Bov (9876) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark black colour, little foam, moderate coffeish aroma, full-bodied with a strong bitterness, dry coffeish finish - one-dimensional and far below my high expectations
Tmoney99 (11225) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee and peat aroma. Tan large frothy head that lasted the complete beer. Chocolate, coffee and nutty flavor. Mouthful and well balanced finish that was long lasting.
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 2011-01-30, bb Oct 21 2014, 1 year old, 9-5-8-5-17=44
Black color; generous brownish head. Wonderful aroma, perfectly mixing the roasted malts, cream, hops, yeast, roasted nuts, cookies, cardboard. Powerful body, but the mouthfeel is cut by the presence of heavily roasted malts; very strong flavor of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, a bit peppery; even in this shrine of roastiness the hops manage to be noticed; there is also some liquorice, light tar, minimal alcohol perception, bitter oranges tongue pricking; moderate sugar. Strong bitterness in the end, with the powerful coffee and roasted malt in evidence but not excessive. Lovely.
Black color; generous, frothy head. It has a nice aroma of hops and black malt; light soap and cheese too; dust and pepper. Strong body and strong flavor; roasted malt, mainly, with pure chocolate, and a lot of hops. Always a beautiful brew.
2009-11-10, at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 9-5-8-5-17=44
Black color; big creamy, beige head. Mild aroma of roasted malt, hops, a bit cheesy, very light alcohol and wet cardboard; not strong but quite articulated. Good body strength, smooth mouthfeel, with an immediate alcohol kick; good mix of chocolate flavor, roasted malt and caramel; strong bitterness, both from hops and the roasted malt. Very powerful beer, but well balanced, and with some complex edge; excellent.
Dark brown color. Very interesting aroma (not explosive), very good mix of liquorice, malt, caramel, roasted malt, hop. Similar taste, powerful but IMO also harmonious. Strong final. Thanks Philippe (Bov) for sharing this bottle.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Black with a thick juicy brown head. Hoppy as can be. This beer smelt, tastes and felt like an Imperial IPA. I could believe the hops. Lovely either way. Good looking beer that drinks magnificently. Yet another happy deli treasure.
Lubiere (10551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark black beer with a THICK deep moka head which stays on forever. Lots of pacific hops with a bit of vanilla (would think this is an IPA). Wonderful sweet choclate with hops married together, roasted, alcool warmth copmes out clearly but not overbearing, almost fruity at times, very complex and excellent body.
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2005 Bottle - The coffee/bitter chocolate taste and the part bitter/part sweet aftertaste make this a top notch beer. I would love to try this on tap. NOTE: I would wait at least 6 months from the date on the bottle to drink this. It improves greatly given at least that amount of time.
DocLock (8094) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great beer from Victory. Storm King is a fabulous imperial stout. Very complex, not overpowering, and smooth as silk. It is what I would call a semi-sweet stout (like non sweetened chocolate chips) with overtones of mocha. It has a nice stout aroma, great malty complexity with a bold, non-cloying aftertaste. I have had this on tap but not yet in bottles.
ross (2104) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours out pitch black, with a tan head that lasted most of the glass. poured it close to room temp. this was a great stout, the best that i believe i have had. strong flavor of coffee, thick and warming. alcohol is concealed VERY well, and it was only until i got to the end could i detect the prescence of alcohol. awesome beer
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like a shot of express, very mild aroma of roasted malts. Light bodied for imperial stout, alcohol is well hidden ,smooth, well crafted beer. No yeast flavors almost lager like it’s so clean flavored.
Ungstrup (29956) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a great beer to celebrate my 1.500th rating. Thanks to Jeppe (BierKönig) for sharing this one with me. It pours black and has a fine brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of smoke and coffee. And the flavor is sweet too with notes of smoke and coffee before the sweetness gives way to a great bitter end. A fantastic flavor in a fantastic beer with a great body. This is the best beer I've tasted so far - and comes very close to 5.0.