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RATINGS: 2968   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
desurfer (1262) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Deep black body, medium-sized mocha brown head. Coffee and hops in the aroma, maybe Cascade. Huge roasted flavor, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Alcohol not noticeable at all, especially for a 9.1% beer. Amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a black color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Roast malt, coffee, and toffee combine for an incredible flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1562) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Wow where's the 9? This stuff is incredibly smooth and OH SO flavorful. Thick and rich. Head is tamed, but it's quite silky going down. Too bad I only picked up a single. Still can't believe this is 9%!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 Re-Rate 3/20/07; Bottle best by Jan 24, 2012: Iíve been meaning to give this a re-rate for a long time because I think itís gone down hill. Letís see what happens... Pitch black color with a very nice, dark tan head. Earthy hops and a little pine aroma. Chalky taste. Kind of midrange malt between bitter and sweet. Hops are a little on the citrus side. This tastes like itís in the vein of Surly Darkness or Three Floyds Dark Lord, but not nearly as huge tasting. Itís not as bad as I was fearing, but not as good as it was four years ago. Original Rating 12/30/03; Bottle dated October 31, 2003; 9-5-9-5-18-4.6: Black body with a tan head that thins out rapidly. Coffee and toffee notes in the nose and taste. Not nearly as overpowering as some, Bells Expedition comes to mind. Hides its ABV very well. Fantastic stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Bottle dated 3-18-03. Very hop oriented for an imperial stout. Not as "winey/brandy-ish" as Old Rus-Rasp and a few other examples of the style. Overall very tasty, and hides the 9.1 abv very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 smells HOPPY. freakin' tasty. very dark, nice tan head. sweet, burnt caramel malty flavors that come though more as it warms up. the hops are very apparent as well. an outstanding, complex beer that offers a nice buzz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (3006) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Bottle dated Nov 21 2003: Good nose, Bakers chocolate, coffee, kinda tart fruity. Great brownish black color clean. No sediment. Decent head that reduced down nicely. Good coffee/ expresso flavor. Creamy medium bitterness dry. Very enjoyable and very drinkable. Doesn't seem as filling as some.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Black body and loose foamy tan head that broke up fairly easily. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and aromatic hops. Full espresso and caramel malt flavor. A great, highly accessible (in the palatability sense) beer. This beer and Old Rasputin strike me as leading candidates among Imperial Stouts that are bold yet gentle enough for sharing with neophytes. Not overbearing and seems to have a great deal of general likability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Another over the top American Imperial stout. Similiar to the 03 Bell's Exhibition but it is a little more watery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2003
WOW!! Awesome brew! Black, opaque body with a dark tan, sumptuous head. Good lacing. Aroma was inviting with roasted, malty, coffee, chocolate tones. The flavor gave me hints of a roasted espresso with a touch of chocolate. Outstanding to the palate. Damn, I wish I had bought more.

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