Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle tasting at work... just a wonderful imperial stout. Great creamy beige head and opaque pour with a beautiful malty nose that gives up just a hint of roasted notes, never out of balance. Taste is semi-sweet that ends with just a hint of bitterness. Rolls around the palate pleasantly with a creamy, slightly sticky texture. Truly a pleasure to drink... Dark Horse just keeps on impressing me!
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yet onother bottle from Řlbutikken, Copenhagen. The pour is black with heavy curtains and a head that are dark brown like light soya. The head is foamy at first but tends to fade rather quickly. The nose is sweet - it a real desert this one. A lot of roastyness and burned caramels topped white a mild sour freshness. Finally a pretty heavy touch of cacao. The taste is very oatmeal sweet with quite heavy alcohol that tends to burn your mouth in the finish side by side with a nice malty sweetness. The first thing I notisted though were the present of an acidic and almost vinoes freshness almost sour. Propably due to the heavy hopping. I agree on the fact that these hops tends to balance the beer so it is kept from playing only at The Dark Sides team. It gets fresher and more interesting to drink. Nice brew with a medium to thick palate.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle acquired as an extra from sprinkle, thanks Mike! Poured into chalice. Pours jet black, with small tan head that quickly disipates. Pour is not as viscous as other imperial stouts. Aroma of dark malts. Mouthfeel is thick with perfect carbonation for the style. Flavor is of rich dark malts, choco and maybe some black patent, hints of coffee and wood left behind on the pallet. Great impy.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Wedgie9. Pours a perfect jet black with tan head. Nose is heavy licorice with roasted malts, dark fruits (plum) and chocolate. Taste delightfully follows suit with black licorice, chocolate and dark fruit dominating the palate. Very smooth for the high abv.
nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
tomthompson89 (1979) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!!!!
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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)
CanIHave4Beers (4024) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.