RATINGS: 1198   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Its 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3646) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (7607) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Bottle pours almost black with essentially no head, just a few brown bubbles. Aroma roast and pine. Taste roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, pine and alcohol. Medium palate, creamy. Finish roast and pine. Alcohol evident but not intrusive. Very well put-together beer but to me less than the sum of the parts, probably would not seek out again. Really a matter of taste as Im sure others will enjoy this a lot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
A- Body is a dark opaque very dark brown. Pours with a one finger or so dark brown head that quickly fades to a thin collar. S- Nose is fairly mild but consists of typical RIS characteristics. Dark chocolate, licorice, anise, and a hint of alcohol. T-Flavor is good-and classic RIS. Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and anise. Finish is consistent with the initial flavor but appears to add a touch of pine and the roasted malt and dark chocolate characters intensify. A warm alcohol heat and a touch of dark chocolate and roasted malt linger. M- Medium carbonation-and a very impressive thick, smooth, and velvety feel. D- This is a very good, classic RIS. The alcohol is very well hidden here and the mouthfeel is fantastic. Very well done by dark-horse. Although I either traded for this bottle or received it in a LIF (so its been in the cellar for about a yr) Im excited they are finally shipping to Pittsburgh and cant wait to try some more of their brews. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-17-2010 03:50:27

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12oz bottle shared by drowland, pours pitch black with a nice brown head, the aroma was sweet with malt and hints of chocolate, the flavor is of chocolate, malt, vanilla and toffee, really delicious brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NMC01 (70) - DENMARK - DEC 28, 2010
Bottle. Intranslucent - barely foaming - liquid. This stout overwhelmingly gained entre to some taste buts which have not been tickled for quite a while: well-done (well-hung) coffee, tobacco, roasted nuts and dark chocolate with dried fruit mixed within. The alcohol percentage is well masqueraded by the palate. A fine brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (8532) - Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12/25/10. 12oz bottle thanks to barleypops! Big dark raisins and fruits topped with nice chocolate and coffee. Nice sweet flavor loaded with chocolate, raisins, licorice, and more. Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (11266) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Bottle Raisin/prune, chocolate malt and alcohol aroma. Oil black with next to no head - thick pour. Sweet prune malt, dark chocolate flavor with bitter dry hay/astringent alcohol finish. Full bodied. A tad rough in the finish but a nice sipping beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Appearance: pours pitch black like night descended with the comfort of her silvery white moon. Little to no carbonation means little to no head; just a sliver of espresso crema to taunt and tease. Swirls with nothing more than an oily slick much like tears along the sides of my glass.
Nose: thick sludge and glorious tar leads into the heaviest densest richest most coveted fudge ever. Melted chocolate and fudge brownies blend into one. Chocolate soaked prunes and raisins. Black cake. Vanilla root. There is an intriguing moistness to the nose which works well with the overall weight. Burnt wood, smores, and chocolate simmering on the stove.
Palate: thick, rich, burnt, tarry and leaden in weight with her chocolate burnt decadence. Hot in the backside though not unpleasantly so; like a delicate tease of campfire warmth which only serves to enhance her flavors. Fudge, whole pure cacao chunks, and melted chocolates all as one and separate at the same time. Heavy and chewy but with a surprisingly light finish. Chocolate covered prunes and raisins dripping in their recently dipped chocolate glory. Black earth, burnt wood, ash, smores. Lips are sticky with espresso crema and a river of chocolate vanilla late. Enjoys minimal subdued carbonation which enhances the pure decadence of it all.
Final Thoughts: wow and wow. I could bathe, eat, drink, and sleep with this particular beer from Dark Horse. Now if only I could get my hands on another dozen or so

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2010
Courtesy of Nbutler11, thanks Nick. This one has been sitting in my cellar some 1-2 years. Its pitch-black with a dark-brown, creamy head and a wonderful aroma with notes of roasted malt, licorice and dark chocolate. The mouth-feel is soft and semi oily. The flavour is sweet and has notes of roasted malt, licorice and dark chocolate. The overall-impression is well-balanced, like velvet and with loads of pure, soft and wonderful flavour woow, what a beer!

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