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Dark Intrigue | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
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 sitarist
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed blind via the blind bif, thanks to sholland119.

Pours deep, dark, and opaque. Almost a fingers worth of a dirty tan head. The head falls to a thin top coating, and a ring. It leaves a couple strips of lacing. Looks like an Imperial Stout!

The first thing I smell is bourbon, actually its more peaty like Jack Daniel's #7...there are also hints of coco, coffee, and nut-roll. Though whiskey is the first thing that I smell, it doesn't overpower.

I taste peat, coffee, faint hints of bourbon, grape candy, and bitter-dark-chocolate. Its a bit to earthy for me.

It has a medium body that isn't enough to support its "big" flavor.

A wonderful sipper that is a few tweaks away from being perfect. As the snow continues to fall Im finding each sip to be more pleasant than the last.

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Photo of Phelps
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received from hophead101 in the Blind Beers BIF. Poured from a 750 into my Bruery tulip and reviewed blind.

Deep, inky black with a 1.5-finger head of large-bubbled foam. It fizzles away rather quickly, leaving a soap-scummy top layer and sticky lace.

The nose is pretty one-dimensional: cheap whiskey -- and lots of it -- with some molasses, graham cracker, alcohol, raisins and prunes.

Whiskey again in the flavor, along with maple, oodles of vinous oak, dried prunes and black patent malt. They're all smoothly integrated, but it's a shallow pool of flavor and a bit overpowered by the booze.

Soft, somewhat runny body just a shade under medium that fizzes up softly. Moderate bitterness clings to the sides of the tongue between sips. Very light carbonation and a hefty alcohol that comes blazing through the nose.

Good bourbon-aged beers start with good bourbon, and unfortunately this tastes like bottom-shelf stuff. I'm not a huge fan of the regular Storm King, so it follows that this one wouldn't float my boat. Drinkability is hurt by the insubstantial body as well as the fact that the flavors of this brew just aren't that impressive.

By the way, has anyone else noticed the typo on the back of this beer's label? "So here you have such a exploration..." *shudder*

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

Corked & caged bottle by way of oglmcdgl, thanks for the chance at this, bro..

Dark Intrigue is a dark son of a bitch. Regular storm king is a pitch black RIS, and Intrigue is as well. A Nice semi thick foamy dark tan/mocha head up above, receeds, cap, semi stick.

Smell is staight up bourbon, Im not sure what kind, but this one is large. It takes away from the over abundent presence of hops in a fresh storm king, I like that, aged SK is better anywayz. Scents of deep roasted malt, slight vanilla, a hit of alcohol, and semi lucious chocolate with warming.

I had a few sips of this very fresh and this has tamed down significantly in a few months. Not as hot as fresh, but that is expected. Borbon on top of chocolate, vanilla , very faint wood, no dark fruit, basically storm king with bourbon. The hops that are so 'up' there with the regular tamed during the aging, which is fine by me, but they are still tasted.

Feel is a nice big medium, kinda chewy, make that alot chewy with a nice carb on par with the regular. Another year will oly make this truely well integrated. Some heat on the tounge and a roasty/bourbon aftertaste. A great effort for a 1st time BA project, but victory brewing are legends in the game. No way i could kill a bottle of this, a great sharing beer...

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to StormKing47 for this 750ml bottle. Into a Stone IRS glass. Bottled Nov 19 2010.

A: Practically black with a khaki colored head about an inch thick or so that sticks around for a few minutes. As it recedes a few nice gobs of lacing stick to the side. Really a quite nice looking beer.

S: Notes of cocoa powder, bourbon and oak. Pretty strong notes of bourbon actually, just a touch boozey. Roasted barley and a touch of coffee. Some brown sugar and molasses in there, and lastly a few hoppy notes. Smells pretty good.

T: I don't get a lot of bourbon notes, but there is definitely a strong booze component of this beer. Nice notes of cocoa powder, and roasted barley, decent amount of coffee flavors and a nice bitter finish. Surprising hop character for a -bal aged beer. Finish is just a touch harsh with roasted barley and booze and bitterness, strong oak profile on the finish as well that lingers in the mouth for quite a while. Not bad here.

M: The mouthfeel is completely off on this beer, which is thoroughly disappointing. Incredibly thin, over carbonated even prickly in the mouth. Quite watery actually. Not good on the mouthfeel here. Finishes pretty warm but never verges on hot.

