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RATINGS: 210   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3217) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, from Philippe Boutin, savoured on December 2 2011; eye: black, opaque, no head, no lacing; nose: bourbon, alcohol, woody, vanilla, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light acidulous; mouth: bourbon, alcohol, woody, vanilla, roasted malt, slight chocolate, molasses, finale in bourbon with presence of malt, medium body, not much carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly oily texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, de Philippe Boutin, savourée le 2 décembre 2011; œil : noire, opaque, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : bourbon, alcool, boisé, vanille, malt torréfié, chocolat noir, léger acidulé; bouche : bourbon, alcool, boisé, vanille, malt torréfié, très léger chocolat, mélasse, finale en bourbon avec présence de malt, corps moyen, peu carbonatée, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement huileuse; en résumé : bien bon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5037) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with light retention. Aroma of corn and light vanilla with some light black chocolate and alcohol fusel is good. Taste is a complex mix of corn and vanilla with some bourbon which rounds the edge of this beer. Body is full with low carbonation and some fusel alcohol is perceptible. Not bad though I prefered the brandy barrel version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4550) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 3, 2011
22 ounce thanks to McGrupp612. Pours total black. Oily. No carbonation. Taste is big roast and bourbon. Nice, with big bold flavors, but I’d dig some carbonation to accent the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle #64/384. Shared with some friends. Dark pour with a light brown head. Nice aroma of bourbon and chocolate. Flavor has hints of caramel, fudge and bourbon wood chips. Nice balance of flavors and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2011
(Bottle) Pours near black with small brown head. The aroma holds wooden, light buttery, alcohol-driven, light vanilla-ish and glue-like bourbon with a medium to heavily coffee roasted background. Undertones of dark chocolate, anise, brown sugar, hops, black currant and asphalt. The flavour is light to medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Bourbon up front in the flavour as well with undertones of roast and resinous hops. The mouthfeel is round and bit firey with light carbonation. Bitter hops and almost tar-like roast in the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle shipped from Stateside and shared with friends. Bottle nr 322/384. The pour is medium thick blacky like a fine soy sauce. The dark brown head disappears quickly and sadly. The aroma is not that heavy and I get a christmas impression. There is plenty of chocolate, candid sugar, some metal and cinnamon. On top of that there is a mild salty touch that makes me think of soy again. Most of all the aroma is dominated of alcohol. The taste is too influated of the bourbon aging, and the sweet sweet bourbon vanilla is dominating too much. On top of the sweetness there is a harch wooden note, some coffee, chocolate and candid sugar. The mouthfeel is medium with a roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2502) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Tasted in August 2011 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle shared by a generous gentleman. Pours a very thick and viscous opaque dark brown with a very thin tan head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is very sweet with vanilla, caramel, bourbon, brown sugar, maple, coffee, chocolate, a hint of earthiness, and some alcoholic heat. The flavor is the same; very sweet up front with caramel, maple, vanilla, and brown sugar, with a lightly acidic note, and some nice coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. The body is nearly full and oily with light carbonation and a long oaky bourbon and vanilla finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Phone rate. 22oz 153/384, thank you Max. Black with small oily tan head, down to a thick ring. Bourbon and coffee chocolate notes, mod spicy boozy heat, dry roasty finish, bitterness 3. Aroma follows, no surprises. Full body, light prickly carbonation. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2790) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2011
There is the aroma of sweet vanilla, roasted malts, and soft chocolate. It pours dark thick coffee in color with a decent caramel head. Flavors are so smooth for the abv with notes of the barrel at first that blend well with vanilla and caramel notes. Love the body from the barrelc not too bubbly or thick - balance!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (12367) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
A: The beer pours a black color and looks almost flat, in fact, it is. No head to be found, either. S: Jesus is this boozy. Tons of bourbon, booze, and ethanol type aromas on this one. Lots of oak with a bit of vanilla as well as some chocolate and roasted malt notes, just a hint of coffee, as well. T: Tastes a bit better, but still a touch harsh. Lots of booze/ethanol as well as a bit of actual bourbon flavor. Some wood and vanilla are there as well as roast, chocolate, and a touch of coffee. M: Medium bodied with essentially no carbonation. O: Way too harsh, way too much booze, and no carbonation? Not a winning combination.

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