Dark Intrigue | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

very good
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Dark IntrigueDark Intrigue

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stakem on 11-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of redleaves
4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black, velvety viscosity, dark cream head that dissipates. Slight roasty nose with slight sweetness. Great balance. Flavor is very nice. Perfect balance. The age really smoothed out the roast. Good bourbon flavor in the background. Chocolate, brown sugar. The hops stuck around a bit through the aging which Is a bit surprising. Velvety and Delicious, I hope they do the a lot more and it's not just a one off. Reminds me a bit of something English in stone squares. Wow

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Photo of Kadonny
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle. I was in the line to get this at the release from the brewery, but they sold out before I got any. Luckily enough I contacted my distributor right after I left the brewery empty handed and I ended up getting one of the two cases allocated to him.

A: A jet black color that lets no light through. The light brown thin head left the glass with decent lacing that eventually recedes.

S: Wow, vanilla just pops on the nose. The bourbon shows nicely as does some woody tones and the roasted malt and slight chocolate smells. Alcohol is noticed with some faint hops.

T: Still the vanilla seems to jump first with the bourbon and wood notes followed closely by the roasted malt flavor. The dark chocolate creeps in with some sweetness and maybe some tobacco flavor. Let this baby warm up! Finish goes bitter as I hoped it would (this is Storm King after all) with the earthy floral hops and leaves a drying flavor at the end. Alcohol is felt through most of the experience, but not overly so and it seems almost perfect to what you are drinking. Masterful.

M: Full, creamy, bitter at the end, alcoholic but enjoyable.

D: For the ABV? Wow, this can go down real easy. I finished the 750 with no problem.

Overall it's about time Victory did this, and they did it masterfully. I love Storm King, but then barrel age in in bourbon? Heavenly. Yes, they have some stuff to learn on how to do releases, but for those that got a chance to drink this beer all the bad blood just floats away after one sip. This had better be made every year. Awesome, just flat out awesome.

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Photo of Spica66
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in trade from knarf231. Thank you, Franklin!!!

Shared with gwuilliums at Camp Lawrence last night.

A: Pitch black, semi-viscous pour. Excellent head formation and retention. Beautiful lacing persists as the drink continues.

S: There is bourbon here! Very dark roast aroma with definite enhancements of bourbon, wood and some slight vanilla. It doesn't have as "deep" of an aroma as say, a KBS, but it is pretty close.

T: Wonderful dark roast and espresso notes followed on immediately by a pleasant, strong burnt wood taste. It took me a few drinks to determine if there was too much wood, but I finally decided that the wonderful raoasted, sweet malt backbone held it's own and balanced it all out in the end.

M: The reason this gets the highest score is that for the first time ever, I have found a beer that gives an enormous amount of wood without becoming a dry, tannin bomb. Perfect body and carbonation complete the package.

D: The alcohol is well hidden and our glasses disappeared way too quickly...

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of MerryTapster
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black and syrupy thick. Nice little head that lasts with very nice ringy lacing.

S: Chocolate, Espresso, Bourbon and Cherry notes. Some roastiness. Def a malt character.

T:Really good. Bourbon is present but not overpowering, slight sweetness. Toasty yet not to burnt. Espresso and vanilla notes make this even more fantastic. Comparable to a Black Op's with a more hoppy character.

M: Smooth, light carbonation. Typical Stout character. Goes down smooth. Not too boosy.

O: Good brew. Victory IMO is one of those breweries who rarely dissapoint. Try this one out with desert. I paired it up with some pumpkin roll and it worked nicely.

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Photo of hdofu
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is one powerful beer... I'm a bit of a sucker for bourbon barrel stouts... this beer is definitely an example of the beer being heavily impacted by the barrel it was living in. It pour dark brown with a thick tan head...It smells of chocolate, fruits, bourbon. The first sip is like 90% dark chocolate with minimum amounts of sugar added, it finishes with a bourbon flavor. There a heat that builds as you sip it. It also gets sweeter too. It has a suppressing amount of hops flavor for a stout but I like that in a beer. This is definitely an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of PABeerHiker
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After tasting this beer, it was completely worth the hour I stood in line to purchase it.

