Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from United (Cardinal) Liquors in Frankfort, Illinois: This pours an opaque, intensely dark mahogany body with a brown film - then skinny ring - then nothing for a head. No lace. The aroma is dark, sweet roasted malt, bakers chocolate, and a rooty earthiness. The flavor sees the addition of some vanilla, bitter coffee, and lots of alcohol. It finishes sticky sweet with an earthy bitterness and a steady alcohol burn. Pretty good.
markwise (4769) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks TampaBrew for the share. Pours dark cola brown with dark tan head. Nose is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and booze. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and lingering chicory. Awesome flavor with lingering chicory and vanilla in the finish.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black. Some chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Slight boozy smell. Taste is roasty malts, chocolate, some coffee, some alcohol sweetness.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black-brown with a thin tan head, fades to a dark brown film of bubbles, no permanent head. Aroma is faint. What’s there is ash, smoke, barbeque. Some alcohol in the nose. Flavor beings with a nice blend of licorice-like roasted elements and hops bitterness, segues to and finishes on dark chocolate. Very thick on the palate, noticeable alcohol heat.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one did not hide the alcohol content. Aroma and taste are strong. Taste is sweet with dark cocoa and some creaminess. Really good.
tennisjoel (1221) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown body with a sufficient tan head. Aromas of bakers chocolate, light roast, butterscotch, and some fig. Rich flavored beer, and for 12%, the ABV is well hidden. An above average imperial stout and another winner from Dark Horse.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 [fresh 09 bottle 4.21.09] Shared with funkybrewster. Most recent bottle I believe. Pours a glossy near black with a minimal frothy tan bubbly head. Aroma is a bit fruity, tons of rich molasses, buttery banana, chocolate, phenolic. Flavor is also quite sweet and phenolic, over ripe banana, rich dark molasses, lightly buttery, sweet chocolate. Medium/full bodied quite syrupy with lump carbonation. I have a feeling this was better in previous years. 220.127.116.11.15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2008 bottle rated 2.26.10] much better than the fresh 09, still some rich banana but it has actually aged quite well, definite Dark Horse taste.
tmongoose (1672) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle poured almost completely black and oily into glass. small disipating head that left a nice lacing. first taste was like heaven thick and chewy with flavors of coffee and chocolate. the warmer it gets the more the different flavors come out. excellent beer and i didnt notice the 12% abv..just know this is a great beer.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. I missed this at the Dark Horse event at Sheffield’s (they ran out), so I was glad to see it on the shelf. Dark brown/black pour with a thin and oily tan head. Barely light brown around the edges. Fairly balanced aroma, with leanings toward pitted fruit (cherry, plum). Light coffee and lighter chocolate. Flavor is decent. Quite sweet up front with a smoky bitter finish. Slightly earthy, with a bittersweet chocolate middle. Warming alcohol in the throat, with a viscous and heavy mouthfeel.
wmubronco1992 (668) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft in snifter glass in the beer garden at the brewery. Pours dark black with a small dark brown head. Nice lacing. Aroma of coffee. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol is not noticable. Would never guess it is 12% based on flavor. Very well balanced. Now I have tried all five of the Dark Horse stouts. All are exceptional, but this one is the most robust and hardy. Note that this one is harder to find (my opinion) then the other four so if you see it grab it.