Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1134   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Pours a pitch black, brown highlights around the edges, with a slightly more than thin dark tan head, lot of lacing. Aroma strong of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and dried fruits. Flavor matches with the addition of molasses and a bitterness I wasn’t expecting. Has a nice warmth, but wouldn’t have guessed it at 12% ABV. Altogether a very solid impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (6665) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Pours jet black with a beautiful brown head. Taste is coffee and chocolate. Simple coffee and chocolate. Slight tart finish. Extremely rich. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle: I forgot who sent this my way, but thanks to whoever that was! Jet black pour with a rich brown head that retains well for the ABV. The aroma has a rich roast presence with notes of black chocolate, black malt char, smoky notes, licorice, mocha- nice! Chewy body with warming smoothness. Smoothly boozy upfront with some underlying plummy notes underneath a huge black malt roast- has flavors of dark chocolate, smoky notes, licorice, fennel, coffee (making it mocha like) and a well hopped finish balancing everything out. Well hidden alcohol, rich yet balanced and rounded. Drinkable. A very well done Imperial Stout made for small doses. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 19, 2009
pours a deep brown with a tan head. notes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, raisons, some booze, but definitely not overpowering. pretty tasty. slightly sticky mouthfeel. nice body. the 12 % alcohol is very well hidden. pretty good beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2009
This is a good one and I was lucky enough to try a bottle thanks to Matt (mphoule). Pours a pitch black that has sort of a brown tinge to it. Has a deep brown head that dissipates but comes back quickly with swirling and also leaves some lacing. Aroma is very nice and complex: coffee, dark chocolate, dried cherries, raisins, roasted malts, milk chocolate. All just blend nicely together and after the brew warmed, some alcohol notes. Flavor starts bitter and then moves to bitter sweet and finishes with a cherry sweetness and a coffee bitterness. Mouth feel was a little on the thin side but was nicely warming, soft carbonation. Overall this was great stuff with very few flaws.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle courtesy of MrBunn (Thanks!) Syrupy black pour, creamy dark cookie colored head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, espresso and roasted malt. Flavor is sold; heavy bittersweet chocolate and coffee right away, then black cherry, smoke and some vanilla on the finish. On par with some of the more popular imperial stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2009
’08 Bottle: Poured a viscous black with no head. Big roasted malt notes in the nose with some complimenting dark fruit and chocolate accents as well. This seemed to be about perfect in the mouth feel dept...slightly thick and silky but not detracting in the least bit. Flavor was roasted malts, dark chocolate, black cherries and a very light brown sugar essence. Great brew by an underappreciated brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2009
12 oz bottle from a trade with dmschefke. black with a tan head that reduces to a ring. rich dark malt aroma. chocolate, dark fruit, anise. flavours are similar. the alcohol in undetecable other then a warming in your belly. top notch stuff here. thx dave!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Pours black with think mahogany highlights and a 1-2 finger creamy caramel brown head that has decent retention and holds at a skim after a few minutes. Aroma is lots of roast (the quality of the roast notes is great), sweet dark caramel, buttery toffee, a hint of chocolate, prairie floral notes, peanut and almond nutty notes, date-nut bread and sweet raisins. Flavor is roast, bittersweet chocolate, light coffee notes, caramel, planty hops, nutty toffee, molasses cookies, grilled bread, burnt sugar, some vegetal/fruit notes, a hint of grapefruit nearing the finish and some low hops bitterness at the end with a burnt sugar/molasses fade. Palate is heavy bodied with a sharp but light carbonation and slick entry leading to a slightly stick finish with some nice alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Lovely stout. Lots of roastiness complimented nicely by a lovely vinous dark fruitiness, almost raisin-y in character.

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