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 Iíve 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. Iím 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 Iíd 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 (1046) - 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. Iím 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, Iím 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.
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at La Cave du Vin
This was the main reason for coming on a quiet Sunday evening. Rich, chewy, and complex this is worth the praise that people have been giving it. I should have picked up some a long time ago when I first saw it on the shelves. Now all that remains is to sample some of the smoked Fore to see if it is also on par with the rest of the series.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep black and murky even in low light this was a black hole. An oatmeal corona graced the top like a layer of sweet icing. Strong black coffee, anise, cigarette ash, vanilla, and chocolate made this rich, chewy, and worth spending time with.
Flavor / Palate - Raspberries, chocolate, malt balls, anise, smoke, and still more dark fruits make this a heavyweight. The ashen finish continues to impress by sticking in the throat like rich hot chocolate. Creamy and chewy the mouthfeel sets this one in the upper tier of imperial stouts. I may just have to buy some more of this once the cellar gets some more space.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Rudolf & Frylock. Dar dark black pour. rich roasted malt aroma. oily medium body. Big rich roasted malt flavor, mild chcolate, medium bitterness. 12% is hidden very well. Real good
beeratarian (206) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle I picked up for $3.49. Super thick and black with a small dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is chocolate, soy, toasted wood, and sweet dried fruit. Flavor is much the same, chocolate and soy with a descent amount of sweetness. Finishes Dry with a slightly bitter aftertaste of piney hops. The alcohol is hidden well which can be dangerous if you can afford a whole 6 pack. I will definately try this again, hopefully on tap.