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Dark Intrigue - Victory Brewing Company

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718 Ratings

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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 62
Gots: 296 | FT: 11
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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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle receive din a BIF recetnly, had never had it so I was thrilled to get it. Thanks.

Beer is black, with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retnetion, low carbonation.

Aroma is really sweet, like syrup, no roast or other malts detected.

Beer is also big bodied and quite sweet, mildly bitter finish. Not a lot of liquor in this one, at least not as much as other big barreled stouts but overall it is a nice beer. I'd have it again. I really don't understand the love hate relationship people have with this beer, there is nothing bad about it.

Photo of TheDarkKnight
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of ShanePB
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle, shared courtesy of Nick. Opened for purposes of a video review and transcribed from the footage. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Deep dark brown but certainly not a true black colored body. Burgundy hues around the edges. Small off-white/tan head with tight bubbles around. Minor lacing and only a thin retention ring is left behind. Not your expected appearance for a bourbon barrel aged stout.

S: Weak on the nose - dark chocolate and caramel malts, bitter pine hop notes, and a slight woodiness. Where's the bourbon? Honestly, there's really none here. The basic malt characters, hop aromas and wood elements overtake any of the bourbon character that is potentially here. Good but certainly not great.

T: Storm King matured wraps it up. Chocolate malts, slight roast, bitter green hops, and a touch of warming alcohol (not bourbon). Surprisingly this is still quite hoppy which I thought the barrel treatment would have destroyed. Very strange, lacking almost all traces of bourbon save the finish. You need to really open your mind and stretch. It might just be me trying so hard that I start imagining I'm tasting bourbon...

M: Well carbonated almost too much for the style, but it does retain a nice feel without going into the watery/thin realm. Dry from the wood on the finish.

Not that this is by any means a bad beer, but it's a disappointing beer. I don't know if there are enough elements differentiating this from regular Storm King. Especially not enough to warrant plastering "Bourbon Barrel Aged" on the label. While it may have been, those typical notes that the barrels impart are seriously muted in this beer. Good, but not great.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Centennial
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of hippityhops85
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 bottle opened approximately a year from it's release. 750 ml bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance is opaque black with a thin tan lacing that quickly dissipates to practically nothing.

The nose has some odd characteristics to it. The bourbon is present along with the dark malts but there also seems to be a slight acidic, almost vinous note to it. Hmm.

The taste is a lot lighter than I would have expected. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak do shine through along with the dark fruits of the base beer but the carbonation and general mouth feel are not what I think they should be. Disappointing.

This review actually solidified my decision not to attend the release this year. It's not a "bad" beer by any stretch just not something I'm willing to go out of my way for. I will, however, pick up a bottle or two if I see this year's in distribution.

Photo of russwbeck
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Dark Intrigue Release. Served insanely cold.

Black pour with about a finger of light brown head. Lacing is very nice but the head doesn't stick around for a very long time. 4

The smell has a lot of vanilla and is a bit boozy with a nice amount of bourbon. Mix all of that with a nice roastiness and
some chocolate and you have a beer that, IMO, has improved a lot from Batch 1. 4.5

The beer starts with chocolate and is taken over quickly by bourbon. Which hangs around for a while and is complimented by vanilla and oak. The finish is boozy and roasty. The bourbon is a bit intrusive and I wish it had some more typical stout characteristics. As the beer warms up, the booze and bourbon come out a lot more. The chocolate is still there, but the roastiness steps back a bit. Still, overall, tastes better than Batch 1. 3.5

A bit thin and carbonated just below average. Boozy warming alcohol sensation on the backend. 3

I liked this better in basically every category than Batch 1. At least this on tap version tastes a bit more balanced. Had a great time at the release, hope it ages well! 4

Photo of larryi86
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 2011, poured into a snifter

A- Black with a three finger tan head.

S- Storm King with a touch of bourbon, not really getting much of the barrel in the nose.

T- Roast malts, chocolate malts, oak, bourbon, still has some of Storm King's hoppiness but the bourbon balances it out in the finish. Bourbon was a little hot on the first sip, but seems more balanced now.

M- Creamy, full body.

O- A very enjoyable sipper. I have had better bourbon barrel aged stouts, but this is still good. I am looking forward to drinking my remaining bottles, but I don't think it is an improvement to Strom King.

Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AgentZero
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Appropriate looking big stout. Opaque, black colored beer with a decent tan head that rose up about a half a finger and disappeared shortly.

S - Pretty nice smelling beer. Has some good vanilla, bit of chocolate, touch of roast. There's a good bit of bourbon in here, smells a touch hot, but not necessarily a bad thing.

T - Doesn't taste as good as the nose. In fact, it's not all that good period. Not bad on the front, with some chocolate and a bit of roast. Bourbon makes it a bit boozy, could do with some time to cool down. Finish is really bitter and astringent, really not working here.

M - A bit on the thin side, lower carbonation. One more example of something that didn't quite go right with this beer.

O - Not really a beer I cared for. Sticking it in a barrel didn't seem to help a lot. Maybe this will get a bit better with some age, but it doesn't have great balance, so I'm not optimistic.

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BeerThursdays
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of pwoody11
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of london1o1
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of JMRSN
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Kaydogg
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer appears dark brown, nearing black. Dense, oily beige head with a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is hoppy (interesting), roasty...smells like Storm King with bourbon...shocker. Drinking this alongside Czar Jack (which is superior). A fun comparison of barrel aged stouts. I like this one. A little smoother than Storm King. Perhaps an abundance of hop character, as aggressive hops interfere with bourbon barrel qualities. Lingering bitterness in the finish. A good beer.

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jdiddy for sharing this one. 2010 vintage. Pours one shade shy of black with an 1/8th inch head that dissipates into skim and a thin band around the shoulders. Nose expresses dark malts, a buttery/diacetyl quality, a suggestion of the barrel and some tart vinous notes. Taste follows nose with the addition of a slight bitterness. That said, a weird medicinal aftertaste lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency with a slightly acidic tinge. Carbonation is even and balanced. I have to say that I had a little difficulty with this beer - it started out good, but then fell apart for me towards the finish in both flavor and mouthfeel. Not something I feel the need to revisit again.

Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the generous trader dfclav (I mean, who sends an extra Parabola in a trade for 3 Parabola?) for this bottle in a springtime trade. 750 ML bottle split into two snifters before watching the final episode of House, Season 6.

Cork & cage pops with the gentle removal of the cork, & the brew pours card table chair black. The owl frowns at me. Bourbon is evident from several feet away; wife identified it before the glass crossed the room. Gargantuan roast plucks at the nose hairs, wow. This is a brute-smelling beast of a beer.

Dark Intrigue ain't no summer patio swiller. Taste tailgates the nose: huge bourbon notes loiters with hearty roasts, crossing into ashy. Powdered chocolate, vanilla are strong, but slip into the background beneath the dominators. Vanishingly small pieces of sweet malt. Light, slightly grimy hops surprise in the aftertaste, even after a good time in the bottle. Charoal & bourbon seize the tongue on the downhill slide & stick to everything they touch. Sticky. Full. Heavy. Yet not tough to drink, because, dammit, it's tasty.

This is a far cry better than the base beer. Didn't seek this one out actively because I find Storm King mediocre at best, but this the barrels really make this one shine. Excellent beer, & possibly the biggest positive delta between the base/barrel-aged beer for me to date.

Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.