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RATINGS: 1014   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.


dnstone's rating

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone (2301) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Chocolatey with light burnt roast aroma. Pitch black, and viscous; starts with a brown head that fades to nothing. Thick chocolatey with a finish that lingers..maybe some vinilla tones in the after taste. A solid imperial stout, really enjoyable! Would love to try a barrel aged version.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlioi (22) - - MAR 25, 2015
I'm not a lover of stouts but this embodies what they should taste like to me and I am happy with it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
2010 bottle. Black with virtually no head. Aroma is fig, dates, raisins, chocolate, vanilla. Full bodied, rich on the palate with lightly sweet with a long finish. Taste is chocolate, dates, raisins, soy sauce, caramel. Great

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (1063) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2015
Shared bottle. Black with short lasting brown head. Espresso, lots of deep herbal nots, strawberry jelly, black currant, roasted almonds, tobacco, leather, rum. Medium sweet with strong roasted finish. Medium to full bodied with slight thin feel and a bit powdery on the tongue.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtdewa1 (431) - rome, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Jet black pour, small khaki head. Aroma of roasted malts, strong coffee, dark bitter chocolate and vanilla. Taste is coffee and dark chocolate. Long bitter finish with a touch of hops. Thick oily body. Very smooth and good. Well done, one of the best.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (339) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2015
12oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Pours black in color, opaque, with a small mocha head. Aroma is heavy on coffee and dark chocolate. Earthy undertones. Alcohol. Taste is medium bitter throughout. Subtle sweetness in the finish. Full body. Very rich texture. carbonation is somewhat sharp, but could be linked to the beer temp (68’F).

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pressboxjoe (274) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Wow. Eschews a head altogether. Smells almost like a barleywine. Fruit fruit fruit. Prunes molasses blackberry brandy. Flavor smooth and almost as if barrel aged. Vanilla. Low carb. I like how different this is from every other imperial stout. Much fruitier with less coffee and chocolate. Oily and easy drinking.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (522) - GREECE - MAR 10, 2015
355ml bottle at home. Black color with nice brown frothy almost creamy head. Aroma is roasted malty, lot of roasted coffee in the beginning, then chocolate is the dominant aroma, dark fruits, light soy sauce in the beginning. Sweet and bitter taste, roasted malty again, chocolate, dark and milk chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, like aroma but even better. Full body, silky, soft carbonation, nice slightly alcoholic chocolate aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (814) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Great stout. Amazing sweet, choc, coffee taste and not too boozy. Tasty and great looking ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (783) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Nicely done. Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is nutty, and sweet molasses. Full bodied, slick on the tongue. Finishes smooth vanilla sweetness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raoul_duke (100) - - MAR 7, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2015 From a 12 oz bottle. Black appearance, motor oil consistency. Dark brown head, didn?t sick around. Nutty chocolate aroma with strong maltiness. Wow, the flavor is great. Potent roasted malt with plenty of molasses and caramel. Chocolate underlying the whole thing, but it is far from sweet.


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