Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.78/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours a deep, dark brown in color, nearly identical to a pool of molasses. Impenetrable darkness allow for no light or visibility to occur within the beer, how mysterious. A hard pour produces a dark tan head about 1cm in height. The foam quickly dissipates into a thin field of bubbles around the perimeter and a small island in the middle of the glass.
S: Strangely, the most apparent smell is of sharp, citrusy hops. As the beer warms, however, this descends into the darkness with aromas of roasted espresso beans and faint, mild milk chocolate. Hints of raisins can be smelled and become more apparent as the beer warms.
T: A fine balance between citrusy hops and malt sweetness is immediately apparent from the first taste and lasts throughout the beer even as it warms. Subtle hints of burnt coffee with a sharp alcohol twinge and hop bitterness at the end. The malt backbone and alcohol presence seems to become more dominant and overpower much of the other flavors as the beer warms.
M: Heavy, thick mouthfeel with well-set carbonation levels making the beer have a smooth, flowing feel. Dry finish from the hops and alcohol.
D: A fine example of the imperial stout with what I feel are some unfortunate warming characteristics, the bigger alcohol burn and malt punch. At 9% ABV, this is a pretty hefty beer and the alcohol burn does not really add to much in this beer; perhaps it would be better with some aging to mellow it out. All this is, of course, tempered with a great mouthfeel, complex aroma, and good taste.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2006 19:20:25 | More by falloutsnow
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3.94/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an etched-on freshness date that reads "enjoy by Mar 4, 2018". That's right--four years from now. Seeing as how I've had this bottle a few months already, my best guess is that Victory uses a five year lead time for this beer. Poured into a small Belgian snifter glass.
Appearance - So far, so good. This looks like a classic imperial stout, with a deep darkness that seems to suck in all light. Only when I put it in front of a flashlight do I see hints of burgundy around the edges of the glass, and even then I'm surprised by how little of the light beam gets through. It's like a black hole of beer. Atop the pitch black body sits a generous two finger head the color of rich chocolate truffle that eventually dissipates to a healthy-looking film that varies in thickness across the lake of motor oil. Decent sheets of lacing are interspersed along the sides of the glass and remain for the duration of my enjoyment of the beer.
Smell - What the... if I'm not mistaken, that is the distinctly pungent aroma of hops. Hoppy to the point of overpowering a lot of the more traditional stout flavor profiles. Loads of citric acidity soar over much more subtle notes of baker's chocolate and roasted malt, along with more hop presence in the form of tree bark and freshly-churned wet soil. The aroma has taken a surprisingly pleasant left turn from the appearance after this looked like it would be a straightforward imperial stout.
Taste - Again, the hops are leading the charge, but now they pull a caravan of rich flavors behind them. Dark fruits, licorice, more bittersweet chocolate and charred caramel storm over my tastebuds. But they are not to be outdone by the in-your-face astringency of the citrus and resiny hops. There is a lingering bitterness on the palate like you might expect from a piece of toast that spent just a bit longer than it should have in the toaster oven.
Mouthfeel - This is the first point at which I feel a tad let down, as this beer lacks the viscosity and body that I prefer in my big, bold stouts. Body is full, but closer to medium, and carbonation is medium to low. Finish is bitter.
Overall, a very well done beer, and certainly unique amongst imperial stouts. I've never had one that was so hoppy--and it's hoppy to the point that if someone had told me this was the beer that inspired the oxymoronic term "black IPA", I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest. I personally prefer this style to be much more easygoing with the hops--especially of the citric variety--but I can't in good conscience write this beer off due to my personal preferences. It is very well crafted.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 05:20:58 | More by LambicPentameter
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,388 ratings.