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 (395) - 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 (1036) - 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 (3470) - 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 (202) - 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.
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle to snifter. Aroma sweet coco and malt. Appearance is oil like black brown liquid with quick thin tan head that dissipates to a ring around glass. Taste is a soy chocolate with a malty hops finish. Palate is full chaulky feel with a subtle sour dry finish. This is a delicious imperial stout that is a good drinker, without the extreme complexity that some leave you saying whoo!
milewide (1958) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I enjoyed the taste, aroma and appearance of this imperial stout, but it was a touch on the sweet side. I like the bitter taste of darkly roasted grain, and hops. Alcohol was also higher than imperials like Old Rasputin at 9%---and I donít need the extra alcohol.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first brew from this brewery. Black color, a very thin head starts to develop before vanishing. The aroma shows leather, molasses, wood, prune, coffee. Dark chocolate makes an appearance in the flavor department that combines with a spash of cream, plums, ash, and some high quality black coffee in the finish that sits on the tongue long after. This doesnít come across as being all that complex but quite solid nonetheless. 12%? Wow. Iím not sure if itís a good thing or not that this drinks far lighter than that. Silky smooth. Good beer.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle with big thanks, again, to coyotehunter. Pours a murky black, thick viscous body, like an impy should be. Little to no foam in the head. Aromas are rich of chocolate, coffee, and roasty sweetness, almost like bananas? Thereís a fair bit of soy sauce in the flavor, as well as butterscotch, and leather to go with the coffee and chocolate from the nose. The balance on this beer is incredible! Iím drinking it too cold, and I hope some lasts until it gets a little warmer, just to see how the flavor changes. The 12% is practically undetectable. Amazing really. What a wonderful warmer of a brew on a chilly, rainy night in SoCal