Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Bottle 11/03. To me, 1.5-2 years is about ideal drinking age for this fine beer, giving the flavors a great balance and settling the hops down a bit. SK pours a dark, rich head with a pleasant aroma. On the palate, I pick up the caramel, chocolate, and espresso notes, combined with some nuances I would equate with a older port or sherry. This ranks among the better Imperial Stout. Ageing in bourbon would add a nice touch to this one. Tatterdash (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
Had this at Cafe Volo, I asked for snifters and I am glad I did. Pours a sinister black with the slightly dark red in the light. There was a very thin tan head, but it was devoured by the darkness. Aroma was huge. Coffee, roasted malt, burnt toast, very fragrance, I could smell it from quite a distance away, which is great. Taste, wow, so much going on. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, long finish. The chocolate got quite strong as it warmed, but it was never overpowering. Mouthfeel was velvetty smooth and the high ABV was so well hidden, it warmed your throat, but you couldn’t taste a scrap of it. The was crazy drinkable too, so well balanced and nothing was overpowering. An amazing stout, all that is left is the Dark Lord... and right now I can’t imagine anything better. jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Bottle. An amazing Imperial Stout. Black color. Very nice smell of dark malts. Slightly bitter but very warming. Slightly sweet finish makes it a wonderful beer. pinkzambia (2111) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Bottle: Dark, Dark, Dark brown, okay, I guess light black color not penetrated by a 60 watt light bulb. The light brown head was thick and frothy. In fact, when I would take a drink, I could watch the beer that didn’t make it into my mouth at the top of the glass slowly navigate its way down through the head. Typical of Imperial stouts - it had the espresso bitterness present, but not over the top. The aroma was yummified - sweet roasted marshmallows. There is a reason this one is rated so high. Enjoyable! xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Very black out of the bottle. I didn’t get much of the hops in this brew except a bit in the nose. Taste was mostly roasted malt, tons of dark chocolate, some caramelly sweetness in there as well. Had a warming nature to it. Would recommend sampling it if you are in the mood for a great top end Imperial Stout.
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Black as night pour capped by a thin tan head. This appears to be absorbing light. Aroma was big and roasty... chocolate, coffee, caramel.. There was also a wonderful hop presence. Flavor was equally bold and rich. Flavors included a substantial amount of chocolate and coffee.. and were perfectly balanced by the huge hop presence. Finish was slightly bitter nicely roasty. Slightly warming going down, but that is the only hint of alcohol! adrian910ss (2604) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUL 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Dark and rich is the best way to describe this killer imperial stout. Pours a pitch black color with a very thick creamy tan head. Aroma can be descibed as intense dark rich chocolate with hints of coffee grains. Taste is very complex and rich with dark chocolate and coffee overload. One of the best stouts out there. Not too strong either, just right. theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 Oh good lord this is amazing. Pours black with thin brown head that looks like a cappuccino head. Floods your nose with aromas of toffee, mocha, and malts. Taste is equally huge, with a dry hoppiness adding to the complexity. The flavors never end: roast espresso, toffee, rich sweet creaminess, and a dry black coffee finish that never fades. You could savor each sip for days. The alcohol is completely masked, warming without the slightest burn. A perfect brew. jjpigs (6) - chatham, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2005 does not count
This world’s most perfect beverage. I hope that we inhabit Mars, Simply because I firmly believe that this elixir is the most gratifying beverage that has ever past my lips. I know that this will be the beer of my choice until the day that the angles themselves decide that heaven is empty and they need a man like me. Storm King is the most perfect beer I have ever tasted. (If you can’t locate the King (due to its limited availability) try Flying Dogs Gonzo Porter.
Keep drink’ in new beers, until you can’t taste the difference, then drink Bush
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TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2006 wow! i dont know if ill ever taste a more satisfying imperial stout. roasted malty presence sits very well with the hops that are usally not as pronounced in this style. victory--make this available year round, i cant wait till autumn!