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RATINGS: 170   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2265) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Black colored pour. Small ring of tan bubbles. Not much lacing. Sour aroma of spoiled vegetables and a slight chocolate. Taste is chalky chocolate and the faintest hint of bourbon. Finishes good despite the aforementioned problems.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3913) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Soil and manure aroma, very earthy. Mahogany, thin tan head. Tobacco and prune flavor. Unique, but not really something I enjoy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (4748) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
12oz bottle thanka to Donnie. Poured a pitch back color with a wispy tan head. Aroma was roasted chocolate, some vanilla, bourbon.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1651) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2014 Bottle. Black with a medium sized diminishing light brown head. Lots of bourbon vanilla/coconut, cocoa, wet wood, brown sugar, light herbal/green hops. Full body, oily/sticky texture, soft carbonation, medium/heavy sweet and bitter. Good, but the tannins from the barrel makes it a bit rough compared to the original.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4671) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Drake. Deep brown with a tight tan head. Prune and banana, huge bourbon, plenty of wood. Taste is quite hot. Huge bourbon, brownies, cocoa and red grapes. Big, fat body. Oily. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sfontain (811) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2014
12 oz bottle. Thanks, Ryan and Julie. Full-on dark black; not a huge head, which dissipates into nothing and can’t be revived with swirling. Aroma is big, full, dark, malt, caramel, alcohol, booze, chocolate, toffee, wow. Flavor is amazing... Huge, boozy, sweet, malty, wood, oak, more booze, tobacco, deep cherry, WOW. Full body, sticky, low in carbonation. Approaches the craziness of Dark Lord but doesn’t require 5 years of aging to drink. Really super good. Contender for the best I’ve ever had.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6111) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Small bottle. Pours a pure black color with almost no head, some brown light bubbles. A big woody, sour mash bourbon nose. Dark fruit, leather, smoke, caramel, toffee, sourness, heat, a bit of earthy dry books. Very low carb, Quite tasty, Light burnt coffee. Good. Mellow sipper.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (1434) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2014
12 oz draft pour at the brewery. Black with half a finger of tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, bourbon, coconut, roast. Tastes of dark fruit, bourbon, coconut, roast, oak, dark chocolate. Full body with a dry and warm finish. Low carbonation, thick oily mouthfeel. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Pre-DLD bottle share at Hampton Inn. Pour is black with small tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is of pure coffee and booze, not much else. Flavor is roasted coffee, bourbon, roasted marshmallow, and chocolate chips. Finish is dried fruit and warming alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2014
Draft at hunahpu day. Pours a rich deep black. Taste is a well balanced blend of bourbon booze and base stout. Some chocolate and roast. Backlog notes kinda suck on this one.


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