Dark Intrigue | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by stakem on 11-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SABERG
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml cage and cork bottle dated 11/20/2011 into the small tulip glass
A - Dark and intriguing for certain, a quick top off creates a 1" off white cap. Throughout the experience lacing clings in cirrus patterns to the glass.
S - Even with 7 years on it, the bourbon jumps off the cap, followed by bitter chocolate, toffee, cinnamon, black tea and some fig.
T - Well, all the bourbon barrel elements are in play, but softer, Vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, then the base beer adds Bakers chocolate, some fudge brownie, a bit of black pepper.
M - Full in body, a bit slick, the alcohol is less hot and acts as a nice vaporizer, the linger is cocoa driven and semi sweet
O - Wow, a big offering that aged quite gracefully, as this is the only old bottle I have, it will be a long shared experience.

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Photo of DaPan
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AgentMunky
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Bottled 10 November 2011. Best by November 2016.
A: Light cream-colored head with cola-black body.
S: Intoxicating. Boozy and ensorcelling. Whisky, licorice, a whiff of oxidation.
T: Comes in roasted and sweet, heavy on the malted barley, toothsome with molasses and bourbon. Spicy, and very oaky. Aggressively woody and tannic.
M: Not as thin as feared. Actually quite robust.
O: A solid whisky-aged stout. I'm still not sold on cellaring, but this isn't hot at all. Quite nice.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nebula1999
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Nov 10, 2011. Too dry, too boozy. Too much wood, too much bourbon. If this were young it'd be undrinkable. Tone that down it'd be okay. Might try again. Maybe not.

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Photo of liquorpig
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sposter4
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boto
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bomber: 2011 bottle, been sitting in the fridge for a long time. This one pours an inky black color. There was a small tan head on it. Nice nose. Lots of different aromas. Some bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, roasted malts and fruits. The taste is superb! Just a hint of the bourbon, very smooth texture. Hope they make this one again!

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Photo of doremite
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gopens44
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My bottle was aged for four years and six days, yielding very impressive results.

Beautiful looking beer, great foamy head that sticks around and deposits sticky lacing all about.

Nose is a cacophony of aroma with leather, currant, molasses and caramel with a little sweet candy sugar for good measure.

Taste is initially bitter but quickly presents that same dark fruit, currant taste that was in the aroma with an addition of oak until that sugary sweet pulls in with a touch of baker's chocolate, and with it is the slow moving heat. Little alcohol taste but nothing overwhelming.

Very little heat or sweetness lingers, but there's enough there to compel another swig for sure.

Really wish they kept making this, or that I at least would have bought more, as this turned out very well.

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Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jams1220
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass. Bottled on date of 11/10/2011.

A: The beer is a very deep black color with a short dense brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, licorice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with strong bite of bourbon and alcohol. Then some flavors of chocolate, licorice and coffee come in along with a hearty roasted malt character and a faint touch of smokiness. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect but it provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down ok, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but definitely not as good as the regular version of Storm King.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Since it's arrival in 1997, our Storm King Stout has enticed folks to 'discover the dark intrigue' as its label suggests While enjoying that great imperial stout, we have been intrigued by the myriad of flavors it exhibits and encouraged to test the limits of perception and pleasure by adding to the rich experience of Storm King Stout. So here you have such an exploration, involving Storm King Stout aged in oak barrels that once matured Kentucky bourbon. Blended to perfection, this one is surely dark and intriguing!" Brewed in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels. Available as a limited release in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a toasted chocolate brown color over a near jet black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Moderate acidity, tangy fruits, smooth undertones of chocolate and roasted grain, little to no bourbon character nor any discernible alcohol. More funk than roast, smells indicative of potential infection. 3

(Taste) The flavor is more accurate of expectations, very smooth chocolate and moderate roast forward, light oak and faint bourbon, alcohol is very well concealed. Tangy and tart fruit characters are still noticeable but more in check in the flavor. Finishes smooth and very dry. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual, smooth and very dry. Carbonation is light, generating a modest frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly tart and tangy over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there is a higher than expected wild fruit presence in this beer, indicative of potential infection, although it is not severe, adding more to the beer than it takes away. 3.5

(Overall) My greatest criticism of Dark Intrigue is the overall docility of the Russian Imperial Stout flavors, with delicate roast, chocolate and especially bourbon barrel character. To this effect, Dark Intrigue allows potential infection flavors of tangy fruits to creep in and be ever-noticeable. I'd like to give this beer another shot if it were to be brewed again, but as the freshest bottles approach 5 years of age, I advise against purchasing any of even the latest vintage, unless it is to expect the unexpected. 3.5

Victory Brewing Company's
Dark Intrigue

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfstilling
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebigredone
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vande
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JSBILK
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattXT
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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