Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,797 | Reviews: 2,490 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Dantes:
4/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Package: 12oz. bottle, labeled 9.1% ABV; bottled Oct. 15, 02. Nice description and Aztec-like mask on a blue-black label. No recommended serving temperature.
Cost: $7.99 a 6-Pack at Bottle King
Presentation: Imperial Pint glass at ~50º.
Appearance: Darkest brown, like Gabon ebony. Virtually opaque. Head was sparse and disappointing for a stout, resembled espresso crema. Faint gunsmoke. Subsequent pourings yielded better heads.
Smell: Burnt coffee and wood-resin aromas. Definite hops aroma. Alcohol.
Taste: The first taste was like cold espresso ristretto. Sensations of burnt coffee and semi-processed cacao nibs (Yes, I’ve eaten them). The alcohol pushed to the front, steamrolling over whatever other flavors might have been there. I didn’t register the flavors of fruit, tobacco, and chocolate noted below. I tasted the hops, but didn’t feel that this was over-hopped as many micros are. Sweetness expanded as my palate acclimated to the bitter coffee upfront. Medium, acrid finish.
Mouthfeel: Lacked the creaminess I expected. Somewhat thin.
Drinkability: Reasonable for its ABV. Not something which I'm likely to drink a lot.
I’m somewhat reluctant to write this review, because it diverges so much from the experiences of others and I'm a neophyte reviewer. In my defense, I tried three bottles of this in various situations, and consider stouts one of my favorite types. Of the three bottles, SK seemed best to me as an accompaniment to a meal of pan-seared filet mignon with shallot butter, baked potato, and salad. The richness of the beef countered the sharp edges of the beer, revealing more complexity. By itself, I was surprised that the alcohol was less integrated than in the Old Horizontal with a higher ABV, nor was it as luxurious. Alone, I felt that this was trying too hard to peg the meter in every category as opposed to achieving an integrated whole. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. Like “Charbucks” it thinks burnt is better (and I love coffee).
Backwash: This king has no clothes. I’m at a loss to explain my lack of affinity for this, as I agree with most other rankings. I think that this would be better on draught (as most beers are). All in all, I’d rather have a Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout, or a Rogue Shakespeare. I plan to drink one more and cellar the last two. If I can get some other bottlings, I'll try those as well. Maybe I will come to my senses.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2002 14:59:43 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
4.75/5 rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
What a beer!
Great looking and tasting dark beer.
A lot of Victory's are fantastic and there are, literally, 1000's upon 1000's of reviews on each one so my review and all others are sort of lost but I'd like my 2 cents on record for what I deem the best of the lot. Being from Philly, there are a lot of Victory's everywhere. The best place is the Victory Beer Garden down where the Spectrum used to be. It is an amazing place with what seem to be, dozens of the big "V", tap handles along an enormous bar.
I've had this beer there too.
It has a kick to it and has a large, magnificent coffe-ish colored head.
When I pour from the bottle I use a Duval Tulip glass and the head fills the upper end of the 22 oz glass. Quite impressive.
I'm going out and get another one right now.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 21:45:19 | More by Dennycurr
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,797 ratings.