tmongoose (1591) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle poured almost completely black and oily into glass. small disipating head that left a nice lacing. first taste was like heaven thick and chewy with flavors of coffee and chocolate. the warmer it gets the more the different flavors come out. excellent beer and i didnt notice the 12% abv..just know this is a great beer.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. I missed this at the Dark Horse event at Sheffield’s (they ran out), so I was glad to see it on the shelf. Dark brown/black pour with a thin and oily tan head. Barely light brown around the edges. Fairly balanced aroma, with leanings toward pitted fruit (cherry, plum). Light coffee and lighter chocolate. Flavor is decent. Quite sweet up front with a smoky bitter finish. Slightly earthy, with a bittersweet chocolate middle. Warming alcohol in the throat, with a viscous and heavy mouthfeel.
wmubronco1992 (660) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft in snifter glass in the beer garden at the brewery. Pours dark black with a small dark brown head. Nice lacing. Aroma of coffee. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol is not noticable. Would never guess it is 12% based on flavor. Very well balanced. Now I have tried all five of the Dark Horse stouts. All are exceptional, but this one is the most robust and hardy. Note that this one is harder to find (my opinion) then the other four so if you see it grab it.
HonkeyBra (3673) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, oily pour with almost no head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, some dark chocolate, and licorice. Rich, chocolatey flavor, with notes of smoke, dark fruits. Chewy, exhausting mouthfeel. Lots of flavor and the 12% is not noticeable. Been waiting for this for a while and it did not disappoint.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Aroma of lightly roasted coffee, cocoa, alcohol drizzled dark fruits, milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, smoke, cookie malt, simply a superbly well-rounded impy nose. Flavor, fortunately, is more of the same. Superbly rich and superbly drinkable. Excellent.
LilBeerDoctor (3512) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Beerlando. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is quite chocolatey, with some roasted and cookie malts. Nougat and toffee notes too. Flavor is sweet with cookie malt and roasted malt. Not SUPER heavy, but the 12% is definitely noted. An interesting impy with some character.
JaBier (5286) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle shared by Ogglethorp. Black pour with a thin tan head. Malty chocolate aroma with some coffee character. Malty flavor with a bit of smoke, chocolate and a bitter coffee finish. Alcohol is in there, but well hidden. Good stuff.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pour is very dark and lightly carbonated. pitch black. aroma is sweet yet bitter chocolate and coffee malts and very roasty - mouthfeel is full - flavor bites and awakens the taste buds immediately- initial taste is sweet roast and going down the hops present themselves- warms the belly for sure at 12%. purchased and drank right away - will keep the remaining 3 a while to let it age. Great flavor
SudsMcDuff (6634) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
They say Flintstone’s vitamins are chewable. All vitamins are chewable, it’s just that they taste shitty. I’m glad they made Flintstone’s vitamins because I used to watch The Flintstones and go, "Man I bet you if I ate that dude, I would be healthy
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a short lived, 1 finger, tan head. Definitely has the classic rich coffee/chocolate aroma of a good imperial stout but leads more to the chocolate side. There’s just a slight wafting hint of the alcohol too. The flavor is very intense and hot. 12% alcohol is very evident. There is huge, bitter black coffee and baker’s chocolate notes. Oily full mouth-feel with a fair amount of carbonation and a strong alcohol warming sensation as you swallow. This is very intense and would benefit greatly from some aging to mellow it out.