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RATINGS: 947   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Dark opaque oily black pour with a small tan head. The aroma is massive chocolate, coffee, and light alcohol. The flavor is bitter chocolate, followed by some sweet chocolate and coffe. Bitter throughout. Full body, a real teeth-coater. Pretty nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5223) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to jtw for sending this! Popped the cap to hear a light "pfft". Poured it out and thought there was used motor oil coming out. It seemed to slowly ripple in the glass. No head save the small dark brown ring along the circumference of the glass. Aroma is very smoky and roasted and smells like burnt double chocolate cookies and light coffee. Semi-sweet chocolate notes and perhaps burnt oatmeal as well. Taste is divine! Rich chocolate cake, burnt oatmeal, roasted malts, light coffee, and molasses. The alcohol is evident as well. Body is very thick and chewy with velvety smoothness and light carbonation. Mild alcoholic warmth also. Finish is bittersweet with light fruit, roasted malt, burnt coffee, and molasses. Light alcohol lingering as well. Nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2005
pours a jet black color with no head at all....well maybe a little around the rim. aroma is chocolate burnt coffee beans. flavor is chocolate and roasted malt. thick body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Just try to make some noise while pouring this - it’s nearly silent. With some effort, a 2 mm head rises, then settles into sparse foam. Dark and think, impenetrable to light. Milky chocolate tones rise into your nostrils from feet away. Very grainy aroma, like a barn floor littered with corn husks, almost oatmeal sweet. The first few sips reveal an intense chocolate, with some coffeeish bitterness and sweet fruit (prune). The finish is slightly acidic, hop bitter (pine) and with coffee grounds flavors. Yes, it’s a punishing set of black malt, smoky, earthy flavors. There is no rest, there is no refreshment, there is only great challenge to the palate. This is a sipping beer. And, it’s not even warm enough yet...be forewarned.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2468) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Pours slick and black with a small cocoa colored head that does,nt hang for long but returns in all its glory with a little gentle swirling. Med/full body brew, creamy, chewy malts. Chocolatey nose, nutty, lightly whiskyish, complex. The chocolate and roast flavors up front, dried frutis, bitter sweet chocolate and roasty coffee notes blend in well, gotta be some black patent malts in there? Dry finish that hangs, full flavored. A top notch Impy.! A BIG thanks to Wohlfs for a shot at this baby! Very nice! Deserves bigger numbers than what it has now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2005
This poured black, BLACK! not much head, but what was there dark brown. The aroma had the usual coffe , caramel, roasted malts, but also had somethinf sweet, and something acidic. WOW! Not much carbination, smooth with the same tstes, coffe chocolate sweetness and that same acidic background. There is some hoppiness as well, This is coffee with 10.6 %. Ha, Kick it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Bottle courtesty of Silphium! Lifeless black pour. Coats the glass nicely when swirled, actually leaves some lacing. Big black roasted malt aroma with a floral-sweet chocolate start and a spicy, ryeish finishing bite. Huge flavor. The flavor travels from sweet/hoppy to roasty. Honey/molasses with alcohol and piney hops make way to a blast of dark coffee roast. The finish leaves a syrupy feeling. There’s a guy at work who doesn’t like dark beers because they taste like coffee - his head would explode if he got into the same room as this stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 Bottle cellared for about a year and a half rated on 8/17/2006: Pours an oily complely opaque black with a thin ring of brownish bubbles. Aroma of sweet caramel, dark chocolate, raisins, roasty coffee and a touch of brown sugar. Body has lots of roasty coffee and dark chocolate with a healthy dose of sweet caramel and molasses. Finishes slightly drier with a touch of warmth and lots of mocha coffee. A very enjoyable imperial stout.

Original bottled rating 1/24/2005: Pours a great dark viscous black with dark brown edges that coat the glass as the liquid swirls. Very little head, except for a few brownish bubbles. Rich caramel and sweet plum aroma with the dark chocolate undertones. Starts sweet, syrupy and malty with a smooth chocolatey roasted malt finish. Nice complexity and balance throughout. Very drinkable too. An interesting and enjoyable brew. Thanks Silphium!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle. Used motor oil color. No head, no lacing even after a fairly aggressive pour. Thick malt aroma. Coffee, chocolate, some fruit. Silky feeling on palate. No carbonation. Full bodied. Burnt malt comes through along with coffee and chocolate along with some astringent sensations. Hops come into play towards the end. Very well crafted beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2005
another good imperial....black viscous pour with absolutely no head....palate was wonderful; aroma of alcohol and roasted notes, as well at chocolate and coffee....flavor was very much the same with toasty notes, coffee, chocolate, and even cherry

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