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RATINGS: 2940   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - DEC 31, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 Poured out of bottle, bought at Sam's Wine & Spirits in Chicago, 12/10/02. Yum yum. Extremely dark, almost completely opaque black, with slight head on a vigorous pour and very tight lacing. Scent is surprisingly fruity and bright (juniper berry?) for an imperial stout. Delicious and enticing, and the only thing holding it back is that it's a bit soft. But when the flavor kicks in, look out. . . heavy roasted flavor, awesome dark, spicy, and fruity flavor of dark espresso. Medium body with very smooth mouthfeel and a bright, loud hum on the aftertaste. Incredibly long-lasting finish with more layers opening up-- overall dark cofee finish long after the last sip. Not an overwhelming flavor like some other imperial stouts, but this one has an absolutely wonderful aftertaste (one of the best I've had). Like most imperial stouts, this one is tough to take down in large quantities because of the body and the alcohol content, but with a seasonal treat like this you're more likely going to be drinking it with some friends while simply relaxing. . . And it's almost perfect. Damn the man for making this a seasonal brew-- I want some more NOW!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5592) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2002
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 This was very unique. The aroma was that of coffee and licorice and the taste was STRONG licorice with a coffee and dark chocolate blend. The hop taste was strong as well but not overwhelming. The 9% alcohol was covered by the uniqueness of the beer. Worth trying if you are a fan of the style. ***Re-rate: Had the 2003 version on draft recently. Very nice this year. A lot smoother than I recall from last year. The alcohol seemed to be more in the forefront than previously. Nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 So I rated this a 3.8 back in 2002 (6-5-8-3-16.) That can’t be right. This is the stout I reach for when I need a good solid sixer sitting ready for drinking. The aroma of this one is quite hoppy for an imperial stout. Sure there is a good helping of chocolate malt, caramel scents and a little smokeyness. The flavor is really balanced between the hops and the chocolaty malt. Its a balance that few imperial stouts manage to achieve, and even more impressive that its about $10 a sixer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nlanza (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Has a great scent and a beautiful dark color, but the flavor ends up not being quite as perfect as its look and smell promise it would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2003 As black as can be. A great head off of my pour. Noticeably thick going down. Coffee notes in the finish. A lack of bitterness that makes the flavor seem slightly sweet. Overall a wonderful stout, with a very complex flavor.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2002
There is a definite hop presence in this Imperial. This is the main difference I taste.I was really disaponted with the lack of head. Not as chocolately as others.Overall, Brooklyn still rules my heart!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10118) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2006 The October, 2003 re-rate: Bottle... The hops smell and taste less like hop pellets were used and more like fresh hop leaves were infused into this brew. A healthy combination of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and DFH 90 Minute Imperial IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Black opaque appearance w/an appropriate beige/tan brussels lace on the sides of the glass. Very small, tight head, a larger bubble appearing every now and then with a swirl of the glass. Aromas range from hoppy when chilled to hoppy, roasty, chocolatey, and even slightly plummy when warmed, but a little light on all for a R.I.S. Roastiness is rather subdued for a stout, chocolate comes through very nicely along with the hops (Cascade?), but could be more complex. Coffeeish flavor w/ hops at the start, followed by choc. malt, very well balanced, and warming alcohol flavor and mouthfeel. Although slightly astringent, probably from the dark grains, not from hops. Finishes rather dry and slightly bitter for the aftertaste. The body could be a little heavier as well, seems to be light to medium heavy. Very smooth for the alcohol content,but it could be more complex for an R.I.S., but I’d drink this one again when given the choice. It’s a very, very drinkable Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 re rate, Cask: round, fruity hop aroma. dry and bitter; moderately complex. I liked this better on Cask than the bottle. My beer poured with absolutely no head. Cascade aromas dominate the nose with subtle hints of plum and charcoal. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, not as heavy as I expected. Espresso really comes to mind. I couldn’t help but be reminded of Rogue’s Chocolate stout after finding similar bitterness of chocolate and hops, burnt malts and velvety textures. Maybe a little lighter on the tongue than Rogue also. I also noticed some plum like fruitiness as this beer became flatter and warmer in the last few sips. Finish is long and hoppy with tocuhes of espresso and caramel. not too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Re-Rate 12/20/02 Wow my notes from last year’s Real Ale Fest were pretty good. I just don’t feel this beer is true to style, too hoppy. Although that usually doesn’t matter too much, its not quite to my liking. Not true to style. Thin. Thats my only complaint though. Dark body no head which may be due to cask. Light hops up front with a strong coffee/chocolate flavor. Very very well crafted.

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