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RATINGS: 149   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 ícause this ghost is a creeper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Sample at Jackie Oís Barrel Aged Beer Fest 2010. Pours black with thin to medium brown head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and toasted malts. Flavor is much the same as the aroma, with some alcohol warmth. Canít wait to try the bottles I have once they have some age on them!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6608) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle shared by Brad and Art, thanks! Poured black with a brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a strong sweet bourbon note with dark grains, chocolate and a hint of licorice. Flavor began with sweet grains and dark chocolate. The bourbon balanced nicely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2010
On tap at Jackie Oís. Pours pitch black with thin tan head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark roast, coffee, and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose and is very well balanced. Iím a barrel aged beer lover and this is a real treat. Perfect balance. Has a slight touch of heat to it. But very slight. Just a great brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 On tap at Jackie Oís. Viscous black pour with a whispy tan head. Aroma is chalked full of vanilla, bourbon, and roasted malts. Flavor follows suite. This is an excellent example of what a barrel aged beer should be

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2010
Good stuff. Black body gives rise to a nicely roasted aroma. Big raison, licorice and huge bourbon. Flavor of massive bourbon, chocolate, espresso and vanilla. Thin body. Very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3248) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 1, 2010
Old growler shared by kan, so probably not the best rating situation, so take this with a grain of salt. Pours a black with tiny tan bubbles that are gasping for life. Aroma is super nice. Bourbon, coffee, cocoa, smokey tobacco. super smooth. The fact that this is 12% abv is straight up unbelievable. I could have drank this all day. Kan says this was better with more life in it, and I can definitely see that potential, but itís pretty damn good right now. Would like to try this again. Thanks Kan!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2010
(Draught) Pours a black body with a moderate creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted grains, chocolate, anise, vanilla, raisins, and coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (5800) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Dark brown color/ no head. Big whiskey vanilla aroma with black malt, pit fruits. Medium body. Over the top boozy bourbon vanilla flavor with chocolate, mild sour wood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Had on tap at Jackie Oís Anniversary Party. Side by side tasting with the regular version. Why ruin a good thing? Loved the standard version. This one was a bit too "Boozy" for me and kind of masked all that was god with the regular version. A bit more wood on the flavor and a ton of hotness. Eh, I will just take the old standard.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
milliken586 (6) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2009 does not count
Perfect example of a big bourbon barrel stout. Pours pitch black. Lots of bourbon on the nose with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Taste is lots of bouron with some chocolate and coffee and caramel. Great bb aged stout.

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