njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Draft, Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar with a nice hop and malts presence, full bodied, nice Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2015
Very standard imperial stout, a little on the flat side, light on roast and strong on booze, looses drinkability. Its aight, i guess. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Bottle:   Pours black, thin to moderate frothy brownish head, little lacing.   Mild roasted malt
aroma, some chocolate notes as well on the nose.   Not as hoppy as I was expecting.   A bit of a fruity
example, soft roast, dark chocolate, with some ashy bits on the backside.   Fairly smooth, hard to believe this
is 10.5%.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Finish is soft roast, dark chocolate, a touch of ash, and a
smidgen of campfire.   Solid Imperial Stout, hides its ABV well.   Seems to be low on hops, and isn’t all
that malty either.   Super easy to drink, and at 10.5%, thats a bit dangerous. Borup (14336) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2015
From tap at CBC 2015. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, licorice and dried fruit. Ron (3922) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2015
bottle got on Spring trip to vist Erica in Ohio with Patty and dan. Black pour with a nice tan head. Nice roasty aroma with dark chocolate, cocoa and a note of dark fruits. Bittersweet roasty flavor with dark chocolate, cocoa, a bit of coffee and a light alcoholic note. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy and silky. Nice and warming. Really good!
koleminer20 (3470) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2015
From notes. On tap at Bell’s Funvitational on September 12. The pour is a dark brown/light black with a collar of dark tan head and no lace. The aroma is all roasted malt and a little smokiness. Licorice is prominent, as is a good chocolate, and there is a hint of fruit on the back end. The flavor is more roasty malt and a heavy licorice. It’s really smooth. Dark fruits are in there, hard to detect, and the chocolate is also light. The mouth feel is thinner and well carbonated. The finish is a lingering licorice and some good malts. Not bad. ebone1988 (1856) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2015 Sample at Funvitational. Aroma is smoky, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Aroma is dark brown, light brown head. Taste is roasted malt, not much else. Mouthfeel is nice, great carbonation but thin. Overall, it’s very good but not great. ChrisFields (99) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Pours deep and opaque. Little to no head. Aroma is malty, coffee caramel and bitter cocoa. Taste is slightly sweet with a touch of salty bitterness. Extremely smooth and a touch dry. Overall an excellent example of an American stout. mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Bottle poured into a snifter..opaque with a thin tan head..aroma of coffee,chocolate,molasses,
roasted nuts..tastes of coffee,molasses,dark
fruits,chocolate..good stuff. lightbias (453) - USA - AUG 5, 2015
The cap peeled with my rockin’ guitar bottle-opener, the aroma is like Sunday in bed with a steaming cup and the morning sun just starting to warm the windows. With deep coffee and a hint of baking chocolate in the air, the beer is already making my mouth water.
I pour the brew, a rosy, nut brown, a very creamy liquid, capped in a porous, dense foam, the color of toasted almonds. The head disappears in minutes, but is easily teased back to attention with a swirl of the glass. I bring my lips to the snifter, I sample lightly, the first few drops, and let the beer spread thinly over my tongue. I breathe through my mouth, to draw the aroma deeper, feeling the sting of the alcohol and I swallow more deeply, the next mouthful, to complete the experience. The layers of flavor begin to peel away and a dark molasses comes alive between the layers I’d discovered in the aroma. A hint of leather and tobacco abuse the surface of my tongue; I sip, and the cool brew flows creamy, soothing the bite of alcohol and the bitter dryness of the finish. The carbonation is a touch lively for my liking, but quite flavorful, and a bit sweeter than I expected, but delicious!
The ABV is timid in comparison to my last few reviews, and as far as a Dark Apparition, I never did see any ghosts, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t there...