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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GothGargoyle (2318) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2016
On tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016. Black with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, treacle, dark fruits. Full bodied, velvety mouthfeel, rich and creamy on the palate with a hint of roast and warmth on the finish. Taste is vanilla, coffee, chocolate, Bourbon, treacle.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mariuspoenari (1378) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2016
On tap at CBC 2016. Black with a tan head. Bourbon, coffee, vanilla, licorice. Great mouthfeel and balance between flavours.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
olsvammel (5805) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2016
Sample at CBC 2016. Roasted smell with dark malts. Also boozy. Similar taste. Rough and very boozy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (2692) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2016
Tap @CBC16. Very dark brown, small offwhite head. Brown sugar and vanilla aroma. Flavour has vanilla, sweet malt and bourbon. Good and easily drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
borre_m (1284) - NORWAY - MAY 16, 2016
Pours black, no head. Aroma is sweet, bourbon.Taste is balanced, roasted, smooth, bourbon. Nice Balance.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4751) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2016
(Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 11.5% Totally black colour on the body, small but thick dark brown head sitting on top, with good retention. Aroma of soy sauce, alcohol, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste has plenty of bourbon, still soy sauce but much lighter now, on the other hand much more chocolate and a milky on, roasted malts, light alcohol. As it warms up the soy sauce nuances fade away and it tastes more like a chocolate dessert. Medium body with good carbonation. Sticky on the palate. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (6597) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2016
Bottle from former Molen beershop @ Benzai, medium sample. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma of some roast, dark chocolate, vanilla, bit coconut, slight oak wood, touch of coffee, biscuit, cookie. Roasty bitterness, some vanilla and coconut sweetness. Bit more dry in taste than I expected, could use some more body. Love the aroma, absolutely awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (13591) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2016
2014 bottle @ home shared by Caesar. Opaque pitch black color, small brown head. Aroma is malts, bourbon, a slight hint of cocos. Taste malts, bourbon, slightly sweet, almonds, some bitter. Medium body, suitable soft carbonation. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (3627) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Thanks Joel aka Boatsandhoes on talkbeer. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a dark brown color with a quickly dissipating slim fingered head that didn’t leave any lacing. The smell started off a major sweet bourbon boozy dry woody aroma over top of sweet brown sugar and a light vanilla. The flavor copies the aroma nicely, taking on the dryness to come across in the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation sits fairly low key. Still, the dryness hits at the mouthfeel. Overall, I liked the other Dark Apparition with the vanilla and coffee way more. This was good, but there’s almost that cloyingly sweetness trying to make a slight presence in the feel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (3082) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2016
Refrigerated 12.7 oz. brown bottle from JStax poured into a snifter. Coal black with small beige head. Aroma is nice light bourbon and chocolate, medium/thick body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, molasses, some oak, some heat, hints of booze, and balancing hops. This is the best Jackie O’s beer I have had, thanks JStax.


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