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Victory Dark Intrigue

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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1738) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Pour is black with a large bubbly tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, prunes, plums, and oak. Flavor has vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, wood, milk, and nuts. Finish is a bit thin and boozy. Low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3776) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
2011 bottle. Pitch black body, large khaki head, soapy lacing. Big bourbon nose with chocolate, licorice, coffee, roast, and earth. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, lingering finish with a touch of heat and earthy bitterness. I think age has treated this well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (8884) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014
750ml bottle, purchased from Dilly Cafe for $11. Bottled 11/10/2011. Corked. Shared with friends. Dark, very dark brown color. Near-black. Thin light brown head. Couple bits of lace. Nice smoky, roast malt, big dark chocolate aroma. Light bit of vanulla, hint of wood tannin, hint of dark fruit - nice complex aroma, and good, more bitter taste. Like storm king, this stout definitely has more bitter, pronounced hops than average. Good earthy hop. Dan H says he thinks it smells like a port. Coconut, coffee and chocolate, hea says. "Cognacy barrel woody taste", he says. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, little sweet. Just a light hint of the alcohol, very pleasant overall. Gets awesome as it gets to room temperature. Nice and creamy, never gets too sweet. Great stuff. Better than expected. This held up just fine, drinking great at 2 years old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4819) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2013
750 ML bottle purchased @ Nikki’s Liquor’s in R.I. Bottled Nov, 20 2011. Nose is spicy rye bourbon with chocolate and dark fruit. Flavor is spicy bourbon up front with coffee, raisins, chocolate and a decent amount of hops for such an old bottle. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth/ low carbonation. Moderately lingering bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is completely hidden and is easy to drink. Texture is on the oily side. Body is on the full side yet doesn’t fill you up or bloat the stomach. Overall, really great imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle to glass. 2011 vintage. Pours a deep black with subtle rose color and a decent beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is heavy roasted malts and bourbon, with hints of vanilla sweetness. Full body with a punch. Slight alcohol burn. Excellent beer, but I think I still give it to Storm King.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Pours black with a decent sized beige head that recedes quickly leaving some clumps of lacing. Lots of oak in the aroma. Good charred oak notes along with bourbon vanilla and roasted malts. A few dark fruits peak in as well with an earthy hop presence. The barrel really stands out on the aroma. ..and on the flavor. Flavor follows closely with a good roasty malt profile along with some earthy hops. Tons more charred oak, vanilla and a good smooth bourbon profile alongside. Medium to thick bodied with a good creaminess. Carbonation is a bit higher than most BA stouts, but it works well with the hops. A very nice surprised and bummed to hear they don’t make this anymore. Never been a big fan of non-lager Victory stuff, but this was one of my favorites of the night. I usually prefer my BA stouts, bourbon heavy. It’s present here, but let’s the good charred oak steal the show.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5818) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Sampled at 4 Hands. Very dark with red. A nose of whiskey and must. Big whiskey flavor, too. Vanilla and huge malts. A lot to like here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2152) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 10, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a deep black color with a mocha two finger head that lingers with light lace. Aroma is heavy chocolate up front with some big wood notes and earthiness. Also some bourbon, vanilla, and hints of roasty coffee. Taste is very woody with hints of hoppiness and roastiness. some bourbon and vanilla notes and a heavy chocolate presence. Medium body, creamy mouth feel, and light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1233) - Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottled Nov. 10th, 2011 so not quite 2 years on it. Bomber poured into snifter glass, opaque black with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, booze, chocolate, coffee, dark dried fruits (plums mainly, some raisin), some oak and bourbon. Taste is the normal Storm King notes (well minus heavy hops) with dark fruit notes (almost like a quad) and bourbon/oak notes in the back. Heavy body, low carbonation, thick, rich, creamy with roasty finish. Interesting beast, I know it’s Storm King but it tastes so different without the hop punch. The barrel aging seems less about the bourbon/oak influence and instead adds dark dried fruity notes. Very good, too bad this is all I’ll ever have :(

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (18996) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
6th June 2013
Craft Clerkenwell. Martin T tasting. Opaque black - brown beer. Big tan head. Light airy palate, a little soft and semi dry. Mellow dark malt, rich but not heavy and a little creamy. Mildly tangy bourbon. Well integrated vanilla and dark chocolate. Whisper of cherry. Dark chocolate aftertaste. Nice!

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