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Dark Intrigue | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of a great trader. Thank you Alex.

Split with steepH20 over a little light hearted banter over our impending fantasy football show down while recovering from a nice long snowshoeing through the woods with the wives.

Looks like a stout with nice sticky legs.

Hershey's kisses, mild roast, hops and subtle hint of barrel. Not overly potent but nice.

The nose is quite evident on the taste, but there's a lack of harmony here. The best of what Storm King brings to the table, mainly it's nice in-your-face hoppiness, doesn't work well with the barrel aging. Or possibly, it just isn't there yet. While steepH20 loved this, I was left wanting more. Maybe with some time this will reach it's potential, but at the moment it's inferior to the base beer, and that's too bad.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fortunate enough to have picked up a few of these in the past month, so reviewing 1 now and saving 1-2 for some cellar action.

Served at cellar temp into a Chimay goblet. Pours with a short tan head over the expectedly opaque black body. Decent lacing.

Aromas are full of hops, dark chocolate, anise, molasses (lots of it as it warmed), and just a touch of bourbon and barrel.

Wow, SOOO much lighter on the palate than expected. Flavors are full of prickly hops, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, good charred woody notes, touch of ginger-like spice, and with a finish of fresh floral hop bite. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is full of carbonation and clean as hell for a RIS. I was expecting a thicker version of Storm King, and got a cleaner one.

Drinkability is nice - not your typical RIS, for sure, but quite nice.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited to try this beer as I love Strom King and also love bourbon barrel aging. Sadly, my overall take away is that these two elements didn't meld together very nicely. Bottom line for me is that the assertive hop nature of Storm King doesn't lend itself to the types of flavors that bourbon brings to the party.

Nice creamy tan head with decent retention and a typically dark beer.

Aroma is floral and hoppy mixed with charcoal notes. There is a sense of the barrel aging but this is the first time I sense a bit of lack of synergy.

Nothing wrong with the flavor and no flaws detected, just a lack of harmony. Floral green hop flavor kicks off and immediately mixes with the charcoal and ash flavors. Then as the hops make a second wave you get the mismatched floral hop notes mixing unsuccessfully with the barrel notes and a subtle sense of bourbon. Just seems out of whack. Mostly pine flavors from the hops.

Slightly dry and course. Fairly bold body.

A bit disappointing to be honest.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 12/11/10 at a pre-wedding tasting. Congrats TCGoalie!

Pours a very dark brown that lets a bit of ruby hued light shine through when held up to a light. The head is light tan, and like many bourbon barrel aged beers, it fades fairly quickly. Lacing also seems to suffer from the barrel ageing, but this is a nice looking beer for the style.

The aroma sports some major bourbon notes. Quite hot with some nice bitter chocolate and caramel. It also has some nice vanilla notes and a bit of earthiness, as well as some charred character. The aging seems to have taken the hoppy edge off of the Storm King base.

Much like in the nose, the flavor is very bourbon-centric. The Kentucky spirit character is bolstered by dark chocolate and astringent roasted malts. The piney hops seem to show through a little, but are definitely in the background. Other flavors include vanilla, charred wood, earth and some molasses.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. Medium, but not as thick as one would expect from a stout like this. It is smooth and has a definite slickness to it. The finish is mostly roasted malt and bourbon.

This is a pretty drinkable bourbon barrel aged stout, but it strikes me as pretty raw. The bourbon plays too big of a role, and while I think this was a very good first shot at barrel aging for Victory, they do still have a bit of perfecting to do.

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Photo of largadeer
2.69/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks, Barry!

Dark Intrigue appears a near-opaque black, capped by a tall tan head. The nose has a lot of charred malt, cigar smoke and coffee bean, along with a milder note of vanilla. Palate is decent; burnt toast, bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffee, a touch of vanilla and caramel from the barrel. The body is a little thin for the style, and the finish dry, tannic, moderately roasted. There isn't a ton of complexity here, but it's not completely awful; just all-around mediocre.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a almost pitch black with good amount of head and lacing around the corners. When held to light, some deep ruby light shoots around the rim of the glass. 

Nose is a little weak, but I just took this thing out of the fridge so I gotta let it sit for a few.  I'll revisit at the end of the brew. 

The front and end of this beer is straight bourbon. Tastes like it's Jack Daniels, and I love it. There is vanilla in the middle with a strong chocolate malty characteristic. Finishes great with a bourbon aftertaste that lingers at the back of the mouth. A really good hop flavor that balances really well with the bourbon. 

