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Dark Intrigue - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

715 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 61
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 Khazadum
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the last blind beers. I'm slowly coming down to the end... and all of these are corked and caged 750s ( I think ). Not to worry, wont' be getting crunk by myself. Trusty drinking partner gal is here to help sop up some of the alcohol alongside me. Choice of snifter or pint glass here. Whenever I'm given that option, it is ALWAYS going to be snifter. Love my brandy snifters so much. Favorite glass to drink out of.

A- Low retention after a full finger and a half of mocha froth. Low carbonation, decent lacing, inky darkness with crimson edging. Kinda wish it had insane lacing to go with this.

S- Delicious aroma! Is that a bourbon I detect? Strong sweetness like a decent bourbon, can't really characterize it by brand but I swear I've smelt it before. Gives off a very minute amount of ethanol astringency to benefit rather than harm. Soft vanilla tones that aren't as overly sweet as most oak aged beers give off. Nice wooden tones like palates in a warehouse. Very soft roast on the back end like baking bread with something... want to say a sprinkle of freshly ground coffee beans but that isn't it. Maybe if we dilute the coffee beans it might be that. Last tones that are a bit too fleeting to be perfect are chocolate... perfect... silky... milk chocolate. I'm snorting a Hershey's bar here. But before I truly O.D. on it, it is yanked right from my face. I need more... addicted to this particular aspect leaving me huffing in the corner of my apartment trying to get that same type of fix over and over.

T- Opens chocolatey but instantly gone with a spike of sweetness. Bourbon sweetness is a maple like flavor with some caramels melded into it delightfully. Following that is a not so nice oaken wood combination with acrid vanilla sweetness. One of the few times I wish I hadn't tasted that vanilla. Finishes up strong with roasted grains and a bit bitter. Not burnt grain, but minute hops bittering it up? Kinda confusing and complex all at once. Like it a lot though. Its a 4.25 and I'm trying to figure out which way to round.

That coffee roast that occasionally jumps up right at the beginning to meld to the chocolate makes me super excited to drink it. Gets my hopes up huge. Then it is dashed when it doesn't show up at the next drink. Why does this beer troll my mouth and nose so much!?!?!

M- Nice full body. Gives off some great creamy notes. Not too velvet or silky, but has that proteinaceous power. Carbonation well placed. Minor crispness throughout giving me the thought that it was secretly alcohol, but it is actually just the precipitation of carbon dioxide. Bit hot in the gut and throat, but gentle. Nothing searing. Very sticky flavors and the liquid itself leaves little gifts all over the place for me that I enjoy.

D- Very easy to drink, even though I feel it may be an 8% beer here. Very tasty and smells awesome. But then again at the next turn it tastes good and smells nice. But THEN it smells WOOO HOOO! and tastes S'alll good! I can't pin it down, and so it truly loses out on me. I was very impressed with it. However, it is like an A+ student and a C student all rolled into one. If it was more amazing moments and less plain ol' good moments I probably would have scored it a notch higher. Whatever it is, it certainly is a good beer. A stout for sure. American Double? Maybe. I'm going to go with a bourbon barreled stout. Even if it is a bit bourbon barrel aged, nothing extreme.

Khazadum, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to crack this bottle for the second installment of "A Beer Observed" with ClarkPinnock.

Poured my allotment into a tall chalice. Pours a very thick, creamy dark black. A large tan head billows on top. Great retention. Some lace left behind. The aroma carries notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted nuts. Very pleasant and inviting.

Full creamy mouth complements the style appropriately. Faint carbonation-play on the tongue. The bourbon comes out in the flavor, but doesn't overpower as others have stated. I found it to be subtle at times, allowing the chocolate to come forward a bit more. Deep molasses, and faint char as well. Bourbon comes back on the finish. This was much better than anticipated. I liked this a lot.

Onenote81, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Storm King meets bourbon barrel. This black beauty gives off a towering brown-colored head. Lots going on in the aroma: subtle fusel-booze, hint of vanilla, toasted wood, burnt sugar, cooked raisins and chicory. Full-bodied and very smooth with a creamy slickness on the palate. Faint bourbon note quickly fades to let more of the wood side of the barrel aging through. Big roastiness from the malt marries with the barrel char for an intense burnt flavor that does not go overboard. Blackstrap molasses. The hops have been tamed with the aging yet still provide a balancing bitter- ness. Bitter-burnt-sweet finish. A job well done in transforming their Impy Stout into a barrel-aged sipper.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black, foamy rootbeer head, slowly leaves to disk. Some cling lace.

