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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7587) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5928) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Sample at Jackie Os 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1520) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting. Colour... black with a thin rim of tan. Nose... WAKE UP TIME! Now thats a smack o Jo! Coffee city! Palate... intense coffee with a splash of booze (like the coffee mi abuelita had in the a.m.!)! Next, the anise sets in with notes of dark chocolate, vanillin, and even hints of soap, but in a licorice way, not in a bad way like when Ralphie has to put a bar of Life Buoy in his mouth after a cussing episode!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4192) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (5619) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3810) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (17708) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3782) - 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 Im a sucker for this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Sample at the Jackie Os 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.

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