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RATINGS: 1015   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Bottle from Ross? Pours a viscous black with dissipating brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Full bodied with a creamy texture , and slides like silk as is goes down. Flavor of dark bakers chocolate, roast, coffee, and a slight hint of black licorice. Attenuation leans toward sweet just a tad. Bitterness does not come in until the finish, but is not overwhelming for the experience palate. Warming without being boozy. Very nice

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4984) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2009
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. black with a khaki head. nose is bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts and maple syrup. very nice on the palate with a smooth flavor of roasted malts and chocolate. i had no idea this beer was even close to 12%.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2009
On tap at the GTMW. Black with a thin tan head and leaves splotchy lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and mild dark fruit. Taste of savory chocolate, roasted malt, milk (or candy) sugar, alcohol. Pretty smooth and not overly boozy for the high abv. Solid Imp Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours motor oil black with a one finger thick creamy tan head, spotty lacing. Nose of coffee, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts and faint dark berry fruits. Creamy chocolate, coffee and a touch of booze for flavor. Finishes very creamy with again a bit of booze.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2204) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2009
shared 2009 bottle with TheBeerSommelier - thanks!!! pitch black pour with a small tan head... crisp mocha, sharp fruit and a touch of alcohol warmth through the nose... solid body with big roasted malts, slight coffee, bigger chocolate and a touch of candi sugar... nice finish with a splash of the 12% alcohol ... carried by a strong licorice presence... a very nice IS.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of dancingcaddis, thanks man! Dark black with a short head of coffee colored bubbles. It smells odd, kind of sweet, unfamiliar. The flavor is fruity and sweet and quite interesting. The alcohol was well hidden and I am usually pretty finicky about beers with ABv over 10%. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-31-2009 19:31:31

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (7474) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
On tap at MBG Summer Festival. Poured black with a brown head. Had a strong alcohol note with coffee and caramel notes. Flavor again had a good amount of alcohol present with coffee. chocolate, licorice and caramel flavors. Alcohol was a bit too present for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Rating 1089. Bottle picked up from Sunsinger in Champaign, Illinois. Completely opaque with a difficult to arouse milk chocolatey head that is short lasting. Nose of alcohol and sweetness. Taste malty, roasted with a good kick of alchol. Not so sure about the hops, the sweetness comes from either malts or hops, not too sure. Overall, very pleasant. Going to be a good one to have in the winter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2009
not a wild combo of flavor, but solid. good flavors all around, sweet roasted. molasses. nice to drink. not as bitter as other stouts, but lots of sweetness goign on here.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (4980) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2009
This one poured straight black with a big tan head. Aroma was lots of chocolate, coffee and some hints of alcohol as well. Flavor was incredibly smooth, nice sweet chocolate notes with a lingering roasted burnt finish. This one hides the alcohol very well at 12%


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