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RATINGS: 994   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.


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

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.

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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Blacker than black. Dark chocolate notes predominate. Easy drinker. A fine stout if you ask me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
2005 bottle from Styles, my secret santa one year ago. Who sends something this rare as an SS? Styles does, thatís who!

I kept almost trading this away, as its trade value has shot through the roof recently. I got nervous that I would end up trading it and thus never getting to try it, so I decided to just pop it in the fridge and put íer down before it was too late.

Vigorous swirl yields a splash of beer all over my laptop touch pad. Shit. Letís try that one again.

Vigorous swirl yields a sticky sweet peanuty malt aroma. Very strong. As I was pouring this beer I was getting hints of the aroma even from well over a foot away. Impressive. No head at all on the pour. This is an old, old man if Iíve ever seen one. Big, brutish, powerful flavor, big roasty malt dominance and residual bitterness from the long since dead hops. You can definitely taste that they were once powerful, but the mighty kingdom has fallen to the Malts. So it goes.

Finish is alcohol filled, chunky and boisterous. I canít believe how hot this beer is after all this time. Still an impressive offering, but it is super hard to drink. I hate it when beers keep me up past my bedtime.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 11/09/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade

pours like rich black oil, headless, sweet fruity aroma, thick body, lots of roasted flavor, hint of alcohol in the finish, some fruity character trying to break through but may need a couple years to develop, some rich chocolate finally shows up,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Aroma had some soy notes to it and a lot of chocolate to it. Flavor was extrememly smooth with only a light burn from the alcohol. Very complex with some fruitiness coming through. A very tastey imp stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2007
C-Bus 8 - Bottle shared by bgburdman: Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Flavor, some dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt notes, sweet and smooth with a nice medium to full body, and a roasty finish. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Solid well made imperial stout. Pours a nice heavy oilish black. Notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some alcohol in the nose. Similar in flavor but not quite what I was hoping for, it felt slightly weak comparatively speaking. Not bad by any standards though.


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