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RATINGS: 978   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1323) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Pours black with thin brown head that does not stick around very long. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee, really not smelling much more. Flavor is a little bitter, roasted malt, sweetness comes later, coffee, some chocolate notes. Finish is smoother than expected. Not as much complexity as I would like. A little alcohol burn but hides 12% well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5521) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle from United (Cardinal) Liquors in Frankfort, Illinois: This pours an opaque, intensely dark mahogany body with a brown film - then skinny ring - then nothing for a head. No lace. The aroma is dark, sweet roasted malt, bakers chocolate, and a rooty earthiness. The flavor sees the addition of some vanilla, bitter coffee, and lots of alcohol. It finishes sticky sweet with an earthy bitterness and a steady alcohol burn. Pretty good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4524) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2009
Thanks TampaBrew for the share. Pours dark cola brown with dark tan head. Nose is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and booze. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and lingering chicory. Awesome flavor with lingering chicory and vanilla in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1713) - 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 (1181) - 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 (2433) - 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 (1366) - 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.


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