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RATINGS: 999   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2012
Pours a near black with a small bit of lacing on the cup. Smell of sweet chocolate and alcohol. The alcohol comes through when drinking it but the sweet chocolate tastes more like a dark chocolate. Also a lot of roasted malts and nuts. In the end it is big, dry, and creamy.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (950) - Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Excellent share at RBWG! Deep brown pour. Dried fruit, espresso, roasted malts, cocoa, earthy, and a little booze heat. Full bodied and silky.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FestDecBeet (318) - - FEB 20, 2015
Look: pours a dark black. No light showing through. Dark brown when being poured fades to a light brown. Thick lacing. Smell: chocolate. Cocoa powder. Oatmeal with brown sugar. Cappuccino. Bandaid. Taste: muted coffee. Roasted malts. Chocolate on the back. Muted barrel flavors. Hint of bandaid. Infection? Feel: thick mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation. Overall: terrible beer. Looking forward to this for over a year and extremely disappointed. Not sure if it infected but not a big fan. First drank: 2/20/15 Vintage: 2015

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBeer45 (1290) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Sampled from a bottle bought at Champanes, this beer had a dark brown, black pour and gave a half finger to finger’s worth of a dark bubbled cover, it receded to a ring and some islands, this drink left nice spots of lacing on the glass, there was a layer of dark brown-black sediment on the bottom of the bottle, which is typical for most Dark Horse beers, the nose had nice aromas of chocolate and dark chocolate with roasted malt, a little coffee and roasted malt bitterness, molasses like notes and sweetness, the flavor had more roasted malt and roasted malt bitterness than the nose let on to, there was some dark chocolate and chocolate with coffee, brown sugar, caramel and some molasses sweetness, the finish had roasted malt bitterness and a little astringency that left little to no sweetness on the mouth, and lingered on the tongue, this drink was creamy, it had average carbonation and was sort of full on the lips, there was a little alcohol warmth on the palate, this was a nice roasted malt imperial stout with chocolate, a good drink.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arn8897 (75) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2015 On tap at Middletown fine Wine and Spirits Wednesday night pint night. Pours jet black with a dark khaki head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, licorice and molasses. Taste of the same. Thick creamy mouth feel. Overall one of the better stouts I?ve had.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1582) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2015
Butelka 33cl. OCZY : piwo jest czarne jak smoła. Piana piwa jest malutka o kolorze brązowym. Średnio trwała. NOS : aromat piwa jest złożony i głęboki. Mocne nuty czarnej czekolady podkreślone delikatnie alkoholem. Do tego wanilia, wędzone węgierki. Po wstrząśnięciu wyłażą na wierzch nuty owocowe, śmietankowe i orzechowe. Troszeczkę podobne gdzieś w tyle do coca-coli. Do tego dym. USTA : piwo jest tłuste i gęste, podobne do kogel-mogielu. Nasycenie jest minimalne. Piwo jest słodkie o mocno palonych nutach podobnych do niesłodzonego kakaa. Troszeczkę jak czekolada z wkładem alkoholowym. Może bardziej kawowa pralinka. Alkohol jest wyczuwalny ale jak na tyle procent to jest nadzwyczajnie dobrze ułożony. Posmak jest łagodny i aksamitny. Delikatnie popiołowy i czekoladowy. Ogólnie piwo wypełnia smakiem ale nie pozostawia nieprzyjemnego posmaku popielniczki jak czasami bywa w tym stylu. ODCZUCIA : warto spróbować. Należy na pewno do tych lepszych RISów. Bogate i głębokie. OCENA : smak : 9/10 pijalność : 4/10 styl : +2

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (4356) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2015
355ml bottle. Jet black colour with late awakening, small to average, thick, firm, frothy, fairly lasting, marvellously lacing, brown head. Intense dark malty aroma, notes of liquorice and coffee, a touch of soy sauce, dark chocolate syrup, bitter spicy hoppy overtones. Taste is slightly sweet, roasty dark malty, notes of dark chocolate, coffee, some liquorice, some port, hints of alcohol; lasting, minimally biting, bitter hoppy finish. Oily texture, minimally lasting-sticky, but generally "cold", "heavy" and "slippery" palate (like fluid mercury).

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (647) - 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 (1155) - 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 (938) - 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.


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