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RATINGS: 131   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, cocoa, smoke, wood, nuts, and alcohol. Taste of dark chocolate, burnt wood, smoke, bourbon, vanilla, roast, and light alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this hand bottle he filled from a growler. Rating #3,000! Pours a deep black with a medium creamy deep tan head that laced. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, oak, smoke, chocolate, roasted malt and caramel. Flavor is a excellent mix of light bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, light smoke, nuts and caramel. Bourbon done the right way!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Growler shared by JW77. This is my kind of beer!! Almost a black pour. Small tan head. Sweet bourbon and chocolate heaven erupt from the glass. Some light roast notes as well. Flavor is just full and rich...tons of bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel and some fruity notes. Damn this is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2009 Growler from sliffy... Close to black pour with darker brown edges. Quickly dissipating light brown head... Chocolatey smoke with a dark roast aroma. Lots of bourbon and heat coming through as well.... Flavors are hugely barrel forward with more of a smoky scotch quality to it. Medium bodied with some heat on the backend. fantastic sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2009
From a growler provided by sliffy! Pours black with a quickly dissapating brown head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Flavor is bourbon blast, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, coconut, caramel. Palate is silky smooth with a full body, mild carbonation, and boozy finish. Definitely bourbon forward, but not over the top. Very well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2009
On draught at the brewpub, served in a snifter. The beer pours black with a medium thick brown head that diminishes to an outer ring eventually. Thick rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Rich body with flavors of chocolate, bourbon-soaked wood, dark fruit and a bit of coffee. The finish is roasty with a bittersweet chocolate and booze finish. Very enjoyable overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 Courtesy of northernbrews

Hand Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and a hint of maple syrup. There’s some light heat to the aroma. It pours a dark brown, with no transparency, and virtually no head. There are a few bubbles during the pour, but they disappear instantly. The flavor starts with a hint of dark chocolate. The finish has a fruity tanginess, along with moderate bourbon and alcohol. It has a maple syrup and faint woody aftertaste. Medium-full bodies with minimal carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Growler acquired in trade. Poured a dark black color with a medium sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, woodiness, and roast. Tastes of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, wood, roast, and some dark fruits. The bourbon was definitely there, but for me, not overpowering (I am a sucker for bourbon though). Medium alcohol burn in the finish. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (4528) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Snifter on release day. Picture perfect black pour with a medium tan head. Bourbon and vanilla aroma with a hint of dark fruit and plenty of roasted malt. Boozy flavor up front with some oaky vanilla, chocolate and a bit of dark fruit before a slightly bitter coffee finish. Tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
goryshkewych (11) - broadview heights, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Looks beautiful. Almost opaque with chocolate head. Gorgeous nose of coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Bourbon certainly there but not overwhelming. Palate follows the nose: coffee and chocolate with bourbon as a supporting element. Very restrained use of bourbon barrel which highlights rather than dominates the underlying imperial stout (which is great even w/o BB).

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