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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Deep black-brown body. Moderate head, spotty lacing. Nose is a rich bourbon-vanilla, oak, booze- and a pleasant roast and chocolate. Not overly assertive, but nice. Flavor carries this balanced approach. Bourbon, chocolate, roast, a little coffee. Full bodied, silky feel across the tongue, nice lingering roasty finish. Light alcohol presence. No burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2806) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! Bottle 188 / 384 The beer appears a deep, dark shade of brown, bordering on blackness. The beige head is nearly a finger thick and leaves some good lacing on the glass. The aroma is bourbon and roast, with additional notes of oak, chocolate, and vanilla - very nice. Delicious tasting beer, with bold flavors of chocolate and vanilla. Bourbon is quite present as well, but the beer doesn’t come across as overly boozy. Terrifically balanced, this is an excellent barrel aged stout. The feel is rich, buttery, and creamy. Alcohol content is there to a certain degree, but the beer never comes off as hot. I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the beer. Overall, extremely well done. I’d really like to have this one again. Highly recommended. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-24-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7185) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2012
22 oz. bottle via trade. 2011 release, bottle 137/336. Pours a deep cocoa brown with a small, lasting tan ring for a head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and dark fruits. Flavor follows the same pattern, and is smooth and subtle. Really no burn to the bourbon here; the sweet notes emerge more. They take over the roastiness a little but not in an overwhelming way. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Solid bourbon barrel stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Bottle 145/336. Cortesy of StFun. Thanks! This pours black with just a few bubbles surfacing on top. No head. The aroma is quite nice; lots of bourbon, with woody barrel notes, plums, vanilla, cherry, and licorice. The alcohol tickles the senses. The flavor isn’t as impressive but still quite good. Picking up raisins, bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and as it warms, a healthy dose of chocolate comes out. Low carbonation. Nice BA Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Aroma is big on the char vanilla oak with a back of coffee, the good bitter kind of roast. Appearance pours like ink with almost no head and no lacing. black. Taste is a bit more bitter than the nose but still crazy smooth, can’t taste the burn at all. Palate is thick and chewy. Overall a really nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14336) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle. Nr. # 85/336. Thanks to Hallinghansen for sharing. Pours black with some beige bubbles on top. Nose is heavy bourbon. Lots of vanilla, wood & liquorice. Flavor is roast, wood, vanilla. salty liquorice and dark fruit. Smooth and medium bodied. Alcohol warmth. It’s tasty but not overly complex. Quite nice however! Thanks Jacob!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2219) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown almost black, with a small light brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, light tobacco, raisins. Flavor is bourbon, burnt caramel, coffee, vanilla, tobacco, oak. A little to boozy. The booze thickles in the mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Pours pitch black with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Sweet bourbon aroma with a decent barrel presence.  Some toasted oak, vanilla, sweeet bourbon, coconut, chocolate, caramel malt, toffee and coffee bean.  Bourbon barrel nicely integrated. On the lighter end of medium bodied with a boozy bourbon barrel presence that lingers over the sweeter malt notes into slightly dry finish.  Boozy but not too hot with lots of bourbon flavor. Some dry oak and vanilla but mostly boozy bourbon overpowering things.  Underneath there is some roasted malt complimenting the dry oak.  Hints of toast, dark chocolate, coffee bean and oatmeal.  Sweet and boozy with a very strong bourbon flavor that overpowers everything else.  That being said it never gets too hot but it’s still thin, watery and one dimensional.  

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3302) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Out of a clever little jug-growler at DLD. Not 100% sure on the vintage but maybe 2009 was written on the growler tag. Somehow I’ve tried various versions of this but never the base beer. This is a great beer all by itself without any special treatments.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1600) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
pour is dark brown with deep tan head. The nose is light, lots of caramel, sugary booze and a touch burnt wood. The taste is bigger and rather sweet. The bourbon is laced in well but it falls off a touch mid palate. As it warms some vanilla comes through, notes of milk chocolate, with a fair bit of roasted malt. There is some coffee bitterness in back. the body holds up better than the rum barrel aged version.

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