Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Rating #102. Thanks for the quick delivery hopdog. Pitch black pour. Dark fruity aroma, light chocolate and a bit of roast. Wood and bourbon up front, a good amount of oak actually and a light bitter roast finish. (2053)
Ernesto987 (3041) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 Very chocolately beer, muted bourbon which is nice. Takes a background to the big stout. My personal favorite but the weyerbacher
paultheguru (650) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a pitch black color. Dark brown head, with good retention and lacing. Dark roasted malts leading to some chocolate, coffee and dark berry notes. Solid bourbon nose, but not overpowering. Some nice vanilla and whiskey in there as well. A little bitter from the hops, but should be court this style. Storm King was a great base beer and I respect this idea, mostly because they waited to do it correctly. Note: the high rating is due to this beer being amazing, not due to the hype of it being limited.
HonkeyBra (2882) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Dark black pour with tan head that clings to the glass. Big rich aroma of bourbon, booze, oak barrel and vanilla. Mild notes of chocolate, roast, and coffee too. Some dark fruits combine with wood and earthy notes. Flavor is strong on the bourbon barrel, it does not disappoint. Strong bourbon, an bit of burny boozy note. Mild chocolate, some roast. Quite a stunning beer, showing off the barrels quite a bit. One of the better bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts and itís rekindling my interest in imperial stouts altogether. I like it a lot. Great beer.
Goodgrief (1733) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour. Tons of boozy bourbon in the nose. Storm King flavors, lots of roast and pine hops, bit tons of licorice and vanilla flavors from the barrel. A bit too sweet, just like all beers of this ilk...but the hops do save it a bit. Enjoyable, but Iím glad I didnít pay the forty bucks for the bottle last year.
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle graciously provided by Robert, thank you, sir! Pour was deep dark black w choco colored decent head leaving behind weak lacing. The aroma is cocoa, bourbon, sawdust, oak, some citrus. Flavor followed with faint roasty bitteress and licorice also present. The most hop forward BA bourbon beer ever, mising the sticky cloying vanilla action, thankfully. Moderate slightly acidic mouthfeel it decent carbonation especially for an aged brew.
jstraw (1844) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with big, foamy, brown head / Modest nose of roast barley and bourbon / Medium to full body, chewy, lively carbonation, with good balance and very dry, bitter, finish / Surprisingly mellow flavors of bourbon, roast coffee, roast barley, cocoa, grass, grapefruit, and oak / A well made stout, with no flaws, but lighter of body and flavor punch than would be expected. Call this a regular stout and itís terrific.
drowland (5719) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/9/11. 750mL bottle, bottled 11/9/11, thanks to scotchzi! Opaque black pour with a nice tan head that fades to clumps but sticks and laces plenty. Rich aroma of roasted coffee, char, and dark chocolate, with a touch of barrel character - vanilla, wood, and booze. Huge roast and char in the flavor with a touch of tartness and subtle vanilla, bourbon, and wood. This is basically Storm King but with subtle barrel aspects. Tasty!
burtonbaton930 (100) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For some reason I thought this was a brew pub exclusive so I was really excited when I found this bottle. Pours a deep blackish color with a nice, creamy beige head. Aroma had elegance written all over it, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark malts, and alcohol. Tasted very different from the regular Storm King. This has a nice oaky flavor with chocolate and bourbon love making going on in your mouth. The aging process has really mellowed this brew out which surprised me. Both the Storm King and Dark Intrigue are equally good but they are now in classes of their own. Very "Intriguing" lol. Cheers.
phaleslu (5208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by birchstick- thanks, Jon! 2010 vintage. Paired side-by-side with a 2010 Storm King. Pours a dark, opaque brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, bourbon, and toffee. Flavor of rich, roasty dark malts, bourbon heat, oak, brown sugar, berries, and plums. Medium-bodied, with a roasty, boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Solid BA imperial stout that keeps a lot of the Storm King character.