davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Roasty malty aroma. Pours nearly black with a thick, craggy, tan head. I bought this today (Nov.1) and it must have been a fresh shipment as the label says it was bottled a mere 9 days ago! Huge body and mouthfeel. Initial hit of hops gradually lends its way to a miriad of other flavors. The roated malt is prevalent. Raisin, figs, mincemeat pie...wonderfully complex. The alcohol is warming but not overly so. This beer will get you through most any November or December evening! It's reputation is truly deserved!
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2004 Pours a nearly opaque black with a thick and creamy but quickly diminishing dark tan head. Absolutely gorgeous. Powerful raisin, molasses, plum, coffee and roast aromas. Medium thick creamy smooth body that coats the mouth. The flavor is filled with roast, coffee, chocolate and a hint of raisin/dark fruit. Finishes bittersweet with a nice alcohol warmth. This is an excellent beer.
quantum24 (32) - New York, USA - OCT 31, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pretty damn near perfect. dark, roasty, bitter chocolate, coffee (comes out more as it warms), and a great fruityness that comes out in the finish. really well balanced. great beer
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2004 Vintage Bottled: 4th of November 2003, Sampled February 2004
Pours a pitch black color, and with a thick creamy brown head. Dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee aromas waft from my glass. The roasted characteristics are not overwhelming in any way though, seem to be well in balance. A thick creamy mouth feel to this beer. Definitely reminiscent of a rich coffee concoction, perhaps with a bit of chocolate in it too. It is quite interesting how the flavor hops contribute to a beer when it is so thick & dark. In a lighter beer you would be able to detect the over the top hops immediately, here they just seem to add another dimension to the beer. The hops help to soften the effects of the roasted malts and they help to boost the perception of a dark fruitiness, They also add a citrusy tingling sensation to the tongue. This beer is so well integrated I cannot imagine how it will get any better with age, but I do have a 6'er which I plan on aging to see how this changes. I do still love the fact that this beer is not too heavy, for an Imp-Stout it is nice, light, and easy sipping (note that it is still quite the sipping brew though).
Bottled Oct 15, 2002. Sampled October 27, 2003
This beer is a deep black color, when held up to the light it is seen to be quite clear. When roused a thick dark brown head appears. Notes of burnt raisin waft from the glass. Roasted malt is quite evident in the nose as well. The taste is very good, it is all over the place, not one dimensional at all. Not over the top in its roast character (like some Imp-Stouts), this is wonderful as it allows lots of the other flavors to come through. There are notes of a rich port, and a slight bit of sherry in the finish. The Storm King is fairly light bodied for this style of beer. It is fruity tasting, which is accentuated by the hop flavor that has been put into this beer. Quite novel to me to pack an Imperial-Stout with flavor hop additions, I really like this idea, especially in this relatively 'light' bodied example. One could easily drink a couple of pints of this, and regret it later. The more I drink the more I like this beer, I wish that I had more. Thanks to Eric (Tannertavernboys) for the opportunity to try this beer. I can't wait to get a fresh sample of this beer.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a very waxy aroma to it, that is covering the choco=late in it. Way too soapy up front with a nice kick of coffee and light choc after. Not enough pronounced chocolate. Yet very decent.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
huge mocha aroma, midnight black with a dark tan head, large roastiness and chocolate notes build to a sweet coffee flavor finally settling into dry bitter hoppiness
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color, nice head with little lacing, slightly oily. Aroma is sweet with fig and raisin. Flavor is smokey with chocolate and coffee. Finishes without much alcohol and a nice sweet chocolate end as to not discourage you. Thanks cquirosa!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 Very dark, opaque even, small brownish head that went away rather quickly. Roast, chocolate and coffee dominate the aroma. Flavor is almost dry and hoppy, with some roast. Odd, I didn’t not expect the flavor after experiencing the aroma. A nice beer nevertheless.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
When poured, this beer had a small sized light brown head with fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was uncarbonated, opaque and it had a dark hue to it. The nose was malty, chocolate, and some coffee notes. The flavor was bitter, hoppy, coffee notes, acidic and it left a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfee was tingly, smooth, thin textured and medium bodied. This beer left a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. Nothing to really rave about with this beer.
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew poured a small head of fine to medium brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated near opaque dark red-brwon almost black colored body and a good lacing. It had a nice aroma, but not what I expected from a stout. THe aroma made me sneeze and 1/2 hour later, I still have not recovered from it. The aroma was closer to a brown beer than a stout. It was thin and did not have the caramel in it. The flavor was very hoppy and much more hopped than the usual stout. Hop lovers should enjoy this one. The flavor was mixed with a noticible alcohol content and the mouthfeel was carbonated, tingly, and finish bitterly.