A - It pours out darker than the night and refused to allow any light to pass through. There was very little carbonation, but that is most likely due to be being in the bottle for about a week.

S - When brought up for a smell, vanilla and bourbon are very prominent. There was a subtle fruity smell along with dark chocolate. I did not get an alcohol burn up the nose, which surprised me due to ABV of the Dark Intrigue.

T - I could not get over how delicious tasting this beer was. It was everything I expected from a Storm King, but oh so much more. You are able to experience the woody, earthiness that it acquired during it's 97 days in the bourbon barrels. The bourbon taste was not as prominent as I expected it to be from the smell, along with the vanilla. It was a very nice surprise.

M - There was almost no carbonation that I experienced while drinking it. It did not have a heavy body, but it is heavier than a medium body beer. It almost had a creamy texture to it.

D - This was a very smooth beer to drink. It's high ABV was hidden under the flavors, especially the bourbon. It would be very easy to keep going back for bottle after bottle.

Overall, exceptional. Congratulations to Victory. I do hope Victory will make another batch of the Dark Intrigue in the years to come. I would also like to see Victory do something with their Golden Monkey.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a plastic cup. It was what was available.
The beer pours dark brown to black color with a very large creamy tan head foaming up even with the cup tilted almost parallel to the floor.
Aroma is molasses, brown sugar, and dark chocolate, I also get vanilla and bourbon mixed in for good measure. RIch robust nose makes this start off nicely for a malt lover such as myself.The foamy head tickles my nose with each sip and it recedes very slowly to sturdy surface layer.
First sip reveals a smooth silky texture and fine rolling carbonation.
Flavor is all malt with bourbon and vanilla mixing with molasses and some dark chocolate. I dont get any real booze notes and the beer drinks very easy. As it warms up a little I do get some darker fruit flavors maybe some raisin.
Overall I really enjoyed this brew and would definitely buy another bottle if given the opportunity. Great Imperial Stout + bourbon barrels = YUM!

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Photo of jondeelee
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Intrigue pours almost pure black, with barely a hint of translucency even near the edges, and opens with a surprisingly hop-forward aroma, at least at the bottle's cracking. Once the opening layer of hops fades, the nose delves into darker notes, including, first and foremost, a lovely slab of dark fruit esters such as fig, black cherry, prune, and raisin. Large streams of vanilla and caramel support these fruit slabs, and the bourbon barrel aging brings not only these latter two aromas, but solid bourbon tones. Some chocolate and dark malts linger in the background, but are hard-noticed against the dark sugar onslaught. As a whole, the nose is intoxicating, and while it may need just a touch more grain and ash flavors to help offset the sugars, the result is still stunning, and begs to be imbibed.

On the tongue, the beer proves far darker and more ashen than the nose let on. Good layers of chocolate malt, coffee, and tobacco rest thickly on the tongue, as well as faint touches of ash and black malt. The bourbon barrel aging likely contributes to the charcoal notes, as well as brings a solid vanilla bourbon undertone to the brew. There are still a fair bit of sugars here, and the fig and raisin fruit esters come through strongly. There's also a good bit of dark cacao, as in 85% cacao chocolate bars. The 9.2% ABV does come through more strongly than I would have expected, and while the bourbon flavors mix well with the beer, there are remnants of a vodka-like tinge from the alcohol vapors. Hops are barely noticeable in the main mouthful--mainly providing bitterness--but do come through in the aftertaste, providing pine and plant stem flavors. Otherwise the aftertaste is a long-lingering continuation of the darker flavors found in the main mouthful, many of the sugars having died off. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there's a lot going on inside this beer, and in less capable hands it could prove an utter mess. But Victory blends the many layers and flavors together with such skill that they catalyze each other, building in a lovely generative swirl. The beer does have a bit of a strong alcohol bite, but this marks one of its few weaknesses. Excellent fare, and I hope Victory decides to crank out another few batches of this in upcoming years.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a small amount of chocolate brown head.

