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RATINGS: 1156   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3631) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2011
2009 bottle from Capones. Pours a thick pitch black like old motor oil. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt and vanilla. Thick body. Excellent lacing. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla with hints of roasted malts. No real hop kick to this at all.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (11803) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
I dont get the label art, I dont get the name, but this beer wins an award - the darkest beer I have ever seen. Pitch black, no ruby on the edges, nothing. The head is large and creamy caramel colored. It looks like motor oil while pouring, it looks like this is going to be some seriously thick stuff. There is a nice frothy head that stays on top as you drink. Unsurprisingly there is a decent amount of goop left in the bottle still after the pour. There is a lot fo rasty malt and molasses on the nose with some alcoholic and sweet sugar hints. There are hints of figgy plumbs. The mouthfeel is super thick, full bodied, and creamy, though there is a steady amount of carbonation, though low. Tons of roasty, dark, sweet malt flavors bathe the tongue, with heavy roasted malt, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, sweet/burning alcohol and sugar, bitter coffee, and hints of dark fruit. The alcohol doesnt burn and the sweetness isnt cloying but both are definitely noticeable. This is one of those deceptively drinkable big beers, the alcohol content might be 12 but this one drinks more like a 6 or 7, the alcohol warms the throat after the drink, but quaffs of this wouldnt be out of the question, though I recommend sipping and savoring this brew. My lips are covered in sticky goo after a few sips. Overall this is one big ass, big bodied, big flavored, high octane brew that should be tracked down at all cost, rivals the best of the Russian imperial stouts. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-29-2009 01:54:53

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5828) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2009 12 oz bottle from Capones. Poured a viscous oily black body with a small brown bubbly head that only was there because of a super slow and vigorous pour of about a foot into my CCB snifter. Aroma of soy, cola, olives, vanilla flavored pipe tobacco. Flavors of grass, charcoal, soy and black olives. This one seems like it really calmed down with the added age, no real trace of the heavy hops that it was brewed with it but for that matter no trace of alcohol...anywhere. The body is full yet smooth with very light carbonation and no alcohol heat whatsoever. Nice but I would also like to try a fresh bottle for scientific comparsions of course.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Pours extremely thick and black, like chocolate syrup with a non-existent head. Aroma is big of malted chocolate milk with hints of coffee and a bit of booze. Taste is quite boozy with lots of chocolate and toast. Very rich and full mouthfeel with extremely light carbonation. Id let this sit a bit longer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (9790) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep dark black with a medium sized dark tan head with some deep purple or crimson hints in it. Big thick chocolate pudding and roast on the nose, cocoa. Medium bodied, smooth and velvety. Lots of chocolate, big intense bitter cocoa, and loads of roast. Big warming booze note shows up suddenly (but smoothly) and moves into a lavish cocoa finish. Awesome stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (6133) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2011
355 ml bottle. Pitch black body with virtually no head. Aroma of dark, roasted malt, coffee and molasses. Flavor is sweet malt, roast, coffee, bitter and alcohol. A big beer with much of everything, its sweet, bitter, alcoholic but smooth and balanced at the same time. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9701) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2011
12 fl oz bottle on January 21, 2011. Thanks to sebletitje
Black color, small dark brown head. Sweet, alcohol, vinous, wood scent. Salty, sweet, alcohol taste. Warming alcohol in the aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness to the dry side.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (6633) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2011
35cl Bottle via trade with Plovmand, thanks bro! Black colour, brown head. Aroma of hard roasted malts, some berries, liquorice, coffee, chocolate. Flavour is sweet, malty, hard roasted malts, fruity, liquorice, coffee, chocolate, nice coffee/moccha bitter finish with some hops. Fullbodied. Good stuff, just a tad too sweet imo.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3519) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2011
I would have put money on this being a bourbon barrel aged beer but it is a straight up impy. The aroma threw me off with its slight bourbon aroma and some vanilla. A little bit of a roasty malt bitterness. Flavor is smooth and chocolate richness. Finish is creamy and tasaty. Pretty delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (7498) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle.Pours jet black with a small beige head.Aroma is caramel, yellow apples, roasted malt and coffee.Flavor is sweet and roasted with some notes of chocolate and alcohol.Medium to full body, Very nice


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