D: It isn't too bad, not too hard to drink but isn't something that I keep reaching for. Usually mouthfeel doesn't make or break a beer for me, but with a stout a heavy body is almost a necessity, and this beer is incredibly thin. Pretty decent flavors, but the carbonation and thin body seriously hurt this beer. Could use a bit more work.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark Intrigue has a mahogany color throughout and is a little bit lighter around the edges. Not much head, although a bit of lace is left around the glass.

Smell: Bourbon, anise, raisins, some oak, vanilla, and a bit of milk chocolate.

Taste: The roasted malt is noticeable up front, along with some sweet raisin, fig, and chocolate notes, but the bourbon escalates very quickly. The woody oak and vanilla flavors ar mostly lost, as are any hoppiness or end flavors as bourbon dominates. The aftertaste is all bourbon.

Mouthfeel: The body is full, but it dries out toward the end leaving my mouth full of bourbon residue. Medium to full carbonation, I would probably like it a bit lighter.

Drinkability: This was disappointing. Not terrible, but the bourbon was overwhelming. Maybe it would be better with some time on it, after all, I did like Storm King better with a year of age.

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Photo of Blanco
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Actually consumed 1/15/11

Beer pours a very dark near black color with large head that dissipates rather quickly to just a thin film. The smell is very full of bourbon and sweetness with hints of vanilla. Taste is very similar with the bourbon less pronounced while the vanilla comes forward a bit. The hoppiness generally associated with Storm King is not at all present here, which I actually consider an improvement. Thick mouthfeel. The drinkability is actually pretty high on this one. It's not the best bourbon barrel stout I've had, but it's a much easier drinker as well. Hopefully Victory will make this again.

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

A: Pitch black, no hint of light coming through. A tannish colored head of about 1 finger tops it off.Its somewhat soapy but its sticking around.

S: Lot's of roasted malts. Milk chocolate with a nice hop presence. Small amount of alcohol notes and note a whole lot of bourbon or oak. A touch of vanilla.

T: Huge amounts of roasted chocolate malts. A light citrusy hop presence. Finishes very bitter with a good amount of heat. Again, as with the nose. The barrel aging doesn't seem to have imparted a whole lot of charater.

M: Not quite reaching full bodied. It's super smooth and very easy to sip on. Carbonation seems perfect.

Overall: I expected big things from this beer and unfortunatly i was let down. It really doesn't stray to far from the regular Storm King. I think a full year in the barrel would do wonders for imparting the bourbon characters on the beer itself. This is a tasty beer. An enjoyable beer. And a way overpriced and over hyped beer for sure.

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Photo of kkipple
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 4am mini review. Finishing this off now.

Really not as bad as some of these reviews claim -- maybe I just got lucky. Looks exactly like Storm King, a richer brown with a short light tan head. No real lace. Smells of a very hoppy Storm King with a dollop of bourbon-heat. Pretty good, really. The heat gets a bit much as this warms.

Flavor is warm, and bitter, with some over-the-top hops and some real bracing charred oak and "dry" whiskey notes. Hard to describe exactly to those who don't drink lots of bourbon, maybe. Otherwise, this is pretty burnt / charred, with some real heavy roast coming through and lingering into the finish. The bourbon and char is unfortunately a little distracting, and the beer itself seems very young, all brash hops and little nuance...

... still, what is here is decent, a hot mess of rich roasted malt, oak and real potential. I like Dark Intrigue and want it to succeed, but can't in good faith give it a much higher score. The mouthfeel here is just like Storm King, more boozy and dried out. Interesting. Not a great beer. But, you know, it is barrel aged Storm King.

Dark Intrigue is worth a shot if you like the normal Storm King; but I feel this needs tweaking to go against other US beers in its same weight bracket. Thanks to ewright for the trade! Cheers man!

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Photo of 321jeff
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by Michael, Thanks! Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown almost black with about 2 fingers of mocha head that quickly fades to a thin layer, but it left a lot of lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly weak. It's almost grassy with some hints of wood and vanilla if I really breathe deep. It opens up a bit as it warms, but just barely makes it to average.

