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Victory Dark Intrigue

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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Since its arrival in 1997, our Storm King Stout has enticed folks to “discover the dark intrigue” as its label suggests. While enjoying that great imperial stout, we have been intrigued by the myriad of flavors it exhibits, and encouraged to test the limits of perception and pleasure by adding to the rich experience of Storm King Stout. So here you have such a exploration, involving Storm King Stout aged in oak barrels that once matured Kentucky bourbon. Blended to perfection, this one is surely dark and intriguing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7092) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2011
750mL bottle, bottled 11/19/10. Poured very deep brown with a tall, sticky, well-retained rich tan head.. sexy. The aroma picked up burnt, slightly acrid black patent, baker’s chocolate, and coffee surrounded by tangy bourbon and oak.. this had to breathe for a while before everything clicked, but it got there.. toasted coconut right on the back of the nose. The flavor opened with tangy bourbon and oak, which stuck around all the way through.. mostly black patent and chocolate at the roasty core, with some coffee bitterness and vanilla surrounding.. finished a little too sharp on the finish, with scratchy warmth making its way to the belly. Heavier-bodied with a lot of residual sugars on the palate.. just a tad harsh and metallic at times.. overall a very solid brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (1825) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Tasted on 7/31/11 from a 750mL bottle obtained in a trade, November 19, 2010. Pours an opaque midnight black with a thick tan head that that slowly recedes to spotty lace with a thick collar. The nose is awesome with the vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar bourbon flavors melding perfectly with the espresso, malted milk ball, and lactose of Storm King. The flavor is dominated more by the molasses, cocoa, dark chocolate, and espresso of the base beer with the brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon bourbon backing everything up. The body is full and creamy with just lighter than average carbonation and a long espresso, vanilla, and brown sugar finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4170) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2011
This poured a muddy dark brown almost black color with a tan head. Aroma was boozy bourbon, lots of burnt malts and some herbal hops too. Flavor was lots of bourbon and alcohol, silky chocolate, burnt malt and bitter herbal hops. Ok

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
750 bottle @RBSG-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-molasses, secondary spice/earthy hops. Taste is spice/grassy/pine hops, dark malt-molasses. A bit harsh to my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 2, 2011
750ml bottle from peteinSD. Dark brown almost black with a thick, dense, creamy light tan head. Aroma of lots of bitter-sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, bourbon and some pine resin. Flavor is bitter roasted malt, bitter chocolate and some boozy bourbon. Full body with average carbonation and a thick chewy mouth feel. Great beer, you get more bourbon than oak character, think I like Storm King better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (2828) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Bottle thanks jeff for holding one for me. Black pour with tan head. Bourbon, chocolate, licorice, woody aroma. Flavor is vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and woody tones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3220) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 14, 2011
bottle shared at RBWG. Hmmm, i must say that im not impressed with this one at all. Storm king to me, is a "lite" imperial stout and would not benefit from any barrel aging. This sample proved to be fact, at least for me. dark brown hue with a small kacki soapy head. wierd nose-Daknole and I looked at each other and were like "hmm, something isnt right here" they took a great base beer and pretty much bastardized it. ashy, lite roast and dark fruit dominate the nose. mostly the ashy quality that throws me off. muddled flavors of roast, char ,and lite carmel. the burbon aging here covers up most of the base beers character which is a travesty. ashy finish along with a slight kick of bourbon. not that good at all and definately a let-down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2011
The beer pours with a rich, dark black color that sits underneath a nicely browned head that starts out two-fingers thick and even leaves some thin lacing on the sides of my Lost Abbey Teku glass. The beer smells of toasted coconut, soft Bourbon alcohol notes, spicy oak and some soft woody notes. The alcohol gets a bit more hot towards the finish of the aroma. While a bit harder to notice, there is some dark, roasted malt character to the nose that contributes a solid burnt whole-grain toast aroma as well as a roasted, noti quite burnt nutty note. The beer is quite aromatic, and I like that the Bourbon contributes lots of smooth coconut rather than the really spicy Bourbon alcohol spiciness; the long finish can “burn” the insides of my nose sometimes though.

Somewhat sweet tasting, though not overly so for an Imperial Stout, but it has a rich nutty character as well as a bright coconut note that are accentuated and accentuate the malt sweetness. There is a roasted, toasted malt character to this beer up front that contributes flavors reminiscent of burnt chocolate, darkly roasted espresso and toasted whole grain bread. The finish has a toasted roasted whole grain character to it that is somehow distinct from what you get from bread. The finish also sees a lingering, almost sweet, toasted coconut flavor that ultimately succumbs to a bitter roast character and some warming alcohol notes. The body of this beer definitely has a lightness to it; as does the base beer, at least for an Imperial Stout, but seems even further lightened up by the time spent in the barrel. The bourbon provides a fruitiness of some sort to the flavor that melds into the coconut character. The carbonation accentuates a cola like flavor in this beer in my second pour.

This could use some more malt and body to stand up to the Bourbon character, which can be a little hot at times. This is still tasty enough for a Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8184) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
750mL at RBSG 2011 in Philly. The pour is a clear mahogany with a thick, tan, sheen head. Big retention and sheety lace. Savory tobacco nose with fatty meat. Very rich with mild spicy wood and no alcohol heat. Taste is very bitter and ashy with paper, slate, and mild soy. Palate is slate and paper. Need to retry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1049) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle shared at Damico’s Philly Beer Week event. A big thank you for sharing this brother. Damn tasty. Pours a dark brown color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of hops and chocolate. Sweet chocolate taste with a perfect hop layer. Nice warmth on the finish from the bourbon barrel aging.

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