brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 3, 2011
A: The beer pours black in color with a finger of tan colored foam.
S: Plenty of coffee aroma to this. It’s really nice and has a touch of spice to it. Lots of vanilla and bourbon notes with a touch of oak. Chocolate and roasted malt aromas to go along with all the coffee.
T: A fairly substantial amount of semi-sweet dark chocolate to go with all the intense coffee. Still lots of bourbon and vanilla from the barrel and minimal oak. Moderate sweetness of toffee and molasses.
M: Medium to full bodied with a medium carbonation.
O: Easily the best of the Dark Apparition varieties that I’ve had. Really nice stuff. Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Big thanks to markwise for sharing this beauty that pours deep darkness with mocha head. The aroma offers up black strap molasses, some dark roasted coffee, a mild level of chili peppers and dusty malt balls. The taste is rich and yummy with molasses, dark to near burnt roasted malts, black strap molasses and rich oily yummy, did I mention ‘rich’, coffee beans. I get a faint chili pepper sense hovering around the edges of the flavor. Very nice brew. Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers, #212/213, 2011 vintage. Deep opaque brown body with reddish highlights; thin clumping beige head. Nose of chocolate wafer, coffee, and booze. Strong coffee and alcohol notes in the body; also dark chocolate. Rough with serious prickly heat. Good, close to very good. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2011
bottle shared with silphium...212/213 2011 edition. black pour with small ochre head. huge roasted coffee, chocolate, nuts, and toasted malt in the nose. flavor is of creamed coffee with added caramel and toffee...big, sweet...intense bourbon and vanilla...awesome hopscotch (11433) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle... Pours dark brown with a typical Dark Apparition head. The bouquet delivers on its promise of fudge, expensive deeply-roasted coffee and vanilla. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and subdued carbonation. The flavor is acrid and bittersweet (more sweet than bitter), offering deeply roasted malts and coffee, dark chocolate and warm bourbon... followed loosely by a hint of butter. Finishes acrid and just short of tart. Bottle generously shared by darkguardian!
50belair (3697) - Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Big thanks to darkguardian for sharing this bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aromas of vanilla beans and expresso. The body is a little thin. It’s very hard for me to get past the flavor of cheap whiskey. I’m shocked to here that these are Woodford’s Reserve Barrels.
DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Earlier Rating: 3/14/2011 Total Score: 4
Diego coming through with another sick bottle. Black pour with thin tan/brown head. Roasted malt and strong coffee aromas. The body is thin and the taste is sweet with expresso, coffee, roasted malt, and sweet chocolate flavors..
It pours a dark dark dark brown. Dark tan suds form a halo around the glass. Roasty coffee nose with bourbon boozy notes peaking through along with some brown sugar, chocolate, bourbon vanilla, and some more booooooze. Soft light carbonation...big coffee and cream flavors, delicate notes of bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and cookies. big roasty coffee finish. jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
@Tampa Wkly Gathering @TampaPourhouse Thanks markwise?-750 bottle-pours a light tan ring for a head and brown color. Aroma is dark malt-coffee bean, vanilla. Taste is dark malt-coffee bean, vanilla, some earthy hops. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Ba kopi dark ap. On tap at Jackie O’s during its own release party.. Pours same as the rest... Aroma of coffee, not as
assertive, with a vanilla and bourbon barrel presence... Flavors are
bourbony upfront with an equalizing coffee presence although somewhat
subdued compared to normal kopi. Medium bodied which applied also the same
to the carbonation.
8/4/8/3/16 markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Thanks to my Ohio connection for this one. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is nice dark, roasted chocolatey coffee with slight vanilla, roasted malts, and just enough barrel to add complexity. Flavor is similar with coffee, coffee all over, dark chocolate, vanilla, breaking into some chocolatey kopi coffee with bourbon and a hint of wood. Flavor profile is medium-bodied and just exuding goodness all over. Very enjoyable.