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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle: Near black with a finger of brown head. Heavy aroma of roast and coffee with light chocolate. Very rich and smooth. Tastes roasty with chocolate and espresso. Again, a very smooth blend and balance. Light smokey and woody notes. Finished dry with a little ash and light bitters. Overall quite excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle courtesy of BlackForestCO. Pours a thick viscous crude motor oil black with a nice rich brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted barley. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, hops, very nicely balanced. Awesome imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 10, 2009
Botella. Thanks a bunch for sharing this one Plovmand. Pitch black colour with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt indeed with coffee and choclate. Great mouthfeel. Flavour of roasted malt with coffee, chocolate and a pleasant bitterness. Well lasting pleasant roasty malty finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (7849) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle. Pitch black body with a thick brown head. Lots of roasted malt, chocolate and dark sugar. Smooth creamy thick body. Lots of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some hops i flavour. Alchohol is very well hidden. With a slightly more hops it would be fantastic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2009
Roasted aroma with coffee and mild vanilla, fine imperial stout aroma. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is also strongly roasted with same coffee and vanilla, hops dominate in drying aftertaste. Fine IS.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11932) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2009
about 33cl bottle, thanks a lot plovmand for sharing. aroma of coffee, roasted stuff. flavor is well composed, rown sugar, chocolate, sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Thanks again BillVanE! Finally got a chance to try this wandering through his cellar, and it was great. Nice roasted malt upfront in the nose and every sip i took. A nice smooth taste that has a bit of an alcohol burn at the end, but i wouldn’t have guessed it was a 12% burn. Everything an Imperial Stout should be without going way over the top, which adds to the drinkability of it. One of the best beers ive have from Dark Horse, and would love to have more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2009
2 year old, snifter from bottle. Pours a deep, intimidating black. With a black cherry head, resilient and oily. Smokey, mesquite aroma, with burnt dark chocolate. Smokey dark chocolate on the tongue, definite beef jerky flavor. Some bitter hoppy finish. Well rounded beer, decently enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (4045) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle at Tronraner’s Xmas Eve^3 tasting. Very dark brown pour with no real head at all. Nice roasty nose is slightly hampered by the fusuel alcohol notes. Bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Pretty decent job, just nothing overly special about this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Decent RIS. Pours black with no head. Flavor is definitely roasted malt and a hint of bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is fairly thin for the style. OK.


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