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RATINGS: 2909   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.


cooplander's rating

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2012
aroma is chocolate with a citrus hop, nice black color with decent lacing, taste is chocolate with a pine, citrus hops and a little heat fome the alcohol, really sticks to your palate, great beer


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (534) - Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Pour from a fresh bottle (ie I did not cellar this cellarable able beer) into a Left Hand/Rogue stout glass. Black with big brown head. Aroma: biscuits, roasted barley, and bubble gum. Taste is bitter chocolate at first, then a long smooth cocoa coffee finish. Some alcohol up front but not at all predominant. Very nice, I think I’ll put one in the basement for a year or two. Temperature note: infinitely better at the correct temp (55°F).

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SteveOrz85 (37) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2015
12 oz bottle into tulip. Hoppy aroma with notes of spruce. Appearance is black with three finger soft creamy tan head. Taste is medium bitter. Very hoppy up front with a fairly smooth finish with notes of chocolate. Medium to full bodied beer with an oily texture and average carbonation. Fairly long finish. Overall pretty good brew. Way hoppier than average stout. Interesting twist in the world of stouts. Worth a taste, especially if you like hops.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (635) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 25, 2015
330 ml bottle bought at Bierkompass.de some months ago.
Pitch black, oily body, with a medium, stable, dense, creamy, dark beige head.
Delicious, smooth aroma of coffee, melting dark chocolate, cocoa, liquorice, dark fruits, subtle hops.
Taste follows the smoothness of the nose, with coffee, cocoa powder, liquorice, dark chocolate, some vanilla, some dark fruits, subtle hops again.
Full, creamy mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes roasty-bitter, but not too harsh, with dry cocoa, coffee, liquorice, zesty hops, subtle smoke.

Very tasty! Perfectly balanced, straight, but still rich and complex and comparatively drinkable. The nose, the flavour and the mouthfeel all share the very satisfying smoothness. An Imperial Stout how I favour it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (5154) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2015
Surprisingly black color on this beer. Nice thick beige head that gives a fine lacing. Coffee, chocolate and roasted aroma. Very inviting. Full to medium body. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Soft carbonation and a creamy texture. Nice smooth coffee, chocolate and roasted flavor with some toffee in the back. Well masked alcohol. Nice evening sipper.
[Bottle from Systembolaget web order in Sweden]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1438) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2015
330ml bottle from Cottridge Wine. Deep stout off black, with pale tan head. Aroma has coffee roasted malt and burnt toffee. Taste has these too nice but not wow.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CVBis007 (51) - - MAR 2, 2015
Nice dark pour. The sweet aroma had me concerned as I prefer stouts which smell of roast, coffee, chocolate, or any combo thereof. This beer is sweet up front, but this is quickly washed away by a rush of roasted malt and coffee bitterness. It gets extra points for the surprising and delicious twist.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4251) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2015
Pours black , small grey head . Smell is bit sweet, bitter dark malts . Taste is bitter, really familiar yet weird .. Coffe / cacao in its purest form . Pure , burnt maltyness . some oat-bitterness in there as well . Finish is bitter, pure cacao with coffee-bitter undertones . As well as some very earthy hop bitterness . Truly unique so far - to me - and I quite like it . Body is rather thin, carbonation is rather high . I’d say if those 2 would be upscaled, this would be a blast !

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2694) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Beer #8 of 13 in blind tasting.
After years of drinking this beer I finally rated it. In the blind tasting, I got a strong fruity character, more so than any other in the beer. Slightly earthy beer, low acidity, even the dark malts were not strong. Bitter hop finish. In hindsight, this beer has changed a lot over the years but hasn’t been too interesting in a while.
In the aggregate, this finished as average as possible.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (3131) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2015
Fra flaske på Cardinal, den nest siste denne Mandag i annen feb-15: vi har nettopp hatt Stone Self-Righteous Black ipa, og så kommer denne og topper det hele: kølsvart med beige skum. En usedvanlig rik aroma og smak av røstet malt, mørke sjokolader, høykvalitetskaffe, lakris og fruktige streif fra humlene. Alt som i den foregående, barre litt mer av alt. Laang ettersmak. Life is good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (1494) - NORWAY - FEB 23, 2015
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 23.02.15. Pitch black. Beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, American hops and pine. Similar taste. Good and interesting.


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