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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (8446) - 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!

zoucrew102 (2346) - - FEB 17, 2018
375ml bottle, 2017 vintage. Rich roasted malt aroma with notes of molasses, chocolate, caramel and a bit of coffee. Pours inky black with a thin toffee brown head that has some retention and lacing. Starts with roasted malt, caramel and molasses flavors as well as a rich, full body and slick, viscous mouthfeel. Finishes smooth and a bit dry with chocolate and some roasty coffee flavors. Really nice, robust stout.

GTAEgeek (2600) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2018
Bottle, shared with Brian. Pours black, with a medium, bubbly, khaki head. The aroma is vanilla, butter toffee, baking chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and some pine. Sweet and wonderfully malty, with a lovely, mild bitterness. Heavy body, with a thick, crisp mouthfeel, and a surprisingly clean finish. This is a decadent and delicious stout. Tons of character, good balance, and nice palate.

HeadyDE (899) - Delaware, USA - FEB 10, 2018
2015 vintage, looking forward to this, pours a nice mostly jet black color with small head as expected, nose is popping from the bottle pop with goodness,roasted coffee, quality chocolate, some molasses as stated on bottle, hint of vanilla, wow, mouthfeel is super smooth and tasty, palate follows the nose, roasted malts are perfect, nice quality coffee presence, silky texture..really impressive, one of the better non barrel aged imperial stouts I can recall sampling, very solid beer that has few flaws in my book, the barrel aged version of this is probably insanely good, I want more Jackie o's, excellent all around..

williamstome (2089) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2018 Black pour, brown head. Aroma of chocolate and cocoa. Sweet flavor of chocolate and booze. Delicious.

Capa (3746) - DC, Washington DC, USA - JAN 31, 2018
Black with a ring of beige foam. Medium body. Roasted malts, light dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, earthy hops. Finish is dry, roasted, and bitter. Nice Impy.

Unde (1245) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2018 Blackish brown colour with beige head on top. Aroma has dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, maybe rye bread, brown sugar, syrup. Taste has salty note, roasted malts, dark chocolate, sweet syrup as well but still quite malty. Full body and lowish carbonation. Really good.

notalush (6002) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2018
Bottle - well, it's certainly thick and rich, I'll give it that - slick and full mouthfeel brings the heft you want in the style - flavor is a little lacking in complexity, coming in overly sweet, without much balancing character you get in stronger examples (smoke, bitterness, tannic character) - overall, it's enjoyable, but hard to get through the bottle due to the sweetness.

Ernest (7935) - 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.

solidfunk (9816) - 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.

alex_leit (5540) - 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.

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