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RATINGS: 1029   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.


doubelknv3's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
doubelknv3 (1025) - Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Black with tan head. Nice lacing. Roast, mild coffee, mild alcohol, and sweet malt aroma notes. Full bodied, syrupy, medicine like alcohol notes, and chocolate notes. High hop roast-bitterness, lasting bitter finish with alcohol notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HourGlass13 (205) - North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2015
Pours a thick deep black like burnt motor oil. Dark brown head. Aroma is a nutty mild chocolate with a lot of malt. The flavor is great. Nice roasted malt with molasses and a hint of caramel. Not overly sweet. Great balance. full body. Thick and rich yet easy to drink and very smooth. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4851) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2015
Wonderful balance. Lots of roast, a little smoke, dark chocolate and a touch of nut. Some peat musk aroma. Medium bitter finish and creamy and thick consistency. Black pour with good mocha head and lacing. Full palate. Tap at Local Option.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (97) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2015
Very slight head; very dark brown, very nearly black, color to the beer. Aromas of roasted coffee, molasses and alcohol. Some smoke/tar/charcoal aromas also. The hops are pretty much swamped by the roasted malts, as is often the case with Imperial Stouts. Body is full, with a creamy and slightly oily texture. The carbonation is average. The finish is long with the roasted flavors. The sweetness and alcohol are quite prominent. Overall a very good beer, though lacking the body and complexity of the really outstanding Imperial Stouts.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Serapac (200) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 14, 2015
Bottle from Malt Attacks. Black, small rapidly disappearing brown head. Aroma tobacco, roasted malts, chocolate. Almost no carbonation. Heavy oily texture. Taste dominated by chocolate - Belgian truffles, including the long finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (2848) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 13, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a thin brown head. Oily. Roasted, ashy aroma, coffee and licorice. Flavor has licorice, dark chocolate, coffee notes. Tobacco in the slightly sweet finish. Full bodied. Strong coffee lingering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cjmccahill (29) - Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle to snifter. Absolutely pitch black, thin brown head. Full body, not too heavy. Sweet, roasty, smoky. Incredibly smooth for ABV. Everything good about imp stout at a decent price. A new favorite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darb85 (131) - Canton, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2015
Very smooth, sweet with chocolate and coffee finish. Very very good. Can’t imagine what the bourbon barrel must be like

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (3136) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2015
12oz bottle thanks to Darrel. Pours out black topped with a small tan head. Nose is roast malts chocolate coffee bourbon. Taste is as the nose with lots of roast coffee vanilla cocoa barrel goodness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (1120) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2015
Bottle at home, 10th April 15. Aroma dark chocolate, liquorice. Taste is full, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, ash, tobacco. Very nice imperial

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (331) - - APR 5, 2015
UPDATED: APR 11, 2015 Black coluor with big dark brown head. Smell of chocolate, roasty, caramel, coffee. Taste of chocolate and coffee. Overall very, very surprisingly good imperial stout, which is truly underestimated.


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