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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
goffenhiemer (4) - Plain City, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009 does not count
This is one of the best beers Iíve had with this much alcohol in it. I donít like most high alcohol beers because you can taste the alcohol too much. It is rare to find one that does it right and this one is done right.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fitwitchik (349) - USA - SEP 21, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a snifter a blackest brown black with minimal head. Aroma is coffee brown sugared with cocoa Flavor is straight up amazing. Have had on tap & bottled is pretty darned close. Thick coffee tons of molasses & some hops but balanced beautifully. One of my top 10 brews ever...DAMN

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2009
GABF 2009, day 2: Glad someone suggested I try this one; it was one of my favorites of the day. Smooth, creamy, milkshake-like texture. Very malty. Incredibly aromatic notes of whiskey, vanilla beans and dark chocolate. Great roastiness, overall. Very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Cliff. Thanks a ton!! Pours thick oily black with dark tan head. Aroma is dense chocolate, dark roast, coffee, fudge, and some hops. Thick viscous oily mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is a real treat. There are layers upon layers of flavor and this monster finishes dry with a chocolate coffee touch that lingers. One of my favorite beers Iíve tried for sure. Thanks again Cliff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4971) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Appearance was wonderful, with very little head. Smelled like chocolate, with coffee present as well. Taste was outstanding... chocolate, coffee and some fruit up front.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steelhead3686 (244) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1341) - 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 thereís also some molasses, herbal hops and burnt/charred malt noticeable too. Itís 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, itís rich, creamy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. I think itís a pretty good RIS. Hopefully Jackie Oís will put out another batch of this soon! $5.99 a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matthewjk (924) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Whoa, this thing is pretty damn good. Jackie Oís has quietly delivered the goods out of Athens for a while now, but this might be their "capstone" beer. Damn this thing is so well brewed. Heavier on the fig / current than I would have suspected. ABV on high is very well masked. Overall, Iím quite pleased. Serving: 375ml bottle.

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