S: Lots of Bourbon scents coming from this brew, some dark fruit flavors on the finish.

T: Lots of Bourbon, Vanilla, Oak, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some sweet dark fruit round out the flavors of this beer. I love the barrel aging of this beer as it mellows out a lot of the alcohol taste that Storm King usually has.

M: Creamy mouth feel, not too much carbonation.

D: I loved this beer although I am a bit of a homer because I enjoy Storm King a ton. I think that this beer takes Storm King to another level with a new complexity to the flavor but also fine tunes the original recipe as the barrel aging mellows it. It's a bummer that this was a limited release because everyone should try this beer, and I hope Victory does something like this again.

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Photo of crag
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a case on Black Wednesday 2011. I only have 2 bottles left and recently had one at a special occasion and it has mellowed a bit in the bottle. Noticeably the Boozy or Bourbon smell has backed off a bit. Not that is a desirable effect for me just something worth noting. I look forward to Thanksgiving 2012 when I finish off the last of the bottles. Although I am curious to see what would happen after 4-5 years in the bottle.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter-shaped glass

A - Dark, dark colored body; lights-out; nice one finger espresso-cocoa colored head; holds very well; great thick layering and creamy lacing forms around the sides of the glass; not very bubbly or carbonated in appearance; frothy looking head

S - Deep toasted malt nose; sweet bourbon and oak aromas; currants and dark cherries; touch of hops finish off the smell with a nice pine scent; vanilla; coffee

T - Lots of coffee; rich toasted stout malt taste; bourbon taste is nice and sweet; currants and cherries; dark fruits like fig and dates are in here too; bitter hop flavor finishes up everything

M - Chewy and creamy; body of the beers expands a bit when you take a sip or two; smooth and great tasting beer; dark coffee and bitter aftertaste; sweet linger of currants and bourbon; full-bodied

D - Awesome drink; probably one of the better RIS stouts out there; I really like it flavor and mouthfeel profile; good balance of toasted malts and bourbon flavors, followed by an enjoyable palate experience of texture

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is total blackness. No highlights at all. Billowing medium tan head, rapid collapse. Good stretchy lacing.

Aroma asserts itself from across the table. Plenty of oak, vanilla, and bourbon from the barrels. Little whiffs of coffee and chocolate.

Taste follows the nose. Vanilla, oak, bourbon, booze. Second tier of chocolate and coffee. Dark fruits floating along. Bit of an alcohol burn in he mouth.

Full smooth mouthfeel.

Would be better with a bit less barrel and a bit more Storm King, but a damn fine experience as it is.

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Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml btl poured into 2 tulips, shared w/ KevinmusPrime

A: pours a very dark brown, almost black with a 1 finger brown head that dissolves fairly quickly and leaves virtually no lacing

S: chocolate and roasted malts, earthy hops, buttery vanilla, coconut, bourbon booziness, smells delicious

T: follows the nose, piney and earthy hops just like the base beer complimented nicely by chocolate roasted malt with a very nice buttery vanilla bourbon smoothness, taste just like what I imagine barrel aged Storm King should

MF: medium body, low to medium carbonation, hoppy bitterness lingers on the palate for a bit

O: I was a little leery of this beer after reading some of the reviews but was pleasantly suprised, I think the barrel aging complimented the base beer nicely without taking anything away from what I like about Storm King including the hoppiness, the flavors are quite complex and compliment each other nicely, maybe there's some bottle variation? I thought mine was pretty fan-f'in-tastic and I will defintely seek this out again

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory "Dark Intrigue"
750 ml bottle, corked and caged
Bottled on Nov. 10, 2011
$10.99 @ Wine Legend in Cherry Hill, NJ

As it was the only beer available (beyond a few of my regulars), I pulled this out of my fridge without really looking at the label. "Dark Intrigue"? Hmmm.

