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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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. After a month of conditioning in stainless steel, the beer was transferred into bourbon barrels. For 8 months, Dark Apparition waited patiently in oak barrels until the time was right to spring forth with its ghostly gusto. 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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Aroma is big on the char vanilla oak with a back of coffee, the good bitter kind of roast. Appearance pours like ink with almost no head and no lacing. black. Taste is a bit more bitter than the nose but still crazy smooth, can’t taste the burn at all. Palate is thick and chewy. Overall a really nice stout.

mateuszk (2683) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 27, 2017
Bottle. Pitch black, no head. Rich bourbon aroma, just a hint of sweetness from vanilla. In taste great chocolate, bourbon. Finish boozy with vanilla aftertaste. Full bodied and smooth. Great brew.

FraekkeFyr87 (566) - - JUL 26, 2017
The aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and malt and notes of coffee and caramel and dried fruits are to be found. The taste is full of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and malt. The finish is full of dried fruits and alcohol but the ABV is 11,5 % so it makes perfect sense. The color is dark brown. A decent beer!

kraddel (8167) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 24, 2017
Pours black, no real head. Smell is rich, bourbon, oak. Taste is full, vanilla, oak, bourbon, intense chocolate. very nice . Big difference with the base beer !

JorisPPattyn (10005) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 23, 2017
No head; black beer with yellow rim. Bourbon/vanilla; roasted, alcohol and fusels in the nose. Again terribly sweet, even more thanks to the Bourbon/vanilla. Vanilla icecream with a roasted bitterish edge. Thick, viscous, alcoholheat. Again way too sweet to be great. Thanks, M & L V.! 7/4/6/4/14

ctipping (2065) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2017
375 mL bottle. Black body. Strong bourbon aroma. Vanilla. Some roasted malt and a little chocolate. Tastes of strong bourbon as well. Oak, vanilla. Chocolate malt and a roasty back end. Aggressive bitterness and even more aggressive bourbon in the finish. Wasn’t sure what I thought of this at first, as the bourbon is really aggressive, but the base beer is clearly top notch.

Alengrin (5382) - BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2017
Jackie O’s take on the - now - ubiquitous imperial stout theme, aged on bourbon barrels for eight months. From a stylish 37.5 cl ’mini’ bomber - or rather: 12.7 fl. oz., so 37.55 cl to be precise, not the commonest way to bottle a beer in America. Pretty yellowish beige, lightly lacing, moussy head, dissolving into nothing in the middle instantly but holding strong on the edges with a ’coffee cream’-like effect, over a black beer with hazy ochre-ish mahogany edges, its true colour visible for only a few millimeters off the edge. Intense, seductive bouquet of hot chocolate sauce made with cognac, hazelnut paste, bourbon, toffee, wet leather, vanilla-like oak (and wet wood in general) reinforced by the bourbon, game stock, roasted chestnuts, shoe polish and fresh paint, molasses, old raisins, hints of amaretto, fresh bayleaf taken out of a beef stew after a long time of stewing, gingerbread, cinnamon, wet burnt toast, cappuccino, dried banana slices, liquorice, soaked black beans, dried prunes, walnut liqueur, old dry chocolate cake, soy sauce. Intense flavour, an onset of candied fig, dried banana and raisin sweetness immediately balanced by a very soft ’lateral’ sourish touch but, more than anything, by a very beefy umami flavour, a bit stewed mushroom- and beef stock cube-like, very leathery as well, with a softly carbonated, viscous and ’hefty’, very heavily oily mouthfeel; lingering ’black’ sugary sweetness. Alcohol ’stings’ are apparent from the start, fatiguing the tip of the tongue well before they should actually show up, but in any case the middle phase is a plunge into the depths of the dark malt underworld, albeit in a relatively ’friendly’ manner with more emphasis on sweetness than on roasted bitterness; thoroughly nutty, almost peanut butter- and hazelnut paste-like flavours are quickly drenched in a black chocolate bittersweetness with a sharper toasted bitter edge, eventually accentuated by the wryness of the bourbon, which comes to full glory at the back - yet keeps itself sweet and flattering, adding vanilla- and burnt caramel-like notes just as much as heating alcohol. Some tannic, agreeable woodiness in the end, clinging tightly to the root of the tongue as the alcohol heat flows overhead. A dash of peppery, tangy and very slightly herbal, almost ’moss green’ hop bitterness adds further balance against the initial black candi sugar sweetness, though it is, in all, still the sweetness that gets the last word, even if beautifully matched with roasted bitterness. Deep and complex, long-stretched, yet still ’praline’-like stout: no flavours here that I haven’t encountered before in similar American impies, but by itself more than exemplary, generous, rich and profound as any other classic BBA American stout - we’re very close to Bourbon County territory here. Delightful sipper and a beautiful creation by this sympathetic brewing company once again.

Werckmeister (3188) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 13, 2017
0,375l from bottle bought at Biercab Shop. No obvious BB date. black color, very small coffee cooled head. smells of coconut, bourbon, light sweetness, marzipan, dried fruits, raisins. lovely smell. Full body, light carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes lightly sweet, coconut, bourbon, bitter chocolate, light coffee, light vanilla, bit nutty, dried fruits, raisins. finishes lightly sweet with notes of coconut, bourbon and dried fruits. very very nice one, great balance. just a tad boozy. I also prefer it colder because vanilla gets through too much for my liking when warm. definitely prefer the ba version, even though it gets a touch boozy.

BlazerT (1113) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JUL 10, 2017
Nice BA changed positively this brew. Smooth, silky, medium bodied with nice milk chocolate accents. Strong bourbon notes - vanilla, coconut, light heavy sweet, ABV is extremely well hidden. Big brew.

rami_pl (3473) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUL 10, 2017
Rami Rami is drinking a Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition by Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery at Chmielarnia Marszałkowska Beczka beczka beczka. Sciemniaja o alko. Niezawiele ciala. Slodziutkie, posmaki palone. Ryli klasa
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klm1 (1541) - Bled/SF, - JUL 5, 2017
0,37l bottle: pours oily black, opaque with foamy dissipating brown head. Aroma: roasted grain, dark malts, vanillin, bourbon...flavor follows aroma: dark malts with notes of roasted coffee, chocolate, toasted toffee, vanillin (vanilla), molasses, bourbon. DRy, from roasted and hops slightly bitter finish. Body is full, texture velvetly, carbonation is low to moderate.

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