bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pour is very dark and lightly carbonated. pitch black. aroma is sweet yet bitter chocolate and coffee malts and very roasty - mouthfeel is full - flavor bites and awakens the taste buds immediately- initial taste is sweet roast and going down the hops present themselves- warms the belly for sure at 12%. purchased and drank right away - will keep the remaining 3 a while to let it age. Great flavor
SudsMcDuff (6051) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
They say Flintstone’s vitamins are chewable. All vitamins are chewable, it’s just that they taste shitty. I’m glad they made Flintstone’s vitamins because I used to watch The Flintstones and go, "Man I bet you if I ate that dude, I would be healthy
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a short lived, 1 finger, tan head. Definitely has the classic rich coffee/chocolate aroma of a good imperial stout but leads more to the chocolate side. There’s just a slight wafting hint of the alcohol too. The flavor is very intense and hot. 12% alcohol is very evident. There is huge, bitter black coffee and baker’s chocolate notes. Oily full mouth-feel with a fair amount of carbonation and a strong alcohol warming sensation as you swallow. This is very intense and would benefit greatly from some aging to mellow it out.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of GCurlow. Thanks, Grant! Dark brown pour with a tiny tan head that evaporates immediately. Nice chocolate aroma with a light hop backbeat and a small bit of coffee. Tasty coffee, roast and chocolate flavor with again a mild hop bite. Smooth palate with a bit of a bite at the back. Another Michigan winner.
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Came highly suggested by General66 as the best Dark Horse stout (compared to one, too, tres, and fore). Pours an opaque black with a small chocolate-y tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of roasted chocolate, malt, some hops, and a hint of coffee. Tastes of roasted malt, some chocolate (I mistakenly switched those on the aroma), a hint of coffee, and a fair bit of alcohol (though not as bad as 12% in my opinion). Goes down pretty smoothly, with a nice aftertaste, but I was hoping for a stronger mouthfeel. Still would have to say that it is the best of the DH stouts though.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Pours absolutely pitch black with an amazingly dark head. Aroma is primarily roasted malts, with a little bit of vegetative aroma and some alcohol in the background. Flavor is mostly just roasted malts, a touch of chocolate, and alcohol. Lots of dry bitterness from the roasted malts. The alcohol is present, but I never would have guessed 12%. Mouthfeel is extremely full.
LearninBeer (399) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with creamy dark brown head. The head is mostly diminishing with good lacing. The aroma is coffee, cocoa and a roasted nuttiness. The flavor is big, creamy, bitter, coffee, dry roasted chocolate taste. A little alcohol kicks in at the end.
jgb9348 (4893) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black coloured body with a very small deep brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and very dark chocolate - strong as hell. Full-bodied; Very potent roasty flavours dominate this with nuts and molasses the strongest. Aftertaste shows licorice, coffee and a strong blast of alcohol warmth for a long time. Overall, a good beer, very strong and flavourful - even for THIS style! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from West LakeView Liquors in Chicago, Illinois in March 2008.
flatmatt (1176) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 12 oz bottle to finish off the One, Too, Tres, Fore, Fifth. Pours black with a light brown head. Creamy and roasty aroma with coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruits. Flavor is chewy chocolate, aniseed, grape, cream, and coffee. Some hops in the finish and a touch of alcohol. It’s nice to see an imperial stout give a little more focus to the anise and dark fruit flavors, and this is a fitting conclusion to the Dark Horse stout series.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a great imperial stout. pours blacker than black with thick, heavy tan head that sticks to the glass like frosting. nose is smoke, sweet, dark chocolate and molasses. mouthfeel is heavy and oily. taste is sweet molasses, smoky chocolate and mild fruit like fig that gives way to a heavy alcohol finish. recommended for fans of amazing beer.