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RATINGS: 1155   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
G: Poured into an oversized snifter. A: Pours near-black with a very dark, slightly cherry-infused head. The head is a little less than a finger, and has a good amount of carbonation. Plenty of lacing. S: Dark malt and some hop presence, but the overpowering smell here is that of dried red fruits. Also, some mild espresso. Also, some definite alcohol presence. T: Much like the smell, but add in the tiniest bit of anise. M: A little bit thin, though still has a good body. Good amount of carbonation. Not too much of an alcohol bite. D: This one is definitely a sipper. Lighter than most RISs, which might not be a bad thing considered that its released just as the weather turns for the better. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-23-2009

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2010
12oz bottle from the Sahara Mart in Bloomington, IN. Pours a pitch black body with a thin, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a pretty nice lacing throughout. Aroma is heavily malted with lots of chocolates, caramels, and some molasses. Lots of dark fruits and raisins that give off a distinct boozy element, but not so much that its distracting. Pretty heavily roasted as well to balance all the malts along with some tobacco, burnt wood, and a good amount of earthy hops. Flavor is similar. Lots of raisin, somewhat syrupy chocolate, and caramel up front before plenty of roasts, coffee, burnt wood, and earthy hops come in. Some more overripe dark fruits, molasses, and tobacco smoke before this finishes roasty and dry with a moderate bitterness and a touch of booze that gives this a nice firmness. Plenty of bittersweet rich chocolates, caramels, and dark fruits in a lengthy aftertaste following a creamy, full body and soft, light-moderate carbonation. Overall, my kind of impy. Tons of chocolate and roast with a present earthy hopping, a touch of booze that doesnt distract, and a good amount of raisiny dark fruits. I liked this one a lot.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nrresundby, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with a small tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, some dark fruit and a slight amount of alcohol. The flavor has no taste of alcohol what so ever, it is very well hidden. I get alot of roasted malt, a slight burnt note, some faint dark fruit, coffee, vanilla and some dark chocolate. The body is nice and full with a very viscous and creamy mouthfeel. Overall a fantastic Imperial Stout, probably my favorite Dark Horse beer!

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2007) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2010
"I really shouldnt be cracking this open right now...." So went my thoughts around 2:30 a.m. when I needed to be wide awake at 7. And boy was I right. If ever a beer poured like ink, this would be it. Black as death, oily, and no head save for a few brownish bubbles. Deep, rich aroma of chocolate... a sweet, milk chocolate. Vanilla biscuity malts follow, and a potent alcohol whiff is hard to deny. Huge, thick, syrupy mouthfeel, quite flat. (I didnt think Id mind, but it gets a bit hard to drink half way down the glass.) Flavor is as rich and chocolate-syrupy as the aroma, followed by some dank, tart dark fruit and a burnt bitterness. The overall linger teeters between sugary-sweet and coffee-ground bitter, but the flavors leading there makes for a wild and pleasing ride which end at such an odd destination. And given the 12% its quite a trip. This beer is as enjoyable as a playful scratch from a kitten: shocking, sharp and laugh-inducing. However, after a few minutes, it becomes, "That was fun, but enoughs enough." ~~~~~~~~~~ Cellared 3 years. Received as a gift at the brewhouse Aug. 24, 2007, consumed Nov. 3, 2010.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (4478) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2010
30-OCT-2010, bottle @home, with Morten, from "Fish & Beer". Oily pour, dark, dark brown, almost black with that yellow hue that sometimes comes with blacknes(!), no head. Oily, very full mouthfeel - this must be barrelaged? Very fine alcohol burn:-) Or is it just the roasted flavor that is almost a burned flavor? Actually the alcohol is nicely integrated. Long, long bitter aftertaste with all the right elements of an imperial stout. Fantastic beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5911) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Draft at Alchemy. Pitch black with a rusty brown head. Big chocolate aroma. Big and rich, but still has a fairly watery, drinkable body which is typical in Dark Horse beers. Sweet chocolate tones, quite mellow for 12%. Some faint underlying bitterness, but very covered up by the bug, roasty malt. A truly great Imperial Stout, rolls with the massive ABV effortlessly while still displaying subtlety. World class. Light coffee in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (5568) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle. Pours a classic pitch black body with a tiny caramel head. Aroma is leather, cocoa, salty licorice and hints of soy sauce. Taste follows suit; leather, licorice, sweet malts. Some roastiness. An nice baltic porter-style imperial stout, but nothing out of the ordinary. This is a slightly overrated one in my opinion, but still nice.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Ive wanted to rate this for some time. Excited. Appears jet black with a very light brown head lace is okay. Ive seen worse but not the best. Nose is sweet malt, light coffee, wood, liquor, raisins, figs, dark rich chocolate, and other blended fruity esters. Taste starts with coffee, and then fades to fruits, and oak like characteristics, taste finishes with strong black malts and dry roasted bitterness and warm alcohol. Slick and just a little oil like on the palate. Thick and rich IMO stout that is among the kings.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6740) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle shared by GrOve. Pitch dark. Dry cocoa, soot and smoke, some milky coffee, too. Herbal hoppy finish, mint, pepper, basil. Complex stuff, new dimensions in every sip. Long lingering coffee tail.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Very dark motor oil pour with tiny chestnut head. Aroma is pure chocolate bar with mild roast. Taste is chocolate with a bitter black coffee astringentness. Medium body not too thick or too thin. Very smooth for 12%.


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