Okay, it's warmed down and it smells awesome. Woody with the bourbon. Vanilla with chocolate, not so much of a hop oil smell, but smells sweet and delicious. 

Overall, a pretty good beer. Alot of complexities that I think will blend well together as time passes. I was a little disappointed in the mouthfeel. Really thin that bubbles in the back, but I was hoping for a little more thickness, because I remembered Storm King being thicker. I have two more in the basement that I'm thinking will be phenomenal as time passes. 

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Photo of kzoobrew
2.41/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled 11/19/10 served at cellar temp.

Poured into Darkness snifter. Body is black and opaque, even when held directly in front of a lamp light fails to breaks the surface. Three finger cafe au lait head is perched atop. The head recedes slowly leaving a broken ring of lacing surrounding the glass. A modest cap is left floating for the duration.

As of the first pour the aroma comes off a bit muted. The bourbon is apparent but not as strong as I would have imagined. A combination of caramel and chocolate aromas are fairly strong. The hops provide a strong floral element which really does not mesh well with the beer as a whole. I had hopes the aroma would meld a bit more with warmth, this did not happen. While certain smells blended a bit, I can not walk away being anything but disappointed.

The flavor transition is very interesting with this one. Caramel and chocolate flavors are the first to roll across the tongue. Shortly after and astringent oakiness which moves into a strong hop floral flavor. The bourbon flavor becomes more apparent on the back of the palate, I am a bit surprised this did not present itself earlier. The flavors and their progression is just a bit odd.

Mouthfeel is not a strong point. The body is a bit thin, though in many -bal stouts this can be overcome. The carbonation is dialed up a bit too high. The astringency of the oak revealing itself at the end further embellishes the overly dry finish. This is not what the mouthfeel of an Imperial Stout should be.

I looked forward to this one. I wanted to like this one. Dark Intrigue was simply hard to drink. I will say I believe this may benefit with age, but as it sits right now it is flat out hard to enjoy. I should have probably held on to this one for a bit longer.

I am very grateful to Biglobo8971 for sending this one my way. No matter if I enjoyed it or not, this was a very generous inclusion in this box.

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Photo of mikey711
1.79/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Deep black with a mocha colored head that lingers at about a quarter inch. not much lace

S: heavy chocolate up front with some serious wood notes that have a very earthy tone. some bourbon notes and vanilla notes. some hints of coffee and roastiness. All the nots are somewhat subdued though

T: Very woody with hints of hoppiness and roastiness. some bourbon and vanilla notes and a heavy chocolate presence. oddly there is a bit of a metallic taste as well

M: Some what thin and slightly astringent.

D: This was a major disappointment for me. the bourbon characteristic was there but like drinking an extremely cheap and astringent bourbon. the woodiness is way to present and all of the flavors just seem to be muddled together. I dont think i had a bad bottle, i think this beer lacks a true identity as well as the typical qualities that i enjoy in more well put togther BA stouts. I dont think this has much aging potential because it seems to be poorly executed

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Incredibly dark black with a very creamy, dark tan head. Stayed up at around two fingers worth for a while but is now settling to a thin layer. Not a striking difference in appearance from Storm King.

S: Vanilla and bourbon hit right up front, lending a wonderful sweetness on top of a huge roasted malt base. Still a bit hot, being bottled not even a month ago. The large hop aroma found in Storm King is also found here. Leafy, earthy hops. The bourbon worked very well with this beer as the vanilla sweetness just adds further complexity to a very complex beer. Very nice!

T: Well this beer is CLEARLY bourbon barrel aged. Huge bourbon up front and throughout. Nice bitterness to go along with it in the form of bitter chocolate and deeply roasted malts. Not a significant alcohol burn, but noticeable on the back of the throat. I get notes of tobacco, burnt wood and a leafy hop flavor. Sweetness of vanilla and brown sugar as well. Think this beer will mellow out nicely with some age.

M: Carbonation is a bit thin and the overall body of the beer feels a bit light, but I am chalking this up to being barrel-aged. I am assuming this one will mellow and develop a heavier body over time. The drying from the roasted malts is very nice and the lingering sweet bourbon notes is pleasant. Gives the impression of an RIS followed by a sip of bourbon.

D: Always found Storm King to be a very drinkable RIS, but the addition of bourbon to the mix makes this one a sipper for sure. Can't wait to see how this one turns out after a year or so. Very nice barrel-aged RIS.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle poured into a duvel tulip. Thanks to sourbatchkid for the hook up.

