Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by Mongrel:
3.94/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed from bottle to tulip. Visibly thick and viscous with half of finger of khaki head that recedes to a film after a couple minutes. Decent frothy lacing.
Smells cool and hoppy with just a faint whiff of milk chocolate.
Taste is a mirror image of the nose. First impression is cool, piney hops, followed by just a hint of milk chocolate. To me, this beer drinks more like a full bodied black IPA than a stout. It's definitely more of a showcase for the hops than the malts. As the beer warms I can taste some watered down coffee and a little more chocolate, but hops still dominate. There's a semi-sweet caramel center, but on the whole this beer is very dry.
Mouthfeel is nice and frothy and coats the tongue. Very dry. Not as thick in body as I was expecting from the viscous pour.
Overall, this would be a nice entry in some kind of double black IPA category, but as a stout it's a little disappointing and doesn't live up to the hype, in my opinion. Perhaps some time in the cellar would take off the hoppy edge and let the malts shine through a little more.
EDIT: an extra few weeks have ramped up the intensity of the chocolate and coffee flavors (more like espresso) to delicious, robust levels.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2013 21:32:54 | More by Mongrel
More User Reviews:
4.16/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Ebon, short tan head that lingers more than most stouts.
Smell: Dark stone fruit, some hops, big coffee.
Taste: Big black coffee taste. The bitter hangs on for a bit but is slightly offset by that ineffable dark fruit.
Mouthfeel: Oddly gritty. Does hang about in the mouth for a long time.
Overall: The sum of the parts are greater than the individual components on this one and it is a good solid stout. If you are a stout fancier like me it may not be a favorite but worth trying, buying, sharing and perhaps a revisit down the road.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 08:45:26 | More by Roxie_B
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,774 ratings.