grawk (12) - Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Spectacular stout. MUCH better than the Storm King. It’s going to be hard to leave them cellared. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Pours pitch black with a small, creamy tan head. Smells of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and hints of roast. Taste is bourbon sweetness, hints of roast, and a touch of alcohol warmth. Full bodied, sticky texture, and super incredibly soft mouth-carbonation, Victory Dark Intrigue finishes with a touch of roast dryness and some sticky sweetness. SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Opaque black with a thick tan head. Creamy and somewhat clingy full body with gentle but high carbonation. Co2 level is just enough to keep it from being oily or cloying.robgibbens (432) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Aroma: lots of woody vanilla puding oak, chocolate, bourbon, and faint fruity esters.
Taste: bourbon, oak, chocolate, hints of fruit and dark roasted malt, and quite a bit of alcohol (i’m sure the bourbon character heightens the percieved level of alcohol).
The only thing i would change is to age half in unused barrels, to lessen the hotness of the bourbon character.
Got this bottle as a gift and just in time as I hear Victory is discontinuing this beer. Looks like a Storm King Stout with black color and brown head. Nice lacing too. The aroma is ethanol and bourbon. This seems to overpower the Storm King aroma. The taste is less biting than Storm King being somewhat mellowed by the bourbon barrels. The bourbon seems just right, not over bearing like some brews. Finishes nice and smooth. Very well done! DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2010
750 cc from a Brown Bald Eagle wearing a crown with a V on it. Pours...wow, this one pours absolutely jet black with a huge, 4-finger or so, well retained brown head. The nose is huge oaky bourbony dark patent malt, cacao, molasses, notes of chocolate martini, earthy peaty hints, and the same backup hops that made Storm King famous. Tastes rich, very oaky and malty with notes of bourbon, vanilla, peat, hops, and a decent heat, matched by a huge malt bill. This one, as would be expected, is less dense than the regular SK, more hot, but ultimately more complex, with an amazing amount of vanilla and peaty bourbon and oaky woody notes as it warms and evolves. This one truly straddles the beer/whiskey line of demarcation, and would be excellent with a good maduro cigar and a hunk of Hershey’s chocolate. Wonderful, but lightweights beware. If you don’t like big stouts or whiskey barrel aged stouts, then your best bet is to go have another Bud 55 or Michelob Ultra.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Pours a pitch black color. Dark brown head, with good retention and lacing. Dark roasted malts leading to some chocolate, coffee and dark berry notes. Solid bourbon nose, but not overpowering. Some nice vanilla and whiskey in there as well. A little bitter from the hops, but should be court this style. Storm King was a great base beer and I respect this idea, mostly because they waited to do it correctly. Note: the high rating is due to this beer being amazing, not due to the hype of it being limited. dnstone (3414) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 26, 2011
My Storm King notes "One of my all time favorite beers. Great aroma, prefect hopping, complex malt flavor that last...the "everlasting gobstopper of beer"...except that I always seem to find the end a bit soon. Its also great on the hand-pump at the brewery, would love to try a bourbon barrel aged version!"...now with bourbon, outstanding. Just enough to complement without overshaddowing the base beer. Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Black, opaque, with a thick tan head. Bourbon, wood, coffee, along with a nice bitterness in the taste. Aroma has a sweetness to it along with the alcohol smell. Great warming feeling in the throat and belly. Fantastic beer. Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Bottle, caged and corked. I was pleasantly surprised to realize I hadn’t yet annotated notes on this one ... and this particular one bottled nearly a year ago, on 10 Nov 11. Pours as any beer named "dark intrigue" should ... deep, maroon-black and brooding. This drinks precisely as I’d expect a bourbon-aged stout should ... rich with dark fruit, and a definite whiskey burn. I find myself aching for a chilly fall night, lakeside, and a fire. Wonderful stuff. (#4790, 9/24/2012) adrian910ss (2574) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAY 8, 2011
750 ml bottle shared with Tim. Pours a pitch black cola with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of oak wood chips, vanilla, chocolate, malt and char. Taste of oak wood, light bourbon, chocolate, malt and vanilla notes.