Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint.
A - To start with this is just a really cool bottle. The body and neck labels are dark to match the night-time feeling of this beer coupled with an owl with a crown standing as the Storm King. Very cool and matches this style extremely well. As with most other RIS's, Storm King pours an obsidian black that swallows all light. Built a nice 2 and a half fingered, tan, foamy head, but it disappeared fairly quick which is to be expected for a beer of this alcohol. Minimal lacing but some spots here and there.
S - The nose is what really surprised me about this beer. I get smells of figs, roasted barley, and... hops? In my Russian Imperial Stout? It's more likely than you think and it works really well in my opinion. The combination of this dark beer with citrusy notes is a unique combination that works wonders for this beer.
T - This mix comes together fantastically in the taste. When I first tasted it, it was fairly cold and the hops dominated this beer, but as it warmed up, the flavors mellowed and I could taste chocolates and coffee after the initial rush of pine. Kind of as if you get two different beers with this one based on temperature. A definite shock to the palate! Only thing I can detract from this beer is that the hops sort of overwhelm, which is fine, but I purchased a RIS, not an IPA.
M - Storm King feels light to medium bodied and not a ton of carbonation. Feel doesn't follow the look of this beer at all!
D - This beer is insanely drinkable. Victory did a great job in masking the alcohol in this one and it's tough to pinpoint any trace of it at all. For the price point of this beer, mixed with the smoothness and flavor, this could be one of my go-to Russian Imperial Stouts.
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2010 02:02:17 | More by nhindian
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