alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
12 oz. bottle picked up when released from notes. Pours dark brown to black with very little in the way of a head. The aroma has hints of the dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and other things that make Dark Apparition a great beer, but adds some black cherry and cherry skins which adds a cherry wine character. Flavor shows some roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild bourbon with some tart cherry that provides a cherry wine/vinous character. Carbonation was light. wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Tasted on 4/28/12 with the Nashville and Knoxville crews at Curtis’ old house, big thanks to JR for bringing this one. Pours nearly black dark brown with no head but a few brown bubbles. The nose is tart cherry with dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, overall very vinous. The flavor is quite vinous, really dominated by the cherry with both milk and dark chocolate, and some bitter coffee. The body is full with average carbonation and a long dark chocolate and vinous cherry finish. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
12oz bottle. Rating #8. Still black pour with no head. Aroma is sour cherries and chocolate roast. Very sour, lots of cherries with a little chocolate in the background. (2751) deyholla (12582) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks! Pours black with a brown head that starts at the edges and remains. Aroma has a good a amount of sweet cherry with backing dark graIns. Flavor has cherry up front with dark grains and roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark stout brown with a tan head. Nose is roasted malts, dark cherries, some wood/ bourbon, and light dark fruit. Flavor is similar- roast, chocolate, wood, bourbon, earthy dark cherries, dark fruit, and some booze. Medium in body and nice overall.
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2012
Strong aroma of sour cherry, dark malt, chewy caramel. Flavor is kriek sour, bourbon. Mouth puckering. Dry red wine. hopscotch (11411) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2012
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours midnight black with no head. The nose furnishes maple syrup, dried plum and a heaping helping of Door County-like tart cherries. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. The flavor is a eloquently-woven ribbon of chocolate, fudge and sour cherries. Finishes tart and dark-chocolaty. Kudos to darkguardian for sharing this world class bottle of beer! Tmoney99 (15116) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown color with a minimal frothy brown head that lasted with fair lacing good legs. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, dark cherry and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet dark chocolate malt and dark cherry flavor with a medium to heavy sweet dark fruit and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is another solid fruit beer.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Dark App put into a 7 gallon bourbon barrel with cherries added. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tasting glass.
3.5 A: Black color. Couldn’t muster much of a head.
3.5 S: This is the only nano at this release without a hint of diacetyl. Smells like regular Dark App with a light leathery bourbon component. Unfortunately, the cherry doesn’t fit into the mix well. A light tartness isn’t a welcomed newcomer.
3.5 T: Again, this is Dark App with light bourbon and some tart cherry. Pleasantly chocolatety, supple roast, light coffee. Good here, but the cherry distracts from all the good stuff.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light creaminess.
3.5 D: No improvement over the regular, but interesting a worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-25-2012 18:42:31 JStax (7307) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is black with a thin head of tan foam that quickly dissipates. Aroma is slightly tart cherries with a slightly boozy chocolate note. Taste is tart cherries, chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Tart finish. Chewy mouthfeel. One of the few cherry beers I was actually able to get into. That doesn’t happen often.