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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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This hauntingly good brew in your hand is rife with dark complexities. Eleven malts were used to create deep flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. A hint of bitterness and herbal character from carefully selected American hops help support the monolithic maltiness of Dark Apparition. After a month of conditioning in stainless steel, the beer was transferred into bourbon barrels. For 8 months, Dark Apparition waited patiently in oak barrels until the time was right to spring forth with its ghostly gusto. A truly decadent brew that is intended to be poured into your favorite snifter and given time to warm up from its dark and cold resting place. Be aware when in the presence of Dark Apparition ’cause this ghost is a creeper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2012
Bomber thanks to jrallen34.
Appearance : Deep black with almost no head.
Aroma : Nice vanilla and bourbon with coffee and dark chocolate. Lots of coffee.
Taste : Coffee with bourbon. Nice vanilla and chocolate. Very nice finish with notes of vanilla and lots of coffee. Not much alcohol.
Overall : Very well made. Bourbon is very well integrated and not overpowering. You can still taste the roasted malt underneath with no problem. Very tasty and well balanced. Nice persistent finish. A great example of a good Bourbon BA Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere (10455) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, nice bourbon vanilla chocolate, licorice, soy sauce, briney, very nice. In mouth, a complex mix of mocha coffee and chocolate, woody notes, super warming alcohol, licorice, vanilla, beautiful. Bottle from Boutip, shared with GRM, Probstk and Ian, Dec. 2 2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3067) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Bomber shared by Boutip (merci!), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Part of a vertical. 02DE11.

App.: Deep brown-black, deep mocha ring. Aroma: Strong, peppery, soy sauce, dark molasses, a fair bit of alcohol, briny coffee, green peppercorns, vanilla notes, definite Bourbon sour mash notes, rougher around the edges than the Brandy version. Palate: Medium+ body, relaxed effervescence. Flav.: Brown sugar, molasses, brine, soy sauce, rich fruitiness, some caramel, green peppercorns, less alcohol than the nose, a little vanilla; sweet with a little less alcohol and a long, mouth-coating, molasses, dark malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3084) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, from Philippe Boutin, savoured on December 2 2011; eye: black, opaque, no head, no lacing; nose: bourbon, alcohol, woody, vanilla, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light acidulous; mouth: bourbon, alcohol, woody, vanilla, roasted malt, slight chocolate, molasses, finale in bourbon with presence of malt, medium body, not much carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly oily texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, de Philippe Boutin, savourée le 2 décembre 2011; œil : noire, opaque, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : bourbon, alcool, boisé, vanille, malt torréfié, chocolat noir, léger acidulé; bouche : bourbon, alcool, boisé, vanille, malt torréfié, très léger chocolat, mélasse, finale en bourbon avec présence de malt, corps moyen, peu carbonatée, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement huileuse; en résumé : bien bon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with light retention. Aroma of corn and light vanilla with some light black chocolate and alcohol fusel is good. Taste is a complex mix of corn and vanilla with some bourbon which rounds the edge of this beer. Body is full with low carbonation and some fusel alcohol is perceptible. Not bad though I prefered the brandy barrel version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4192) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 3, 2011
22 ounce thanks to McGrupp612. Pours total black. Oily. No carbonation. Taste is big roast and bourbon. Nice, with big bold flavors, but I’d dig some carbonation to accent the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle #64/384. Shared with some friends. Dark pour with a light brown head. Nice aroma of bourbon and chocolate. Flavor has hints of caramel, fudge and bourbon wood chips. Nice balance of flavors and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2011
(Bottle) Pours near black with small brown head. The aroma holds wooden, light buttery, alcohol-driven, light vanilla-ish and glue-like bourbon with a medium to heavily coffee roasted background. Undertones of dark chocolate, anise, brown sugar, hops, black currant and asphalt. The flavour is light to medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Bourbon up front in the flavour as well with undertones of roast and resinous hops. The mouthfeel is round and bit firey with light carbonation. Bitter hops and almost tar-like roast in the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle shipped from Stateside and shared with friends. Bottle nr 322/384. The pour is medium thick blacky like a fine soy sauce. The dark brown head disappears quickly and sadly. The aroma is not that heavy and I get a christmas impression. There is plenty of chocolate, candid sugar, some metal and cinnamon. On top of that there is a mild salty touch that makes me think of soy again. Most of all the aroma is dominated of alcohol. The taste is too influated of the bourbon aging, and the sweet sweet bourbon vanilla is dominating too much. On top of the sweetness there is a harch wooden note, some coffee, chocolate and candid sugar. The mouthfeel is medium with a roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2096) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Tasted in August 2011 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle shared by a generous gentleman. Pours a very thick and viscous opaque dark brown with a very thin tan head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is very sweet with vanilla, caramel, bourbon, brown sugar, maple, coffee, chocolate, a hint of earthiness, and some alcoholic heat. The flavor is the same; very sweet up front with caramel, maple, vanilla, and brown sugar, with a lightly acidic note, and some nice coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. The body is nearly full and oily with light carbonation and a long oaky bourbon and vanilla finish.

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