Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by numenor1:
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Oct 31 05 bottling. I bought a case of this when it was released, drank about half immediately after purchase and have been holding the latter half, periodically trying one. I must say, as it's just shy of a year since the bottling date, this is really starting to come together. When released it was more primal, with biting hops and with more prevalent alcohol, but now those two aspects are smoothed out. While I love it fresh, it's a different animal now.
Still pours very dark, not as viscous as some other impy's, huge tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, mocha, caramel and toffee with berry esters(previously the fruitiness of this beer was masked). Instead of being raw, this starts off roasty, yet sweet and smooth, midway developing a distinct cherry character, which then couples again with french roast coffee (dark almost smoky, incredibly deep but not acrid or sharp, rich and wide). There's a vague earthy undertone of hops, which has definitely receded over the past 11 months, letting other characteristics shine. This has even taken on a vinous quality. Very round flavor. While still dry, as far as impy's, this is now showing off its sweetness, and remains very well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium-full and carbonation energetic, yet very soft. Much more drinkable than it was at release. Terrific, and worth the wait.
This is up there with founder's breakfast and yeti as the best american styled impy's i've had yet. This ought to be under american double, rather than RIS. But whatever.
Serving type: bottle
09-24-2006 19:29:26 | More by numenor1
More User Reviews:
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 4,775 ratings.