StefanSD (2354) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Honkeybra. Thanks. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that soon dissipates to a fine ring. The aroma is bold with dark fruits, molasses and roasted malts. The flavor is every bit as bold as the aroma; lots of plums, raisins, figs, dates, biter walnuts and dark roasted malts. The palate is thick and viscous with moderate carbonation. The finish is long with lingering figs. Overall: A fine stout.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark black with a brown head that gathers around the edges. Aromas of roasted and chocolate malt, smoke, licorice, and shoe polish. Full-bodied, oily, lightly carbonated with a long finish. The taste is sweet with chocolate malt and licorice. Finishes with an earthy and roasted bitterness and alcohol warmth.Overall it’s not too bad. Not my favorite, but a solid imperial stout.
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle-a black pour-brown head -aroma and taste of chocolate, dried fruit-thick chewy dry bitter dark chocolate finish.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, light caramel, and a hint of soy sauce. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dark brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, light bitter coffee, dark chocolate, slight hops, light charcoal, slight tar, and a hint of alcohol. Medium to full body. Slick, slightly thin, texture is coating and becomes slightly dry. Soft carbonation. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, charcoal, and tar finish is a tad dry. 12%ABV is a bit present in the flavor, but not overbearing or hot.
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at South Park Tavern, Dayton, OH. Strong black look to the beer. Good aroma of coffee and roast. Has a light taste to the beer despite the heavy ABV. Not the best stout I’ve tried but decent nonetheless.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sipping on this one as I type - its a LIVE review!
Very thick blackness with only a small amount of head even with a less than gentle pour. Strong aromas of a smokey coffee/chocolate... taste is a bit intense with a multitude of flavors very much like the smell but with an added bonus of some slight booziness as you drink. I’m nibbling on some dark chocolate as I sip and it is a very very nice combination!
IMO this is one to share as its high 12% ABV might be a bit much for one person, but overall I’d definitely recommend trying it if you can find it - particularly if you like BIG flavorful stouts.
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 6, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great big malty imperial stout. nose has dark chocolate, malt, lite coffee. Taste is big with strong chocolate and malt balanced with some alcohol. pours very black!!! and all-time fav.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So this is a big bottle conditioned monster stout at 12%? It really comes off as another monster coffee stout at first. Really fresh and crisp, malty and roasted. However once it warms up in the mouth the conditioned smoothness really comes into its own. It has a nice roasted caramel flavor and overall warmth that is just awesomely enjoyable. Not harsh on the mouth or too overdone. An absolute Joy.
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, pours super dense motor oil with a deep caramel mocha head, aroma is vanilla, rum, some assorted roasted nuts, huge flavor of dried fruits and port with a bitter coffee finish, oily luxurious mouthfeel, excellent stout
matthewjk (1057) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
$12 / 4 pack - One of the most unique imperial stouts I have tried so far. I’m not sure how Dark Horse did it, but this is the smoothest, creamiest imperial I have had the pleasure to enjoy. 12 ABV! Are you sure?!? Very scary how well hidden the alcohol is. Luckily, I only have four of these, so my odds of ending up passed out in a gutter are relatively small. After trying this one, I’m officially calling Dark Horse my favorite brewery of this year! I have compiled enough evidence to convince myself they really know how to brew an exceptional beer. For me, Dark Horse Brewing Company is the brewery of the year.