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Victory Dark Intrigue

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RATINGS: 327   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!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Shared at RBWG11: Dark brown color with an off-white head. Smells like whiskey, coffee, chocolate, slight soy sauce. Taste is very whiskey like and dirty, a bit smoky/ashy but not overpowering, classic coffee and chocolate with a little nutty character. Finish is dry and bitter and a bit thin. The whiskey profile gives it a nice warming finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9099) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Dark brown pour, brown head. Charred, roasty, ashy aroma with very light barrel and chocolate notes. Flavor is bitter, ashy, roasty, char, not much barrel. Regular Storm King is lots and lots better.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4682) - Utah, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle shared during a RBWG stop at the Az Wine Co for some great food and beers
Appearance: Black with a small beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Roasted dark malts and fruit
Taste: Roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate and woody
Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6010) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle that really got me wasted, RBWG (OK one of many, still this was a beast). Pours a pure oil can dark color with a medium brown head. A large bourbon nose, ashy, hot notes, roast, some hops. The flavor was very hot and certainly BA, but not overly so, I actually thought the bourbon wasn’t massive, sweet ashy chocolates and roast, tasty. Like Storm King, some bitterness in the finish. I need more of this to try it somewhat sober.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Pours out black with a small white head. Aroma is of bourbon, oak, cocoa, roast and light vanilla. Taste is lots of nice bourbon, light roast, vanilla, oak, with some chocolate in there also. Must have used some good bourbon in this one because it never took over. Smooth drinking brew, but finishes a bit rough.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4394) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Dark roasted espresso and bourbon aromas. Dark oaked espresso, chocolate and bourbon from front to back until a lasting charred bourbon burn.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2233) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours a black hue. With a correct pour the huge head is tan and leaves plenty of lacing. The head does fade after a couple minutes and leaves a little foam on the edge of the glass. Chocolate, a small bit of pepper/spice from the wood. But it is so small you would hardly think there was wood even under this beer. Vanilla. This is the shining moment in this beer’s short lived life in my glass. It is pretty good. Peppery bite, sweet malt, a bit of a creamy flavor and feel. Much like a milk stout aged on wood, but with a nice kick. Nice creamy texture. There is a bit of a sour bitterness left over after every swallow that doesn’t really seem to belong. But that doesn’t detract that much from the overall experience. Nice low level of carbonation leaves the big body of this beer to shine through. Not bad. The bittery aftertaste would put me off drinking much of this in a session. As would the high ABV. But I did enjoy this beer and will be looking out for it in the future.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Very distinct, yet not overpowering aroma of bourbon, followed by chocolate and a hint of weird silly putty. Flavor is just a bit off dry - this was actually drier than I was expecting - with a nice charcoal-y dark roast character and the bourbon element in the background. Not quite as thick and viscous as I would have liked either. Flirts with greatness, but falls just a wee bit short.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Pours very dark with a small beige head. Not much retention, but a little bit of lacing is left behind. Smell is pretty much all bourbon with a bit of roastiness. A bit watery up front for me, which is followed by bourbon. Dr aftertaste and roasty. Something else sweet is apparent, perhaps some vanilla. The mouthfeel was creamy and medium bodied. Not much carbonation. The bourbon doesn’t overpower the beer, but I would have liked more Storm King flavoring.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2011
bottle dasilky1 brought to paytoplays tasting. Pours black with a light brown ring of a head. Nose is sweet and oaky. Taste is burnt malt, woody. Haven’t had storm king for a while, but this doesn’t do it for me in the way the normal one does.


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