Dark Intrigue | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stakem on 11-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.91%
 
 
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Photo of Profchaos20
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ML bottle, served in a snifter. Bottled 11/10/11, reviewed 12/23/12.

A - Pours a deep black with a two fingered tan head(aggressive pour), dissipates into a thin cap that has some staying power. Leaves some lacing.

S - Malty with some whiskey, stale bread/crackers, oak and wood, alcohol. Something else thats pungent, reminds me of a peated irish whiskey that I had before. Peat moss?

T - A lot going on in the flavor. Roasted malt, coffee, bourbon, oak, finishes with a citrusy/piney hop bitterness. Alcohol heat in the flavor and warms your chest on the way down. Notes of chocolate.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation. Very thick and heavy, I probably should be sharing this bottle.

O - Okay overall. Something in the aroma and taste that I'm not enjoying that's affecting the good aspects.(realized later that this is the peated whiskey flavor/smell I mentioned above.) I wish I had tasted a fresher bottle so I had something to compare it to.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$15 for the 750mL, served in a mini snifter
Bottled in 10NOV11
Sampled 14OCT12

[A] Served at cellar temp. Audible pop upon uncorking. A rather slow pour produces a healthy 1 finger head, medium brown in color, compact/creamy in texture. Excellent retention plus a thick foamy collar. Good lacing coverage in half sheets and random drooping straggles. Pitch black body.

[S] Clean but intense bourbon presence. Toasted barrel, buttery caramel - lightly rendered - and sharp alcohol. Complexity is at a minimum.

[T] The big bourbon flavor more-than-less overshadows the nuance of the character malts. General toasted/roasted quality, oak and a faint, creamy vanilla that I couldn't pick up on the nose. Perhaps just a hint of coconut. Alcohol provides a fair amount of heat that warms the tongue and throat from the belly up. Aftertaste isn't particularly impressive.

[M] Medium to medium full and nothing more. The carbonation cuts through the body (not that it's necessarily over carbonated) but definitely more prickly than it should be for the style. Sweetness:bitterness:dryness ratio is in line, but the overall mouthfeel just isn't where it should be.

[O] Victory's fans had wanted a barrel aged, special release beer for a while. The release of Dark Intrigue didn't exactly satisfy the craving for a variety of reasons. But, the second release is a better beer than the first. The most recent release is decent and completely palatable, but nothing to get excited over - especially for a BBA beer - especially for the highly competent Victory brewers - and ESPECIALLY for the geeky beer crowd.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Bottled on Nov 09 2011. Score.

A- Pours a solidly opaque black color with a 3/4 inch tan head that bears good retention time before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam. Thick ring of resilient lacing.

S- Strong alcohol with some oak and heavy roast in the back. Astringent.

T- Balanced roastiness along with a high amount of bitterness. Oak is also there. Packs a nice booze punch but is restrained enough to harmonize with the rest of the flavors and not produce a large amount of heat. Surprisingly drinkable.

M- Chewy and sharp with a lingering burn in the back of the throat. Medium carbonation and a thick, robust body.

O- Totally didn't notice the bottling date when I purchased this but I'm very pleased with the outcome. A great beer that I haven't had in years and never with this much age on it. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big nose of bourbon and vanilla. Attractive dark brown, darker than coffee, but amber colored when you get down to the last finger. Robust head with fine lacing.

After the vast mouthful of wood and booze, the surprise is how dry this is. Quite intensely flavored. Seriously hot with alcohol. It smells and tastes even stronger than the ABV would indicate. One of the least sweet Imperial Stouts I've had. The flavors are all on the dark side, with a good dose of charred grain and burnt sugar. Fairly modest bitterness. It's hard to taste any hops between the heat and the blackened malt. Quite an impressive brew to sip, though it's hotter and thinner than I like for an after-dinner drink.

From the 750 ml bottle bought in Denver. The label reads "bottled on Nov 10 2011."

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Photo of herman77
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/10/11

A: Black with a big and bubbly light brown head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate, roasted malt. Picking up some bourbon, oak and hops. Not sure from what, but there is kind of an odd sweet/sour smell... Hope it's not infected. Hopefully its from the combo of the oak, bourbon and huge hoppiness that is found in Storm King.

