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RATINGS: 2934   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1635) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2004
I like a good Baltic or London XX porter so trying this Victory stout was done on a friend's advice. I'm glad I took the bait. The first thing one notices about this porter is the incredibly complex aromas. The balance is biased towards the hops between chocolate-fruity sweetness and bitter hopping. The mouth feel is full and rewarding and it has a dry-ish tart finish as the hops take over the delicious complex musty body. Poured a dark smokey mahogany that denies light to be seen through it (Crystal clear cola poured in small quantities). Smallish brown head dissipates quickly and goes to a thin ring that clings to the sides of the glass for the rest of the drink. Pungent smells of musty chocolate and cherries and licorice....deeelicious! Starts with a strong surge of full bodied sweet maltiness with smoky- chocolate accents and hints of fruit then thins out a bit on the back of the palate as the hopping kicks in and becomes a dry biased taste of bitter sweet mustiness as the "warming effect" of an "imperial" strength beer kicks in. A very good strong stout ...if there is a fault it is that it may be a tad too strongly hopped for the style. This is a really good beer if not a great beer but aging would definately improve it's character. I’ll put a case in the cellar and be back for more next winter.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
neojon (1) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2004 does not count
Bottled on 11/18/03, same as my 21st birthday, drank on 3/16/04. Pours dark black with dark brown head. Couldn't detect the alcohol with the chocolate coffee malt flavor taking over. Man, I'm glad I picked up a case of this stuff. My first Storm King, and not the last.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Re-rate: OK, this is a little bit better than I rememberd. Has the smoky aroma and great balance of milkiness and malt. Have to rate this baby before it gets too damn hot. Large tan head with fine bubbles and pitch black body. A grainy malt flavor in front and a velvety chocolate finish. Very nice, but I think I prefer Old Rasputin.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2007 Average initial head that dissipates quickly. Under this lies a completely opaque black stout. Not too much lacing but small traces of foam hold the edges. Nose is very sweet with chocolate hitting me first followed by some coffee-malty-ness. The taste is sooo great. It is bitter like bakers chocolate, but the hops really don’t overwhelm. There is a slight taste of burnt bread, but even this is very pleasant. It was extremely drinkable with almost no trace of alcohol, more less 9.1 percent of it! The end is predominantly coffee like. My first Imperial Stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2004
This is why I think it is best to rate a beer after having a number of different experiences with it if possible. This past summer I had one from Nov '02 while I was sitting on the deck with a beautiful evening breeze. It was aged 8 months allowing the hops to mellow perfectly and the bold bittersweet chocolate malt coupled with the undetectable abv (along with the environment) created a heady tingly sensation. It was beervana. Since then I have had a bunch aged and young. All wonderful but none reaching the height of that experience. So yes I do believe circumstances effect ratings. That night was a 5. My rating here represents a more objective mean.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2004
This beer is a bargain. A great stout with a little hop kick. It's not lacking anything.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2004
2002 bottling-aged over a year-Very lovely dark black color-seems totally opaque. After one year, still a solid hop backbone and a lovely roasty flavor with coffee and dark chocolate. Still seems to have the ability to age a few more years.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Bottle pours almost black, very minor dark brown highlights.   Small tannish head with decent lacing.   Large roasted aroma as well as some hop tones.   Very rich flavor, large amounts of roasted malts and some of that aformentioned Pacific Northwest hop.   Smooth mouthfeel, slightly hoppy finish.   Definately one of the better Imperial Stouts I've had.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 Pitch black, no tar-black, no black as the pit in Lucifer's heart, pick your favorite or, please, choose your own, adorned with w thick, bubbly, cocoa-tan head, a solid inch to begin, very slow to crumble down, a perfect stoutish appearance. Aroma; dark and rich, with many flavors intertwining: dark rum, mollasses, pepper, anise, ohl so, heady and delightful and intoxicating, just from the whiff of it! Beautifully burnished, cognac-y, with a deep, delirious, leathery quality, and leaves one aching for more. Taste: full mouthfeel, thick, palpable, with tastes of chocolate and coffee, paired with those tastes noted from the nose, delciously roasty, awash in caramel-y, toffee-ish sweetness, a great mix of dark delights, and again, with every sip, a warm, thick, charcoal-y texture on the palate, rich and delcious. Wow, ...so tasty, so perfect... one of the best American Imperial Stouts, by quite a longshot!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Black with good brown head. Nose is roasty,chocolate & citrus, all at the same time.. Huge roasty espresso profile,well hopped,long bitter finish with a light alcohol heat.Chewy and complex. This is great stuff!!


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