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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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This hauntingly good brew in your hand is rife with dark complexities. Eleven malts were used to create deep flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. A hint of bitterness and herbal character from carefully selected American hops help support the monolithic maltiness of Dark Apparition. After a month of conditioning in stainless steel, the beer was transferred into bourbon barrels. For 8 months, Dark Apparition waited patiently in oak barrels until the time was right to spring forth with its ghostly gusto. A truly decadent brew that is intended to be poured into your favorite snifter and given time to warm up from its dark and cold resting place. Be aware when in the presence of Dark Apparition cause this ghost is a creeper.


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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Aroma is big on the char vanilla oak with a back of coffee, the good bitter kind of roast. Appearance pours like ink with almost no head and no lacing. black. Taste is a bit more bitter than the nose but still crazy smooth, cant taste the burn at all. Palate is thick and chewy. Overall a really nice stout.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (17142) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
25th April 2015
Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Dark chocolate nose. Palate is smooth and semi dry and mildly crisp. Dark chocolate follows the nose, rich and spicy. Chocolate liqueur. Fruity bourbon turning spicy and dry. Dry finish. Tasty but spicy, could do with some time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 15, 2015

Bottle 375ml.

[ As Jackie-Os Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition ].
ABV: 11.5%. Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, light coffee. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, chocolate, alcohol, bourbon, buzzy, vanilla. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20150116]

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (1195) - Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2015
So I traded a really big beer for this. Not sure it was an even trade, but I still really like this beer. Flavor is outstanding, just not enough body or depth. Molasses is sticky and the brown sugar is sweet. Guess Im just expecting more from that bourbon barrel. With that said, I still REALLY like this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4067) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 21, 2015
375 ml bottle thanks to fiver29. Vintage 2014. Opaque pour in a snifter, very thin head. Aroma shows has lasting bourbon overtones with vanilla, some dark fruits, and light port wine. The flavor from the barrel is a huge improvement to the base stout. Long lasting warming bourbon over top charred malts, thick dark fruit (sweet plums, dates) oak and again with the port wine or Sherry notes. Really nice round mouthfeel with light warming after the sip.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (3331) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Thank you again Chris for sharing this one. Pitch black pour out of a 375ML bottle at cellar temp. Ruby red edges, almost no head. The aroma is incredible. Smells like rich port wine, vanilla, figs and milk chocolate. this smells amazing. Its a next level on the non BA apparition. wow. still thin, very oily mouthfeel.Yeah, straight up dessert wine, port barrel, bourbon, raisins, dark fruits. this is incredible.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mirakel88 (4) - - MAR 19, 2015 does not count
Pitch black beer, beige to brown foam. Smell of coffee, chocolate and caramel. Has a nice bourbon flavour, not overwhelming. Taste is chocolate, coffee, and malty. Also the taste has a nice boubon flavour, taste is not too sweet. Overall: good barrel aged imperial stout, malty and not too sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1163) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Tap at Huna day, great roast and bourbon character, well balanced, nice chocolate, love this one

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
John25 (932) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Draft sample at Hunahpu Day 2015. Caramel, coffee, and molasses dominate with lots of barrel character. Amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2635) - Linkping, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of bourbon, coconut, raw sugar, bitter chocolate, wood, vanilla and licorice. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, coconut and chocolate. Full bodied with light to medium carbonation. Really nice, lots of barrel notes.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerconnaiseur (164) - BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle acquired through a nice trade! Thanks Trev! Meady molassis nose with a reference to brettanomyces. Dark pine honey! Reminds me of the retired Stronzo (DK) brews. Oily texture offering a funky carbonated start and middle, with a lasting brown and dark chocolate aftertaste. Lots of booze in the after and on the stomach. Great mouthfeel and lingering sensatory characteristics. Long live funky stouts with deviating profiles.


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