RateBeer
overall
100
95
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


frankenkitty's rating

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2005) - 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (566) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Taster pour at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit. Appearance is opaque black with small, light brown foamy head. Taste is as aroma with additional of hints of coffee. Palate is medium bodied with average carbonation, mix of sweet and bitter finish. Overall, a really nice imperial stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jspencer78 (24) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
Pours almost black with essentially no head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, malt, caramel and coffee. Taste the same with a bit of sweetness, and booziness and no bitterness at all. Thick and smooth on the palate.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zubblwump (37) - Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2016 Pours a super dark, dirty oil color, with almost no head. Smell is superb, roasted coffee, malt, chocolate. Taste is mild, more coffee than is evident with smell. No bitterness. Very thick on the tongue. This is a really, really solid stout from the boys just down the road. I?ll buy this again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rafael52 (798) - Łódź, POLAND - MAY 15, 2016
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, duża zawiesina drożdżowa.
Piana: średnio obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, dość trwała.
Zapach: słodowy, aromat brzeczki, wyraźne aromaty ciemnych słodów, czekolady, kawy, lekko chmielowy, łodygowy, wyraźny alkohol.
Smak: dość spora pełnia, gęstość, spora słodowa słodycz, tak jak w aromacie nuty czekoladowe, kawowe, lekko palone, średnia goryczka, chmielowe, trochę łodygowa.
Wysycenie: średnie e kierunku niskiego.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tstamba (678) - Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2016
Draft at map room ... Snifter... Viscous black with mocha head and lacing... Dark roast coffee, chocolate, vanilla caramel... Hits all the notes... Balanced, smooth finish... Would love to try the BA version!!! Outstanding RIS.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alteregoo (748) - POLAND - APR 23, 2016
Piana niewielka, sycząca, szybko opada prawie do zera. Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta, z brązowymi refleksami. Aromat intensywny, słodki, zdominowany pralinami, szwajcarskimi czekoladkami i truflami. Bardzo przyjemny. W smaku pierwszy łyk przywodzi na myśl czekoladowe lody Grycan - mega czekolada, kakao, przypalany karmel, słodki likier kawowy. Goryczka niska ale długa, palona. Nagazowanie średnie do niskiego, dość pełne choć nie oleiste, lekko mineralne i zadziwiająco pijalne w odbiorze.
Świetny RIS, który trafia w me gusta - słodki, czekoladowo-pralinowy i ze świetnie ukrytym alkoholem... Brak jednak nieco więcej ciała, bo przy tej konsystencji i smaku znika ze szkła w kilka chwil...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popway (149) - California, USA - APR 2, 2016
This super aroma dark malt beast is big and meaty in the nose and rich in mouthfeel. Enjoyable yet the barrel aged version, which I have yet to taste, would supplant the regulär. Satisfying as a base beer, yet with an extra touch of imparting oak would make it killer, I conjecture.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mears (73) - - MAR 5, 2016
A good stout. The hops are a great touch. ....................................... Would buy again.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrjaxson (466) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2016
A delicious beer, aged by me for an additional year in back of beer fridge. Great aroma with shades of chocolate, coffee, plums, cherries. Pours to a shaded, multi-hued head. Has a fruity, sweet and finally dry finish. Big alcohol content (11% on the label) is subtle. A pity that my favorite beer depot limits customers to one bottle each when this is in season.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (16311) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 22, 2016
Kaum karbonisierter, verdammt weicher Antrunk von verhaltenem Malz mit holzigen whiskyartigen Aromen. Dabei weniger vollmundig als anzunehmen, die Fasslagerung scheint hier eher Komplexität entzogen zu haben. Auch im weiteren Verlauf angenehm aber nicht unbedingt vollmundig, Noten von Schokolade, wenn auch nur hintergründig. Vergleichsweise schwacher Nachall, nett aber in seinen Aromen mir nicht intensiv genug. 8/9/10/8/8/9


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 113


Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50