RATINGS: 1157   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle poured into a small snifter produced a good finger of than head that stuck around and settled to a thick lace. The color of the brew was black with some tan highlights at the edges. Great aromas of chocolate and figs just filled my head. The flavor was outstanding as well with rich sweet chocolate and some nice espresso notes. The mouthfeel was just spot on for what I look for in a stout, thick and coating in you mouth. A great drinking stout. It left me wanting for more. This one is worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUN 12, 2010
Opaque black pour, high viscosity, nice brown head. Aroma has dark berries, crispy hops, roast, sweet chocolate, small coffee. Taste is rich on the roast, chocolate, sweetness, little berrie, although a bit one-sided on the roast. Huge body, nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle through trade some time ago. pour is black and with some vigor I produced a nice dense brown head that unfortunately fell off fast. aroma has molasses, dark roasted malt, bitterness, a touch of licorice, and some light complementing oxidation. I have personally had this bottle for a year and I am sure it sat somewhere for a bit before that. Mouth feel is thick and it coats the tongue well. flavor has molasses, well roasted malts, medium bitterness, chocolate, and light licorice. this really has aged nicely and I dont always care for age. the mouth feel is fantastic and it is a big beast but the flavors are well integrated and the sweetness is just right for me. Pouring the last of the bottle I see there is a thick solid layer of sediment so it may be older than I think, either way the aging works for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle tasting at work... just a wonderful imperial stout. Great creamy beige head and opaque pour with a beautiful malty nose that gives up just a hint of roasted notes, never out of balance. Taste is semi-sweet that ends with just a hint of bitterness. Rolls around the palate pleasantly with a creamy, slightly sticky texture. Truly a pleasure to drink... Dark Horse just keeps on impressing me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2010
Yet onother bottle from lbutikken, Copenhagen. The pour is black with heavy curtains and a head that are dark brown like light soya. The head is foamy at first but tends to fade rather quickly. The nose is sweet - it a real desert this one. A lot of roastyness and burned caramels topped white a mild sour freshness. Finally a pretty heavy touch of cacao. The taste is very oatmeal sweet with quite heavy alcohol that tends to burn your mouth in the finish side by side with a nice malty sweetness. The first thing I notisted though were the present of an acidic and almost vinoes freshness almost sour. Propably due to the heavy hopping. I agree on the fact that these hops tends to balance the beer so it is kept from playing only at The Dark Sides team. It gets fresher and more interesting to drink. Nice brew with a medium to thick palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUN 3, 2010
12oz bottle acquired as an extra from sprinkle, thanks Mike! Poured into chalice. Pours jet black, with small tan head that quickly disipates. Pour is not as viscous as other imperial stouts. Aroma of dark malts. Mouthfeel is thick with perfect carbonation for the style. Flavor is of rich dark malts, choco and maybe some black patent, hints of coffee and wood left behind on the pallet. Great impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (15455) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Bottle thanks to Wedgie9. Pours a perfect jet black with tan head. Nose is heavy licorice with roasted malts, dark fruits (plum) and chocolate. Taste delightfully follows suit with black licorice, chocolate and dark fruit dominating the palate. Very smooth for the high abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Gift from awiseman. Pours molasses brown and almost as thick. Nice frothy dark tan head. Aroma is full of sweet molasses with a touch of hop characteristic. Nice roasty flavor as it rolls across the tongue. Very thick stout. Just a touch of bitterness. Quite intense. I feel like i could pour this on some pancakes and be quite happy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 30, 2010
355mL courtesy of FlandersNed. Rating #400 for this beer! Pours opaque used motoroil black with a red, terrifying head that is thin and short-lived. Little to no lace. Aroma is intense roasted malt, almost charred molasses, brownies, chocolate cake, blueberries, alcohol. Taste is intense roast, ultra dark chocolate, bitter chocolate/cocoa. 12% is nicely hidden. Very intense- in your face. A nice fix for imperial stout fanatics. But I find this one to be a little unrefined and unilateral. Oily, syrupy palate. Very long bitter, biting aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9715) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
12 oz. bottle from shawnm213- thanks again, Shawn! Pours a motor oil black out of the bottle with the faintest of brown highlights on the edge and a small brown head that fades quickly into just a small ring around the glass inner edge. Aroma of roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, dark fruits, wood, tobacco, and alcohol. Flavor of dark chocolate, molasses, tobacco leaves, smoked wood, overripe pit fruits, roasted malts, and dry, earthy hops. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. Dry, leafy finish. Sticky and boozy, too. Nice imperial stout.

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