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RATINGS: 937   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2005
black slightly viscous body. short sienna brown foamy head that goes to a ring quickly. sweet chocolate malt and prune/mission fig, and some blackstrap molasses aroma. roasted chocolate malt and burnt chocolate snap cookie flavor, slick mouthfeel. mild carbonation and burnt sugar finish. dry burnt malt aftertaste. thanks Styles for this one!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
Salty, soy, smoked, seafood and chocolate in the curious aroma. Opaque brown body with low but lasting dark brown head. Soy, salt and sweet sugary malts. Flavour not nearly as complex or intriguing as the aroma would suggest. Medium-full body is somewhat syrupy due to low carbonation. Bottle sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Fest 2005.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3657) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 12 oz. bottle but the label says 750 ml. Weird. Pours a very oily,thick, syrupy fluid. The aroma has something that reminds me of an Indian buffet restaurant--Lumpy suggested anise, since you find that at the door of an Indian restaurant in a dish--and the flavour is rather simple, lacking the depth of chocolate and roast that I like. It ends simply and a bit thin. // What was wrong with me? It’s much better than my previous 7-4-7-3-14 (3.5). Definitely viscous and lovely, with resonant fruit notes in the aroma and deep, satisfying roasted notes in the finish, like sitting by a crackling campfire in the late autumn chill of the night.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2313) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Bottle Pours a opaque inky black witha modest milk chocolate colored head with thick sticky lacing. Nice thick sweet aromas of chocolate, prunes, and sweet smokey goodness. Flavors are smokey but not biting or harsh, sweeter that their "sweet stout" ironically, and more of the dark pitted fruit. Prunes, purble grapes and carmelized sugar. Very tasty. Feel is also very slick and nice and hefty. Tha ABV comes through but seems to fit with the flavors and feel. Very nice. Muchos Grassy-ass to pailhead for this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Bottle. Aroma-alcohol, coffee. Taste-roasted malts, very soft, mild smoke, light bitter, stale raisins. Why does the 12 oz bottle say 750 mL?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Thanks to Pailhead for this one. Powerful roasty aroma with lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Stygian darkness in a glass. Tiny mocha head. Bitter espresso followed by a cream/chocolate sweetness which then finishes bitter. Nice flavor demarcation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11929) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a thick oily black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, Peeps Easter candy, and licorice. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 21, 2005
from the dfw imp tasting, thanks bu11zeye. we couldn’t figure out why the 12 oz bottle says 750 ml, anyone, anyone, bueller, bueller. pours an oil slick with orangesides. hoppy pine and alcohol aroma with some vanilla and bitter chocolate chips. flavor is strong and bitter with a nutty light but sweet chocolate. finish is vanilla and caramel, a bit too sweet. a bit of roast flavor would help this. still good but could be better.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Thanks to Secret Santa Crosling for this one! Oily black, faintest hint of a dark brown head tried to break the surface. Enticing aroma of chocolate, a bit of coffee, and spruce. Flavor matched, also having some nice dark fruit and liquor notes. Thick in the mouth, flavorful, complex. Surprised the ratings for this aren’t higher overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
Noire foncée, mousse abondante, persistante et adhérente. Pain grillé, vanille, réglisse noire et alcool forment un quatuor fascinant. En bouche, malt grillé, rôti, et chocolat se marient bien à l’alcool bien présente. Corps moyen, texture huileuse, finale ramenant le rôti. Michigan brewer’s fest, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Juillet 2005.


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