JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2006 bottle BB 03/2011
Pitch black beer, thin light brown head quickly fading to lace. Deep roasty aroma with loads of dark chocolate, light tar, strong herbal notes over all of the dark malts as well. Flavour is good, bittersweet chocolate, heavy, charry roast, sweet malts, not much in the way of fruit, just a deep dark roasty maltiness. Alcohol slips in at the end. Lingering roast with a strong grassy/herbal hoppy flavour as well. Drinks pretty easily but the malts donít seem as complex as I remember.
330 ml bottle BB 01/10/2005
courtesy of mustang3-Thanks!
Pours jet-black with a rocky dark tan head that falls back to a thin slick over the beers surface and a tiny amount of lacing. Molasses, roasted barley, brown sugar and plum are the aromas that are most immediately present. There was an enormous amount of piny hop flavour up front which seemed quite unusual in a stout. On the first sip Iím hit by a wave of coffee and molasses that slowly fades away allowing those hops to rise up from the back leaving a lingering bitterness that seems to arise from both the copious amounts of hops but also from some roasted barley. As the beer warms, other complex aromas start to waft out of my snifter including licorice, prunes and cherries. Amazingly every sip seems slightly different from the one previous, some intensely bitter and some so smooth that theyíre like the perfect cup of espresso. An incredibly complex, well-balanced, and delicious.
shorlin (714) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tried this a while back, made some notes, but did not enter them. Solid rocky head and totally black and opaqe. Sharp mix of matl and hop. A big, big beer. Lots of bitter hop taste. Super beer!
MagikLair (9) - Alexandria, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 Nice. What an impressive sight. Pitch black. Huge chocolate brown head, that last through the whole beer. Fantastic aroma. Cocoa, coffee, roast, hops and malt. Nice. Flavour is hoppy and coffeish. Expresso as others had pointed out come to mind. Some fruit notes is there. Quite complex. Has a heavy bitterness.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderful aroma with notes of hops, molasses, oak, cherry. Pours an opaque black, thick tan head. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Sweetness up front, with cherry, tartness in the middle, hop bitterness in the finish. Extremely complex with coffee and roastiness as well. A beer that lived up to the hype. Thanks Presario.
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 Bottled on March 18, 2003. Well it pours black, what a surprise. Not much head developed, though, even with a vigorous pour. Interesting aroma. Not very roasty, it has more of a dark fruitiness with chocolate undertones. The flavor is actually fairly thin. Not as full bodied as I like my imperial stouts. The aftertaste leaves slightly bitter chocolate on the tounge, but not for long. It was decent, but I sure was expecting more from a beer in the 100 percentile
Bottled October 9, 2003. I liked this bottle a bit better. More hop character and a fuller body. I canít rate it any higher, though. Iíll revisit in time and perhaps this will have improved.
Bottled March 18 2003. Drinking 5-3-06. The body is still fairly thin. Thinner than what I want it to be. The flavor is pretty fruity, a little licorice. Almost tastes like a lighter Rogue Imperial. Letís give this vintage another year and see what happens.
Jan 29th 2007. So Iím down to 2 bottles of the March 2003 bottling. Almost 4 years old. Itís finally starting to impress me. Flavors seem deeper, with a richer body. Still think itís overrated, but pretty darn good at 4 years old. I canít comment on newer batches. (8-4-8-4-15)
BrockLanders (779) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 Dark, tar colored in the glass. Dark roasted malt, rich coffee, and hop aroma, definitely different from Sam Smiths version. I could sit here, breathe the fumes and be ok with it. Nice tan head that disipates to a faint reminder at the periphery of the surface. Thereís some roasty malt flavor, but oh that nice hoppy bite--no sweetness here. Nice bitterness and coffee flavor in the end. Iím glad I spent the bucks and ordered this online.
************************************************ revisited...boy has this stuff taken a nosedive. Still very drinkable, but nowhere near the greatness I experienced before. Iíll try it again, but gawd!....they better check the Q-control or something ícause this stuff just ainít cutting it. Bitter, and thatís about it....this Stormking is DOA.******************************Mar 2006, geez, this is just a middle of the road, maybe borderline "ok to miss" impy. What a fall from grace. +++++++++++++++++++++
had to alter previous words...this beer had fallen by the wayside. STay away.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 Rerate of 2004 batch. Quite disappointing this year, not that its bad, just that storm king is always one to look forward to each year. This year is a bit off. I think the hops are varied from previous years. I will rerate this after a few months of settling.
This is one of the best American beers I have ever tasted. Never fails to impress.
Dark pour, wonderful aroma of hops/malt/hops again.
Head was tan, looks like a pour from a commercial, just right.
Taste is slightly hoppy, but the malt/slight chocoate wins the battle.
Finish is slight alcohol, but smooth as silk.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got this beer at beers of the world in Rochester,NY. The beer pours a nice thick dark brown/black. The smell is of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is very sweet initially and then has a nice mild hop aftertaste. The smoothness of the beer is what makes this so good. Excellent beer.
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2006 Tap @ Victory. Black w the slightest brown tint. Not clear, no light through this darkness. Small head, almost no lace. My notes lack any comment on aroma.(I was pretty well headed south by now). Very rich, creamy, dark roasted grain/malt flavor complemented very well with a nice, clean, full hop flavor. Bitter with a nice balance of subtle sweetness. Very full bodied, thick, but with no noticible alcohol taste. Long finish with a pleasant perfumy aftertaste. Big, dark roasted beer like this is new to me. I sipped it more like good whiskey than beer. I enjoyed it though and could learn to appreciate it more without much effort. 5/20/06: Iím dropping this down to a 3.7. Is it me? Itís been a long time and a few drafts at Victory that are causing me to lower. Greenhorn back then maybe.
sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012 Re-rate 12/13/2012 (new bottle):8/5/7/5/17 = 4.2
Re-rating without having read my original...
12 oz single bottle, Whole Foods Columbus. Poured at fridge temperature into a 16 oz tumbler (requiring a few minutes; the head would otherwise have run out of the glass) and drank over the next 90 minutes; utterly pitch black; no visible light gets through this beer; gargantuan, frothy, light brown head; very slowly dissipates into an un-ignorable light brown ring . Aroma up front is largely roast and coffee and is generally less balanced or complex than I was expecting; the other notes are very minimal and include bread, nuts, licorice, and just maybe brown sugar. Flavor is dominated by roast and not much else. Mouthfeel immediately after pour was truly amazing; rich, thick, frothy, full, creamy, silky; the awesomeness is tempered a bit after an hour in a glass, but still decent; palate would get a 6 if I could make that happen. Overall this is a very nice beer, but Iím not sure I could give it the "world class" stamp. This is 95th percentile, maybe even 98th, but I donít think 100th.
Original rating 5/4/2004 8/5/8/4/16 = 4.1
Well...I just got this two weeks ago and I just noticed that this was bottled on October 15, 2002. Hmmm...Has this really been sitting in the store for a year and a half at room temperature? Iím scared...
But never fear, it turned out okay after all. Pours a completely opaque black with a surprisingly thin brown head. Aroma is coffee and some chocolate. Flavor is malty with lots of coffee and a solid bitterness at the end. The alcohol is hidden very well, with virtually no alcohol taste or burn; just some vapors to be felt when exhaling through the nose. Feels like a substantial beer, but certainly not among the imperial stouts that are the thickest or longest-lasting on the palate. Extremely drinkable, especially considering the alcohol content. A nice beer, but not as extraordinary as I had expected from all the hype.