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RATINGS: 988   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.


atpayne's rating

3.8
   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (855) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Draft at Ale House. Pours thick and black with a thick brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, raisin. Flavor follows, lots of semi sweet chocolate, a fair amount of coffee a touch of raisin and a hint of licorice in the finish. Thick, almost chewy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barrelbelly (647) - BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2014
Grainy chocolate aroma. Taste chocolate, roasted malts. Oily with sweet aftertaste

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (31) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 9, 2014
12oz bottle from Erzbierschof. Well, this is probably the darkest beer I’ve ever had. And even though I usually don’t like Imperial Stouts, this one is really good. Complex, intense, long, full-bodied, and strong, but not as strong as the 11% ABV would suggest. Recommendation: Try this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
veceo (643) - CROATIA - DEC 8, 2014
Pitch black color, average sized brown head. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Aroma is full of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and some hops. Medium sweet, light bitter taste. Very, very tasty.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (2436) - BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2014
Imperial stout coloured totally black and not allowing any light to shine through - only in the end when a chestnut brown rim appeared; thin, deep brown beige to even somewhat greyish head, which needed some gentle forcing to form but kept a thin beige layer over the beer for most of the time, though it all but disappeared eventually. Strong, seductive bouquet of all the good things one expects to find in an impy of this level: espresso and cappuccino, fondant chocolate and chocolate sauce, candied dates, mocha ice cream, cocoa powder, bayleaf, meat broth, baked banana, cognac, nutmeg, vanilla extract, raisins, crème au beurre, very old madera, kahlua, marzipan, dried autumn leaves, hazelnuts, iron but in a good way, butterscotch, orange peel, thyme, pipe tobacco... One of those great beers I could sniff for hours on end. Taste is dense and complex, setting in with an assortment of candied fruits and nuts overbrimmed with maple syrup, intense and profound from the first sip, thick and fatty, almost chewy mouthfeel, low carbo (as expected and desired in this style), some sourish accents not unlike lemon zest but very subtle, and then you are plunged into a thoroughly profound, intense, enchanting maltiness, nuts, chocolate, coffee beans, through which the sourish accent runs achieving some kind of ’relief’ from the heavy and overly satiating maltiness; pure mocha then unfolds in all its glory, filling the mouth cavity with black coffee of excellent quality, dominating a certain citrussy and leafy hop bitterness which is only here for balance and complexity. In the end, what you are left with is - apart from a feeling of awe - thick and strong but excellent espresso, alcohol playing its warming role in an almost charming but ever so seductive way and a spicy and earthy hoppiness. This is truly a fantastic imperial stout, one of the best examples I had so far. The intensity of the mocha and bitter chocolate in the aroma will remain with me for a long time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
King_Alex_II (106) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 3, 2014
Intensely light refusing dark. Rather mild for a beer that strong. Chocolate and roast aromas and a smell on bacon. Totally worth it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (251) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 3, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Pitch black color with small head, no light coming through. Very dry bitter chocolate. Roasted malts all over the place. Dark fruits and vanilla in both aroma and taste. Huge complexity. Super Imperial Stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bobhund (425) - - DEC 1, 2014
Köpt på Systembolaget Boländerna, Uppsala. En fin öl på många sätt, se betyget för mer info. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dambor (76) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2014
Pours pitch black. Aroma: a lot of coffee and chocolate. Taste: this RIS is incredibly smooth, with dominating chocolate and coffee. Also very smooth in the palate, with the amount of ABV not noticeable at all. A very good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zwiebel88 (206) - GERMANY - NOV 28, 2014
Schwarz, dunkel, sehr edel. Röstmalz, Kaffee, Bitterschokolade, dunkle Früchte jede MEnge, Vanille. Cremig, ölig, herb.


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