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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle someone brought to Clusterfork #3 today. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet smoky, Taste is all in all pretty nice with a great bourbon finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5362) - Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2011
Draft @ Jackie Os (many samples from bottle since). Pours black with a small lasting beige head. The aroma has all the parts a big stout should have: roasted malt,some smoke, dark chocolate with the bourbon integrating nicely. Touches of vanilla. The flavor is also not dominated by the bourbon. Dark chocolate, roast, some smoke, hints of coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Medium plus bodied and a real treat to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6016) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
bottle, thanks to exiled, blakc pour with thin tan foam , aromas of roasty sweet chocolates, oaky vanilla notes, flavor is very nice mix of coffee, chocolate, whiskey oak, a little on the hot side

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Sampled at Nashville Beer Summit 1.22.11 - Yet another very dark pour of a Jackie-Os beer. Looks tasty. Vanilla, booze, hazelnut, oak, and plenty of woodiness. Amazing again. Holy crap. These guys are so good. Great creamy mouth feel. A wish I could keep drinking these.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Huge thanks to Kan for bringing Brad, brewmaster at Jackie Os to our Sunday afternoon tasting. This was an awesome sneak peek that is making almost drive for the release...Black with some really nice light tan head...The aroma here is awesome. Its super sweet with tons of honey, maple syrup, chocolate and vanilla. A perfect combination that you would think would be too sweet but somehow isnt...The taste is almost as good, brings back all the sweetness of the aroma but brings out some of the wood here, which we got none of on the front. Lots of honey, vanilla, raspberries in the middle and wood. I really like it, would be perfect if a little more balanced with either some bitterness or light hop finish...Easy drinker cant believe what the abv is. This is an awesome RIS. Its sweeter so as long as your like sweet stours youll love this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1364) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Thank you for the bottle Joe! Impressive cocoa/expresso tinged head on light-impenetrable black beer. Aroma is sweet roasted malt, honey, molasses, marshmallow, and mellow, well-integrated bourbon. Smells amazing! Taste is bourbon up front followed by cocoa, bitter chocolate, dark fruit/raisin, light bitter hops, light roasted malt, and trailing alcohol from the bourbon. Smooth and light feel in the mouth. The heat from the bourbon and sweetness from the honey is slightly overplayed and detracts from the cocoa/roasted character but its still a very well done beer. Wow!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle at the hotel tasting after Night of the Barrels at EBF. Pours a deep black with a thin tan to beige head. Big bourbon, roast, chocolate, coffee on the nose. Chocolate, with lots of bourbon. Roast, cocoa and some lingering chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4302) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2011
This poured a very dark brown color with a lighter tan head. Aroma was of vanilla, bourbon/oak, and nice deep dark roasted malts. Flavor was a bit sweeter than expected from the aroma, lots of sweeter roasted malts, light chocolate, the bourbon is definately there and adds to the experience with out being dominating. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6013) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle and served in Expedition snifter: Pours jet black with a fading frothy beige head and spotty lace, a bit oily. The aroma has notes of bourbon, ashy oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, plum, prune, booze, hint of peaty and leathery earth yeast and a slight disconcerting lacto sourness. Luckily that sourness does not appear on the palate but there is plenty of bourbon yummieness along with rich imperial stout malt tones. Roasty, charred, chocolate covered coffee beans, and some dark fruit undertones are found. Brash alcohol cleanse the palate of sticky and oily malt character, some bitterness is found well back on the palate along with a dash of salty and mineral note. Very warming, a sipper for sure with a sticky and lush feel. Not washed out like some barrel aged stout can get. Mikey Likey! Much thanks John (fiver29) for the brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (5992) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2011
1/15/11. Bottle thanks to SoLan at the Sea Bass tasting! Definite BA with vanilla and oak with a sweet malty presence flavor loaded with chocolate that ends with big vanilla and coconut. Quite good!

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