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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
48FanInCali (783) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2015
375ml bottle - jet black thick pour with thin head that goes away quickly. Nose of roast and booze. Taste follows with a tad of vanilla and soy sauce. Thick and oily on the palate. Middle of the pack for the style at best.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (2321) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
Pours black with flat head. Aroma of bourbon, muscovado, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is sweet, muscovado and dried fruit, fiery alcohol, boozy sweet. Body is rich and smooth with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1501) - Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown with a tan head. Dark malt and sugar aromas. Exceptionally smooth. Deep milk chocolate and dried fruits.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nisse666 (4677) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle trade with _angst_, thx Man! Cons. 2014-12-20 Göteborg AR: first something very odd - let us forget that, round bourbon vanilla aroma, black chocolate, AP: dark brown oily fluid , fizzy stouthy dark brown deminishing head F: bourbon vanilla, dark milk chocolate bar, warming feeling, full body, wee bubbly wee rough carbonation, wee grainy, coffey candy

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (126) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2014
375ml bottle @ home. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is is chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla and wood. Flavour is light sweet and light bitter. Medium body, soft carbonation, dry and boozy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3920) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2014
375 ml. bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and oak. Maybe a bit too much bourbon, otherwise an excellent sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (10072) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 8, 2014
courtesy of Toni; 11.5% - pretty opaque beer with no head retention; roasted chocolatey aroma, woody with notes of Bourbon, tar and black cherries; full-bodied, low carbonation, chewy, light sweetness overwhelmed by a huge bitterness; oily, long chocolatey roasted and woody Bourbon finish with warming alcohol notes

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (2994) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle @ Another Tasting, courtesy of dEnk. Tasted side by side with the regular version. Pours a pitch black beer with a small ring of beige head on top. Aroma is massive vanilla, loads of chocolate and caramel. Flavor is very sweet with a big touch of vanilla and chocolate. The base beer is much more balanced and less sweet. Both beers are still very nice. Blended is the best!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4136) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle @ another tasting. Aroma is huge roast, liquorice, chocolate, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. Flavour is mocca, vanilla, chocolate, roast, some alcohol burn. Too bourbon y.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (6069) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle shared at Another Tasting thanks to Denk. Pours near black with a tiny ring tan head. Aroma is strong bourbon barrel up front, big vanilla, wood, booze with the base beer complexities completely overwhelmed. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet. Medium to bodied with soft carbonation.


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