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RATINGS: 2802   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
document (36) - USA - JAN 16, 2003
This reminds me of Rogue's Shakespeare Stout. A very fine stout. Lots of hop, and perhaps a touch too much burnt matter -- every now and then a mouthful ends with a teaspoon of soot. I didn't pick up on the alcohol at all. The aroma I found to be a bit odd. To be blunt, it smells of the barnyard; of course, as drinkers of lambics know, that's not necessarily a bad thing. I'd like to pour this up next to Shakespeare Stout and see how they compare.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Pours thick, glides smoothly from the bottle to the glass.Nice creamy cocoa colored head rises up quickly!, fading slowly as the level in the glass does but leaving a nice lace.Piney notes dominate the nose with some roasted malt backing it up.Smooth, full mouthfeel, slick, slightly oily coating.Good balanced bitterness from an apparent large dose of hops in this blackest of brews.Good malt hop balance.Oh yea, the 9% alc is well hidden also.Makes a great night cap brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rtmikeh (7) - Dover, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2003 does not count
This is by far the best Imperial Stout that I have tasted. I haven’t had the Dark Lord yet but is on my short list of stouts to try. I found this very easy to drink, the flavor lingered on and I didn’t want it to go. The aroma was remarkable. I was like a kid in a candy store and had to have another.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Best Russian Imperial Stout I’ve had next to McNeill’s. Strong, but mellow.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2003
surprisingly easy to drink for a beer with such a high alchohol presence.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2004 BLACK with short brown head, some reddish brown accents. Aroma; hops, tart fruit, berries, molasses, mocha. Heavy but velvet on the tongue, coats the inside of the mouth. Significant hop bitterness in the flavor, with over-ripe berry, molasses, roasted malt, lots of bitter, creamy chocolate. Pleasantly bitter finish lasts forever and leaves a spicy alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Many thanks to urbnhautebourg and TAR.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Choket (4) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2003 does not count
Was very impressed with this Imperial Stout, found to be the top accessible beer on some peoples lists, while i agree the full flavor rnks it high i wouldn’t go as far as to rate it as number 1

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Whoa Nelly! black+roasty+hoppy+smooth+9.1 ABV = one hell of an Imperial stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Poured black with minimal head. Thick, roasted malts - sweet dark coffee and licorice - with a huge hop presence. The flavors were smooth and not quite intense, but very well balanced for my tastes. One of my favorites of this style

2.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2003
i was way less impressed by this than everyone else. i did like the deep blackness of the pour, but i didn’t notice a whole lot of aroma, and the aroma was not nearly roasted enough for my tastes. big hop with a bitter aftertaste.


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