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Dark Intrigue - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

723 Ratings

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 65
Gots: 291 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: stakem on 11-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Florida9
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, almost black, in color. Forms a bubbly tan ehad that slowly reduces down to a stable surface coating. Leaves some very light lacing.

S: Smells of coffee, roasted malts, oak, and a slight (cheap coffee) sourness.

T: More roasted malts, coffee, and a little vanilla. Then oak and a dark brown sugar, vanilla sweetness on the finish.

M: Full bodied, but not quite heavy. Mild carbonation and a tannic astringent bitterness, presumably from the barrel aging.

O: Overall, a fairly decent beer. Not sure that the barrel aging does much for it, as I recall I liked Storm King a bit more than this one, but certainly drinkable.

Photo of hannydawg
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a stemless wine snifter.

Big thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

2010 vintage. I'm a decent fan of Storm King, so I jumped at the chance to try the barrel-aged version thereof. It pours a vaguely translucent black-brown topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises balsa, very light roasted malts, and light whiskey. This is very unsettling, as I could hardly tell that i was sniffing a stout here... The taste brings in more of the same, though the roast is happily increased and some light cocoa makes its way in there as well. The barrel is still absolutely dominant here, but at least the stout is coming through at all. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, this thing was too barrel-y, too thin, and not stout-y enough for my liking. Gotta say, I was greatly disappointed by this stuff.

Photo of prg1976
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -16%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.