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RATINGS: 134   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (861) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JUN 17, 2011
On draft @ the brewpub. Aroma is burnt malts, bourbon, and coffee. Notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and dark chocolate stand out. Palate is where it should be, low carbonation, surprisingly smooth. Flavor brings out the brown sugar. Very impressive.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2011
22oz bottle, #101/384, courtesy of pantanap. thanks, kan! pours a silky, jet black with a short but smooth dark khaki head that leaves rich, oily legs and shreds of lace. aroma is fantastic with big notes of toasted oak, walnuts, chocolate brownie crusts, and brown sugar backed by sutle notes of spicy bourbon, vanilla, black coffee, and sawdust with the faintest hints of maple syrup and smoked wood. flavor is simply wonderful as well with a remarkable balance of rich, woody bourbon, with that distinct woodford reserve smoothness and subtle notes of spice, with dark chocolate, espresso, toffee, and wet earth backed by toasted malts, vanilla, and graham crackers and a touch of smoke and ripe, dark fruits. palate is rich and full bodied with smooth carbonation and a long, dry, roasted finish with a subtle, warming bourbon influence. overall, an outstanding barrel aged imperial stout that earns a bonus 0.1 for those decadent woodford barrels.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a few residual spots of foam. Nose is bittersweet chocolate, oak, bourbon, caramel and alcohol. Medium to full body, a bit chalky with a soft buzz. Taste is dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, bourbon and lots of wood to finish. Good brew but a little rough.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Sweet boozy bourbon body with malty sweetness with a malt and woody tone. Light oats, chocolate malt toned sweetness, molasses. Light ash and wood tones. A big boozy warming body with a strong finish. Nice offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5556) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. The beer looks exactly like an imperial stout should, completely black with a dark tan head. The aroma is wonderful. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as a lot of notes from the barrel aging: bourbon, maple and vanilla. The flavor is more of the same. You can tell the base beer is excellent and the chocolate and coffee notes come through nicely. I also get the same barrel aging notes as in the aroma: whiskey, maple and vanilla. The bourbon is present but is not overpowering. All of the flavors work very well together and make this an outstanding beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Huge thanks to Eric for this beer. Served in a Bruery tulip. Pours a color that is nearly black and has a pretty good light mocha head that sticks around for a bit before falling to a thin collar. The nose brings some really nice bourbon along with oak and a fairly-strong vanilla presence. Light chocolate lingers in the background along with some hints of roast. In the end, however, this is all about the bourbon. The flavor is quite nice. The bourbon permeates everything and is incredibly smooth. I really like what this has done to the base beer. Good, thick body that is supremely smooth without any hint of the 10.5 ABV. Overall, a great beer that really has me looking forward to the next Jackie Os stout release. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-21-2011

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle someone brought to Clusterfork #3 today. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet smoky, Taste is all in all pretty nice with a great bourbon finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5336) - Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2011
Draft @ Jackie Os (many samples from bottle since). Pours black with a small lasting beige head. The aroma has all the parts a big stout should have: roasted malt,some smoke, dark chocolate with the bourbon integrating nicely. Touches of vanilla. The flavor is also not dominated by the bourbon. Dark chocolate, roast, some smoke, hints of coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Medium plus bodied and a real treat to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
bottle, thanks to exiled, blakc pour with thin tan foam , aromas of roasty sweet chocolates, oaky vanilla notes, flavor is very nice mix of coffee, chocolate, whiskey oak, a little on the hot side

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Sampled at Nashville Beer Summit 1.22.11 - Yet another very dark pour of a Jackie-Os beer. Looks tasty. Vanilla, booze, hazelnut, oak, and plenty of woodiness. Amazing again. Holy crap. These guys are so good. Great creamy mouth feel. A wish I could keep drinking these.


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