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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14435) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2012
3rd December 2011
ChrisOs Early December Tasting. Opaque black beer, small tan head. Light dry palate. Smooth dark malt. Semi sweet bourbon with coconut. The coffee is quite well buried but a nice beer overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 7/15/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tasting glass. The beer is nearly black with slightly lighter edges. A brown foam cap rests on top, fading rather quickly. Bourbon and Kopi Luwak, a great smelling creamy coffee for sure. Smooth chocolate and roasted malt are a little bit more in the background compared to the regular Dark Apparition. The bourbon and coffee flavors blend so well together, and the smooth roasted malt and chocolate flavors are nice as well. This doesn’t have that awkward transition to the hops, but there is still a little bourbon booziness at the end. Not terrible, but not great. This is quite the smooth beer. Maybe it is the illusion of smoothness from the Kopi, but I am ok with that. Still a fairly light carbonation, leading it to feel like it has an even more full body than it does. This is a fun variation on a good beer, and I might be being a tad critical simply because of the amazing beers that were tasted along with it. Definitely worth revisiting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2012
Bottled@my birthdaybash@Chriso. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, some liquorice, alcohol and mild vanillaish notes. Flavour is big time coffee, mild alcohol, some liquorice and roasted malts along with some ashy notes as well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34232) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ chriso [ oh6gdx birthday bash tasting ].

Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing to lasting, light beige head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, burnt, chocolate, coffee, alcohol - bourbon, rice coffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a long duration, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, dusty coffee. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111203]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7830) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle thanks to hophead22. Pours with a near black body with a small tan head. Aroma are a touch tart, currants, spicy/peppery coffee, roasty, chocolate, vanilla. Flavors are coffee, nutty, and good roast. A bit of vanilla towards the finish. A bit tart as well. Seems like the early onset of an infection. Dry and a bit thin.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (19214) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2011
Bottled at oh6gdx’s birthday bash at chriso’s. Really black, no head. Aroma of treacle and vanilla. Sweet and heavy with massive body. Super sticky and bold, truckloads of treacle and vanilla. Some coffee may be there too. Not a complete trainwreck, but not far from it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #45. Nice beer, not a lot of coffee that I could pick up, mild bourbon character, decent overall. (2045)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle at Pat’s birthday tasting at chriso’s. Pours an oily, rich brown with a foamy, beige head. Rick coffee aroma. Very sweet flavor with plenty of coffee, mocha, roasted malts, brown sugar, some lightly stinging booze. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warm finish with wood, roast, booze, coffee, mocha. Good stuff overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Thanks Tim. Black with almost no head. Vegetal coffee grounds and chili pepper aroma and taste with an earthy coffee finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (1793) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at Pat’s birthday tasting at Chriso’s. Dark brown colour with an off white head. Nose is deep roasted coffee bean, bourbon barrel sweetness, vanilla. Taste is chocolate, coffee and soft bourbon notes on the finish. There’s a touch of acidic red berry sourness in there too. Balance is good.


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