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RATINGS: 1063   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBear11D (363) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Plead the 5th pours very thick and very black. I had to wait a good 3-4 minutes to let the head start to disappear so I could get to the beer. There is a hint of coffee and chocolate but its not overpowering. Very rich and full. Definitely worth having. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
heman (210) - Tychy, POLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Nieprzejrzyście czarne z piękna, brązową i drobno-pęcherzykową pianą. Aromat to intensywna deserowa czekolada i suszone owoce: śliwki, czereśnie. Przypomina trochę porto. W tle odrobina paloności i nut trawiastych. W smaku początkowa słodycz i posmaki czekoladowe szybko zabijane są przez wyraźny i dość ordynarny w odczuciu alkohol. Finisz to średnio-wysoka goryczka i posmaki kawowo-alkoholowe. Moja butelka mocno nieułożona.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savage_Night (143) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Pours black with a small light brown/tan head. Head retention is good. AROMA: coffee, chocolate bitterness, roasted dark malt, earthy, alcohol, soy sauce, brown sugar, spice, light yeast esters, dark stone fruit, slight molasses, herbal hops, light char, vanilla and chili. TASTE dark roasted malt, coffee bitterness, dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, spice, hop spice, dark stone fruit, roasty, herbs, earthy, alcohol, clove, soy sauce, spice, vanilla, smoke, raisin and peppercorn. AFTER TASTE: chocolate bitterness, hop spice, dark roasted malt and sweet with buttery creamy finish and a spice/alcohol warmth in the chest.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (1232) - Belgrade, SERBIA - AUG 16, 2015
Bottle 12 oz at The 8th Belgrade tasting Session One at the Beerville Beer Bar.17.07.2015.Thanks to JefVerstraete for this bottle.Pour it really dark thick color with small black head.Aroma of roasted malt and coffee.Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, smooth, sweet dark fruits on the back.Nice body and good balanced.Really nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (1620) - Haderslev, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2015
Black with small tan head. Aroma has malt, sweet coffee, licorice and notes of vanilla. Roasted flavour, some more licorice and lasting, strong bitterness. Well balanced, rather dry and not as sticky as other imps.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogniskowicz (465) - POLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Absolutnie zajebisty aromat czekolady, kakao i owoców leśnych, połączony z alkoholem i palonością. W smaku jest wręcz oblepiająco, prym wiedzie bardzo gorzka czekolada i palone słody, sporo owoców pod postacią jeżyn, sporo żywicy i leśnych aromatów. Finisz mocno goryczkowy (zarówno chmielowo jak i od palononości) i alkoholowy (w najszlachetniejszy z możliwych sposobów). Obłędnie zdradliwa pijalność - wspaniały RIS!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KHMD (6) - Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2015 does not count
One of my favorite stouts. 11% is as well-hidden as any stout and the carbonation is perfect.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsporrer (83) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
On tap at House of 1000 Beers. Nice dark color with slight tan head. Not as thick or oily as other imperial stouts. Very strong coffee aroma. A little too much carbonation for my liking. Flavor hits the front of the tongue then disappears quickly. Taste doesn’t linger long enough like other full bodied beers. Not my favorite imperial stout but it was OK.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (3307) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2015
At Belgrade Eighth Tasting, round one. Bottle. Pretty, thick black pour. Shiny, still black appearance, tiny ring head. Dark soy aroma, coffee soda. Rich body, nice bittering. Solid, tasty, properly big imp stout. I dig.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cenzura (305) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUL 21, 2015
Aroma: lot of plums, alcohol, dark chocolate and light coffee notes. Taste: dark fruits, dried plums, belgian pralines, dark coffee and nice subtle alcohol warming. Really long chocolate afertaste and quite heavy body. Medium head, good lacing and medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ippopotamo36 (779) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 21, 2015
At the 8th tasting (round 1), held at Vlada’s Beerville pub in Belgrade-Serbia. Bottle, many thanks guys. Pours an oily color, pretty no head just a basic lacing. Nose: figs, chocolate, raisins, floral as well. Mouth: silky soft carbonation, dry-bitter finish in a rough body which offers loads of alcohol and sugar.


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