Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Served in a Jackie O’s 2012 STAFF glass. Mild walnut character in the nose. Flavor has some roast and chocolate. Body is a bit lacking. Dry finish. Could use more nuts. jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2013
STAFF bottle, shared by MikeTD and John, Thanks guys. Dark App is a good stout on its own, but with the addition of 3 kinds of nuts it makes the beer a bit different, a roasted flavor comes through with an odd sweetness and a bit of oily ness from the fats in the nuts.. good stuff, odd stuff. Tmoney99 (14484) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Tap. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel, nuts and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet dark chocolate malt flavor with a heavy nutty bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Sample on tap at Jackie-O’s 7th. Dark brown color. Thin light head. Head fades completely, after a bit. Good roasty aroma, some coffee, and dark chocolate. Nuttty, kind of boozy, with a moderate bitter taste. Little noticeable alcohol. Dry texture, medium / big body, works well with the malts. Lighter carbonation. Really excellent stout. Had a second taster the next morning, tasted a bit thinner than I remembered, but still very enjoyable. alexsdad06 (10422) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Draft at brewpub. Pours the usual dark brown to black color with a smaller beige head. The aroma has dark roasted malts, dark chocolate with a very nice nutty component that pushes this to a new level for me. I enjoy the black walnuts in the oil quite a bit and found this to be on the same level. The flavor has the nut flavors working very well with the base beer; roast, dark chocolate, pecans with some of the black walnut found in the oil. Medium plus body with a smooth texture. I am looking forward to the staff release of this beer.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 6/29/2011. Poured from a growler into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this one out.
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.
Vanilla, hazelnut, and walnuts all shine through, really dominating the smell. There is some cocoa and roast malt in there as well.
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.
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.
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, lowers the score in a few places. A solid beer though. johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Sampled at EBF on Saturday afternoon.
Pours a dark brown/black color with a tan head that recedes quickly. Smells of nuts, lots of earthy nuts with a bit of chocolate coffee and roast. Taste follows the smell really well. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. Nice brew, different and tasty. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
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.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-05-2011 00:58:54
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2011
draft... really excited to try this one after hearing some great things, the nuts add some nice complexity to the dark app but I like regular Oil better, worth trying all the same JStax (6502) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Poured on draft into a sampler glass. Appearance is black with a tan head of foam. Aroma is chocolate, earthy, herbal, and of course, nutty. The almonds are what really come through for me here. Taste is earthy coffee with notes of chocolate and nuts. Finish is long and aftertaste is primarily coffee and dark chocolate.