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RATINGS: 1110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with hints of licorice. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (23917) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2010
Bottled. Quite much pitch black colour with small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, liquorice, mild smoke as well as some quite strong alcoholic notes. Flavour is roasted malts, liquorice, some rather strong bitterness as well as mild wooden notes. Quite strange balance in the flavour.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5200) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle from wnoble, thanks! Pours a pitch black, with fizzy deep tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, tons of dark fruit!, raisins, plum, dried prunes, caramel, molasses, nuts, and bits of sweet milk chocolate. Flavor is similar, just more chocolate then the aroma, but still lots of dried fruits, bits of vanilla. Some of the alcohol warmth comes through, but in a good way. Creamy mouthfeel. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1257) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color and topped by a small, bubbly dark tan colored head of foam that settles quickly to a thin film leaving some soapy spots of lace behind on the glass. The aroma shows notes of bitter sweet dark chocolate, vanilla cream, and roasted coffee. Deeper notes of dark fruit and alcohol heat are noticeable also. The flavor shows lots of dark chocolate, vanilla cream, and rosted malts. There is some earthy bitterness from the hops on the back end as well. Full bodied and a touch creamy with balanced carbonation and a long, roasty finish with some alcohol burn on the way down. This bottle had some age on it, but I would like to see how a fresh bottle would be. Still a really nice imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hirigalzkar (2677) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours black, beige head. Vanilla, hops and coffe notes in aroma. Mintchocolate, fudge, vanilla and some smoke in the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (1914) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2010
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011 Lots of anise, some vinous fruits, a kind of fudgey chocolate flavor. A ridiculously great body on this beer, flavors not really up my alley.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3815) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2010
Small tan head very dark brown pour aroma vanilla expresso coffee liccorice chocolate flavour chocolate liccorice sweetness coffee vanilla medium ibu raisin chocolate is something aftertastes dark malts a real delight to the palate

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2010
Bottled. Pours out in an opaque black colour with a small creamy pale brown head. Powerful aroma of anise, black chocolate, almonds and molasses. Full-bodied with notes of anise, dried black cherries, burnt malts, dark chocolate, salty licorice and black pepper. Long full aftertaste of salty licorice, roasted malts, black chocolate, prunes and figs. Well-hidden alcohol, smooth body. Tasty, powerful and sophisticated.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkurzynski (2010) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2015 Pours deep black fading to brown and yellow around the edges. Sticks to the side of the glass upon receding. Minimal head on slightly light pour. Aroma is coffee, brown sugar, toffee, and a nice edition of dark fruit. Alcohol is a little more apparent than I would like. Taste of deeply roasted malts, patent, roast bitterness, and alcohol. Residual bitterness, burnt toast, and alcohol warmth. Full body. Well crafted, with some bumps in the road. Re-rate: Bitter chocolate and roast with plenty of dark fruit and licorice. Lots of burny alcohol. -2

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (13825) - DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
355 ml bottle. Black with tiny brown head. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee, vinous, chocolate, sweet and hops.


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