Tasting: November 3, 2016
Style: Stout (non-barrel aged)
Beer #: 1,004
Halloween was just days ago and amongst a few of my friends we were discussing strange occurrences. I’m a button-down doubter of ghosts and UFOs but I did have a story to share with the group. You see, I’m from West Milford, NJ and that’s home to the mother of all weird places – Clinton Road. Everything from yeti sightings, to werewolves, to ghosts and satanic cults emanate from the mysterious Clinton Road. In fact, a mob hit man named Richard Kuklinski, better known as “The Ice Man” used Clinton Road as the dumping ground for some of his frozen victims.
About a half-mile off Clinton road stood Cross Castle – or to us, just “the castle”. The castle was a 3-story u-shaped stone shell of what once was a stately (and very remote) home. In high school, the castle was a popular party place and I spent many a night hanging out with friends around a bonfire in the small and sheltered courtyard. Well, about a quarter mile beyond the castle on a “one-way in/one way out” dirt road stood the castle’s boat house – also a popular bonfire destination. As I remember it, the boathouse was more of concrete pad on the water rather than an actual structure.
One night, a friend and I arrived at the castle to start building a bonfire. While I picked up a few pieces of dry wood Kris told me not to bother because someone had already had a healthy bonfire burning at the boathouse. I looked up and through the trees, sure enough, it was fully ablaze. At that same moment, we heard remote laughter and quickly abandoned our plans at the castle to join the other group. It took us just a few minutes to get back to the jeep and drive to the boathouse. We expected to see other people but there was absolutely nothing…no people, no fire…and no evidence of a fire. After we questioned each other on the validity of what we just experienced, we left quietly. Our other friends humored us but probably didn’t believe our story. I’m certain something strange occurred that night.
Also, appropriate for Halloween is this offering from Ohio’s Jackie O’s. Since this is not available in New Jersey, this came by way of a friend and his road trip to Detroit (thanks Mark). Very cool label and it notes.
Because you may not believe anything I tell you…here’s a link to the brewery.
Dominant with roasted grain/wood.
Tastes like some minor licorice
Seems a little thin in the mouthfeel.
Minor coffee and chocolate notes but tucked down deep.
In conclusion, Dark Apparition gets 91 points.