beernovice39 (3102) - Montana, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a jet black color with a thick tan head. Scent of roasted malt, oak, and booze. Taste is roasty, with dark chocolate and wood notes.
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of floral, vanilla, and slight cocoa. Pours black with light foam. Tastes awesome. Mixed flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla and a great boozy bourbon finish. Tasty.
Reynolds314 (2228) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured like a stout into a Tulip. Mouthfeel was very creamy and pleasing. Aroma was off to me with odd barrel characteristics that almost reminded me of a spicy raw wood taste. Full bodied and medium sweet with a nice roastyness that is detracted from by the strange barrelling notes.
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle from November 10. Pours pitch black with a light tan head. Carbed up like a motherfucker. Booze, whiskey, vanilla, and some roast. The whiskey is subtle but dominates at the same time. Very full mouthfeel. Boozy but in the best way possible. Quite the delectable beer. Top-notch.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared with a good buddy. Pretty color, dark black with a brownish head. Nice aroma of chocolate and slight oaky bourbon notes. Flavor is a good mixture between chocolate and malts. ABV is masked very well here. Would definitely drink this again.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours almost black with a large, beige head. Aroma of malts and caramel with a hint of hops. Flavor is sweet with notes of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts and some mild hops. Only a hint of bourbon in this. Honestly, I like storm king better, but not bad.
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Family Liquors (Homewood, IL). Plenty left on the shelf. Pours a rich blackish opaque hue. Dark and dreary with cakey milk chocolate brown head. Stays around, laces ok. Dark and dense. The head eventually dies to a thicker film and laces small. Aromas smell like Storm King: rich cocoa and roasty malts meld with toffee, toast, and biscuits. A good dose of vanilla reaches with oak and a decent kick of spirit and warmth. Healthy dry roast and sweet malts mingle, pushing more cocoa, a creamy sweetness comes from melow, dry roast and toast. A pretty nice melange and feel with some fruity dry hops in there. Initial is full bodied, pushing healthy roast and toast up front. Dry roasty coffee and bakers cocoa, dark and earthy. Some vanilla and oak after initial brunt. Lots of oak, cocoa, vanilla. Touches of creamy sweetness, milky chocolate, biscuits in the middle. Some toffee, dryness creeps back in. Backend and finish through more dryness and roast, toast. A decent kick of hops lingers into the finish, dry with that sweet vanilla/cocoa/caramel feel sticking around after finish in the mouth. Pretty well put together. Flavorful, the barrel is decent strength, but integrated well here. Tasty. Pretty good body, but not top tier. I enjoyed this. Still quite bitter and hoppy into the finish it seems (Dry hopped?), playing well with the barrel and rich stout. Nice. The flavors don’t burst, likely due to the hops taking the wheel.. Citrusy and dry, bitter. But makes the whole experience quite interesting.
LinusStick (2814) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A delicious beer! Equal, but not better than the original Storm King which is my favorite go to impy. Aroma was enticing. Strong vanilla and oak overpower the nose with notes of chocolate and bourbon. Pour was a jet black with a one finger cherry mahogany head. Taste was nice as well. Not as thick or full as regular Storm King but the heavy wood, vanilla and bourbon notes make up for it. Very delicious. The bourbon could be more pronounced and I probably would mistake this for just an oak aged beer. Nonetheless, this is one full flavored great beer. Mmmm
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black colored pour with a tan head on it. Smell is full of oak and vanilla notes, with chocolates and hops. Pretty good smelling beer. Taste is somewhat smooth with a little bit of a sharp bourbon kick to it. Alcohol is well hidden, but it does remind somewhat hot. A good beer, but having just opened a regular storm king to do a side by side, this one pales in comparison.
Dunkelstar (19) - Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As if Storm King wasn’t enough to evoke our palate; the brew masters at Victory went and aged it in Kentucky bourbon barrels and the resultant beverage earns it’s name. Typical storm king pour, opaque chocolate with slight brown head (from 750ml bottle). Aroma of intense malt, hops, large presence of ethanol and . . . with now with the added bonus of sweet vanilla and caramel. The bourbon aroma will not be lost on anyone, quite obvious but not obtrusive. Palate is best enjoyed when poured at 45-50 degrees F from a snifter; overly chilled and some of the character is lost. Usual intense bitter and malt cascade . . . bourbon leaves a sweet mouth-feel on top. Carbonation and viscosity add a creamy mouth swish character that the normal Storm King has only slightly; almost along the lines of a cream stout. Hop character persists till the end with a yeast trail. One would wonder if aging for a year might bring out more vanillin character. Overall a fine exploration by those at Victory (perhaps a future seasonal offering?). Well balanced and quite enjoyable.