atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
c0fein (551) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Saveur-Biere
Dark black colour with a tan head. Chocolate, coffee, easy to drink.
Alusmamuts (1566) - LATVIA - SEP 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black with no head. Sweet aroma with coffee notes. Slightly sweet followed by strong roasted bitterness. Bitter aftertaste.
puboflyons (3098) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is jet black but with only a short-lasting tan head. Fades so fast. The aroma is both mellow and subtle and alive with dark sweet malts, crackers, raisins, molasses, and a low to no hop profile. Also no booze for 12% ABV. Just extraordinary. The body falls into the medium to full range. The taste tends to be very sweet, roasted, and dark all around. Like the aroma - there is no alcohol picked up. Very well integrated. My head felt it later. This is the kind of Imperial Stout I could drink more frequently.
yourilevesque (1361) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Many thanks to Justin for this great extra! Un liquide noir créant une superbe mousse claire et interminable! Des arômes de chocolat au lait, de lactose, de cacao et de malts torréfiés arrosés d’une touche subtile de houblons frais. Texture parfaitement soyeuse, laiteuse qui me donne l’impression de retrouver le lactose initialement présent au nez. Saveurs plaisantes de malts grillés et de chocolat qui terminent leur course dans une longue finale mi-amère. Alcool parfaitement imperceptible dans un stout à 11% qui se boit presque d’un trait!
Werckmeister (2202) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 8, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33l bottle at home from trade with Zakoon, big thanks. grey label that says 11% ABV. black color, small dark coffee-colored head. smells roasty, light charcoal, some wood, some coffee, earthy, light glueish / light alcohol, light sherry notes. overall great smell. full body, light carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of sherry, light alcohol, some roast, ash, coffee, bitter chocolate, lightly glueish, earthy / almost smoky. finishes lightly roasted with coffee, earthy notes and light alcohol. lovely beer, just a tad alcoholic overall. carbonation actually gets a lot more bubbly towards the bottom of the bottle.
tfontana (694) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster pour at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit. Appearance is opaque black with small, light brown foamy head. Taste is as aroma with additional of hints of coffee. Palate is medium bodied with average carbonation, mix of sweet and bitter finish. Overall, a really nice imperial stout.
jspencer78 (32) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black with essentially no head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, malt, caramel and coffee. Taste the same with a bit of sweetness, and booziness and no bitterness at all. Thick and smooth on the palate.
zubblwump (57) - Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2016 Pours a super dark, dirty oil color, with almost no head. Smell is superb, roasted coffee, malt, chocolate. Taste is mild, more coffee than is evident with smell. No bitterness. Very thick on the tongue. This is a really, really solid stout from the boys just down the road. I’ll buy this again.
rafael52 (928) - Łódź, POLAND - MAY 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, duża zawiesina drożdżowa.
Piana: średnio obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, dość trwała.
Zapach: słodowy, aromat brzeczki, wyraźne aromaty ciemnych słodów, czekolady, kawy, lekko chmielowy, łodygowy, wyraźny alkohol.
Smak: dość spora pełnia, gęstość, spora słodowa słodycz, tak jak w aromacie nuty czekoladowe, kawowe, lekko palone, średnia goryczka, chmielowe, trochę łodygowa.
Wysycenie: średnie e kierunku niskiego.
Tstamba (735) - Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at map room ... Snifter... Viscous black with mocha head and lacing... Dark roast coffee, chocolate, vanilla caramel... Hits all the notes... Balanced, smooth finish... Would love to try the BA version!!! Outstanding RIS.