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RATINGS: 181   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4596) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2011
This poured a very dark brown color with a lighter tan head. Aroma was of vanilla, bourbon/oak, and nice deep dark roasted malts. Flavor was a bit sweeter than expected from the aroma, lots of sweeter roasted malts, light chocolate, the bourbon is definately there and adds to the experience with out being dominating. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle and served in Expedition snifter: Pours jet black with a fading frothy beige head and spotty lace, a bit oily. The aroma has notes of bourbon, ashy oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, plum, prune, booze, hint of peaty and leathery earth yeast and a slight disconcerting lacto sourness. Luckily that sourness does not appear on the palate but there is plenty of bourbon yummieness along with rich imperial stout malt tones. Roasty, charred, chocolate covered coffee beans, and some dark fruit undertones are found. Brash alcohol cleanse the palate of sticky and oily malt character, some bitterness is found well back on the palate along with a dash of salty and mineral note. Very warming, a sipper for sure with a sticky and lush feel. Not washed out like some barrel aged stout can get. Mikey Likey! Much thanks John (fiver29) for the brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6131) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2011
1/15/11. Bottle thanks to SoLan at the Sea Bass tasting! Definite BA with vanilla and oak with a sweet malty presence flavor loaded with chocolate that ends with big vanilla and coconut. Quite good!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HonusWagner (1531) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
I retract anything negative I have ever uttered about Jackie O’s. Holy moly. Thanks to whoever shared this at Sea Bass. This is a beer that really benefits from the barrels. Nose is slightly oaky, coconut/vanilla, soft whiskey sweetness, cocoa, coffee beans. Taste follows closely, bits of warming bourbon in the front blending nicely with rich sweetness, but avoids being syrupy and has great flavorful balance. Not a very hoppy stout, and not much fruitiness, but an extremely good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
’09 BA DA 4-5 oz sample. A- Body is a very dark brown, nearly black hue. Served with virtually no head-but with a think off-white collar that remains thin but lingers on for awhile. Hints of vibrant red can be seen when this brew is held up to the light. S- Nose is classic BA RIS- Notes of anise, plum, chocolate, mochoa, bourbon, and just a hint of oak barrel. A mild fruity sourness also is in the background of the nose. T- There is a good amount of bourbon initially in the flavor-with light notes of plum, anise, coacoa, and oak. The finish offers a lot of bourbon with its assicoated heat-and a balance of the intitial flavors. The bourbon heat is moderate (not overpowering) and lingers on for quite awhile. M- VERY well done. Thick, viscous, and very smooth. Low to medium carbonation. D- This is a very good BA stout overall. The bourbon characteristics are certainly noticable and add a component of alcohol heat but provide a compliment to and do not overpower the other components. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 12-05-2010 22:31:21

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Whiskey, vanilla, caramel, wood and dark malt aromas. Straight up black in color. Sweet with the same whiskey, vanilla, caramel, wood and dark maltly flavors. Notes: GABF ’09

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle at Hamilton Creek. Bottle was in the 200’s. Thank’s for sharing Tim. Pours a dark viscous black with a dissipating brown head. Thick oily mouthfeel. Aroma of bourbon and dark plummy fruits. Initial flavor of dark rich chocolate, cherry, and vanilla, and transitions to more tannic notes on the sides of the tongue (sort of distracting). Spicy and warming alcohol on the finish. Overall, very nice and has me anxious to try more of these barrel aged beers.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 29, 2010
22oz. bomber, with a big thanks to alexsdad06. Pours dark brown with a moderate dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate, espresso, ripe dark fruits, some toasty oak, and a hint of vanilla and bourbon, but very much in the background. Flavor follows nicely with more chocolate, rich ripe fruits, some espresso, and hints of bourbon, toasted oak and vanilla. The barrel is very nice on this one, and both the barrel aging and higher ABV are barely noticeable and in a complimentary role. Wow, this one did not disappoint, thanks a ton Brad!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10971) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2013 Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel and bourbon alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bittersweet dark chocolate malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small bourbon alcohol bite finish of long duration. This is another standout beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Sample from a growler. Big notes of bourbon, wood, vanilla, roasted malts and molasses. Black with an average tan head. Very sweet with some bitterness. Palate is very full bodied and oily. Good. Better than I expected.


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