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RATINGS: 979   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.


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4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2010
"I really shouldn’t be cracking this open right now...." So went my thoughts around 2:30 a.m. when I needed to be wide awake at 7. And boy was I right. If ever a beer poured like ink, this would be it. Black as death, oily, and no head save for a few brownish bubbles. Deep, rich aroma of chocolate... a sweet, milk chocolate. Vanilla biscuity malts follow, and a potent alcohol whiff is hard to deny. Huge, thick, syrupy mouthfeel, quite flat. (I didn’t think I’d mind, but it gets a bit hard to drink half way down the glass.) Flavor is as rich and chocolate-syrupy as the aroma, followed by some dank, tart dark fruit and a burnt bitterness. The overall linger teeters between sugary-sweet and coffee-ground bitter, but the flavors leading there makes for a wild and pleasing ride which end at such an odd destination. And given the 12% it’s quite a trip. This beer is as enjoyable as a playful scratch from a kitten: shocking, sharp and laugh-inducing. However, after a few minutes, it becomes, "That was fun, but enough’s enough." ~~~~~~~~~~ Cellared 3 years. Received as a gift at the brewhouse Aug. 24, 2007, consumed Nov. 3, 2010.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zwiebel88 (191) - GERMANY - NOV 28, 2014
Schwarz, dunkel, sehr edel. Röstmalz, Kaffee, Bitterschokolade, dunkle Früchte jede MEnge, Vanille. Cremig, ölig, herb.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnicolaescu (916) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - NOV 24, 2014
BOTTLE 12 OZ. Black chocolate, light smoke, toasted malt acidity, dried cranberry, hint of alcohol and moderate bitterness. Everything in a perfect balance. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gEUS (1243) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2014
330 ml bottle at home. Pours deep black with sticky dark beige head. Did I hear you say "coffee"? Ow yeah, this is pure coffee goodness in all is facets: some greenish unroasted beans in the back (green paprica), freshy roasted beans as well as thick mocca cream coffee, and to end a small piece of pure dark 89% cacao chocolate. Medium to full bodied, strong roasted backbone, with a subtle sweet touch until the mid/bridge, the bitterness kicks in to end fully roasted. "Een volle bakkes koffie". Taste is grinded coffee and full rich Italian espresso. Love this!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (1065) - oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 3, 2014
Botella de 33 cl en el momento el 03-11-2014. color negro intenso con espuma oscura que desaparece casi por completo al poco. Aromas y sabores intensos de maltas tostadas con toques de lactosa. Cuerpo medio a intenso con 11 vol que no se notan en exceso. Paso denso y algo espumoso por boca. Bastante buena, sabores intensos pero contenidos, para repetir sin duda.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
antonstoop (182) - - NOV 2, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light char, light dark fruits, and roasted earthiness. Full bodied, oily syructure with loe carbonation. Incredible flavor with awesome complexity and balance of big dark, roasted, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee. A very full imp. stout with coffee, chocolate, toffee and dark fruits! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2421) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Pours a one finger brown head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is roasted chocolate, some sugar decent IS. High (label 11%) ABV is hidden. $4.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1585) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2014
September 20, 2014. Bottle. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet and salty licorice, coffee, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter roasted, salty soy and licorice notes. Finish is light to medium bitter burnt notes, sweet malty and licorice background. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
__Rb81 (245) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (595) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (929) - 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 ]


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