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Victory Dark Intrigue

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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Since its 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 a exploration, involving Storm King Stout aged in oak barrels that once matured Kentucky bourbon. Blended to perfection, this one is surely dark and intriguing!


robgibbens' rating

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
robgibbens (419) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Got this bottle as a gift and just in time as I hear Victory is discontinuing this beer. Looks like a Storm King Stout with black color and brown head. Nice lacing too. The aroma is ethanol and bourbon. This seems to overpower the Storm King aroma. The taste is less biting than Storm King being somewhat mellowed by the bourbon barrels. The bourbon seems just right, not over bearing like some brews. Finishes nice and smooth. Very well done!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dagimp (815) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottled in November of 2011 and drank in March of 2015 so this has some age on it. Pours dark brown with an inch of head and zero lacing. Sweet bourbon aroma. Mouthfeel is moderate and slightly dry. No greasyness at all. Perfect amount of carbonation. Taste is dry with a decent amount of booze but no hotness to it. Bourbon is definitely present but not overwhelming by any amount. Some chalk and cocoa. The bourbon isn’t overwhelming at all, but then again, this is over three years old. I heard this was very boozy when fresh, which is why I cellared it for a while. Damn fine beer at this age. Good blend of an excellent Storm King and not too much bourbon. This is actually the first barrel aged Victory I’ve liked. For such a great brewery, the others were crap. (kind of a downer to end on but this is a really good beer)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (9897) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle @ "The luxury tasting continues" shared by Countbeer. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, bourbon whiskey. Taste malts, a firm roastyness, firm bourbon, wood, bitter. Oh yeah I love this, roast and bourbon. Awesome! Medium to full body and carbonation. Love it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (5236) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle (75cl)@The luxury tasting continues: Shared with Benzai: Served in a Duvel glass: Thanks to Leighton for this bottle: Vintage 2011: Black beer with a medium sized creamy beige light brown head. Aromas of whiskey/bourbon, coffee, light liquorice, light milk/cream, bit boozy, some wood and sweetwood, caramel, sweet roast, bay leaf. Flavour is a boozy mix of roast, bourbon, wood, coffee, chocolate, bitter, some praline, some mocha, roasty bitterness and nutty bitterness, hint of (sweet) coal, herbal bay leaf, light marzipan and a light hint of some spice and dry sprinkles. Aftertaste is a mix of mocha, roast, liquorice, wood, chocolate, light bourbon, light marzipan and light coffee. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeadyDE (569) - Delaware, USA - JAN 10, 2015
2011 bottle..black color..mocha head...nose is as expected bourbon dominant with vanilla..coconut..char..slight cinnamon as well..mouthfeel is alright medium bodied a bit blander than anticipated but the age of the bottle probably has subdued things a bit..not quite sure how a bourbon barrel version of storm king is listed as the same abv as the regular storm king but oh well..in this rare case i prefer the non barreled age version of the imperial stout..this isn’t a bad offering but just doesn’t have the usual barrel aged imperial stout mouthfeel for my liking..alright though..

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (3524) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 25, 2014
750ml bottle pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is bourbon vanilla oak roast malts chocolate and some ashtray. Taste is as the nose with lots of bourbon barrel goodness vanilla chocolate and a nice heavy roast malt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (5155) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Some very sharp bourbon barrel here. Bitter finish. Some roast, dark chocolate. There isn’t a huge amount of underlying character here, or it hasn’t aged well at least. Pours black with good head and lacing. Bottle pour at Churchkey’s 5th anniversary.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2933) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and had a touch of coffee.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6853) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"black with thin brown head. medium bodied, well carbonated, maybe a touch too much for the style, but that was expected...Storm King is the same. The difference between this and most other BB stouts is that the hops still come through, though the bourbony vanilla flavor and aroma are up front and center as well. chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, hops...nicely blended. a white whale since it came out that did not disappoint. 2010 batch. not quite with the very elite of the style, but not too far off, either. 2nd fresher batch needs to age a bit."

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2207) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2014
2011 bottle. Pours a dark brown to black with a light brown head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, bourbon, some oxidation but the beer wears it well. Taste is sweet with a decent amount of bourbon heat at the finish. Medium mouth feel and light on the carbonation. This one impressed me. If I can find some cheap still on the shelves I will buy this again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5885) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with larhe creamy beige head that leaves spotty lacing. Smoke aroma and roast. Medium mouthfeel with smoke and roasted malt with light boozy finish.


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