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RATINGS: 1110   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1436) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JAN 1, 2016
355 ml bottle from Biervana, Munich.
Pitch-black body, with a small, dense, dark coffee-colored head.
Wonderful, dense aroma of melting dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, liquorice, dark fruits, some tobacco, some soy sauce.
Tastes of coffee, liquorice, dark chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, wood, soy sauce, dark fruits, slight alcohol.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes roasty, dry, medium bitter, warm, with coffee, liquorice, tobacco, wood, cocoa powder.

Very tasty. Classic, pure example of this style. Especially the nose is delicious, with a big dark chocolate aroma. Taste is also great, more straight roasty-bitter. Not among my very favourite Imperial Stouts, but still a tasty sipper, offering everything I love this style for.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (228) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Beautiful black pour, minimal dark brown pour that fades away quickly leaving a nice ring. Roasted malt aroma dominates, a hint of bitter cocoa. Flavor is pretty much the same, just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Thick and chewy mouthful, very smooth and surprisingly drinkable, ABV well hidden. Every stout fan deserves to try this, it’s about as good as they get. The brewers in Michigan have Imperial stouts nailed!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cckevin (44) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2015
On par with Bell’s Expedition Stout. Beautiful dark poor and nice tan head. Heavy malt, chocolate, licorice? and perfect balance of hops. This is certainly a sipping beer, glad that I have tried it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (4786) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2015
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Very dark brown color. Small size, brown color, disappears. Sweet, roast, berries, raisins in aroma. Heavy roast, coffee, bit ashy, woody in taste. Long lasting roast in aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nice sipper. Excellent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (12201) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
355ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga) at 11%
Sweat sweaty aroma. Black, brief head. Rich soyey body, nice sweet roast. No sign of alcohol at all. Almost mellow. Finish sweetish, roasty, but with a beautiful dry bitter hopping. Don’t share this - this is worth having one on your own. 11% - wowzers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martjoobolut (2121) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle 11% ABV (shared by fatphil, thanks). Pours dark brown with beige head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is sweet, dark chocolate, cocoa, peat, malt. Flavor is sweet, malt, roast, dark chocolate, milk chocolate. Finish is roast bitter with some alcohol. Overall: great brew.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (2240) - ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
Dark brown beer, small off-white head. Nose is soy sauce, roast, dark chocolate, leathery notes, smoke. Flavor is dark chocolate and roasty bitterness, less soy, but it’s there, finishes dry, roasty, some chocolate notes. Hides the alcohol well. Dry and surprisingly drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (1709) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2015
2013 vintage. Black. Chocolate. Roasted coffee. Tasted at tims bottle share. Thx Chris.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjogro (1588) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2015
Tasting bij Mrk. Van de fles. Oneindige toffee! Chocotoff experience. Met aardbeienjam en shag. Backlog from 2015/03/19.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is tobacco, grass, chocolate. Taste is full bodied, a dry finish, med bodied. Overall, good.


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