S - Cocoa, chocolate, coffee and a small undercut of lime.

T - Chocolate milk, coffee, a little sour on the finish.

M - Medium body, good carb, balance so so.

D - Nice to try but not a session.

srandycarter, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of mymrnngjckt
1.85/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks to krisandajt for purchasing and sharing this bottle.

Pours a dark chocolate / black color with little to no head at all.

Smell is is very boozy with hints of molasses and chocolate.

The taste and mouthfeel is where this beer fails epically. The alcohol is way to overpowering on this brew and makes the beer very hot to point of it being undrinkable. Too much bourbon taste. No balance. The malt character that I love in the storm king has been completely removed by the bourbon.

I did not enjoy this at all.

mymrnngjckt, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of sitarist
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed blind via the blind bif, thanks to sholland119.

Pours deep, dark, and opaque. Almost a fingers worth of a dirty tan head. The head falls to a thin top coating, and a ring. It leaves a couple strips of lacing. Looks like an Imperial Stout!

The first thing I smell is bourbon, actually its more peaty like Jack Daniel's #7...there are also hints of coco, coffee, and nut-roll. Though whiskey is the first thing that I smell, it doesn't overpower.

I taste peat, coffee, faint hints of bourbon, grape candy, and bitter-dark-chocolate. Its a bit to earthy for me.

It has a medium body that isn't enough to support its "big" flavor.

A wonderful sipper that is a few tweaks away from being perfect. As the snow continues to fall Im finding each sip to be more pleasant than the last.

sitarist, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received from hophead101 in the Blind Beers BIF. Poured from a 750 into my Bruery tulip and reviewed blind.

Deep, inky black with a 1.5-finger head of large-bubbled foam. It fizzles away rather quickly, leaving a soap-scummy top layer and sticky lace.

The nose is pretty one-dimensional: cheap whiskey -- and lots of it -- with some molasses, graham cracker, alcohol, raisins and prunes.

Whiskey again in the flavor, along with maple, oodles of vinous oak, dried prunes and black patent malt. They're all smoothly integrated, but it's a shallow pool of flavor and a bit overpowered by the booze.

Soft, somewhat runny body just a shade under medium that fizzes up softly. Moderate bitterness clings to the sides of the tongue between sips. Very light carbonation and a hefty alcohol that comes blazing through the nose.

Good bourbon-aged beers start with good bourbon, and unfortunately this tastes like bottom-shelf stuff. I'm not a huge fan of the regular Storm King, so it follows that this one wouldn't float my boat. Drinkability is hurt by the insubstantial body as well as the fact that the flavors of this brew just aren't that impressive.

By the way, has anyone else noticed the typo on the back of this beer's label? "So here you have such a exploration..." *shudder*

Phelps, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked & caged bottle by way of oglmcdgl, thanks for the chance at this, bro..

Dark Intrigue is a dark son of a bitch. Regular storm king is a pitch black RIS, and Intrigue is as well. A Nice semi thick foamy dark tan/mocha head up above, receeds, cap, semi stick.

Smell is staight up bourbon, Im not sure what kind, but this one is large. It takes away from the over abundent presence of hops in a fresh storm king, I like that, aged SK is better anywayz. Scents of deep roasted malt, slight vanilla, a hit of alcohol, and semi lucious chocolate with warming.

I had a few sips of this very fresh and this has tamed down significantly in a few months. Not as hot as fresh, but that is expected. Borbon on top of chocolate, vanilla , very faint wood, no dark fruit, basically storm king with bourbon. The hops that are so 'up' there with the regular tamed during the aging, which is fine by me, but they are still tasted.

Feel is a nice big medium, kinda chewy, make that alot chewy with a nice carb on par with the regular. Another year will oly make this truely well integrated. Some heat on the tounge and a roasty/bourbon aftertaste. A great effort for a 1st time BA project, but victory brewing are legends in the game. No way i could kill a bottle of this, a great sharing beer...

BARFLYB, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to StormKing47 for this 750ml bottle. Into a Stone IRS glass. Bottled Nov 19 2010.

A: Practically black with a khaki colored head about an inch thick or so that sticks around for a few minutes. As it recedes a few nice gobs of lacing stick to the side. Really a quite nice looking beer.

S: Notes of cocoa powder, bourbon and oak. Pretty strong notes of bourbon actually, just a touch boozey. Roasted barley and a touch of coffee. Some brown sugar and molasses in there, and lastly a few hoppy notes. Smells pretty good.

