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RATINGS: 148   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3138) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Out of a clever little jug-growler at DLD. Not 100% sure on the vintage but maybe 2009 was written on the growler tag. Somehow I’ve tried various versions of this but never the base beer. This is a great beer all by itself without any special treatments.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1371) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
pour is dark brown with deep tan head. The nose is light, lots of caramel, sugary booze and a touch burnt wood. The taste is bigger and rather sweet. The bourbon is laced in well but it falls off a touch mid palate. As it warms some vanilla comes through, notes of milk chocolate, with a fair bit of roasted malt. There is some coffee bitterness in back. the body holds up better than the rum barrel aged version.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6300) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2012
On tap at the brewpub, served in a snifter. Real dark brown-red color. Nice brown (clear?) head, fading to almost minimal, leaving little lace. Awesome really dark chocolate strong coffee aroma. I love the addition of the bourbon aromas in this. It’s strange and woody, but not bite-y or overpowering. Nice, lighter carbonation. Powerful aftertaste. Appropriately boozy. I normally don’t care for bourbon-barrel aged stuff, but this might be the best bourbon-barrel-aged RIS I’ve ever had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4910) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark with a nice tan head that has some red in it. I smell vanilla and bourbon. Each sip starts with Bourbon, then sour hop notes, and then vanilla. The finish is more sour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2012
bottle thanks to exiled. poured black with a copper head. aroma was bourbon, dark fruit, and fudge. flavor was much the same plus some apparent alcohol notes. body was light with low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2114) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere (9877) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (2892) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (2965) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4688) - 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.


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