Dark Intrigue | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Dark IntrigueDark Intrigue
735 Ratings
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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Ratings: 735 |  Reviews: 302
Photo of muttyd
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high light mocha head that slowly died down, leaving a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bourbon in the nose along with hints of roasted malts and chocolate; the smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of vanilla and oak with notes of bourbon and hints of chocolate and roasted malts. The complexities imparted by the barrel aging become even more apparent as the beer warms up, and leaves flavors of bourbon lingering in the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish. It seems like it should have a little more of a fuller bodied for a beer of this strength.
O: The beer goes down smoothly and is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden to the taste. There is a good flavor between the flavors from the stout and the barrel aging.

Note: Bottled 11/10/2011

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of jhughes23
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of jwelsh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Bottled on Nov 10th, 2011 -- Poured into Tulip

A: Pours jet black with a very slight mocha color head that dissipates very quickly.

S: A smooth bourbon nose. Plus there is a slight anise and vanilla present.

T: The bourbon is a little over powering and the forefront in the flavor and finishes with a bitterness and anise taste. There is a somewhat roasted malt character towards the end.

M: Very full bodied and carbonation is right on for the style.

O: Fairly good, but I think with aging this beer the bourbon would mellow out a little and more of the malt character would come through. Good thing I bought 2 bottles.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of HopsYeast
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-pours from a 750ml corked bottle with a large 3 finger head that is the color of coffee ice cream or a latte that holds for a very long time and very slowly dissipates. has a black body that you cant even see though. looks yummy!

s-oddly enough, smell a sweet berry aroma and alcohol. there is a nice malty smell that mixes with that of wood probably from the barrels it aged in.there is also an odd smell lingering around in there that i cant quite identify.

t-a nice creamy maltiness with coffee flavors as well. has a sweet flavor like burnt sugar or caramel. finishes with a pleasant hops flavor and then oak and a pleasant alcohol warming. definitely taste the bourbon in there as well. very good!

m-very smoothy and creamy. has a very interesting carbonation on the palate as it fizzles on your tongue and back of thought like pop rocks!

o-this is quite tasty!first time trying a barrel aged beer from victory and am very satisfied. the only thing im not a fan of is the smell. that funky smell is very chemical like. but you quickly forget about it once you take a sip.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Florida9
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, almost black, in color. Forms a bubbly tan ehad that slowly reduces down to a stable surface coating. Leaves some very light lacing.

S: Smells of coffee, roasted malts, oak, and a slight (cheap coffee) sourness.

T: More roasted malts, coffee, and a little vanilla. Then oak and a dark brown sugar, vanilla sweetness on the finish.

M: Full bodied, but not quite heavy. Mild carbonation and a tannic astringent bitterness, presumably from the barrel aging.

O: Overall, a fairly decent beer. Not sure that the barrel aging does much for it, as I recall I liked Storm King a bit more than this one, but certainly drinkable.

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a stemless wine snifter.

Big thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

2010 vintage. I'm a decent fan of Storm King, so I jumped at the chance to try the barrel-aged version thereof. It pours a vaguely translucent black-brown topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises balsa, very light roasted malts, and light whiskey. This is very unsettling, as I could hardly tell that i was sniffing a stout here... The taste brings in more of the same, though the roast is happily increased and some light cocoa makes its way in there as well. The barrel is still absolutely dominant here, but at least the stout is coming through at all. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, this thing was too barrel-y, too thin, and not stout-y enough for my liking. Gotta say, I was greatly disappointed by this stuff.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle receive din a BIF recetnly, had never had it so I was thrilled to get it. Thanks.

Beer is black, with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retnetion, low carbonation.

Aroma is really sweet, like syrup, no roast or other malts detected.

Beer is also big bodied and quite sweet, mildly bitter finish. Not a lot of liquor in this one, at least not as much as other big barreled stouts but overall it is a nice beer. I'd have it again. I really don't understand the love hate relationship people have with this beer, there is nothing bad about it.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of ShanePB
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle, shared courtesy of Nick. Opened for purposes of a video review and transcribed from the footage. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Deep dark brown but certainly not a true black colored body. Burgundy hues around the edges. Small off-white/tan head with tight bubbles around. Minor lacing and only a thin retention ring is left behind. Not your expected appearance for a bourbon barrel aged stout.

S: Weak on the nose - dark chocolate and caramel malts, bitter pine hop notes, and a slight woodiness. Where's the bourbon? Honestly, there's really none here. The basic malt characters, hop aromas and wood elements overtake any of the bourbon character that is potentially here. Good but certainly not great.

T: Storm King matured wraps it up. Chocolate malts, slight roast, bitter green hops, and a touch of warming alcohol (not bourbon). Surprisingly this is still quite hoppy which I thought the barrel treatment would have destroyed. Very strange, lacking almost all traces of bourbon save the finish. You need to really open your mind and stretch. It might just be me trying so hard that I start imagining I'm tasting bourbon...

M: Well carbonated almost too much for the style, but it does retain a nice feel without going into the watery/thin realm. Dry from the wood on the finish.

Not that this is by any means a bad beer, but it's a disappointing beer. I don't know if there are enough elements differentiating this from regular Storm King. Especially not enough to warrant plastering "Bourbon Barrel Aged" on the label. While it may have been, those typical notes that the barrels impart are seriously muted in this beer. Good, but not great.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of hippityhops85
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 bottle opened approximately a year from it's release. 750 ml bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance is opaque black with a thin tan lacing that quickly dissipates to practically nothing.

The nose has some odd characteristics to it. The bourbon is present along with the dark malts but there also seems to be a slight acidic, almost vinous note to it. Hmm.

The taste is a lot lighter than I would have expected. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak do shine through along with the dark fruits of the base beer but the carbonation and general mouth feel are not what I think they should be. Disappointing.

This review actually solidified my decision not to attend the release this year. It's not a "bad" beer by any stretch just not something I'm willing to go out of my way for. I will, however, pick up a bottle or two if I see this year's in distribution.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Dark Intrigue Release. Served insanely cold.

Black pour with about a finger of light brown head. Lacing is very nice but the head doesn't stick around for a very long time. 4

The smell has a lot of vanilla and is a bit boozy with a nice amount of bourbon. Mix all of that with a nice roastiness and
some chocolate and you have a beer that, IMO, has improved a lot from Batch 1. 4.5

The beer starts with chocolate and is taken over quickly by bourbon. Which hangs around for a while and is complimented by vanilla and oak. The finish is boozy and roasty. The bourbon is a bit intrusive and I wish it had some more typical stout characteristics. As the beer warms up, the booze and bourbon come out a lot more. The chocolate is still there, but the roastiness steps back a bit. Still, overall, tastes better than Batch 1. 3.5

A bit thin and carbonated just below average. Boozy warming alcohol sensation on the backend. 3

I liked this better in basically every category than Batch 1. At least this on tap version tastes a bit more balanced. Had a great time at the release, hope it ages well! 4

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Photo of larryi86
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 2011, poured into a snifter

A- Black with a three finger tan head.

S- Storm King with a touch of bourbon, not really getting much of the barrel in the nose.

T- Roast malts, chocolate malts, oak, bourbon, still has some of Storm King's hoppiness but the bourbon balances it out in the finish. Bourbon was a little hot on the first sip, but seems more balanced now.

M- Creamy, full body.

O- A very enjoyable sipper. I have had better bourbon barrel aged stouts, but this is still good. I am looking forward to drinking my remaining bottles, but I don't think it is an improvement to Strom King.

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Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 735 ratings
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