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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It's big and full bodied with lots of roasted malts and balanced with heavy hops to put this imperial in a league of its own.
Previously known as Dark Horse Imperial Stout.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrjaxson (475) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2016
A delicious beer, aged by me for an additional year in back of beer fridge. Great aroma with shades of chocolate, coffee, plums, cherries. Pours to a shaded, multi-hued head. Has a fruity, sweet and finally dry finish. Big alcohol content (11% on the label) is subtle. A pity that my favorite beer depot limits customers to one bottle each when this is in season.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (16440) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 22, 2016
Kaum karbonisierter, verdammt weicher Antrunk von verhaltenem Malz mit holzigen whiskyartigen Aromen. Dabei weniger vollmundig als anzunehmen, die Fasslagerung scheint hier eher Komplexität entzogen zu haben. Auch im weiteren Verlauf angenehm aber nicht unbedingt vollmundig, Noten von Schokolade, wenn auch nur hintergründig. Vergleichsweise schwacher Nachall, nett aber in seinen Aromen mir nicht intensiv genug. 8/9/10/8/8/9

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mark_Eck (1778) - - FEB 21, 2016
Draft. Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts with some dark chocolate and coffee.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotchzombie (520) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2016
Pours deep brown black and shiny with a small tan head that fades to a rim and coating. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and berries. Very active mouthfeel and tangy. Pretty rich and flavorful taste. Chocolate malt, roastiness, coffee, nuts and a lingering palate-warming booziness. Flavors bloom with a touch of warming. Really very good

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hohops (756) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle, dated 3-23-14 (I think). Appearance- sludgy black, thick-looking, opaque. No head except a beige lacing. Completely pitch black. Aroma- dark chocolate, cocoa powder, leather, espresso, vanilla, pipe tobacco, smoke, wood, fudge, treacle, syrup, scorched malts. Smells divine. Taste- roasty, toasty malt, very smoky, burnt chocolate malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, tobacco, coconut, vanilla, chocolate/toffee fudge, rich chocolate torte. Bitter roasted finish, which is lengthy. Slick and clingy mouthfeel, which coats the palate. Superb stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blueshockey24 (402) - Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2016
12oz bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is chocolate, malt and caramel. Taste is sweet malty chocolate with a alcohol chocolate caramel finish. Excellent.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mrnoluv (293) - long beach, California, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Malty, berry smell, thick brown head, dark color, the taste is berries, coffee, chocolate, sweetness on the swallow and a mix of sweetness and slight bitterness after the swallow. This is a cold sipper, very, very good beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1486) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some alcohol. Flavor it’s similar with more of the chocolate and coffee. Plenty of warming on the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1234) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 24, 2016
Pitch black colored, small non lasting darker tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, licorice, dark fruits and roasted malt, some burnt notes. Taste is medium to heavy sweet malt, chocolate, burnt sugar, roasted malt, licorice, dark fruits, some alcohol and warmth, medium- bitterness, dry burnt finish and long lasting aftertaste. Full bodied, soft- carbonation, creamy and sticky. (bottle, Bierhalle Deconinck, VIchte)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hfmejias (1260) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2016
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured black, with a small light brown head. Aroma coffee, malts, some roast and some chocolate. Taste slightly bitter, almost smooth in the booze department, some wood notes, certainly some coffee and malts. Very impressive beer, surprisingly easy to drink and extremely enjoyable.


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