dark chocolate and burnt whiskey coffee .. . mild mouth .. . long finish with an odd dirty linger .. . an ok beer but starting to southern itself .. . .
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Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
.Mmm bottle poured black with very little white head. Flavor of coffee, with a light sour flavor on the back