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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.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2011
On tap at Jackie Os on the day of the release. This was the last beer of the day before the 7 hour trip home. I could taste this brew the whole way home. Intense stuff. Dark pour with a thin chestnut colored head and a little lace. Aroma is muted bourbon and oaky tannins overwhelmed by the infamous kopi luwak. Some may say the coffee is so intense that it takes away from the barrel. It might but its still insanely good. Roast, bakers chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramelized sugar and resinous coffee. Lingering coffee aftertaste

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
On tap at the release at Jackie O’s. A- Our first paddle was nearly all stouts. It included this, VBDA, Sweet Choc Love and other Jackie O’s dark beers. They all looked nearly identical. Chris mentioned that if you were to review from this paddle, you would be wrong to give any one of them higher than a 3 since they are all so similar looking. Fortunately we did get this one on other paddles with much different line ups, as well as by its self. So I can say that I think just above average is pretty justified for this one. It never was brought to the table with much of a head, sometimes appearing fairly flaccid. Its thick, dark body is its saving grace. S- This beer has the most potent aroma of the lot. Those Kopi beans pack a huge punch. Acidic, strong black coffee displaces all the air in the room. Warming helps bring out the chocolate that holds up the rich coffee. Its also very alcoholic, seemingly more so than the other DA treatments, including VBDA. Smooth bourbon comprises most, but not all of this alcoholic smell. Some of it is just pure, unabashed booze. T- From what I understand this is the Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Apparition from an earlier release, just with Kopi Luwak coffee added. But I am left wondering where the smooth, sweet brown sugar went. Perhaps it isnt included in this batch, or, more likely, is buried by those gargantuan coffee notes. The taste of this every bit as assertive as the aroma. Alcohol is big, and I wonder why. I dont recall the noncoffee version being rough like this. The BBDA is my favorite by Jackie O’s. As strong as it is, the booze is second to those beans. When added to Dark Apparition they are very acidic. The strong bourbon puts hair on your chest as the potent black coffee curls said hairs. There is a very noticeable tartness that seems to be accentuated by the acidity in the coffee. I really think this beer could do with out the tart fruitiness, in fact most of these Jackie O’s beers can do without it. M- This is the hottest beer of the night, some how even hotter than Iced Apparition (which of course is only 12% ABV, right?). Its very thick and smooth but that smoothness is lost to a very dry finish. Carbonation is appropriately subtle. D- I liked this beer, but I really enjoyed the regular BBDA better, and I think Quincedence was the best from the release.


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