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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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. 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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2630) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2012
Jet black colour, red hue, small tan head. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, earth and overripe fruit. Rather sweet flavour, light sour note, red fruit, slightly tart, chocolate, somewhat saline, soy sauce and red wine. Finish saline, soy sauce and red fruits.
(From 66 cL bottle @ ZZT IV. Courtesy of Countbeer and Milan. Thanks!)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4072) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle @ZZT IV: Small and quick disappearing brown head on top of a black colored beer. Smellis a strange mix of iron, vinous notes and some light cherry notes. Taste is more subtle and fuller either: lots of red fruit, light vinous, some roasted barleys, light bitter, spices, light sour (red fruity sour). Different approach of and Imperial Stout, but pretty nice. Aftertaste is a mix of spices, with vinous notes and some creamy barley malts. Low carbo, soft mouthfeel, full body and a light creamy texture.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michcam8 (267) - Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2012
On tap at the brewhouse. Big beer with jet black color and a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, grain and doughy bread. Taste is heavy on the sweet side with chocolate being the overwhelming flavor along with coffee and earth notes. The finish is smooth with hint of bitterness. Creamy mouthful with a heavy body. Overall a good beer, but was expecting better.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (6440) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2012 650ml bottle @ ZZT IV. Opaque dark brown color, small beige lacing. Smell malts, coffee, earth. Taste is less good, malts, lightly earthy, some sourness, red wine influences. Sour finish. Medium body, low to medium body.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (3491) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle @ ZZT4. Pitch black, oily with no head. Smells earthy, compost, coffee, dark chocolate, roasty. Tastes slightly sour, red fruits, red wine, coffee, dark chocolate, roasty, complex. Full body, low carbo, soft.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Very dark color and a persistent thin brown head. Rich deep aroma with lots of little nuances if u smell it long enough. Flavor is great, really good representation of a craft stout. The backbone of this beer is the malt so rich and deep. There is a definite alcohol burn and the hops are lost in all the flavor. Overall I love this beer had a sampler during brew week so far it’s my favorite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5889) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2012
22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks, Blake! 2011 release, bottle 118/228. Pours a deep cocoa brown with a small tan ring for a head that lasts all the way down. Straightforward aroma- coffee, chocolate, earth, roast, and sugar. Simple and nice but doesn’t really pop. The flavor follows the same notes up front, with chocolate and coffee, but then finishes with a long metallic note, like someone put a coin in my taster. Medium-bodied, with light carbonation and a roasty, metallic mouthfeel. We lined this one up with 6 variations and this was probably my least favorite of the bunch.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (5051) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2012
On tap. Had this after trying the vanilla and coffee versions. Of the three, the standard was definitely my favorite - had the best balance, naturally. Good, lighter brown head. Black color. Good lace. Nice roasty dark malt aroma, with light coffee / chocolate notes. Nice moderate bitter taste. Bigger body, lighter carbonation. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (1794) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Tasted on draft at the 2011 12 South Winter Warmer. Pours nearly black with a thin tan head that leaves thin, spotty lace. The nose is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and some banana. The flavor is lightly sweet with some sweet milk chocolate, moving to the more dark chocolate and coffee with a touch of banana. The body is full and oily with average carbonation and a long banana, dark chocolate, and bitter coffee finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 7/15/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tasting glass. Dark Apparition is a good looking imperial stout - black with mahogany edges, with a creamy mocha cap. The aroma is smooth. Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and dark chocolate all blend together. Smooth Belgian chocolate comes into the flavor up front, with some dark fruit hangs out in the periphery. Eventually these flavors blending with espresso and roasted malt, which has a strong flavor without imparting any burnt flavors. The transition is a little choppy from the smooth coffee near the middle to the earthy hop bitterness and fusel alcohol finish. This has low carbonation, but with a creamy smoothness that makes up for it. Definitely full bodied. I liked this, but I did not love it. Sometime in the future I would be interested in going back and trying this along with several variations together.


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