madmitch76 (20710) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16th June 2011
Opaque dark brown - black beer. Nose of dark chocolate. Fairly neutral palate. Rich dark chocolate, almost milk chocolate with vanilla presence. A tart bourbon edge. Finishes slightly spicy. Dry finish. A lively stout that entertains.
brokensail (15203) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The beer pours almost black in color with a finger of khaki head.
S: This beer REEKS of vanilla, and I like it. Smells like sticking your nose in a bottle of vanilla extract. Some bourbon and chocolate, maybe a bit of roast. But mostly vanilla.
T: The same story on the tongue. Intense vanilla flavor and sweetness to this beer. Some sweet and smooth chocolate and bourbon, but the vanilla quickly overrides that.
M: Medium in body, smooth carbonation.
O: This was a great beer if you love vanilla. I like it a lot, but after awhile, it became a little too much for me to handle.
Tmoney99 (12991) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, vanilla and wood aroma. Heavy sweet roasted black coffee flavor with a heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.
jtclockwork (12845) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2012 Bottle at brewpub. Pours black. Nose and taste of very rich coffee beans, bourbon, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Rich and smooth. One of the better Dark Apparition treatments.
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour. Love this beer, the base beer is awesome and the treatments have been amazing. Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate galore!
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours dark brown (nearly black) with a small, creamy, khaki head. The bouquet is to die for… big-time vanilla and mocha – absolutely intoxicating. Full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. The flavor furnishes big vanilla and fudge, but the malts and adjuncts are overshadowed by a mineral bitterness that is a bit off-putting for me. Lightly sweet, vanilla and toffee finish. I was unable to pick up on the benefits of the bourbon barrel aging, but I’m convinced it contributed to the beer’s uncanny smoothness and well-rounded palate. Another world class treatment from the fine folks up in Ohio! Bottle courtesy of darkguardian. Thanks, Chris.
deyholla (9635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Brad! Pours black with a thin dark brown head that dissipates nearly completely. Aroma is full of coffee with underlying dark chocolate, vanilla and just the slightest hint of bourbon. Flavor starts with dark chocolate but quickly becomes full of coffee with a bit of vanilla and bourbon breaking through.
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from alexsdad06- thanks again, Brad! Pours a deep brown color with small bubbles on one edge. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla- very sweet but not oppressively so. Flavor of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and some dark fruits (dates, plums). Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, sweet mouthfeel. Probably better fresh on tap.
sebletitje (8615) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille partagée avec Marwise. Huge thanks for sharing this one.
Enormissime est le mot pour cette bière.
Noire tel huile de moteur, col est léger genre café au lait.
Tout est superbe dans cette bière. De somptueuse notes de vanille et café qui se marient superbement avec le rhum. Au fini, je note cette douceur du café qui laisse une très fine couche d’amertume venant des grains de café.
Encore une fois, l’usage du tonneau de rhum Tuthilltown se mélange parfaitement au café et a la vanille qui vient agrémenter cette expérience.
Une bière à déguster et que Jacki-O a encore réussi de mains de maître.
alexsdad06 (8160) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle(s) from the brewpub. Pours dark brown/black in color with a thin beige head. The aroma is roasted malt, rich vanilla, espresso, bourbon, wood and dark fruit. The flavor is dark roasted malt, rich vanilla, bourbon, wood, dark chocolate, coffee with dark fruits. The finish is dry with some black coffee bitterness and a slight earthy character. The bottle that I had fresh was extremely good. It did fade with time, but the first tastes always stand out in my mind.