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RATINGS: 906   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Year old bottle. Sweet marshmallowy aroma. Flavor has very nice red fruit, just a tad sweet. Much different than when fresh - not much roast and it feels a bit thinner than I remember it being when fresh.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikesaum (592) - Newark, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Pours dark black with a thin reddish brown head. Aroma is lots of dark fruit , boozey, nice roast and cacao. Taste is bitter sweet chocolate, roasted malts, raisins, bitter chocolate lingers for a while, not that boozey tasting for an 11%. Nice brew..

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
marv3mania (160) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours an oily, inky black with no head. Aroma is heavy on roasted malts and coffee with some dark chocolate and a hint of hops thrown in. The coffee isn’t as strong in the taste, and there is a taste of dark fruits, but otherwise taste follows the nose. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gendv138 (348) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 1/30/14, 11% ABV. Pours a thick motor oil like consistency with jet black body and almost two fingers of tan head. Light lacing fades quickly. Aromas of roast, coffee, dark fruit, dark chocolate. Tasting notes of roast, coffee, dark fruit, dark chocolate, caramel/toffee sweetness, light hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium-full body with a dry roasty finish. Very smooth at 11%.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1312) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle->snifter. Black with small lite brown head. A: chocolate malt, coffee, earth. T: coffee, chocolate, malt, earth, cocoa nibs, char. Slight bite to this, good modate palate. This is very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jphickman03 (1) - liberty, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014 does not count
RAW! The best I can say is that this beer is an imperial in the Rawest form! Had from a 12oz. Bottle pour is oily pitch black, nice dark head that was fairly lacy. Taste was bold roast with an almost meaty fermentation, did catch some hints of coffee/dark chocolate. The alcohol is idenifable but smooth with almost wine like finish. Over all very nice defiantly not for the weak of heart this is a mans stout!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1048) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle from Woodmans in Waukesha. Pours inky black with a brown head leaving a lot of streaks of lace. Aroma has heavy roast, bakers chocolate, molasses and caramel. Taste is of sweet choco/caramel, espresso, thick molasses and some burnt malts. Lotta nice flavors in this one. Full bodied, and a bit dry. Finishes strongly bittersweet with a nice long blend of the two. Very enjoyable!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
indianabeerman (18) - Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2014
had this out of tap at dark horse yesterday. out of the tap was the best stout i have had. this review is out of a bottle bought at the same time. pours dark brow with minimal head..smell is light chocolate with some licorice maybe light dark fruit with some alcohol. has a good body for a stout. alcohol is well hidden. taste is a dark roast bitter coffee with light chocolate bitter finish. very good.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1327) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2014
a decent enough stout, but honestly not any better than the stuff ive had from, say, Mikkeller. honestly tastes very similar to some of their stouts. will be curious to see what the BA stuff tastes like someday.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olr1984 (917) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2014
2012 22oz bottle pours a dark black with a light tan head. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Taste is the same with a dark fruit and coffee finish.


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