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RATINGS: 2825   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
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
I have never been a big fan of Stouts, but this is a horse of a different color. Hugh thick malty head. Aroma of malted milk and a light hop. The taste is the best! A good dark roasted flavor with big hops taste. The hops is a mellow strong hops not a big green fresh hops. Just they way I like my hops. I think this will become a standard in my fridge.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2003 Another Update: This beer seems to depend upon the batch. 9/02 was unbelievably hoppy, and the basis of the high rating. THe 11/02 and 3/03 batches just don't have that wonderful hoppiness. I will keep my rating as it is, however. Update: Was amazed how well this one kept its intense hop flavor after six months in the bottle. Never disappoints. My go-to Imperial. Old: HighGravity provided me with a 6-day old sample of this. Astounding hop character to be savored. Incredibly smooth, even light palate for such hefty roasted malt. Never cloying and provides a 1/2 hour finish. I consider this the best 'big' beer I've had. I would anticipate that the malt flavors become a little more differentiated with age.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aequity (6) - Topeka, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2002 does not count
A Benchmark! Iíve tasted this beer HEADS UP several times vs. other great brews. Rogue Shakespeare and Fullerís Porter as 2 recent examples. Recently tasted vs. SS Oatmeal, Bells Stout, N.Coast Rasputin Imperial & Shakespeare. This Victory Storm King just consistently comes out on top! If a Stout is any better than this, itís just Awesome ! Recommend serious de-canting. Try double pouring, from bottle to glass then to 2nd or even 3rd glass to aereate & get all Flavors out. Good tasting thru wide temperature range, also!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Not as sweet as the first Imperial Stout I tried (local of course)...very tasty. íWhat he said...í

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Malt, hops, malt, hops; which stands out here? Very tasty beer, although doesnít seem overly heavy in flavor...seems like an extra-heavy porter. Hops-a-plenty, if thatís your thing. Strongest flavors are pine and coffee--very little chocolate flavors present. Pours an oily black with tiny clinging lace. The flavor stays with you for at least five minutes after you sip.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Significant head fades with time. Pronounced hop influences in the nose, but these are not as apparent in the flavor. A pleasingly thick palate rounds out an impressive imperial stout.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2002
As black as the label. Absolutely stunning in its complexity and balance. Lots of strong flavors, but they all come through, instead of blending together.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 Sweet malt, bitter hops, espresso, and warming alcohol. What a perfect winter brew. Light sucking pure black, with almost no head. First sip says Stone or Victory, because of the surprising abundance of wonderful American west coast hoppiness. Another sip, complexity, perfect balance, and you decide it really is Victory. But Victory suave, sophisticated, grown up. If Hop Devil is the Jimmy Dean Rebel without a Cause of Victory, then Storm King is their Cary Grant. I had this again today at the brewery on draft. Not fair to compare someone else"s bottled beer with a perfect beer on tap, but this is one great imperial stout. I actually put down the glass and clapped. I"m increasing my rating from 4.7 to 4.9. // And, with the passage of time, and many more bottles behind me, I realize that the 4.9 I gave it at the brewery was an accurate reflection of a spectacular but unrepresentative experience. I thnk a 4.1 is more fitting. Itís a good stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Bottled 10/15/02:Well,I really didnít think this was up to par.Hate to sound sour but found this years to be lacking in strong imperial qualities. 2001Re-tasted the other night and the flavors I look for in an IMPS are starting to overcome Victoryís love for hopping.Slightly thin still compared to the big boys but more complex than some. Slightly chilled bottle. Pours a nice, moderately carbonated,dark tan, head. Aroma at first of resiny,citrusy,hops and a awesome blend of malts to look forward to. Palate is loaded with a amzing blend of malts and a slight alcohol tingle. The hoppiness of the taste I donít really care for but it will fade with a year.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2003 Dark black pour, brown head which laces nicely. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and espresso. Taste is bitter chocolate, espresso, dark dry fruits, followed with cirtus and pine from the hops. Add the warming from the alcohol, and the total is a completely enjoyable brew.


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