beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2003 Color was a dark brownish red like mahogeny or dark maple syrup with a small tan head that left some lacing around the edges. Smell is faintly subtle but complex with some toffee candy, fruit, and caramel malt. Taste is complex in levels, starts out with malty sweetness with a little spice, the middle is fruity with a full, rounded body thast very soothing and smooth, the finish is slightly bitter smooth with a little spice and there is a warming dry alcohol that feels like a wetter styled wine. The feel is so smooth and silky with a light syrupy kind of hold thats charmingly subtle and clean with that nice wine-like alcohol finish. This felt and tasted like what I think would be a liquid toffee candy with a bit of sweet spice.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2007 2001 Draft.
Deep black with some brown tinges. Nice, albeit thin head that actually stays around for a couple sips. Aroma is rich and strong with a nutty/malt chocolate aroma intersparsed with hops. Initial taste is pleasantly bitter, with a hoppy/roast flavor not too far off from a dark rich fruit, which soon gives way to a smooth and rich body. Like an alcoholic mashed walnut with brown sugar and roasted chocolate malt (whatever the hell that would be). It even adds a nice hops flavor towards the end of the body. The body is perfectly full, something you can’t say about many beers that claim to be full bodied. What is most enjoyable is the balance of roast that is attained with a decent hops presence. Often times, the roasted barley can be too dominating or lead to an acidic/bitter taste that is unpleasant. Hmm how could it be better? Needs a little bit more subtle finish, which does not mask the oily roast/alcohol burn/taste well enough. The initial roast/hops flavor may be a bit too pungent/sweet for the beginning of the beer. And for perfection’s sake, it could use a large thick, rich head. I am going to stop going on about this beer. It is good. Go drink some.
2003 bottle consumed September 04. Well it’s been a long time and now I have a year old bottle to try. Great flavors as I remember, chocolate, raisins, caramel as I remember with just a bit more roast and hops than Old Rasputin. Creamy mouthfeel, but this seems a bit thin?? I am definitely not one to buy in to "Bigger is better" and I strongly disagree with how the ratings for big beers are higher on this site, but this one just seems lacking after only a year. Needs some more substance to chew on and ponder. Oakes claims this stuff is best when aged and it definitely still has too much bitter alpha hops assault. Will keep aging and rerate later.
Feb 21, 2004 bottle. Drunk on 3/2/07
Retention/lacing is moderate to poor. Very muddled, hop and black malt soup flavor. Breadiness and roast are too heavy. Guess this batch didnt age too well either.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Storm King's got a decent malty aroma and the flavor is big and roasty with a touch of licorice. I did think the body was a bit thin.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stout makes a pretty glass when it is poured. The only knock I can give it, is it's lack of a good head. All I have had from my bottles were small amounts of think floating foan. The flavor is very robust. It has a tasty blend of chocolate and coffe. There is a bit of some hoppy-ness in the finish. But the flavor that stands out to me was the fruity overtones it has. I can't tell if it was more cherry or raspberry, But it was good. I think I'll have another.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black, relatively thin brown head. Big hop aroma with a bit of coffee and dark chocolate. Initial flavor dominated by hops but faded into a nice malty finish. Very rich with a mammoth body. A wonderfully complex stout.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense midnight black color. Thin tan head. Incredibly complex nose; piney citrusy hop aromas merge and marry with the smells of dark chocolate, espresso coffee, black cherry, plum and liqorice. The taste at first is almost overwhelmingly hoppy for a beer of this type. Then the hops step aside for a moment allowing flavors of bitter chocolate, rich coffee and dark fruits to gently caress the palate, before making themselves known once again in the bitter, powerful after taste. The beer finishes with a forceful high octane alcohol burn. As I have said before Imperial Stouts are my favorite type of beer and this is an exceptional example of the style. Outstanding!
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, oily consistency and jet-black. Head is a little thin, but bubbles are very compact. Aroma of molasses and citrus hops. Flavor is slightly sweet and extremely bitter finish. Victory seemed to have been trying to make the thickest, richest beer they could and succeeded. Wonderfully complex, but perfection would require a little more subtlety.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 vintage: Opaque colour with a short, thin tan head (yet a bit frothy). Flavour is vinous, with hints of currant and a late hoppiness. Well rounded, smooth palate. A bit of molasses and plum as well. Great subt;e complexity in this one.
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Poured slow and syrupy. Stunningly black with a decent medium brown head. Hop aroma blasting me in the face before I even began to pour actually. On the tongue it is initially all hops, and is quite frankly out of balance. But the hops are top notch, bitter, spruce, citrus, all wrapped into one. As the beer warms up, the malts begin to kick in, but they are still shockingly masked by the taste of hops. Most beers this dark are victims of their own malt excess. This one is a victim of its own hops excess. Could have been a classic with a touch more subtlety. - CASK UPDATE - 12/5/04 - Very similar, except the hops surprisingly were more balanced, and it seemed a hair lighter bodied. Quite excellent, overall rate would have been a 4.2. Will leave up the bottled rating since that is what most actually have access to.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Very dark with tan head. Roasted chocolate aroma, lots of hops in the nose and mouth, especially for a stout. Chocolate, coffee malts, warm, little bitterness, barely taste the alcohol, but it's there in a big way. This is an excellent stout, and much better than the first time I had it from a bottle.