Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 Nice dense head although not a lot of it. Nice dark roasted color and taste. Light has trouble penetrating this brew. Alcohol is perceptable but not overwelming. One of the best stouts out there. Cool name too. Worth the time and effort.
Ok, I rated this brew very early on in my Ratebeer history and am pretty embarassed about the rating. I just cracked open an Oct 09, 03 brew that was aging gracefully in my basement for 3 years. Thick very large head of very fine and dense bubbles. Settles slowly with a thick sheet of lacing left behind. Roasty and alcoholic aroma with loads of dark malts, molasses, and prunes. Very rich. Color is black as tar. Big carbonation from the pour but seems a little flat in the mouth. Thick and rich with a nice alcoholic warming but yet it is very subtle. Slightly dry with some bittersweet chocolate. Not much in the way of coffee notes. Finish is creamy and incredible smooth. Does not seem to have gotten very complex with age though. Still a damn fine brew!
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2003 Rerate. A little sour this time around. Very acidic and not as smooth as the last bottle. Very well balanced with full body. Roasty. Hoppy. My time at the internet cafe is up so I'll add more comments later.
sarie99 (49) - San Francisco, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth, nice roast malt flavor, good hoppiness. Great body.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have never been a big fan of Stouts, but this is a horse of a different color. Hugh thick malty head. Aroma of malted milk and a light hop. The taste is the best! A good dark roasted flavor with big hops taste. The hops is a mellow strong hops not a big green fresh hops. Just they way I like my hops. I think this will become a standard in my fridge.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2003 Another Update: This beer seems to depend upon the batch. 9/02 was unbelievably hoppy, and the basis of the high rating. THe 11/02 and 3/03 batches just don't have that wonderful hoppiness. I will keep my rating as it is, however.
Update: Was amazed how well this one kept its intense hop flavor after six months in the bottle. Never disappoints. My go-to Imperial. Old: HighGravity provided me with a 6-day old sample of this. Astounding hop character to be savored. Incredibly smooth, even light palate for such hefty roasted malt. Never cloying and provides a 1/2 hour finish. I consider this the best 'big' beer I've had. I would anticipate that the malt flavors become a little more differentiated with age.
aequity (6) - Topeka, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A Benchmark! I’ve tasted this beer HEADS UP several times vs. other great brews. Rogue Shakespeare and Fuller’s Porter as 2 recent examples. Recently tasted vs. SS Oatmeal, Bells Stout, N.Coast Rasputin Imperial & Shakespeare. This Victory Storm King just consistently comes out on top! If a Stout is any better than this, it’s just Awesome ! Recommend serious de-canting. Try double pouring, from bottle to glass then to 2nd or even 3rd glass to aereate & get all Flavors out. Good tasting thru wide temperature range, also!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not as sweet as the first Imperial Stout I tried (local of course)...very tasty. ’What he said...’
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malt, hops, malt, hops; which stands out here? Very tasty beer, although doesn’t seem overly heavy in flavor...seems like an extra-heavy porter. Hops-a-plenty, if that’s your thing. Strongest flavors are pine and coffee--very little chocolate flavors present. Pours an oily black with tiny clinging lace. The flavor stays with you for at least five minutes after you sip.
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Significant head fades with time. Pronounced hop influences in the nose, but these are not as apparent in the flavor. A pleasingly thick palate rounds out an impressive imperial stout.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
As black as the label. Absolutely stunning in its complexity and balance. Lots of strong flavors, but they all come through, instead of blending together.