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Victory Dark Intrigue

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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


ogglethorp's rating

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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (369) - SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2016
A: Pitch black, very small head N: Bourbon, vanilla, oak O: Very nice!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2782) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2016 January 16, 2016. Bottle, shared by rlgk, thanks!
Black with a small brown head. Aroma is malty, light sweet, dark chocolate, toffee, licorice, touch of soy and sour notes, bourbon and prunes. Taste is sweet malty, soft bitter Finish is sweet malty with toffee, some bourbon and vanilla notes, hints of dark chocolate, wood and bourbon. Medum to full bodied, soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4142) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours black with a pale beige head that doesn’t leave much trace on the glass while dissiapting. Smell is malty with roasted malts, rye bread, vanilla fudge, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, moist soil and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty. Mouthfeel is soft, round, slightly astringent, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, dark bread, liquroce fudge, vanille fudge, charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, moist soil and hints of alcohol. Nicely malty impy affair.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (15847) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle at Happy New Beer in Sätila 160116. Opaque black beer with a nice beige/brownish head. Roasted chocolate aroma, bourbon, vanilla, licorice, caramel, leather notes, some cocoa. Roasted chocolate flavor, cocoa, licorice, spicy, tar notes, some warming alcohol. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (2313) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Backlog. 2011 bottle ->mini snifter from Churchkey Vintage Vault event. Black with small tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, oak, bourbon. Lacks balance, but pretty good nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dagimp (882) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottled in November of 2011 and drank in March of 2015 so this has some age on it. Pours dark brown with an inch of head and zero lacing. Sweet bourbon aroma. Mouthfeel is moderate and slightly dry. No greasyness at all. Perfect amount of carbonation. Taste is dry with a decent amount of booze but no hotness to it. Bourbon is definitely present but not overwhelming by any amount. Some chalk and cocoa. The bourbon isn’t overwhelming at all, but then again, this is over three years old. I heard this was very boozy when fresh, which is why I cellared it for a while. Damn fine beer at this age. Good blend of an excellent Storm King and not too much bourbon. This is actually the first barrel aged Victory I’ve liked. For such a great brewery, the others were crap. (kind of a downer to end on but this is a really good beer)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (11869) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle @ "The luxury tasting continues" shared by Countbeer. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, bourbon whiskey. Taste malts, a firm roastyness, firm bourbon, wood, bitter. Oh yeah I love this, roast and bourbon. Awesome! Medium to full body and carbonation. Love it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (5740) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle (75cl)@The luxury tasting continues: Shared with Benzai: Served in a Duvel glass: Thanks to Leighton for this bottle: Vintage 2011: Black beer with a medium sized creamy beige light brown head. Aromas of whiskey/bourbon, coffee, light liquorice, light milk/cream, bit boozy, some wood and sweetwood, caramel, sweet roast, bay leaf. Flavour is a boozy mix of roast, bourbon, wood, coffee, chocolate, bitter, some praline, some mocha, roasty bitterness and nutty bitterness, hint of (sweet) coal, herbal bay leaf, light marzipan and a light hint of some spice and dry sprinkles. Aftertaste is a mix of mocha, roast, liquorice, wood, chocolate, light bourbon, light marzipan and light coffee. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeadyDE (660) - Delaware, USA - JAN 10, 2015
2011 bottle..black color..mocha head...nose is as expected bourbon dominant with vanilla..coconut..char..slight cinnamon as well..mouthfeel is alright medium bodied a bit blander than anticipated but the age of the bottle probably has subdued things a bit..not quite sure how a bourbon barrel version of storm king is listed as the same abv as the regular storm king but oh well..in this rare case i prefer the non barreled age version of the imperial stout..this isn’t a bad offering but just doesn’t have the usual barrel aged imperial stout mouthfeel for my liking..alright though..

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (4486) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 25, 2014
750ml bottle pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is bourbon vanilla oak roast malts chocolate and some ashtray. Taste is as the nose with lots of bourbon barrel goodness vanilla chocolate and a nice heavy roast malt.


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