Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by rajendra82:
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an inky dark black with brown highlights, with a khaki head that disappears pretty quickly. The remaining carbonation has a hard time working it's way through the syrupy thick body. The first whiff is that of dark chocolate, raisins, and licorice. Further sips reveal hop spiciness, burnt wood like maltyness, and medicinal tasting alcohol. Oily mouthfeel with slick molasses like consistency. Not as much roasted barley taste as I was expecting, but very smooth and relatively easy to drink for such a bold brew. The hight ABV is very deceptvely hidden under there. Thanks Weissenheimer for this wonderful trade.
This is my second bottle of this wonderful beer, which came as a part of the Secret Santa 2005 package from BA Riggsy. The first time I had it, it was an year old sixpack. This time it is fresh. Compared to the review of the aged bottle, this fresh sample poured a lot more foamy, and had a leafy hop presence that dwarfed eveything else. Felt more like I was drinking a union of a DIPA and an RIS. Teeth coating bitterness, over the top roastiness, and fantastic citric notes made this one of the most drinkable Impreial Stouts to have sampled. Oh how I wish I had more.
Sweetwater Happy Ending was released in 12 oz. bottles a little while back, and since Victory Storm King Stout of the same age just showed up in Georgia, I decided to do a side by side. I was expecting the Storm King Stout to easily surpass the Happy Ending, but I found the end products much closer than I initially anticipated. The Storm King was clearly the better looking beer of the two, as the head on it was larger, and the color was solid back when compared to the shades of brown in Happy Ending. The smell of the beers was different, but none was better than the other. The Happy Ending was sweet with a lot of chocolate notes, while the Storm King Stout was roasted and hoppy. The taste of the Happy Ending was sweet, soft, and full of chocolate, while the Storm King Stout was much more bittersweet, and had a citric tang of hops to it. Happy Ending didn't have the thickness in the mouth to justify a RIS style label, while Storm King Stout was just thick and creamy enough to squeak by. Both were easy enough top drink, but Storm King Stout was clearly the more complex beer of the two. I think a comparison of a few aged bottles is needed to see how things change over time.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2003 03:46:53 | More by rajendra82
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4.71/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Look: Pitch black with a light tan head. Poured into a snifter, it looks about as dark as any other stout I've had.
Smell: Chocolate covered cherry's. Just a very powerful level of sweetness overall. Just a hint of alcohol is present in the smell.
Taste: A great balnace of sweet and bitter. Very malty up front with a finish of mild hops. Different, but better than I expected.
Feel: Very full bodied beer.
Overall: Fantastic overall. I hope to come across the brew much more often. Oddly I used to live just outside of Downingtown, PA and have just recently heard with in the last year of this brewery. Where have I been?
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 22:38:26 | More by EvoRich
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy tan head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and some resiny hops.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, faint dark fruit and a ton of bitter piney/grassy hops.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 21:42:05 | More by SebD
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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