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RATINGS: 1119   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2008
12oz - Aroma is roasted dark malts, vanilla, chocolate, hops, coffee and cream. Pours black with a small brown head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a big hoppy vanilla aftertaste. Lots of roasted dark malts. Not overpowering. Alcohol well hidden. Palate is creamy. An easy drinking flavorful stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours black, with a brown colored head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, cramel. Flavor is dark chocolate, burnt malts, coffee, nuts. Palate is full bodied, mild carbonation, finished bitter. This is one fantastic IS, not as good as Founders but in the ballpark for sure!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of StFun. Thanks, Joshua! Pours an oily, dark-brown color; medium brown head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Oily nuttiness, roasted malts, milk and dark chocolate, and sweet maltiness in the aroma; quite nice. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of oily roasted malts, dark chocolate, peanuts and roasted nuts; excellent oiliness and viscosity; relaxed carbonation; very solid, tasty imperial stout. Surprisingly drinkable, with a touch of green coffee and dark chocolate. Lengthy finish, showing dark chocolate, oily nuttiness, and roasted malts.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CP (124) - USA - MAY 11, 2008
At 10.6% this is so drinkable it is scary. No alcohol taste but warms on the way down. As with most dark horse beers it is very smooth. I think this one might be the smoothest of them all. As the consistency of Bells Expedition but has a much better flavor. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, honey, buttersotch and a almost peppermint after taste. This is a very good beer and one of my favorite imperial stouts.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottles from Hoppymeal and Footbalm, thanks! Pours Black with no head. Light coffee and dark chocolate aroma. 1st thing that stands out about this beers is that it is very creamy with the mentioned coffee and semi chocolate flavors. Nice roasted character with bright hoppy notes. Smooth and easy to drink. Impressive and different then all the other imperial stouts out there.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Thanks for sharing, Yaniv! Dark dark brown to black with a dense creamy tan head. Boozy roast in the nose. A bit of piny hop. Not a lot of character though. Not too think, with a lower carbonation level. Boozy fruity alcohol. Some Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Lingering chocolate bitterness. A middle of the road imperial stout, and bad far the least impressive of this series!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle: Pours very dark with almost no head. Weak aroma, but of coffee. Flavor of coffee and malt. Very drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2008
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with tan haze. Nose of coffee, chocolate and Hoisin. Medium body with a light tang. Taste is black coffee and molasses. Dries with licorice and a squirt of grapefruit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAY 8, 2008
12 oz bottle pours dark and opaque with a small light brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, coffee, and dried dark fruits. Taste is even more complex than the aroma, as notes of caramel, cherry skins, leather, prunes, and anise join the dark roasty chocolate and coffee essences. Excellent! This one belongs in the top tier of American impy stouts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Bottle. Had it at the Map Room in Chicago. this beer was excellent. I was surprised with the full flavor and body. good amount of coffee flavors with some chocolate and malt.


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