Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Pours a textbook borderline pitch black color with vaguely visible carbonation trails. The head is a touch lighter than I like (then again, maybe I'm spoiled by Ten Fidy), as it's only a lighter shade of tan (three fingers high), but it's retention is almost frustrating. Nice lacing, too.
S: LOTS of chocolate and roast comprise the smell...but so do a LOT of piny hops. Schizophrenic in a good way.
T: The first sip surprises with its strong hop bitterness that's very piny in nature. At first, I wondered if I would even like it. But after a while, the hop profile only becomes a complementing note, allowing its RIS character to shine through, with lots of roasty bitterness, chocolate, coffee, saltiness, soy, wood, and a touch of dark fruit, with all of the flavors balancing themselves well. Unbelievable drinkability for a big stout, though it could seemingly pass for a black ale at times.
M: A little thin bodied for a RIS, and very drying, though it manages to avoid feeling like a porter, thanks to its high stickiness. High carbonation for the style, too. Aside from the bitterness, its hoppiness help imparts its drinkability factor.
O: On the very first sip, I wondered whether or not I would even like this. After that, though, I can see why this was so well hyped back in the day. This would have (somehow) been even better if A) my bottle was fresh, or B) my bottle had a year or so of age on it. Even with the hops in an uncomfortable 'gray' area (they're in the stage where they only provide a generic bitterness), I was very much impressed with this. Awesome stuff.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2012 21:43:56 | More by ThisWangsChung
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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 4,793 ratings.