LinusStick (2740) - 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 (2044) - 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.
tastybeer (1573) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head, little retention/lace. Aroma of bourbon (oak, vanilla), bittering hops, chocolate, coffee. Taste is light bourbon, vanilla, unsweetened cocoa, espresso. Palate is quite bitter, oily/creamy palate, some warmth, full body. Nice.
keepersj12 (2512) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Let this one rest a bit. If it’s to cold, the flavors and aroma are masked. At around 50 degrees the best comes out. A nice bread and yeast aroma waifs along with some vanilla and a good deal of booze. Te flavors are more pronounced as it warms with rich chocolate, toffee, caramel and vanilla. The booze warms as it goes down. Sip this one by the fireplace with a friend.
rbrazell (1418) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small creamy light brown head. Aroma is dried dark fruits, slight tartness, roasted malts, bourbon and hint of vanilla. Up front on the flavor is the rich chewy maltiness of roast and chocolate which lingers into dark fruits. Mid palate the bourbon and vanilla start to show up. A nice hop bitter finish with a note of sweet whiskey warmth. I have to say this is a very interesting a complex beer with layers of flavor. It would also develop very nicely with a few years on it. I really enjoyed this one!
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 (3258) - 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 (3075) - 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 it’s rekindling my interest in imperial stouts altogether. I like it a lot. Great beer.