overall
100
96
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
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RATINGS: 1197   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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thornecb (6022) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with little retention recedes to skim surface. Espresso and chocolate aromas. Thick chocolate and espresso with a lasting alcohol burn finish.

4.2
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Tasted on 8/13/11 from a 12oz bottle purchased at Lush Roscoe, this is the version released in early 2010. Pours oily absolute black with a thin brown head that recedes rather quickly to a thin collar of lace that shows great retention. The nose is nutty, lightly charcoal smokey, with dark chocolate, coffee, a hint of dark fruit, and a creamy aroma as well. The flavor is creamy with the dark fruits up front, moving to the dark chocolate, coffee, and smokey, almost meaty, flavor, with a bit of nuttiness, and almost no alcoholic heat whatsoever. The body is massive and creamy with light carbonation and an extremely long finish that starts off with dark berries, moving to nuttiness, smokey flavors, meaty flavors, and lightly bitter dark chocolate and coffee.

3.9
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Flat Black pour that has a thin dark brown head, no visible carbonation. Heavy chocolate aroma with accents of coffee, alcohol, and smoke. Flavor is a mix of heavily roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol. A lot of depth and complexity to the flavor. Finish is loads of coffee and burnt malt. Full bodied with an oily texture and minimal carbonation. Everything you could want from an Imperial Stout.

4
ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2011
on tap @ Dark Horse. best way to have it. presented in a small snifter. dark black, cinnamon colored frothy head, recedes to a permanent ring. chocolate milk thistle, roasted malts, some alcohol and coffee on the nose. more coffee, cooking chocolate, anise, little bit of hop profile and really smooth on the palate. rich mouthfeel, bitter chocolate and alcohol on the finish. this is a big boy that hits the mark.

3.5
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle .....Jet black pour , very thin wispy beige head , no lace . Aroma of soy sauce ,hops, roasted malt and alcohol . Dark roasted malt flavor upfront , some fruity hops and a hint of chocolate sweetness . Medium bodied , low carbonation , slightly creamy . Boozy and dark roasted malt bitterness in the finish . Some age wouldnt hurt it .

4.1
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Wonderful stout. This beer is big and rich without any of the off-notes that can accompany that. The beer pours wall-to-wall black with a thin mocha head. The aroma is milk chocolate, dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, nutty roast, creamy coffee, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is smooth and very full. Taste is sweet but not cloying. There’s a mildly bitter finish with roast and some earthy hops. A bit of a tannic quality, wine-like. This is a real treat and an excellent beer.

4.1
JulienHuxley (5909) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
On tap at Local option. Aroma: Wonderful harmony of burnt toast, chocolate and roasted grain. Flavors: Burnt toast, chocolate and molasses sweetness. I thought the hops presence was really shy in this one. Palate: Full bodied, medium-low carbonation. Overall: Excellent stout!

4.1
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Incredibly smooth beer. Can not believe this is 12%. light on aroma, great malty complexity. Awesome beer.

3.8
Stouterrific (6) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2011 does not count
On tap at the brewery. Appearance was opaque brown/black, the color of dirty motor oil with a tan head. It smelled malty chocolately. Went down nicely with a smooth and creamy texture. Flavor was very sweet chocolate, almost like a sweet liquor. Very tasty but at 14% abv and super sweet, probably best enjoyed in small quantities. Share with a pal!

3.8
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Tap at Local Option. Beautiful mahogany pour with a milk chocolate head that thins but doesn’t cling. Dark chocolate mocha nose. Taste is smooth...very smooth. Iced coffee, molases, and chocolate liqueur. Full in the mouth. A fave among the bartenders at local option and for good reason.


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