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RATINGS: 2934   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (2913) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Bottle dated Nov 21 2003: Good nose, Bakers chocolate, coffee, kinda tart fruity. Great brownish black color clean. No sediment. Decent head that reduced down nicely. Good coffee/ expresso flavor. Creamy medium bitterness dry. Very enjoyable and very drinkable. Doesn't seem as filling as some.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Black body and loose foamy tan head that broke up fairly easily. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and aromatic hops. Full espresso and caramel malt flavor. A great, highly accessible (in the palatability sense) beer. This beer and Old Rasputin strike me as leading candidates among Imperial Stouts that are bold yet gentle enough for sharing with neophytes. Not overbearing and seems to have a great deal of general likability.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Another over the top American Imperial stout. Similiar to the 03 Bell's Exhibition but it is a little more watery.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2003
WOW!! Awesome brew! Black, opaque body with a dark tan, sumptuous head. Good lacing. Aroma was inviting with roasted, malty, coffee, chocolate tones. The flavor gave me hints of a roasted espresso with a touch of chocolate. Outstanding to the palate. Damn, I wish I had bought more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Gorgeous pouring beer. Fully opaque, black. No light coming through this one. Beautiful cappuccino colored head that lasts. Complex aroma, some malts, some caramel and some fruit, maybe raisins. If I thought the aroma was complex, wow is the flavor. Roasted maltiness, again those raisins and chocolate dominate the taste. There are a lot of other things going on here too. The 9% is hidden nicely with only a little ethanol taste. A very nice beer. This beer hasn't aged at all...bottled 11/18/03

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
As I opened the bottle, I was instantly hit with a strong hop aroma. It poured thick and black with a medium head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is hoppy with bitter roasted notes. The flavor is actually a little more mellow than I had expected. Very rich and comforting, like hot chocolate on a cold night. If fact, chocolate is quite prevelant in the beer's flavor. The body is smooth and silky. A very good imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2003
(October 03) Motor oil pour. Strong, but not that different from a dry stout in taste. Pours black as night and with minimum head. Not my favorite of the style, I think Rasputin and Brooklyn do it better, but definitely worth the purchase.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
igneous1 (1514) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2004 perfectly opaque motor oil with a lovely medium brown head. big citrusy hop aroma with notes of popcorn and roastiness. flavor is plenty hoppy with a lemoniness in the finish, but before it gets to that point, there are lots coffee and bitter chocolate notes. ya know, i love it when a beer has this really tremendous reputation and you dont quite know what to expect. then when you try it, it's beyond what you ever expected..this is just such an occasion...HOORAY VICTORY!!!


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