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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 ďtheirĒ 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 nativesí 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8911) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle 104 of 213. Pours black. Quickly disappearing brown head. Nose/taste of fresh coffee, roast chocolate, oak and vanilla. Taste has some light lactose sweetness and cocoa. The coffee is definitely front and center in both nose and taste. Medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (5213) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Brown black pour with no head or lace. Aroma is huge chocolate and coffee. Flavor mirrors aroma. Medium full bodied beer. very nice

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Bottle #67 of 213. I thought I liked the Vanilla Bean version the best until I cracked a bottle of it. Amazing how being tired and already buzzed damages the palate, haha. Iím hoping this one is better. 3.5 A: Pours black. One finger of creamy medium brown head, but it falls fairly quickly (damn coffee!) and leaves nonuniform splotches of lacing. 4.5 S: Big coffee aroma, huge really. The coffee is definitely the centerpiece, but the other aromas do well to contribute to the nose. Bourbon and oak with the ever so slightest touch of booze. Hints of caramel and dark chocolate. Roasty, but not burnt or peated. 4.5 T: Everything comes together in the taste. Coffee is still the dominant taste, but unlike the nose, it isnít far and away the strongest. The leathery bourbon is much more pronounced as is the oak. Vanilla also comes to play. Light chocolate and moderate caramel flavors. Again a clean roastiness. A bit drier than I prefer, but still an excellent amalgamation of flavors. 3.5 M: Like the Vanilla Bean, the mouthfeel is the downfall. I wanted a thick, rich body but all I got was a medium one. Good moderate carbonation and super smooth, but could be creamier. A little higher mash temp and every one of this beerís scores goes up. 4.0 D: Really tasty beer. All this needed was more body and sweetness and it would have been up there with the best of them. Still, definitely worth a drink if you can find one. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-03-2011 22:28:12

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bottle@RBWG--thanks. Black color with a tan head. Big ash, tobacco, earthy coffee, dark roast malt aromas. Medium bodied. Very nice vanilla, mocha chocolate, earthy, ashy flavors--

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bottle at post EBF tasting. The last beer i had with Kopi Luwak was Final push so needless to say i had very, maybe ridiculous expectations. Pours a black lush body with a tan head. Very fresh coffee tones with coco, dark chocolate malt sweetness. A Drying bitter roased body with a modest warmth. Light bourbon notes, btw iím a fan of Woodford as well. This came together quite well and of what iíve had is my favorite thus far from jackie oís.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2011
In short: Another standard viscous BA imperial stout. Good beer.
How: Post EBF hotel tasting
The look: Black body topped by a small beige head
In long: The heavy malty nose is moderately roasted, moderately chocolaty and maybe some very light bourbon barrels notes. Taste has plenty of viscous creamy dark malts, notes of coffee, notes of chocolate, booze, maybe some very light bourbon barrels. Iíve had non-coffee stouts that developed as much coffee notes has this coffee stout. Nothing is overdone here which is nice, but on the other hand there was nothing special about it. I only had a sample serving and not a full bottle but during this week-end when I tasted a lot of barrel-aged imperial stouts, this one felt somewhat generic. Quite good, but also been-there-done-that. Some say Jackie-O is the new shit, others say this brewery is just hype, but I donít like arguing over beer and I have found that nothing stops an argument faster than unzipping the other dudeís pants.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle shared at RBWG by Alexsdad06...thanks again!!! Black heart with mahogany edges with a latte head. This one is extremely coffee forward with notes of cocoa and roasted malt. Flavor is fairly one dimensional with espresso blasting the palate and a little char on the finish. The ABV was very well hidden here and it had a medium body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
Thanks to Pete for sharing this. Served in a snifter. Pours near black with a thin mocha head. Fairly good retention. The nose brings loads and loads of Kopi coffee. This is very reminiscent of the nose on the straight DA Kopi, though I think the bourbon really helps to integrate things in this version. Thereís a bit of bourbon and roast there as well. The taste is really nice and the coffee is dead on. Nice full and chewy mouthfeel with a bit of excess booze. A bit over-the-top on the coffee, so I wouldnít be able to drink too much of this, but I did really enjoy the pour I had. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-14-2011

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5065) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
Courtesy of Dave

Bottle: The aroma is heavy on the roasted coffee with some faint dark chocolate. It puts a dark brown with a minimail beige ring for a head. The flavor starts with chocolate and a touch of pluam. The finish has moderate-strong roasted coffee with a touch of vanilla. The bourbon presence is minimal. Medium bodied with a somewhat oily mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2011
enjoyed during 2011 RBWG thanks to Alexsdad06, pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma is heavy roast, molassis, syrup and coffee. Flavor is bitter black patent, heavy roast, some smoke and a lingering coffee in the finish. The coffee is pretty reserved, but mellow nad very nice at the same time.


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