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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Kopi Luwak coffee has a very interesting history. Dutch Colonists began to cultivate prized coffee beans on the islands of Java and Sumatra in the early 18th century. The indigenous people that farmed the coffee and worked on the plantations were prohibited to harvest the coffee fruit for their own use. The farmers and plantation workers soon realize that the nocturnal Asian Palm Civet would consume the fruit and excrete the coffee beans undamaged. The natives gather the droppings of the civet, cleaned the beans, dried them in the sun, roasted the beans, and made “their” coffee beverage. During to the beans strange journey through the civet, digestive enzymes alter the beans reducing the bitterness, harshness, and promote protein development. This gives the coffee a very robust and round character. Once the Dutch caught wind of this process, they realized that the natives’ coffee was far superior to their prized coffee. The most expensive coffee in the world was born. Inspired by this amazing coffee and the natives bizarre story, we set out on a mission to provide you, the craft drinker, with not only a world class barrel aged beer, but also world class coffee at an affordable price. Dark Apparition is our ultra rich Russian Imperial Stout. Black as midnight and rife with dark complexities, Dark Apparition is a beast of a brew. Freshly emptied Woodford Reserve barrels were filled with hauntingly decadent beer. The beer aged for 4 months before receiving over a pound specially roasted Kopi Luwak Coffee. After an additional month of aging the beer was bottled. Kopi Luwak Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition is a great beer to share with friends and a surefire conversation starter at your next get together.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4606) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
Courtesy of Dave

Bottle: The aroma is heavy on the roasted coffee with some faint dark chocolate. It puts a dark brown with a minimail beige ring for a head. The flavor starts with chocolate and a touch of pluam. The finish has moderate-strong roasted coffee with a touch of vanilla. The bourbon presence is minimal. Medium bodied with a somewhat oily mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle shared during AZRBWG. Pour is deep brown/black with a beige head. Aroma shows notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, and lots of rich coffee. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of caramel, vanilla, and a touch of ash. Overall body is moderate to full, viscous, and finishes with nice roasted bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2011
705ml shared at the 2011 Hunahpu’s release but I don’t remember who opened it. Whoever you are, thanks a ton! Pours a deep dark chocolate brown color with faint hints of mahogany edges when held to a light and a one finger dark mocha head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lace behind. Amazing silky chocolate aroma with a deep roasted mocha coffee/espresso bean presence. that isn’t burnt or acrid at all. Hints of chocolate tootsie roll(but somehow not artificial), caramel, toffee and hazelnut as well as a faint bourbon barrel presence. Subtle booze with hints of vanilla and oak but this beer mostly smells like the best coffee ever brewed. Amazing nose! Chewy full body with an excellent balance of roasted espresso, silky milk and bittersweet dark chocolate. Hints of hazelnut, toffee, oatmeal and luscious chocolate malts. incredibly smooth, well balanced with a well masked ABV. No alcohol heat whatsoever making this beer dangerously quaffable. Slightly smokey, dry and roasted but still sweet with a very faint bourbon barrel presence. Again, there is slight boozy bourbon sweetness with sweet vanilla and marshmallow notes. The bourbon is there but the coffee flavor is so ridiculously smooth and prominent that it takes a back seat. Overall, this beer far exceeded my expectations. I find most of the Jackie O’s beers that I’ve tried so far to be overrated but this beer is excellent and totally legit. Please trade me more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle at RBWG 2011 Grand Tasting. Pours clearblack, thin tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is coffee, very spicy herbal hops. Flavours of vanilla, spice, oak, very solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle at friday night hotel tasting at EBF 2011.
Aroma : Great coffee and roasted malt. Very strong coffee with light bourbon.
Taste : Roasted malt with lots of coffee. Light hops and light bourbon. Light chocolate on finish.
Overall : Very nice coffee presence. Not too much bourbon. Very nice stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1323) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Thanks to optimator13 on BA for shipping me this tasty beverage! Coffee is of the earthy quality rather than the Starbucks latte quality. Bourbon is well utilized. Chocolate brownies. Good beer, not overwhelmingly sweet like the Vanilla/Rum combo was.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6486) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle thanks to Brad! Poured black with a yellowish brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma was full of coffee beans with some backing roasted grains and a hint of bourbon. Flavor was quite nice with a combination of coffee and bourbon with a hint of chocolate and roasted malts. Nicely rounded.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - 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 head. Big coffee, bourbon and smooth roast. Smooth and cool, chocolate and coffee. Cocoa, roast, and lots of brownies. Pudding, chocolate, and roast on the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Black pour, brown head. Wonderful oily looking beer! Coffee, roasted malt, raisins, prunes, more coffee!, chocolate, bourbon...wow...flavor is so loaded with coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, vanilla, oak, char, what a beer. Bravo!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5798) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bomber at RBWG. Pours a totally black color with a medium beige head. The aroma is sour coffee, a massive sweetness as well from the coffee and barrel, though the bourbon is light. The flavor is a very nice stout base of milky sweet coffee, roast, some light bourbon, and sweet milkiness throughout. Some tart sour roasted coffee as well. Nice. A good brew.


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