T: Not infected. It's Storm King with a bit of bourbon and a lot of oak. Still fairly hoppy after a year.This one is lighter on the bourbon for sure.

M: Fuller body. Higher carbonation because of the bottle conditioning. Even with the carbonation it's fairly creamy.

O: Decent drinkability. A good twist, but the hoppiness of Storm King does not mesh too well with the bourbon for me. I still like it, but I don't think I would buy this again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on November 10/2011. Poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Black. Half a finger of mocha coloured head.

S- Huge roast aroma up front. Milk chocolate and light coffee present as well as the base beer dominates the nose with the barrel notes very much secondary. Some bourbon and vanilla are present in the background.

T - Very big alcohol presence up front that is very distracting throughout. Roast is dominant with some chocolate and dark caramel. Barrel qualities are present as well but very much secondary as the nose indicated - lighter charred oak and bourbon notes come through. The various flavours are nice but are very poorly integrated: the base beer and the barrel don't come together at all. Throw in the massive alcohol presence and this one is very rough overall.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - This has some potential but it didn't come together well at all.

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Photo of philbe311
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled November 10, 2011 - A week shy of its 1st birthday...

A - A finger plus some of tightly packed lush creamy dark brown colored head - far from rocky, but there are a couple of craters... Decent retention gives way to a full lacing with the same lush creaminess... The color teeters between dark brown and black... Some light can be seen leaking in around the edges of the over sized snifter... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Lovely nose... The bourbon barrel aging is undeniable... It's at the forefront, but far from overpowering... Raisins, roasted malt, and cocoa notes are next and come in equal proportions... Perhaps some very light smokey notes as well... Well rounded and very pleasant...

T - The palate is an unbalanced mess... The alcohol burn reaches epic proportion with zero traces of smoothness... There is a strong burnt character that lies beneath the surface... Any of Storm King's dominating flavors are absent in this rendition...

M - Medium to full bodied... Limited carbonation... The boozy burn is present throughout and continues to linger in the chest after each and every sip...

D - Excellent appearance and aroma aren't enough to overcome the burnt boozy mess that dominates the flavor profile... From there, it just does down hill... I'm a huge fan of both Victory and Storm King, but this one misses the mark (by a mile)... I hope they've learned something from this endeavor and produce improved products with there soon to be released barrel aged offerings... Clearly not something that I could recommend nor would I seek out again in the future...

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

a bottle from last year. are they even still making this? in any event, it pours a coffee black color with a bold tan head that slowly dies. it smells a lot like whiskey, maybe even too much so. its trumping the dark smokey malt profile and the subtle dark chocolate notes almost completely. the flavor is good, but again, its dominated by the whiskey character. charcoal and vanilla and booze are what i taste here, hardly any room left for the chocolately storm king to be recognized. i like this beer, but the proportions are off a little bit. the storm king is a huge complex beer and its being totally covered up by the whiskey. the beer has a nice feel though, with a full but not too thick body, and a gentle bubbly vibe. the alcohol is intense in this one, especially as it gets warmer. an impressive brew all up, but id like to see it maybe spend a little less time in the barrels so as to retain more of the storm king's best features.

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

This pours with a nice 2 finger head that's light tan in color and nearly foamy, lace sticking to the sides of the glass quite nicely. The beer is pitch black dark, and intriguing. :)

At first, I'm thinking the aroma is a little bland but then the beer warms up a tad and it's much better. Smooth and balanced nose for sure, though. Plenty of rich malty and chocolate notes, milk chocolate mostly. Then I get lighter bourbon notes, oak (stronger than the bourbon), hints of toasted coconut and vanilla. Also in the background are note of leather and dark fruits.

Taste is very nice, much like the aroma. Sweet luscious malts and chocolate, oak, light bourbon hints, coconut, touch of vanilla, light coffee notes and bitterness, with notes of caramel and dark fruits in the background.

Smooth and velvety body, creamy medium consistency, with a moderately high carbonation, and a smooth, wet finish.

Overall this is a pretty damn good beer, let alone a -bal aged stout. I had my doubts after reading some of the reviews that paint it slightly negative light, but this one proved to be quite good. This was a 2011 bottling, not sure exactly who I got if from but thank you very much! It was absolutely appreciated.

