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RATINGS: 1123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9237) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (9298) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2403) - USA - DEC 17, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2009 Black pour with a little chocolate froth on top. Light, fruity aroma - surprising for an imperial. Another weird, artsy Dark Horse label, and I do not mean that disrespectfully. This is a mighty fine stout! Lots of coffee and chocolate malt flavor, along with cherry and prune compote. Solid, dry hops kick in too, but the marshmallow sweetness lingers on the palate and in the mind. ABV was not on the bottle, and I was surprised that it was so high. Excellent stuff (altho not an everyday beer).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Pours an opaque jet black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, plum, chocolate, and some alcohol. Flavor is caramel, plum, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, and a bitter syrupy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Pours black with thick brown head and lots of lacing meduim to almost thick body with aromas from roasted malts,light coffee and choclates taste is very bold like any IRS I have grown to be a big fan of dark horse stouts and this one does’t let me down

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle, about a year or so of age on this one. Pours a solid black, small, forced tan head that dissapates rather quickly. Roasted malt, chocolate and a subdued touch of hops in the background of the aroma. Creamy, roasted malt, sweet chocolate and again a touch of hops in the flavor profile. Great mouthfeel, thick and kinda oily and a slightly bitter finish, really well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Aroma is reminiscent of Surly Darkness, a lot of sweet malt over something of a surprisngly robust hop presence. Caramel, raisin, vanilla, and the aformentioned hop sweetness are key. Apperance is great, black, minimal head, would rank a bit higher with a bit more frothy goodness. Taste is heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, and if it is possible to taste thick, this is it. Palate is appropriately thick and near flat, just where I want an impy stout. Full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish. Yes this is my first review using the assistance, so bear with me. Overall a good beer, though a bit on the sweet end of my taste for imperial stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6445) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2009
bottle, by trade with ogglethorp, pitch black with no foam, aroma of coffee, chocolate and raisin, flavors are strong malt and roasted coffee , port, big hershey chocolate syrup finish

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