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RATINGS: 1001   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Half of a bottle that the owner of a local store got on his last visit to Marshall and very graciously split with me. There were only 7 left, they gave him this one, and the other 6 are going to GABF as part of Dark Horse’s first entry to GABF. Pours increadibly calm and dark oozing from the neck like oil and sits black with no activity. Aroma is all roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee hiding the alcohol completely from the nose. Granted, this bottle is a couple years old since they haven’t brewed this in awhile so the advertised large wave of hops was not present in the aroma, or in the nose but it still has something going for it in its nice presentation of malts and dark fruits in the flavor. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt mixing with some raisin and a hint of some vanilla round out a beer that seems to have stood up pretty well. Other than the fact that there are no hop flavors or aroma I would say that the age has not added any off flavors. I understand that they are going to begin brewing this again this fall so I very much look forward to having this fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilsmit (5) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2015 does not count
Pours dark black with a thin tan head. Immediately can smell the malts... With a full scent of dark chocolate and coffee. The beer begins with a little bite, but quickly mellows into a smooth and full bodied beautiful beer. Very malty, chocolaty, and vanilla flavor profile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5480) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2015
12oz bottle thanks to demmbonz, shared with my son
Thick black with a small dark tan head, good legs left in the glass, Aroma of dark malts, leather, chocolate and coffee. Flavors of dark malts, vanilla, chocolate, roasted coffee and coconut
Very nice and smooth

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (971) - Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Excellent share at RBWG! Deep brown pour. Dried fruit, espresso, roasted malts, cocoa, earthy, and a little booze heat. Full bodied and silky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FestDecBeet (323) - - FEB 20, 2015
Look: pours a dark black. No light showing through. Dark brown when being poured fades to a light brown. Thick lacing. Smell: chocolate. Cocoa powder. Oatmeal with brown sugar. Cappuccino. Bandaid. Taste: muted coffee. Roasted malts. Chocolate on the back. Muted barrel flavors. Hint of bandaid. Infection? Feel: thick mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation. Overall: terrible beer. Looking forward to this for over a year and extremely disappointed. Not sure if it infected but not a big fan. First drank: 2/20/15 Vintage: 2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBeer45 (1292) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Sampled from a bottle bought at Champanes, this beer had a dark brown, black pour and gave a half finger to finger’s worth of a dark bubbled cover, it receded to a ring and some islands, this drink left nice spots of lacing on the glass, there was a layer of dark brown-black sediment on the bottom of the bottle, which is typical for most Dark Horse beers, the nose had nice aromas of chocolate and dark chocolate with roasted malt, a little coffee and roasted malt bitterness, molasses like notes and sweetness, the flavor had more roasted malt and roasted malt bitterness than the nose let on to, there was some dark chocolate and chocolate with coffee, brown sugar, caramel and some molasses sweetness, the finish had roasted malt bitterness and a little astringency that left little to no sweetness on the mouth, and lingered on the tongue, this drink was creamy, it had average carbonation and was sort of full on the lips, there was a little alcohol warmth on the palate, this was a nice roasted malt imperial stout with chocolate, a good drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arn8897 (76) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2015 On tap at Middletown fine Wine and Spirits Wednesday night pint night. Pours jet black with a dark khaki head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, licorice and molasses. Taste of the same. Thick creamy mouth feel. Overall one of the better stouts I?ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1582) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2015
Butelka 33cl. OCZY : piwo jest czarne jak smoła. Piana piwa jest malutka o kolorze brązowym. Średnio trwała. NOS : aromat piwa jest złożony i głęboki. Mocne nuty czarnej czekolady podkreślone delikatnie alkoholem. Do tego wanilia, wędzone węgierki. Po wstrząśnięciu wyłażą na wierzch nuty owocowe, śmietankowe i orzechowe. Troszeczkę podobne gdzieś w tyle do coca-coli. Do tego dym. USTA : piwo jest tłuste i gęste, podobne do kogel-mogielu. Nasycenie jest minimalne. Piwo jest słodkie o mocno palonych nutach podobnych do niesłodzonego kakaa. Troszeczkę jak czekolada z wkładem alkoholowym. Może bardziej kawowa pralinka. Alkohol jest wyczuwalny ale jak na tyle procent to jest nadzwyczajnie dobrze ułożony. Posmak jest łagodny i aksamitny. Delikatnie popiołowy i czekoladowy. Ogólnie piwo wypełnia smakiem ale nie pozostawia nieprzyjemnego posmaku popielniczki jak czasami bywa w tym stylu. ODCZUCIA : warto spróbować. Należy na pewno do tych lepszych RISów. Bogate i głębokie. OCENA : smak : 9/10 pijalność : 4/10 styl : +2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (4361) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2015
355ml bottle. Jet black colour with late awakening, small to average, thick, firm, frothy, fairly lasting, marvellously lacing, brown head. Intense dark malty aroma, notes of liquorice and coffee, a touch of soy sauce, dark chocolate syrup, bitter spicy hoppy overtones. Taste is slightly sweet, roasty dark malty, notes of dark chocolate, coffee, some liquorice, some port, hints of alcohol; lasting, minimally biting, bitter hoppy finish. Oily texture, minimally lasting-sticky, but generally "cold", "heavy" and "slippery" palate (like fluid mercury).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (647) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2015
Pours black with a beige, white head. Aroma has lots of black chocolate, some coffee, caramel, dark fruits. Sticky, chocolate, coffee residue, some vanilla, toffee. Taste could be fuller for the ABV. Nevertheless very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berntholer (1158) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
dense beige yellowish head leaves structured lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is coffee, molasses, roasted malts, chocolate and bit of umami. taste is bit boozy, coffee, molasses, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, cocoa with a nice bitter sweet finish. very nice dense mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. bottle 33cl

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