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RATINGS: 1076   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2434) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Pours opaque black with a pretty but short lived brown head. Bold complex and robust nose with lits of cocoa, espresso, fudge, berries, licorice, and tobacco. Very enticing. The flavor is a great blend of milk and dark chocolate and some minor smokey roasted notes. The fine carbonation gives the beer of a gritty mouthfeel with some oilyness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2850) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy Eithcubes. Pours inky black with a thin dark tan head. Big roasted grain, coffee, chocolate malt and dark fruit aroma very complex. Nice thick body with lots of the roasted grains, coffee grounds, chocolate taste going on with hints of raisin and plum. Amazing complexity, finishes with big coffee and chocolate notes that makes you keep coming back for more. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6796) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12-oz. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Jet black. Headless, laceless. Huge salty, meaty, coffee nose. Creamy medium body. All kinds of things happening all at once on the mid-palate: beef jerky, campfire, salt, bacon, chocolate, coffee. Enormously complex and confusing, but fun and harmonious at the same time. Doesn’t make sense on paper, but this is truly one of those great beers that’s far better enjoyed than discussed. Fruits, smoke, meat...can’t reconcile it all. Big salty, smoky beer with a long salty finish. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14610) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
Draught at GABF 2008. Black - brown head. Coffee, licorice, burned, berries, light lactic, chocolate, smooth body, nice hoppy, oily, sweetness. Hides the alcohol very well....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3456) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2008
Bottled via trade. This was a super easy drinking Impy stout. First off, 12 ABV are you kidding me? NEVER would have guessed that from the aroma or flavour. Very well hidden. Pours like used motor oil that slicks your glass. Pleasant aroma of chocolate and malt. Flavour is dominated dark bitter chocolate but there is some sweetness in the finish. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (39787) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2008
Bottle @ home.
[ Courtesy of Secret Santa ]. Clear dark black color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, roasted, browen sugar, light alcoholic, burnt notes. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. (160808)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2319) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Footbalm. Thanks, Eric! I’ve been holding on to this one for some time, and figured it was about time to partake. Dark chocolate aroma with some sweetness evident. No coffee evident. Completely opaque body that has a small, light brown head with a ring that lingers. Rich, chocolate flavor that has a considerable hop profile, but like most ’’hoppy’’ imp stouts, you have to be paying attention to notice it until it warms up. Although there is clearly some strength to this brew, it hides the 12% to make it taste more like 8.5%. Is this a ’’wow’’ stout? No. Perhaps I sat on it too long (6-7mos) as I detect that the carbonation and crispness of character is fading a bit by mid-glass. Still, a very good brew.

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