Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
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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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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