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RATINGS: 938   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2006
I love this beer! Seems like it should pour slower, as thick as it looks. A truly enjoyable drinking experience by Darkhorse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2006
A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is fantastic with notes of alcohol, roasted malt, and hops, in a very fine mixture. The flavor is very roasted, which gives it a dryness, but also rather sweet, leading to a good bitter end. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a brown head. Roasted, rasin, chocolate aroma and taste, light alcoholic. Medium to full body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (20580) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2008 Bottle. Black coloured with a brown head. Roasted aroma with notes of coffee, liquorice and vanilla. Roasted flavour with notes of coffee, dried fruits and liquorice. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (5979) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry courtesy of Silphium. Seventh and last beer of our Dark Horse Brewing tasting. Iím sad that this is the last one, theyíve all been great so far -- I am definitely a new convert to this fine brewery. Pours black, like oil, with a spare light-brown head. Outstanding aroma of chocolate, nuts, roasted malt, dark fruit, alcohol and so much more -- wow! The flavourís pretty damn tasty too: big body of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, fruit and a nice hoppy finish. Hard to believe this is 10.6%! Full bodied. I love this Stout, in fact I love this Brewery -- 7 beers in a row and theyíve all been great -- Dark Horse are a new favourite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, his bottle. Poured opaque brown-black with a small diminishing brown head. Very rich aroma - yeast, creamy dark chocolate, rich roast malt, light coffee, apples, plums, and over all of it strong sweet nut oil - a joy to sniff this. Taste of alcohol, yeast, tart cherry/apple/prune, coffee and dark belgian chocolate - quite smooth and balance. Surprisingly only average of body, slightly acidic, but with a complex palate to make it up - hids the alcohol reasonably well too. This is a really good imperial stout, and after seven straight brews from Dark Horse blankboy and I are seriously impressed by this brewery - they make good stuff!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2201) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
bottle. pours with no head whatsoever and is black as night with a motoroil-like consistency. though it does seem to be a bit boring just sitting there with no head! the aroma is fairly fruity with plum and raisin sugar along with lingering coffee roast and burnt cereal. at first this didn’t seem to be all that interesting but as the glass warmed I was able to fully appreciate it. fairly sweet at times with a large roast profile that also has dark fruit, anise, and tobacco. finishes with toffee and chocolate. pretty good. thanks for sharing, Len.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
COurtesy of Styles! Thanks man. Darkest Iíve seen in a while. This stuff is motor oil. Very very black. Evil looking even. Very fruity, strong plum, coffee, mild roasty notes, with backdrop of chocolate. Body is big and fruity, boozey coffee, and lots of anise. Like I said, this is a big beer. Strong boozey fruit finish. Wow, very good. Thanks again Chris!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Silphium pours jet black w/ virtually no head and an extreme alcohol aroma. This is everything that an imp stout should be. Great alcohol, hop, chocolate, and oak/vanilla balance. VERY GOOD!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Pours with hardly any carbonation at all and absolutely no head. This beer is pitch black in color and quite viscous looking as I pour it. The aroma smells quite fruity with notes of burnt figs and burnt prunes. These are joined by notes of burnt grain, and roasted coffee as well as some subtle notes of boozy alcohol. I would have to say that rich, concentrated malt notes and chocolate dominate the aroma, it is not nearly as roasty as I was expecting.

The beer is pretty darn thick and viscous as it hits my tongue. It is also lightly sweet, which is accentuated by the complete lack of carbonation. Notes of dark chocolate up front compete with a roasted grain note in the finish. The beer has a certain smooth bitterness in the finish that is also contributed by the roasted malt. The roast note certainly reminds me of black coffee. Notes of fruit are also here with notes of burnt raisins and burnt concentrated plum. There is a bit of a chalky, slightly bitter chocolate note in the middle of this beer.

This beer is pretty nice, but I canít help but think that at least a slight level of carbonation would have made this beer quite a bit better (in both its aromatic and flavor qualities). In fact this beer would be approaching stellar if it was a bit carbonated.

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