Dark Intrigue - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

725 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 67
Gots: 290 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stakem on 11-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of prototypic
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Profchaos20
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.29/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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."

Photo of herman77
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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...

Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

Photo of matttttYCE
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
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.

Photo of azdback
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle received from McNuts. Poured into a Bruery snifter. This pours pretty black but not completely light sucking. The top of the stem is revealing some dark brown edges. Head is a huge two fingers and is a dark mocha color and very frothy and creaming looking. Quite nice.

Smell is pretty bourbon forward. The vanilla, charred oak and booze are very much in the forefront. There is maybe some tobacco and some dried cherries in the nose as well.

Taste is much better than the nose. There is some bitter sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt flavors of burnt wood, roasted coffee and some toffee. The barrel really isn't that detectable in the flavor, maybe as it warms they may come out but not here now. There is quite a bit of booze though, especially for a brew that is only 9.2%. I do detect a bit of tart fruit and sweetness when I lick my lips.

Mouth is medium to full with mild carbonation. Body is full and on the rich side and the finish is rather long and wet.

Overall I liked this but went into this review thinking I was going to love it. I enjoy Storm King a lot and thought a barrel aged version would be better than this was. Still not a bad beer and one that should be had if you get the chance but not a must trade for beer. Thanks again to McNuts for including this in our blind trade.

Photo of IKR
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown close to black with a generous frothy dark brown head that slowly faded. I saw some good lacing with this one.

Smell: Bready yeast aroma, brown sugar, and some hops and very faint bourbon notes. None of the typical bal-aging notes are present here.

Taste: Following the nose, slight brown sugar notes, a touch of oak, some faint bourbon notes, and some roast malts. The finish is fairly dry with a huge hop presence for a bal-aged RIS.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but the bal-aging seems to have added nothing to the beer in comparison to most other bal-aged Imperial Stouts. I'm not a hop head anyway, but the level of hop presence could have certainly been toned down for my tastes, especially in light it's a bal-aged IS.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Bottled on 11/9/2011. Consumed immediately after a similarly-aged Storm King.

Appearance - Better khaki head than Storm King. Better retention and nicer lacing. It's still a bit light, but it's a very nice looking beer.

Smell - Hops more subdued. Huge oak aroma. Not a lot of bourbon or other barrel notes. Boozy.

Taste - Ok here's where it falls flat. Oak is tremendous. Bourbon is light. Lots of coffee. A strong medicinal flavor. Very bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Bitter. Medicinal. Doesn't deliver enough good flavors to justify its difficulty to drink.

Overall - I'm contemplating a drainpour. It's not terrible, but I'm having difficulty finishing my half of the bottle.

Photo of joefuzz
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a very decent tan head that sticks around all the way down the glass.

Smell is a lot of bourbon upfront with a bit of coffee.

Tastes overwhelmingly of bourbon with a bit of that nice hoppy taste that non BA storm king brings. Leaves a pretty nice french vanilla coffee taste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is just like the normal storm king which is very nice...slightly chewy with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall very decent for the price but I actually think that I prefer the non BA version.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Bottled Nov. 10 2011. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.

5.0 A: Black color. Almost three fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is insanely good and super thick lacing covers the glass.

2.5 S: This is mainly bourbon. Aggressive, boozy bourbon. Leathery and earthy. The base is surprisingly hard to find. There's some roastiness and some herbal and piney hops, but just about everything else gets lost behind the bourbon.

3.0 T: The taste brings a lot more of the beer into focus. Firstly, the hops are the focus with lots of herbal flavors in the forefront and pine and citrus underneath. Big roastiness and a light chocolate. The bourbon isn't very well done in this. It's harsh and astringent , and boozy. There's some leather and earth, but I think I'd be happier without it.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Good here.

3.0 D: Not bad, but the barrel doesn't improve the beer. I've not been a fan of hoppy stouts for a while now, so this isn't my type of beer anymore anyway. Still, I was glad to have tried it since it won't be made again.

Photo of siege06nd
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint...

A. Even a careful pour yields a massive three and a half finger light brown head that shows no signs of yielding too much. The beer itself is pitch black and the lacing is super aggressive. The head holds together extremely well, creating all sorts of cliffs, peaks, valleys. Excellent stuff here.

S. Extremely hoppy nose for a stout, which should be expected seeing as this is barrel aged Storm King. Piney, resinous hops, some roasted chocolate, dark fruit, mild vanilla, and lots of oak. A little too hoppy for my taste, but that's okay.

T. Chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, bourbon, loads of wood, and a lot of piney hops. The finish is very boozy and oaky, somewhat harsh. Still, there's a nice balance between dry, hoppy and sweet, creamy here. The flavors clash a bit, but it ain't bad.

M. Full-moderate bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

O. I'm not a huge fan of hoppy stouts but this is well-done all the same. A heavy dose of the wood and hops covers some of the more pleasing roast, chocolate, and coconut flavors, but not so much that they don't shine through quite a bit and get a good turn about the room. Will I revisit this? No. Am I glad I tried it? Absolutely. And if you are a fan of hoppy stouts, I highly recommend you do the same.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/11/2012, notes taken when served.

25 oz bottle, Cork and Cage, purchased 12/2011, bottled 11/2011, poured into a large Duvel Tulip.

Pours a very nice frothy, 1” thick, tan colored head, which has decent longevity, but really no lace to speak of. The color is very deep black/brown.

The aroma is distinct, but there are no hops present that I could detect. There is however a wonderful, rich, distinct malt presence, roasted cocoa and caramel with dark unsweetened chocolate.
Hints of vanilla and wood though quite light.

Crisp, medium bitter, entry on the palate of very light hops, followed by distinct, rich malt, refined, roasted malt, cocoa, dark unsweetened chocolate and a hint of caramel. Really bitter chocolate.
The taste of Ale yeast is present. There is a mouth drying, faintly vanilla/wood sensation in the middle. The body is medium full and balanced, with a fine balanced carbonation. Rather dry.

Long finish of faintly bitter hops and quite rich malt, chocolately malt dominates.

A very good Ale. Age has helped this brew immensely as it seemed thin and unimpressive when first opened soon after its release. So glad I laid a few bottles back. Lable states “aged in used Bourbon barrels”. Well they must be very used as the impact of wood here is very light.
Still it’s quite rich now and drinking well. Delicious, really.
If you have aged any IMO now’s the time to drink.

Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.