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RATINGS: 2827   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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With a huge, Pacific Northwest hop aroma & character upfront, Storm King subsides into massive, roast malt complexity. More flavor than mere words can adequately describe. Rich and substantial, it will warm your heart.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 This stout was so thick, it was almost chewy. Very thick roasted malt and carmel expresso taste that follows the initial almost overbearance of hops. More hops than most but not yet overhopped. Great Stout!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and hops. Appearance is black with a firm full head. Flavor is identical to aroma but exponentially enhanced. Hops, chocolate and coffee are blended together in equal parts to perfection. I’ve enjoyed this Imperial Stout many times and as the high overall rating this stout demonstrates that this stout is among the best Imperials and can be argued best overall beer. 12/20/2005 Not such great shit anymore.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4738) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2013 Bottle - Poured a dark black brew with a huge foamy dark head. Aroma of roastiness and coffee are very present. Strong body with subtle taste of alcohol. Very complex, taste of coffee, caramel and chocolate are mix very well. One of the best Imperial Stout I had the chance of drinking. Re-rate (2007 bottling date with best before of 2012 and drank in 2013): Wow. Almost no oxidation with enjoyable notes of chocolate and roasted malt with light oxidation notes. Has kept better then I had expected.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2004
#452 Don Bradman's highest first-class score deserves to be commemorated with a beer like this. Jet black with a huge coffee coloured head, it is very thick. Strong chocolate aroma and flavour is of the darkest chocolate indeed with some coffee in the finish. There is also some alcohol at the end but I didn't mind. Really great, thanks Ciderguy.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
totally black and blocks light like an eclipse. dense, chocolate brown head. ripe, fruity and sweet, alcohol certainly discernable. remeniscent of port wine, leathery and rich. espresso hints. VERY complex and rich. Front is of espressoand dark chocolate, becoming more bitter and dry all the way through to a dry burnt hoppy finish. complex and intense. shortly after a sip, sweet milk chocolate becomes noticeable among the citric hop bitters, potent alcohol and rich espresso. A real pleasure.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
Bottle. Nearly opaque with a brown head that mostly disappears. Nice roasted aroma, with some sweeter molasses notes, and a distinctive hoppiness. Full bodied, roasty, and oily, but with a piney and resiny hop character that works quite well to create a complex and contemplative overall flavor and lingering aftertaste. My experience has been that young bottles display a more obvious hop character. A very enjoyable, unique stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Bottle. Medium tan head. Dark black color. Aroma is hoppy and roasty with light chocolate and coffee overtones. Delicious and balanced flavor. Has alcohol finish that is quite warming, especially when there is 4 inches of ice covering my city so that I can't go to the store for beer. The palate is a little light for such strength, which I suppose is due to the high amount of hops. Great beer, though.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Very good stout. Full bodied and black. thick creamy head which suits the very smooth mouthfeel. Quite bitter, but the beer becomes more appealing when warmed. The aftertaste is pleasant, with lingering notes of the roasted malt finishing with a blend of chocolate malt sweetness and then bitterness which blends well with the distinct hop character. As it warms I detect a mocha flavor which really seperates this beer from other stouts, a bit too bitter I feel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2004
Thick dark black beer. Short lived head was milk chocolate in color. Sweet chocolatey malt aroma. Impressive flavour, deep burnt malt , sweet bitter hop notes. This is one fantastic beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Black and impressive. Aroma is burnt malts and dark chocolate. Taste is bittersweet with a dry finish. Great stout.


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