T: I don't get a lot of bourbon notes, but there is definitely a strong booze component of this beer. Nice notes of cocoa powder, and roasted barley, decent amount of coffee flavors and a nice bitter finish. Surprising hop character for a -bal aged beer. Finish is just a touch harsh with roasted barley and booze and bitterness, strong oak profile on the finish as well that lingers in the mouth for quite a while. Not bad here.

M: The mouthfeel is completely off on this beer, which is thoroughly disappointing. Incredibly thin, over carbonated even prickly in the mouth. Quite watery actually. Not good on the mouthfeel here. Finishes pretty warm but never verges on hot.

D: It isn't too bad, not too hard to drink but isn't something that I keep reaching for. Usually mouthfeel doesn't make or break a beer for me, but with a stout a heavy body is almost a necessity, and this beer is incredibly thin. Pretty decent flavors, but the carbonation and thin body seriously hurt this beer. Could use a bit more work.

pokesbeerdude, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark Intrigue has a mahogany color throughout and is a little bit lighter around the edges. Not much head, although a bit of lace is left around the glass.

Smell: Bourbon, anise, raisins, some oak, vanilla, and a bit of milk chocolate.

Taste: The roasted malt is noticeable up front, along with some sweet raisin, fig, and chocolate notes, but the bourbon escalates very quickly. The woody oak and vanilla flavors ar mostly lost, as are any hoppiness or end flavors as bourbon dominates. The aftertaste is all bourbon.

Mouthfeel: The body is full, but it dries out toward the end leaving my mouth full of bourbon residue. Medium to full carbonation, I would probably like it a bit lighter.

Drinkability: This was disappointing. Not terrible, but the bourbon was overwhelming. Maybe it would be better with some time on it, after all, I did like Storm King better with a year of age.

KickInTheChalice, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Blanco
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Actually consumed 1/15/11

Beer pours a very dark near black color with large head that dissipates rather quickly to just a thin film. The smell is very full of bourbon and sweetness with hints of vanilla. Taste is very similar with the bourbon less pronounced while the vanilla comes forward a bit. The hoppiness generally associated with Storm King is not at all present here, which I actually consider an improvement. Thick mouthfeel. The drinkability is actually pretty high on this one. It's not the best bourbon barrel stout I've had, but it's a much easier drinker as well. Hopefully Victory will make this again.

Blanco, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black, no hint of light coming through. A tannish colored head of about 1 finger tops it off.Its somewhat soapy but its sticking around.

S: Lot's of roasted malts. Milk chocolate with a nice hop presence. Small amount of alcohol notes and note a whole lot of bourbon or oak. A touch of vanilla.

T: Huge amounts of roasted chocolate malts. A light citrusy hop presence. Finishes very bitter with a good amount of heat. Again, as with the nose. The barrel aging doesn't seem to have imparted a whole lot of charater.

M: Not quite reaching full bodied. It's super smooth and very easy to sip on. Carbonation seems perfect.

Overall: I expected big things from this beer and unfortunatly i was let down. It really doesn't stray to far from the regular Storm King. I think a full year in the barrel would do wonders for imparting the bourbon characters on the beer itself. This is a tasty beer. An enjoyable beer. And a way overpriced and over hyped beer for sure.

BigMike, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of kkipple
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 4am mini review. Finishing this off now.

Really not as bad as some of these reviews claim -- maybe I just got lucky. Looks exactly like Storm King, a richer brown with a short light tan head. No real lace. Smells of a very hoppy Storm King with a dollop of bourbon-heat. Pretty good, really. The heat gets a bit much as this warms.

Flavor is warm, and bitter, with some over-the-top hops and some real bracing charred oak and "dry" whiskey notes. Hard to describe exactly to those who don't drink lots of bourbon, maybe. Otherwise, this is pretty burnt / charred, with some real heavy roast coming through and lingering into the finish. The bourbon and char is unfortunately a little distracting, and the beer itself seems very young, all brash hops and little nuance...

... still, what is here is decent, a hot mess of rich roasted malt, oak and real potential. I like Dark Intrigue and want it to succeed, but can't in good faith give it a much higher score. The mouthfeel here is just like Storm King, more boozy and dried out. Interesting. Not a great beer. But, you know, it is barrel aged Storm King.

Dark Intrigue is worth a shot if you like the normal Storm King; but I feel this needs tweaking to go against other US beers in its same weight bracket. Thanks to ewright for the trade! Cheers man!

kkipple, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of 321jeff
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by Michael, Thanks! Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown almost black with about 2 fingers of mocha head that quickly fades to a thin layer, but it left a lot of lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly weak. It's almost grassy with some hints of wood and vanilla if I really breathe deep. It opens up a bit as it warms, but just barely makes it to average.

