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 Jadjunk
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfstilling
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebigredone
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vande
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JSBILK
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattXT
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.88/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rvisgaitis
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of audioserf
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of VRH
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of JimmyAloysius
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review 2400! 750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/10/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lists. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, prune, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, bourbon, pine, grass, and bourbon/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, prune, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, bourbon, pine, grass, and bourbon/oak earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, raisin, prune, vanilla, toffee, toast, oak, bourbon, pine, and bourbon/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate hop flavors; with a very nice malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged imperial stout. All around good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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