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RATINGS: 957   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
Bouteille 2013 merci pat. Bière noire avec une mousse brune. Rien exceptionnel. Un nez de chocolat, de grains rôtis, de café. Une bouche agréable, crémeuse, les saveurs sont simples, chocolat, l’alcool est absent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpar73 (470) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Black pour with a great boozy aroma. Dark roasted malts dominate the flavor with just the right amount of hoppiness. Great stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nakedwhendrunk (2079) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 2, 2014
I’ve had this more than enough times through trades. I guess I better say something. This was poured in a pint glass twice but also poured this into a snifter for shits and giggles for those uppity type people. Here goes. Oh yeah, there’s no difference. The appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a decent one finger white to off white color that ends up leaving a decent amount of lacing gracing the sides of the glass. The smell had a decent amount of roasted malts invading a slight under current of coffee to chocolate tones. The taste had a decent amount of alcohol notes to it with a super nice sweet almost bourbon-like aftertaste leaving a nice dry sweet finish. On the palate, this one sits about a medium on the body and honestly doesn’t really have much any sessionable quality to it. The carbonation ends up being fairly smooth. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Imperial Stout well worthy of having again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrold (1318) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Nearly black. Thin halo of tan head. Roast malt. Leather. Burnt rubber. Blackcurrant. Dark chocolate. Taste is burnt sugar sweet. Woody dry. Thick, fruity bitterness. Palate is big and chewy. Slick and oily. Numbness kicking in soon. Finish is chewy bitter. Great big beer. Great big easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2014
At my place by myself on a Saturday afternoon. 12oz bottle to the dome. Wax was odd, it shattered into 4 pieces and fell to the counter leaving none on the bottle. Pours still with minimal head, a circle of brown lacing rings the glass. Aroma is heavy roast, centered by burnt malt in the direction of rubber but not off putting, and accented by nice chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is surprisingly carbonated, big fully creamy body the way I love my stouts; mouthfeel is one of the best things about this beer. Taste is huge heavily roasted malt, woodsy, toffee, finishes warm and full flavored. Fantastic stout, but oh so much better barrel aged. This doesn’t taste simply like a base beer, but I think it is a beer that barrel aged would do wonders for. I would expect the slight rubber leathery notes to go away, and the creamy roasts notes to shine with barrel ageing.

1.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4052) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2014
On tap and terribly on style. Big & black alky stuff. Typical impy stout alarming volatile aroma. Spicy nose background. First taste is strong fer sure but it has a little unexpected civility too it. Burns a little going down the gullet. That small spice in the smell caries over to the flavor. Flat, rude, high alky, mouth coating, brew. Burnt something in there. My girlie lager loven taste buds have been put to sleep, they are sleeping with the fishes.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
iStout (13) - - MAY 21, 2014
We’ll balanced Imperial Stout. The coffee, chocolate and hops are all balanced the way I like them. Similar to my favorites Stone Russian Imperial Stout, and Thirsty Dog’s Siberian Night. It’s on tap today 5/21/2014 at Ray’s Place in Kent, Ohio. $9.00 per 12oz. Snifter glass.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drsordr (1055) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle pour opaque black. Nose roast,chocolate,coffee, slight smokiness . Taste bitter Roast up front, then coffee and chocolate. Toasty finish with lingering pleasant bitterness. Nice mouth feel.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bagalagalaga (113) - Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2014
This one tastes, looks, and feels like sugared pitch black engine oil. It just has too much of an off, medicinal taste for me to get into it. I guess this means I won’t graduate from Fore Smoked Stout to the 5th.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (492) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle. Black with a mocha head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. The taste adds black coffee, citrus hops, and warm alcohol. The body is thinner than I anticipated but, the hops add an interesting bitter note that helps. I like how the 11% shows up on the palate. Excellent brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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