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RATINGS: 2912   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.


4.2
   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. ’What he said...’

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 doesn’t seem overly heavy in flavor...seems like an extra-heavy porter. Hops-a-plenty, if that’s 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. It’s 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 didn’t 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 Victory’s 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 don’t 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2533) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 Yes fresh hops, black body with a medium frothy head, brussels lace later on. Bitter espresso with tones of chocolate taste. Long lasting bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2621) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2002
Fresh hops and a perfumy nose. Black black color and spongy tan head. Chocolate and malt taste with bitter coffee tones. Pronounced hop taste too. Powerful, but an odd mix of a flavors - like a cross between a stout and an IPA. Very nice!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Had it at a festival, don’t remember much about that day... but I remember this beer fondly


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