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RATINGS: 957   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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   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Berard (306) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with thick tan colored head that lingers. Roasted malt aroma with little carbonation. Substantial mouthfeel. Great balance between bitterness and sweetness. Outstanding stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2183) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle. Yes, this is the real thing. Black beer, with a thick and oily body. Heavy taste of roasted malt and dark cacao, but also with a nice bitterness. A real sipper, with an evolving aftertaste. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (3115) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle at Barely Legal Tasting Room . Pours pitchblack , good brown head . Smell is oaty , roasted, bit of chocolate, tad sweetness . Taste is chocolate , bitter, sharp maltyness . Coffee . Cacao in the aftertaste . Thick, creamy mouthfeel . Not super-exceptionnal , but very damn nice at least ! Perfect carbo

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/22/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light char, light dark fruits, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas 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, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light char, light dark fruits, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light char, light dark fruits, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark, roasted, and bready malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity and balance of big dark, roasted, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An absolutely amazing offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle at James’s. Pours black, nose is chocolate, coffee, liquorice, taste is sweet chocolate, dry, roasted, coffee, liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (3349) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2014
355ml bottle from Beers of Europe. 11% version. Pours jet black, thin tan head, tight bubbles. Aromas of coffee, dark, bitter chocolate. Taste is rich, oily, liquorice, coffee bitter, more herbal hop bitters. Oily texture, full body, gentle carbonation. Long finish. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawanna (2162) - GERMANY - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle @ home. chocolate, coffee, toast, roasty, herbs, dried fruits, alcohol, butterscotch, vanilla, dark Brown color, cloudy, frothy, brown foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, thick feel, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (675) - Hammel, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle from Voldby. Pours black with a tan head. Nice roasted malty taste of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla. Soft carbonation. Good creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
I got this one as an extra in a recent trade with spycow. Poured into a dogfish imperial pint.

A - Pours jet black with a big two finger tall tan head leaving small wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, oak, and some light hop bitterness. This is what you expect when you hear RIS.

T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roast quickly giving way to a mix of sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and the faintest hint of hop bitterness at the very end. The creamy feel really helps to bring it all together. The finish is a mix of chocolaty sweetness and dark roast, lingering for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, creamy, feel with plenty of dark roast in the finish. The booze begins to creep in more and more as it warms to room temperature.

O - I really liked this one. It had all the typical flavors you would expect from a RIS but what really made it better was the creamy feel as it really helped to bring it all together. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2094) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle from Voldby Købmandsgaard - pours black with a tan head. Aroma and taste is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, slight vanilla, nice slick mouthfeel. Good stuff.

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