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Dark Intrigue - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

697 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stakem on 11-25-2010)
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottle
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
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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
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kojevergas

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

C

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 07:23:29 | More by kojevergas
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dogfishandi

New York

3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml cork and caged bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on NOV 10, 2011 (almost 2 years of age)

Nice appearance. Completely opaque black with a nice 3 fingers or so of beige head off the pour. Eventually fades to a thin but retentive layer. Spotty lacing.

Initially smells just a touch faded and oxidized. Also some dark chocolate, deep roasted malt, a touch of dark fruits and a little booze, but more solvent like than bourbon. A bit of oak and bourbon as it warms.

Tastes a bit oxidized, but not as much as the aroma, also the slightest bit tart. Bourbon, caramel, dark chocolate, some dark fruits. Finishes with a roasted malt/ hop bitterness. As it warms some sweet sugars and raisiny fruits come out.

Smooth and creamy with minimal carbonation. Could use a bit more body, but not bad.

Maybe this was better fresher...maybe not....

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 19:20:46 | More by dogfishandi
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brydeen

Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed as part of the Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a deep dark brown, with just a slight bit of light creeping through the edges. A nice creamy tan colored head forms, almost an inch thick, but quickly fades, leaving just a sticky ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet aroma of molasses, candy sugar, and dark fruits. A faint roastiness is hiding behind the sweetness. On first guess this is some type of Quad, or at least an interpretation of one.

T: Bittersweet decadence right off the bat. A surprise bitterness from some hops or bittersweet chocolate, mixed with a rich sweetness. Raisins, dates, and molasses follow nose. Some sweet RIS qualities, I think I'm changing directions. A faint warming sensation from the alcohol, but not boozy. Despite being very sweet, it's oddly easy drinking.

M: Luxuriously thick and creamy. A big full-bodied brew, with just the right amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden extremely well, with just the faint warming finish.

O: This is a very tasty beer, although I'm not sure at all what it is. Continues to get better as it comes to room temp, and really is a sweet treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 23:07:55 | More by brydeen
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in Nov 2011

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a rather modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet leaving some squiggles of lace behind

Smell: Fudge and Bourbon, with undertones of oak

Taste: Fudge, up front, with the Bourbon developing mid-palate along with a rather harsh bitter quality from what is left of the hops; a touch of fusel alcohol appears, after the swallow, though the finish brings back the chocolate and Bourbon tones

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I was surprised to find this at Once Upon a Vine South (there is another bottle I left behind in case anybody wants it) so long after its release date; I truly expected more from Victory but having read the reviews I can now see why they retired this beer - it didn't start out great and while it may have mellowed out somewhat by now, it hasn't matured into anything to write home about either

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 00:47:18 | More by brentk56
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled November 10, 2011

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some very dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dark tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of oak, bourbon, vanilla, and dark roasted malts. Lighter amounts of chocolate are also present - the overall aroma strengthens as the beer warms.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with some lighter notes of dark chocolate. That is followed by some light to moderate flavors of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fades slowly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Over time with the aging, the booziness of this beer has really mellowed and the bourbon/barrel flavors have improved. I think this beer is actually better with a little age on it than it was when it was first released.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 17:39:02 | More by dbrauneis
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark and nearly opaque with a faint reddish/brown hue. It poured with an inch of fluffy brown foam that showed good head retention and left sticky lacing on the glass. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, roast, slight booze. Pretty nice overall with the sharp edges rounded out. The flavour was mostly bourbon and caramel with some roast, booze, and malt presence, bitter alcohol finish, and faint vanilla. Full bodied with creamy, lowish carbonation, smooth but boozy, leaving it a bit rough on the palate. Pretty good overall, but a little heavy on the bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:56:16 | More by DrJay
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a decent sized beige head that recedes quickly leaving some clumps of lacing.

Lots of oak in the aroma. Good charred oak notes along with bourbon vanilla and roasted malts. A few dark fruits peak in as well with an earthy hop presence. The barrel really stands out on the aroma.

