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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1254) - Linkping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2015
(2015 375ml bottle from Mikkeller Webshop) Pours pitch black with the barest few tiny bubbles ringing the glass. Aroma has loads of dark chocolate bar, Caramilk candy, bourbon, vanilla bean, marzipan, oak, a tiny bit of a spiced/herbal cola note in the background. Bit of alcohol. Flavour has a sweet core of milk chocolate and brown sugar with lots of bourbon and vanilla immediately apparent. A little cola, with soft dried dark fruit and nut notes. Oak quite clear from the middle on. Some toast in the finish but not heavily roasted. Moderately high alcohol heat. A bit thin for style with very low carbonation. A nice bourbon BA imp stout, balanced but maybe lacking some weight and punch to take it into the top echelon, especially in the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25453) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2015
Draught@CBC2015 (blue session). Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, toffee, some alcohol, wood and mild coffee to it. Flavour is alcohol, wood, some floral notes as well as liquorice, vanilla, some mild roasted malts as well as chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (4228) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2015
30-OCT-2015, bottle @Ulklbben meeting, @Sonni. Black with low lasting tan head. Bourbon aroma! Taste is Bourbon too but also some coffee. Not burnt at all, a Little roasted, not hoppy. Sweet and big Bourbon niceness:-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2015
A depth of flavors going on here - moleasses, chocolate, bourbon, oak, booze, coffee. So malty, so complex, so strong. Dig it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2015
2012 bottle - infected. Sweet liquorice nose, dark forest fruits. Medium, oily body, sourness immediately noticeable, taste is pure varnish. Disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokestereo (307) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2015
Pours pitch black with a very thin line of tanned head. Aroma; bourbon, vanilla, and a little smokey and coffee notes with a touch of persimon. Flavours; vanilla, well balamced bourbon flavour, some oak,, liqourice and coffee..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
linusb (899) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2015
A: Pitch black with a small fast disappering head. N: Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, toffee T: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, hint of coffee, cinnamon(?) O: Low carbonated with a very smooth mouthfeel! The bourbon gets through with a lovely balance! Wow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borup (11996) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2015
From tap at CBC 2015. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, chocolate and oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
furthur (920) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Bottle, opaque, oily black beer, bubbly almond colored head dissapeared immediately. Aroma is molasses, bourbon, hugely vanilla, rootbeer, broiled dark fruit, sweet chocolate. Taste is vanilla, molasses, coffee, oak, figs, pecans, bourbon, toasted barley. This is so much better than I thought it would be. Not nearly as sweet, fairly roasty, and big flavors! Palate is rich and thick, carbonation subdued. Its a little hot. Another year or two might really make this shine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
simont1 (575) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2015
Aroma of cola, wood, bourbon, tosca, burned caramel, light brown sugar. Lots of flavors, and very different from other bourbon barrel aged stouts. Solid vanilla taste with a licorice backbone, a bit nutty with spicy bourbon carrying it through. A bit thin.

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