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RATINGS: 196   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (5944) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle shared at Another Tasting thanks to Denk. Pours near black with a tiny ring tan head. Aroma is strong bourbon barrel up front, big vanilla, wood, booze with the base beer complexities completely overwhelmed. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet. Medium to bodied with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3617) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle at Another Tasting, hosted by MrHangover. Black pour, tan head. Aroma is almost too full of vanilla, oak, cream, leather, licorice, chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is creamy vanilla, chocolate and custard. Dubbelvla.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2992) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2014
375 ml bottle into snifter; Summer 2014 release, 11.5%. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense brown head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, brown sugar, leather, light char/smoke, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, brown sugar, leather, light char/smoke, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light char/smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of rich dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible barrel aged imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity and balance of rich dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An incredibly delicious offering.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1262) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle, thanks to jtclockwork. Halloween beer #2. Watching the Nightmare Before Chrismas with my kid for the first time. Anyway, the beer. Bottle leaked a bit in transit, leaving a sticky residue on the outside and a missing ounce or two. But, it still opens with a bit of a "pfft," which is nice to hear. Pours much like Dark Apparition (DA), but with head that dissipates immediately to a small ring of fine bubbles. Aroma: DA + vanilla, oak, and cardboard. Taste: DA + toasted coconut + vanilla + cardboard. Less sweetness, less roasty. Palate: slick oily texture, full body, soft carbonation. Less smooth/drinkable than the base. Overall: Not sure how much the leaking affected this, but I surprisingly preferred the base. If I ever get a chance to try this again, though, I’ll reevaluate.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (21944) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle at home. Pitch black colored with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted flavor of caramel and dried fruits with notes of bourbon and chocolate. Sweet and roasted flavor of caramel and dried fruits with notes of bourbon and alcohol. Roasted and warning alcoholic finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1882) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2014
September 14, 2014. Bottle, Pours dark brown, almost black with a small quickly dissipating brown head. Aroma is bourbon, caramel, woody, green and roasted coffee, grass. Taste is medium sweet chocolate, caramel, bourbon, finish is light bitter roasted wet wood, bourbon, vanilla and light alcohol notes. Smooth medium bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (8035) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
Bottled 375 ml, at rlgk + Aniela tasting, USA comes to Göteborg 2014, on October 18, 2014.
Thanks to rlgk + Aniela!
Marked 11.5% ABV.
Clear dark reddish brown to black color, small teal head. Alcohol, solvents, green bell peppers scent. Alcohol, nutty, roasted, vanilla taste. Bourbon aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Cocoa and dark chocolate comes comes through as well.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (210) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Smells heavy bourbon and chocolate. Taste is notably of bourbon and fruits; christmas desert. Taste of Brazil nuts in the background. Thick mouthfeel; consistency of a milkshake.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yoachim (46) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Flaska på provningen USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Luktar lakrits, surt, sött, choklad, peppar, frukt. Fin svart färg. Smakar surt, frukt, alkohol, torrt, choklad, beskt, sött. Bra fyllighet

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4128) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle at rlgk. Aroma is malty sweet a bit chemical. Flavor is acidy bitter a bit astringent dry some fruits.


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