I wasn't sure of what glass to use so I went for a large Belgian tulip. That turned out to be an excellent choice as an Imperial pint (my usual glass) of Imperial stout is sometimes not a good idea, but also because it actually fits the beer quite nicely - Dark Intrigue is more of a sipper than anything else, and the bowl of the glass helps to collect the aromas for you. But I actually chose it initially because I was expecting a Belgian influenced dark ale - how wrong I was!).

I poured it carefully, noting that it was quite dark and rich, all the while smelling notes of chocolate and roastiness - this was not a simple dark Belgian! I let it sit for a few minutes while I got some work done, and then returned to take a sip. I thought, 'well this beats Kentucky Breakfast Stout as a breakfast beer', followed by 'but it tastes like Storm King. Why would they duplicate one of their own beers?'. At that point I had to know more, so I retrieved the bottle and read the back label, learning that this is, indeed, Storm King matured in used Bourbon barrels. It all makes sense. And with that said, the only questions are, how much does the Bourbon barrel aging affect the beer, and does it improve of detract from the original Storm King?

The two questions actually intertwine. The Bourbon flavor is quite solid. It's not to the point that it overtakes the beer, but it's very clearly there - you can't miss it. Sometimes in these beers the Bourbon is a little hard to find, and sometimes it's over the top, but this is perfect. As to the second question then, the Bourbon is so distinct that the question it's really negated. You can't determine whether or not it improves or detracts from the original because it becomes a completely different beer in its own right. Apples and oranges, so to say.

There's also a bit of oak to it... a nice, woody dryness. It's smoothing, but also a little touch raspy, and drying. And it's surprising that so much came through given the intensity of the Storm King. I guess it's surprising that so much Bourbon was able to come through as well. And there's some vanilla to boot! Wow! There's so much added to its complexity, and it seems even more polished and rounded.

So, I was impressed with the Storm King, but I'm even more impressed by the Dark Intrigue. The one thing that I found unusual about the Storm King, stylistically, was that it was so hoppy - which was good in a way, because it was unique, and it became it's own beer, it certainly stood out from the pack. With the Dark Intrigue, the hops are much more subdued. It's more of what I think of as and Imperial stout as far as the base beer goes, but now there's added complexity from the Bourbon barrel aging. And let's face it, you can't combine the fresh hoppiness with the Bourbon barrel aging - it just doesn't work, physically or taste-wise.

On the other hand, the alcohol shows clearly here, whereas the Storm King cloaked it pretty nicely; and I think it hurts the head retention and lacing. That's a drawback.

Still, it's very nicely done, and certainly worth seeking out!

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Photo of Kranders
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork and a bourbon aroma just filled the room. Surprisingly not as much in the actual nose of the beer, but its still there. Pours a deep black with a nice tan head that lasts. Very oaky/bourbon in the taste, mixed with the dark flavors you'd expect. Rich and complex, but surprisingly thin considering the rest of the beer's profile. As I poured the last of the beer out, a random chunk of cork, that was not part of the cork sealing the bottle, came out into my beer. Odd, but it's still quite tasty.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: three finger milk chocolate head, some retention and nice lacing on a jet black body.

S: lots of chocolate and bourbon, chili pepper, black pepper and some roasted malt.

T: chocolate, roasted malt up front with bourbon dominating the finish. Pepper notes.

M: very thick and smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable for what it is. not too boozy, complex aroma with a fairly simple taste.

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Photo of Wiid
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Managed to score a case of this limited release at the brewery.

A - Pours a deep brown/mainly blackish color.  Thin lacey head slowly dissipated throughout the session.

S - Roasty malts and bitter chocolate notes hit immediately. Bourbon is very evident in the nose.

