DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4 oz. sample at JO’s 6th Anniversary. I prefer Oil of Aphrodite everytime over Dark App, but as an "Oilized" beer, I had high hopes for this.
4.0 A: Black color. Came with just a touch of creamy beige head that retained well.
4.5 S: It’s Dark App...with NUTZ! Allegedly brewed with five types of nuts, but I’m not sure whether black walnuts (the feature nut of Oil) are included. Moderate roastiness, good bit of coffee, and sharp, almost spicy chocolate. Dark caramel malts and molasses. The nuts put this over the top. Really, it is amazing. Cashews and peacans specifically speak out.
5.0 T: The nuts take over the taste. Tons of nuttiness and the variety of nuts used is fully realized. Plenty of chocolate again. Coffee right after that. Light to moderate roastiness that lingers into the aftertaste. Good bit of molasses with light caramel.
4.5 M: Whether it is from the nuts or the newest batch, this is much heartier than the Dark Apps I’ve had in the past. Heavy body, but still on the lighter end of the spectrum. Good moderate carbonation and great creaminess. Super smooth.
5.0 D: I hope JO’s and every other brewery jam pack beers with nuts. It seems to do magic every time. I’ve always though Dark App was tasty, but far from elite. Nuts have made this beer into just that.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-05-2011 00:58:54
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2011
This poured a dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma was dark roasted malt, light chocolate, and lots of hazelnut, but not artificial at all. The beginning of the flavor is mainly the nice roasted and sweet character of the base dark apparition which is followed by a nice sweet nutty finish. Definitely one of my favorites of the different treatments I have tried. jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2012 Draft at brewpub. Pours black. Nose of roast chocolate malt, pecan, almond crunch, vanilla and coffee. Taste is the same. Lots of roast almonds and pecans. Reminds me a bit of Oil of Aphrodite. Nice beer. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2011
Flip topped, (I’m guessing) hand bottled, shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured black with a thin head. Nice dark roasty tones, a little bitterness. Great sweetness, vanilla, with toasted almonds and hazelnuts. Think of the comfort of eating roasted almonds from a side walk vendor on a cold NYC day. Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale/ Stout and Big Beer Fest on 02/05/2011 ("DA Nuts" on the sample list). Pours brown-black with a medium thin light beige head that recedes quickly. Partial rings of lacing. Roasted nuts and malt in the nose. Rich body with a nice nutty character with notes of toasted malt and chocolate. The finish is roasty with a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste Good beer overal.
JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Sample at Jackie O’s on 2/5/11. Pours darkest brown/black with a medium tan head. Chocolate and coffee nose with plenty of nutty character. I had trouble picking out the different nuts. I thought I detected pecan and walnut, completely missing the almond and hazelnut and mistaking one or both of them for walnut. Creamy chocolate flavor with pecan and what I thought was walnut influence before a bitter roasty finish. johnnnniee (4411) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Sampled at EBF on Saturday afternoon.
Pours a dark brown/black color with a tan head that recedes quickly. Smells of nuts, lots of earthy nuts with a bit of chocolate coffee and roast. Taste follows the smell really well. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. Nice brew, different and tasty. alexsdad06 (10784) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Draft at brewpub. Pours the usual dark brown to black color with a smaller beige head. The aroma has dark roasted malts, dark chocolate with a very nice nutty component that pushes this to a new level for me. I enjoy the black walnuts in the oil quite a bit and found this to be on the same level. The flavor has the nut flavors working very well with the base beer; roast, dark chocolate, pecans with some of the black walnut found in the oil. Medium plus body with a smooth texture. I am looking forward to the staff release of this beer. Tmoney99 (14952) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Tap. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel, nuts and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet dark chocolate malt flavor with a heavy nutty bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.