zach8270 (3802) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark black with a rich and foamy tan head that leaves great glass lacing. Rich coffee aroma mixed with a roasted undertone. Initial taste of roasted coffee and chocolate with a slight hoppy bite underneath. Creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and warm finish.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pitch black body with a short-lived light brown head. Dark bread, raisins, spruce, and coffee are comprise the appetizing aroma. I get three elements of flavor: coffee, biscuit, and spicy hops. The biscuity flavor is just barley there, it acts to temper the roasted malt flavors. The finish is quite hoppy, there's citrus and then almost peppery hops. Surprisingly light mouthfeel, I would have liked a richer feel to better compliment the rich flavors. Otherwise an intense, flavorful and very enjoyable beer.
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This stout was I thought really bitter to what a stout should be, but it was still really good. The flavor was really hoppy, the roasted malt kept it from being over bearing. It is also sweet(puckery), but as this beer gets warmer the coffeeish/espresso flavors come out. This is a great finishing beer.
Eirikur (374) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - FEB 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice example of the style. Well balanced and has a nice mouthfeel.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Awesome Imperial Stout. Pours a deep black with a thick, light brown head. This is more hoppy than your usual stout, especially in the nose. Has excellent flavor of coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit, roasted malt and a ton of hops. Leaves a nice, slightly burnt aftertaste. Great lacing and head retention. Really good stuff.
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice aroma that is hard to place, pours thick with a tan head. The alcohol content at 9.1% goes unnoticed and I could probably drink these all day. One thing about this stout that I find a little odd is the strenght of the hops that comes through in the flavor. It is almost like drinking a stout/IPA mix. The taste is a mix of grapefruit, cholocate and coffee. The color is deep black with hints of tan. This is a nice brew.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, sweet, fresh fruit - both in aroma and flavour. Big hops dissipate to leave a strong coffee like aftertaste.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 21, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
a true king of a brew, roasted malt, mocha, coffee, fruits, very aggressive hops. Sweet on the tongue with a strong finish. quite excellent
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 Bottle. Vintage 2003/04. Pours a pitch black body with a small brown head.
Superb aroma consisting of hop resin, tar, molasses, and chocolate. Sticky, fully body with some nice leafy hop bitterness and semi-sweet chocolate. Quite big and tasty.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Rerate, 12oz bottle, bbe 16.11.11. The pour is a dark brown, settling to a decently black hue in my Burgundy glass. Compact and creamy tan head caps the beer off. First scent has an alkaline tang, like Dutch processed cocoa. Some bitter espresso follow through along with dates and plums. A sharp, resinous bouquet feels a little at odds with the malts. Initial flavour is like that of cold espresso, with similar texture. Carbonation is decidedly low and the finish scratches with pine needles rather than slinking away with sweet and roasty notes. Overall, neither the aroma nor flavour have the impact or range as I recalled, the hops are on edge compared to the malts, the alcohol sings through in the finish and the mouthfeel is too full for the flavours it supports.
12 oz bottle, snifter. Ah, 300! I guess maybe I like this beer stuff. Roasted grain, dark chocolate and lots of espresso malt (M); pine, grapefruit hops (H); smoke, date, and light pepper aromas. The tall, creamy, deep tan head slowly slinks down into the deepest black body I can ever remember seeing. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, heavily bitter finish. Heavy body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Alcohol is expertly hidden behind aggressive hops. 9.1%!?! Get real! Gorgeous lacing all the way. The bottom line is: I am forever in your service, my Storm King.