russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
brokensail (11089) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
beernbourbon (1315) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
pantanap (3365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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, I’m getting tired of these. Definitely prefer non barrel aged.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 didn’t come out and smack me in the face. Very creamy on the palate....damn tasty!