..and on the flavor. Flavor follows closely with a good roasty malt profile along with some earthy hops. Tons more charred oak, vanilla and a good smooth bourbon profile alongside.

Medium to thick bodied with a good creaminess. Carbonation is a bit higher than most BA stouts, but it works well with the hops.

A very nice surprised and bummed to hear they don't make this anymore. Never been a big fan of non-lager Victory stuff, but this was one of my favorites of the night. I usually prefer my BA stouts, bourbon heavy. It's present here, but let's the good charred oak steal the show.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 20:42:43 | More by jmarsh123
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottled November 2011. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a three finger light brown head that leaves some clumpy rings of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is oak, charred oak, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, some coffee & chocolate, burnt marshmallow, dark fruit, earthy hops. Good to very good strength.

Flavor follows suit, roasted malts, vanilla, oak, bourbon, burnt malts, coffee, chocolate, dates, raisins, dark fruit, marshmallow, anise, Storm King’s signature hop bite, mild to moderate sweetness, good bitterness, some alcohol. Pretty oaky. More oak than bourbon.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy but with a good carbonation bite.

A nice step up from the regular Storm King, although it retains a lot of the base beer’s character. A lot of charred oak presence and the bourbon is there but not overpowering. There are certainly better barrel-aged Stouts out there, but this is pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 08:41:18 | More by elgiacomo
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Possibly my first and last time with this brew since it since has retired.
While pouring into my yeti tulip a tall desent head was produced. It had a beige mocha head, dense and left some sticky lacing on the glass. The color was super dark brown.
Aromatic aere sweet malts with hints of roasted malts. Oak barrels are light and warming alcohol that clears the senses.
A well tasting beer with balanced flavors. Most promiment is the roasted malts followed by church pews and bitter coffee though the coffee is quite sutle. Ididn't pick up much bourbon in the taste but I did taste the oak. The alcohol is quite present and has a lingering warming effect which is perfect for standing around the hearth on those cold winter nights. Drinks smooth on the palette with a bitterness that gripes the tongue.
This beer sat in my garage for a long while before i got to it and i wonder if it has mellowed.
Judging by other reviews i would say yes.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 12:22:39 | More by micromaniac129
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prototypic

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled November 10, 2011

Dark Intrigue pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s pitch black and very ominous looking. No light cuts through at all. A tan head covers the top and rises to about a finger and a half in height. Retention was pretty impressive. It hung around for a while. Lacing was definitely sticky, but lighter. Looks good.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a strong chocolate malt scent. It certainly smells sweet and sugary. It’s somewhat reminiscent of a Milk Stout in that respect. There are some roasted malt notes, but they clearly take a back seat to the chocolate variety. Bourbon is easily noted. It smells moderately strong. It’s a nice complement to the other elements smells pretty good. Secondary scents of vanilla, light dark fruit, and alcohol round it out. The alcohol comes through, but doesn’t seem overbearing. Smells good to this guy.

The flavor starts out with a nice mix of chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. The chocolate flavors are a mix of cocoa, bittersweet dark chocolate, and sweet milk chocolate. It is sugary and sweet. I stand by the Milk Stout comparison. Roasted malt notes and burnt coffee come through very strong in flavor. Honestly, that bit’s just okay. Not great. Bourbon is noted, but isn’t all that strong. It plays a complementary role well. Unfortunately, the strong roasted and burnt notes tend to suffocate the bourbon flavor a bit too much. Vanilla, dark fruit, and alcohol finish it off. Alcohol is a bit strong and warm. Finishes roasty, burnt, and a little boozy. It’s just okay.

The body is definitely on the light side of medium. Feels thin and insubstantial. More body is definitely needed. It goes down alright. It’s a bit big and boozy. Tastes just okay. Finishing off this 750 will be a chore.

