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RATINGS: 3032   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsteph (323) - 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 (5531) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Cask-conditioned (gravity) at the Great British Beer Festival, Kensington Olympia, London. (Thursday Session). Dry, rich and restrained sweetness. A good imperial stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Pours inky black; nice lace. This is such a good Imperial Stout because it is very well balanced. A little thin but silky. Aroma is like roasted chocolate. So many different subtle tastes in here, but itís the roasted malt flavors that really jump out.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 28, 2004
much more mellow and balanced than most imperal stouts. every thing has a chance to shine, I like

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2004 Re-rate Multiple tastings of multiple vintages have me setled on my opinion - this is the strongest bath of hops and malt, with the hops being more evident when not aged. Wonderful aroma of roastiness and fresh cascade. <P> Rich, creamy and warm - in that order. Something this drinkable at the given ABV, hop, and malt level is astounding. There really isnít anything super dominant here - just a fresh hop aroma and stunning chocolate malt flavor. The finish on the tongue is so rewarding. Add a Bonus Point for superb blending and alcohol disguise.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Nice dark brown headalong with a deep black body. An excellent blend of chocolate malt and bittering hops makes this full body beer worthy of the top 50.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Unreal! Unbeleievable! I canít believe I havent had this beer before tonight. It is both one of my favorite types of beers and from my favorite brewery, I donít know what I was waiting for. This beer pours a deep dark brown, that is only comparable with dark chocholate from the mountain tops of Switzerland. The aroma of this beer is like a seductive lady that makes you long for the first taste. Everything up until now has been just talk, but there is nothing that can do justice to the taste of this beer. It is so smooth and well balanced that the taste buds in your mouth have to rejoice. There are hints of hops and barley along with a shot of strong coffee. The flavor just continues to amaze with every passing sip. After drinking this beer my new goal in life is to visit Downingtown, PA and drink a fresh batch of this beer on tap .

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
Dark as night with fine but minimal head. Hoppy pine nose with some carmel and dark chocolate. Creamy on the palate with chocolate, bitter roated finish as it disappears leaving coffee in the mouth. Very enjoyable and well made beer

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2007 Bottle. Nose is malty and grapey. Pour is black with an orange beige head. This is it. This is the reason I drink beer. The flavors of roasted malt, alcohol, coffee, sugar, and grape come together in a perfect harmony. The flavor is a Mobius strip on my tongue. There is nothing I can say that has not been said here. Almost perfect.


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