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Victory Dark Intrigue

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RATINGS: 331   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2343) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (11612) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
A: Pours essentially black with a finger or so of tan colored head. S: Roast, roast, and more roast. This has a big time burnt/charred/ash thing going on and the acidity isn’t helping anything. I smell some oak, but not really any bourbon. And there is definitely some chlorine. T: Licorice, booze, and raisins seem to describe the front end of this well. The harsh roast/ash and alcohol continue the fun. There’s a bit of vanilla toward the finish, but nowhere near pleasing enough to salvage this beer. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: I was never the hugest Storm King fan, and I’m even less of a barrel aged Storm King fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by pantanap, thanks Kan! Pour is deep black with a thin tan head. Aroma is very smooth with notes of caramel malt, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor is also quite smooth with loads of roasted malt, light vanilla, light smoke, and faint wood. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle from nov 2010. Big aroma of oak. not much carbonation. Smooth but dry flavor. Not much bourbon. Nice and tasty different but not ness. Better than normal strom king

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle. Very oaky in the nose...not really bourbony...maybe a bit but mostly earthy dry whiskey notes, and just tons of oak..but maybe a bit of soiled diaper too. Flavors have the same extreme level of oak for sure but a lot more of the whiskey influence than showed in the nose. Not that sweet though, accents more of the dry, oaky, woody, earthy elements of the whiskey. In fact, though I wasn’t completely sold on the aroma..the flavors though intrigue me...I’m digging the earthy dryness here...its not what you would expect a bourbon barrel aged beer to taste like...but I dig it actually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2011
750ml bottle from a recent trade... Pours a relatively smooth and creamy dark silky black hue with a thin to medium khaki brown head... Bourbon and vanilla upfront, almost a tad bit peppery where the bourbon doesn’t completely take over... Flavorwise provides a continuation from the aroma with smooth chocolate and cocoa note coinciding smoothly with vanilla and bourbon notes. Not too woody and the consistency works very well. Finishes somewhat bitter and on the astringent side. Mouthfeel is fluffy yet full with a nice complementing lushness that adds to the experience. This went over pretty well outside of the finish which left a bit to be desired.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2011
750ml Bottle: Aroma of Bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, light oak, and light wood. Poured pitch black in color with a small, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of Bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, oak, wood, hops, light pine, slight menthol, more oak, and a hint of tar. Medium to full body. Slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, oak, wood, Bourbon, light vanilla, light tar finish is lightly dry. 9.1%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Tons of oak. Yum.

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