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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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 ícause this ghost is a creeper.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Sweet boozy bourbon body with malty sweetness with a malt and woody tone. Light oats, chocolate malt toned sweetness, molasses. Light ash and wood tones. A big boozy warming body with a strong finish. Nice offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. The beer looks exactly like an imperial stout should, completely black with a dark tan head. The aroma is wonderful. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as a lot of notes from the barrel aging: bourbon, maple and vanilla. The flavor is more of the same. You can tell the base beer is excellent and the chocolate and coffee notes come through nicely. I also get the same barrel aging notes as in the aroma: whiskey, maple and vanilla. The bourbon is present but is not overpowering. All of the flavors work very well together and make this an outstanding beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Huge thanks to Eric for this beer. Served in a Bruery tulip. Pours a color that is nearly black and has a pretty good light mocha head that sticks around for a bit before falling to a thin collar. The nose brings some really nice bourbon along with oak and a fairly-strong vanilla presence. Light chocolate lingers in the background along with some hints of roast. In the end, however, this is all about the bourbon. The flavor is quite nice. The bourbon permeates everything and is incredibly smooth. I really like what this has done to the base beer. Good, thick body that is supremely smooth without any hint of the 10.5 ABV. Overall, a great beer that really has me looking forward to the next Jackie Oís stout release. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-21-2011

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle someone brought to Clusterfork #3 today. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet smoky, Taste is all in all pretty nice with a great bourbon finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (4540) - Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2011
Draft @ Jackie Oís (many samples from bottle since). Pours black with a small lasting beige head. The aroma has all the parts a big stout should have: roasted malt,some smoke, dark chocolate with the bourbon integrating nicely. Touches of vanilla. The flavor is also not dominated by the bourbon. Dark chocolate, roast, some smoke, hints of coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Medium plus bodied and a real treat to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
bottle, thanks to exiled, blakc pour with thin tan foam , aromas of roasty sweet chocolates, oaky vanilla notes, flavor is very nice mix of coffee, chocolate, whiskey oak, a little on the hot side

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MmmcKay (1049) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Sampled at Nashville Beer Summit 1.22.11 - Yet another very dark pour of a Jackie-Oís beer. Looks tasty. Vanilla, booze, hazelnut, oak, and plenty of woodiness. Amazing again. Holy crap. These guys are so good. Great creamy mouth feel. A wish I could keep drinking these.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Huge thanks to Kan for bringing Brad, brewmaster at Jackie Oís to our Sunday afternoon tasting. This was an awesome sneak peek that is making almost drive for the release...Black with some really nice light tan head...The aroma here is awesome. Its super sweet with tons of honey, maple syrup, chocolate and vanilla. A perfect combination that you would think would be too sweet but somehow isnít...The taste is almost as good, brings back all the sweetness of the aroma but brings out some of the wood here, which we got none of on the front. Lots of honey, vanilla, raspberries in the middle and wood. I really like it, would be perfect if a little more balanced with either some bitterness or light hop finish...Easy drinker canít believe what the abv is. This is an awesome RIS. Its sweeter so as long as your like sweet stours youíll love this.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Thank you for the bottle Joe! Impressive cocoa/expresso tinged head on light-impenetrable black beer. Aroma is sweet roasted malt, honey, molasses, marshmallow, and mellow, well-integrated bourbon. Smells amazing! Taste is bourbon up front followed by cocoa, bitter chocolate, dark fruit/raisin, light bitter hops, light roasted malt, and trailing alcohol from the bourbon. Smooth and light feel in the mouth. The heat from the bourbon and sweetness from the honey is slightly overplayed and detracts from the cocoa/roasted character but itís still a very well done beer. Wow!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle at the hotel tasting after Night of the Barrels at EBF. Pours a deep black with a thin tan to beige head. Big bourbon, roast, chocolate, coffee on the nose. Chocolate, with lots of bourbon. Roast, cocoa and some lingering chocolate.


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