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

thanks to mike for picking this one up for me. enjoyed from a ccb snifter. bottled nov 10, 2011 (or so it seems).

a - stouty black with a fairly generous full finger of creamy mocha tan bubbly head. hung out for a while. streaky lacing.

s - nice chocolate notes. fairly balanced and smooth smelling. milk chocolate. a bit decadent. slight glazing of bourbon. quite nice.

t - yum. VERY balanced. nice soft milk chocolate with very soft booze and wood notes. like chocolate milk. delicious.

m - smooth and soft. not big and not boozy. not roasty or bold. leaves a tingle, but all in all very chocolate milk.

o - overall, i am rather impressed by this beer. the heat is well integrated...i only notice it in the zing left in my mouth. nicely integrated flavors, but not all that strong on the barrel aging. great milk chocolate notes and flavors. i browsed through some reviews...not sure if there is a lot of bottle variation, but every other review says TONS of bourbon or minimal bourbon...my bottle fell on the minimal bourbon side of the spectrum and i dug it. not earth shattering, but really good.

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Photo of azdback
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle received from McNuts. Poured into a Bruery snifter. This pours pretty black but not completely light sucking. The top of the stem is revealing some dark brown edges. Head is a huge two fingers and is a dark mocha color and very frothy and creaming looking. Quite nice.

Smell is pretty bourbon forward. The vanilla, charred oak and booze are very much in the forefront. There is maybe some tobacco and some dried cherries in the nose as well.

Taste is much better than the nose. There is some bitter sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt flavors of burnt wood, roasted coffee and some toffee. The barrel really isn't that detectable in the flavor, maybe as it warms they may come out but not here now. There is quite a bit of booze though, especially for a brew that is only 9.2%. I do detect a bit of tart fruit and sweetness when I lick my lips.

Mouth is medium to full with mild carbonation. Body is full and on the rich side and the finish is rather long and wet.

Overall I liked this but went into this review thinking I was going to love it. I enjoy Storm King a lot and thought a barrel aged version would be better than this was. Still not a bad beer and one that should be had if you get the chance but not a must trade for beer. Thanks again to McNuts for including this in our blind trade.

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Photo of IKR
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown close to black with a generous frothy dark brown head that slowly faded. I saw some good lacing with this one.

Smell: Bready yeast aroma, brown sugar, and some hops and very faint bourbon notes. None of the typical bal-aging notes are present here.

Taste: Following the nose, slight brown sugar notes, a touch of oak, some faint bourbon notes, and some roast malts. The finish is fairly dry with a huge hop presence for a bal-aged RIS.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but the bal-aging seems to have added nothing to the beer in comparison to most other bal-aged Imperial Stouts. I'm not a hop head anyway, but the level of hop presence could have certainly been toned down for my tastes, especially in light it's a bal-aged IS.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Bottled on 11/9/2011. Consumed immediately after a similarly-aged Storm King.

Appearance - Better khaki head than Storm King. Better retention and nicer lacing. It's still a bit light, but it's a very nice looking beer.

Smell - Hops more subdued. Huge oak aroma. Not a lot of bourbon or other barrel notes. Boozy.

Taste - Ok here's where it falls flat. Oak is tremendous. Bourbon is light. Lots of coffee. A strong medicinal flavor. Very bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Bitter. Medicinal. Doesn't deliver enough good flavors to justify its difficulty to drink.

Overall - I'm contemplating a drainpour. It's not terrible, but I'm having difficulty finishing my half of the bottle.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a very decent tan head that sticks around all the way down the glass.

Smell is a lot of bourbon upfront with a bit of coffee.

Tastes overwhelmingly of bourbon with a bit of that nice hoppy taste that non BA storm king brings. Leaves a pretty nice french vanilla coffee taste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is just like the normal storm king which is very nice...slightly chewy with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall very decent for the price but I actually think that I prefer the non BA version.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Bottled Nov. 10 2011. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.

5.0 A: Black color. Almost three fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is insanely good and super thick lacing covers the glass.

