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RATINGS: 1208   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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4.2
peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Black black black in the glass. Slight ring of foam hugging the edge of the glass. Roasted malt and deep bitter chocolate in the aroma. Huge chocolate and malt flavor - well balanced with a tinge of alcohol in the finish. Hints of dark raisin but kept well in check with the heavy roasted malt. Exceptional beer.

3.8
Defreni (3325) - Husum, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2010
Flaske: Kulsort øl med et lille mokkafarvet skumhoved. Kraftig duft af molasse og kaffe. Smagen er domineret af kaffe men med et fint humlebid til at kæde øllen sammen. Alkoholen er ikke så dominerende som man kunne frygte. Fin øl.

3.6
charlotte (5463) - rødovre, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2010
Bottle.Pitch black colour with no head.Aroma of dark berries and wood,smooth mouthfeels and nice rosted mouthfeels .Flavor of licorice and rosted malt.

3.9
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Nice beer that has that thin mouthfeel due to alcohol presence of the gravity. Not necessarily thin bodied, quite the opposite, but it’s boozy and light on its feet. Nice brandy/bourbony taste in this one that colors the whole experience. Malty, but very boozy in a delicious refined and properly aged fashion.

4
Jaksmart (456) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle. Quite black pour, very small, brown head. Aroma of roast, oak, berries, vanilla, raisins and some modest hops. Very crispy aroma. Thick flavourof roasty, yet sweet malts, dark berries, oak, vanilla, rum and chocolate. Thick, oily texture, big body, low-flat carbonation, medium duration, high viscosity. Very nice beer.

4.2
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.

3.8
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.

4.1
blklab2007 (2120) - 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 don’t 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.

4.2
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!

4
lassem (660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2010
Yet onother bottle from Ølbutikken, 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.


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