phaleslu (10338) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by birchstick- thanks, Jon! 2010 vintage. Paired side-by-side with a 2010 Storm King. Pours a dark, opaque brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, bourbon, and toffee. Flavor of rich, roasty dark malts, bourbon heat, oak, brown sugar, berries, and plums. Medium-bodied, with a roasty, boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Solid BA imperial stout that keeps a lot of the Storm King character. keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2012 Poured from a 750ml bottle bottled on November 10, 2011 into a tulip.seymour (2057) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2011
A: Pitch black with a 1 finger foam head. Exactly how a stout should look.
S: Oaky vanilla upfront with a chocolate underlying and a hint of hops.
T: Light on the bourbon flavor, though the barrels have added tons of vanilla and oak flavor to this. Roasty chocolate finish with some bitterness from hops.
M: Thick and syrupy with very little carbonation.
O: I am really enjoying this, the bourbon barrels have added a nice vanilla taste to it while toning down the intensity of Storm King. I’m impressed.
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2015 Sampled at the Saint Louis Ratebeer Gathering in a tulip glass, side-by-side with Storm King, the non-barrel-aged version of the same. Thanks, Jon! Poured an opaque, dark brown color with no head but a film of tiny tan bubbles on the surface, some lace and legs when swirled. True-to-style malty, roasty Imperial Stout, very similar to Victory Storm King on which it’s based, but more complex: smoother, slightly oxidized, richer caramel and toffee, more plum and sour cherry, definite bourbon and vanilla essence. Crazy, long-lasting hops flavor, which I can’t believe survived the aging process. Dark Intrigue definitely ended up a different beer, so much so that it’s hard to say better or worse. Equally great in different categories. jandd1983 (4390) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Sampled at the St. Louis RB gathering. It poured a nearly black color with a small tan head. The aroma was mostly bourbon, some oak, chocolate and burnt sugar. The flavor was mainly bourbon, mixed with chocolate, caramel, vanilla and burnt sugar. GrandpaSteve (10) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
This is the 2011 batch. The Storm King character is not lost, but enhanced by the time spent in the bourbon barrels . I especially enjoy the little bit of alcohol heat in the back end of the swallow. The aroma is enhanced as well, with the addition of the bourbon floating above the normal Storm King chocolate and hops.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2011
25oz bottle. Pours out very dark, tan head, great lacing. Bourbon and vanilla dominate the nose, very boozy, some roasty chocolate too. Palate is very smooth, the ABV is very good no burn, backshot of bourbon on the finish. Super smooth and chocolaty too, after a year aged this has done wonders. If this were more widely available I would age more. Reccommended. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Appearance: Pours black with creamy tan edges.Plovmand (8483) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Aroma: Dark chocolate. Light booze barrel. Dark fruit.
Taste. Roast, wood, dark fruit, chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Creamy , full bodied. Modest carbonation.
Overall: I love Storm King, and was expecting more bourbon barrel notes to take it to the next level. Unfortunately, this was one of the more tame bourbon barrel Imperial Stout’s I’ve tried.
Bottle from Axilla. Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, sweet ripe fruit and berries. Hard roasted malt, oak, vanilla, booze and liquorice in the flavour. Hard roasted finish. madsberg (11773) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. dense light brown head. aroma of roast, caramel, cocoa, some sweetness, chocolate, spice. flavour of roast, liqourice, sweetness, cocoa, some herbs and flowers and some woody notes. Medium to full bodieed.ends on a roasted bitter note with a coffeish twist. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle at home - Tasting. Pitch black - brown head. Coffee, burnes, wooden, vanilla notes, high malty, chocolate, ok bitterness, heavy heavy heavy imperial stout. Full bodied.