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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 From bottle(Jan 03): Pours black with tan head. Aroma is of malt, coffee, roasted barley, hops, and slight alcohol. Flavor is of mellow chocolate with subtle sweetness. Wonderfully balanced. Full bodied but not overfilling. Perfect carbonation for an Imperial Stout. This is the type of beer where the sum is far greater than the means. If there were one beer that I had to drink the rest of my life, this may be it. It’s so hard not to grab it from my fridge whenever my eyes cross its path. And at only $30 a case. Some batches vary and the March 03 batch was a little dryer with more hop character. Just FYI. I can’t wait to see what 03-04 batch is like. I just can’t get enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 On tap - Brand new batch for winter 03. Freakin phenomenal! Black is an understatement. Bar lights got sucked into my glass. Thick tan head that hung out for a while, but dissappeared about 1/4 into the pint. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Hops rule the day (Ruination like) with great whiffs of expresso shots, roasted chocoloate malt, and a few vinous notes to boot. Taste follows aroma almost to a T. As it warmed this baby offered everything you ever dreamed of in your Imperial Stout. Hops just explode all over the place with an awesome blend of dark roast coffee, chocolate, some butermilk, toffee, and a small hint of tawny port. I have to say the winter seasonal season is off to a great start. Mad props to the guys at Victory. Year in, year out, its one of the best. Find it soon!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Dark and black as night with only a bit of ruby red around the edges if held up to light. A thick head developed in a beautiful fashion as I poured into a pint glass. Tiny tan colored bubbles swirling up to the top looked great. Head settles down but looks as if it has some retention power. Aroma is a sweet, chocolatey espresso roasted malt concoction, and everything an Imperial should be. Has a nice smooth mouthfeel and a full body. Flavor is of coffee, and sweet roasted malt with caramel showing up in the finish. Alcohol is as well hidden as I've seen for this style. Retention is good as expected. Fantastic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2003
ebony color, rapidly fading head. Nice heavy body - neither too sweet nor too chalky. A unabashed hoppiness appears through the dense malty background

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
An essentially black beer with dark ruby edges that pours with a light coffee colored head. The head is modest and fades quickly, leaving a slight lace. The nose is very sweet and fruity. The mouthfeel is heavenly. Very silky, it just coats your tongue and feels like it slides down so easily. The taste is very complex, with roastiness up front, followed by a little sweetness and bitter mocha-coffee notes. The aftertaste brings dark chocolate covered cherries to mind. The balance of roasted bitterness and malty/fruity sweetness is amazing. Although this is a big beer, the alcohol is primarily noticable as it warms the esophagus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (5341) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 Bottle 2002 (9 months old – 9/16/03) Bottled 1/24/03 Poured a black, opaque color with a medium sized tan head that did leave some lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet chocolate malts and a slight hint of dark fruit in the aroma as well. Bitter coffee, sweet chocolate taste, slightly hoppy. No alcohol can be noticed, considering this is 9.1 Pure heaven!. 9 5 9 5 19
Cask 2003 (8 months old – 7/26/04) Batch 19 Opaque black with a small tan head and beautiful lacing. Roasted and floral hop aroma. Chocolate soaked hop taste with a strong roasted coffee finish. Dark fruits (berry and plum), nuts, and just the slightest bit of alcohol. This was a cask so it was not carbonated, and it was simply incredible! 8 5 10 5 19

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Deep, deep ruby, no trace of a head after settling. Smell of overwhelming malts. Taste explodes with dark, sensuous complexity. Guinness is to this as Folgers is to the best local coffee shop's handpicked blend. Incredible mouthfeel of deep coffee and bitter chocolate, but clean all the way through thanks to the vibrant hops. Appropriately, not excessively, bitter. Alcohol is muted but substantial. Deceptively mellow and understated until you try to drink in multiples. Well crafted from start to finish. Excellent!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Motor oil black with disappearing head which produce a combonation lace of foam and oil, neither of which stuck to the glass. Huge molasses, caramel, and chocolate nose. Also some faint hints of espresso, pine, and spices. Complex taste of sweet toasted malts, bitter and zesty hops, lingering spices and a low keyed alcohol presence. Very nice indeed! Full-bodied with a lively mouthfeel. The alcoholic nature of this brew is well reserved and produced a gentle warming in chest as drank. A very good stout but still rated below Speedway, Expedition, Stone Imperial, Old Rasputin and Old Heathen IMO. Can a beer get a 4.0 and still be overated? Brought my overall average of Imperial Stouts down!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Massive imperial stout.. what is it about super-strong beers that both the malts and the hops can be seen in full display? (ie Ruination IPA). This beer manages to be simultanously ultra-bitter, sweet and toasty. The nose, however, is mostly roasted malts, which doesn't prepare you for the initial hop attack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2003
8/22/03: bottle.
dreamy aromas of a bitter chocolate malted milk shake. opaque-black body with a gorgeous, light-chocolate, creamy head. abundant flavors of dark chocolate, malt, hops, and some toasted-ness. finish is bitter and creamy. bottled mar 18 03

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