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RATINGS: 145   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13802) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle. Nr. # 85/336. Thanks to Hallinghansen for sharing. Pours black with some beige bubbles on top. Nose is heavy bourbon. Lots of vanilla, wood & liquorice. Flavor is roast, wood, vanilla. salty liquorice and dark fruit. Smooth and medium bodied. Alcohol warmth. It’s tasty but not overly complex. Quite nice however! Thanks Jacob!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11940) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (10738) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
A: The beer pours a black color and looks almost flat, in fact, it is. No head to be found, either. S: Jesus is this boozy. Tons of bourbon, booze, and ethanol type aromas on this one. Lots of oak with a bit of vanilla as well as some chocolate and roasted malt notes, just a hint of coffee, as well. T: Tastes a bit better, but still a touch harsh. Lots of booze/ethanol as well as a bit of actual bourbon flavor. Some wood and vanilla are there as well as roast, chocolate, and a touch of coffee. M: Medium bodied with essentially no carbonation. O: Way too harsh, way too much booze, and no carbonation? Not a winning combination.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2013 Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel and bourbon alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bittersweet dark chocolate malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small bourbon alcohol bite finish of long duration. This is another standout beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere (9866) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, carmel, brown sugar and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, carmel, light oak and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering fruity bourbon finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2009
GABF 2009. Pours black with an average, frothy dark brown head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, burnt grain, coffee, chocolate), average hop (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of prune, wood, brown sugar, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.

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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9057) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Growler… This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, well-tanned head. The aroma is an arrogant swirl of chocolate, bourbon, wood, leather and vanilla with a hefty blast of ethanol. Full-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. The flavor is all about sweet dark-chocolate, tangy bourbon and vanilla with ethanol and carbon bitterness. Finishes like Chocolate Silk Pie with boozy warmth carrying up the rear. Thanks to darkguardian for sharing this world class brew with the folks down at Coffee District in Delray Beach!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (9044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Growler shared by JW77. This is my kind of beer!! Almost a black pour. Small tan head. Sweet bourbon and chocolate heaven erupt from the glass. Some light roast notes as well. Flavor is just full and rich...tons of bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel and some fruity notes. Damn this is good.


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