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RATINGS: 975   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2008
Bottle @ the Maproom. Iím not a stout drinker but I thought this was one of the top Istouts I have tasted (RB claires thirsty and FKBS). Poured like every stout would BLACK, dark brown head. The nose is of dried plum and blackstrap molasses. Heavily burnt, bitter flavor with notes of ash, alcohol, prune extract and blackstrap molasses. Ultra full-bodied and chewy with pillow-soft carbonation. Lengthy, scorched, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2008
Thanks again to the STL guys for sharing this fine imperial stout. Pours very very dark with a small dark burnt orange head. The aroma has heavy dark chocolate, some green apple, roasty malt and coffee bitterness. Medium / full body with some soft carbonation thatís lightly prickly. The flavor starts a bit citric with dark chocolate, apply, heavy roast with sharpness prevailing. The finish has lots of char and bitter chocolate. This is a very nice imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a pretty thick looking black color with virtually no brown head, specks of lace. Smells of alcohol and roasty chocolatey malts, fishy as well. The fishiness comes from kind of burnt smelling/tasting malts. Tastes of alcohol and roasty/sweet malts, dark chocolate. Surprisingly thin body with ok carbonation. Good beer but it smells a little funny to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobysnak (329) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2008
Pours absolutely black. Not even a hint of light can be seen through it. Almost no head but what head there is is a very dark color, one of the darker heads Iíve ever seen. Smell is typical RIS, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a buttery smooth caramel smell that I can barely notice. Very different, extremely smooth on the palate, I get the chocolate and the smooth buttery caramel, no hops that I noticed mainly just chocolate and malts. Fairly thick and so silky as it goes over your tongue. Hides the 10 ABV very well. A well done beer all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (689) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2008
This was a very good hoppy IPS that had a flavor all of its own with chocolate and a nice hoppy yet bitter finish.The pour was a dark as night black with a nice creamy head a very good job in deed.CHEERS!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2008
slightly different imp stout...very, very, very chocolatey, but like bitter chocolate. kind of dry, pretty smooth. not too bad at all...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pepsican (1447) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2008
pitch black with a nice sized brown head. Aroma is heavily roasted malt and some nice chocolate to back it up. Flavor is similar, some raisin, toffee, and coffee to back up the flavors. Finish wasnít as full as I was expecting for the ABV. On the plus side, the abv wasnít noticed one bit. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2008
Aroma is toasty, fruity, pear, dull fruit, dark malts, sweet cloying coffee roast with buttery caramel. Taste is creamy mild cocoa, hop bitterness, coffee sweetness with some lactic milkiness, more hop bitterness. Lingers like a MF, more biscuit, dark fruit and malts. I also get a little currant/cassis blend. Apples also make a small presence. Sorry, this rating is a mess, I was probably a little "off" by this point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10817) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2008
4 Bottle pack from the package store in front of Dark Horse. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Heavy roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Full body with a smooth texture. Good complex roasted flavor with a heavy roasted bittersweet finish of long duration. Good complex standout brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5242) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
Picked up a four-pack at Cellarís Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a beige head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, some vanilla and light molasses. Taste is full bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted dark malt, some quick vanishing vanilla bean, caramel and light coffee. Finish is thick and chewy with a mild hot chocolate and toasted malt aftertaste that even hides the alcohol presence.

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