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RATINGS: 1119   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Pours an oily black with little to no head. Aroma is expresso, roasted malts, licorice and alcohol. Taste is explosive with a great milky mouthfeel. Aroma was deceiving. Bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, licorice, smoke flavor with the alcohol are wonderful, very good balance. Nice long finish that is sweet and tappers out with little bitter or ash. Really good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeaceRich (25) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2010
chocolate, coffee, roasty, nuts, licorice, soy sauce, alcohol, black, brown foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, soft carbonation, long finish,

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madvike (3166) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Bottle from Silphium--thanks Brad! - Been really sick of sweet impy stouts lately, so this was a nice surprise. Pours dark and viscous, black with a thin brown head. The smell isn’t overpowering. It doesn’t whack you in the nose as much as it asks you nicely if it could please enter your nostrils. I like that. It shows class and manners. There’s nice roasty malt in there, with raisins and a touch of whiskey, smoke, and licorice. Taste is similar, with roasty malt and a bit of milky sweetness. There’s some whiskey heat and roast on the finish--dark chocolate, too. It’s smooth as hell and real chewy. Big and velvety--just how I like it. There’s a slight metallic taste at first, but that went away real quick. That’s about all I can say bad about this gem. Yum.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angelmonster (173) - Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Pours a solid pitch black body, dark chocolate 1 finger head, prolly the darkest head i’ve seen. Too bad it disappeared almost instantly :( . Head retention wasnt very good and lacing was above average. Appearance gets bump in score for such a nice looking head, enough though it didnt last long Aroma is of rich, roasted coffee beans covered in dark bitter chocolate. There is also some dark dried fruit similar to the ones found in a doppelbock. Ends with some sweet soy sauce and alcohol. Hops arent really in the mix Taste is of strong, roasted, burnt malts. Very strong coffee is also present. Lots of sweet malts offset the alcohol which is definitely present at 12 percent. Hops are moderate. Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is on aggressive side but livens up the thick consistency of the beer. Love a nice creamy head on a beer and sadly this one had none what so ever. This beer was overall a sipper but the drink ability was good. Could prolly finish more than one but it would take awhile. Kinda reminded me of Mephistopheles from Avery. Prolly wont have another opportunity to try this beer but glad I did

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13522) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle from Styles. Pours black with a few temporary dark tan smears. Aromas of dark malt and anise. Medium plus body with mild carbonation. Flavor is gummy dark roast malt with some anise. Heat is not much considering the 12%. Very smooth. Put this in a scotch barrel and it would surpass Paradox. A pure example of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (20809) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2011 9th October 2008.
GABF. Sweetish smooth toasty malt. Fruity porty undertone. Dry finish. Nice.

14th May 2009
At Papsoe’s pre CPH Beer Fest tasting, cheers Henrik! Very light and airy stout. Taste is off rich alcoholic chocolate. Like a brandy or rum chocolate liquer. Hides the alcohol well. Rich and very drinkable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Poured dark black into goblet on tap with little to no head. Aroma is chock full of chocolate and coffee malt with some roasted character, taste up front is a bit of hoppiness that goes into thick bitter chocolate, molasses, and coffee with a bit of sweet lactose. Excellent impy stout!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (9172) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Tap. Very dark pour with minimal head. Sweet aroma of chocolate, alcohol, and roast. Thick mouthfeel. Bitter hop plus rich roasted malt on taste. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2010
(vintage 2008) Pours thick and deep black with brown head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, coffee, toasted malts, bitter-sweet, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is thick with bitter-sweetness, chocolate, toffee, coffee, a bit nutty, with some alcohol burn. Fantastic Impy Stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Pours a dark motor oil sludge sporting thin brown head. The nose is sweet and chewy exhibiting a lot of chocolate brownie notes, a little roast, some toffee, but mostly thick, sweet chewy chocolate brownie. Flavors switch things to coffee and brown sugar notes, maybe a little chocolate but more coffee and brown sugar than chocolate. Carbonation is very faint and possible just a tad low for the style. Flavors are somewhat sweet but not overly so...more flavors of caramelized brown sugar and coffee. Body is medium to full but could certainly be fuller. Hop level is toned down slightly and could actually use a bit more pronunciation to balance the malty flavors...some roasty notes and more burnt brown sugar notes evident in the finish. All in all though, pretty decent imperial stout.


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