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RATINGS: 155   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (2752) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2009
GABF Taster X4 pours out black topped with a brown head. Aroma was rich malts, dark roast, chocolate, molasses, oak, and some vanilla. Taste wow every thing your nose told you and more. Thick mouth full of sweetness and a good balance of hops to hold it all together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9730) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2009
GABF 2009. Pours black with an average, frothy dark brown head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, burnt grain, coffee, chocolate), average hop (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of prune, wood, brown sugar, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2177) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Believe the hype. This is a very real beer. And one I went back repeatedly to at te gabf. One of the best beers served there easily. Very dark. Dark roasted chocolate. Light vanilla. Fudgey texture. Subtle wood flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Growler courtesy of markwise, thanks! It pours deep darkness with wafer thin off white head. The aroma is oak, vanilla, some chocolate brownie and a touch of roasty to burnt malts. The taste is thick tasty chocolate fudge like brownie to go along with vanilla, a modest level of oak and bourbon. It ends toward more vanilla along with lingering bourbon and chocolate. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2009
big thanks to Kan for sharing this growler that didn’t last long. it poured black with a small tan head. a pleasant aroma of smoke, coffee and raisins. the flavor was smokey, chocolate, raisins, and oak. the bourbon really came off scotchy for me which was very interesting and not overdone at all. a nice rich and smooth brew. awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Growler kindly shared by Jason. The beer pours to a deep brown/black body with a tan head. The aroma is sweet milk chocolate, marshmallows, vanilla, and molasses. The flavor is charred malt and dark chocolate with some molasses and light bourbon wood. The palate is sweet but not sticky. Medium-full body. Quite a nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Growler from goryshkewych, huge thanks George. Rating #19. Super dark with a red tint on top, had a nice chocolaty brown head. Aroma is amazing, bourbon, chocolate, a little woody as well with a slight roastiness to it. Much more roast in the flavor, a hint of the barrel as well, very rich and very sticky with a little alcohol burn in the back of the throat in the finish, outstanding. 񡹯)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7147) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Many thanks to Dan for sending a growler my way! Poured very deep brown with a thick, easily-resuscitated cap of tan head.. redder highlights. I got a huge dose of baker’s and sweeter chocolates on the first impression, with the barrel coming not far afterward.. toasty hazelnuts and coffee played well against charred oak, sweet bourbon, and vanilla.. deep and malty overall with just the right amount of barrel. The flavor opened with tangy oak and mighty tasty bourbon, with rich, cake-like malts trailing (similar chocolates, coffee, and nutty notes as the nose, along with a hit of tar).. vanilla, bourbon, and earthy hoppage around.. finished warm and, paraphrasing Eric, like someone spiked a tasty pie. Heavily-bodied with light, tight carbonation on the palate.. the barrel was near-perfectly integrated.. lengthy finish carried tangy bourbon and the warm malts. Most excellent stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Growler courtesy of markwise. Pours a dark chocolate brown to blackk with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of bourbon, chocolate, light roast, toffee, caramel, ripe dark fruit. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel. Medium to full body with a pleasing boozy malt finish. Nice ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4482) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Thanks to goryshkewych for the share. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, roast, heat, and love. Flavor is very deep: bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, heat, and power. This is a medium-bodied lovable beer, and definitely love erupting from the growler. Outstanding!

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