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RATINGS: 3094   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2004
Very dens black beer with small tan head. The intens aromas are overpowered by notes of super strong expresso coffee, roasted almonds, cocoa, tobacco, exotic wood and caramelized oranges. The taste is very dens and oily. You can notice hints of 100% pure black chocolate, marzipan, very strong coffee, heavy rasted malts and orangettes = (dried orangepeel coated in chocolate). In the afthertaste the nice hops brings some freshness in this very dens stout. Thanks EYEDRINKALE for this very good stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluegoose (1) - Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2004 does not count
We are selling it as quick as it comes in ever since the first real cold spell hit. We always do well with this and the Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout when the weather turns cold. Its a meal in a glass. At International Beverage we carry a pretty good suppy of them, all of the Victory Brewing, the Golden Monkey is about 10% alcohol by volume which explains its $9.99 a six pack price. (Its a tripel). We also do well with the Old Rasputin Imperial Stout and all of the Samuel Smiths, the Oatmeal, Imperial, Nut Brown and more recently a couple of english imports from the Ridgeway Brewery in Oxfordshire, a porter called Santas Butt and a stout called Lump of Coal, Ive sold out of both and am hoping I can get more.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 1, 2004
Damn... Pours black with a creamy, bubbly tan head. Strong hop aroma with hints of chocolate. Taste is thick, creamy and bitter. Great mouthfeel. Coffee undertones with a strong hop aftertaste. Leaves a stickiness in the mouth similare to a double IPA. Super brew. I want more.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2004
The bottle I had was only 3 weeks old when I drank it. This was the first stout I can think of that smelled like hops out of the bottle. The color and head are more or less a stout standard, black and tan..the head feathered down and stayed lightly on top throughout the beer. Flavor is outstanding, a mix of the coffee and chocolates with some minor hints of spices. A very complex and full taste, and you can actually feel the thickness as you drink. Just a tad bitter on the tail end, but this is an utterly outstanding stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 Jan. 20, 2004 bottle. This smells awesome. Not quite as good as Expedition, but then again, what does. Looks exactly like Old Rasputin, which is a pretty good thing, thin foam head ring. Smells initially of hops, followed by chocolate, berries and coffee, finishing with some pine. Taste is heavily coffee with some chocolate. Actually a lot less hops than I expected. Is a touch thicker on the tongue than Old Rasputin. Hops come through in the middle and finish, though in between, its roasted coffee beans. What I like about this, as compared to Stone or WWS is that it is drinkable. It is craft brewed. It is artfully done, with skill. The goals for this beer were different from WWS or Stone. A damn good beer. (12/23/4) Dec. 2004 bottle-Having recently tried the January 2004 bottling and now this, it is amazing what 10 mths can do for this beer. Instead of tasting bitter, as the fresher bottling does, the January bottle tastes hoppy, but not bitter. Instead, the aromatics and flowery tastes come out of the hops. I cant wait to have more of this in time!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
12 oz bottle with a date of Jan 2003. Pours a used motor oil black with a large tan head. The head fades fairly quickly and leaves a nice lacing around the glass as it goes. This one smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate with a hint of citrus hops thrown in. The taste starts with the chocolate and coffee flavors before the balancing bitter hops come in to even things out. No sign of the 10% in the nose or the taste of this beer. This has a good mouthfeel being creamy and smooth with decent carbonation. The drinkability on this one is amazing, I could drink this all day if it was 10%. Definitely one of the best imperial stouts available.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2004
04. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, alcohol and very slightly vinous but light. Flavor is chocolatey,roasty, some coffee but I dont find it very bitter. More like coffee with cream rather than black. Smooth, slick almost creamy. Swirling it in the snifter leaves an oily film but this isnt syrupy or sticky. It actualy finishes a little thin but very tasty. Easy to drink a bunch of these for an IS.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 26, 2004
very hoppy aroma, more like an IPA than a stout, solid black in color with very little head, though nice lacing. extremely hoppy as far as stouts go, with a pleasent malty introduction. This is a sep 2004 bottle, and its alot better than i remember it being (i think i last had it in 02, and it was still good then). If you consider yourself a hop head, this is the stout for you.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 2003 bottle. Very nice Imperial Stout. Deep black color. Brown head fades out to just ring the edge of the glass. Good lacing. Aroma is hoppy, fruity and of deeply roasted malts. Chocolate comes out in the nose also. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Full bodied. Nicely balanced flavor between the malts and the hops. An excellent beer to enjoy.9/4/8/4/18<P> Bottle from santa, best before date of Nov. 11, consumed Dec. 06. Pours black with a fast fading brown head. Roast malt aroma, some slight sweetness and perhaps floral hops, really a bit muddled in nose. Medium to full bodied, warming but alcohol isnt at the fore. Roast grain flavor with a decent hop bitterness. I dont know if I am jaded, burnt out or hooked on phonics but this really doesnt seem to do it for me at all anymore. Not really a let down but not worthy of a rating of above 4.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Sweet somewhat skunked nose, dark brown body with a saopy white ring of white head, chocolately and nutty, malty, alcohol is there, warming finish, a good imperial but not the wests best.


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