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RATINGS: 974   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.

atpayne's rating

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
__Rb81 (225) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black with no head. Bitter/sweet aroma of bitter chocolate, lots of alcohol, roasted malts, licorice, bit of soy. Taste is same bitter/sweetness, thick and creamy, with bitter chocolate, lots of alcohol, licorice, roasted malts, bitter chocolate/coffee aftertaste with lots of warming alcohol. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (578) - SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Deep glossy black and a temporary rich glossy tan head. Deep concentration of earth and coffee on the tongue. Firm and sappily glossy too. Some teace of fizz. Very potent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle poured in a Duvel tulip glass. A: Pours a deep black color forming a medium creamy thin bubbled and very dark beige head. Few spotty and lingering lacings left in the glass S: Roasted malts and strong notes of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flowery hops and booze in the very end T: Slightly sweet upfront followed by roasted and caramel tastes. Biscuity. Dark chocolate, dark fruits. Oak. Complex. end is bitter which is a mix of roasted malts and hops M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Sweet roasted aftertaste O: Great drinkability. Great Imperial Stout [ BA Review @ 7/30/2013 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (1454) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle from Dranken Deconinck, Vichte. Black colour, thin layer of dark brown foam. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Medium body. Medium sweet, bitter finish. Good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
e303 (94) - - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle to beer tulip. Pours completely black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is boozy and chocolatey and has hints of coffee and vanilla and roasty malt. Taste is creamy chocolate and booze and roasted coffee. The finish is slick and smooth. This is a damn fine imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie thinks it is okay. V. Julie gives 3.5 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
A few weeks ago when visiting the Dark Horse brewpub, a staffmember informed me that they would soon be brewing their very first attempt at an Imperial Stout. After licking my lips in anticipation, I vowed to my fiance that we would be making a trip back to aquire a few growlers of the stuff. Well, imagine my excitement when just as I plopped several various DFH brews on the counter of a local beer store, the owner wheeled in, fresh from the brewery, cases of the aforementioned unction. So, I grabbed a six and left with a smile. It rolled out of the bottle thick and dark with a dirty brown head. I could definitely smell and taste the alcohol sting along with the rich malt flavors. A true Imperial Stout. Thanks to Dark Horse for having the balls to brew something that casual drinkers would sooner put in their car engines than pour into a pint glass. I love this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cool_Bond (1492) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2014
Coffee and dark cholkad in taste but also fills out the taste with hints of soy. Heavy bitterness that fills the mouth forever. Have got a tip that this beer will be really good but I’m not impressed by this beer though. OK, but not more. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (7856) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2014
Schwarzes Bier mit ordentlicher bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, Vanille, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack sehr schokoladig, bittere Kaffeearomen, Vanille, leicht holzig, leicht alkoholisch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fkoolen (328) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle at home. Pitch black, brown creamy head. Mocha, milk chocolate, leather, vanilla, ripe fruits, alcoholic warmth, a little smoky. Bitter, roasted, fruity and sweet: complex stout! Not too dry aftertaste, that keeps lingering on sweet chocolate and coffee. As it warms the chocolate and coffee tones get more bitter and astringent. Medium carbonation, big body, creamy soft (!) mouthfeel. One of the best beers I’ve tasted.

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