Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by mjtiernan:
3.6/5 rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Enjoy by 10/2016.
A: Very inviting dark one finger head that leaves a thin covering and substantial ring around the edge. Body is black and opaque..no signs of light through this one. A good amount of lacing from start to finish.
S: Dominated by earthy floral hops. Also getting some licorice and anise. Dark roasted malt is there but not nearly as pronounced as I’m used to in a Russian Imperial.
T: Surprisingly not as complex or intense as the nose indicated. It helps to aerate this in your mouth a bit to get the full experience. Starts thin and the flavors sort of build up. Initial hit of floral resiny hop bitterness followed by more bitterness, but this time from the dark roasted malt. Finish features the dry roasted malt. Alcohol is very well hidden throughout.
M: Body is heavy and slick. Carbonation medium. Drinkability is medium with the hidden alcohol on the positive side, but the waves of bitterness on the negative side.
O: I’m generally not a fan of overly hoppy stouts and this is no exception. Especially floral hops in my stout. It’s not very complex, but I’m impressed with the overall mouthfeel and ability to hide the alcohol. However, I don't really look forward to another one.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2012 06:08:46 | More by mjtiernan
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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
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