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RATINGS: 2821   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Pours with an opaque black body topped by a medium thick to thick tan head with good lace left on the glass. Sweet and slightly fruity malt aroma with a very slight roastiness and coffee accents. Slightly sweet and roasty malt flavor with bitter alcohol notes. A roasty coffee finish is observed. Full bodied, a touch dry and slightly warming.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Aroma of chocolate, malt, roasted grains, some fruit and substantial flowery hops. Pours a syrupy black and is topped by a chocolate milk frothy head that laced my glass. Initially sweet on the tongue, chocolate, malt, and then a bitter finish of roasted malt and spicy hops. Creamy full mouthfeel, a little alcohol warming in the finish, but it hides the 9.1% exceptionally well. One of the most drinkable imperials I've had.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Panzuriel (1308) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Dark beautiful liquid with a fine head. Thinner in texture than most stouts and almost too carbonated. Good roasted malt and coffeeish flavors going on.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
OlDirtyBrewer (11) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Had this both in bottle and cask form. Bottle was good but from the cask, oh my! The cask really rounded it out and made it phenomonal!.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Not sure when it was bottled, but it was superb. Great chewy malts all over the place. Good hop presence too. Pours like motor oil & looks like it to. I thought about trying it on vanilla ice cream...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GearHead (32) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Super beer. Nice and thick, rich in roast carmel flavor. Great pour from a cask. I personally think this beer could fill me after a really long run when I feel famished. I suggest this beer to all who like good beer. Slainte.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Terminus (3241) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Cask-RAF-2/28/03-probably the second best brew i had all night(i was almost going to go back for seconds on this one!) This is by far the best imperial stout on the market(at least that i have had). Rogue doesnt even come close. I cant even begin the bliss when sampling this dark roasted wonder. I really need to find this in my area and get some!!!!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 Rerate #3, Enjoy by Apr 27, 2012 sampled on 5/10/07: This is perhaps the freshest sample Iíve had a chance to try. Pours an opaque black with a large, airy dark tan head that leaves a nice lacing behind. Aroma is pretty roasty with a hint of charcoal and oats and a touch of fresh piny hops. Body starts a little earthier and drier than I remember with a pretty big flavor and bittering hop balance. Finishes a touch thinner and very roasty. Still a pretty nice imperial stout.

Rerate #2, bottled on 11/4/04, sampled on 5/27/05: Rich caramel malty flavor has good dark fruit presence and an assertive hoppiness that is still present. Finishes semi-dry, sticky and roasty, hiding the alcohol very well. Always a very enjoyable imperial stout.

Rerate: This bottle doesnít have a date on it, so Iím guessing itís a year or two old. Roasted malt and coffee beans with a hint of cherries in the aroma. Body is sweet, bitter and even tart toward the finish. Chocolate and roasted coffee linger on the palate. A very nice imperial stout.

Bottled on 10/25/02: Obsidian appearance with a thin layer of brownish head. Aroma of dark chocolate and sweet plums with some floral hop attributes. Body is full, thick and robust with good complexity and a smooth lingering roasted finish. Sweet chocolate caramel flavor turns into melon and then coffee beans and leaves one asking, "Why do I only have 12oz. of this stuff?" No noticeable alcohol whatsoever. Great balance and remarkable smoothness make this a world class imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2003
excellent black stout with hints of coffee and burnt hops!! perfect cold winter night brew, have your self a few tonight!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Finally got this in my town after the law change last fall. This beer poured as dark as sin and formed a cascading huge medium tan head that subsided slowly leaving circular lace. Very foamy texture like a soda. An aroma of malt, coffee and hops. A flavor of malt, coffee, chocolate and a slight bit of hops. The finish was a touch burnt. A great stout!


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