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RATINGS: 2912   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 28, 2005 Wow, a stout that I actually like a lot! Thick and dark as night, hold it up to the light and none gets through, brown head medium sized that leaves great lacing on the glass. Malty hoppy rich nose. hops and malts tangy and sweet in the taste. Thick full body. Excellent beer. Edit: Had again on 4-28-05. Ya know this stuff is pretty good, dont get me wrong. However, compared to some of the other imperial stouts that I have had this just does not do it for me. Taken from 4.2 to 4.1 just decreased the overall impression from 17 to 16

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 Big malty aroma with big beautiful bubbly head. Black color (where are all of the White Stouts?). Creamy smooth with inital alcohol bite. Nice lacing throughout. Toffee mouthfeel. Bottle dated 1/10/03. Thank you OldGrowth for this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Black color with small brown head.Aroma is a hoppy coffee smell. Taste is huge in a roasted coffee type of flavor. Pretty complex with different flavors(caramel,chocolate,toffee and vanilla come to mind).Alcohol is not noticed but surely felt.Finishes creamy and bitter.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Absolutely delicious and appropriately named for the flavors of this beer combine and crash like rolling thunder upon one's palate. No one flavor dominates this deep, black Imperial. The beauty lies in the subtley of each of the flavors: coffee/expresso, caramel, deep-roasted malts. And there's an undercurrent of complex, flowery hops with helps with this beers fullness. It has that excellent bittersweet taste like kissing you're friend's hot wife. One of my new favorites. Definitely recommended.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Deep black body, medium-sized mocha brown head. Coffee and hops in the aroma, maybe Cascade. Huge roasted flavor, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Alcohol not noticeable at all, especially for a 9.1% beer. Amazing!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12096) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a black color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Roast malt, coffee, and toffee combine for an incredible flavor and aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1398) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Wow where's the 9? This stuff is incredibly smooth and OH SO flavorful. Thick and rich. Head is tamed, but it's quite silky going down. Too bad I only picked up a single. Still can't believe this is 9%!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4558) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 Re-Rate 3/20/07; Bottle best by Jan 24, 2012: Iíve been meaning to give this a re-rate for a long time because I think itís gone down hill. Letís see what happens... Pitch black color with a very nice, dark tan head. Earthy hops and a little pine aroma. Chalky taste. Kind of midrange malt between bitter and sweet. Hops are a little on the citrus side. This tastes like itís in the vein of Surly Darkness or Three Floyds Dark Lord, but not nearly as huge tasting. Itís not as bad as I was fearing, but not as good as it was four years ago. Original Rating 12/30/03; Bottle dated October 31, 2003; 9-5-9-5-18-4.6: Black body with a tan head that thins out rapidly. Coffee and toffee notes in the nose and taste. Not nearly as overpowering as some, Bells Expedition comes to mind. Hides its ABV very well. Fantastic stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Bottle dated 3-18-03. Very hop oriented for an imperial stout. Not as "winey/brandy-ish" as Old Rus-Rasp and a few other examples of the style. Overall very tasty, and hides the 9.1 abv very well.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 smells HOPPY. freakin' tasty. very dark, nice tan head. sweet, burnt caramel malty flavors that come though more as it warms up. the hops are very apparent as well. an outstanding, complex beer that offers a nice buzz.


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