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RATINGS: 2940   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2520) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2004 This is finally available in Ontario but only for a limited time so I was sure to stock up. This beer is deep black in colour, thin tan coloured head. Aroma is full of malt, dark chocolate, mocha, espresso with some faint hops. The flavour is roasty but not a much as I thought it would be, with some sweet chocolate, some hops, the alcohol makes an appearance near the back of the mouth. It finishes with a fairly good malty bitterness. Nice beer and deserving of a re-rate at another time.

Got to try a 2000 Vintage at mr_kimchee's Imperial Stout night. This has aged extremely well. The aroma was very roasty, with licorice, caramel and burnt malt. Flavour was very roasty, smooth, lots of chocolate, rich with just a tiny hint of alcohol. Finish is incredibly smooth and balanced. Many thanks to Josh for bringing this. Ratings for the vintage are 9/5/9/5/18.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 What can I add to the glowing reviews about this beer - perhaps nothing new, but it's so bloody good I have to write more anyhow. Malt and chocolate and espresso come out before you know what hit you. It's black as Obsidian glass (I could see myself in the reflection in the glass!) with a creamy tan head that diminishes to an oil-spill effect on top. There's a little bitterness in the full texture that subsides into a rich mellow lingering roasted treat. When you take a mouthful you don't want to take the glass away from your face - and I don't know where they put the alcohol either. A passable beer if you like that sort of thing.... :)
Re-rate Initially I rated this one with more vigour than it perhaps merited. However Oakes was kind enough to provide a bottle from 2000 for a tasting - thanks a lot Josh! - and so now if you read the above review I will defend it to the end. This one aged beautifully and I hope the case in my cellar does the same. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Dark as can be, dark tan minimal head. Big roast flavors of coffee and chocolate. Some initial hop presence, alcohol is hidden well. Very smooth, no bitter qualitys. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foxbush (1503) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 This is the another beer enjoyed from a tap at a Richmond bar. This is an excellent stout. The head was creamy but did not last long. It has a full flavor of malt and hops and is worth trying. This was enjoyed again at the Capital Ale House in Jan 2006. This was enjoyed again in March 2006 during a birthday party for friends. It was very good. Robust flavors were enjoyed. This stout is one of the best. I enjoyed another beer as one of my Christmas 2007 beers. It has so much character. It is a joy to drink such a quality beverage. It has velvet feel like no other stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2004
She is jungle black...and is perfect first thing in the morning..if your into that...referring to her coffee taste and aroma. She starts with a nice creamy head that disapates but she leaves her lace all over hell. She tastes very sweet...smoken (smokey flavor and smell) stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (2028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 This stoudt is the best ive ever tried. The tones of chocolate and coffee are superior to any ive tried. Another great beer from victory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2004
(draught at RFD, Washington DC) Deep black with dark tan head. Black cherries and coffee in the aroma. Full bodied with black cherries, esspresso, and hints of dark chocolate in the flavor. Didn't notice the EtOH--didn't have the "brandy" finish of some high ABV beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1894) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Black in color. Head is medium-large, chocolate brown, and drops after a few minutes leaving behind a ring and nice lacing. Truly delicious aroma: citric hops, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, peat, and a little smoke. Syrupy, milky and rich mouthfeel. Flavor is mossy wet coffee grounds, mildly biting hops, and finish is slightly sweet with maple notes. Despite the huge and roasted aroma, the flavor is overall rather mellow. Quite nice.

   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

   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.

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