Taste is better with lots of roast, vanilla and oak with an earthy bitterness and some chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and it coats the mouth surprisingly well for a stout and it finishes dry. It goes down pretty easy, but it's too mild overall to be particularly enjoyable. From some of the other reviews, I'm curious if there is some bottle variation in this batch.

321jeff, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of KAP1356
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/20/2011? Reviewed from notes. Unbelievable find at the Craft Ale House in Limerick. Split with mattgreger. 750 ml. corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass...

A - Pours dark, opaque black with a one finger tan head that quickly recedes to a collar of the same color. Poured pretty light and slick.

S - Rasted malts, vanilla and some bourbon. Not as much barrel evidence as I would have thought, but you know its there. Some chocolate and caramel in there too.

T - Much more barrel aging evidence in the taste. Roasted malts, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Actually can sense the base beer, which is quite nice. Nice, but nothing unbelievable.

M - Full bodied. It is smooth and slick and has a moderate carbonation.

D - Not too bad for Victory's frst time doing this. Nothing outrageously awesome, but not too shabby either. Maybe some age will work wonders on this one.

EDIT: Just noticed that I wrote a 4/5 for Drinkability and NOT a 3.5. Score changed to reflect this.

KAP1356, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to largadeer.

Pours, well, just about jet black with a lasting two finger tan head.

The aroma is pretty nice, roasty with vanilla notes
and slight bourbon.

The flavor has substantial -bal notes to it. Roasted malt, chocolate, anise, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Storm King is evident.

Smooth and slick on the mouthfeel with fairly full body.

Good stuff, about what I expected it to be. Good for the style, but doesn't hold a candle to some of the best.

nickd717, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of mothman
2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours ½ finger of beige head. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Big oak, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, grassy hops, bourbon, some dark fruits. Nothing special.

Taste: Molasses, smoke, tannins, dried fruits, chocolate, oak, light bourbon. Not very good.

Mouthfeel: Warm and hot. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends really dry.

Overall, this wasn't too good for a bourbon -bal aged beer. Ok aroma, but all downhill from there. Not worth it. Get some BCS and save yourself the hassle.

mothman, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of nhindian
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle generously shared by russwbeck, thanks Russ! Poured into a Victory tulip.

This beer is interesting, indeed. It is Victory's normal Russian Imperial Stout offering, Storm King, aged in bourbon barrels for a few months. While it's not an entirely new concept, it is a first for me for a RIS that is as hoppy as Storm King is.

A - It looks strikingly similar to Storm King, not surprising, but a bit softer around the edges. The body is still completely opaque blackness, but the head is creamier but also more wispy. The head is also less generous, only garnering about a finger's worth of the tan head on top and disappears rapidly. This affects the lacing as well, as there is almost none to be seen.

S - The nose is actually quite a bit more tame than I would've expected. I'm not sure exactly how long this beer has been in the bourbon barrels, but I can't imagine it being more than just a few months. Besides the bourbon, there are also faint traces of the vanilla and oak barrels. Much more sweet than Storm King that complements it's light roast.

T - The moment of truth. After first sip, I taste... nothing? It's strange, just got a ton of creamy smoothness but not much flavor at all. This isn't a by-product of being served too cold, either, as it was served just a bit chilled. The backend of the first taste is the signature Storm King hoppiness mixed with just a bit of bourbon. Try again...as the short-lived head finally succumbs, it's possible to salvage some flavor out of this. Slightly roasted, vanilla, oak. Not much and a bit watery. Disappointing.

M - One of the best things about this beer is its mouthfeel, unfortunately. It's incredibly smooth with a creamy texture that had me looking in the bottle for a Guinness widget. Not much carbonation. However, the mid-to-backend suffers from the watery notes from the flavor.

D - Drinkability is moderately low. I am surprised to say that this was a big disappointment for me and I greatly prefer regular Storm King. The smell is faint, the taste is barely there, and besides the mouthfeel, this doesn't have much going for it. Glad I didn't try to make a blockbuster trade for this.

nhindian, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL caged and corked
Poured in to my Brooklyn snifter

A: This beer pours a thick, deep, dark brown almost opaque black with a three finger of crazy foamy brown head. Head recedes to 1/4 inch film that maintains and leaves sticky clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is - whoa bourbon and vanilla fill the nostrils. After a few moments, some caramel, roast, and chocolate notes come through.

