Dark Intrigue - Victory Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
750ml bottle (bottled on Nov 10, 2011) courtesy of hoppymcgee, poured into a Brooklyn snifter.
A - After a lite pop of the cork, this one pours a thick near black but still distinctly brown color with a huge three finger pillow of fluffy chocolate milk shake-like head. Foam has excellent staying power, only giving up after several minutes and leaving behind sticky webs of lace on the glass.
S - Dark fruits take the lead in the aroma. Lots of berries and some cherry add to the overall fruity aroma. Noticeable sweet aroma of alcohol, notes of bourbon, some roasted malts but at a lower level of intensity.
T - Bitter roast malt, some coffee, touch of smoke, bourbon is more prominant in the flavor while the fruity aspects move into the background. Quite a bit more hoppy than the aroma suggests also. Finishes crisp, bitter and towards the dry side with some green, grassy hop flavors lingering into the aftertaste.
M - A bit on the thin side, perhaps only managing a medium level body. Carbonation is healthy and mid-level as well. Alcohol is rather well hidden. Bourbon is really on the backburner of intensity...only contributing a mild flavor component and really no booziness or warmth.
O - Overall, a good but not great RIS...barrel treatment is subtle leaving me wanting a bit more character added. I think I like the un-barreled Storm King a little bit better. This is well balanced but only lightly nuanced and just seems to be missing something that leaves this less than complete.
03-03-2012 00:04:04 | More by portia99
3.65/5 rDev -5.4%
Reviewing the Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Company.
2011 vintage corked-and-caged bottle served in a Half Acre tulip glass and enjoyed on 02/26/12 after helping a friend move into a new apartment. Review is from iPhone notes.
Appearance: Jet black color, totally opaque. This is a vacuum for light. Four fingers of super foamy mocha colored head at pour that gradually settles into a thin layer atop glass. Decent lacing, but poor retention. 3.5/5
Smell: Roasted chocolate, dark chocolate, black cherry, blackberry, and fruit esters. Some lemon zest too. A hint of "rubbing alcohol" appears as the beer warms. 4/5
Taste: Dark roasted chocolate flavor upfront, cut by a light berry/black cherry flavor and a decent amount of booziness. Charcoal and tobacco on midpalate and toward finish. Lingering finish of bittersweet dark chocolate. More chocolate and less berry flavor become apparent as the beer layers. As the beer warms, it develops an additional alcohol/boozy sting towards the finish. Not detecting much, if any, bourbon barrel aging flavor. 3.5/5
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Dry and slightly sweet finish. 4/5
Overall: While not a bad brew, Dark Intrigue is a huge downgrade from the base beer (Storm King). At $15 for a 750 ml bottle, this brew is completely over priced. This beer utilizes too much boozy berry flavor to contrast the heavy stout chocolatiness and seemingly lacks any barrel characteristics. I like my bourbon barrel aged beers to have some degree of sweet oaky vanilla and raisin flavor, but this brew had none of that. Maybe some age can improve this beer, but I cannot imagine how Dark Intrigue will develop for the better over time (save for less booziness on the palate) given its flavor profile. From what I hear, Dark Intrigue will never be brewed again, so perhaps it is worth seeking out as curiosity -- just understand that it is not particularly worth the price tag.
Recommendation: Skip this one and just buy a six pack of Victory Storm King with your money.
Pairings: Chocolate cake.
Cost: $14.99 for a 750 ml bottle.
02-26-2012 03:17:38 | More by jegross2
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
2010 vintage poured into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer.
The aroma shows some of the woody oak and bourbon flavors to it. I still get a good amount of hoppiness to it with a little bit of a herbal, citrus coming though. I get some decent dark chocolate flavors to it as well. It's not bad but the hoppiness isn't really working with the bourbon barrel flavors all that well in my opinion.
The taste also shows some good dark chocolate flavors to it up front. The finish is where the hoppiness starts to become apparent again with some bitter herbal and slight citrus flavors. I get a good amount of oak to it but the bourbon is pretty moderate.
The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer but not an outstanding one for the style. The hoppiness in the base beer just didn't seem to be complimented very well by the barrel aging. The flavors just didn't come together all that well for me. Not bad, but not great either.
02-26-2012 01:03:09 | More by billab914
3.63/5 rDev -6%
Poured from a caged and corked 25.4 ounce bottle into my CBS snifter.
I'm not the biggest Storm King fan. It's one of the rare Victory beers that doesn't do it for me but I was curious to see what some time in some bourbon barrels would do for it.
Appearance: Pours a black as dark as night. Two fingers of coffee colored head. Nice head retention and lacing.
Smell: Some roasted malts with some strong bourbon and vanilla notes.
Taste: Starts off with some smoky wood notes, definitely getting the taste of the barrel. The bourbon and vanilla notes mesh well what little roastiness that there is. Sip finishes with a pretty strong boozy burn.
Mouthfeel: Much like Storm King, I find Dark Intrigue to be very thin for an Imperial Stout. As noted, there's a very noticeable boozy presence, but as the beer warmed that faded somewhat.
Overall: Aging in a bourbon barrel definitely adds some dimension to Storm King. But, with so many great bourbon barrel stouts available, Dark Intrigue just doesn't pass the muster.
02-25-2012 12:35:51 | More by pburland23
District of Columbia
3.48/5 rDev -9.8%
Good stout, with a fair if too raw and woody character from the bourbon barrel.
Presentation: 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle. Crowned Storm King eagle head label design over a barrel. Back narrative offers an insight into history, intent, and aging profile. Shows bottling date Nov 10 2011. Served in a snifter.
A - Black pour, with an average 1/4" head, small retention and little lacing.
S - Soft roasted nose with a bourbon, vanilla hint and plenty of young barrel...
T - Good roasted notes, chocolate and coffee with soft fruitiness, under faint bourbon notes masked by a heavy sense of wood.
M - Full to medium/full mouth, with good carbonation. Too much of a feeling of raw wood that hinders its texture…
O - Not a bad experience but certainly too raw…
Notes: …and again this is not so much for the alcohol or wild bourbon character but for a chewy fresh wood feel, which is not terrible but not that palatable either.
02-22-2012 03:41:24 | More by Daniellobo
Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Company
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