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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 ’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 (4919) - 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!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (4930) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle that was received in a trade with awlcordell. Black with amber highlights. A one finger dark tan is cool. An aroma that is not as big as expected brings chocolate and roasted notes. The flavor is aggressive and big. Chocolate, dark fruit, roast, dry bakers chocolate, a bit of coconut, and molasses. Hops are sulfur. Midglass alcohol is tasted but it fades soon enough. There is just a lot going on here and it is all good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2044) - Odense S, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle from Mikkeller webshop. Black body with a medium light brown head. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, sweet caramel, molasses, dark fruit, ripe fruit. Smooth. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3237) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2014
Tan head bubbly top dark pour mild carbonation aromas molasses dark chocolate caramel dark fruits smooth coffee the flavours roast coffee molasses rich dark chocolate medium bitter crisp touch plums sweet caramel smooth grain more herbal note good hop taste love the sweetness grows on you the finish best tastes sweetness that lingers hops herbal note fruits lasting bitter lovely imperial

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inbreak (2119) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2014
07.09.2014, 0,375l bottle @ home:
Big brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish roasted, dark malts, roasted grain, sour coffee, chocolate, unripe banana, burnt caramel, grass, alcohol. Taste is mild and balanced, dark malts, grass, cocoa, roasted grain, slightly sour-ish roasted coffee, burnt caramel, oak, hay, hints of alcohol and unripe banana. Medium to longlasting bitterness, slightly burnt mouthfeel. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (703) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2014
Pours a black body with a thick and creamy looking dark tanned head. Aroma of malts, caramel, roasted grains, candy, coffee and chocolate. Taste is balanced but still lightly sweet. Roasted malts give of some bitterness along with a moderate hop-bitterness as well. Full bodied, slightly warming and softly carbonated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (1379) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2014
Pours pitch black with a low tan head. Medium viscosity and swirling it around leaves some nice oily lacings. Nose is quite rich and musty with chocolate and vanilla dominating with roasted malts, almonds, honey slight berry and spice notes. Taste is quite subdued but very balanced with chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, hints of toasted nuts and molasses. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and velvety with low carbonation. Really good!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcartamdg (1981) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Pours jet black with a thick mocha head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, hop bitterness. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of licorice. Medium body, really solid imperial stout!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2615) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2014
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small, lacing and tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses and licorice. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with bitter notes and alcohol. Full to medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. An excellent Impy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8536) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2014
375 mL bottle from And Beer, ppened 8/10/14. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Chocolate, roasted malts, nutty notes, almost peanut butter, floral, fruity notes. The taste is nutty notes, roasted malts, chocolate, booze. Medium, booze, pretty hot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6480) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle from Mikkeller Bottle shop. Pours jet Black with a medium beige head. The aroma is toasted malty with some sweet caramel, chocolate, crackers and some hops. The flavour is high malty with licorice, light ash, molasses, light coffee, cocoa and it has a very bitter roasted finish.


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