Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a four-pack at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a beige head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, some vanilla and light molasses. Taste is full bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted dark malt, some quick vanishing vanilla bean, caramel and light coffee. Finish is thick and chewy with a mild hot chocolate and toasted malt aftertaste that even hides the alcohol presence.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours positively opaque black. There no dark brown edges on this one......just black. It looks like engine sludge, topped with a spongy brown head of foam. Beautiful, thick rings of lacing coat the glass well. The nose shows a ton of vanilla cream over dark, bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Some alcoholic, vodka-like notes emerge, as do dark fruits. The flavor is very chocolaty, with heaps of lactic cream. Mocha plays a big role, as does oak and some earthy, dry hops. Tastes like an imperial sweet stout, if such a thing exists. The palate is very creamy and lactic, almost like room temperature 2% milk would be. Finishes long, roasty, and sweet, with mocha as the dominant flavor. Very good brew, but not as great as I had built it up to be in my head. The Tres, Fore, and Black Bier are all more impressive.
demitriustown (1033) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz Bottle: Aroma is nice roasted malt characteristic, light coffee notes, dark chocolate, and a bit of alcohol within this brew. Appearance is pitch black motor oil pour with a small sized head that diminishes into a light tan film. Taste is dark chocolate is predominant, but there are also some roasted malt, caramel, light coffee notes, and the alcohol is nicely hidden. Overall, really nice Imperial Stout not the top of the line but a really good showing from the Old guys at Dark Horse.
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfectly black body with a very thin orangeish brown head. The aroma has some rich coffee and green beans There is also some sweet cake donut. The taste has some nice chocolate chip pancakes with some light molasses. Soft, silky smooth body. Another solid winner from Dark Horse.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a near black in color with almost no head to be found.
Smell is some dark cocoa and some hops coming through as well. The hops are throwing off the smell a bit though. Taste is roasted black malt and some slight coffee as well. Mouthfeel is tad thin too.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bonus beer from AllAboutStout. Pours thick, oily black with a deep tan head. Nose is awesome with roasted malt and dark chocolate. Flavor is similar, with the roasted malt standing out, but there is also a bit of granny smith apple. It was really a tart little surprise! Finish is subtly roasted bitterness and dry, with a bit of an alcohol burn.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark coffee pour with no head. Some brown head arises with some rousing bringing aromas of chocolate and coffee. Very roasty coffee flavor, slight estery banana, some tart fruit (cran apple, just barely though). Finishes with some pleasant bitter hops. Body is not thick or syrupy at all. very drinkable a delicious.
Tripplebrew (767) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a charcoal, chocolate brown with the thinest layer of creamy burnt brown head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is definite molasses, chocolate, and rich espresso. Flavor is of roasted malts, notes of molasses, espresso foam and dark dark chocolate. A very rich creamy flavor and body. Gonna have to take this one slow at 10 percent, and damn is it good.
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Blind Pig in Champaign a while back. Poured black with small head. Roasty with coffee and chocolate aroma. Not as thick as I expected, but the flavor was good, especially after warming up.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hmmm. Don’t quite know what to make of this. Expectations were high and perhaps clouded judgement. Is most likely better than my rating and I may rerate it at a later date. Still believe Dark Horse is a force to be reckoned with. This came out of the bottle like 10W-40, which is good. No head to speak of. Aroma had notes of chocolate, molasses, espresso, citrus, and alcohol. Medium to Full body. The flavor echoed the aroma. Nice, roasted coffee with some chocolate and a twist. Will check back on this.