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RATINGS: 1198   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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LinusStick (3447) - 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
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. There’s 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. There’s also some earthy hop bitterness and a prominent alcohol burn in the finish. The ABV isn’t 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
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
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. There’s 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
italianjohn (3113) - 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
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2011
12 fl. oz bottle, bought at ØlKonsortiet, 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
Darkover (1538) - 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.

4.3
sucker (27) - Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Smells roasty with some alcohol, earthy. It is black with brown head. Medium sweet with medium bitterness. Sticky and thick with abrupt alcohol burny finish. Overall, try it you will like it.

3.6
pineypower (3297) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Pours black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is of dark fruits, roast, light chocolate and some very slight citrus hops. Taste is thick and syrupy with sweet chocolate, roast, coffee, dried dark fruit, and a light bitterness mixing with some alcohol notes on the finish.

4.1
Doodler (318) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2011
12 oz 2009 version from my pal Derek. Pours pitch black with a tan brown head and sticky lacing. Great nose of roasted coffee, chocolates and smoked malts. Thick and rich, lightly carbonated with a semi-sweet finish. Flavors of chocolate, dark fruits and licorice. Nice malty backbone. Overall, a solid, delicious stout. Would love to try the BA version someday.


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