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RATINGS: 1017   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2009
My 50th Imperial Stout! Bottle from Armanetti’s on Lincoln. Pours essentially opaque with a slight glug factor. Dark brown ring around the top. The nose is pretty damn nice, very hop forward and chocolate. Minimal vanilla notes but some mild coconut and molasses notes. On taste, this is pretty alcohol forward, though not in a bad way. Very warming and a touch hot. Slippery mouthfeel with more bitter roasted notes and a floral aspect from the hops to keep it from getting to sweet. This one is definitely a keeper.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 Black with a medum deep beige head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, chocolate and vanilla. Intensen flavour with burned malt, liquerice, dark bitter chocolate and hoppy notes. Finished sweet with warming alcohol. Alcohol was so well hidden in this one. Perfect balance. Even better the second time!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2009
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of Papsoe. Pours pitch black with a chocolate head. Roasted and hoppy aroma. Bitter chocolate and roasted flavoured. Subdued sweetness. Dense alcohol presence. Yet smooth and roasted chocolate flavoured. Dark malt. Lasting roasted malt and chocolate into the far finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2009 Bottle. A thick dark black motor oil pour with a thin coco colored head,light carbonation with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is heavy dark chocolate,bitter coffee,and roasty/burnt malt,and a hint of smoke. WOW Flavor is of bitter coffee,dark chocolate,malt,caramel,vanilla,hints of oak,and alcohol,medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel, awesome bittersweet finish. This is outstanding in every way. Dark Horse Rocks !

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4244) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Thanks StFun, been wanting to try this one for a while. Pours an oily black that allows zero light and I fucking loved it. Coaxed a thin dark chestnut brown head. The nose is rich, molasses, sweet, very mild soy sauce, portish character, dark cherry skins, coffee, mild roast. The flavor is rich, chocolate/coffee, molasses, nice dry bitterness, roasty, warming. Very velvety smooth/full mouthfeel with a warming finish. Loved it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 Pours deep black with a think brown head that disappeared almost immediately. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Very smooth yet huge body, this one lingers with a malt taste on the tongue. I describe this beer to others as drinking motor oil, although I can’t speak to that from experience. Excellent Imperial Stout, my only wish would be for some bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malts and that it is so complex its a lot to down one 12 oz bottle. Good stuff though

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (15966) - 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 (1357) - 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.


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