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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (3073) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
On tap into a snifter. Appearance is black with a tan head and some lacing. Aroma is a perfect combination of chocolate, licorice, caramel, bourbon, and alcohol. Taste is a fantastic mix of chocolate and bourbon with the alcohol coming through in the finish. Unlike the other bourbon barrel beers from this brewery, the bourbon here is more of an afterthought rather than a dominant characteristic. This is a thick beer that rests heavily on the tongue. I believe this is one of my favorites from my trip to this brewer and likely the best made in the area.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle shared by StFun...thanks Josh! - Pours deep and dark with a nice tan head. Smell is lots of smooth molasses and brown sugar, light bourbon. Not over the top...smooth. Taste is sweet and roasty, with nice brown sugar mingling with the bourbon. Really sweet taste, but not cloying. Definitely a sipper--couldn’t drink a bunch of this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (907) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 18, 2010
bottle #251/384 enjoyed to my head, courtesy of davehs, thanks a ton! nice pour, 1 finger thick brown headon a nearly opaque black body. the aroma is very nice and scotchy, some smoke, but a bit brighter note that the woodford barrels seem to impart to other beers like black ops as well. in that and the taste, i would say its an very nice barrel profile. strong, but not too much so for my personal taste. damn nice beer, nice and well rounded, complex, tasty, easy drinker. This one is worth a try if you can find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1352) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Bottle. Courtesy of mothman. Bottle # 231/384. Pours a very dark brown/black color with minimal head that only slightly collars around the glass. Giving the glass a swirl generates a brown sugar colored coastered head. Dark fruits, molasses, bourbon, and caramel. Slight tinge of leather. Slight lace on the glass after being swirled. Medium mouthfeel. The taste starts off with an almost sweet start that then transitions to a leathery bitter roast flavor followed by the warmth of the bourbon notes. Also get some dark chocolate residual flavors. The bourbon is nice but a little hot and you feel the warmth all the way down. Not bad but I’d like to see a little heavier mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtclockwork (8571) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 Bottle 124 of 384 thanks to the Bald Wizard. Epic stout. Black with tan head. Nose of chocolate, walnut, raisin, bourbon and vanilla coffee. Taste of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, coffee, white chocolate, prune, raisin and caramel malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9942) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, carmel, brown sugar and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, carmel, light oak and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering fruity bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4046) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Thanks Custy.Pours an inky black with one finger of dark tan head. Nose shows barrel and oak, sweet vanilla and chocolate with a nice caramelly bourbon character. Flavor is rich and bourbony, oak and vanilla with notes of chocolate and some caramel, viscous and warming palate. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Thanks to BMan1113VR

Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a dense sudsy head. Leaves a nice coating on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet vanilla, graham cracker, chewy caramel squares.

Taste: Vanilla, bourbon, dark roast and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Thick, sticky. Mild carbonation.

Overall: Pretty amazing. Super decadent. One of the better BA Impy’s I’ve had in a while.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle via a trade with goryshkewych. Pours with a big, black body with some dark brown bubbles. Completely glass coating. Aroma is heavenly. Bourbon, woody, brown sugar, boozy, cocoa, maple, flint, nutty and fusel alcohols. Taste is mocha, milk chocolate, bitter/tannic wood notes, bready, chocolate, and bourbon. Creamy mouthfeel, huge body, mouthcoating. Truly and excellent beer! I could use a LOT more of this!

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