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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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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4
   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours black with zero head. The nose is black coffee, roast and dark chocolate. The taste is all rich coffee with some roasted malt. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2004) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2014
#155/213
Tasted on 4/28/12 with the Nashville and Knoxville crews at Curtis’ old house, big thanks to JR for bringing this one. Pours nearly black with a thin tan head that leaves no lacing. The nose is dominated by coffee with dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut, maple, and toffee. The flavor is sweet with malted milk, and all of the same vanilla, dark chocolate, coconut, and maple. The body is full with average, smooth carbonation and a long coffee, vanilla, and coconut finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle share at Hampton Inn pre-DLD party. Pour is dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is of coffee, wood, roast, oak, and chocolate. Flavor has lots of coffee - lactose, cocoa, caramel, vanilla. Finish is smooth and roasty.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
crossovert (7563) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle. Infected mess of a beer. I have had so many infected brews form this place.
Earlier Rating: 4/28/2013 Total Score: 3.9
Roasty coffe, nice bourbon, oak, vanilla. Outstanding beer with a nice fruitiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5554) - Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Draft @ Jackie O’s (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. The addition of big coffee notes add another layer to enjoy. Touches of vanilla. The flavor is also not dominated by the bourbon, but has a strong coffee component. Dark chocolate, roast, some smoke, vanilla and bourbon. Medium plus bodied and a real treat to drink. I have enjoyed this quite a bit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5863) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
22oz bottle, thanks djd07 .. . deep brown black .. . a touch tart- dark chocolate and burnt whiskey coffee .. . mild mouth .. . long finish with an odd dirty linger .. . an ok beer but starting to southern itself .. . .
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4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2013
.Mmm bottle poured black with very little white head. Flavor of coffee, with a light sour flavor on the back

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (3454) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2013
Shared with urbain and david ( struise ) and travlr Bottle from bobochamps . Pours dark brown no foam Smell is barrel aged , coffee Taste is bitter , chocolate , hint of sour . Nice .

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5541) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2013
65cl, Vintage 2012, Bottle 238/300, no mention of ABV, as Bourbon Barrel Kopi Luwak Dark Apparition, new exclusive American brew, with coffee, thx to Secret Santa!, complex Stout, roasted/woody and slightly alcoholic/vinous, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet very expensive!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drsordr (1113) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bottle pour opaque black with dark tan head. Nose of dark roast coffee ad faint bourbon. Taste slightly boozy, roast coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. Almost some dark wine flavors. Nice thick mouth feel.


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