AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a near black in color with almost no head to be found.
Smell is some dark cocoa and some hops coming through as well. The hops are throwing off the smell a bit though. Taste is roasted black malt and some slight coffee as well. Mouthfeel is tad thin too.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bonus beer from AllAboutStout. Pours thick, oily black with a deep tan head. Nose is awesome with roasted malt and dark chocolate. Flavor is similar, with the roasted malt standing out, but there is also a bit of granny smith apple. It was really a tart little surprise! Finish is subtly roasted bitterness and dry, with a bit of an alcohol burn.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark coffee pour with no head. Some brown head arises with some rousing bringing aromas of chocolate and coffee. Very roasty coffee flavor, slight estery banana, some tart fruit (cran apple, just barely though). Finishes with some pleasant bitter hops. Body is not thick or syrupy at all. very drinkable a delicious.
Tripplebrew (766) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a charcoal, chocolate brown with the thinest layer of creamy burnt brown head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is definite molasses, chocolate, and rich espresso. Flavor is of roasted malts, notes of molasses, espresso foam and dark dark chocolate. A very rich creamy flavor and body. Gonna have to take this one slow at 10 percent, and damn is it good.
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Blind Pig in Champaign a while back. Poured black with small head. Roasty with coffee and chocolate aroma. Not as thick as I expected, but the flavor was good, especially after warming up.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hmmm. Don’t quite know what to make of this. Expectations were high and perhaps clouded judgement. Is most likely better than my rating and I may rerate it at a later date. Still believe Dark Horse is a force to be reckoned with. This came out of the bottle like 10W-40, which is good. No head to speak of. Aroma had notes of chocolate, molasses, espresso, citrus, and alcohol. Medium to Full body. The flavor echoed the aroma. Nice, roasted coffee with some chocolate and a twist. Will check back on this.
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a syrupy, oily dark black with almost no head. nice and roasty in the nose with vanilla and anise. heavy roasted malt notes, liquorice, coffee, macintosh apples, and bana na na. really delicious, great cough syrup mouthfeel, good for one, no two, ok four.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hoppymeal for this beer. Pours an obsidian black with very small head. Vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, licorice, apples, nuts and cocoa in the nose. Lots going on in this beer. Taste is rich coffee and malty chocolate with some hoppy fruit near the finish. Not a heavy mouthfeel, which makes this an easy drinking imperial stout. Awesome beer from and awesome Ratebeerian, thanks hoppymeal!
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a pitch black with a nice tan head that lasts a while. Smells of roasted malts come up from the glass. Has a full body mouthfeel with a nice roasty taste with a nice smooth finish. Has an almost velvety quality to it. Very nice.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. 2008 vintage. pours pitch black, oily, with no head. roasted coffee, vanilla bean, and green apple, in the nose. flavor is loaded with licorice, cold coffee, vanilla, and green apple. sort of like a coffee liquer. not much chocolate in this and with the lack of a head and oily body this reminds me of 07 dark lord. not bad at all, i just hope it improves with age.