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RATINGS: 3000   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1564) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Awesome Imperial Stout. Pours a deep black with a thick, light brown head. This is more hoppy than your usual stout, especially in the nose. Has excellent flavor of coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit, roasted malt and a ton of hops. Leaves a nice, slightly burnt aftertaste. Great lacing and head retention. Really good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Nice aroma that is hard to place, pours thick with a tan head. The alcohol content at 9.1% goes unnoticed and I could probably drink these all day. One thing about this stout that I find a little odd is the strenght of the hops that comes through in the flavor. It is almost like drinking a stout/IPA mix. The taste is a mix of grapefruit, cholocate and coffee. The color is deep black with hints of tan. This is a nice brew.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2004
Dark, sweet, fresh fruit - both in aroma and flavour. Big hops dissipate to leave a strong coffee like aftertaste.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haukur (1531) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 21, 2004
a true king of a brew, roasted malt, mocha, coffee, fruits, very aggressive hops. Sweet on the tongue with a strong finish. quite excellent

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 Bottle. Vintage 2003/04. Pours a pitch black body with a small brown head. Superb aroma consisting of hop resin, tar, molasses, and chocolate. Sticky, fully body with some nice leafy hop bitterness and semi-sweet chocolate. Quite big and tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Rerate, 12oz bottle, bbe 16.11.11. The pour is a dark brown, settling to a decently black hue in my Burgundy glass. Compact and creamy tan head caps the beer off. First scent has an alkaline tang, like Dutch processed cocoa. Some bitter espresso follow through along with dates and plums. A sharp, resinous bouquet feels a little at odds with the malts. Initial flavour is like that of cold espresso, with similar texture. Carbonation is decidedly low and the finish scratches with pine needles rather than slinking away with sweet and roasty notes. Overall, neither the aroma nor flavour have the impact or range as I recalled, the hops are on edge compared to the malts, the alcohol sings through in the finish and the mouthfeel is too full for the flavours it supports.

12 oz bottle, snifter. Ah, 300! I guess maybe I like this beer stuff. Roasted grain, dark chocolate and lots of espresso malt (M); pine, grapefruit hops (H); smoke, date, and light pepper aromas. The tall, creamy, deep tan head slowly slinks down into the deepest black body I can ever remember seeing. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, heavily bitter finish. Heavy body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Alcohol is expertly hidden behind aggressive hops. 9.1%!?! Get real! Gorgeous lacing all the way. The bottom line is: I am forever in your service, my Storm King.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2004
A great beer, good stout, and ever better aftertaste. Has a good smoothness and light on the hops which makes this beer a great buy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6711) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Aroma is of bittersweet chocolate and risng bread. The pour is dark as a chalkboard with a generous mocha colored head. Flavor has elements of chocolate, cold coffee and chicory nuts. The palate is a bit thin - expected a bit more creaminess. Strong finish, the hoppy bitterness mellows as it warms. Overall an excellent Imperial Stout - just expected a tad more.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (4834) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Fruity, hoppy aroma. Super dark, cool cap, cool label. Very hoppy, tart, medium light sweetness, medium heavy bittering. A good balance for the most part, but not as complex as I expected. Coffee finish lingers, along with some tart fruit. Quite good, but perhaps less than I was expecting. Perhaps if Victory will send me a free 6-pack, I'll reconsider.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Deep black color with a medium sized brown head. Smells slightly coffee with hoppy tones. The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than expected and a little too much carbonation. Flavor is complex with deep roastedness and hints of licorice and coffee.


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