Jackie O’s “Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition” Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

Name: Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition
Brewer:  Jackie O’s Brewery (United States)
Style: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (Base Style: Imperial Stout)
ABV: 11.3%
Review Year: 2022

Jackie O’s Brewery from Ohio presents Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition, a barrel-aged Imperial Stout (11.3% ABV). This brew was crafted using a blend of European and American hops. After undergoing conditioning on stainless steel, it was aged in bourbon barrels for nearly a year, developing its distinct and complex character.

Backlog review from March 2022.


This beer is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (33B) with the Imperial Stout (20C)  as the base style in the context of the 2021 Beer Style Guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). The most current version can be found on the BJCP website.


The aroma of this beer tantalizes the senses with a medium-high intensity, revealing notes of dark chocolate, rich coffee, and an enticing array of spices, including hints of licorice, cinnamon, and vanilla. The toasted oats add an additional layer of complexity.

This beer presents a deep black color when poured with little to no head. Its appearance is thick and opaque.

This beer takes center stage with roasty chocolate/cacao nibs and spiced coffee. The moderately high bitterness harmonizes with the robust roasty character, while the sweetness remains at a medium-low level. Delicate hints of oak and whisky add a layer of complexity, enhancing the overall experience. The finish is delightfully enduring, leaving behind impressions of chocolate and spicy coffee that invite another sip.

The body is described as full with a velvety quality, indicating a substantial and satisfying mouthfeel; medium-low carbonation.


Prepare to be impressed by Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition, an exceptional Imperial Stout that has been aged in bourbon barrels. With its dark, roasty, and complex character, this beer truly stands out from the crowd. The influence of the bourbon barrels is evident, adding depth and nuance to every sip. From the rich flavors to the captivating aromas, this brew delivers an enjoyable and memorable drinking experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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