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RATINGS: 3000   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Black opaque color with red highlights. No signs of effervescence in the body. A rich full tan head that diminishes rather quickly, but leaves a clingy lace. Aroma is of hops, roasted grains and chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy like no other -- full bodied and smooth with low effervescence. The taste has a slightly sweet start roasted flavors in the middle and a welcome hop finish. I can see what all the rage is about.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2004 Re-rate: What I missed the first time in aroma came back the second time around. Perfect stout! Wow! This one blew me away... very strong, very filling, no head -- pitch black. So black, like oil... roasty, deep chocolate and coffee. Awesome!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2903) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2011 The true king of beers. Pours out pitch black wiht a decent sized tan head. It has a roasty, hop aroma. The taste is roasty with notes of hops. You donít even realize its high ABV until long after you are done. This is a very complex beer, and the only Imperial Stout I drink year-round

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Draft; Black as midnight, with a full tan head. The King gives a big smack of hops, much more than its kin, but it works perfectly. Not even a hint of its ABV comes through. The roasted flavors mesh well with the aggressive hop presence. Very impressive, consider me a loyal subject.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 26, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 Pours a Jet black expected with the stye. A small light brown, milk-choclate head that dissipates. Aroma is choclate and Coffee. Flavor is VERY full and full of roast/coffee/choclate flavors. Alcohol does seep through in the end. Very nice slightly bitter finish. My second

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2004
Opaque black colour. Powerful roast coffee aroma with some fruit coming through. Coffee dominates the flavours, with some dry bitterness. Excellent fruity mouthfeel. Clean dry finish. A very well put together beer. Powerful stuff to be sure, but the good balance ensures this beer doesnít come over as too extreme. Cask (gravity), GBBF 2004.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 Dark black with a small tan head. Aroma of hops, molasses and roasted malt. Nice malt/ hops balance. You can actually taste the hops unlike some Imperial Stouts. Hard to believe the alc/vol is over 9%. It hides it very well. My favorite, easy to get imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (3222) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Bottle Pours a black with maroon highlihghts on the edges and a nice hefty tan head that leaves modest lacing. Aroma is smokey, prunes, licorice, some vanilla in there too. Flavors are more of the woody, smokey direction, with more hops than I am used to for this type. Feel is very smooth and silky. Rich and heavy. Expected bitterness at the end. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 Pours dark black with a dense dark tan head. A wonderful hoppy aroma abounds up front after cracking the bottle. The hops melds with chocolate, coffee and an undeniable shot of alcohol. Great palate with bitter chocolate, coffee and warming alcohol. A sweet maltiness in excellent proportion as well with a bitter finish on the back of the tongue. Great beer. I believe this is everything World Wide Stout wanted to be.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5467) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2004
Gravity cask, GBBF. Coffee nose. Excellent mouthfeel. Very seductive, sexy, delicious, exciting. This cask is fresh on, and this is the first pull of the day. This was my prime target beer so Iíve gone for it immediately. Memories of drinking the Courage Russian Stout last year as the first beer of the GBBF session. This isnít quite as wonderful as the Courage Russian, but it has taken my breath away. Iím getting quite used to the situation where Americans cluster round a bottle of American craft beer and rave about it excessively, only to discover the beer is really not to my taste. The most popular American beers tend to be - like the Bigfoot - rather extreme in nature. But this is actually well balanced, fresh, soft, and extremely seductive. The flavours come through in increasing waves - subtle, coy, revealing. The coffee gives way to the assorted juicy fruits. There is nothing harsh or over-bearing about this beer - it delivers the goods in an inviting manner. This is a beer to enjoy drinking. The mouthfeel is perfection. Drink this and your mouth will love you for ever. My mouth is humming and I feel very good. I have to say that at GBBF itís an American beer that is the best cask ale on offer. Storm King is pissing all over the Brits.


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