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RATINGS: 1123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

Star80's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Star80 (40) - Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2013
Pours out a sexy black color with tan frothy head. Exactly what you want in a big stout. Strangely still smells a little like blueberries in a Tres Blueberries sort of way, and cocoa, coffee, liquorish, and roasted malt among many things. Smells absolutely amazing! Tastes like a cocoa and coffee explosion, but more hops in the taste than the aroma. Also tasting some toasted marshmallow. Wow, this beer throws me me through a hoop in its complexity. The mouthfeel is rich and full and the alcohol is all but undetectable aside from its warming effect down my throat. Overall a hell of a stout drinking experience. Finely balanced yet massive as hell! Beautiful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (565) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rafael52 (796) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alteregoo (746) - 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...

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (16284) - 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

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