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RATINGS: 1181   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Its 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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (3407) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Very enjoyable easy sipper. Pitch black pour with mocha head. The nose is heavy on the caramel, anisette, and roasted malts. The flavor is rich and alcohol to start but finishes with a nice roasty sweetness. The beer improved as it warmed and the flavors mellowed out. Excellent brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Black thick pour with a dark brown head forming and thick rocky sheets of lace clinging to the sides of the glass. Loads of sweet licorice and milk chocolate immediately on the nose. A bit of tobacco, smoke, and heavy roasted coffee with a nice touch of hops in the nose. Heavy oily mouth feel and yet creamy as well. Amazing rich heavy flavors of sweet milk chocolate, deep bitter roast coffee, burnt toffee, licorice, anise all meet complimentary tobacco. The finish is long and bitter with a very nice lasting warming effect. This beer is simply fantastic! If you find, buy every bottle you can. I have a feeling this will age very gracefully.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (2348) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Very dark, thin head, roasty malt aroma. Nice, strong flavors of roasted malt, hints of char and burnt toast. There is a bit of coffee and a faint bitterness in the finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3364) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2011
On tap at Sharp Edge Creekhouse. A good run of the mill impy. Aroma was pretty weak. It was all milk chocolate, but had to put my whole nose in the glass to pick it up. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a 3 finger tan head. Taste was good, but very thin and watery. Heavy doses of milk chocolate and sweet malt fill the mouth and nothing much else comes out. There was a slight alcohol burn, but not as big as a 12% beer would suggest. Some hop bitterness makes an appearance about half way through the glass. The big problem with this beer is how thin it was. Thicken it up and you have a 3.5+

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Pours a sludgy pitch black color that is completely opaque with a one finger frothy dark mocha head. Good retention, slowly fading into a thick lasting cap that leaves spots of lacing behind. Sweet, roasty malt aroma this bursting with lots of silky chocolate as well as some oatmeal, roasted coffee bean, toast and nut. Theres also a slight lactic cream presence but the nose of this beer is all about roasted malt and chocolate. Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a slightly chewy, viscous consistency. Deep roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal, burnt toast and toffee. This is complimented by a sweet chocolate malt presence and subtle creaminess. Theres also some earthy hop bitterness and a prominent alcohol burn in the finish. The ABV isnt well masked with a ton of heat and warmth in the finish. I expect that this will tone down with age but this fresh bottle is too hot for my liking. Dry boozy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2011
12 oz. pours black as motor oil and thickwith just a slight bit of head. Smells of expresso, chocolate, leather, tabacco, molasses and soy sauce. Wonderful dark roasted coffee, slight brown sugar note, cocoa and tabacco abounds. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Finish is smooth for this 12% abv pig, as it progresses it moves into a very good expresso bitterness also with a warming and a tingle onthe tongue from the alcohol. Very Nicely Done!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2011
Pours pitch black with a small but dense brown head. Heavy, deep flavours with intense dark chocolate and chocolate cake plus a deep dark fruitiness. Initially there is a molassy sweetness but it gives way to a roasted dryness that ends with a long chocolatey aftertaste. Oily mouthfeel. Theres is no booziness but, the alcohol rather rather provides a luxuos feeling to the beer. Reminds me quite a lot of good liqueur pralines.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (3038) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Black pour thick like motor oil when it poured nice deep tan head ..... aroma is lots of roasted malts, chocolate, earthy ..... taste is dark chocolate, roasted malts, bitter hops with an earthy and cereal taste ..... dry bitter hop/chocolate roasted finish man what a tasty brew abv is hidden ... thick and silky mouthfeel one dangerous and good looking brew

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2011
12 fl. oz bottle, bought at lKonsortiet, Aalborg. Enjoyed at home. A dense ruddy-brown lace, topping an entirly black opaque body. Big and soft aroma of sweet alcohol-soaked dark malts. Lots of hops, notes of rum&raisin and port. Huge malty body. More than medium sweet, but nicely balanced by good amount of bittering hops. Taste is definitely dominated by dark malts. Yet rounded, without being burnt or astringent. Pepper tones and some unsweetend chocolate. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Finishes on the sweet side. A very nice one. Powerfull, yet with a gentle attitude.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2017 Dark black with a small dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste is very sweet, and a little bitter, full body, creamy, average carbonation, alcohol is well hidden. Very drinkable.


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