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RATINGS: 1063   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2009
On tap at the GTMW. Black with a thin tan head and leaves splotchy lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and mild dark fruit. Taste of savory chocolate, roasted malt, milk (or candy) sugar, alcohol. Pretty smooth and not overly boozy for the high abv. Solid Imp Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours motor oil black with a one finger thick creamy tan head, spotty lacing. Nose of coffee, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts and faint dark berry fruits. Creamy chocolate, coffee and a touch of booze for flavor. Finishes very creamy with again a bit of booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2250) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2009
shared 2009 bottle with TheBeerSommelier - thanks!!! pitch black pour with a small tan head... crisp mocha, sharp fruit and a touch of alcohol warmth through the nose... solid body with big roasted malts, slight coffee, bigger chocolate and a touch of candi sugar... nice finish with a splash of the 12% alcohol ... carried by a strong licorice presence... a very nice IS.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of dancingcaddis, thanks man! Dark black with a short head of coffee colored bubbles. It smells odd, kind of sweet, unfamiliar. The flavor is fruity and sweet and quite interesting. The alcohol was well hidden and I am usually pretty finicky about beers with ABv over 10%. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-31-2009 19:31:31

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (8347) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
On tap at MBG Summer Festival. Poured black with a brown head. Had a strong alcohol note with coffee and caramel notes. Flavor again had a good amount of alcohol present with coffee. chocolate, licorice and caramel flavors. Alcohol was a bit too present for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Rating 1089. Bottle picked up from Sunsinger in Champaign, Illinois. Completely opaque with a difficult to arouse milk chocolatey head that is short lasting. Nose of alcohol and sweetness. Taste malty, roasted with a good kick of alchol. Not so sure about the hops, the sweetness comes from either malts or hops, not too sure. Overall, very pleasant. Going to be a good one to have in the winter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2009
not a wild combo of flavor, but solid. good flavors all around, sweet roasted. molasses. nice to drink. not as bitter as other stouts, but lots of sweetness goign on here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (5384) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2009
This one poured straight black with a big tan head. Aroma was lots of chocolate, coffee and some hints of alcohol as well. Flavor was incredibly smooth, nice sweet chocolate notes with a lingering roasted burnt finish. This one hides the alcohol very well at 12%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 9/15/2008...12 oz. into perfect size and shape of Moosehead mug. 40, 50 or 60 weight? Thick jet-black spent motor oil topped with very thin banana nut bread-colored head. This one’s gonna be trouble. The gang’s all here - coffee, cocoa, cinnamon sugar, beef BBQ char, oily hop pine and prodigious amounts of slow-roasted chocolate malt. This one’s solid. Extremely roast-forward and complex. Austere to an extent but viscous enough to jell everything going on here - the cocoa, cinnamon sweetness, overloaded burnt malt and a mild piney hop profile. Husky alcohol notes carve out thickness in a very faint bourbon sort of way to keep it clean. This absolutely oozes down the palate with the ingredients working together in Beautiful Chemistry to git ’er done. Finish is long and strong. Strong and soothing. Well this one was finished way before I was ready to let it go. For such a powerful brew this drinks painfully easily. Savor this puppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Pours a pitch black, brown highlights around the edges, with a slightly more than thin dark tan head, lot of lacing. Aroma strong of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and dried fruits. Flavor matches with the addition of molasses and a bitterness I wasn’t expecting. Has a nice warmth, but wouldn’t have guessed it at 12% ABV. Altogether a very solid impy.

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