2.5 S: This is mainly bourbon. Aggressive, boozy bourbon. Leathery and earthy. The base is surprisingly hard to find. There's some roastiness and some herbal and piney hops, but just about everything else gets lost behind the bourbon.

3.0 T: The taste brings a lot more of the beer into focus. Firstly, the hops are the focus with lots of herbal flavors in the forefront and pine and citrus underneath. Big roastiness and a light chocolate. The bourbon isn't very well done in this. It's harsh and astringent , and boozy. There's some leather and earth, but I think I'd be happier without it.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Good here.

3.0 D: Not bad, but the barrel doesn't improve the beer. I've not been a fan of hoppy stouts for a while now, so this isn't my type of beer anymore anyway. Still, I was glad to have tried it since it won't be made again.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint...

A. Even a careful pour yields a massive three and a half finger light brown head that shows no signs of yielding too much. The beer itself is pitch black and the lacing is super aggressive. The head holds together extremely well, creating all sorts of cliffs, peaks, valleys. Excellent stuff here.

S. Extremely hoppy nose for a stout, which should be expected seeing as this is barrel aged Storm King. Piney, resinous hops, some roasted chocolate, dark fruit, mild vanilla, and lots of oak. A little too hoppy for my taste, but that's okay.

T. Chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, bourbon, loads of wood, and a lot of piney hops. The finish is very boozy and oaky, somewhat harsh. Still, there's a nice balance between dry, hoppy and sweet, creamy here. The flavors clash a bit, but it ain't bad.

M. Full-moderate bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

O. I'm not a huge fan of hoppy stouts but this is well-done all the same. A heavy dose of the wood and hops covers some of the more pleasing roast, chocolate, and coconut flavors, but not so much that they don't shine through quite a bit and get a good turn about the room. Will I revisit this? No. Am I glad I tried it? Absolutely. And if you are a fan of hoppy stouts, I highly recommend you do the same.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/11/2012, notes taken when served.

25 oz bottle, Cork and Cage, purchased 12/2011, bottled 11/2011, poured into a large Duvel Tulip.

Pours a very nice frothy, 1” thick, tan colored head, which has decent longevity, but really no lace to speak of. The color is very deep black/brown.

The aroma is distinct, but there are no hops present that I could detect. There is however a wonderful, rich, distinct malt presence, roasted cocoa and caramel with dark unsweetened chocolate.
Hints of vanilla and wood though quite light.

Crisp, medium bitter, entry on the palate of very light hops, followed by distinct, rich malt, refined, roasted malt, cocoa, dark unsweetened chocolate and a hint of caramel. Really bitter chocolate.
The taste of Ale yeast is present. There is a mouth drying, faintly vanilla/wood sensation in the middle. The body is medium full and balanced, with a fine balanced carbonation. Rather dry.

Long finish of faintly bitter hops and quite rich malt, chocolately malt dominates.

A very good Ale. Age has helped this brew immensely as it seemed thin and unimpressive when first opened soon after its release. So glad I laid a few bottles back. Lable states “aged in used Bourbon barrels”. Well they must be very used as the impact of wood here is very light.
Still it’s quite rich now and drinking well. Delicious, really.
If you have aged any IMO now’s the time to drink.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

(Aged for 6+ months)

Nearly black throughout with a small brown head that leaves spots of lace down the glass. Unremarkable, though appropriate.

The aroma is somewhat hoppy for the style, with some pine aromas pushing through the bourbon, oak, and big roast character. Appropriate enough, but there are much, much better smelling bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts.

The flavor is more reminiscent of a woody black IPA than a big, barrel-aged stout. There's decent amount of pine hop flavors, along with wood, roast, moderate bitterness, and some mild bourbon. The flavors don't come together particularly well.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

One of the poorer (non-infected) barrel-aged stouts I've had, though by no means a bad beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, herbal hops, wood, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and woody finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing all that great in my opinion.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and cage bottle served in a snifter.
bottled: nov 29, 2011

pours a dark cola brown / deep mahogany tone... fairly aggressive pour yields almost 2" worth of frothy tan head, which fades with no great hurry into a thin cap, collar around the glass.

nose offers roasted malt, molasses, coffee, some chocolate, and some bourbon / booze characters. also some definite hoppy notes hanging in the background.

flavor delivers more of the same. more bourbon than i picked up in the nose (that said, the bourbon presence is relatively tame), and much more of a hops presence than i was expecting. some vanilla. medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

let me preface 'overall' by saying that this is a really good beer, quite flavorful. having said that, i think it falls short of my expectations, especially at its price point. personally i don't think there is a great deal of harmony between the hops and the bourbon. speaking of the bourbon, i could also use it to be dialed up a little. again, solid beer, tasty and enjoyable, just not up there with some of the barrel-aged greats that are out there.

