Dark Intrigue - Victory Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Review 2400! 750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/10/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lists. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, prune, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, bourbon, pine, grass, and bourbon/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, prune, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, bourbon, pine, grass, and bourbon/oak earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, raisin, prune, vanilla, toffee, toast, oak, bourbon, pine, and bourbon/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate hop flavors; with a very nice malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged imperial stout. All around good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 00:41:07 | More by superspak
3.64/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - 2011 Bottle poured into a HIghland Snifter. Pours dark brown with a finger of khaki head that dissipates quickly leaving a small amount of lacing.
S - All bourbon on the nose. Some underlying vanilla, and a touch of sweetness like burnt sugar.
T - Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Bourbon up front with some vanilla in the background. Chocolate and roasted malts come through on the back end, w/ a bit of acidity and alcohol in the aftertaste.
M - Not overly thick, but oily. It coats the mouth, but could use some more body. Medium carbonation, which feels right for the beer.
O - This isn't a bad beer, but it's sorely lacking in complexity. The dark fruit aromas and tastes that I've come to love in this style of beer are not present. No real coffee flavors either. The bourbon is definitely present, but so is the alcohol even after a few years in the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2014 00:39:25 | More by SCbrewpubfan
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Bottled on Nov. 9, 2011
Ap - Fluffy, khaki head that comes back to life after a quick swirl.there is very minimal lace. Deep space black body.
Ar - Oak, dark chocolate, notes of bourbon. Vanilla cones through as it opens up.
T - Very similar to nose. It's very simple, yet complex. I think the flavors are all blended together. Roast/Char malty character is present, too.
M - Thick, viscous, near perfect for a stout!
O - Bitter, bourbon, oaky, chocolate bomb. A great RIS. This one just seems to have too much of a good thing for me. (Is that possible?)
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2014 15:31:11 | More by KVNBGRY
3.81/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2011 vintage, 22 oz, purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.
Pours a dark, intense black. Not much head or carbonation present here.
Smells like dark roasted malt, and some grain alcohol.
Taste is pretty similar, very roasty and delicious, but somehow, this 2.5 year bottle is still boozy. Medicinal alcohol is present at the end of each sip, dropping the drinkability with astringency. Additional flavors include woodiness, vanilla, and chocolate.
A little bit thin for a BA beer, but well carbonated, and creamy.
Not one of Victory's best beers, and it might be past its prime here. Nonetheless, it's pretty tasty, and I'm glad I picked it up.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 02:57:26 | More by GreesyFizeek
2.95/5 rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25
Thanks to Duff27 for the bottle. "Bottled On: Nov 10 2011." 750ml brown glass bottle with unbranded gold hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork and appealing label art served into a Guinness stem-goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and the fact that this is a bourbon barrel aged version of Storm King - a beer I dug.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Not the rich dark tan colour that I love in an imperial stout, but is still appealing. Nice creaminess and thickness. Smooth even consistency. Complexion could be softer. Uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 5 minutes.
Body colour is an opaque solid black. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears overcarbonated judging by the abundant cola-esque bubbles crowding the underside of the goblet.
Overall, it's appealing, but unremarkable - especially for a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. I'd like it creamier, fuller, and darker. A better head would be helpful as well. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's far from unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.
Sm: Dominant bourbon is the first thing I notice. It's aggressive without overwhelming the other notes. Light vanilla evokes neither true vanilla bean on the high end nor artificial vanillicin on the low end. Noticeable oak, but no toasty character or refined soaky wood notes. Obligatory dark malts and chocolate malts. Unfortunately, I'm not finding any roasted barley character, which is essential in a great imperial stout. Cocoa powder. Plenty of malty sweetness. A hint of insipid coffee. A very faint burnt character is detectable as well.
Certainly not a hoppy imperial stout. I don't get any yeast character or alcohol from the aroma. Frankly, it just isn't all that evocative; each note feels very shallow and surface. It's a bit reticent overall, but I'm optimistic given the base beer. It's a pleasant aroma of below average strength.
T: Hm. Unfortunately, the taste is as shallow as the aroma suggested. Very surface notes of dark malts and chocolate malts provide the body, with complementary notes of cocoa powder, light ash/burnt character, and some malty sweetness. The bourbon is well-integrated but fairly artificial; I wonder about the quality of the bourbon used. There are one-dimensional notes of artificial vanilla and reticent-as-hell oak (with no toasty or refined qualities).
Somehow though, there's no booziness or alcohol presence. I'm not finding any coffee either. There's also no yeast or hop character.
On the sweeter side overall, though the slight burnt character does curb that a bit.
It's damned simple. I'm a bit surprised; the base beer was pretty complex. Could age have muted the flavour profile? This beer lacks complexity, subtlety, nuance, and intricacy. It's balanced, sure, but there's not that much going on to balance. I wonder how this drank fresh. It's cohesive, but far from gestalt. I'm really disappointed. Painfully shallow for the style. Below average intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour.
The key to a great bourbon barrel stout is using the bourbon notes to develop the natural nuances of the base beer. This is uncommon in that it isn't the bourbon overwhelming the base that is the issue, it's the fact that the base beer is nowhere to be found. This level of simplicity is staggering.
Mf: Chalky, with a strange muted presence on the palate. Smooth and wet. Too airy and light. It needs more body, weight, and thickness. Lacks punch. I feel like the texture doesn't fully facilitate each note from the flavour profile. Where's the oomph, victory? Sure, it's not boozy or hot, but an imperial stout needs to be more bold and assertive. It's a clean mouthfeel with no yeasty sediment, gushed quality, or harshness, but it comes off weak. Almost Guinness-esque.
The texture does not complement the taste well.
Dr: I'll finish the bottle with relative ease. The mouthfeel enhances drinkability because it's so silky and light, but the beer loses power and presence as a trade-off. The mouthfeel and simplicity of this beer really hold it back. I prefer regular Storm King and can see why they retired this brew. I'd like to see Victory re-try a barrel aged Storm King in the future, preferably with a superior bourbon and more care regarding the mouthfeel. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I'm glad I got to try it. Thanks, Duff27!
Bottom line: Serious missed potential from Victory, Dark Intrigue fails to use bourbon barrel notes to develop or enhance the notes of the base beer, and really commits a faux pas with the light airy texture.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2013 07:23:29 | More by kojevergas
Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.