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RATINGS: 975   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
Pours black. Some chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Slight boozy smell. Taste is roasty malts, chocolate, some coffee, some alcohol sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2009
Pours black-brown with a thin tan head, fades to a dark brown film of bubbles, no permanent head. Aroma is faint. What’s there is ash, smoke, barbeque. Some alcohol in the nose. Flavor beings with a nice blend of licorice-like roasted elements and hops bitterness, segues to and finishes on dark chocolate. Very thick on the palate, noticeable alcohol heat.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 23, 2009
This one did not hide the alcohol content. Aroma and taste are strong. Taste is sweet with dark cocoa and some creaminess. Really good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1180) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2009
Dark brown body with a sufficient tan head. Aromas of bakers chocolate, light roast, butterscotch, and some fig. Rich flavored beer, and for 12%, the ABV is well hidden. An above average imperial stout and another winner from Dark Horse.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2431) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 [fresh 09 bottle 4.21.09] Shared with funkybrewster. Most recent bottle I believe. Pours a glossy near black with a minimal frothy tan bubbly head. Aroma is a bit fruity, tons of rich molasses, buttery banana, chocolate, phenolic. Flavor is also quite sweet and phenolic, over ripe banana, rich dark molasses, lightly buttery, sweet chocolate. Medium/full bodied quite syrupy with lump carbonation. I have a feeling this was better in previous years. 8.4.7.4.15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2008 bottle rated 2.26.10] much better than the fresh 09, still some rich banana but it has actually aged quite well, definite Dark Horse taste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tmongoose (1341) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 21, 2009
12oz bottle poured almost completely black and oily into glass. small disipating head that left a nice lacing. first taste was like heaven thick and chewy with flavors of coffee and chocolate. the warmer it gets the more the different flavors come out. excellent beer and i didnt notice the 12% abv..just know this is a great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2009
12 oz bottle. I missed this at the Dark Horse event at Sheffield’s (they ran out), so I was glad to see it on the shelf. Dark brown/black pour with a thin and oily tan head. Barely light brown around the edges. Fairly balanced aroma, with leanings toward pitted fruit (cherry, plum). Light coffee and lighter chocolate. Flavor is decent. Quite sweet up front with a smoky bitter finish. Slightly earthy, with a bittersweet chocolate middle. Warming alcohol in the throat, with a viscous and heavy mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wmubronco1992 (624) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2009
Draft in snifter glass in the beer garden at the brewery. Pours dark black with a small dark brown head. Nice lacing. Aroma of coffee. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol is not noticable. Would never guess it is 12% based on flavor. Very well balanced. Now I have tried all five of the Dark Horse stouts. All are exceptional, but this one is the most robust and hardy. Note that this one is harder to find (my opinion) then the other four so if you see it grab it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3443) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
Black, oily pour with almost no head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, some dark chocolate, and licorice. Rich, chocolatey flavor, with notes of smoke, dark fruits. Chewy, exhausting mouthfeel. Lots of flavor and the 12% is not noticeable. Been waiting for this for a while and it did not disappoint.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of lightly roasted coffee, cocoa, alcohol drizzled dark fruits, milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, smoke, cookie malt, simply a superbly well-rounded impy nose. Flavor, fortunately, is more of the same. Superbly rich and superbly drinkable. Excellent.


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