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RATINGS: 1192   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Its 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Half of a bottle that the owner of a local store got on his last visit to Marshall and very graciously split with me. There were only 7 left, they gave him this one, and the other 6 are going to GABF as part of Dark Horses first entry to GABF. Pours increadibly calm and dark oozing from the neck like oil and sits black with no activity. Aroma is all roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee hiding the alcohol completely from the nose. Granted, this bottle is a couple years old since they havent brewed this in awhile so the advertised large wave of hops was not present in the aroma, or in the nose but it still has something going for it in its nice presentation of malts and dark fruits in the flavor. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt mixing with some raisin and a hint of some vanilla round out a beer that seems to have stood up pretty well. Other than the fact that there are no hop flavors or aroma I would say that the age has not added any off flavors. I understand that they are going to begin brewing this again this fall so I very much look forward to having this fresh.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (3154) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 23, 2017
Vanilla and lots of licorice here in the nose and taste. A bit of bourbon lingers and adds to the taste as this stays in the mouth. Alcohol hidden very nicely. Dark with tan head. Lots of roasted and toasted notes. Straight-forward, did not pick up any interesting things like fruit.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiwkoLiwko (269) - POLAND - APR 22, 2017
Mleczna kawa. Czekolada. Dobrze ukryty alkohol. Przyjemne. Niczego jednak nie urywa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsnicholas (580) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2017
UPDATED: APR 21, 2017 Bottle (12oz). Black with nearly no head. Roasty aroma. Taste of chocholate first then some coffee bitterness. Light carbonation. Full body. Some smokiness too. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (6595) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2017
Aroma is chocolate/dark chocolate, dark malts, coffee and a hint of dry earthiness. The flavor is chocolate/dark chocolate, coffee, dark malts, mild dark fruit/fruit and a mix of big acidity and slight spiciness/alcohol in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
basjansen14 (248) - NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2017
Zwart kleurig bier met een bruine kleine schuimkraag. Aroma: geroosterde mout, koffie, mokka, karamel en wat alcohol. Smaak: geroosterde mout, drop, koffie, mokka en wat alcohol. Vol en romig mondgevoel met redelijk wat koolzuur, wat van mij wel wat minder had gemogen. Verder een erg goede imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehaak26 (423) - - APR 10, 2017
Bottle from Liquor Barn into a snifter. Lots of roasted malt, some coffee, hop bitterness.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
willisread (3150) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - APR 9, 2017
Tap at Mellow. Pours a murky, dark brown with a small head that dissipates quickly. Yeasty aromas. Cacao nib and faint coffee aromas. Boozy on the palate, roasty bitterness. Very gritty on the palate, like a French press almost. Something doesnt feel right, as this is usually a classic. Will try again if i see it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (3443) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 5, 2017
Dark black body, brown head, some lacing. Roast cocoa, malts, lactose, coffee aroma. Taste is rich sweet, dried fruit, anise, cocoa, dry and bitter. Nice imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
langeveld12 (522) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2017
This stout is exactly the way I like it. Full bodied, smooth and loaded with roasted malts and hops. The balance in this beer is incredible. Every flavor has its place without surpressing others. I also like the subtlety of this beer. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (4800) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Thought Id rated this... draft at Giant Eagle in Grandview: black pour, brown head. aroma of chocolate, roasted malts. tastes are cocoa, roasty, rich, dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, faint licorice, light bitter, espresso, boozy. medium oil slick palate. drinks crazy easy for abv.


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