Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Poured slow and syrupy. Stunningly black with a decent medium brown head. Hop aroma blasting me in the face before I even began to pour actually. On the tongue it is initially all hops, and is quite frankly out of balance. But the hops are top notch, bitter, spruce, citrus, all wrapped into one. As the beer warms up, the malts begin to kick in, but they are still shockingly masked by the taste of hops. Most beers this dark are victims of their own malt excess. This one is a victim of its own hops excess. Could have been a classic with a touch more subtlety. - CASK UPDATE - 12/5/04 - Very similar, except the hops surprisingly were more balanced, and it seemed a hair lighter bodied. Quite excellent, overall rate would have been a 4.2. Will leave up the bottled rating since that is what most actually have access to.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Very dark with tan head. Roasted chocolate aroma, lots of hops in the nose and mouth, especially for a stout. Chocolate, coffee malts, warm, little bitterness, barely taste the alcohol, but it's there in a big way. This is an excellent stout, and much better than the first time I had it from a bottle.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
everyone is always going on about how dark the various great stouts are: like motor oil from a stuka dive bomber, like obsidian, like satan's nostril, or astronomical black holes; yeah, yeah, whatever... for the storm king though--in gracious cooperation with the north korean government, i was able to explode a small nuclear device behind the rich black pour, and while my eyebrows are toast and my hearing substansially compromised, no light was seen through THIS imperial stout. the edges give up an irradiated glow of chocolate brown. head stays close to it's base of support, but eddys of lace are like the backwash of a coffee ice cream shake. christmas fruit cake and coffee aroma. burly black pipe tobacco, a platter of molasses-marinated tropical fruits baked almost dry, and garnished with pecan-candied hop flowers, and peppered with burnt currants. very smooth and elegant considering the weight and breadth of it's battleship-like displacement across the tongue. flavors shimmer hypnotically: you think it's grapefruit juice with it's snake-biting bitterness, then it's syrupy chocolate coffee, then it's bay rum and licorice and sweet black resin on a kettle of maple sugar. then you don't know your elbow from your uncle roy because of the alcohol. it's fully worth defying the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and fomenting political turmoil in south-east asian politics.
boto (2086) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours an almost inky color. It has a small head that is light brown in color. It dissapates quickly. A bit of caramel and coffee to the nose. Very full body to the beer, almost "thick". Somewhat roasty, not as much as some others. A hint of sweetness, chocolate and a good hop bite. The alchohol is not evident at all. This is excellent!
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. brown bottle.
Pours out a very dark chocolate brown color, with red highlights to it. Straight slam into a pint glass produces a 1/2" head that quickly fades to a sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas of hops, caramel, toffee, and roasted malts. Chewy texture, thick mouthfeel to it as well.
Roasty tasting, with a nice hops finish to it. Well balanced. Very warming to the stomach. Feels like a smoldering fire in your stomach after you drink about half of this beer. Hides it's alcohol level very well. Not bitter like some stouts. A great beer from Victory. Seek it out at all costs.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet floral smell is full of hop greatness. The actual flavor is a bit surprising. It's sweet, but I expected more of a coffee taste. Creamy, sweet taste goes down smooth with a nice hop bite. It's got the characteristics of a Victory ale, with a dark, malty finish. Not exactly loike most stouts I've had, but it's surprisingly nice. Seems to be missing something though. Could use a bit more flavor to give it some unique characteristics. Mind you, this beer will knock you on your butt though.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Started good from the pour. Then I tasted it. Kinda bland. No aftertaste to help with the McDonalds it's washing down.
koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Under a subtle, slightly hoppy aroma hides an incredible beast! This is a powerhouse! Rich chocolate and burnt coffee beans, slightly sweet, and very smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a perfect balance of rich malts and bitter hops. High alcohol content is hidden well within the complexity of this great beer. I have never been a big fan of dark stouts. But this is definitely at the top of its class.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
smelled sour/musty but tasted sweet with burnt coffee after taste; nice smooth texture though made it palatable
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
not the best imeprial stout i have had. Its has the sweet chocolatly taste of an imperial stout and a biter after taste that finished dry, almost like sierra nevada's stout