KickInChalice (851) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 6/29/2011. Poured from a growler into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this one out.
Out of the bottle this pours a mahogany / black color, with a one finger off-white head. No real lacing, although it seemed to leave a little oily residue on the glass.
Vanilla, hazelnut, and walnuts all shine through, really dominating the smell. There is some cocoa and roast malt in there as well.
The nut flavors really control the flavor as well. It is more like drinking an imperial nut brown ale with a dash of dark malt in it. Hazelnuts, walnuts, and pecans all blend together nicely with some vanilla, with cocoa and medium roasted malt providing the support. Fairly sweet, but not cloyingly so. I could enjoy a fair amount of this.
Like the other Dark Apparitions I have tried, this is smooth and creamy, with a nice light to medium creamy carbonation. The nuts add an oiliness to an already viscous brew.
This was very enjoyable and the addition of nuts really impact the flavor of the beer. There is no nuance here. The oily residue, although impossible to eliminate in a brew with this many nut additions, lowers the score in a few places. A solid beer though.
Ibrew2or3 (5823) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Share courtesy of Gription79. It pours with a dark mahogany body supporting a tan head of foam. The aroma initially has a vague but pleasing nut sensation and then it seem to get into booziness, dark roasted malts and faint chocolate brownie. The taste has a nice chocolate bar goodness that heads into smooth semi sweet nuttiness and dark roasted malts. To midway and into the finish it grows more and more boozy. Nice sipper.
Sledutah (3257) - Utah, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared by Dallas
Dark brown with a medium sized tan head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, nutty and sweet toffee. Taste is roasted malts, nutty, chocolate, caramel and dry
EdInSaltLake (282) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty, citrus fruit aroma. Fruity flavor; with roasted and molasses/sweet malt flavors.
illidurit (1683) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #35, dark brown color, cherry vanilla soda, alcohol, tart acetic stout, coffee, hazelnuts, red fruits.
burg326 (2391) - Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce staff only bottle, from markwise, poured a dark black color with aromas of light nuts, roast, earth and some light bourbon. Flavors are roast, light coffee, hazelnuts and some light booze. A nice imperial stot blended nicely. Thanks Mark!
douglas88 (4597) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2013 Staff only 2012 Bottle thanks to Dallas. Pours a pure black color with a small beige head. A sweet light fruity and nutty nose. Sweet vanilla and cocoa, very nutty, sweet overall and quite light despite the ABV. Note: it says 20% aged in Bourbon Barrels on the label.
Gription79 (1632) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. The aroma of nuts filled my nose. Notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, hot alcohol, freshly opened can of nuts. Not bad.
MikeJslc (508) - USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, opaque, tan head. Aroma of very deep dark bread crust and chocolate, light licorice, a little nutty note. Flavor: dark chocolate, caraway, nutty notes, light licorice, very mild sour note.
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drsordr (256) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour opaque black wit thick tan head. Nose of sweet dark fruit, toffee, and hint of nut. taste sweet roasted malt with a bitterness bite. Some nut and some tannin in the mid palate. As it warms, some more balancing sweetness.
RobertDale (2000) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle. Thanks Mark! Staff bottle poured a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, nuts, coffee, and alcohol. I tasted black walnuts. Nice. Nice. Nice.