(originally reviewed: 01-03-2012)

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Photo of asabreed
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked bottle into a Brooklyn tulip glass. Storm King, in recent years to me, has declined a bit, but it was one of my first beers that got me into beer, so when I saw this, I had to pick it up.

Appearance: As expected with pure darkness going on, and a dark mocha-colored head at first that sticks nicely to the sides of the glass, though it dissipates as it warms.

Smell: Classic Storm King aroma coupled with wood, vanilla, and burnt sugars. Some dark berries are in the mix also, along with some citrus. The bourbon-esque nose-hair singe goes on as it warms, and it's a good thing, as those bourbon flavors do really well with the dark berries and charred malt aromas from everything Storm King has to offer.

Taste: I wonder what this would do in the cellar, since I'm not sold on how this would get any better. I think what you get in this state is initial bourbon, vanilla, and wood sweetness, along with some kind of charred brown sugar flavors, mixing with the back-end charred malt. So there's a nice amalgam that's almost two waves here, and I like that about it -- in the sense that everything doesn't mesh together haphazardly. Finish is pretty nice, with lingering vanilla, sweetness, and some citrus hops and char and berries.

Mouthfeel: Heavy-bodied and awesomely velvet-like and not cloying like I thought it may be.

Drinkability: I think the bottle was around $14, but the nice, mellow buzz after nearly three hours sipping on it was worth every penny. It's not going to make you not want to try others, but I really like what they did with what's already a pretty awesome brew. Check it out if you're down with what it's bringing to the table.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 batch. Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a nonic

A- pours as black as night with a two finger tan head. Looks damn nice

S- lots of chocolate. Mild bourbon. Yum

T- chocolate. Hops are muted. Mild bourbon burn in the finish. A little too sweet at the end

M- chewy as hell. So thick. The sweetness makes that unappealing

O- I think Victory left this in a little long. Hoppiness + bourbon = sweet burning

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter on 6/6/12

Bottled on Nov. 10 2011

The beer is a scorched medium-dark brown that settles much darker in the glass. The sandy colored head of smooth foam crests at just under two fingers before slowly dissipating. Retention holds at close to 1/4th in for quite a while. Lace is thick but often slides down the glass.

The aroma has a heavy dose of roast; tangy and burnt. Scorched chocolate and faint strands of semi-sweet sugars. Barrel char accompanies the roast, making for a fairly ashy aroma overall. There isn't much outright bourbon, though. A tad earthy and hints of dark berries.

The flavor profile is the same in terms of the strong roast notes, but there there are both more sugars and barrel to back it up. Burnt coffee and sticky chocolate give way to a prominent charred barrel taste. Undertones of oak succumb to alcohol heat, though bourbon flavor is left to the peripheries. The mid-section has some burnt sugary sweetness.

The feel is between medium and full; the body is somewhat granular and sticky from the sugars. Carbonation is right around average, but it has a rolling feel that doesn't overpower the body. Burnt residuals with some lingering alcohol heat.

Overall, I prefer this more than the base beer. Worth a shot.

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Photo of n2185
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with three fingers of tan head that fades into a thin cap with great lacing.

S: roasted malts with bitter chocolate aromas up front followed by strong smoke, char, and piny notes. There are some slight oak and vanilla aromas toward the finish.

T: again, roasted malts with bitter chocolate, smoke, and char dominate. There are also some piny flavors with vanilla, oak, and bourbon notes from the barrel.

M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is relatively highly carbonated for the style. I prefer thicker and creamier bodies, but this beer's body is far from bad.

O: a pretty solid beer overall. I'd like a little more presence from the barrel and a creamier body, but still it's good.

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Photo of crag
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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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Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
86 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.
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