Dark Intrigue is definitely intriguing. I had high hopes, but it’s just okay. In my opinion, it’s not nearly as good as Storm King. The bourbon flavor seems a little too muted by the strong roasted and burnt notes. Alcohol is also a bit strong. It’s okay, but is ultimately a missed opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 05:26:51 | More by prototypic
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle, corked and caged. Bottled 11/19/10.

Had it fresh, now drinking one of the bottles from the cellar. appears jet black. thin tan head that fades. a lot of whiskey in the nose. boozy, vanilla, oak. slight roast. the taste has none o f of the hops of Storm King. bittersweet roasted malt, bourbon finish and aftertaste. thick body, but good level of carbonation to ease drinkability. overall - it's probably an improvement over fresh, I still prefer regular Storm King.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 03:06:08 | More by jmdrpi
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10 Nov 2011. Black-brown pour with a two finger beige head with decent retention and great lacing. Big woody nose is dominated by the bourbon and oak along with hints of booze, roasted malt, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. The bourbon and oak remain the stars in the taste. Sweet roasty malts, tobacco, vanilla, bitter chocolate, subtle citrusy hops, and just a touch of peat round out a nicely complex beer. The mouthfeel started out a bit fizzy for a stout, but as it came to temperature it became smooth and creamy with a great tangy, bitter hop finish. Extremely drinkable for a big beer. Overall this one surprised as I had read some disappointing reviews. The only possible fault I can find with it is that it's just a bit sweet. Other than that, this is a great beer. It's a shame Victory is retiring it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 21:16:04 | More by beerdrifter
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/10/11.

Dark black pour with maybe a slight hint of brown around the edges. 1-finger of dark mocha head atop the glass. Decent head retention and light lace strands.

Nose is oaked bourbon with light coffee and citrus hops coming through. Complex enough and the bourbon has mellowed out very nicely.

Much more coffee with the addition of dark chocolate than in the nose. Bourbon is a little stronger here, especially on the exhale. Alcohol is definitely felt in addition to the bourbon burn. Roast malt balance. Nice citrus hops on exhale. Very much to my liking.

Just a bit thin for an RIS. I'd like more malt body here.

Overall, nicely done and aged well with a year on it. I have one more in the cellar and will break that out towards the end of 2013.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 02:37:53 | More by beer2day
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ML bottle, served in a snifter. Bottled 11/10/11, reviewed 12/23/12.

A - Pours a deep black with a two fingered tan head(aggressive pour), dissipates into a thin cap that has some staying power. Leaves some lacing.

S - Malty with some whiskey, stale bread/crackers, oak and wood, alcohol. Something else thats pungent, reminds me of a peated irish whiskey that I had before. Peat moss?

T - A lot going on in the flavor. Roasted malt, coffee, bourbon, oak, finishes with a citrusy/piney hop bitterness. Alcohol heat in the flavor and warms your chest on the way down. Notes of chocolate.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation. Very thick and heavy, I probably should be sharing this bottle.

O - Okay overall. Something in the aroma and taste that I'm not enjoying that's affecting the good aspects.(realized later that this is the peated whiskey flavor/smell I mentioned above.) I wish I had tasted a fresher bottle so I had something to compare it to.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:35:44 | More by Profchaos20
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$15 for the 750mL, served in a mini snifter
Bottled in 10NOV11
Sampled 14OCT12

[A] Served at cellar temp. Audible pop upon uncorking. A rather slow pour produces a healthy 1 finger head, medium brown in color, compact/creamy in texture. Excellent retention plus a thick foamy collar. Good lacing coverage in half sheets and random drooping straggles. Pitch black body.

[S] Clean but intense bourbon presence. Toasted barrel, buttery caramel - lightly rendered - and sharp alcohol. Complexity is at a minimum.

[T] The big bourbon flavor more-than-less overshadows the nuance of the character malts. General toasted/roasted quality, oak and a faint, creamy vanilla that I couldn't pick up on the nose. Perhaps just a hint of coconut. Alcohol provides a fair amount of heat that warms the tongue and throat from the belly up. Aftertaste isn't particularly impressive.

