Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by dwilson01:
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Obtained courtesy of an SD buddy, thanks man!!
poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass the dark tan mocha colored head brims the glass with a perfect 2 fingers of creamy froth. dissipates evenly and slowly leaving lacy fingers along the glass.
The scent is strong coffee, definitely intense enough to be considered espresso, it has toasted malt, definitely smooth enough to have crystal malt, and there is chocolate in there as well as some molasses. In spite of all the heavy scents I also pick up a lighter more refreshing aromatic hopping as well, not a distinct smell but you can tell it's hopped up.
The flavor, I can't say enough about it and it's for sure an "onion" type beer with many many layers and stages to the profile. Initially I get the floral hops and a small amount of sweeter vanilla combined with a woody pine and oak (makes sense to me...pine~hops, vanilla~oak). This goes straight to the malty flavors I initially smelled, creamy chocolate and coffee although the lingering vanilla combines with these to make a taste which reminds me of a vanilla cappuccino. The finish is where the hopping really shines and rounds this bad boy out, a tiny amount of bitterness, first you think from the oak but it stays with you and I swear to you, bittersweet orange infused chocolate.
The mouthfeel is another great aspect of this particular brew, it's a heavy stout in general and lets you know it's there with the imperial stout full body characteristics. But the difference, and highlight is due to the massive hopping which initially lightens, and at the finish refreshes the palate with an uplift of flavor.
I could sip on this beer for days and be a happy man, bottom line this is not a great brew, this is a bomb brew that has me stoked on life right now. For 6 pack sold imperial stouts I have had this ranks top 3, if you see it I highly recommend grabbing it especially if you're on the west coast as I have only seen it in one location in my entire life.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2010 23:51:34 | More by dwilson01
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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 4,770 ratings.