fezzy (100) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is a massive blast of roasted malt, big and bold but surprisingly sharp and tempered by bitterness, which is what I do and don’t like about this beer at once. While almost too sharp, the deep roasty flavor attains balance through IBUs and bitter chocolate notes. Aroma is interestingly quite different from what I get on my palate, with aromatic hopping and dark fruits that get lost in the big malt profile once it hits my tongue. Though rather oily in body, it is quite drinkable for a big imperial stout and could not be accused of being too sweet. Very good.
beertholomeus (1069) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a khaki head. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, anise, dark fruit and hop aroma. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, pine, earthy hop, anise, fig, raisin, vanilla and some alcohol flavors. Full body and average carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate and hop finish.
HULK777 (457) - - FEB 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vanilla, chocolate, and fruity hops aroma. Taste of red berries, cocoa, vanilla, and cappuccino. Nice aftertaste.
TychoJames (382) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska systembolaget. Svart kulör med ljusbrunt skum. Halvsöt doft med kaffe, choklad och mosig frukt. Smaken drar starkt åt det rostade malthållet med bitter choklad och lite nötter. Besk med torr avslutning. Ganska frän och smått obalanserad.
Roger60 (76) - - FEB 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lund, Bangatan, SB flaska. Svart med mörkt skum. Brunt men inte som Yeti. Humle aprikos frisk med fin beska kaffebönor rostad ton av alkohol.
kingofthemtn (25) - - FEB 7, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stout #1 of 6 that I picked up in a make-your-own six pack as research before attempting my first stout homebrew (chocolate-coconut).
Upon popping the top, a strong hop aroma escapes the bottle along with an intangible night-owl-on-the-hunt presence. Color is dark as midnight during the new moon with tan head. No alcoholy taste despite being 9.1%.
Flavor is all roasted coffee for me, no hint of chocolate or vanilla. The Victory website suggests pairing this beer with smoked ribs and chocolate-mmm. Maybe a smoked chicken pizza with caramelized red onion, roasted broccoli and bbq sauce. I’d give +1 taste and +1 overall if I could taste chocolate.
Palate is creamy, not watery and very drinkable.
If you are alone hiking through the woods at night and suddenly sense more than observe the presence of a predator close by, do not be afraid. Someone in the world has merely opened a storm king beer and the owl is on the prowl.
rentonj7 (76) - Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic and surprising! Tons of piney hops on the nose. Taste is wild mix between java stout, medium toasty malts, and piney IPA. Long finish.
c1raider (58) - New York, USA - FEB 2, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the start: vanilla, moderate carbonation, malt, alcohol, tiniest touch of chocolate. Would not buy again, does nothing well
tykechandler (342) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
это пиво очень вкусно. я бы, конечно, рекомен& его всем. пожалуй& обратит& его. очень хорошо!
teromous (119) - - JAN 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(from the label) Enjoy By: 10 JUL 2019 C442 P
Appearance: Black body with a narrow foamy light tan head. Fades quickly to a ring.
Aroma: It has an oak barrel aroma and some strong caramel scents. The bottle doesn’t say anything about barrel aging but it has that woody smell. There is a bit of pine in there too. All of this is very subtle, but if you take the time it will really come through.
Taste: Interesting. It has a very strong pine and mint quality, backed by this acrid smokey charcoal flavor. It’s a lot like what camping in the woods would taste like. It probably sounds funny but that’s what it is to me.
Mouthfeel: It has this sharp bite that kicks you in the pants. It can be pretty harsh if that’s not what you’re looking for in a stout. It’s the type of beer you’d want to drink with some sort of snack to cleanse the palate. Nobody would ever say this beer is boring.
Overall: It was a beer that was worth trying. It had a strong presence that really does define what I’d expect from an American Stout. Lots of flavor and palate-shocking presence that makes it worth drinking. If there was an eagle perched in the forest somewhere with a crown on and a beer in his claws, this would be it.