[M] Medium to medium full and nothing more. The carbonation cuts through the body (not that it's necessarily over carbonated) but definitely more prickly than it should be for the style. Sweetness:bitterness:dryness ratio is in line, but the overall mouthfeel just isn't where it should be.

[O] Victory's fans had wanted a barrel aged, special release beer for a while. The release of Dark Intrigue didn't exactly satisfy the craving for a variety of reasons. But, the second release is a better beer than the first. The most recent release is decent and completely palatable, but nothing to get excited over - especially for a BBA beer - especially for the highly competent Victory brewers - and ESPECIALLY for the geeky beer crowd.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 13:48:00 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Bottled on Nov 09 2011. Score.

A- Pours a solidly opaque black color with a 3/4 inch tan head that bears good retention time before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam. Thick ring of resilient lacing.

S- Strong alcohol with some oak and heavy roast in the back. Astringent.

T- Balanced roastiness along with a high amount of bitterness. Oak is also there. Packs a nice booze punch but is restrained enough to harmonize with the rest of the flavors and not produce a large amount of heat. Surprisingly drinkable.

M- Chewy and sharp with a lingering burn in the back of the throat. Medium carbonation and a thick, robust body.

O- Totally didn't notice the bottling date when I purchased this but I'm very pleased with the outcome. A great beer that I haven't had in years and never with this much age on it. Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 00:56:28 | More by Immortale25
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mactrail

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big nose of bourbon and vanilla. Attractive dark brown, darker than coffee, but amber colored when you get down to the last finger. Robust head with fine lacing.

After the vast mouthful of wood and booze, the surprise is how dry this is. Quite intensely flavored. Seriously hot with alcohol. It smells and tastes even stronger than the ABV would indicate. One of the least sweet Imperial Stouts I've had. The flavors are all on the dark side, with a good dose of charred grain and burnt sugar. Fairly modest bitterness. It's hard to taste any hops between the heat and the blackened malt. Quite an impressive brew to sip, though it's hotter and thinner than I like for an after-dinner drink.

From the 750 ml bottle bought in Denver. The label reads "bottled on Nov 10 2011."

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 04:55:33 | More by mactrail
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herman77

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/10/11

A: Black with a big and bubbly light brown head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate, roasted malt. Picking up some bourbon, oak and hops. Not sure from what, but there is kind of an odd sweet/sour smell... Hope it's not infected. Hopefully its from the combo of the oak, bourbon and huge hoppiness that is found in Storm King.

T: Not infected. It's Storm King with a bit of bourbon and a lot of oak. Still fairly hoppy after a year.This one is lighter on the bourbon for sure.

M: Fuller body. Higher carbonation because of the bottle conditioning. Even with the carbonation it's fairly creamy.

O: Decent drinkability. A good twist, but the hoppiness of Storm King does not mesh too well with the bourbon for me. I still like it, but I don't think I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:27:12 | More by herman77
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on November 10/2011. Poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Black. Half a finger of mocha coloured head.

S- Huge roast aroma up front. Milk chocolate and light coffee present as well as the base beer dominates the nose with the barrel notes very much secondary. Some bourbon and vanilla are present in the background.

T - Very big alcohol presence up front that is very distracting throughout. Roast is dominant with some chocolate and dark caramel. Barrel qualities are present as well but very much secondary as the nose indicated - lighter charred oak and bourbon notes come through. The various flavours are nice but are very poorly integrated: the base beer and the barrel don't come together at all. Throw in the massive alcohol presence and this one is very rough overall.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - This has some potential but it didn't come together well at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 15:58:40 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled November 10, 2011 - A week shy of its 1st birthday...

A - A finger plus some of tightly packed lush creamy dark brown colored head - far from rocky, but there are a couple of craters... Decent retention gives way to a full lacing with the same lush creaminess... The color teeters between dark brown and black... Some light can be seen leaking in around the edges of the over sized snifter... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Lovely nose... The bourbon barrel aging is undeniable... It's at the forefront, but far from overpowering... Raisins, roasted malt, and cocoa notes are next and come in equal proportions... Perhaps some very light smokey notes as well... Well rounded and very pleasant...

