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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 ďdiscover the dark intrigueĒ 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!


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (10789) - 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 isnít 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. Thereís 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 Iím even less of a barrel aged Storm King fan.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1297) - 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.

3.8
   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

3.9
   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 wasnít completely sold on the aroma..the flavors though intrigue me...Iím digging the earthy dryness here...its not what you would expect a bourbon barrel aged beer to taste like...but I dig it actually.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3353) - 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 doesnít 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.

4
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Pours nearly black with a small dense tan head. Aroma is mostly bourbon, some oak, chocolate, burnt sugar. Flavor is mainly bourbon, mixed with chocolate, caramel, vanilla, burnt sugar. Palate is full bodied, finished very hot and sweet. The bourbon is too dominating for my liking, not very well balanced. Just another massive RIS with a shot of bourbon, Iím getting tired of these. Definitely prefer non barrel aged.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle thanks to my friend Kat. Pours a deep coffee brown with a creamy tan head. Nose held vanilla, coconut, faint bourbon and chocolate. I like how the bourbon didnít come out and smack me in the face. Very creamy on the palate....damn tasty!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with faint hints of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a 2.5 finger frothy, pillowy mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing behind. Complex aroma with lots of sweet boozy bourbon along with earthy oak, vanilla and silky chocolate malt. Slightly roasty with hints of oatmeal, toffee and coffee bean. Chewy medium body with a lot of silky chocolate and roasted malt. As expected, there is a blast of bourbon which is slightly hot but more sweet really. The oak barrel aging adds an earthy quality as well as a good amount of bourbon and vanilla. The vanilla presence smooths things out a bit. Lots of roasted malt with hints of caramel, oatmeal, burnt toast and dark fruit. Very complex but a bit too hot at this stage. Iím excited to see how it develops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
devilben02 (275) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Appearance is as expected for an imperial stout, with an opaque brown imperial stout color and a thinnest beige head. The aroma has a deeply roasted malt bitterness and an earthy combination of hops and wood. The flavor is a bit deeper, with the deep, rich, roasty malt backbone meshing well with an earthy, herbal, and sometimes almost spicy hop character. The barrel aging adds a nice woodiness.


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