Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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. 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisFields (98) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Pours deep and opaque. Little to no head. Aroma is malty, coffee caramel and bitter cocoa. Taste is slightly sweet with a touch of salty bitterness. Extremely smooth and a touch dry. Overall an excellent example of an American stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (699) - New York, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Bottle poured into a snifter..opaque with a thin tan head..aroma of coffee,chocolate,molasses, roasted nuts..tastes of coffee,molasses,dark fruits,chocolate..good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (313) - USA - AUG 5, 2015
The cap peeled with my rockin guitar bottle-opener, the aroma is like Sunday in bed with a steaming cup and the morning sun just starting to warm the windows. With deep coffee and a hint of baking chocolate in the air, the beer is already making my mouth water. I pour the brew, a rosy, nut brown, a very creamy liquid, capped in a porous, dense foam, the color of toasted almonds. The head disappears in minutes, but is easily teased back to attention with a swirl of the glass. I bring my lips to the snifter, I sample lightly, the first few drops, and let the beer spread thinly over my tongue. I breathe through my mouth, to draw the aroma deeper, feeling the sting of the alcohol and I swallow more deeply, the next mouthful, to complete the experience. The layers of flavor begin to peel away and a dark molasses comes alive between the layers Id discovered in the aroma. A hint of leather and tobacco abuse the surface of my tongue; I sip, and the cool brew flows creamy, soothing the bite of alcohol and the bitter dryness of the finish. The carbonation is a touch lively for my liking, but quite flavorful, and a bit sweeter than I expected, but delicious! The ABV is timid in comparison to my last few reviews, and as far as a Dark Apparition, I never did see any ghosts, but that doesnt mean they werent there...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (2143) - Ghent, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks! Vintage 2014. Black colour, brown foam. Medium carbonation. Bitter and roasty stout with notes of coffee. Bitter hoppy finish. Light sweetness. Well balanced. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1594) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Dark cola colored pour with cocoa colored head that quickly dissipates (unfortunately). Sweet chocolate, roasted barley, faint bitterness, alcohol warmth, molasses, dark fruits. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iznogud (1549) - CROATIA - JUL 27, 2015
On tap at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours black with off-white head. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark fruits. Complex. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14267) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2015
Tap @CBC2015
Dark brown color, small off-white head. Tobacco in the nose, also some licorice. Medium-bodied. Licorice and tobacco also in the flavor. Lots of alcohol - warming aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1438) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 13, 2015
backlog. bottle. Black. Aroma is melasses, roast, dried fruit, dark chocolate. Nice mouthfeel, full bodied, nice sipper.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenJensen (828) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2015
Coarse nougat colored and persistent foam. It is brewed with 7 malt varieties and smells wonderful coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is most influenced by the coffee and black pepper, but it also has a taste of brown sugar, chocolate and caramelt. At the bottom of the palate you will find raisins and other dried fruits and a little vanilla. Gradation is high and tasting a hint of alcohol toward the end. The hops are composed of European and American hops and provides long and heavy aftertaste. It is a tasty and elegant imperial stout, but it sets no new standards for the type that you have not tasted before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1278) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2015
12oz bottle pours a thick black color without any head. Lots of molasses. It smooths out with some time to breath. Mild hops noticeable at the end.

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