T: Taste starts with a hefty dose of vanilla. followed by a nice roastiness mingled with caramel toffee and bitter chocolate. Finish becomes... a bit light, watery mixed with bourbon and charred notes. Alcohol stringecy lingers in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, lower carbonation, light on the tongue at first, but then a rich feel that is a touch sticky and chewy in the finish.

D: Goes down easily, pretty tasty, filling, good kick and nice representation of style. Most bourbon barrel beers need a bit of time to knock some heat off, this beer doesn't. It's very drinkable now even though there is an alcohol presence in the finish.

Jayli, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter - courtesy of jyoungsbcp

A: Pours deep black with a nice dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Very nice for a barrel aged RIS.

S: The nose is vanilla, molasses, cocoa, and charred oak with a slightly bitter hop aroma in the background.

T: The taste is bitter burnt malt, dark chocolate, and hops with vanilla and a touch of molasses on the finish. All the tastes of Storm King with a nice subtle barrel quality.

M: The feel is creamy but a bit thin...much like the original as well.

D: While I'm not a fan of the regular Storm King due to the bitter aftertaste it seems like the barrel aging has rounded off the sharp corners of this brew. Pretty tasty and I would love to try it again after a year or so to see if the barrel flavors come forward a bit more.

GregSVT, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of deskim
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

completely black. poured into a snifter, and shared with mmercede. was very excited for this one as I love storm king. overall this is a very good -bal beer. Not too sweet, perfect amount of malts. all the best parts of storm king, with a great whiskey taste.

deskim, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of younger35
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received this brew from my main man out in Philly Gibby. I'm a big fan of the regular version so well see if barrel aging improves it or hurts it. As far as I'm aware barrel aging only makes beer better on the west coast. Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a jet oil black with a teeny tiny little dark brown head. A lily pad head sticks around along with a fairly thin little collar.
Smell- Very roasted with an almost charcoal like burn and a fair amount of booze. A touch of caramel sneaks in along with the usual wooden suspects of vanilla and bourbon. Plenty of brownie batter as the chocolate smells fairly rich with a touch of cream. The only thing not 'normal' is a touch of a sharp tartness. Almost as if there are tart cherries or raspberries in there.
Taste- Wow, such a 180 from the smell. The beer is about the booziest thing I've ever tasted. It's hot as hell with an acrid coffee thing that really dominates the beer. A touch of tannic woodiness and that is about it.
Mouthfeel- Really thin and hot with a watery feel and really aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- Not that great of a beer at this point in its short life but who knows what the future will bring. The smell is fantastic though... so it was a really shocking letdown after my first sip. Hopefully it gets better with some time but I wouldn't hold out hope. Thanks for the opportunity Jeff!

younger35, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

"Thanks" to Bobby for sharing this. I suppose it's my fault too since I pushed the issue on opening it.

A: Pours essentially black with a finger or so of tan colored head.

S: Roast, roast, and more roast. This has a big time burnt/charred/ash thing going on and the acidity isn't helping anything. I smell some oak, but not really any bourbon. And there is definitely some chlorine.

T: Licorice, booze, and raisins seem to describe the front end of this well. The harsh roast/ash and alcohol continue the fun. There's a bit of vanilla toward the finish, but nowhere near pleasing enough to salvage this beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I was never the hugest Storm King fan, and I'm even less of a barrel aged Storm King fan.

womencantsail, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of nkersten
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Mike, thanks! Reviewed from notes. Poured into a Lost Abbey tumbler, pitch black liquid with a mocha head that fades fast to a collar, no lacing. Smell is strong oak, black licorice, some alcohol, chocolate malts. Its hard to get past the massive oak presence. Taste starts off pretty good, lots of bourbon barrel vanilla, some marshmallow, chocolate and roasted malt, but then finishes with a boozey astringent, harsh wood medicinal quality. A heavy body and light carbonation. Not much of the base beer is present in this one, definitley not an improvement on the original. The finish and aftertaste are pretty terrible on this beer and absolutely kills the drinkability.

nkersten, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Overlord
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Black, brown edges. One inch of light tan foam.

Smells lightly of malt, heavily of sherry and ... sad to say, cardboard. Heavily oxidized.

Taste is all over the place. There's some chocolate, a bit of ... bourbon? Or is that just alcohol? ... coming through. BUt, sadly, a bit of wet hair and cardboard. Prefer the regular version.

Overlord, Jan 11, 2011
Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.