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Victory Dark Intrigue

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RATINGS: 330   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 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 (5062) - 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 (2127) - 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 (905) - 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 (16098) - , 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Appearance: Opaque black, offwhite head
Aroma: Booze, dark malts, coffee
Taste: Slightly sweet vanilla, semisweet chocolate
Palate: Medium body, coating mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.
Overall: Slightly thinner than expected, bourbon comes through with nice flavor and a good heat on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (6531) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
[5076-20130118] 750 bottle. Roasted grain malt aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Roasted sweet malt grain flavour has a great bitter bite. Full body is fairly bitter. Delicious. (7/4/8/4-16) 3.9
(w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1241) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Nov. 11 bottle enjoyed in 6/13. Deep dark brown with some reddish translucent edges. Pillowy but fading head. Nose of some roast coffee, bourbon, and wood. Taste follows, with some nice lingering dark chocolate and ash. Pretty straightforward, but enjoyable for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9912) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle split at the Martin T tasting, CBC, 06/06/13 - big thanks to Jack for liberating this one across the pond. Extremely dark mahogony brown with a light tan head. Nose is light roast, wood, bourbon notes, dark chocolate, treacle toffee. The flavours in this one were a little thin for a BA impy, chocolate, dark fruits, booze, woody notes, raisens. Full bodied, fine carbonation, some warming alcohol in the finale. Ok stuff, the booze is a little on the harsh side and could have been better integrated. Drinkable but not a great - would find a bomber of this on my own a bit of a chore I think!?!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
2011 Bomber. Pitch black pour with mocha head. Nose of coffee, roast, chocolate and a touch of bourbon. Taste follows in the coffee and roast side. Surprisingly very bitter and not from hops. Also quite sour. Bad bottle perhaps. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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