Taste is better with lots of roast, vanilla and oak with an earthy bitterness and some chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and it coats the mouth surprisingly well for a stout and it finishes dry. It goes down pretty easy, but it's too mild overall to be particularly enjoyable. From some of the other reviews, I'm curious if there is some bottle variation in this batch.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/20/2011? Reviewed from notes. Unbelievable find at the Craft Ale House in Limerick. Split with mattgreger. 750 ml. corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass...

A - Pours dark, opaque black with a one finger tan head that quickly recedes to a collar of the same color. Poured pretty light and slick.

S - Rasted malts, vanilla and some bourbon. Not as much barrel evidence as I would have thought, but you know its there. Some chocolate and caramel in there too.

T - Much more barrel aging evidence in the taste. Roasted malts, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Actually can sense the base beer, which is quite nice. Nice, but nothing unbelievable.

M - Full bodied. It is smooth and slick and has a moderate carbonation.

D - Not too bad for Victory's frst time doing this. Nothing outrageously awesome, but not too shabby either. Maybe some age will work wonders on this one.

EDIT: Just noticed that I wrote a 4/5 for Drinkability and NOT a 3.5. Score changed to reflect this.

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Photo of nickd717
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to largadeer.

Pours, well, just about jet black with a lasting two finger tan head.

The aroma is pretty nice, roasty with vanilla notes
and slight bourbon.

The flavor has substantial -bal notes to it. Roasted malt, chocolate, anise, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Storm King is evident.

Smooth and slick on the mouthfeel with fairly full body.

Good stuff, about what I expected it to be. Good for the style, but doesn't hold a candle to some of the best.

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Photo of mothman
2.67/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours ½ finger of beige head. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Big oak, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, grassy hops, bourbon, some dark fruits. Nothing special.

Taste: Molasses, smoke, tannins, dried fruits, chocolate, oak, light bourbon. Not very good.

Mouthfeel: Warm and hot. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends really dry.

Overall, this wasn't too good for a bourbon -bal aged beer. Ok aroma, but all downhill from there. Not worth it. Get some BCS and save yourself the hassle.

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Photo of nhindian
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle generously shared by russwbeck, thanks Russ! Poured into a Victory tulip.

This beer is interesting, indeed. It is Victory's normal Russian Imperial Stout offering, Storm King, aged in bourbon barrels for a few months. While it's not an entirely new concept, it is a first for me for a RIS that is as hoppy as Storm King is.

A - It looks strikingly similar to Storm King, not surprising, but a bit softer around the edges. The body is still completely opaque blackness, but the head is creamier but also more wispy. The head is also less generous, only garnering about a finger's worth of the tan head on top and disappears rapidly. This affects the lacing as well, as there is almost none to be seen.

S - The nose is actually quite a bit more tame than I would've expected. I'm not sure exactly how long this beer has been in the bourbon barrels, but I can't imagine it being more than just a few months. Besides the bourbon, there are also faint traces of the vanilla and oak barrels. Much more sweet than Storm King that complements it's light roast.

T - The moment of truth. After first sip, I taste... nothing? It's strange, just got a ton of creamy smoothness but not much flavor at all. This isn't a by-product of being served too cold, either, as it was served just a bit chilled. The backend of the first taste is the signature Storm King hoppiness mixed with just a bit of bourbon. Try again...as the short-lived head finally succumbs, it's possible to salvage some flavor out of this. Slightly roasted, vanilla, oak. Not much and a bit watery. Disappointing.

M - One of the best things about this beer is its mouthfeel, unfortunately. It's incredibly smooth with a creamy texture that had me looking in the bottle for a Guinness widget. Not much carbonation. However, the mid-to-backend suffers from the watery notes from the flavor.

D - Drinkability is moderately low. I am surprised to say that this was a big disappointment for me and I greatly prefer regular Storm King. The smell is faint, the taste is barely there, and besides the mouthfeel, this doesn't have much going for it. Glad I didn't try to make a blockbuster trade for this.

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

750mL caged and corked
Poured in to my Brooklyn snifter

A: This beer pours a thick, deep, dark brown almost opaque black with a three finger of crazy foamy brown head. Head recedes to 1/4 inch film that maintains and leaves sticky clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is - whoa bourbon and vanilla fill the nostrils. After a few moments, some caramel, roast, and chocolate notes come through.

