hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Enzofan. Rated during blind tasting. Dark brown/black pour with thin tan head. Vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and a whiff of pine on the the nose. Toffee, vanilla, dark sugars, chocolate, and bourbon in the flavor. medium mouthfeel.
Douberd (4321) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 11.5%
Totally black colour on the body, small but thick dark brown head sitting on top, with good retention.
Aroma of soy sauce, alcohol, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts.
Taste has plenty of bourbon, still soy sauce but much lighter now, on the other hand much more chocolate and a milky on, roasted malts, light alcohol. As it warms up the soy sauce nuances fade away and it tastes more like a chocolate dessert.
Medium body with good carbonation. Sticky on the palate.
caesar (6303) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from former Molen beershop @ Benzai, medium sample. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma of some roast, dark chocolate, vanilla, bit coconut, slight oak wood, touch of coffee, biscuit, cookie. Roasty bitterness, some vanilla and coconut sweetness. Bit more dry in taste than I expected, could use some more body. Love the aroma, absolutely awesome.
Benzai (12227) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle @ home shared by Caesar. Opaque pitch black color, small brown head. Aroma is malts, bourbon, a slight hint of cocos. Taste malts, bourbon, slightly sweet, almonds, some bitter. Medium body, suitable soft carbonation. Nice.
Bulk_Carrier (3358) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Joel aka Boatsandhoes on talkbeer.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a quickly dissipating slim fingered head that didn’t leave any lacing.
The smell started off a major sweet bourbon boozy dry woody aroma over top of sweet brown sugar and a light vanilla.
The flavor copies the aroma nicely, taking on the dryness to come across in the aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation sits fairly low key. Still, the dryness hits at the mouthfeel.
Overall, I liked the other Dark Apparition with the vanilla and coffee way more. This was good, but there’s almost that cloyingly sweetness trying to make a slight presence in the feel.
weihenweizen (2843) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Refrigerated 12.7 oz. brown bottle from JStax poured into a snifter. Coal black with small beige head. Aroma is nice light bourbon and chocolate, medium/thick body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, molasses, some oak, some heat, hints of booze, and balancing hops. This is the best Jackie O’s beer I have had, thanks JStax.
WillRunForBeer (2004) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. EBF 2016. Pours Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, raisins, some bourbon. Tasye follows. Some licorice as well. Bourbon and oak in the finish.
JBPortland (1440) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle pours brown black with small head. Nose has lots of licorice, dark fruit, nutty vanilla, dry baker’s chocolate. Taste has bitter roasty baker’s chocolate, some vanilla, licorice, a touch thinner in the body. Finishes with moderate sweetness, bitter roast, coffee, cream, nutty, light bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate.
bluejacket74 (1728) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 ounce bottle, 2016 vintage. Served in a Jackie O’s snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and some coffee. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some burnt/charred malt and woody flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot and I definitely recommend this, but then pretty much everything from Jackie O’s is really good!
olio (8750) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle (11.5% abv). Vertical tasting with Jackie O’s Vanilla & Coffee Bean Dark Apparition.
Pours jet black color with a small beige head. Quite distinct bourbon aroma, vanilla, cocoa, dark chocolate and dark malts. Sweet bourbon and brown sugar on the flavor, caramel, syrup notes and dark chocolate. Aroma is excellent, flavor is nice. Slightly better compared to Vanilla & Coffee Bean version.
tiong (5845) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle from Mikkeller Webshop
2014 vintage - Pours pitch black with a tiny head. Aroma of buttery bourbon, wood, vanilla, roasty malts, oak, cocoa and licorice. Taste is smooth, sweetish and oaky with loads of buttery bourbon, wood, vanilla, toffee and hints of syrup. Finish is sweet, oaky and woody with loads of vanilla, buttery bourbon, toffee and caramel. Sweet and heavy with bourbon notes.