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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


FROTHINGSLOSH's rating

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4829) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Thanks Helmut! Sampled from a growler this beer poured an oily black color with a medium sized foamy brown head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet toasty malts, cocoa, vanilla and anise. The flavor was sharp and bitter fruity hops, anise, toasty malts, port wine, cherry, vanilla and a hint of mint. Incredibly long hoppy and toasty finish with anise and cherry notes. Thick and creamy - the beer really coats the tongue and refuses to leave. Marvelous!


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1275) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2014
375 ml bottle, 2014 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit (raisins, plums), coffee, and caramel. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there’s also some molasses, herbal hops and burnt/charred malt noticeable too. It’s a tasty brew, with plenty of roasty, bitter, and sweet flavors. Just gets better and better the longer I drink this! Mouthfeel/body is full, it’s rich, creamy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. I think it’s a pretty good RIS. Hopefully Jackie O’s will put out another batch of this soon! $5.99 a bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3330) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 8, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a very nice brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel, and coffee. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (2998) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Tap. Pours deep black, medium creamy tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, coffee, ashtray. Flavor is light sweet, heavy bitter, heavy roast. Medium plus body. Almost burned.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigda83 (120) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
From bottle, poured a dark brown with tan head. Aroma jumps out with chocolate and coffee. Taste is a lot of cinnamon up front with chocolate, coffee, bread, and toast. Body was on the lighter side for a stout. Flavors stayed pretty consistent as it warmed up. I enjoyed it. First Jackie O’s offering.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (998) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Little pour opaque black with thick tan head. Nose lots of roast, dark chocolate, and some alcohol. Taste bitter roast up front, then chocolate, dark fruit, transitioning to pleasing bitter. Some heat from the alcohol Late palate. Long chocolate roasty finish. Great mouth feel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OPIE788 (313) - Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle. Poured black with a tan head. Caramel and coffee aromas. Caramel, vanilla, coffee and a bit of cocoa. Really well balanced and the flavors keep developing on the palate.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2450) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
On tap at Jackie O’s. Pours a deep brown with a nose of chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of coffee grounds/peat. Flavor is has a lot of that with a hint of banana and cherry thrown in. Warmth from the ABV is lovely and goes nicely with the thick mouthfeel. Yum!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle, pours dark black with a small reddish dark brown head. Aroma is molasses, brown sugar, raisin, chocolate, a bit sweet and boozy. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, kahlua, raisins, lots of roast, burnt sugar, some ash, overall a pretty impressive brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (1963) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
En fût au Parker Pie, des restants du takeover. Superbe mousse due à une effervescence trop vigoureuse qui rend le corps volatile. Les saveurs partent de la cassonade, mélasse et chocolat au lait pour aller vers le charbon, malts fûmés et torréfaction aiguë.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Concealer (734) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Tap at hops and pie. Reddish dark brown with a small tan head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, molasses, and dark fruit. Flavor is the same with some coffee and roasted malt. Medium bodied with a warm finish.


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