T - Light bourbon flavor is at the forefront, not as much as the nose would suggest.  Smokey, roasty malts come through clear.  Hints of bitter chocolate are faint on the backend.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation.  Slightly dry, but not too much.

D - Very drinkable.  Easily could take down a bottle of this (maybe more).  This is not a session beer by any means, but it is very drinkable.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer a lot.  The bourbon taste is not as prominent as the nose would suggest, but the taste is very smooth.  The big malt taste, balanced alcohol, and slight unsweetened chocolate taste make for a memorable beer.  I look forward to drinking this again in the future.

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Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at the Victory Holiday Dinner paired with dessert.

Appearance: Pitch black with a thin mocha head.

Smell: Heavy bourbon flavor, oak, vanilla, coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolaty fudge brownie, coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable version of Storm King which I think is a really great stout. The bourbon barrels add some more complexity to this beer.

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Photo of atr2605
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with foamy tan head with leaves a very nice lace
S-rich cocoa aroma with coffee, raisins, and a slightly burnt aroma(not a bad burnt)
T-All the flavors in the aroma continue in the palate but the bourbon barrels come through way more than I anticipated. The coffee and chocolate mixes nicely with the bourbon after taste. Tons of flavor
M-full bodied and rich
O-Great expansion on storm king. Lots of delicious layered flavors that makes it a great beer to sip all night

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a rich, chocolatey scent along with a moderate hop bitterness and a killer bourbon aroma. It has a wonderful vanilla character that really sets off the aroma. The taste is great as well. It has a damn fine RIS flavor, rich, bitter, earthy, along with a full bodied bourbon character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent RIS that's elevated to another level with the bourbon barrel aging.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter-Thank Miles for bringing this to share. At 750 ml you'll want to share this too.
This is Storm King Stout aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. Pours jet black and has all the qualities you'd expect. We drank this along with a Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout in a bottle share- I found the profiles different but each on had it's own admirable character. The Intrigue had aged six months. The flavors were well integrated. I enjoyed both the vanilla and soft wood qualities from the oak as well as a distinct bourbon flavor that did not overpower.
While Storm King Stout is readily available, Dark Intrigue sadly has a much smaller distribution. I would say it's a must try, so grab it if you see it. Or grab two to see how it ages.

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Photo of StormKing47
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh the one that is surrounded in mystery or intrigue as the name suggests. Shared with petesuphi, Jwiss22 and stakem the night of the release. Storm King is one of my absolute favorite beers of all time and one I consistently drink for any occasion. So why wouldn't I enjoy a bourbon barrel version of it even though I am pissed at Victory Brewing Co at this moment in time. Get ready for this ride!

A- This one pours a ridiculously black color that when held up to light none passes through, many stouts have a little brown hue, but this one has almost none. It's so dark in color that it made me afraid to drink it because I was sure it wasn't beer, but old burnt and expired motor oil. It is awfully viscous looking with a tiny off white dirty head with some dark brown spotting. There is very little carbonation probably due to the fact that it was bottled under a week ago and has not had any time to develop in the bottle. Simply put this beer has an inviting entice to it and is simply beautiful. Almost just want to stare into it's "dark intrigue" but who just looks?

S- Wow! Right away I am greeted with a delightful vanilla aroma that is accompanied with a faint bourbon smell. After some more warming I pick up more bourbon that leaves a little alcohol burn, but it is still very pleasant. Further warming brings out the oooohhh so familiar roasted malts and sweet dark chocolate I was waiting so patiently for. I love the smell of this beer and would love a deodorant or cologne that smelled like this. Any chance of that one Bill and Ron? I am also picking up some of the bittering hops that makes regular Storm King so odd of a Russian Imperial Stout. Really, really pleasant smelling beer.

