pottygok (522) - Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Hints of bourbon, but mostly caramel and coffee aromas.
Appearance: Black with a rich, tan head.
Taste: Slight sweetness throughout, with hints of bitterness and sourness across the tongue.
Palate: Full body, thick, oily texture, average carbonation, long finish.
Overall: The whole bourbon thing doesn’t do it for me. I understand that it adds an extra dimension, but the flavors seem too conflicting in this one.
SSSteve (3902) - - DEC 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. thin looking black pour with a small brown head. nose of oak and chocolate. the oak doesn’t really impart any bourbon notes though. flavors of kitchen table and dark chocolate. very warming palate with a medium body. abv is a bit hot.
RSRIZZO (1876) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Snifter at 45°. Color is black with mellow carbonation and a a tight brown head. Aroma is a rich and sweet roasted malt scent with oak and vanilla. It has a full body that goes down smooth with a lighter mouth feel. Flavor is much lighter then the aroma alludes to, with roasted malt, a touch of dried fruit, bourbon and a touch of oak then a bold bitterness. After taste is dry letting the oak stand out a little more. Overall its a great Imperial Stout , but like the Storm King the bitterness is a little more then I like in an Imperial Stout.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma- some chocolate, plums, barrel characteristics, whiskey notes, all very soft and sensual
Appearance- coal black with a thin white head and lingering lacing
Taste- roasted qualities, bittersweet chocolate, nice barrel qualities, smooth bourbon notes, slight hop bitterness, finish is mildly dry and bitter
Palate- medium-bodied, nice carbonation, quality mouthfeel
Overall- Quite a bit better than the original Storm King imo. The barrel aging and bourbon notes transform this beer into something very sensual and luxurious. Nice beer Victory.
mixmasterob (937) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a small beige head. Faded to a quick collar. Aroma was bitter dark cocoa, burnt toast, lots of roastiness and a nice oaky kick. Good bit of earthy hops up front as well. Flavors were very strong on the oak, hints of cocoa, coffee and roasted malt danced throughout. Long bitter roasty finish, mouthfeel was light to medium, soft carbonation. This was good without being great. Only subtle hints of bourbon if any, it did take on a big oak character though.
redtechnj (244) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance- Pours jet black with a thick beige head. The head last for a good time with nie lacing.
Aroma- Oak, bourbon, peat, dark malts, dark chocolate, hops.
Taste- Oak,peat, very earthy, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, hops.
zathrus13 (1733) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, and dark fruit. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and alcohol, Body is medium to light, with a slightly bitter and dry finish. I was hoping this would be better than it is.
Nickls (1920) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2011 bottle. dark tan head on a mahgony body. Peat, bourbon, chocolate, and roast in the aroma. Nice heat and pepper, with smoke, chocolate, and peat. Medium to bigger body.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours an inky dark brown color with a large brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big bourbon notes, maple, chocolate, sweet malts and faint wood. The taste is roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, whisky, wood, chocolate and bitter hops. The taste is a little bit harsh. Medium-full bodied.
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is roasted malts, bourbon, oak, and some smokiness. Taste is intensely bitter dark malts, and some bourbon smokiness on the finish. A lighter body than I’d like, but overall a pretty decent stout.