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RATINGS: 1000   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Big thanks goes to Crosling for busting out this gem. Poured a thick, tar black with a great tan head that left nice lacing. Sweet, full aroma of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is based on the thick, sweet chocolate backbone with undertones of vanilla, a bit of unidentified spice, and roasty coffee. Thick and smooth, great textures. Great beer that I am glad I was able to try.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Darkest Mahogany no head,molasses and big fusel linement type odor not offensive but lets you know your not going to chug it and be conscious,medium to thin body , no carbonation , strong expresso and burnt malt flavor,some anise rum notes very warming,Please make more

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2007
2005 bottle: Deep black core with a dark brown cap that instantly leaves. Awesome nose of peanut butter chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, bourbony plums. Velvetty body with soft carb. Milk chocolate body with underlying notes of raisins, plums and vinious fruits. A bit thin in the finish, but leaves a lasting dose of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 10, 2008
2005, 12oz. bottle, with thanks to Duane for this treat Iíve been after for some time! Wow, pours the darkest oily black I think I have ever seen, with a difficult to rise thin covering of a dark brown head that drifts to a nice ring; minor lacing. Stunning in the glass! Aroma is dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, dark fruits and light vanilla. Flavor provides plenty from the aroma, with chocolate, espresso, and dark fruits in the forefront, and a nice roast and the slightest of hops bites on the backside along with a good overall warming. This is well done, and hits me just right! Sure hope I can trade for a stockpile when itís released again...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2007
12 oz. bottle via trade with kenb - Pours a thick dark brown color with no head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, dark esters, and roasted malt. Very nice. Flavor is alcohol, chocolate, and dark esters. Finish is slightly dry, bitter, and vinous. Medium to full body. A very good beer. Thanks Ken.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1641) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2008
The pour is rich mahogany brown and builds up black and thick; a firm foam of tanned marshmallow sticks to the sides in sheets. Aroma is first very fruity, suggesting red apple, mushy bananas, and blood orange. Butterscotch cookies, graham pie crust and dark chocolate brownies lean decadently but stay back a bit. Tangy, spicy sweetness; vanilla, licorice, anise, smoke and cherry. Lots of vinousness and interplay between understated elements that are each presented with intricacy and care. Really loveable. Flavor seems a bit strained, but still well composed; lots of peach-toned tobacco smoke, coffee ash, black licorice, and apple. A bit tart and quite English, which is an impression that persistently gains credence with warmth. Hints of citrus, even grapefruit juice, and burnt caramel in the juicy, warm mid palate. Mouthfeel is soft and cool, gently carbonated and smooth as silk. Growing ever more fruity toward the finish, with some high strung sweetness of watermelon and vanilla; ends with roasty heat and charred meats, and wood. Seemed a little off at first, and the kinship between this series of stouts seemed to bear quite heavily on the individuality here. Ultimately though, this a memorably unique example, unfolding quietly and calmly to reveal its colorful, stylish layers.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Dark dark body with heavy carbonation and a ring of brown head. Aroma of black licorice with hints of vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts. Creamy body with solid roasted malt character. Smoked malt flavor with the usual chocolate and coffee hints and the faintest wisp of vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel and finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2008
On tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign. Mike and Noonie from DH were there for the Stout Tasting party and it was a good time. Poured into a tulip glass, black with a small brown head sitting atop of the liquid. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and just a hint of coffee. Similar flavor that got more and more complex as I let it warm. A little thin on the palate. Iím going to look for this in bottles because this will be a good one to age and come back to in a year or two.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Bottle. It happened with the smoked stout, and it happened with this one. A solid beer, but not what I had hoped for. Pours an oily thick black with no head. Pretty much jet black. Roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, and a trace of coffee. All of which were predominant upon tasting. Went down smooth and creamy, but quickly left the palate. If my expectations were lower, I probably would have enjoyed it more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2008
12oz bottle. Vanilla, black liquorice, rich, oily roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and some bright hops. Pretty standard fare for an Impy, but put together well. Pours a thick, oily near pitch black with a thick, but quickly fading khaki head. Toasted and brandy soaked vanilla bean, oily roasted malt, a hint of smoke and ash, some dark bitter chocolate and a touch of coffee on the tongue. Fairly thick and creamy on the palate, but somehow a bit more is left to be desired. Well put together, but not overly spectacular.


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