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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2011
At ACBF. Dark as night with coffee color head. Huge roasted dark coffee nose, earthy quality. Not overpowering chocolate or coffee flavors, hint of sweetness, but so balanced. I had this right after Darkness, and thought this trumped it. Still hasnít beaten PVW eclipse for best IS iíve ever had, but this is top 3.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4324) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2011
This poured a very dark brown almost black color with a tan head. Aroma was a good amount of dark roasted malts, light dark coffee and dark chocolate, a bit of soy too. Flavor was lots of dark fruits and roasted coffe, less burned chocolate than most Impy, good, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Had this on the day of the June 25th release. Recieved in a snifter. 4.0 A: Black color. Came with just a touch of creamy beige head that retained well. 4.0 S: Moderate roastiness, good bit of coffee, and sharp, almost spicy chocolate. Dark caramel malts and molasses. 4.0 T: The "sharp" chocolate is back to start the show. Coffee right after that. Light to moderate roastiness that lingers into the aftertaste. Good bit of molasses with light caramel. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation and moderately creamy. Quite smooth, but Iíd prefer this to be thicker. 4.0 D: Good beer and a good base for the variants. Iíd prefer a better mouthfeel though. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 06-27-2011 16:24:06

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
burg326 (3667) - Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2011 22 ounce bottle as an extra... seriously number 60 of 72 pours a dark dark brown with little head with little carbonation. Smells of roasted malt and caramel. Flavors of dark chocalate and a hint of dark fruit. Amazing beer, I still canít believe this was an extra....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2228) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Pour at ACBF. Black with brown head. Aroma and flavor both start with a very sweet chocolate finish that shifts to an intense bitter roast presence via some dark fruit and molasses in the middle. Very tasty, but not in the upper tier of imperial stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Boltz7555. #52/72. Bottle pours deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, tar and coffee. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of burnt caramel, dark fruit, and darker chocolate than was present in the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Bottle 52/72 acquired via trade with alexsdad06...thanks Brad!!! This one poured a dark mahogany with hints of ebony at itís core and had a small latte head. Big, healthy aroma of cocoa crispies mixed with rich roasted coffee beans. The nose was sublime. The flavor just didnít live up to what filled my nostrils. Stale Folgerís Crystals and weak chocolate were accompanied by subtle dark fruit. A little thin for the style as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle - shared by someone at a massive Saturday tasting at bu11zeyeís. Bottle #262 of 384. Near black pour with a nice tan head. Massive aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, and some fruitiness. Flavor is very creamy with some hop bit and bitter dark chocolate.

   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 (5012) - , 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

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