T - The palate is an unbalanced mess... The alcohol burn reaches epic proportion with zero traces of smoothness... There is a strong burnt character that lies beneath the surface... Any of Storm King's dominating flavors are absent in this rendition...

M - Medium to full bodied... Limited carbonation... The boozy burn is present throughout and continues to linger in the chest after each and every sip...

D - Excellent appearance and aroma aren't enough to overcome the burnt boozy mess that dominates the flavor profile... From there, it just does down hill... I'm a huge fan of both Victory and Storm King, but this one misses the mark (by a mile)... I hope they've learned something from this endeavor and produce improved products with there soon to be released barrel aged offerings... Clearly not something that I could recommend nor would I seek out again in the future...

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 02:36:15 | More by philbe311
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bottle from last year. are they even still making this? in any event, it pours a coffee black color with a bold tan head that slowly dies. it smells a lot like whiskey, maybe even too much so. its trumping the dark smokey malt profile and the subtle dark chocolate notes almost completely. the flavor is good, but again, its dominated by the whiskey character. charcoal and vanilla and booze are what i taste here, hardly any room left for the chocolately storm king to be recognized. i like this beer, but the proportions are off a little bit. the storm king is a huge complex beer and its being totally covered up by the whiskey. the beer has a nice feel though, with a full but not too thick body, and a gentle bubbly vibe. the alcohol is intense in this one, especially as it gets warmer. an impressive brew all up, but id like to see it maybe spend a little less time in the barrels so as to retain more of the storm king's best features.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 18:49:24 | More by StonedTrippin
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matttttYCE

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours with a nice 2 finger head that's light tan in color and nearly foamy, lace sticking to the sides of the glass quite nicely. The beer is pitch black dark, and intriguing. :)

At first, I'm thinking the aroma is a little bland but then the beer warms up a tad and it's much better. Smooth and balanced nose for sure, though. Plenty of rich malty and chocolate notes, milk chocolate mostly. Then I get lighter bourbon notes, oak (stronger than the bourbon), hints of toasted coconut and vanilla. Also in the background are note of leather and dark fruits.

Taste is very nice, much like the aroma. Sweet luscious malts and chocolate, oak, light bourbon hints, coconut, touch of vanilla, light coffee notes and bitterness, with notes of caramel and dark fruits in the background.

Smooth and velvety body, creamy medium consistency, with a moderately high carbonation, and a smooth, wet finish.

Overall this is a pretty damn good beer, let alone a -bal aged stout. I had my doubts after reading some of the reviews that paint it slightly negative light, but this one proved to be quite good. This was a 2011 bottling, not sure exactly who I got if from but thank you very much! It was absolutely appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 08:04:15 | More by matttttYCE
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cosmicevan

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to mike for picking this one up for me. enjoyed from a ccb snifter. bottled nov 10, 2011 (or so it seems).

a - stouty black with a fairly generous full finger of creamy mocha tan bubbly head. hung out for a while. streaky lacing.

s - nice chocolate notes. fairly balanced and smooth smelling. milk chocolate. a bit decadent. slight glazing of bourbon. quite nice.

t - yum. VERY balanced. nice soft milk chocolate with very soft booze and wood notes. like chocolate milk. delicious.

m - smooth and soft. not big and not boozy. not roasty or bold. leaves a tingle, but all in all very chocolate milk.

o - overall, i am rather impressed by this beer. the heat is well integrated...i only notice it in the zing left in my mouth. nicely integrated flavors, but not all that strong on the barrel aging. great milk chocolate notes and flavors. i browsed through some reviews...not sure if there is a lot of bottle variation, but every other review says TONS of bourbon or minimal bourbon...my bottle fell on the minimal bourbon side of the spectrum and i dug it. not earth shattering, but really good.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 02:53:13 | More by cosmicevan
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