T: Taste starts with a hefty dose of vanilla. followed by a nice roastiness mingled with caramel toffee and bitter chocolate. Finish becomes... a bit light, watery mixed with bourbon and charred notes. Alcohol stringecy lingers in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, lower carbonation, light on the tongue at first, but then a rich feel that is a touch sticky and chewy in the finish.

D: Goes down easily, pretty tasty, filling, good kick and nice representation of style. Most bourbon barrel beers need a bit of time to knock some heat off, this beer doesn't. It's very drinkable now even though there is an alcohol presence in the finish.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter - courtesy of jyoungsbcp

A: Pours deep black with a nice dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Very nice for a barrel aged RIS.

S: The nose is vanilla, molasses, cocoa, and charred oak with a slightly bitter hop aroma in the background.

T: The taste is bitter burnt malt, dark chocolate, and hops with vanilla and a touch of molasses on the finish. All the tastes of Storm King with a nice subtle barrel quality.

M: The feel is creamy but a bit thin...much like the original as well.

D: While I'm not a fan of the regular Storm King due to the bitter aftertaste it seems like the barrel aging has rounded off the sharp corners of this brew. Pretty tasty and I would love to try it again after a year or so to see if the barrel flavors come forward a bit more.

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Photo of deskim
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

completely black. poured into a snifter, and shared with mmercede. was very excited for this one as I love storm king. overall this is a very good -bal beer. Not too sweet, perfect amount of malts. all the best parts of storm king, with a great whiskey taste.

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Photo of younger35
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received this brew from my main man out in Philly Gibby. I'm a big fan of the regular version so well see if barrel aging improves it or hurts it. As far as I'm aware barrel aging only makes beer better on the west coast. Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a jet oil black with a teeny tiny little dark brown head. A lily pad head sticks around along with a fairly thin little collar.
Smell- Very roasted with an almost charcoal like burn and a fair amount of booze. A touch of caramel sneaks in along with the usual wooden suspects of vanilla and bourbon. Plenty of brownie batter as the chocolate smells fairly rich with a touch of cream. The only thing not 'normal' is a touch of a sharp tartness. Almost as if there are tart cherries or raspberries in there.
Taste- Wow, such a 180 from the smell. The beer is about the booziest thing I've ever tasted. It's hot as hell with an acrid coffee thing that really dominates the beer. A touch of tannic woodiness and that is about it.
Mouthfeel- Really thin and hot with a watery feel and really aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- Not that great of a beer at this point in its short life but who knows what the future will bring. The smell is fantastic though... so it was a really shocking letdown after my first sip. Hopefully it gets better with some time but I wouldn't hold out hope. Thanks for the opportunity Jeff!

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Photo of womencantsail
2.49/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

"Thanks" to Bobby for sharing this. I suppose it's my fault too since I pushed the issue on opening it.

A: Pours essentially black with a finger or so of tan colored head.

S: Roast, roast, and more roast. This has a big time burnt/charred/ash thing going on and the acidity isn't helping anything. I smell some oak, but not really any bourbon. And there is definitely some chlorine.

T: Licorice, booze, and raisins seem to describe the front end of this well. The harsh roast/ash and alcohol continue the fun. There's a bit of vanilla toward the finish, but nowhere near pleasing enough to salvage this beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I was never the hugest Storm King fan, and I'm even less of a barrel aged Storm King fan.

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Photo of nkersten
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Mike, thanks! Reviewed from notes. Poured into a Lost Abbey tumbler, pitch black liquid with a mocha head that fades fast to a collar, no lacing. Smell is strong oak, black licorice, some alcohol, chocolate malts. Its hard to get past the massive oak presence. Taste starts off pretty good, lots of bourbon barrel vanilla, some marshmallow, chocolate and roasted malt, but then finishes with a boozey astringent, harsh wood medicinal quality. A heavy body and light carbonation. Not much of the base beer is present in this one, definitley not an improvement on the original. The finish and aftertaste are pretty terrible on this beer and absolutely kills the drinkability.

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Photo of Overlord
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Black, brown edges. One inch of light tan foam.

Smells lightly of malt, heavily of sherry and ... sad to say, cardboard. Heavily oxidized.

Taste is all over the place. There's some chocolate, a bit of ... bourbon? Or is that just alcohol? ... coming through. BUt, sadly, a bit of wet hair and cardboard. Prefer the regular version.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/11/10

Thank you to zoso1967 for bringing this rare treat to our tasting party.

