Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2003 Bottled on 10/21/2003. Bottle pours the color of 100K mile used motor oil with a Florida tan head and nice lace. The aroma is of hops, coffee, and chocolate. The flavor starts out dry, rolls to a coffee-chocolate show, then on to a fruity and piney finish. There is quite an espresso like aftertaste. The palate is oily rich. This is fine.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 Bottle around 10 months old poured in a snifter: black as a black hole with a ruby reflect like a owl’s pupil when he anticipates bleeding his prey. The head is tan, thin, sticky, short-lasting. Aroma is deep spicy hops with obvious molasses notes as well as rich dark chocolate, this is gonna be good. Mouthfeel is very thick, oily yet velvety. This is one complex beer. Hops are prevalent and delicious, but there’s a definite malty couterpart with peaks of chocolate, molasses, coffee and a perfectly balanced roastiness. The finish is hoppy, grapefruity, citrusy, and very dry without being overpowered on the bitterness aspect. Medium bodied well-hidden alcohol. Cheers Egajdzis!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks extended to Jeremy for sending me this brew many months ago, Cheers!
Bottled on 1 / 8 / 2003: I’m drinking this one just slightly below room temperature. The body is Jet-Black, and pours a mammoth toffee colored rocky head. A devastating aroma of chocolate, and espresso, I’m detecting some spice, like cinnamon as well, Nice! Now to the flavor, YES, oh F Yeah! BIG monster alcohol presence, keeping my oral cavity and esophagus warm and toasty!!!
Again I’m detecting chocolate malts, rich oily French pressed coffee, raisins, and something I was NOT expecting, BIG hops! Really the hops give this Imperial a very pine like or cider woodsy accompaniment. This Imperial plays out a raging symphony, a battle of hops and deep robust malt.
The palate is full and supple smooth, the finish is dry and bittering. A drape of toffee lacing closes this Imperial off and into a world where Storm King reigns supreme.
Thanks again J-Man!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was like drinking a big piece of chocolate cake. A very moist and slightly oily stout. Black as night with a big tan head. The mouthfeel is great, rich and velvety. A nice mellow roastiness dominates and the finish is slightly sweet and sticky.
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 (3849) - 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 (1735) - 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