ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml, corked & caged bottle, dated 11/19/10 courtesy of JMRSN on BA. thanks, jim! pours black, as it should, with a thick, creamy, dark khaki head leaving sticky lace with short legs. aroma is damn nice, but seems a bit off compared to other ratings, with big, dark, roasted malts, wet top-soil with definite hints of manure, sweet bourbon, and dark chocolate with hints of skunky tobacco, smoked meat, and pine esters with a touch leather and vanilla. flavor is delicious, doesn’t quite blow me away though, with rich, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, and woody bourbon up front with the sweeter notes of vanilla, molasses, and dark fruits coming in late and finishing with a touch of coffee and dry hops. palate is medium bodied, not huge, but slick on the tongue with smooth carbonation and a dry, roasted finish. overall, a very tasty barrel aged imperial stout but i honestly expected a bit more from this one and the top-soil notes are a bit distracting, honestly.
jredmond (4567) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2012 Bottle split with Tony. Pours a pitch black body with thin chocolate-brown lacing that coats the glass. Aroma is sweet bourbon, chocolate, and mild roast. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with great notes of chocolate, vanilla oak, slight roasted malt - only complaint is a slight metallic finish. Clearly one of Victory’s most promising offerings.
TonyDiUlio (643) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had with and compliments of James. Pour is a this black body with light brown head that laces a little and lasts on the top of the head. Aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor on first taste is mild. Almost watered down but then attacks the tongue with wonderful flavors of chocolate and malts. Some type of dark fruit is also in there, seems like figs to me. really well balanced.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Axic10 for this 750ml bottle.
Pours a viscous, oily black with a big, thick mocha head that recedes really slowly and leaves fantastic lacing.
Aroma has the deeply roasted black malts, licorice and espresso, much like regular Storm King in that respect. But the bourbon comes in with a light sweet vanilla character and starts to become more noticeable after a few whiffs.
Taste is also big on the bourbon, which just blasts the taste buds up front. The backbone is dry cocoa powder, black malts and dark fruit. Finish has a big bourbon burn with some oak and vanilla hints.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and certainly a little slicker than the regular SK. Lots of oak and bourbon on the palate.
I’m a big fan of the regular Storm King and this is a very good treatment which has plenty of bourbon and oak but definitely has all the textbook RIS flavors that I like so much. Well crafted and balanced beer.
VikingHammer (501) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small light brown ring. Big coffee aroma. This beer is a nice twist on the original. The bourbon is a perfect addition. The flavors has a nice bitterness that has a hint of sweetness. Nice long finish. Awesome beer.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 cc from a Brown Bald Eagle wearing a crown with a V on it. Pours...wow, this one pours absolutely jet black with a huge, 4-finger or so, well retained brown head. The nose is huge oaky bourbony dark patent malt, cacao, molasses, notes of chocolate martini, earthy peaty hints, and the same backup hops that made Storm King famous. Tastes rich, very oaky and malty with notes of bourbon, vanilla, peat, hops, and a decent heat, matched by a huge malt bill. This one, as would be expected, is less dense than the regular SK, more hot, but ultimately more complex, with an amazing amount of vanilla and peaty bourbon and oaky woody notes as it warms and evolves. This one truly straddles the beer/whiskey line of demarcation, and would be excellent with a good maduro cigar and a hunk of Hershey’s chocolate. Wonderful, but lightweights beware. If you don’t like big stouts or whiskey barrel aged stouts, then your best bet is to go have another Bud 55 or Michelob Ultra.
jeff789 (1400) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black opaque with a nice sized tan head, leaves nice lacing on the glass... Loads of bourbon and vanilla in the nose with some roasty malts and very subtle fruits... Flavor is a chocolate vanilla bourbon kick with some roasty notes again present... the hoppiness of storm king has been replaced with big bourbon vanilla oak notes... full bodied, but not in an overly full boozy way... the alcohol is masked well....
davehwm (14) - Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black. Light carbonation, medium+ body, creamy. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, roasted, burnt malts, chocolate (takes a back seat now compared to Storm King), still a stronger hop presence compared to most in this style.
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black with a medium creamy bubbly deeper tan head. Aroma of strong woody notes, lots of vanilla, nice rounded bourbon noses, carame and milk chocolate. Flavor of lots of oak, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, smooth bourbon and chocolate. The hoppy imperial stout was replaced with a rich oaky imp stout.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some smoke, char, pine, burnt wood, vanilla, bourbon, some cocoa, and alcohol. Taste of vanilla, roast, bourbon, pine resin, tobacco, smoked malts, wood, dark chocolate, light hops, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.