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RATINGS: 2824   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
russnug (35) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2002
The creamy head dissapates into a glass of chocolate,orgasmic intensity.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19378) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2007 Very rich, very black, roasty and burnt. Outstanding! Tobacco and erarth, tarry finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 1, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 This full bodied brew w/ its chocolate & espresso flavors is wonderful. It is a well balanced beer. Very enjoyable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Todd (20) - Palm Bay, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2001
One of the best examples of an Imperial Stout commercially available. Not the best, but damn good. A beer to be savored.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2001
Quite good, but not my favorite. The dry, hop aftertaste did it for me.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2001
I’ve weathered several winter storms with this one.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2001
A wonderful stout, could be the best ever. Since the availability of beer in NC sux, I have my father ship it from NJ. Well worth the wait

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2001
Pitch black, dense burnt caramel colored foam. Not a particularly strong aroma for an imperial stout. Aroma is a burnt roasted malt and chocolate, more so at the start than later on, while also showing some dark fruity notes maybe blackcurrant and plums, and a little creaminess. The hops do have a slight influence here but really needed some persuasion before I got faint signs of lemon fruitiness and the slightest hint of spice and herbs. While firm and fairly heavy on the palate, this beer is not too rugged and is surprisingly drinkable. There’s a slight carbonation that sort of tingles the middle of the tongue briefly, but this is an extremely smooth ale with a wonderful silkiness to it. Upon tasting I soon realize that this is an imperial with a difference, to be more precise a hoppy difference. The malt makes the first notes with a mild butterscotch and a vaguely noticeable chocolate and espresso presence. The fuller flavors are reinforced mid-palate by a slightly sour creaminess, brief hints of port and something mildly fruity, estery. The hop presence, however, somewhat tempers the maltiness throughout and I do feel that it kind of prevents the chocolaty and roasty flavors fully establishing themselves. The hops are especially prevalent in the finish adding a citric bite and bitterness that makes me feel less surprised that they decided to ship some of this over to the west coast. I read a few comments about an espresso like finish but didn’t really get it. What seemed like a mild alcohol presence in the nose was certainly much more pronounced in the finish with an extremely pleasing alcohol warmth. The alcohol is slightly vinuous in the finish, while the citric bitterness lingers long and the creamy butterscotch makes a fair attempt at reestablishing itself. An excellently crafted imperial stout and the hop presence does add another dimension making for a great change. It’s definitely one to recommend to beer drinking veterans and hop lovers, but I just thought the bitterness prevented the mellowness I expect from an Imperial. Great Imperial, but not the best nightcap. Probably not for novices.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mmmm,beer99 (9) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2001 does not count
This is a fantastic beer. Initially, I wanted to compare it to Guinness, but its a different taste. Guinness is great and Storm King is great, but with different, wonderful tastes. Buy this if you can and you will be a happy person.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2001
An excellent stout - chocolate hints, perfect.


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