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RATINGS: 1035   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (802) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Nicely done. Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is nutty, and sweet molasses. Full bodied, slick on the tongue. Finishes smooth vanilla sweetness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raoul_duke (127) - - MAR 7, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2015 From a 12 oz bottle. Black appearance, motor oil consistency. Dark brown head, didn?t sick around. Nutty chocolate aroma with strong maltiness. Wow, the flavor is great. Potent roasted malt with plenty of molasses and caramel. Chocolate underlying the whole thing, but it is far from sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5039) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with small tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong roasted malts, chocolate, molasses. Thick mouth, nice roast, dark chocolate, boozy finish, very nice.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jared_Clifton (38) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Pours black with brown head. Medium body. Initial taste is sweet and chocolaty, then it finishes big with coffee, chocolate, a little hops and tons of roasted malts. No alcohol burn at all. Really smooth.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
schwabtana (21) - Madison Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Poured from 12oz bottle. Awesome beer! Easily one of my favorite imperial stouts. Enjoy having this every year. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilsmit (5) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2015 does not count
Pours dark black with a thin tan head. Immediately can smell the malts... With a full scent of dark chocolate and coffee. The beer begins with a little bite, but quickly mellows into a smooth and full bodied beautiful beer. Very malty, chocolaty, and vanilla flavor profile.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5607) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2015
12oz bottle thanks to demmbonz, shared with my son
Thick black with a small dark tan head, good legs left in the glass, Aroma of dark malts, leather, chocolate and coffee. Flavors of dark malts, vanilla, chocolate, roasted coffee and coconut
Very nice and smooth

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (1403) - Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Excellent share at RBWG! Deep brown pour. Dried fruit, espresso, roasted malts, cocoa, earthy, and a little booze heat. Full bodied and silky.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FestDecBeet (386) - - FEB 20, 2015
Look: pours a dark black. No light showing through. Dark brown when being poured fades to a light brown. Thick lacing. Smell: chocolate. Cocoa powder. Oatmeal with brown sugar. Cappuccino. Bandaid. Taste: muted coffee. Roasted malts. Chocolate on the back. Muted barrel flavors. Hint of bandaid. Infection? Feel: thick mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation. Overall: terrible beer. Looking forward to this for over a year and extremely disappointed. Not sure if it infected but not a big fan. First drank: 2/20/15 Vintage: 2015

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBeer45 (1300) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Sampled from a bottle bought at Champanes, this beer had a dark brown, black pour and gave a half finger to finger’s worth of a dark bubbled cover, it receded to a ring and some islands, this drink left nice spots of lacing on the glass, there was a layer of dark brown-black sediment on the bottom of the bottle, which is typical for most Dark Horse beers, the nose had nice aromas of chocolate and dark chocolate with roasted malt, a little coffee and roasted malt bitterness, molasses like notes and sweetness, the flavor had more roasted malt and roasted malt bitterness than the nose let on to, there was some dark chocolate and chocolate with coffee, brown sugar, caramel and some molasses sweetness, the finish had roasted malt bitterness and a little astringency that left little to no sweetness on the mouth, and lingered on the tongue, this drink was creamy, it had average carbonation and was sort of full on the lips, there was a little alcohol warmth on the palate, this was a nice roasted malt imperial stout with chocolate, a good drink.


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