alexsdad06 (10636) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Draft sample @ 5th Anniversary party. Pours dark brown/black with a small beige head. The aroma has roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hints of vanilla, herbal character is strong with cardamom and orange peel. The flavor has much of the same; roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, orange peel and herbs. This was good, but I like some of the other treatments better. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Turk.. Appearance same as the rest... Aroma has black licorice, anise,
and a mild cardommon component...Flavors are big on black licorice and
anise and cardammom which subside for more of a chocolate roastiness
but much more subdued than the anise and first mentioned flavored.
Body is thin to medium more towards the thin side with decent
7/4/7/3/14 Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
On tap at the brewpub on December 30, 2010.
While this was an interesting brew, it was definitely my least favorite of the Dark Apparition varieties that I tried, which I think at this point was nearly all of them. The beer itself was a very dark brown with a tan tan head and a bit of a bubbly cap as it faded. The nose was interesting and the vanilla mixed well with everything. The orange peel came out a bit, but eventually was a bit dominated by the cardamom. The flavor suffered the same fate but to a much larger degree with the cardamom’s spice really taking it up a notch and taking over the other characteristics of the beer, even the base. This spice carried over into the feel and certainly affected the drinkability.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-05-2011 ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
On tap at the Feb release. Dark pour with minimal head. Aroma is roast, orange and cardamon. Pick up the vanilla and coffee more on the flavor. Unique. hated this at first but it ended up growing on me chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On tap at the brew pub as part of Dark App tasting flight... Dark brown, bordering on black pour. A light tan head that is gone quickly... The nose has me a bit worried, although while something new the practical(taste) side of this may be rough. You get orange peel and vanilla which are good, but the cardamom that comes through is 1. way too strong and 2. doesn’t smell very good... The taste is just really not good, one of the only true fails I’ve seen so far here. The spice on the nose comes through ten times stronger, way too overbearing. Maybe I’m just not a cardamom fan, but this is something I would not try again in the future.
jtclockwork (17069) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Draft at brewpub. Pours black. Nose and taste of spearmint, chocolate malt, orange peel, cardamon, coffee, vanilla and spices. Mint and cardamon dominated the palate. Interesting treatment. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2011
This poured a very dark brown almost black with a lgiht tan head. Aroma was light spices, the cardamom comes through a bit, and the normal roasted character of the base beer too. Flavor was lots of off spices, really muddled and covering up the goodness of the underlying base beer. Too much going on here. Dogbrick (13518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale/ Stout and Big Beer Fest on 02/05/2011. Pours brownish-black with a medium light beige head that recedes quickly. Partial rings of lace on the glass. Aroma of ginger-infused coffee. Medium to full body with flavors of grainy malt, coffee and sweet spices. The finish is coffee and orange rinds. A little disjointed flavor profile overall but an interesting experiment overall. SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
On-tap at the Jackie Os 5th Anniversary Celebration
A- Body is a very dark brown, nearly black hue-served with a thin off white collar. Traces of red can be seen when held up to the light.
S- Whoa. Very strong medicinal smell upfront-smells like a wound care combination of meds used in the hospital-I guess this would be the Cardamom blasting through and taking the highlight. Behind this is orange peel, a hint of vanilla sweetness-oh and dark appirition.
T- Flavor is similar to the smell-the cardamom is the most dominant upfront and really overshines the stout-which has complexity described in my former review behind it. The finish saves the beer as the medicinal flavor turns herbal and almost minty and balances with the base beer pretty well.
M- Medium carbonation and a heavy body.
D- This beer is all about the cardamom- with a hint of orange peel and a stout behind it. Its very different and quite a novelty beer if you are into that sort of thing. Its certainly unique and not like any other brew I have tried before-the closest I can think of is DFH Chicory stout. This was pretty much the only beer at the anniversary tasting that I tried and did not really like.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-02-2011 22:20:51
JaBier (8156) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2010
On tap at the Jackie O’s 5th Anniversary Extravaganza. Brownish black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of coffee, cardamom, fennel and some chocolate. Coffee flavor up front with orange, spice and a bitter roasty finish.