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RATINGS: 1157   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2009
not a wild combo of flavor, but solid. good flavors all around, sweet roasted. molasses. nice to drink. not as bitter as other stouts, but lots of sweetness goign on here.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (6505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2009
This one poured straight black with a big tan head. Aroma was lots of chocolate, coffee and some hints of alcohol as well. Flavor was incredibly smooth, nice sweet chocolate notes with a lingering roasted burnt finish. This one hides the alcohol very well at 12%

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 9/15/2008...12 oz. into perfect size and shape of Moosehead mug. 40, 50 or 60 weight? Thick jet-black spent motor oil topped with very thin banana nut bread-colored head. This ones gonna be trouble. The gangs all here - coffee, cocoa, cinnamon sugar, beef BBQ char, oily hop pine and prodigious amounts of slow-roasted chocolate malt. This ones solid. Extremely roast-forward and complex. Austere to an extent but viscous enough to jell everything going on here - the cocoa, cinnamon sweetness, overloaded burnt malt and a mild piney hop profile. Husky alcohol notes carve out thickness in a very faint bourbon sort of way to keep it clean. This absolutely oozes down the palate with the ingredients working together in Beautiful Chemistry to git er done. Finish is long and strong. Strong and soothing. Well this one was finished way before I was ready to let it go. For such a powerful brew this drinks painfully easily. Savor this puppy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Pours a pitch black, brown highlights around the edges, with a slightly more than thin dark tan head, lot of lacing. Aroma strong of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and dried fruits. Flavor matches with the addition of molasses and a bitterness I wasnt expecting. Has a nice warmth, but wouldnt have guessed it at 12% ABV. Altogether a very solid impy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (7119) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Pours jet black with a beautiful brown head. Taste is coffee and chocolate. Simple coffee and chocolate. Slight tart finish. Extremely rich. Wow.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle: I forgot who sent this my way, but thanks to whoever that was! Jet black pour with a rich brown head that retains well for the ABV. The aroma has a rich roast presence with notes of black chocolate, black malt char, smoky notes, licorice, mocha- nice! Chewy body with warming smoothness. Smoothly boozy upfront with some underlying plummy notes underneath a huge black malt roast- has flavors of dark chocolate, smoky notes, licorice, fennel, coffee (making it mocha like) and a well hopped finish balancing everything out. Well hidden alcohol, rich yet balanced and rounded. Drinkable. A very well done Imperial Stout made for small doses. Nice!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 19, 2009
pours a deep brown with a tan head. notes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, raisons, some booze, but definitely not overpowering. pretty tasty. slightly sticky mouthfeel. nice body. the 12 % alcohol is very well hidden. pretty good beer

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2009
This is a good one and I was lucky enough to try a bottle thanks to Matt (mphoule). Pours a pitch black that has sort of a brown tinge to it. Has a deep brown head that dissipates but comes back quickly with swirling and also leaves some lacing. Aroma is very nice and complex: coffee, dark chocolate, dried cherries, raisins, roasted malts, milk chocolate. All just blend nicely together and after the brew warmed, some alcohol notes. Flavor starts bitter and then moves to bitter sweet and finishes with a cherry sweetness and a coffee bitterness. Mouth feel was a little on the thin side but was nicely warming, soft carbonation. Overall this was great stuff with very few flaws.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DalzAle (2029) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle courtesy of MrBunn (Thanks!) Syrupy black pour, creamy dark cookie colored head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, espresso and roasted malt. Flavor is sold; heavy bittersweet chocolate and coffee right away, then black cherry, smoke and some vanilla on the finish. On par with some of the more popular imperial stouts.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2009
08 Bottle: Poured a viscous black with no head. Big roasted malt notes in the nose with some complimenting dark fruit and chocolate accents as well. This seemed to be about perfect in the mouth feel dept...slightly thick and silky but not detracting in the least bit. Flavor was roasted malts, dark chocolate, black cherries and a very light brown sugar essence. Great brew by an underappreciated brewery.


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