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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 ícause this ghost is a creeper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bomber received in a past trade with iceicebaby. Thanks again Sean! Bottled 11/18/2009, #6/172. Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass. Two finger mocha head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. Rings and sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind. Deep roasted malt aroma with a nice smokey character, subtle spice and luscious chocolate. Toasted with hints of burnt toast, bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal and roasted coffee/espresso bean. Iím also picking up some anise, licorice, earthy hops and boozy sweetness. Smells pretty good. Medium bodied but a bit lighter than expected with a roasted chocolate malt flavor that is balanced by subtle hops and spice. Thereís a slightly sweet element that balanced out the toasted notes but this beer is all about the roast. Slightly smokey and toasted with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, oatmeal, burnt toast and deeply roasted coffee/espresso bean. The coffee presence is very prominent but there are hints of licorice and a lot of sweet booze balancing things out. Thereís also an earthy, piny hop bitterness that compliments the dark chocolate and balances things out a bit further. A bit thin for my liking and still a bit hot but at 10.5% the ABV is relatively well masked. Overall, this beer is pretty complex but itís a bit boozy and thinner bodied than I prefer for the style. A decent interpretation of the style but not something that I would seek out again. I loved the bourbon barrel kopi luwak version but this one was kind of disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
On tap at the Jackie Oís Anniversary Extravaganza. Sampled multiple vintages. Review based on the early 2010 version. Pours near black with a thin mocha head that doesnít leave too much lacing but settles down with a nice collar. The nose is pretty strong with chocolate, coffee, roast, black licorice, and some dark fruits. A tad bit of vanilla in the background. The flavor is quite nice as well with a good dose of roasted coffee and chocolate plus a nice kick of lightly-sweet dark fruits. Good balance between everythin. The mouthfeel is the only real drawback to this one. While the carbonation is nice, the overall feel is a bit thin. However, the fact that itís not really viscous at all does aid the drinkability of this one. All around, this is a solid brew. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 12-17-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2011
(sampled at Dakís Final Four Tasting!). Bottled 11.18.09. Pours dark brown with thin khaki head. Aroma has loads of chocolate, coffee and some dark fruits. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness and well balanced. Medium bodied with a slick texture. This is a really nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Nice rich black pour, brown head. Tons of cocoa, roasted malt, light ash, ashpalt, coffee. Flavor is smooth and creamy with just the right touch of hops, great dark chocolate and molasses, prunes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2011
On tap at Jackie-Oís, Athens OH on 11 March 2010. Iím pretty sure it was the "basic" version I had - didnít realize there were so many variants at the time. Pitch black. Good oily rich dark stuff. Lots of chocolate in the aroma. More of a mix of chocolate and coffee in the flavour. A very good imperial stout but not quite as individual and distinctive of some of the other Jackie-Oís beers I tried at this sitting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2011
This beer is straight up dark chocolate. Dark chocolate from hell to breakfast, with just a tiny hint of licorice. Superb and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (4664) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Chocolate, burnt coffee, and toasted nalt aroma. Super sweet chocolate, toasted malt, and a good malt bitter finish. Medium/full bodied and smoothe. very very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1280) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Growler courtesy of Josh - thank you! Silky black beer with an expresso tan head. Aroma is huge bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and light hops with a dry finish. Taste is bitter hops up front transitioning into chocolate, coffee bitterness, and dark, roasted malt. Some raisin/plum notes on the back 3rd of the taste and a clean, dry finish. Very solid and enjoyable IRS.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steelhead3686 (214) - Athens, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Pours (from draft) very dark brown to black and has a medium brown head. Heavy roast aroma with some chocolate hints. Extremely balanced taste. Very crisp clean body with a little touch of cream.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
"Late í10" DA. Notes from 4-5 oz sample. A-Body is a very dark brown, nearly black hue. Served with a one finger or so tan head that fades to aq thin collar that remains thin but lingers on for awhile. Hints of vibrant red can be seen when this brew is held up to the light. S- Nose is classic RIS- but quite fruity with plum and raisin notes taking the forefront- chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, oatmeal, and anise are in the bakcground. T- Initial flavor is quite smnooth and balanced with an equal balance of roasted malt, vanilla, anise, licorice. The flavors intensify for the finish with roasted malt coming through the most. A mild to moderate roasted malt bitterness lingers for quite awhile. M- Low to medium carbonation and a smooth, thick, viscous body. Very well done. D- This is a great stout-one that would definately have again. Pretty much of a classic, well done IRS. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 12-05-2010 22:42:41

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