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RATINGS: 1001   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (15620) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2009
Bottle at DLD 09 ... Deep black ... good roast malts ... little coffee nose ... deep solid smooth roast ... lots of deep soft fruit malts ... little chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
pour thick black with a thin but dense brown head, the slowly disinigrated over abotu 10 minutes. nose had lots of bitter coffee and roated dark choclate. Flavor is nicely choclate with good roasty notes. Finishes smooth and fairly light for a Impy. Some alchol warming, but not overpowing. Lacks complexity, but increbily smooth for such a big beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gbdub (73) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Used motor oil black with a deep brown head. Dark, smoky, sweet malt aroma. Coffee and dark chocolate with a strong hop bitterness and lingering roasty chocolate aftertaste. Alcohol presence actually feels fairly light for the ABV (though it’s clearly there). Very tasty, could be a bit more complex.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1355) - 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 (5570) - 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 (4565) - 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 (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 (1185) - 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.


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