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Victory Dark Intrigue

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RATINGS: 325   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!


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 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3351) - 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.

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, I’m 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 didn’t 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. I’m excited to see how it develops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
devilben02 (271) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle courtesy Keith - thank you! Semi-aggressive pour leading to a huge tan head that leaves thick lacing on the glass as it slowly craters out. Aroma is rich bourbon, fresh oak, dark malt, marshmallow, vanilla, and light coconut. Smells very good. No noticeable hops in the aroma. Taste is heavy, wet bourbon right up front followed by chocolate, bitter coffee, bitter hops, roasted malt, some subtle raisin/date notes as it warms, and a fairly heavy handed boozie tingle through the finish. The bitterness/boozie tingle through the finish is a bit much but perhaps this beer will come into its own with some cellar time. Still a very good beer as is.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slipstream (1995) - USA - DEC 25, 2010
Thanks to Adrian for sharing this. Sweet bourbon and coffee aroma. The pleasant flavor comes on both soft and strong, dry and rich. There is dark chocolate, hops, and a bit of vanilla, and it is muscular and flavorful. It tastes like a dry, bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, which is awesome when the stout is Storm King. Excellent brew, and I was glad I got a chance to try it.


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