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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Gift from awiseman. Pours molasses brown and almost as thick. Nice frothy dark tan head. Aroma is full of sweet molasses with a touch of hop characteristic. Nice roasty flavor as it rolls across the tongue. Very thick stout. Just a touch of bitterness. Quite intense. I feel like i could pour this on some pancakes and be quite happy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 30, 2010
355mL courtesy of FlandersNed. Rating #400 for this beer! Pours opaque used motoroil black with a red, terrifying head that is thin and short-lived. Little to no lace. Aroma is intense roasted malt, almost charred molasses, brownies, chocolate cake, blueberries, alcohol. Taste is intense roast, ultra dark chocolate, bitter chocolate/cocoa. 12% is nicely hidden. Very intense- in your face. A nice fix for imperial stout fanatics. But I find this one to be a little unrefined and unilateral. Oily, syrupy palate. Very long bitter, biting aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
12 oz. bottle from shawnm213- thanks again, Shawn! Pours a motor oil black out of the bottle with the faintest of brown highlights on the edge and a small brown head that fades quickly into just a small ring around the glass’ inner edge. Aroma of roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, dark fruits, wood, tobacco, and alcohol. Flavor of dark chocolate, molasses, tobacco leaves, smoked wood, overripe pit fruits, roasted malts, and dry, earthy hops. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. Dry, leafy finish. Sticky and boozy, too. Nice imperial stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomthompson89 (1968) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2010
such an amazing beer!!! every beer we had at Dark horse was great. nice dark brown almost black, with chocolate beige head. smooth creamy texture. flavor is boozy with sweet choc malts and coffee, slight hops to balance so so good!!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy of me. Rating #397. Dark black pour with a tan head. Light chocolate aroma, rich and malty. Smooth boozy flavor, very nice. (1244)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3790) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2010
The beer pours like motor oil, only a deep impenetrable black color leaving only a rumor of a head around the edges of the glass. The aroma is rich, roasty, and malty with a lot of coffee and some bourbon boozy notes with some deep chocolate of both the sweet and bitter variety. The flavor is again very rich with (again) both sweet and bitter chocolate notes. The beer is not nearly as sweet as most of this strength or viscosity. There are plenty of coffee and boozy tones in this one as well. The palate is profoundly full and sticky. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Pours black with a red mocha head. Aroma of dark fruit, raisins, dark dark chocolate. Taste is roasted chocolate malt, dark fruit, and a perfect bitter chocolate finish which lasts nicely on the tongue. Very nice imp stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rubychard (14) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2010
12 ounce bottle, purchased Spring 2009, drunk from a 4-oz taster. Smells like boozy coffee liqueur. Dark, opaque with a thin tan layer. Sweet and boozy with roasty coffee flavors. Really ashy aftertaste/mouth feel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmgiddings (41) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Bottle from Crown Liquors #6 - Pours pitch black, thick, and oily with a thin chocolate head. Aroma is more faint than expected but consist of molasses chocolate, and some piny hop. Flavor is molasses, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, smoky pig fat, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is big, oily, heavy, with some warmth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle generously shared by ryan while smoking Cubans generously provided by brainlair. Pours like thick black motor oil with a dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, blueberry and raisins. Flavor dominated by raisins. Very mellow (its about two years old), but goes down nice and smooth.


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