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RATINGS: 2915   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Dark and black as night with only a bit of ruby red around the edges if held up to light. A thick head developed in a beautiful fashion as I poured into a pint glass. Tiny tan colored bubbles swirling up to the top looked great. Head settles down but looks as if it has some retention power. Aroma is a sweet, chocolatey espresso roasted malt concoction, and everything an Imperial should be. Has a nice smooth mouthfeel and a full body. Flavor is of coffee, and sweet roasted malt with caramel showing up in the finish. Alcohol is as well hidden as I've seen for this style. Retention is good as expected. Fantastic!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
1more4dessert (332) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2003
ebony color, rapidly fading head. Nice heavy body - neither too sweet nor too chalky. A unabashed hoppiness appears through the dense malty background

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
An essentially black beer with dark ruby edges that pours with a light coffee colored head. The head is modest and fades quickly, leaving a slight lace. The nose is very sweet and fruity. The mouthfeel is heavenly. Very silky, it just coats your tongue and feels like it slides down so easily. The taste is very complex, with roastiness up front, followed by a little sweetness and bitter mocha-coffee notes. The aftertaste brings dark chocolate covered cherries to mind. The balance of roasted bitterness and malty/fruity sweetness is amazing. Although this is a big beer, the alcohol is primarily noticable as it warms the esophagus.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 Bottle 2002 (9 months old – 9/16/03) Bottled 1/24/03 Poured a black, opaque color with a medium sized tan head that did leave some lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet chocolate malts and a slight hint of dark fruit in the aroma as well. Bitter coffee, sweet chocolate taste, slightly hoppy. No alcohol can be noticed, considering this is 9.1 Pure heaven!. 9 5 9 5 19
Cask 2003 (8 months old – 7/26/04) Batch 19 Opaque black with a small tan head and beautiful lacing. Roasted and floral hop aroma. Chocolate soaked hop taste with a strong roasted coffee finish. Dark fruits (berry and plum), nuts, and just the slightest bit of alcohol. This was a cask so it was not carbonated, and it was simply incredible! 8 5 10 5 19

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Deep, deep ruby, no trace of a head after settling. Smell of overwhelming malts. Taste explodes with dark, sensuous complexity. Guinness is to this as Folgers is to the best local coffee shop's handpicked blend. Incredible mouthfeel of deep coffee and bitter chocolate, but clean all the way through thanks to the vibrant hops. Appropriately, not excessively, bitter. Alcohol is muted but substantial. Deceptively mellow and understated until you try to drink in multiples. Well crafted from start to finish. Excellent!!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Motor oil black with disappearing head which produce a combonation lace of foam and oil, neither of which stuck to the glass. Huge molasses, caramel, and chocolate nose. Also some faint hints of espresso, pine, and spices. Complex taste of sweet toasted malts, bitter and zesty hops, lingering spices and a low keyed alcohol presence. Very nice indeed! Full-bodied with a lively mouthfeel. The alcoholic nature of this brew is well reserved and produced a gentle warming in chest as drank. A very good stout but still rated below Speedway, Expedition, Stone Imperial, Old Rasputin and Old Heathen IMO. Can a beer get a 4.0 and still be overated? Brought my overall average of Imperial Stouts down!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Massive imperial stout.. what is it about super-strong beers that both the malts and the hops can be seen in full display? (ie Ruination IPA). This beer manages to be simultanously ultra-bitter, sweet and toasty. The nose, however, is mostly roasted malts, which doesn't prepare you for the initial hop attack.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2003
8/22/03: bottle.
dreamy aromas of a bitter chocolate malted milk shake. opaque-black body with a gorgeous, light-chocolate, creamy head. abundant flavors of dark chocolate, malt, hops, and some toasted-ness. finish is bitter and creamy. bottled mar 18 03

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Bottled on Mar 18 03
Opaque black body with a quickly dissipating tan head. No lacing.
Big malt and hop aroma. Some raisin and roasted malts comes out in the aroma too.
Huge roasted malt flavor. Tempered by a nice hop flavor. Alcohol is apparent too. Balanced but not mellow.
Huge body that neared an oily appearence.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Bottle. Pours black as a moonless night. Aroma like walking into a brewery--molasses and coffee and roasted malty goodness. Taste chocolate coffee raisins, and, quite the opposite of my favorite beer style American IPA, actually starts out malty and ends with a pleasant hoppy bitterness. Very well balanced with a clean finish, sort of like when a great rock band ends a song on a single note. After my sip I'm left with a pleasantly bitter, malty, and sweet mouth feel. Perhaps not the Dark Lord Himself, but maybe the Dark One's trusted confidant?


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