JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle shared by Ogglethorp. Black pour with a thin tan head. Malty chocolate aroma with some coffee character. Malty flavor with a bit of smoke, chocolate and a bitter coffee finish. Alcohol is in there, but well hidden. Good stuff.
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 (6403) - .....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 (408) - 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 (4942) - 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 (1198) - 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.