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RATINGS: 1126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
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)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2010
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Pours black with a red mocha head. Aroma of dark fruit, raisins, dark dark chocolate. Taste is roasted chocolate malt, dark fruit, and a perfect bitter chocolate finish which lasts nicely on the tongue. Very nice imp stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rubychard (14) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2010
12 ounce bottle, purchased Spring 2009, drunk from a 4-oz taster. Smells like boozy coffee liqueur. Dark, opaque with a thin tan layer. Sweet and boozy with roasty coffee flavors. Really ashy aftertaste/mouth feel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmgiddings (41) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Bottle from Crown Liquors #6 - Pours pitch black, thick, and oily with a thin chocolate head. Aroma is more faint than expected but consist of molasses chocolate, and some piny hop. Flavor is molasses, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, smoky pig fat, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is big, oily, heavy, with some warmth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle generously shared by ryan while smoking Cubans generously provided by brainlair. Pours like thick black motor oil with a dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, blueberry and raisins. Flavor dominated by raisins. Very mellow (its about two years old), but goes down nice and smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4113) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2010 12oz bottle via trade thanks to translucent on BA. Damn dude, this is a bruiser. Pours black and thick with a one-finger dark tan head. Some legs on this one - you can tell it’s viscous. Aroma is intense with dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, and roast. Slight sweetness present. Flavor is really interesting. It reminds me of Midnight Sun Berserker in a way, except without the -bal aging notes. Rich dark chocolate and roast dominate, with a hint of coffee as well as molasses, anise, and red wine/port. Very full and thick on the palate with low carbonation. Some tannins as well as hop bitterness. Smooth and slick. A great imperial stout overall. Not too drinkable in large quantities, but you have to give it a pass on this because it’s damn good. One of the better beers I’ve had from Dark Horse. Good job rejecting Nickelback’s offer too, guys. They suck!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4096) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
12 oz bottle from Pantanap. Nose of prunes, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. Black with a medium dark cinnamon, lightly lacing head. Flavor is chocolate, figs, and a hint of smoke and bitterness. Finish lightly bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2010
dark black pour with a medium tan head. aroma is dark fruits, coffee, lighter chocolate flavour is nice smooth creamy chocolate, some vinous fruit. Light bitterness. Very nice body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2010
12oz bottle as a sweet extra from badnewsbeers. thanks, tyler! pours a silky, black with a very thin, very dark brown head leaving a razor thin ring of lace. aroma is great with big, dark, roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit notes of prune and fig with hints of smoke and caramel backed by a pronounced, boozy, rum like presence as it warms. flavor is wonderful as well, big and bold as an impy should be, with big, slightly charred malts, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, and spicy licorice with a great balance of earthy hops, roasted nuts, and more boozy rum. palate is full bodied and warming with light carbonation and a roasted, bittersweet finish. overall, a deliciously bold, boozy impy.


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