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RATINGS: 1041   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle thanks to TampaBrew for sharing. Poured black with a thin brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, alcohol, and hops. Full bodiedand very smooth. Lots of chocolate flavors and hard roasted malts. Pretty dry but very good. Finish is mildly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of the Binnys Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). It will take a champ to follow up my first brew of the night.. so I chose no slouch. Pours a thick oily black, opaque in the glass with small dark brown head that laces a bit, stays at that level. Aromas are heavy malts, pushing heavy caramel and toffee, chocolate, and roasted malts, thick with a largely sweeter feel, lacking hops. Initial is thick and chevy bodied, a heavy dark fruit and caramel sweetness followed by some sweeter chocolate and brown sugar, a touch of bitter chocolate and roasted feeling. This is a sweetness forward brew, preaching dark fruits, syrup, caramel, and some sweeter chocolate about all else. Further in, cookies and black olives work their way into the equation, which the latter ends up a bit distracting. Finish is lightly bitter with a coating body and more potent sweetness and warming alcohol feeling. The hops come in a bit heavier further into the brew, which vindicates it somewhat. Ok Imperial Stout.. not something I’d likely revisit with all the other better options available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of retorp. Pours a dark brown to black with one finger tan yellow head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, brown sugar, some hints of maple syrup. Flavor is roasted and malty with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, ripe dark fruit, some molasses and caramel. Generally medium to full body with a pleasing roasted malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5746) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
( 12oz bottle) Pours black with no head but coats the glass well and good lacing. Nose of sweet chocolate, coffee and smoky malts. Taste is sweet chocolate cake, syrupy and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 28, 2009
bottle courtesy of flacoalto, thanks man! wow! what a nice beer! smells of prunes and burnt molasses. pours a dark black with dark brown head. taste is of lots of bittersweet fruits and malts, lots of chocolate coming through in the taste and the smell as well. notes of coffee and smokey bourbon, yet the huge alcohol isn’t noticable at all imo. excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2009
2008 Bottle - Pours thick and almost black with a small dark brown head...aroma is full of chocolate malt, vanilla and dark roast...flavour is all that and more, dark fruit, charred wood bitterness, cream...warming but not hot, this was awesome!

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5005) - 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%.

   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.

   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.

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