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RATINGS: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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This hauntingly good brew in your hand is rife with dark complexities. Eleven malts were used to create deep flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. A hint of bitterness and herbal character from carefully selected American hops help support the monolithic maltiness of Dark Apparition. A truly decadent brew that is intended to be poured into your favorite snifter and given time to warm up from its dark and cold resting place. Be aware when in the presence of Dark Apparition ’cause this ghost is a creeper.

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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (8267) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Thanks Helmut! Sampled from a growler this beer poured an oily black color with a medium sized foamy brown head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet toasty malts, cocoa, vanilla and anise. The flavor was sharp and bitter fruity hops, anise, toasty malts, port wine, cherry, vanilla and a hint of mint. Incredibly long hoppy and toasty finish with anise and cherry notes. Thick and creamy - the beer really coats the tongue and refuses to leave. Marvelous!


3.3
Ernest (7886) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2018
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate syrup, caramel, roasted grain/nuts), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of vanilla and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy/velvety texture, soft/lively carbonation, heavily alcoholic. Pretty solid. The aroma is pleasant if a tad on the simple side; smells rich and inviting despite not offering too much outside of the usual suspects for the style. In the mouth department, it's rather difficult to drink much due to the high sweetness (needs more bitterness to balance), but it's better than a lot of offenders in that way. Admittedly kinda generic and forgettable overall, but you can do much worse in this field.

4.1
solidfunk (9729) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Seriously solid like frozen steel. Rpast and caramel. Smoke and dark chocolate. Bittersweet finish. Wonderful stuff. Bottle.

4.2
alex_leit (5246) - Minsk, BELARUS - DEC 31, 2017
The last bottle 12.7 fl. oz in 2017. Practically black beer with tan foam. Aroma: caramel and roasted malt, prunes, bourbon, a bit dried mushrooms, coffee, chocolate. Taste: bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, a drop of brandy, prunes, a bit sour, port wine, very warming.

3.5
jcr (2784) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2017
Bottle. Deep brown body. Tan head. Aroma of cocoa powder, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coconut, vanilla. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, moderate carbonation. Taste of bitter roast, sweet chocolate, alcohol.

3.2
Derbeth (1123) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 30, 2017
Bottle. Black colour, brown reflexes, pretty head. Aroma is intensive sweets, alcohol, a bit of ash. Medium sweetness - too sweet. Too thin for an imperial stout. Nothing interesting.

3.8
ajnepple (7337) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2017
375 ml bottle from Bottles & Bitters at Sloan's Lake. Black appearance with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate, mild earth and light coffee notes. Similar flavor, rich, dark and roasted with a nice bittersweet balance. Medium to full body with soft carbonation and a smooth finish. Nice.

3.8
juiceisloose (1603) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2017
375 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown almost black in color and topped by a small layer of tan colored foam that settles in quickly to the body below and leaves some sudsy lacing behind on the glass. The aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, dark, earthy, roasted coffee, toasted caramel, black strap molasses, some dark fruit, and piney hop bitterness. The flavor follows suit with the dark chocolate, burnt caramel, and molasses right up front while the dark roasted malts add ample notes of coffee and roasty bitterness to go with subtle notes of dark fruits and vanilla. The roasted malts and bitterness helps balance out all the sweet malty notes. Very complex with a lot going on in the flavor profile. Nearly full bodied and smooth with soft carbonation that leads to a dark chocolate, caramel, earthy and roasty finish with lingering bitterness throughout. Solid imperial stout and happy to finally see Jackie O's distributing here in Florida.

3.2
gr_pa (913) - siemianowice, POLAND - NOV 29, 2017
Dark brown, nice, but not stable head. Aroma: ed fruits, raisins, caramel, molasse, chcolate. Medium to light body, light sweetness, low bitterness. Empty, almost watery, soke caramelish notes, bit of chocolate, bit ashy finish with no alcohol. Red fruits, bit sour.

4.2
geolgau (544) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - NOV 21, 2017
Very nice aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses. Some hazelnut as well. Taste is sweet and sugary, roasted and medium bitter. Creamy and potent. Burnt sugar, alcohol spiciness, hazelnut waffles, chocolate. Very nice, standard imperial stout.

3.8
adster (862) - HUNGARY - NOV 11, 2017
Régóta várt találkozás valósult meg az Ohio-beli főzdével, melynek általam birtokolt főzetei közül jelen darabot tartottam a legalkalmasabbnak arra, hogy a kalandos utazás bevezetőjeként szolgáljon, már ami a többi palack által megítélésem szerint tartogatott élmények sorát illeti. Éjfekete teste néhol kólaszínbe hajlik, melyre bézs színű, vékonyka, ám meglehetősen tartós habkarima helyeződik, a kitöltést követően ez a kompozíció szabadítja fel a kakaó-bázisú poraromák szellős karakterét. A kakaós-étcsokoládés alapokon édesre pörkölt maláták jegyei járják sötét táncukat, nápolyis, kávés, karamellás folyamban elevenednek meg a nagy súlyú elemek, melyek terhe egy vadvirágos, gyógynövényes aromahalmaz szövete által lel némi enyhülésre. A szirupos, ragacsos, desszertszerű jelleget teljes mértékben nélkülözi az ital, egy lecsupaszított, keményvonalas imperial stout mintapéldányához lehet szerencséje a karakteres, de nem kimondottan extrém ízek kedvelőinek.


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