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RATINGS: 993   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.


NoiZe's rating

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, - OCT 7, 2011
Black colored brew with a small brown head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate. Flavor too, good bitterness in balance with the sweet tones. Nice.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (543) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berntholer (1095) - 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

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SimonBeer (105) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2014
(Drinking date: 30 December 2014) Aroma of chocolate, coffee, malts, brown sugar. Really delicious, intense aroma. It looks delicious. Pitchblack beer with a beige creamy layer of foam. The taste is also really delicious. It starts sweet, then you taste chocolate, and then bitterness of coffee. Aftertaste of red berries, and then a coffee-bitterness. The mouthfeel is almost perfect. Medium carbonation and a smooth and silky body. If the carbonation was a bit less, it would have been perfect. Overall, this is a really delicous beer, with a total score of 4.6!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJvd (935) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2014
35.5 cL bottle at home. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, tar, molasses, some roasted malts, coffee and alcohol. Taste has hard roasted malts, licorice, tar, alcohol and a medium roasty bitter finish. Over medium body, soft carbo. Bit too boozy and roasty for me.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2695) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
(Dark Horse Plead the 5th Imperial Stout) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 11% Pitch black colour on the body, small dark brown head with okay retention, leaving a thin film on the surface and light lacing around the glass. Aroma of milky chocolate, vanilla, chocolate cake, light fruity notes. Smells great. Taste begins sweet, lots of chocolate, continues with roasted and burnt malts, ash, coal, the chocolate returns, very well hidden alcohol, no way it feels like an 11% beer, vanilla, again some fruity notes, excellent. Medium thick body, carbonation on just the right levels, sticky on the palate. Great beer, worths every cent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (937) - 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 (655) - 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 (73) - 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 (678) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2584) - BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2015 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.


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