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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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GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Thick black pour with a brown mocha head. Roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa. The taste is wow- roasted malt, especially in the finish, chocolate, cocoa, nice creamy combination. It coats the mouth. It has a little sweetness to it. Some lacing on the glass.There was a little alcohol in the nose, and as it warms, it becomes more apparent in the flavor.

4.5
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Dan’s Bachelor Party Extended Weekend Rating #81 of 90. Thanks for the hookup Sprinkle. Bottle. Pours pitch black with dark tan head. Nose is molasses, oatmeal, snickerdoodle cookies and faint dark fruits with some brown sugar hints. Starts pretty bitter chocolate with black coffee, sweet/dark malts, slgithly syrupy and hidden ABV. Really great flavor and great to savor.

3.8
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle thanks to TampaBrew for sharing. Poured black with a thin brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, alcohol, and hops. Full bodiedand very smooth. Lots of chocolate flavors and hard roasted malts. Pretty dry but very good. Finish is mildly bitter.

3.6
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of the Binnys Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). It will take a champ to follow up my first brew of the night.. so I chose no slouch. Pours a thick oily black, opaque in the glass with small dark brown head that laces a bit, stays at that level. Aromas are heavy malts, pushing heavy caramel and toffee, chocolate, and roasted malts, thick with a largely sweeter feel, lacking hops. Initial is thick and chevy bodied, a heavy dark fruit and caramel sweetness followed by some sweeter chocolate and brown sugar, a touch of bitter chocolate and roasted feeling. This is a sweetness forward brew, preaching dark fruits, syrup, caramel, and some sweeter chocolate about all else. Further in, cookies and black olives work their way into the equation, which the latter ends up a bit distracting. Finish is lightly bitter with a coating body and more potent sweetness and warming alcohol feeling. The hops come in a bit heavier further into the brew, which vindicates it somewhat. Ok Imperial Stout.. not something I’d likely revisit with all the other better options available.

4.1
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of retorp. Pours a dark brown to black with one finger tan yellow head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, brown sugar, some hints of maple syrup. Flavor is roasted and malty with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, ripe dark fruit, some molasses and caramel. Generally medium to full body with a pleasing roasted malty finish.

3.8
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
( 12oz bottle) Pours black with no head but coats the glass well and good lacing. Nose of sweet chocolate, coffee and smoky malts. Taste is sweet chocolate cake, syrupy and delicious.

4.5
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 28, 2009
bottle courtesy of flacoalto, thanks man! wow! what a nice beer! smells of prunes and burnt molasses. pours a dark black with dark brown head. taste is of lots of bittersweet fruits and malts, lots of chocolate coming through in the taste and the smell as well. notes of coffee and smokey bourbon, yet the huge alcohol isn’t noticable at all imo. excellent beer!

4.3
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2009
2008 Bottle - Pours thick and almost black with a small dark brown head...aroma is full of chocolate malt, vanilla and dark roast...flavour is all that and more, dark fruit, charred wood bitterness, cream...warming but not hot, this was awesome!

4.3
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Bottle from Ross? Pours a viscous black with dissipating brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Full bodied with a creamy texture , and slides like silk as is goes down. Flavor of dark bakers chocolate, roast, coffee, and a slight hint of black licorice. Attenuation leans toward sweet just a tad. Bitterness does not come in until the finish, but is not overwhelming for the experience palate. Warming without being boozy. Very nice

4.1
mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2009
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. black with a khaki head. nose is bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts and maple syrup. very nice on the palate with a smooth flavor of roasted malts and chocolate. i had no idea this beer was even close to 12%.


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