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RATINGS: 994   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.


b33r's rating

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (689) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2014
2014 bottle, abv listed at 11%. Dark brownish black color with small medium brown head and little lacing. Aroma and flavor have rich, smooth cocoa, roasted coffee, and a little woodiness. Minimal bitterness, with thick and oily mouthfeel. Pretty good overall.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (4254) - 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 (546) - 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 (1106) - 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 (935) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2727) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
(Dark Horse Plead the 5th Imperial Stout) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 11% Pitch black colour on the body, small dark brown head with okay retention, leaving a thin film on the surface and light lacing around the glass. Aroma of milky chocolate, vanilla, chocolate cake, light fruity notes. Smells great. Taste begins sweet, lots of chocolate, continues with roasted and burnt malts, ash, coal, the chocolate returns, very well hidden alcohol, no way it feels like an 11% beer, vanilla, again some fruity notes, excellent. Medium thick body, carbonation on just the right levels, sticky on the palate. Great beer, worths every cent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (949) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Draft at Ale House. Pours thick and black with a thick brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, raisin. Flavor follows, lots of semi sweet chocolate, a fair amount of coffee a touch of raisin and a hint of licorice in the finish. Thick, almost chewy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barrelbelly (655) - BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2014
Grainy chocolate aroma. Taste chocolate, roasted malts. Oily with sweet aftertaste

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (74) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 9, 2014
12oz bottle from Erzbierschof. Well, this is probably the darkest beer I’ve ever had. And even though I usually don’t like Imperial Stouts, this one is really good. Complex, intense, long, full-bodied, and strong, but not as strong as the 11% ABV would suggest. Recommendation: Try this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
veceo (680) - CROATIA - DEC 8, 2014
Pitch black color, average sized brown head. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Aroma is full of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and some hops. Medium sweet, light bitter taste. Very, very tasty.


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