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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1895) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2015 Sampled at the Saint Louis Ratebeer Gathering in a tulip glass, side-by-side with Storm King, the non-barrel-aged version of the same. Thanks, Jon! Poured an opaque, dark brown color with no head but a film of tiny tan bubbles on the surface, some lace and legs when swirled. True-to-style malty, roasty Imperial Stout, very similar to Victory Storm King on which it’s based, but more complex: smoother, slightly oxidized, richer caramel and toffee, more plum and sour cherry, definite bourbon and vanilla essence. Crazy, long-lasting hops flavor, which I can’t believe survived the aging process. Dark Intrigue definitely ended up a different beer, so much so that it’s hard to say better or worse. Equally great in different categories.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3831) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Sampled at the St. Louis RB gathering. It poured a nearly black color with a small tan head. The aroma was mostly bourbon, some oak, chocolate and burnt sugar. The flavor was mainly bourbon, mixed with chocolate, caramel, vanilla and burnt sugar.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GrandpaSteve (10) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
This is the 2011 batch. The Storm King character is not lost, but enhanced by the time spent in the bourbon barrels . I especially enjoy the little bit of alcohol heat in the back end of the swallow. The aroma is enhanced as well, with the addition of the bourbon floating above the normal Storm King chocolate and hops.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2011
25oz bottle. Pours out very dark, tan head, great lacing. Bourbon and vanilla dominate the nose, very boozy, some roasty chocolate too. Palate is very smooth, the ABV is very good no burn, backshot of bourbon on the finish. Super smooth and chocolaty too, after a year aged this has done wonders. If this were more widely available I would age more. Reccommended.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Appearance: Pours black with creamy tan edges.

Aroma: Dark chocolate. Light booze barrel. Dark fruit.

Taste. Roast, wood, dark fruit, chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy , full bodied. Modest carbonation.

Overall: I love Storm King, and was expecting more bourbon barrel notes to take it to the next level. Unfortunately, this was one of the more tame bourbon barrel Imperial Stout’s I’ve tried.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (7849) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle from Axilla. Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, sweet ripe fruit and berries. Hard roasted malt, oak, vanilla, booze and liquorice in the flavour. Hard roasted finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11369) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. dense light brown head. aroma of roast, caramel, cocoa, some sweetness, chocolate, spice. flavour of roast, liqourice, sweetness, cocoa, some herbs and flowers and some woody notes. Medium to full bodieed.ends on a roasted bitter note with a coffeish twist.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle at home - Tasting. Pitch black - brown head. Coffee, burnes, wooden, vanilla notes, high malty, chocolate, ok bitterness, heavy heavy heavy imperial stout. Full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2011
750ml bottle, purchased at the brewery at the 2010 release. Pours a jet black color with a tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Medium on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, roasty, vanilla, bourbon, booze, with a bitter-coffee finish. This beer is definitely a bit more boozy than most barrel aged imperial stouts, but it is still pretty tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6054) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2011
(750ml bottled Nov 19, 2010) jet black pour with a ring of dark tan bubbles. Nose of wood, bourbon, rich dark chocolate, vanilla, mild funkiness and sweaty socks aroma. Taste is hoppy, rich dark chocolate, milk chocolate, bitter but pleasantly so, fudgey, very smooth and easy to drink!


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