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RATINGS: 1207   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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3.8
EricE (1372) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle generously shared by ryan while smoking Cubans generously provided by brainlair. Pours like thick black motor oil with a dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, blueberry and raisins. Flavor dominated by raisins. Very mellow (its about two years old), but goes down nice and smooth.

4
nickd717 (4997) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2010 12oz bottle via trade thanks to translucent on BA. Damn dude, this is a bruiser. Pours black and thick with a one-finger dark tan head. Some legs on this one - you can tell it’s viscous. Aroma is intense with dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, and roast. Slight sweetness present. Flavor is really interesting. It reminds me of Midnight Sun Berserker in a way, except without the -bal aging notes. Rich dark chocolate and roast dominate, with a hint of coffee as well as molasses, anise, and red wine/port. Very full and thick on the palate with low carbonation. Some tannins as well as hop bitterness. Smooth and slick. A great imperial stout overall. Not too drinkable in large quantities, but you have to give it a pass on this because it’s damn good. One of the better beers I’ve had from Dark Horse. Good job rejecting Nickelback’s offer too, guys. They suck!

4.1
IrishBoy (4254) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
12 oz bottle from Pantanap. Nose of prunes, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. Black with a medium dark cinnamon, lightly lacing head. Flavor is chocolate, figs, and a hint of smoke and bitterness. Finish lightly bitter.

3.8
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2010
dark black pour with a medium tan head. aroma is dark fruits, coffee, lighter chocolate flavour is nice smooth creamy chocolate, some vinous fruit. Light bitterness. Very nice body.

4.1
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2010
12oz bottle as a sweet extra from badnewsbeers. thanks, tyler! pours a silky, black with a very thin, very dark brown head leaving a razor thin ring of lace. aroma is great with big, dark, roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit notes of prune and fig with hints of smoke and caramel backed by a pronounced, boozy, rum like presence as it warms. flavor is wonderful as well, big and bold as an impy should be, with big, slightly charred malts, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, and spicy licorice with a great balance of earthy hops, roasted nuts, and more boozy rum. palate is full bodied and warming with light carbonation and a roasted, bittersweet finish. overall, a deliciously bold, boozy impy.

4.1
StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy of Honkeybra. Thanks. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that soon dissipates to a fine ring. The aroma is bold with dark fruits, molasses and roasted malts. The flavor is every bit as bold as the aroma; lots of plums, raisins, figs, dates, biter walnuts and dark roasted malts. The palate is thick and viscous with moderate carbonation. The finish is long with lingering figs. Overall: A fine stout.

3.6
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2010
Pours dark black with a brown head that gathers around the edges. Aromas of roasted and chocolate malt, smoke, licorice, and shoe polish. Full-bodied, oily, lightly carbonated with a long finish. The taste is sweet with chocolate malt and licorice. Finishes with an earthy and roasted bitterness and alcohol warmth.Overall it’s not too bad. Not my favorite, but a solid imperial stout.

4.2
misterbeer (528) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2010
12 ounce bottle-a black pour-brown head -aroma and taste of chocolate, dried fruit-thick chewy dry bitter dark chocolate finish.

3.8
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, light caramel, and a hint of soy sauce. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dark brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, light bitter coffee, dark chocolate, slight hops, light charcoal, slight tar, and a hint of alcohol. Medium to full body. Slick, slightly thin, texture is coating and becomes slightly dry. Soft carbonation. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, charcoal, and tar finish is a tad dry. 12%ABV is a bit present in the flavor, but not overbearing or hot.

3.8
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2010
On tap at South Park Tavern, Dayton, OH. Strong black look to the beer. Good aroma of coffee and roast. Has a light taste to the beer despite the heavy ABV. Not the best stout I’ve tried but decent nonetheless.


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