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RATINGS: 1090   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3782) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2010 12oz bottle via trade thanks to translucent on BA. Damn dude, this is a bruiser. Pours black and thick with a one-finger dark tan head. Some legs on this one - you can tell itís viscous. Aroma is intense with dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, and roast. Slight sweetness present. Flavor is really interesting. It reminds me of Midnight Sun Berserker in a way, except without the -bal aging notes. Rich dark chocolate and roast dominate, with a hint of coffee as well as molasses, anise, and red wine/port. Very full and thick on the palate with low carbonation. Some tannins as well as hop bitterness. Smooth and slick. A great imperial stout overall. Not too drinkable in large quantities, but you have to give it a pass on this because itís damn good. One of the better beers Iíve had from Dark Horse. Good job rejecting Nickelbackís offer too, guys. They suck!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4001) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
12 oz bottle from Pantanap. Nose of prunes, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. Black with a medium dark cinnamon, lightly lacing head. Flavor is chocolate, figs, and a hint of smoke and bitterness. Finish lightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2010
dark black pour with a medium tan head. aroma is dark fruits, coffee, lighter chocolate flavour is nice smooth creamy chocolate, some vinous fruit. Light bitterness. Very nice body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2010
12oz bottle as a sweet extra from badnewsbeers. thanks, tyler! pours a silky, black with a very thin, very dark brown head leaving a razor thin ring of lace. aroma is great with big, dark, roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit notes of prune and fig with hints of smoke and caramel backed by a pronounced, boozy, rum like presence as it warms. flavor is wonderful as well, big and bold as an impy should be, with big, slightly charred malts, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, and spicy licorice with a great balance of earthy hops, roasted nuts, and more boozy rum. palate is full bodied and warming with light carbonation and a roasted, bittersweet finish. overall, a deliciously bold, boozy impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy of Honkeybra. Thanks. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that soon dissipates to a fine ring. The aroma is bold with dark fruits, molasses and roasted malts. The flavor is every bit as bold as the aroma; lots of plums, raisins, figs, dates, biter walnuts and dark roasted malts. The palate is thick and viscous with moderate carbonation. The finish is long with lingering figs. Overall: A fine stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2010
Pours dark black with a brown head that gathers around the edges. Aromas of roasted and chocolate malt, smoke, licorice, and shoe polish. Full-bodied, oily, lightly carbonated with a long finish. The taste is sweet with chocolate malt and licorice. Finishes with an earthy and roasted bitterness and alcohol warmth.Overall itís not too bad. Not my favorite, but a solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2010
12 ounce bottle-a black pour-brown head -aroma and taste of chocolate, dried fruit-thick chewy dry bitter dark chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, light caramel, and a hint of soy sauce. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dark brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, light bitter coffee, dark chocolate, slight hops, light charcoal, slight tar, and a hint of alcohol. Medium to full body. Slick, slightly thin, texture is coating and becomes slightly dry. Soft carbonation. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, charcoal, and tar finish is a tad dry. 12%ABV is a bit present in the flavor, but not overbearing or hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2010
On tap at South Park Tavern, Dayton, OH. Strong black look to the beer. Good aroma of coffee and roast. Has a light taste to the beer despite the heavy ABV. Not the best stout Iíve tried but decent nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2010
Sipping on this one as I type - its a LIVE review! Very thick blackness with only a small amount of head even with a less than gentle pour. Strong aromas of a smokey coffee/chocolate... taste is a bit intense with a multitude of flavors very much like the smell but with an added bonus of some slight booziness as you drink. Iím nibbling on some dark chocolate as I sip and it is a very very nice combination! IMO this is one to share as its high 12% ABV might be a bit much for one person, but overall Iíd definitely recommend trying it if you can find it - particularly if you like BIG flavorful stouts. Recommended! :)

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