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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2014
12 oz bottle. Thanks, Ryan and Julie. Full-on dark black; not a huge head, which dissipates into nothing and cant be revived with swirling. Aroma is big, full, dark, malt, caramel, alcohol, booze, chocolate, toffee, wow. Flavor is amazing... Huge, boozy, sweet, malty, wood, oak, more booze, tobacco, deep cherry, WOW. Full body, sticky, low in carbonation. Approaches the craziness of Dark Lord but doesnt require 5 years of aging to drink. Really super good. Contender for the best Ive ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6713) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Small bottle. Pours a pure black color with almost no head, some brown light bubbles. A big woody, sour mash bourbon nose. Dark fruit, leather, smoke, caramel, toffee, sourness, heat, a bit of earthy dry books. Very low carb, Quite tasty, Light burnt coffee. Good. Mellow sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (2667) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2014
12 oz draft pour at the brewery. Black with half a finger of tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, bourbon, coconut, roast. Tastes of dark fruit, bourbon, coconut, roast, oak, dark chocolate. Full body with a dry and warm finish. Low carbonation, thick oily mouthfeel. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Pre-DLD bottle share at Hampton Inn. Pour is black with small tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is of pure coffee and booze, not much else. Flavor is roasted coffee, bourbon, roasted marshmallow, and chocolate chips. Finish is dried fruit and warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2438) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2014
Draft at hunahpu day. Pours a rich deep black. Taste is a well balanced blend of bourbon booze and base stout. Some chocolate and roast. Backlog notes kinda suck on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3984) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle thanks to JMikolich! Pours inky black with a small creamy brown head that dissipates with good lacing. Aroma is roasty, bourbon, oak, vanilla, a touch of funk. Flavor is similar, very tannic, oaky, bourbon. Roasty and chocolate notes as well, it seems like there might be just a tiny bit of infection, but it is not actually distracting. Very woody. Medium sweet and light bitter. Very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle (2012 vintage) shared at a recent bottle share... Poured an oily black with a thin head. Some acid and mild tanginess in here. As it opened up wood and bourbon soaked wood came through with a big bitter-sweet molasses note. Improved as of warmed becoming more complex. Some sweetness and mild alcohol presence, but it seemed like the year or so of aging has helped this one out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoFi (1637) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2014
2012 bottle #201/348, from trade with kmyers8807, cheers! Black with a porous light brown head. Aroma: bourbon, chocolate, licorice, dark berries. Taste: bourbon, toffee, salty licorice, roasted, dark chocolate, dark berries, vinous, wood. Full-bodied. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle share by Greg, Aroma is a bourbon, chocolate, light tart. Taste is tart cherry and some tobacco, some barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3911) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Bomber from jtclockwork. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and a hint of tobacco. Black with a small, lightly lacing tan head. Flavor is bitter, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla.

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