ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Carolina Crew Gathering Greenville, NC. Thanks to Sprinkle for this!. Thin black pour with a tan head and slight lace. Very big roasty aroma, almost smokey. Thin Mouth-feel Chocolate, coffee, and rum (probably molasses) Alcohol is well masked.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy tpd975. Pours black with a one finger tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, a hint of smoke, molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is the same as aroma but more prominent. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and very smooth alcohol. Very good.
sebletitje (7411) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Pours thick black, with a brownish head.
Aroma is lightly smokey and of dark fruits. Taste is roasty, and very sweet, malty with slight note of smoke, some chocolate / coffee and candy sugar to make it a great Imperial Stout.
jsquire (3689) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This dark beer poured out like motor oil on a cold day. There was a small dark brown head that shrank to an oily slick. Burnt sugar, molassess, chocolate and some roast coffee in the nose. Thick, oily mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate, coffee, molassess, burnt toast, toffee, and a long coffee finish. Really a nice beer.
jbuzz (761) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Single thanks to Sprinkle. Very dark, low carbonation with almost no head. Slightly bitter with an alcohol feel. Good balance and nice body, but not out of the ordinary for an Imperial Stout.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottles from Stine and at least one other person (pepsican?, miketd?)? Either way, the trader that sent this one rocks. Big and black with a thick head. Aroma is full of smoke and roast with coffee, chocolate, and sugar showing through. Flavor matches the aroma with a bit more smoke and a lot of sweetness. Also has that classic Dark Horse yeast strain that rules in its stouts. Thick mouthfeel that really delivers. An upper echelon Impy stout for sure.
EithCubes (5202) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2011 Bottle. Huge gritty roast and thick Dark Horse chocolate profile, with a little booze showing, but the shocker in the aroma is the presence of abundant hoppiness. Inky black hole black pour with a dark brown head (so dark it’s trending toward violet). Inky taste, too, a bit oily, a bit crisp with a nice bit of prickling from the hops. Viscous maltiness is the story here, though. Abundant roast but nothing harsh, no ash, just thick, creamy dark chocolate. Reasonably dry for the style. A little boozy (well-concealed, though, I’d have guessed about 8-9% - certainly tastes less boozy than my Expedition), vinous body on the lighter side of medium despite the chewy roast taste and the residual sugars. Touch of unsalted licorice and raisin, but fruitiness is dulled by a damp blanket. Sticky-lipped end and a plummy aftertaste. Rich and dangerous! Not quite world-class, but if you like DH’s other stouts, you’ll love this. [4.0]
This bottle’s at least a year old, might be closer to two. Much, much thinner than I remembered, but also drier and lightly smokier. Nose has good plummy and dark fruity notes, taste is lightly salty (no autolysis, I’m hoping it’s just that the booze cleared out a bit to let the subtler notes shine through) with tar and tobacco notes that weren’t really there before. Age has mellowed this significantly, and as a result it feels like a hybrid of of the harsher,darker substyles and the richer, fruitier versions, though smoothed and softened. Really a delight! [4.0]
Yet another bottle saved from 2008, here the last third of January 2011. Inky rich chocolate just oozes out; heavier, roastier notes have fallen by the wayside somewhat along with the pricklier hops. Mouthfeel is velvety and aftertaste is now showing light wood and stronger smoke. Otherwise, same plummy/druity and very mild licorice notes in with the chocolate. The alcohol, once a large component of character, has faded significantly - not harsh at all, totally under control. This has mellowed considerably (and probably improved), but still a crowd pleaser by any definition. [4.1]
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Man, I waited around forever for this one. I love Dark Horse, and expected to be blown away by this one. Sadly, I wasn’t. Pours fine, not weak but not really strong either. Some Impy tastes going on, a little grain, some chocolate, and lots of watery booze. Just boozy everywhere. Nothing really impressive about this one, and nowhere near as good as say, Reserve Black Bier or One. The second one I had left a little better impression on me, but theres just way too many other good impys out there in this price range (see, for example, Expedition).
TURDFERGUSON (4009) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from mgumby. Thanks Mike! Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, a bit of cocoa, mild hops. Flavor is heavily roasty, a bit of cocoa, blah blah blah. This kind of tastes like every other top imperial stout on the market. Well made, and tasty, but just not that exciting for me anymore. 12% is extremely well hidden. I would never have guessed it to be anywhere close to that. A great beer, but I guess I’m just losing my taste for these imperial stouts.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark color. Smell of roasted malt, smoke, spice, brown sugar, pine, hops and alcohol. Taste of roasted malt, smoke, minor coffee, spice, brown sugar, pine, hops, cake batter and alcohol.