Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThePaintedGrey:
4.41/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.
A: Admittedly, I'm a bit aggressive with my stout pours. I'm a big fan of excessive head (tee hee). A nice three-finger khaki head retains for several minutes before dissipating to a dense, creamy cap. A very nice amount of lacing shrouds portions of the glass. iPhone flashlight test reveals that this stout is nearly completely black, with very minimal shades of blood red highlights towards the bottom of the glass. Just how I like it; black as night!
S: Black medium-roast coffee with a spoonful or two of sugar, some dark chocolate, and a slight hint of dark fruit that I almost want to identify as raisins. Unlike a lot of stouts, I'm also picking up a track of hops. A very slight hint of orange citrus? Truly a wonderful, aroma, however.
T: Dear lord! Tons of roasted malts upfront. A huge coffee profile, leaning more towards a medium-roast rather than dark roast; however, it still provides a glorious amount of dark bitterness. The roasted bitterness is quickly balanced out by a short wave of brown sugar and semi-sweet chocolate with an ever-so-delicate touch of licorice. Luckily for bitter-buffs like myself, the chocolate dessert-like profile is squelched in the finish by a resurgence of roast coffee and a touch of rustic hops.
M: This is my favorite part of imperial stouts, and Victory delivers with a gold-medal body. This brew is absolutely full-bodied with a divinely creamy texture that coats every nook and cranny of your mouth with its malty, roasted greatness. The alcohol, with the exception of some cheek-warming qualities, it absolutely blanketed. I could sip this slowly all throughout the week!
O: Call me insane, but I personally herald this as one of the greatest stouts on the market. It may not be overflowing with unique complexity, but gosh darn it, this is one hell of an enjoyable brew! When it comes to Victory Storm King, it's not about how unique it is... it's about how flawlessly Victory executed flavors that other breweries have failed to deliver in the past. Chalk this bad boy up as one of my favorite stouts to date. Anyone who's a fan of the style NEEDS to experience this, if they already haven't.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2014 02:52:05 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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