RATINGS: 1156   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puboflyons (3231) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2016
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is jet black but with only a short-lasting tan head. Fades so fast. The aroma is both mellow and subtle and alive with dark sweet malts, crackers, raisins, molasses, and a low to no hop profile. Also no booze for 12% ABV. Just extraordinary. The body falls into the medium to full range. The taste tends to be very sweet, roasted, and dark all around. Like the aroma - there is no alcohol picked up. Very well integrated. My head felt it later. This is the kind of Imperial Stout I could drink more frequently.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1604) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2016
Many thanks to Justin for this great extra! Un liquide noir crant une superbe mousse claire et interminable! Des armes de chocolat au lait, de lactose, de cacao et de malts torrfis arross dune touche subtile de houblons frais. Texture parfaitement soyeuse, laiteuse qui me donne limpression de retrouver le lactose initialement prsent au nez. Saveurs plaisantes de malts grills et de chocolat qui terminent leur course dans une longue finale mi-amre. Alcool parfaitement imperceptible dans un stout 11% qui se boit presque dun trait!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Werckmeister (2504) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 8, 2016
0,33l bottle at home from trade with Zakoon, big thanks. grey label that says 11% ABV. black color, small dark coffee-colored head. smells roasty, light charcoal, some wood, some coffee, earthy, light glueish / light alcohol, light sherry notes. overall great smell. full body, light carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of sherry, light alcohol, some roast, ash, coffee, bitter chocolate, lightly glueish, earthy / almost smoky. finishes lightly roasted with coffee, earthy notes and light alcohol. lovely beer, just a tad alcoholic overall. carbonation actually gets a lot more bubbly towards the bottom of the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (836) - 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 (35) - 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 (76) - Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 13, 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. Ill buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rafael52 (1124) - Łdź, POLAND - MAY 15, 2016
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, duża zawiesina drożdżowa.
Piana: średnio obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, dość trwała.
Zapach: słodowy, aromat brzeczki, wyraźne aromaty ciemnych słodw, 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 (775) - 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 (1145) - 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, ktry 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 (178) - 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 regulr. Satisfying as a base beer, yet with an extra touch of imparting oak would make it killer, I conjecture.

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