Well this was a treat - my cousin came up on black friday to hang out for the weekend and said he had a suprise for me.Â I already knew he was coming with a case of Sierra Nevada's latest Grand Cru, so I thought to myself, "What the hell could it be?"Â He strolls in and says, "Damn are you lucky!"Â Â Turns out I was. They only made 60 cases of this special brew and I was told you couldn't get outside of Pennslyvania, so you can imagine the frenzy at theÂ distributor with only 3 bottles allowedÂ per customer at $16 a pop.Â Needless to say they sold out within an hourÂ ofÂ myÂ cousin departing from the store, but enough blathering - let's talk about this fine brew!Â Â Victory's Dark Intrigue is their Storm King Stout aged in bourbon barrels.Â Bottled days before (11/19/2010), I think this one of the freshest brews I have ever had from Victory, aside from having something at the brew pub.Â The beer pours black, with a thick tan head which then dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.Â I didn't even have my nose in the glass and I could smell the dark malts, vanilla andÂ bourbon which were sweet and pleasant.Â Man, this beer is roasty!Â Right up front you are hit with chocolate and vanilla; the beer is alcoholic but the bourbon taste of the barrel really smooths this out before its dry and bitter finish.Â All in all this beer was very drinkable. I only had a small glass as I shared this with friends but I could see myself having two bombers in one night of this dark roasty glass of goodness.
Victory did a great job with this. I sure hope they do more oak aged beer's in the future.Â To my cousin Joey andÂ Andy - I thank you for snagging the few bottles you did for my growing cellar collection.Â This was such a treat, it's going to be hard not to crack open those other 2 bottles.