Jackie O’s ‘Dark Apparition’ Russian Imperial Stout


“Seven malts were used to create deep flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. A hint of bitterness and herbal character from carefully selected European and American hops help support the monolithic maltiness. A truly decadent brew that is intended to be poured into your favorite snifter and given time to warm up from its dark and cool resting place.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Impenetrable black with a loosely held thumb of brown foam. The head falls away and settles to a halo with little lacing to show.

Aroma: It’s a rich and formidable scent! Showing lots of layers of malt – treacle and toffee, molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, campfire/damp burnt wood, mint slice, chocolate bullets, roasted nuts i.e macadamia and hazelnut, iodine and even a hint of pine needles creeping in. Jeez there’s a lot to unpack here!

Flavour: One word…amazing! The way it evolves is truly impressive. It kicks off with a bit of toffee/caramelised sweetness which is met by roasted coffee and dark chocolate through the middle. The charred characters develop late carrying hints of burnt toast, ash and dry hop bitterness in to the well drawn out finish.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and inoffensive for the style. Silky even! Medium-full body, slightly oily texture, Co2 is spot on. 10.5% ABV is unbelievably well buried.

Overall: Diggin it big time. We’re not gonna say it’s as good as Dark Lord but it’s as good as Dark Lord if you get what we’re saying. Dead set on point.