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RATINGS: 1203   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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portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2010
12 oz. bottle to snifter. Aroma sweet coco and malt. Appearance is oil like black brown liquid with quick thin tan head that dissipates to a ring around glass. Taste is a soy chocolate with a malty hops finish. Palate is full chaulky feel with a subtle sour dry finish. This is a delicious imperial stout that is a good drinker, without the extreme complexity that some leave you saying whoo!

4
milewide (2250) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2010
I enjoyed the taste, aroma and appearance of this imperial stout, but it was a touch on the sweet side. I like the bitter taste of darkly roasted grain, and hops. Alcohol was also higher than imperials like Old Rasputin at 9%---and I don’t need the extra alcohol.

3.9
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2010
My first brew from this brewery. Black color, a very thin head starts to develop before vanishing. The aroma shows leather, molasses, wood, prune, coffee. Dark chocolate makes an appearance in the flavor department that combines with a spash of cream, plums, ash, and some high quality black coffee in the finish that sits on the tongue long after. This doesn’t come across as being all that complex but quite solid nonetheless. 12%? Wow. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not that this drinks far lighter than that. Silky smooth. Good beer.

4.4
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
12 oz bottle with big thanks, again, to coyotehunter. Pours a murky black, thick viscous body, like an impy should be. Little to no foam in the head. Aromas are rich of chocolate, coffee, and roasty sweetness, almost like bananas? There’s a fair bit of soy sauce in the flavor, as well as butterscotch, and leather to go with the coffee and chocolate from the nose. The balance on this beer is incredible! I’m drinking it too cold, and I hope some lasts until it gets a little warmer, just to see how the flavor changes. The 12% is practically undetectable. Amazing really. What a wonderful warmer of a brew on a chilly, rainy night in SoCal

4.2
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Pours an oily black with little to no head. Aroma is expresso, roasted malts, licorice and alcohol. Taste is explosive with a great milky mouthfeel. Aroma was deceiving. Bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, licorice, smoke flavor with the alcohol are wonderful, very good balance. Nice long finish that is sweet and tappers out with little bitter or ash. Really good stuff.

4.1
PeaceRich (25) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2010
chocolate, coffee, roasty, nuts, licorice, soy sauce, alcohol, black, brown foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, soft carbonation, long finish,

4.2
madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Bottle from Silphium--thanks Brad! - Been really sick of sweet impy stouts lately, so this was a nice surprise. Pours dark and viscous, black with a thin brown head. The smell isn’t overpowering. It doesn’t whack you in the nose as much as it asks you nicely if it could please enter your nostrils. I like that. It shows class and manners. There’s nice roasty malt in there, with raisins and a touch of whiskey, smoke, and licorice. Taste is similar, with roasty malt and a bit of milky sweetness. There’s some whiskey heat and roast on the finish--dark chocolate, too. It’s smooth as hell and real chewy. Big and velvety--just how I like it. There’s a slight metallic taste at first, but that went away real quick. That’s about all I can say bad about this gem. Yum.

3.9
Angelmonster (199) - Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Pours a solid pitch black body, dark chocolate 1 finger head, prolly the darkest head i’ve seen. Too bad it disappeared almost instantly :( . Head retention wasnt very good and lacing was above average. Appearance gets bump in score for such a nice looking head, enough though it didnt last long Aroma is of rich, roasted coffee beans covered in dark bitter chocolate. There is also some dark dried fruit similar to the ones found in a doppelbock. Ends with some sweet soy sauce and alcohol. Hops arent really in the mix Taste is of strong, roasted, burnt malts. Very strong coffee is also present. Lots of sweet malts offset the alcohol which is definitely present at 12 percent. Hops are moderate. Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is on aggressive side but livens up the thick consistency of the beer. Love a nice creamy head on a beer and sadly this one had none what so ever. This beer was overall a sipper but the drink ability was good. Could prolly finish more than one but it would take awhile. Kinda reminded me of Mephistopheles from Avery. Prolly wont have another opportunity to try this beer but glad I did

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bhensonb (15208) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle from Styles. Pours black with a few temporary dark tan smears. Aromas of dark malt and anise. Medium plus body with mild carbonation. Flavor is gummy dark roast malt with some anise. Heat is not much considering the 12%. Very smooth. Put this in a scotch barrel and it would surpass Paradox. A pure example of the style.

3.7
madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2011 9th October 2008.
GABF. Sweetish smooth toasty malt. Fruity porty undertone. Dry finish. Nice.

14th May 2009
At Papsoe’s pre CPH Beer Fest tasting, cheers Henrik! Very light and airy stout. Taste is off rich alcoholic chocolate. Like a brandy or rum chocolate liquer. Hides the alcohol well. Rich and very drinkable.


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