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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Terminus (3319) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Cask-RAF-2/28/03-probably the second best brew i had all night(i was almost going to go back for seconds on this one!) This is by far the best imperial stout on the market(at least that i have had). Rogue doesnt even come close. I cant even begin the bliss when sampling this dark roasted wonder. I really need to find this in my area and get some!!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 Rerate #3, Enjoy by Apr 27, 2012 sampled on 5/10/07: This is perhaps the freshest sample Iíve had a chance to try. Pours an opaque black with a large, airy dark tan head that leaves a nice lacing behind. Aroma is pretty roasty with a hint of charcoal and oats and a touch of fresh piny hops. Body starts a little earthier and drier than I remember with a pretty big flavor and bittering hop balance. Finishes a touch thinner and very roasty. Still a pretty nice imperial stout.

Rerate #2, bottled on 11/4/04, sampled on 5/27/05: Rich caramel malty flavor has good dark fruit presence and an assertive hoppiness that is still present. Finishes semi-dry, sticky and roasty, hiding the alcohol very well. Always a very enjoyable imperial stout.

Rerate: This bottle doesnít have a date on it, so Iím guessing itís a year or two old. Roasted malt and coffee beans with a hint of cherries in the aroma. Body is sweet, bitter and even tart toward the finish. Chocolate and roasted coffee linger on the palate. A very nice imperial stout.

Bottled on 10/25/02: Obsidian appearance with a thin layer of brownish head. Aroma of dark chocolate and sweet plums with some floral hop attributes. Body is full, thick and robust with good complexity and a smooth lingering roasted finish. Sweet chocolate caramel flavor turns into melon and then coffee beans and leaves one asking, "Why do I only have 12oz. of this stuff?" No noticeable alcohol whatsoever. Great balance and remarkable smoothness make this a world class imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2003
excellent black stout with hints of coffee and burnt hops!! perfect cold winter night brew, have your self a few tonight!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Finally got this in my town after the law change last fall. This beer poured as dark as sin and formed a cascading huge medium tan head that subsided slowly leaving circular lace. Very foamy texture like a soda. An aroma of malt, coffee and hops. A flavor of malt, coffee, chocolate and a slight bit of hops. The finish was a touch burnt. A great stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- deep, dark brownish/black color, roasted malt, burnt aroma, nice hop aroma as well, a bit of a fruity bouquet is also present; burnt and highly roasted flavor, a bit dry with a light fruitiness that mixes well with the hoppiness, tiny hints of coffee/espresso also present in the flavor, nicely textured and rich with a delicate touch that emerges from the complexity of the beer and its flavors

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 Hugely hoppy! This is quite a difference from some imperial stouts (namely, Expedition Stout, or even Founders Imperial Stout). The beer quickly takes on a rich, malty, roasted flavor after the initial hop bitterness. A very tasty concoction; a semi-divine nectar, if you will.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Oh my beautiful friend...how we shall dance circles through the moonlight and run circles around jupiters moon's. Heaven hath graced thee with the nectar of a thousand women. This one poured a blackened blackeny black out of the bottle and into my glass with a black hue covered by absolutely no head..leaving, well....blackness...mmmmm. The aroma is that of coffee, chocolate and hops. Wonderful carbonation level when its cold as it warms up...tickling, prickling bubbles, ingrain this burnt roasty chocolate, coffee, hoppy, bitter, buttery, oily, darkness into the palate. Splish and splash it around..there's not alcohol to be found here, only heavenly bliss. Strong dry and bitter ending, total NW hop style. Its a kicker though because its knocking on the door right after dinner. A gorgeous beer that deserves to be had right next to a gorgeous woman...but ill take half of that combination..yes i will.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 14, 2003
Northwest hoppiness jumps out and grab the nose, after a while, velvety chocolate creme brule' plus some coffee and thick malts start to take foot. As with the nose the first thing to grab my attention in the mouth is the hoppiness, quite different for the style IMO, Coffee and dark chocolate come into the picture. Finish is full of dark chocolat bitterness with an uderlying herbal quality. Simple but potent mixture. Very solid, very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Very black with a thick brown head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted coffee and hop flavor. Burnt dark chocolate finish. I canít taste any alcohol at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3761) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2003
Everything's done right here--great black color, thin caramel head. Aroma is slightly dull for what it is (even after it warmed more) but the flavor was tempered and balanced--dry, slightly bitter chocolate, hint of smoke, deep roasted flavors. I do agree it is a bit on the hop side of things, which I'm not as much of a fan of. Oily, easy drinking, good palate. If this were the only beer I could drink, I would complain, though I would miss the slightly better interpretations of the Imperial Stout as well.

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