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RATINGS: 1109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2009
12 oz bottle. Came highly suggested by General66 as the best Dark Horse stout (compared to one, too, tres, and fore). Pours an opaque black with a small chocolate-y tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of roasted chocolate, malt, some hops, and a hint of coffee. Tastes of roasted malt, some chocolate (I mistakenly switched those on the aroma), a hint of coffee, and a fair bit of alcohol (though not as bad as 12% in my opinion). Goes down pretty smoothly, with a nice aftertaste, but I was hoping for a stronger mouthfeel. Still would have to say that it is the best of the DH stouts though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2009
[Bottle] Pours absolutely pitch black with an amazingly dark head. Aroma is primarily roasted malts, with a little bit of vegetative aroma and some alcohol in the background. Flavor is mostly just roasted malts, a touch of chocolate, and alcohol. Lots of dry bitterness from the roasted malts. The alcohol is present, but I never would have guessed 12%. Mouthfeel is extremely full.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (447) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2009
Pours black with creamy dark brown head. The head is mostly diminishing with good lacing. The aroma is coffee, cocoa and a roasted nuttiness. The flavor is big, creamy, bitter, coffee, dry roasted chocolate taste. A little alcohol kicks in at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5319) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2009
Pitch black coloured body with a very small deep brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and very dark chocolate - strong as hell. Full-bodied; Very potent roasty flavours dominate this with nuts and molasses the strongest. Aftertaste shows licorice, coffee and a strong blast of alcohol warmth for a long time. Overall, a good beer, very strong and flavourful - even for THIS style! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from West LakeView Liquors in Chicago, Illinois in March 2008.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1347) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 12 oz bottle to finish off the One, Too, Tres, Fore, Fifth. Pours black with a light brown head. Creamy and roasty aroma with coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruits. Flavor is chewy chocolate, aniseed, grape, cream, and coffee. Some hops in the finish and a touch of alcohol. Itís nice to see an imperial stout give a little more focus to the anise and dark fruit flavors, and this is a fitting conclusion to the Dark Horse stout series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2009
a great imperial stout. pours blacker than black with thick, heavy tan head that sticks to the glass like frosting. nose is smoke, sweet, dark chocolate and molasses. mouthfeel is heavy and oily. taste is sweet molasses, smoky chocolate and mild fruit like fig that gives way to a heavy alcohol finish. recommended for fans of amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle vigorous pour, pours thick and black with a two inch spray-on Florida tan head and sheets of lace. The aroma is dark fruits, roasted malt, and some hops. The flavor is sweet, dark fruit, dark malt, coffee shake, flour-less chocolate cake, and some hops in the tail to keep it from being too sweet. The palate is rich, smooth, heavy, lively, and very nice. Overall, best darn Impy Iíve had for some time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2009
07 bottle thanks to the infinite generosity of ucusty. Served cellar temp in a Chimay glass. Just read that itís 12%, which might be a problem because this tastes great and Iím gulping it down. Black pour, beautiful gauzy light tan head. Sweet, even fruity malts, some chocolate, roast, and nutiness on the nose. This has clearly aged well. Some added creaminess on the palate. Relatively light and very drinkable for a beer this strong. Fine beer. Heavily recommended with a year or two of age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Bottle thanks to northernbrews
Dark brown, sight beige ring for a head. Nose is rather weak, some roast and licorice leading things. Flavor is sweet with salty licorice, some roast lingering through to the finish, and lots of doughy chocolate-chip cookie. Moderate palate, the finish being a little weak. Overall pretty bland for 12%, not nearly the complexity or power one would desire in an Impy. Very underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
In short: A monster stout. Mega-full body, somewhat chocolaty and more drinkable than it should be
How: Bottle by way of JCB. Thanks a lot Jason, thatís a kick-ass beer.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with low retention
In long: That thing is loaded with dark malts, the bottle is optional, they could serve this in a plate with a fork and a knife. Black chocolaty malts and more black chocolaty malts. Low-medium medium roasted level. Flavour of chocolate similar to that of a chocolate cake or maybe nougat, but not a black bitter chocolate bar here. Tar, molasses and other flavours you can find in a extra-strong imperial stout. The full body mouthfeel is incredible here, round and pillowy. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden, feels like a 6% session stout with a huge heavy body. It doesnít have the complexity/richness of some of the best mega-heavy-stout (i.e. Dark Lord) but this was nonetheless scarily easy to drink for its size. Being the drunk pub-crawler that I am Plead The Fifth is a weekly ritual for me. But itís the first time I drink the beer.

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