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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.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Whiskey, vanilla, caramel, wood and dark malt aromas. Straight up black in color. Sweet with the same whiskey, vanilla, caramel, wood and dark maltly flavors. Notes: GABF ’09


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (8352) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 20, 2014
> Insanely silky, rich bourbon barrel expressive, decadent RIS

[ Bottle ][ 375ml ][ motorheadtodd ][ Trade ][ Hotel Room Garbage Glass ][ 8.17.14 ]
>> Dark pour with blood ruby highlights. Lower foam with good retention. Aroma is just silly: orange dark chocolate ball, smoke, buttery rich bourbon, chocolate mousse, cocoa powder, savory. Very rich taste with a shooter like medium hot finish. No fusel white alcohol. Bitter cocoa, rum, and bourbon, brown alcohol warmth. A powerful beer, rich and drinkable with no white alcohol character. Palate is rich, oily, ultra silky. So good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1147) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2014
37.5 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are bourbon, wood, vanilla, dark fruits, and chocolate - with a bitter and slightly alcoholic finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2543) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2014
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small, beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, wood, coffee, caramel and licorice notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with bitter notes and alcohol. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice Imby.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3854) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Roast, good thick texture. Black pour. Lots of barrel in this. Finishes boozy with some sweetness. Caramel and alcohol. Thanks to gendv138 for sharing this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4755) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2014
375ml bottle pours an inky black with some ringing, brown head. Nose has a lot of roast and toast, mild booze, bready, molasses. Flavor is sweeter, molasses, licorice, black pepper, caramel. Finishes a little hot and lightly peppery.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2158) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Black colored pour. Small ring of tan bubbles. Not much lacing. Sour aroma of spoiled vegetables and a slight chocolate. Taste is chalky chocolate and the faintest hint of bourbon. Finishes good despite the aforementioned problems.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3752) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Soil and manure aroma, very earthy. Mahogany, thin tan head. Tobacco and prune flavor. Unique, but not really something I enjoy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (4544) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
12oz bottle thanka to Donnie. Poured a pitch back color with a wispy tan head. Aroma was roasted chocolate, some vanilla, bourbon.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1513) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. Black with a medium sized diminishing light brown head. Lots of bourbon vanilla/coconut, cocoa, wet wood, brown sugar, light herbal/green hops. Full body, oily/sticky texture, soft carbonation, medium/heavy sweet and bitter. Good, but the tannins from the barrel makes it a bit more rough compared to the original.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Drake. Deep brown with a tight tan head. Prune and banana, huge bourbon, plenty of wood. Taste is quite hot. Huge bourbon, brownies, cocoa and red grapes. Big, fat body. Oily. Nice.


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