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.
sturmthis (819) - Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample. Black with beige head. Rotated malt, dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit, coffee, roasted malt taste. A very big imperial stout. Very nice.
Petkus331 (324) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A coffee aroma with strong bread yeast. Appears like coffee with thin foam and lace. Taste is bitter and sweet, reminds me of the taste of Founders CBS, roasty charred marshmellow, maple syrup, some sour dough bread. Thick mouthfeel, could could be more fizzy. Overall, top notch taste, could use more aroma, but still very good
firstsip (571) - Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pitch black. No head. Mildly sweet nose. Fairly light, oily body of bourbon sweetness followed by a nice little kick of roasty coffee.
JakeG (20) - Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a small light-brown head. Aromas of chocolate, nuts, roasted malt and dark fruit. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, fruit and a nice hoppy finish. Full bodied.
williamstome (1212) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, brown head. beauteous. Aroma of roast, dark chocolate, dark fruit and vanilla. Flavor is absolutely wild, chocolate, booze, raisins, dark fruit, dark chocolate, espresso. Mid to full bodied, sweet finish.
Jfletch (5) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle to tulip. Pours a very viscous and black. Brownish red around the head. Delicious chocolate and coffee on the nose. A slight sweetness comes through as well. Smells slightly like Twizzlers which is great. All of the aromas are confirmed on the palate. Chocolate, coffee a bit of vanilla. Very slightly herbaceous and smoky. The ABV is noticeable but not overwhelming. Absolutely delicious beer. Enjoy this guy.
HourGlass13 (212) - North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick deep black like burnt motor oil. Dark brown head. Aroma is a nutty mild chocolate with a lot of malt. The flavor is great. Nice roasted malt with molasses and a hint of caramel. Not overly sweet. Great balance. full body. Thick and rich yet easy to drink and very smooth. Excellent.
solidfunk (4885) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful balance. Lots of roast, a little smoke, dark chocolate and a touch of nut. Some peat musk aroma. Medium bitter finish and creamy and thick consistency. Black pour with good mocha head and lacing. Full palate. Tap at Local Option.
smroush (100) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very slight head; very dark brown, very nearly black, color to the beer.
Aromas of roasted coffee, molasses and alcohol. Some smoke/tar/charcoal aromas also. The hops are pretty much swamped by the roasted malts, as is often the case with Imperial Stouts.
Body is full, with a creamy and slightly oily texture. The carbonation is average. The finish is long with the roasted flavors. The sweetness and alcohol are quite prominent.
Overall a very good beer, though lacking the body and complexity of the really outstanding Imperial Stouts.
Serapac (201) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Malt Attacks. Black, small rapidly disappearing brown head. Aroma tobacco, roasted malts, chocolate. Almost no carbonation. Heavy oily texture. Taste dominated by chocolate - Belgian truffles, including the long finish.
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