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Victory Dark Intrigue

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RATINGS: 319   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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (2262) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul. The beer appears dark brown, nearing black. Dense, oily beige head with a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is hoppy (interesting), roasty...smells like Storm King with bourbon...shocker. Drinking this alongside Czar Jack (which is superior). A fun comparison of barrel aged stouts. I like this one. A little smoother than Storm King. Perhaps an abundance of hop character, as aggressive hops interfere with bourbon barrel qualities. Lingering bitterness in the finish. A good beer. Recommended. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-14-2011

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (1462) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle from a friend. Black color, brown head. Malty taste with herbs, coffee, burnt aroma and bourbon. Burnt finish with bourbon and alcohol. A bit odd brew, but good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (629) - - DEC 2, 2012
Black, tan head. Nose is bourbon, espresso, dark chocolate. Taste is bourbon, bitter dark chocolate. Bittering hops and bourbon finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darwenus (486) - Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Like the Storm King version of this stout, Dark Intrigue pours very dark with a thin head and fair lacing. The aroma has all the malt and alcohol of the regular version, plus some vanilla and spice, and the flavor has all of that, coffee, chocolate, and a strong bourbon tone. At 9.1% ABV, the twenty-five and a half ounce bottle was all I wanted for the night. I don’t know that I liked this more than Storm King... but, then again, I love Storm King. So, no complaints.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle:   Black, moderate to large frothy dark beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Woody up front, slight Bourbon, otherwise some hotness.   I can smell this 9.1% ABV.   A bit smoother on the tongue, albeit still hot.   Big Graham Cracker up front, Bourbon, smooth roasted malts follow.   Heavier Bourbon as it warms.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Despite this was bottled just over a year ago, its still remains hot, Bourbon like, and just like a damn bruiser of an Imperial Stout, its still enjoyable.   This is not a subtle example of a geeky Imperial Stout, instead its a punch in the face.   Thanks Nathan for this face punch.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (973) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle, as pictured. Pours a dark opaque brown/black. I don’t really sense much of the bourbon barrel, to be honest. Storm King is one of my favorite beers, and this beer is great as well, but the bourbon is very subdued. Smells strongly of chocolate with slight vanilla notes from the bourbon barrels. Taste is similar...deep and complex with a nice bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 21, 2012
A little thin in the mouth feel I like my RIS thicker. I like the base brew so the barrel just adds to the pleasure. Drank a 2010 last night after having one fresh. Age did it well

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (881) - Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Pours pitch black with a small, creamy tan head. Smells of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and hints of roast. Taste is bourbon sweetness, hints of roast, and a touch of alcohol warmth. Full bodied, sticky texture, and super incredibly soft mouth-carbonation, Victory Dark Intrigue finishes with a touch of roast dryness and some sticky sweetness.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Steasy66 (804) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2012
2010 bottle. Black with small brown head. Aroma is all barrel but not overwhelming. Super thin and adjuncty. Some chocolate and bourbon barrel flavors. Overall pretty blah.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Had while camping out for Surly Darkness Day. Had some great sweet vanilla/chocolate/roast scents and flavors, body was just a tad on the light side.


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