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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2010
Good stuff. Black body gives rise to a nicely roasted aroma. Big raison, licorice and huge bourbon. Flavor of massive bourbon, chocolate, espresso and vanilla. Thin body. Very good

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilligoose (3226) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 1, 2010
Old growler shared by kan, so probably not the best rating situation, so take this with a grain of salt. Pours a black with tiny tan bubbles that are gasping for life. Aroma is super nice. Bourbon, coffee, cocoa, smokey tobacco. super smooth. The fact that this is 12% abv is straight up unbelievable. I could have drank this all day. Kan says this was better with more life in it, and I can definitely see that potential, but it’s pretty damn good right now. Would like to try this again. Thanks Kan!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2010
(Draught) Pours a black body with a moderate creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted grains, chocolate, anise, vanilla, raisins, and coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate with a bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (5657) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Dark brown color/ no head. Big whiskey vanilla aroma with black malt, pit fruits. Medium body. Over the top boozy bourbon vanilla flavor with chocolate, mild sour wood.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Had on tap at Jackie O’s Anniversary Party. Side by side tasting with the regular version. Why ruin a good thing? Loved the standard version. This one was a bit too "Boozy" for me and kind of masked all that was god with the regular version. A bit more wood on the flavor and a ton of hotness. Eh, I will just take the old standard.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
milliken586 (6) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2009 does not count
Perfect example of a big bourbon barrel stout. Pours pitch black. Lots of bourbon on the nose with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Taste is lots of bouron with some chocolate and coffee and caramel. Great bb aged stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 24/09/2009 Oak and bourbon aromas. Black strong in alcohol and rich on the palate with a crisp bitter and hoppy coffee roast finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2009
growler courtesy of Markwise. Beautiful beer! POurs black. Nose is chocolate, booze, bourbon, coffee. Flavor is big cocoa, fig, dark fruits roast and cherries. Awesome!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3277) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Sampled at GABF, Jackie-Os was one of the standouts easily. Maybe the best line up. Smooth roasty aroma with lots of bourbon. Flavor is smooth, boozy. Chocolate, vanilla all wrapped in delicious bourbon. Awesome. Would love to get some more of this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2009
Growler courtesy of markwise. pours black with beige head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, caramel malts. Flavor, similar to aroma, everything one should want when it comes to barrel aged beers, boozy yet smooth and delicious, Hints of chocolate/cocoa powder, vanilla with warming bourbon.


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