T- Pow! A punch right in the face of the delicious roasted malts that have been carefully selected for this batch of Storm King. I love the ridiculous roasted malt taste and cannot get over how delicious it tastes. I am also greeted with a very subtle bourbon heat that works well with the hops to an almost citrusy bitterness. Really enjoyable. Further sipping and I pick up the woody, earthiness of the bourbon barrel. A welcome taste that leaves me wanting more and as I continue to indulge I am not able to pick up the vanilla I was looking for from the smell, but the barrels have brought out an unexpected surprise and left the finish with a sweet, dark chocolate taste. I really enjoy the complexity and experience this beer has provided for me.

M- There is almost no carbonation present in my mouth, it is very light and does not dance or prickle on my tongue. Instead my tongue and mouth are coated in the viscous delight of the experience and allow me to continue to taste this beer throughout the night. It is not exactly full bodied, but definitely more than medium bodied. It coats your taste buds and mouth and stays there to remind you of the experience later. An exceptional beer has become extraordinary by simply marrying it to a barrel.

D- The high abv is hidden in the subtle bourbon heat. I could drink a few of these because it reminded me a little of drinking a freshly made chocolate milk with Hershey's syrup. Although I would not advise this as a session beer or drinking the whole bottle by yourself because it could easily get you into trouble since it is damn tasty.

So hopefully this beer finds you and hopefully Victory releases it again at some point after they figure out the whole limited release bottles process. Long live Storm King stout, maybe Bill and Ron will bring us espresso aged Storm King in the future?

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Photo of dborginis
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle missing the cage, a bit tough to get the cork out, but once poured there was no lack of carbonation. Really pretty 3/4 inch of tan bubbly head on top of pitch black...even in light, it's opaque. Smell is very sweet, roasty and I can catch some of the bourbon.

Intense flavors, a ton of coffee bitterness from the roasted malt. Heavy on the chocolate and on the tail end, can get the vanilla from the bourbon. Very thick, even with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Bitterness lingers. Although I'm not a big chocolate/coffee guy, I can very much appreciate what is going on here, as well as the transformation from Storm King to this. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. I appreciate that even with the bourbon barrel aging (and starting with Storm King) that the ABV is still single digit!

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Photo of stakem
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks go to Jwiss22 for hooking me up with this since I couldn't make it to the release and big thanks to petesuphi for having a bottle in his hands for a mere 30 seconds before ripping the cage off, popping the cork and pouring it into several glasses for us (stormking47 included) to enjoy.

This is a corked and caged 750ml offering with a bottled on date of 11/19/10 poured into a snifter. It pours black in color with barely an indication of lighter brown around the edges which display a bit of clarity. A swirl revives a couple of bubbles to the surface which creates a thin film across the top and a few bubbles collect around the inside perimeter of the glass.

The aroma of this brew is smooth vanilla sweetness upfront. A bourbon tingle hits the nose with a piercing alcohol burn. Dark roasted grains are present which impart some chocolate notes. There are some citrus hops in the back end along with a light touch of something that smells somewhat like licorice.

The taste is bitter dark roasted grains reinforced with a smack of bourbon heat that is a little tangy upfront. The barrel aging aspect comes across different in the taste than the aroma led on. Instead of smooth vanilla, it is a bit woodsy and dry on the tongue. The roasted grain contributes a bit of residual sugars and some citrus hop character comes in to add some depth to this brew. The oak contribution continues in through the middle which is more woodsy and only contributes a light vanilla sweetness through the finish to mellow this bold brew out.

This is medium to full bodied with a light level of carbonation. It is smooth in the feel but might be considered hot right now for some considering how out in the open the bourbon flavors are. I found it to be an exceptional brew and a nice addition to the already bold brew that Storm King is. Tossing it into a barrel was a good call and it is about time it happened. I know the experience was less than ideal for some who attended but this is really one fine brew. I hope this beer finds distribution and those who struck out on release day get a chance to try it, it is worth the effort.

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Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.82 out of 5 based on 735 ratings.
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