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RATINGS: 963   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Man, I waited around forever for this one. I love Dark Horse, and expected to be blown away by this one. Sadly, I wasn’t. Pours fine, not weak but not really strong either. Some Impy tastes going on, a little grain, some chocolate, and lots of watery booze. Just boozy everywhere. Nothing really impressive about this one, and nowhere near as good as say, Reserve Black Bier or One. The second one I had left a little better impression on me, but theres just way too many other good impys out there in this price range (see, for example, Expedition).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle from mgumby. Thanks Mike! Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, a bit of cocoa, mild hops. Flavor is heavily roasty, a bit of cocoa, blah blah blah. This kind of tastes like every other top imperial stout on the market. Well made, and tasty, but just not that exciting for me anymore. 12% is extremely well hidden. I would never have guessed it to be anywhere close to that. A great beer, but I guess I’m just losing my taste for these imperial stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Dark color. Smell of roasted malt, smoke, spice, brown sugar, pine, hops and alcohol. Taste of roasted malt, smoke, minor coffee, spice, brown sugar, pine, hops, cake batter and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Thanks to Sephiroth for sending me some 12ozers. pours near black with a small head. Aroma of espresso, dark roasted and chocolate malt, a little liquorice and dusty yeast. Heavy body, mostly dry taste. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2008
I’m doing my review on my second try of this. Because it was soooo good the first time I though something mush’ve been wrong. But thankfullly no....Its just as good as I remember it. Black pour with a small tan head and a very good smokey and roasted malts and chocolate. But the flavor is sooooooo outstanding. Chocolate roasted malts and absolutely not trace of alcohol. good mouthfeel and a wonderful finish. I know most wont agree but this is by far the best stout I have ever had. Unbeliveable. I will cellar a few of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2008
12oz bottle from west lakeview or masonjer.....close to black pour with a medium brown head that dissipated quickly and gravitated towared the edges.dark ruby red hints at the sides when held up against the light..... aroma of rich chocolate and roasted. nothing too out of the norm but it still was executed well..... flavors were of the same. smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation......very solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2210) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Bottle. Does Dark Horse brew a run-of-the-mill stout? Pure black body with a deep tan head that dminishes. Nice aroma of roasted malts, mocha, molasses, licorice and peat. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Tastes of chocolate, pepper, vanilla, sugar and smoke. Alcohol bite and strong alcohol presence in the dry finish. Nicely balanced though the alcohol is a bit overpowering, especially as the stout warms. Full body. creamy texture. Moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
5-30-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to hoppymeal!
Pitch black pour with the thickest, darkest chocolate cocoa brown head I have seen. Smell is chocolate milk and bitter coffee with cinnamon in there too. Flavor is super complex or busy but is straight up and to the point. It has chocolate, roasted malt, and some hops in the finish even. Palate is carbonated but is a touch thin. A small smoky leftover remains on the tongue. Overall, a winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lb4lb (2547) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Thanks to hoppymeal for the bottle in trade!!
Pours dark oily black with a rich dark tan head. Smell is roasty malt, molasses, and chocolate chip cookies. Reminds me of the rich decadent smell of Abyss. Taste is dark, dry chocolate with slightly chalky roastiness bordering burnt. Rich oily mouthfeel and very tasty. Slight bit of alcohol as it warms, but still a fantastic imperial stout and one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (554) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2008
12 oz bottle in a snifter. Fills glass with a pitch black thick liquid with almost no head. Aroma of dried dark fruits, roasted malts. nice tingly mouth feel, dry finish. Large dark chocolate flavor some biting bitterness with a rich sweetness caressing the palate. Good dark imperial stout.

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