Pours black with a tan head. Some lacing that fades after a few moments.

The smell is very oaky with bourbon that stings the nostrils. There is a spicy note against some sour unamed fruit. There is also an essence of vanilla.

Bourbon greets dark chocolate in the taste with a coffee like bitterness near the end. Vanilla is a player with all kinds of oak. The hops are subdued compared to the base Storm King.

I am somewhat disappointed by the mouthfeel as it is thinner than what I expected. For what it does have, it is smooth.

This is drinkable and enjoyable. I am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After being a little aggravated that I probably wasn't going to get one. I checked the bottle list at the Hulmeville Inn.Long and behold there were 3 left. I thought it would be a bit greedy to take all three so I got two.

Poured into a snifter. Opague black, thick brown heading with about a two inch head. Left tremendous lacing all throughout the tasting.

Smell is very feint. Bourbon notes mostly dominant.Some subtle heavier malts and a very brief aroma of bitter hops

Taste is great. The bourbon flexes it's muscle in the very begining coating the palate and kind of dies out which paves the way for the vanilla-oak taste. A sweeter almost lactose like touching that quickly turns into coffee and blends with a bitter chocolate. Ties everything up with a hotter alcohol finish.

Mouth is full bodied. Slight chew and a very creamy texture.

Amazing to say that both Storm King and Dark Intrigue are the same beer only Intrigue is aged in whiskey barrels. It tastes so different.

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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with faint hints of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a 2.5 finger frothy, pillowy mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Complex aroma with lots of sweet boozy bourbon along with earthy oak, vanilla and silky chocolate malt. Slightly roasty with hints of oatmeal, toffee and coffee bean.

Chewy medium body with a lot of silky chocolate and roasted malt. As expected, there is a blast of bourbon which is slightly hot but more sweet really. The oak barrel aging adds an earthy quality as well as a good amount of bourbon and vanilla. The vanilla presence smooths things out a bit. Lots of roasted malt with hints of caramel, oatmeal, burnt toast and dark fruit. Very complex but a bit too hot at this stage. I'm excited to see how it develops.

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Photo of mattgreger
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with a buddy of mine at the Craft Ale House in Limerick. Bottle that wasn't on the list, great pick up.

This brew poured nearly black. As the name of this brew is clear in the apperance alone, no light is shining threw the dark intriguing, oil black brew. It poured with a small tan head, that didn't leave lacing except a small ring around the edge of the glass.

The aroma on this brew is filled with a huge array of things. There is a sure aroma of dark chocolate, bourbon, raisins, and there is a nice aroma of vanilla in there as well, that come out in the front part of this brew. As this brew sits a little bit, you begin to get the strong alcohol and musty like aromas, you come to expect from a bourbon barrel aged brew.

The taste on this brew is amazing. It has a wonderfully, creamy texture. The smokey bourbon flavor, along with the bitter chocolates, make this brew just that much better. The aroma of alcohol is high, but its hidden very well behind the toasted malts. This brew takes the great flavors of the Storm King brew and just give it a richer, smoother bite.

The mouthful on is pretty good. This is a medium - heavy brew. Very little carbonation, with a nice silky, smooth drink. It goes down very easy.

This brew has a great drinkability, for such a high ABV. The aromas and flavor are incredible. There is a bit of a boozy finish, that might be a bit much for those who don't normally drink RIS, but its still a great brew none the less. I would love to get more bottles, to age. I bet this brew over time will get even better.

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Photo of silentjay
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

black pour with a dark tan head that raises up to 4 fingers, retains well and leaves tons of lacing.

aroma is of bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, soy sauce, dark cacao, vanilla, and plenty of licorice that reminds me of the base beer.

more chocolatey than the aroma with a touch of charred malts and a bit more subtle bourbon. licorice, molasses, dark fruits (raisins especially), and vanilla are evident as well. tasty. maybe a touch too strong in the licorice flavors, and could use a bit more cacao, though thats being nitpicky.

a touch lighter bodied than ideal with subtle carbonation which suits the style nicely and a significant burn on the swallow.

drinks pretty well. the first few sips blew me away. each subsequent sip was a bit of a letdown. It seems stronger than the stated ABV. Its a wonderful beer, but falls just shy of the epitome of the style.

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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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