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RATINGS: 1041   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of GCurlow. Thanks, Grant! Dark brown pour with a tiny tan head that evaporates immediately. Nice chocolate aroma with a light hop backbeat and a small bit of coffee. Tasty coffee, roast and chocolate flavor with again a mild hop bite. Smooth palate with a bit of a bite at the back. Another Michigan winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2009
12 oz bottle. Came highly suggested by General66 as the best Dark Horse stout (compared to one, too, tres, and fore). Pours an opaque black with a small chocolate-y tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of roasted chocolate, malt, some hops, and a hint of coffee. Tastes of roasted malt, some chocolate (I mistakenly switched those on the aroma), a hint of coffee, and a fair bit of alcohol (though not as bad as 12% in my opinion). Goes down pretty smoothly, with a nice aftertaste, but I was hoping for a stronger mouthfeel. Still would have to say that it is the best of the DH stouts though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2009
[Bottle] Pours absolutely pitch black with an amazingly dark head. Aroma is primarily roasted malts, with a little bit of vegetative aroma and some alcohol in the background. Flavor is mostly just roasted malts, a touch of chocolate, and alcohol. Lots of dry bitterness from the roasted malts. The alcohol is present, but I never would have guessed 12%. Mouthfeel is extremely full.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (417) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2009
Pours black with creamy dark brown head. The head is mostly diminishing with good lacing. The aroma is coffee, cocoa and a roasted nuttiness. The flavor is big, creamy, bitter, coffee, dry roasted chocolate taste. A little alcohol kicks in at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5008) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2009
Pitch black coloured body with a very small deep brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and very dark chocolate - strong as hell. Full-bodied; Very potent roasty flavours dominate this with nuts and molasses the strongest. Aftertaste shows licorice, coffee and a strong blast of alcohol warmth for a long time. Overall, a good beer, very strong and flavourful - even for THIS style! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from West LakeView Liquors in Chicago, Illinois in March 2008.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1231) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 12 oz bottle to finish off the One, Too, Tres, Fore, Fifth. Pours black with a light brown head. Creamy and roasty aroma with coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruits. Flavor is chewy chocolate, aniseed, grape, cream, and coffee. Some hops in the finish and a touch of alcohol. It’s nice to see an imperial stout give a little more focus to the anise and dark fruit flavors, and this is a fitting conclusion to the Dark Horse stout series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2009
a great imperial stout. pours blacker than black with thick, heavy tan head that sticks to the glass like frosting. nose is smoke, sweet, dark chocolate and molasses. mouthfeel is heavy and oily. taste is sweet molasses, smoky chocolate and mild fruit like fig that gives way to a heavy alcohol finish. recommended for fans of amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle vigorous pour, pours thick and black with a two inch spray-on Florida tan head and sheets of lace. The aroma is dark fruits, roasted malt, and some hops. The flavor is sweet, dark fruit, dark malt, coffee shake, flour-less chocolate cake, and some hops in the tail to keep it from being too sweet. The palate is rich, smooth, heavy, lively, and very nice. Overall, best darn Impy I’ve had for some time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2009
07 bottle thanks to the infinite generosity of ucusty. Served cellar temp in a Chimay glass. Just read that it’s 12%, which might be a problem because this tastes great and I’m gulping it down. Black pour, beautiful gauzy light tan head. Sweet, even fruity malts, some chocolate, roast, and nutiness on the nose. This has clearly aged well. Some added creaminess on the palate. Relatively light and very drinkable for a beer this strong. Fine beer. Heavily recommended with a year or two of age.

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