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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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Im doing my review on my second try of this. Because it was soooo good the first time I though something mushve been wrong. But thankfullly no....Its just as good as I remember it. Black pour with a small tan head and a very good smokey and roasted malts and chocolate. But the flavor is sooooooo outstanding. Chocolate roasted malts and absolutely not trace of alcohol. good mouthfeel and a wonderful finish. I know most wont agree but this is by far the best stout I have ever had. Unbeliveable. I will cellar a few of these.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PoppaK (6) - - MAR 6, 2012 does not count
If you like the imperial stouts, this has to be on your list. Very nice indeed. Comes out strong and bold and mellows with every sip. I have to admit, Ive tried it more than once.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tyler_durden (116) - ITALY - MAR 24, 2013
On tap @ Harvest. Great beer!! I cant imagine a more complex beer. Great great beer!!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sissio (1443) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JAN 18, 2017
bottle @ home 11.0% clear black, almost no chocolate brown head with lacing gianduia, milk chocolate, nuts, licorice, chocolate praline ashy, cocoa, chocolate, hoppy and dark chocolate bitternes a great difference betwen aroma and taste, very impressive

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2006
I love this beer! Seems like it should pour slower, as thick as it looks. A truly enjoyable drinking experience by Darkhorse.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Aroma is a nice dark chocolate oatmeal scent. Pours a midnight black syrupy color. Very strong chocolatey flavor up front, pretty smooth for 12 percent abv. Love this stuff, one of my favorite imperial stouts.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
iStout (14) - - MAY 21, 2014
Well balanced Imperial Stout. The coffee, chocolate and hops are all balanced the way I like them. Similar to my favorites Stone Russian Imperial Stout, and Thirsty Dogs Siberian Night. Its on tap today 5/21/2014 at Rays Place in Kent, Ohio. $9.00 per 12oz. Snifter glass.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
arn8897 (357) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2016 On tap at Middletown fine Wine and Spirits Wednesday night pint night. Pours jet black with a dark khaki head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, licorice and molasses. Taste of the same with some malty sweetness and some smokyness at the finish. Thick creamy mouth feel. Overall one of the better stouts Ive had.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Super thick pour, oozing out as an opaque black mass, and Im certain this will stain my snifter. No head or movement elsewhere. Blessed be. Rich dark chocolate manifests early in the aroma, joining a cast of brown sugared oats, mocha enriched espresso and cinnamon. Wonderful, in a word. Flavor leads in with dark chocolate in full array. Flame licked pecans smothered in a special mocha espresso blend. Traces of alcohol are discernable, but Im already thinking about black currant and hammered French roast coffee beans. Oily, dense mass sludges across the palate. Thick and chewy, and succinct in every way. Finishes like an iced, sugarless coffee. Absolutely beautiful. Big thanks go out to Styles for the bottle!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Wow. Awesome stuff! Pours jet black with no head. Aroma of sweet chocolate. Taste is smooth of roasted chocolate. Malty and nutty in the finish.


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