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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Sample at Jackie O’s on 2/5/11. Pours darkest brown with no head. Smooth KL coffee nose with chocolate notes and a boozy character that was less intense than I expected, which really allowed the coffee to be the main focus. Flavor starts with oaky booze and moves to smooth coffee and chocolate through to the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured black like oil with a light tan head. Like fresh pressed coffee and a nice strong bourbon kick. Sweet in the end with malts, roast, mocha, and vanilla.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4169) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
This poured an almost jet black color with a beige head. Aroma was lots and lots of fresh almost espresso like coffee with a good amount of bourbon and vanilla too. Flavorr was bursting with great tasting coffee, not overly roasted or burnt, and dark chocolate and bourbon were there too. Great Stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2011
On tap at 2/5 release. Dark brown, thin tan ring or a head. Washed out watery nose, bit of coffee grind and cloying bourbon sweetness, some ethanol and dark fruit. Flavor has large ethanol whack, grinds, a lingering bourbon note. Thin, harsh and unbalanced, grinds and heat clashing badly, and almost no sign of an imperial stout underneath, absolutely no hop, very little malt, just thin sweet barrel heat. 10% ABV Bourbon... the future of craft beer? 53539 Out of the bottle 3 weeks later sees a big difference. More coffee and milk chocolate (masking astringent bitteness) and very little heat. Still not nuanced, especially in the coffee, but largely better than day 2 on tap. 746313

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2011
750 ml bottle. Very dark brown, tan head. Has plenty of barrel in the aroma, but too much barrel in the taste for me, it overwhelms the rest of the beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Sweet coffee and chocolate nose, some caramel. Taste is very sweet, lots of toffee and dark fruit, lots of coffee, chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3457) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Thanks to chswimmer for this tick. Pours black in color with a nice well-formed tan head. Huge great coffee aroma, earthy without too much weasel crap, with dark chocolate and roast along with mild bourbon. Excellent flavor, big on coffee but I love it. Just a little bit of bourbon -bal aging evident. Great chocolatey notes behind that, along with roasted malts and maybe even slight spice. Fairly full-bodied and smooth with slight charry dryness and a long finish, with medium-low carbonation. A damn good coffee stout, although I’m a sucker for this style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7575) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale/ Stout and Big Beer Fest on 02/05/2011. Pours black with a minimal tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate and bourbon. Rather rich and smooth body with flavors of chocolate malt, moderately bitter coffee and booze. The finish is bourbon-soaked roasted coffee beans. Veers a little far on the bourbon side but a solid beer nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2011
How nice to arrive home from work to find a perfectly chilled box of Jackie-Os from Brian sitting on my back deck. The Kopi leaked just a bit but made it easier to decide which of the four to drink first. 22 oz bottle opened with a hiss. Dark brown with tan froth. Nose a sublime melding of spicy coffee bean, rich dark chocolate and bourbon. Medium body but i wished it was more substantial. A soft buzz and an alcohol bite. Taste is coffee, bittersweet chocolate and bourbon. Intense but not as well blended as it smelled.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Had on tap at the pub during the release. A-pours a deep black liquid with a little to no head, of what is there looks to be dark tan in color. S-the nose is a bit harsh with strong overtones of barrel ad bourbon. there are hints of malt sweetness and a touch of coffee but all are muttled and muffled by the bourbon and wet wood. T-the coffee comes through much more in the flavor and the wood and bourbon are slightly less pronounced. the flavor isn’t bad but there is a ton of heat in the back making it a bit harsh and hard to want more. M-more full bodied than the vanilla rum and somewhat thick. stronger carbonation with a slightly messy and grainy finish. D-lots of coffee forward flavors but a rather hot and very singular. the kopi luwak is a great tasting coffee favor in this beer but other than heat and coffee there isn’t much else happening and it has some serious lack of focus in the body.


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