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RATINGS: 1063   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
tronraner’s Xmas Eve Eve Eve Tasting. Sample from a bottle share by me, thanks to wetherel for the trade. Pitch black almost no head. Spots of tan bubbles. Aroma is big chocolate aroma and roasted malt. Taste is chocolate, thick and viscous, with a big body of roasted malt and a slight soy sauce hint.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle at Xmas Eve Eve Eve. It pours silently a black black with small tan head. The aroma is molasses, dark fruit, and some soy sauce. The flavor is roastiness, ashy sourness, bitter chocolate, and a dryish finish. Quite tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (4236) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 Bottle shared by lithy at the Christmas E^3 tasting. Opaque with an eight-inch lasting head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Flavor is mocha on the front, with light alcohol and tobacco drying the finish. Medium-heavy body is creamy and ends roast-dry.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunevdj (3500) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle from toncatcher at home. Pours an opaque black with a brown diminishing head. Sweet with aromas of roasted malts and coffee. Low bitterness. Also some caramel and a hints of coffeeliquir and port. Mellow fruity hops aromas. Soft and velvety mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Only alcohol to be spotted is a tiny hint of warmth in the finish. Bitter finish with more coffee and a bit of hops. Wonderful. Thanks Dennis!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3728) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2008
tap at the Dark Horse 4 Elf festival - Pours black with a thin tan head and has a big roast malt and chocolate aroma. It has a sweet, chocolate rich taste with just some mild hops making itself known in the finish. It is thick and full-bodied and the 12% abv is buried. I would have guessed it was 10% or less.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Black pour with a tall smooth brown head. Big dark chocolate nose, soft hops, soft licorice and mild charred character. Very smooth palate, mild alcohol burn to it, but doesnt come off as 12 percent abv. Excellent roasted malt flavor, layers of chocolate and port. Really nice imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured an opaque black color. Thick pour. The head was chocolatey brown with an orange tint and reduced relatively quickly. Smelled of chocolate, alcohol, and subdued pine. Medium to full bodied and slightly sweet. Lowish carbonation. Roasty bitterness attenuated the sugars somewhat. Tasted of chocolate liqueur, burnt stick, and citrus fruit. Roasty, bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrotherJoe (13) - Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Pours to a nice thick head. Dark as night. First impression is of the chocolaty/roasty aroma and of the thick, placid look as I pour. Flavor is excellent. Just the right bit of bitterness and roast followed by a sweetness that lingers long enough to balance well with the roast.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2429) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Pours a thick motor oiy pitch black color with a tiny brown lacing. Aroma of chocolate syrup, roasted malt and cocoa powder. Taste is thick and slightly syrupy with hints of roasted malts, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup and lactose. Slightly sweet, but superb. Very similar to Bells Expedition Stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pitch black color. Thin, bubbly, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, and roasted notes. Flavor is nice and silky smooth. Chocolate notes up front lead to a smoky ending. Finish is slightly bitter. Very low carbonation and the alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer.


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