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RATINGS: 145   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 ’cause this ghost is a creeper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9052) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Growler… This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, well-tanned head. The aroma is an arrogant swirl of chocolate, bourbon, wood, leather and vanilla with a hefty blast of ethanol. Full-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. The flavor is all about sweet dark-chocolate, tangy bourbon and vanilla with ethanol and carbon bitterness. Finishes like Chocolate Silk Pie with boozy warmth carrying up the rear. Thanks to darkguardian for sharing this world class brew with the folks down at Coffee District in Delray Beach!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2010 Growler sent my way from goryshkewych. Pours deep black with a big tan head. Nose is huge wood, deep dark chocolate and massive bourbon. Flavor is intensely roasty with big massive chocolate and molasses notes. A little brown sugar, super smooth from the barrel and really assertive (perhaps a little to much so) bourbon. This is amazingly done but this would be a top ten beer if the bourbon was a tad less in your face. Amazing nonetheless though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1720) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Re-Rate: Bottle #224 (2010). Shared at the Nashville Beer Summit. Sweet Bourbon aroma, flavor is light, but definite alcohol burn, albeit still syrupy/malty sweet. really dark head, thick and syrupy, with not much flavor. What is there is smooth, tho. Bottle from a tasting at the house of chris Montelius

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Courtesy of hopdog. Pours a dark brown with a thin but persistent lighter brown head. Smells of vanilla, some smoke, sweet malt, boozy. Tastes smoky and roasty with layered chocolate, some oaky hints, and a dry boozy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5299) - 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 (4470) - Milton, Delaware, 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 (9043) - 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 (3351) - 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 (7863) - 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.

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