portableparty (2281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by DalzAle. Pours dirty motor oil with a creamy foamy khaki head that slowly fades to a foamy film with lacing. Aroma is big roasted malt cardboard and some marshmellow and bourbon. Taste is bitter chocolate and dark fruit with strong bourbon alcohol little marshmellow and soy. Palate is full and chalky with a warming dry finish. Solid would like another one for down the road.
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark black pour, a little disc of dark carbonation and a nice mellow bourbon and wood aroma. Dark dry and roasty malt, chocolate, mellow vanilla and a little bourbon heat and peat on the aftertaste. Very enjoyable!
pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A huge, bold dominating stout that rapes and pillages your palette. The barrel aging is evident, but so is the alcohol burn. Really good, but not as refined as I expected.
PorterPounder (7332) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 750 ml cage corked bottle. Charcoal black pour, thick, sticky khaki colored head, nice coat of lacing. Aroma has hint so marshmallows, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is rich and full-bodied with a whole lot going on. Pick up some chocolate, wisps of vanilla, some coffee, black dirt earthiness, a touch of bourbon, some marshmallows and a roasty back end. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick. This was my Christmas Eve gift-wrapping companion!
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black pour with a tall, fluffy brown head. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and roasted malt in the aroma. Taste is roasted malt, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, molasses and booze. Body is medium with a smooth creamy carbonation and a soft alcohol warmth. Finishes with more roasted malt, bitter hops, dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, molasses and caramel.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Aroma: Considerable vanilla on the nose.. with some hoppy notes.
Appearance: Pours black with limited head.
Taste: Storm king with vanilla.. some burn on the tongue.. I had heard this is well over 10%.. despite what is said on the description.
Palate: Syrupy.. but not sticky.
Overall: Good for Christmas.. stings the tongue a bit but a solid taste of hops. This is enjoyable but I probably wouldn’t buy repeatedly.
pottygok (548) - 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 (4006) - - 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 (1949) - 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.