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RATINGS: 959   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
Black w/ frothy brown foam. Robust, roasty aroma of bitter chocolate & coffee w/ sweet notes of dark fruit & molasses. Thick chewy feel. Nice bittersweet, lightly smoky flavour of molasses, caramel, chocolate, & hops. Warm finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8663) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
Dark with little head, very roasty. Thanks to Wohlfs who sent along beer for Radekfest 05. My 18th sample of the day and a welcome one. Oily and bitter more than bittersweet in the finish and aftertaste. but quaffable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 3, 2005
Thanks to Wohlfs for this one. Oily black. Tar/molasses and salt nose. Strongly bitter with molasses, tingly hop finish. Very heavy stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3242) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 27, 2005
bottle-pours burnt black with no head. some oily swirlly things going on during the pour. big black patent aroma as we would expect from this brewery with notes of vanilla, butterscotch, rum, rasins and currants. alcohol detected both in the aroma and flavors. its got big oily body with huge legs. Im glad i have another bottle to sample.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Black, oily appearance with a flat body and flat head. Pleasant aroma of vanilla, licorice, dark rum, and raisins. Nice rummy, roasty flavor. Ultra rich with a light hop presence. Does have a note of wet cardboard. Flat and slick mouthfeel. This beer is not the shining star of this brewery.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2005
12 oz bottle. Black as night and thick as motor oil with a lasting tan head. Aroma is black chocolate and caramel. Taste is oily with roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate and resiny hops. Smooth with a nice alcohol warming finish.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Another in a long line of exceptional Impys as of late. A little more smoky than the others. Drats, seduced by the Dark Side once again!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Opaque black color with no head. Strong dark fruit and roasted coffee aroma. Nice rich plum, chocolate, coffee, and cherry flavors. Wet oily feel with a slightly hoppy finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Even darker pitch black their oatmeal stout with an extremely small film of a head. The aroma was beautiful...dark fruits (prunes, plums)...sweet coffee (not quite so roasty, but sweet)...dark chocolate...black licorice (just like Good ’N Plenty candy!) The flavor was equally enticing...licorice, coffee, chocolate...either rotten garbage or extremely ripe fruit (this is not really a bad thing...just interesting.) Silky smooth feel...almost thin and watery, but not quite...wet, warming and salty (!!!) finish. Thanks Wohlfs!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Big thanks to BBB63 for this. Pours jet black with less head than a rich Jewish housewife. Aroma of roasty malt, chocoff, licorice, nuts, dark fruit, milk, band-aid. Tastes malty, with some chocoff, dark fruit, and licorice in the finish. The taste is a bit of a let down from the aromas. Very dense palate. A very nice Impy stout. Well hidden alcohol.


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