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RATINGS: 2934   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Bottle. Okay, FINALLY I have this beer, like 9 months after my brother drank one on his own without letting me sample it. We coined the phrase "I'm going to go storm king on you" based on this incident. Yeah. Motor oil pour, small head. Reminds me somewhat of a Stone RIS. Some fruit in the smell...dark malts, cherries, some mild hoppiness in the delicious flavor. Finally, my precious Storm King...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2003 Very nice. A lot more hoppy than I am used to for an Imperial Stout. nice roastedness and alcohol presence as well. Cool!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 delicious, and seems to be a great example of the style. probably the most complex imperial i've ever had. no sticky quality around the edge of the glass or overpowering alcohol taste. i'm moving to pennsylvania soon and can't wait to be closer to these guys, i've really enjoyed everything i've ever had from them

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 24, 2003
Thin, almond-colored head atop a black, completely opaque body. Smell is of sweet malt, grapes and a little bit of cocoa. Very aromatic. When the stout enters the mouth, an instantaneous burst of sweetness splashes the tongue and back of throat, then quickly becomes grapes, plums, dark chocolate, and dark roast coffee. Medium to full body feel on tongue with a silky texture. Aftertaste is gentle and easy, sweet with no alcohol burn. A very fine and complex imperial stout that caresses the taste buds instead of assaulting them.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Pours a thick black with a small brown head that mellows out pretty fast. Aroma is a nutty/coffee type aroma. Smooth, smooth and more smooth. Starts very smooth with deep coffee espresso flavor that hangs on throughout. Finish is very smooth and creamy as well. Palate is perfect. For being 9.1%, this brew is extrememly smooth and enjoyable. My only complaint is a lack of head and lacing...***********had a year old batch of this on cask at the brewery and it was probably the best beer I've had to date. I will not re-rate it, but wanted to mention that this on cask is an impeccable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
pours black, tan head. burnt sugar, coffee and soapy hop aroma. flavour is good, lots of mocha, caramel and hops, but this didn't knock me on my ass like it does so many. good beer either way.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Radek Kliber (6681) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 8, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2004 What if you join imperial stout with American Mania of Hop Heads? Answer: Storm King. That deep mahogany woody aroma blended with clean fresh hops is addictive. Chocolate is only feel between those bricks. Surprisingly mellow this stout is. Mellow, like an ancient tree. Powerful, sure of its potential yet quiet as a newcomer. Balancing of this beer is great. You love hops you got them, you love roasted malt you got them (although here is slight dent on perfect picture, here there is tiny place for improvement.) Drinkable as a best dunkel, bitter ale that got mere 3.5 %. This one is over 9. Yes. One of those beer that if have at home wont last till next day.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Dark. Heavy. Rich.This is my favorite stout to date. A tall, thick, foamy head that's nice and creamy on top. The taste is creamy without being overly so. A sharp bitter finish that finds it's way to the back of your throat. And let's not forget that buzz factor of 9.1% ABV! HooWa!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
Black w/ dark brown head. Robust burnt, roasty, hoppy nose. Thick, syrupy feel. Rich, roasty flavour of molasses, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt wood, and lots of hops. Warm, alcohol laden finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Dark black with a light brown head. Floral, hoppy aroma. Dry, lightly roasty with a floral hoppiness. Large bodied. Warming as it goes down. The sweetness reminded me of marshmallows. Yum.


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