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RATINGS: 1047   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.


4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4693) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle. Black pour with disappearing brown head. Dark roasted malts, hops balance this pretty good. Chocolate, caramel, roasted flavors, with some alcohol but not in a bad way for 12 percent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 21, 2009
From JCapriotti via trade. Dark, viscous pour with a nice brown head and tiny flecks of lace. The aroma was chocolate, caramel and a bit of coffee and a whiff of alcohol. The flavor was on the sweet side with chocolate and brown sugars coming to the forefront. Some smoke and coffee cut through as did some dryness on the end Ill attribute to the hops. Nice, medium bodied plus on the mouthfeel. Almost coating. What alcohol heat is noticed was welcome. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Pours black as an evil heart...and floats a dark robust head. Nose is a great roasty mess of chocolate, espresso, burnt grains, smoke. Flavors are likewise intensely roasted...chocolate, espresso, smoke, molasses, burnt grain, and sweet caramel. Pretty potent alcohol most noticable in the dry boozy finish. Wow, this is good!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
BPW #85 12 oz bottle shared by Andy, thanks bud! Appearance is a syrupy velvety dark chocolate with a micro rich brown head. Nose is snicker-doodle cookies, roasted and smoked barley. The flavors are dark chocolate, roasted barley, some smoked sausage. Mouth is a little under carbonated. Medium to full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Thick black pour with a brown mocha head. Roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa. The taste is wow- roasted malt, especially in the finish, chocolate, cocoa, nice creamy combination. It coats the mouth. It has a little sweetness to it. Some lacing on the glass.There was a little alcohol in the nose, and as it warms, it becomes more apparent in the flavor.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Dans Bachelor Party Extended Weekend Rating #81 of 90. Thanks for the hookup Sprinkle. Bottle. Pours pitch black with dark tan head. Nose is molasses, oatmeal, snickerdoodle cookies and faint dark fruits with some brown sugar hints. Starts pretty bitter chocolate with black coffee, sweet/dark malts, slgithly syrupy and hidden ABV. Really great flavor and great to savor.

3.8
   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.

3.6
   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 Id likely revisit with all the other better options available.

4.1
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5772) - 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.


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