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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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3.7
saxo (19273) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle from Ølbutikken. Small head with short duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, rich licorice, coffee, chocolate and hops. Oily palate.

4.2
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Poured pitch black with very little head. Nose was as strong as I expected with lots of chocolate, smoke, and molasses. Taste was heavy malt and very sweet. All the notes you would expect from this type of beer. Chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel, a little coffee and oh yes, more malt. Very full and rich body. Does not taste like a 12% at all. This was very enjoyable.

4.5
rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle. Black beer with a nice creamy brown head. Aroma from sweet fruits, plums, vinous, okay, licorice, tar, chocolate and vanilla. Lovely aroma with loads of different nice impressions. Chocolate flavor, plums, raisins, tar and licrocie, oily and fruity, vinous and with plums and raisins. Long warming vinous finish with hoppy notes. Wonderful beer!

4
Labonix (19) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2011
This one pours pitch black with a small tan head. The aroma is roasty with chocolate. It has a roasty and bitter chocolate taste as well. This beer is nice, smooth, and hides the high alcohol really well.

4
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip Jet black motor oil consistency. looked almost like syrup when poured. very little to no head even with a hard pour. a small bit of head clouds up and floats on the top smells like chocolate malty goodness, small bits of raosted coffee, a little alcohol, and a very small hint of dark fruits like fig. Tastes as it smells, malty with lots of chocolate taste. a slight hint of bittering hops and a little bit of sweet bread from the yeast comes through. there is a bit of fig/raisin as it warms along with more roasted grain mouthfeel was thick and oily. heavy heavy beer drinkability was good, not much sense of alcohol but it was a bit on the thick side drink with panna cotta. mmmm. this is really similar to Ten Fidy in my opinion

4.1
alobar (3879) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2011
2009 bottle from Capone’s. 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
crossovert (13724) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
I don’t get the label art, I don’t 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 doesn’t burn and the sweetness isn’t 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 wouldn’t 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
dmac (6429) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2009 12 oz bottle from Capone’s. 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
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. I’d let this sit a bit longer.

4.1
j12601 (13028) - 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.


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