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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2009
12 oz bottle from a trade with dmschefke. black with a tan head that reduces to a ring. rich dark malt aroma. chocolate, dark fruit, anise. flavours are similar. the alcohol in undetecable other then a warming in your belly. top notch stuff here. thx dave!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2167) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Pours black with think mahogany highlights and a 1-2 finger creamy caramel brown head that has decent retention and holds at a skim after a few minutes. Aroma is lots of roast (the quality of the roast notes is great), sweet dark caramel, buttery toffee, a hint of chocolate, prairie floral notes, peanut and almond nutty notes, date-nut bread and sweet raisins. Flavor is roast, bittersweet chocolate, light coffee notes, caramel, planty hops, nutty toffee, molasses cookies, grilled bread, burnt sugar, some vegetal/fruit notes, a hint of grapefruit nearing the finish and some low hops bitterness at the end with a burnt sugar/molasses fade. Palate is heavy bodied with a sharp but light carbonation and slick entry leading to a slightly stick finish with some nice alcohol warmth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Lovely stout. Lots of roastiness complimented nicely by a lovely vinous dark fruitiness, almost raisin-y in character.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (15190) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2009
Bottle, shared by Papsoe. It pours a beautiful black body with small, brown head sitting on top. Roasted, burnt nose with coffee, some chocolate and alcohol and some sweetness. The alcohol is a bit more evident in the mouth, giving a little warmth to the full-bodied, rather dry beer. Roasted, burnt flavor with chocolate, coffee and some sweetness. Coffee-bitter finish. I normally prefer more hops in my imperial stouts, but this is a lovely example of a malt-driven imperial stout, full-flavored, intense and pleasantly warming. (090514)

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 This is an excellent IMPY stout. It Has it all. Nice rich smooth mouth-feel, yet not to thick. Don’t need to say much more !

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2009

Source: 12 oz bottle in a trade courtesy of illinismitty.
Glass: Snifter.
Appearance: Jet black pour with a one finger brown head. Quickly dissipated.
Aroma: Roasted malt, milk chocolate and dark fruits.
Flavor: Very roasty. Burned malt finish with a smooth milk chocolate beginning.
Palate: Full body with soft carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: The aroma was a bit off, but the flavor was spot on. Solid, drinkable impy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2009
12 oz bottle from WLVL. Pours Dark oily black with a brown head that becomes a ring. Coffee and a chocolate like that in cheap chocolate ice cream. Some hints of soy that don’t intrude on the rich malty notes. Medium slick body. Coffee and port flavors amidst the rich dark and milk chocolates. Soy notes again that are barely present, but could become annoying if they progressed with age. Roasted bitter malts and hops near the finish that dry up the flavors and balance the rich sweetness. Pretty solid. I kinda really like it, but it falls short of being awesome. Lastly you can’t ignore the lack of heat for 12% abv. Nicely crafted.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Underwhelming aroma. Poor dark, rich, tan head. Barely visible carbonation. Taste bitter coffee, burnt malt. Soft and silky on palate. Slight caramel. Drinks extremely smoothy. Minimal heat for 12%. An excellent, smooth, roatsted stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Pours a very nice pitch black with light brown head. The aroma is like banana bread and malts. The flavor follows the aroma, banana bread, dark roasted malt, some coffee. Mouthfeel is good, not overly thin or thick. Overall, a good stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle. Aroma has notes of roast malts, fruity hops, molasses, smoke and oak, dark chocolate, dark vino ripe fruits and a little esspresso. Black as sin with a small medium brown head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is smooth malt and then turns rather bitter on the finish. palate is full bodied and oily soft. Very nice Impy. Best stout from DH for sure. Under rated.


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