hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2006 The October, 2003 re-rate: Bottle...
The hops smell and taste less like hop pellets were used and more like fresh hop leaves were infused into this brew. A healthy combination of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and DFH 90 Minute Imperial IPA.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black opaque appearance w/an appropriate beige/tan brussels lace on the sides of the glass. Very small, tight head, a larger bubble appearing every now and then with a swirl of the glass. Aromas range from hoppy when chilled to hoppy, roasty, chocolatey, and even slightly plummy when warmed, but a little light on all for a R.I.S. Roastiness is rather subdued for a stout, chocolate comes through very nicely along with the hops (Cascade?), but could be more complex. Coffeeish flavor w/ hops at the start, followed by choc. malt, very well balanced, and warming alcohol flavor and mouthfeel. Although slightly astringent, probably from the dark grains, not from hops. Finishes rather dry and slightly bitter for the aftertaste. The body could be a little heavier as well, seems to be light to medium heavy. Very smooth for the alcohol content,but it could be more complex for an R.I.S., but Iíd drink this one again when given the choice. Itís a very, very drinkable Imperial Stout.
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 re rate, Cask: round, fruity hop aroma. dry and bitter; moderately complex. I liked this better on Cask than the bottle. My beer poured with absolutely no head. Cascade aromas dominate the nose with subtle hints of plum and charcoal. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, not as heavy as I expected. Espresso really comes to mind. I couldnít help but be reminded of Rogueís Chocolate stout after finding similar bitterness of chocolate and hops, burnt malts and velvety textures. Maybe a little lighter on the tongue than Rogue also. I also noticed some plum like fruitiness as this beer became flatter and warmer in the last few sips. Finish is long and hoppy with tocuhes of espresso and caramel. not too shabby.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow my notes from last yearís Real Ale Fest were pretty good. I just donít feel this beer is true to style, too hoppy. Although that usually doesnít matter too much, its not quite to my liking.
Not true to style. Thin. Thats my only complaint though. Dark body no head which may be due to cask. Light hops up front with a strong coffee/chocolate flavor. Very very well crafted.
CherokeeJarod (54) - , USA - DEC 20, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
When poured into the glass it is BLACK, no light gets through. The head is thick, rich and a creamy mocha tan. It lasted. The lace was beautiful, the same color as the head, and it draped the inside to the last sip. The aroma was amazing and complex and intense. I nosed coffee, chocolate, berries (as it warmed), floral, malt and hops. The taste was amazing, full and smooth. I tasted chocolate, coffee, milk, fruit (berries), roasted malt and hops. Temperature plays a role in this beer. The warmer it got the more intense and distinct the flavors became. It starts off alittle sweet then all the flavors jump at you and then it has a dry long lasting finish. GREAT BEER
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On a cold fall night, what better than a Victory Storm King Imperial Stout (thanks for the trade Oakes) to get me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Letís start with the aroma, much more pleasant than the Stone Imperial Stout and the Dogfish Head WWS (18%) that preceded it - initial nose was crowded with an aroma somewhere between raisins and kalamata olives; surprising tan head on this thinner brew. The taste is nothing short of awesome - some hints of chocolate with more of a roasted, burnt, espresso palate. This could exponentially be my favorite imperial stout to date. Goes down extremely smooth, so look out, as the 9.1% is masked materfully...
kyzr (1147) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From start to finish, this beer rocks! Donít know what else to say. Very impressed. Maybe on of my top tens.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Has this on cask. Nice and chunky. Just the way a stout supposed to be.
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very mellow for a stout. Looks like a stout, smells like a stout, but I really like it, not like most stouts. For me it drinks like a nice IPA. which means it has a heart of hops that canít be missed.
jelifish (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
PoW! One truly needs to drink this stout with a fork and knife. Wonderful and unexpected floral hop nose. Very rich roasted, espresso malt flavor. Victory did it again - Bravo!