SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black as black can be with a small, tan-colored head. It's like a blackhole sucking any light around into it. The smell is alcohol and a swarm of different malts. The taste is the same...big! Espresso-like bite with subtle hops that slowly get more notable. Smooth to bitter play with a slightly funky ending. It's great but something just ain't right. I'll have to get another one to compare but I'm not super impressed.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2005 I am aware that this is the top rated beer at that other site. Blacker than night with a nice reddish brown head. Nice hoppy aroma promises that this isn’t your granddady’s stout. Nice hoppy flavor with a good malt accent in the finish. Nicely balanced. Can’t taste alcohol in this one, surprisingly.
I don’t know what the most astounding thing about this wonderful brew is, the great name, the great taste or the great price. This is the best value in beer! Cheaper than some 40’s!
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle Victory's packaging excels, as always, with an understated but beautiful design. Here's to a lovely bottle, and a lovely taste, too - scent of sweet burnt chicory, retiring before the monstrous taste, sharp and tingling in layers of malt sweetness. Burning start, evenly balanced finish - this is a pleastantly hearty beer for a Monday evening. Bravo, etc.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I'm impressed with the excellent coffee flavor. So good, love the bitterness. Go buy this beer!
DubbelO7 (42) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a presence.
Huge body .
Espresso-like in appearance as the label claims.
Had been reading about this one on another beer site and had to try it. Had to call around to about 6 beer distributors here in Pittsburgh to find some.
Most places said it was seasonal and they wouldn't get any 'til this Autumn. Mellinger's which is inthe Oakland section of town near the Universities has bunches of it, owner says he bought a shitload of it last Fall .
At any rate... this is the beer that eats like a meal as they say .
I prefer this type of stout over the dry Irish type. I used to think Murphy's was good but this is overall so much better IMO . Probably not the best choice for the hot humid weather we're getting this Summer but good nonetheless I suppose if you're in the air conditioning . I was impressed with Victory's Hop Devil and will surely try other beers of theirs.
I recommend this one highly even if you aren't a stout person.
It's a good frame of reference for an ideal stout. As good or better than Sam Smith Imp. stout and about $20 less per the case !
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this thing is blacker than my lungs. Nice tan head and an aroma that makes me think I'm drinking an IPA. Very smooth going down, with a strong roasted malt flavor. The alcohol is noticable, but just barely. Damn good.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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...
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.