jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2013 Draft at brewpub. Pours black. Nose and taste of roast chocolate, coffee and Christmas spices - though star anise and black licorice really overpower the palate. Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale/ Stout and Big Beer Fest on 02/05/2011. This beer pours brownish-black with a thin beige head that recedes quickly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and spicy chili. Medium to full body with flavors of peppery spices, malt and dark chocolate. The finish is bitter coffee with a lingering spicy pepper aftertaste. Decent overall, but too heavy on the spice for my taste. deyholla (11604) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Sampled from the tap at the brewery during the 5th anniversary party. Poured black with opaque edge and a near white head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma was mainly cinnamon and chilies with a bit of cocoa and coffee. Flavor started with roasted malt and cinnamon with growing chillies leading to a spicy finish with the underlying notes of coffee and cocoa. alexsdad06 (10416) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Draft at Jackie O-s. Pours dark like all the others with small head. Nose has roaster malt, dark chocolate, chilis and some spice. Flavors are much if the same. I like the heat from the pepper. I think if this had more body that it would pull this off a but better. As it stands, I thought it was pretty good. JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2010
On tap at the Jackie O’s 5th Anniversary Extravaganza. Pours darkest brown with a medium tan head. Malty nose with cinnamon and chili peppers. Chocolate malt flavor with notes of licorice and cherry before a slightly hot (as in pepper, not alcohol) finish.
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2011
This one poured a jet black color with a tan head. Aroma was of light chocolate, chiles, roasted malt, and the anise comes through a bit too. Flavor was a great blend of the sweetness of the stout and the chocolate mixed with the spiceness of the hops and the chiles. The only thing retracting from this beer is the burn in the throat after swallowing from the chiles. JStax (6502) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
On tap into a snifter. Appearance is dark black with a thin tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is of chilies, cinnamon, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is much better than I expected. The peppers used in this were a great deal less offensive than I expected because they were playing more of a secondary role. This beer was a nice surprise. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
On tap at the Jackie O’s Anniversary Extravaganza. Served side by side with a few of the other DA varieties.
Pours a very dark brown color with a thin whisp of a head and a bit of a collar around the edges. The nose is quite nice with some strong anise plus a bit of chili, roast, and chocolate. A touch of vanilla is hiding in there as well. The taste starts out good, but some of the experience is lost in the finish, which packs quite a bit too much heat for my tastes. The flavor starts out with some strong star anise/black licorice character, and then works it’s way into some of the characteristics of the base beer. As it finishes, the reason for the name becomes ever apparent as the chili starts to make its way through and brings a bit of a burn with it.
I really enjoyed this beer up through the finish, which just didn’t quite work for me, though others seemed to really enjoy it. The Drinkability was affected by the feel of the finish, but not so much that I had any problem finishing this.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-16-2010 chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On tap into a tulip...Looks no different than of the the dark app variants...Aroma of chocolate with vanilla, winter spices, and chili accents. The chili is nice not overpowering adds something to this...The taste starts off pretty nice but the chili’s are not as successful here as in the aroma. Gives it a weird taste I’m not loving. The added heat is a nice touch though. In middle of the da variants. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Dark Apparition Mole. On tap at JO’s.. Appearance same as the rest...Aroma of semi-spiced chocolate
flavors where the peppers aren’t as prominent but still present...
Flavors a deeper chocolate and black licorice with a spicy chile
pepper backbone. I like the added touch of some spice which coincides
well with a decent body and adequate carbonation. Def more of a
favorite of mine than the different varieties.