A- two fingers of creamy coffee and cream color head from a hard pour that settles slowly leaving a few spots of lace and a decent cap. Black and all hell in color. No light makes it through the dark storm.

S- the bourbon hits your first with some vanilla then rolls into bakers chocolate and robust roasted malts. Hints of licorice, molasses, some pumpernickle bread.

T- super roasty and rich with espresso and dark chocolate. The barrel shines beautifully and brings a new level of flavor to the storm underneath. Touches of vanilla and brown sugar with some smoke and char. The hops that are so present in storm king are significantly mellowed in this adding a deep earthiness that plays very well with the roast of the overall flavor. As the brew comes to room temp a fruity portwine like character comes forth. Long roasty finish.

M- on the fuller side of medium body, not thick or chewy. Nicely carbed, maybe a bit more then most in this style but not too much, helps keep it extra drinkable. A slow swish and chew of the beer brings a really nice creamy feel. Almost no heat at all on the palate.

D- this is a really good brew. I'm really glad I got to try this one and I hope to get some more to lay down. Paired with some great icelandic 70 percent dark chocolate. I think I'd like a little more body but maybe that's just me.

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Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Axic10 for this 750ml bottle.

Pours a viscous, oily black with a big, thick mocha head that recedes really slowly and leaves fantastic lacing.

Aroma has the deeply roasted black malts, licorice and espresso, much like regular Storm King in that respect. But the bourbon comes in with a light sweet vanilla character and starts to become more noticeable after a few whiffs.

Taste is also big on the bourbon, which just blasts the taste buds up front. The backbone is dry cocoa powder, black malts and dark fruit. Finish has a big bourbon burn with some oak and vanilla hints.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and certainly a little slicker than the regular SK. Lots of oak and bourbon on the palate.

I'm a big fan of the regular Storm King and this is a very good treatment which has plenty of bourbon and oak but definitely has all the textbook RIS flavors that I like so much. Well crafted and balanced beer.

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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 yourefragile
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a corked 750 mL bottle with a friend. Bottled on 11/19/10.

This was an impressive barrel aged RIS, exceeding my expectations in flavor and balance. Pours a viscous, opaque rich chocolate brown with a retentive, long lasting mocha colored head. Aroma and flavor begin with a potent, smooth bourbon and vanilla punch before subtly transitioning to a dry roast malt and mildly citric hoppy finish. I didn't have an issue with the level of carbonation as others have mentioned, though this isn't as thick and chewy as some other stouts. This was a pleasant surprise and I particularly enjoyed the strong hop presence.

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Photo of nevins
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured almost half of a 750ml into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip.

A - Jet black with minimal coffee colored lacing.

S - some licorice undertones ,but mostly a bourboney alcohol aroma (Just how I like it).

T - Toffee, vanilla, bourbon oakey goodness

M- Low carbonation, not to viscous ,but the flavors sure stays on your tongue until the next sip.

D- Excellent, time to refill with the 2nd half. I'm glad I bought 6 of these.

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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 xnicknj
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into large tulip glass. bottled 11/19/10

Pours a midnight black with a thick, hazed toffee brown head. Fades slowly into a well retained film with some layers of lacing around the glass.

Scents of leathery tannin, oaked bourbon, vanilla, and a splash of booze. Some slight hints of bitter hops are also present.

Plenty of familiar roasted dark malt and fruit right up front, which gives way to a lovely wave of well tempered bourbon flavor. Oak smooths the taste with alcohol warmth and vanilla hints. A light touch of smoke is hidden well, alongside some dark fruit, chocolate, and molasses sweetness. Some hoppiness is evident, before the beer finishes dry and warm.

Fuller body, although it feels thinner than you might expect. Medium carbonation with some sticky and dry feel. Drinks well for the abv, which is hidden well, and the flavor helps this go down really smooth. A quality bal aged beer from Victory.

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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 koopa
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Capone's yesterday, courtesy of LIVEFAST...thanks Alan! (A little in the bag at that time)

Appearance: Pours an opaque obsidian with a brown crown that displays some retention and lace.

Smell: The whiskey / bourbon vanilla greet the nose right away. Storm Kings classic dark chocolate and roasty malt base rounds it out nicely.

Taste: Same as nose but with the tiniest amount of citrus hop presence. You really have to dig for it.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad despite how hefty this brew is. A welcome barrel treatment for Storm King IMHO. Get it while ya can!

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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 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 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 732 ratings.
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