Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into my tulip
This pours a really dark brown color coming out of the bottle and into my glass. Once its all poured into my glass it turns to an opaque black color. Huge three inch mocha colored head. The head was very frothy like and leaving good amounts of lacing as the head slowly resides back down.
Big sweet smell hits the nose with the likes of chocolate, dark fruit, raisins, cocoa beans, prunes, dark brown sugar.
Taste is of dark chocolate, chocolate milk, roasted dark malts, and a very mild hop bitterness in the end. Very smooth all throughout.
Full bodied with good carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.
This is a pretty good stout in which I could see myself drinking another one of these.
06-01-2009 02:36:48 | More by tr4nc3d
3.3/5 rDev -18.9%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/27/08. Best by date of 08/17/12.
Pours a very dark brownish black with 3+ fingers of puffy tan head. The head settles quickly and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. Aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate malts, and some hops as well.
The roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors really come through. Maybe a bit too roasted. Slight cherry flavor as well. Lots of bitterness from the hops. A bit hoppier than I like for a stout.
Full, thick, sticky. Definitely a sipper. A bit low on the drinkability side for me. The alcohol (9%) is pretty well hidden, but the fullness and bitterness make me want to stop after only one.
03-28-2008 03:59:05 | More by bkilpatr
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
A- Light brown head forms on top of the pure black beer. Good head retention and nice lacing.
S- Very big bold aroma. Pine and citrus hops come through strong then a blast of malt. Coffee, dark chocolate, Roasted nuts, Brown sugar, and molasses. There is a lot going on and its all in your face.
T/M- Starts out with a very smooth and somewhat subtle malty flavor, milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted nuts mixed with some caramel and brown sugar. Next comes a nice hoppy kick with a little alcohol warmth. Some pine and citrus notes come through then the malt comes back into the picture and finishes very balanced.
Overall I would say this is a pretty good RIS, actually a damn good one if you consider the availability. If you have not tried it yet it is worth it.
04-29-2009 04:39:13 | More by br3wmeister
4.75/5 rDev +16.7%
A: Poured a midnight black with two finger light caramel colored head and plenty of lacing.
S: Hit up front withpine and citrussy hops and then molasses, caramel and earthy notes.
T: Coffee and dark, bitter chocolate, finishing with the grapefruit and piney hoppy flavors. You also get a bit of the alcohol.
M: Full bodied which adequately stands up to the bitterness. Good carbination keeps everything in check.
D: The alcohol is present but that didn't turn me off at all. It is very bitter and high in alcohol so something that would keep me to two or three and only if I wasn't driving.
This is a very well/exceptially rounded beer. I would recomend this to all.
11-02-2007 21:59:13 | More by Biscuit033
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
Thick as oil, dark as a cave at midnight, with a deep, plummy aroma. The head struggles to the top and forms a deep, coffee-with-cream head -- one of the darkest I've ever seen on a stout. Lacing is moderate and spotty.
Important to let this guy warm up. Then you will taste the light, cheery, coffee notes, the spare hops tingle, the complicated interplay of half-defined tastes.
I prefer the Stone Imperial Stout myself, but this is a bruiser in its own right.
03-27-2003 17:45:46 | More by Darkale
3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
This pours darker than the oil in my car (changed every 30,000 if it needs it or not...). Leaves little head. I predict this is a thick brew....
Smells malty with a bit of citrus...
Taste is rather... interesting... Grapefruit peel, malts, molasses, and a bit of an edgy thinner like flavor - alcohol I take it, but it is a bit sharp.
Mouthfeel is amazing for a beer like this - creamy.
Finish is clean, leaving a touch of that thinner-like flavor I didn't like in the taste.
This is a quite drinkable beer. It hides the alcohol flavor TOO well. I recommend giving this a try!
03-24-2007 03:22:56 | More by karengarys
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
12 oz bottle with freshness date, poured into a DFH Snifter
A - Black as tar pour with a billowing brown head, with excellent retention and nice lacing.
S - Big malty aroma with lot's of coffee and espresso noted. Light hints of an herbal and earthy hop presence. A bit of alcohol present in the nose.
T&M - Just like in the nose, there is a lot here that reminds me of espresso and coffee. There is a defined earthiness with a bit of an acidic feel. Notes of bittersweet chocolate hit in the middle and the finish, along with some astringency. Ashy, dark roasted malts throughout. Hop bitterness is light, but present to provide some contrast, and takes an herbal, somewhat grassy tone.
O - Deep, dark and delicious. A very finely crafted brew with a big malt bill. A great one for fans of espresso and earthy stouts.
06-13-2011 02:34:24 | More by ZeroSignal
3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
A: This beer is incredibly dark brown, nearly black and entirely opaque. A moderate pour yields a tan head of two fingers with very good retention.
S: The smell consists primarily of sweet roasted malts. There is a bit of dark fruits, raisins and leather. In the background are a light smokiness and some mild hop tones.
T: Consists mainly of a smoky espresso flavor supplemented by a mild chocolate aftertaste. There is a noticeable amount of hop bitterness even behind the strong coffee flavors. The aftertaste is moderate in length and fairly bitter with a noticeable alcohol flavor.
M: Fairly effervescent for a stout. Otherwise creamy with a light sensation of alcohol.
O: A decent example of an RIS, though nothing to write home about.
06-25-2011 01:35:45 | More by WankelEngine
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
From a 12 ounce bottle, bottled in December of 2003.
This beer poured a deep deep black with a tan head which lingers for quite a long time. The smell is faint but some hoppy aromas are definately there. My first sip of this sweet nectar revealed that this is the hoppiest stout I have ever tasted, but the bitterness was balanced perfectly by notes of chocolate and malt. This beer is strong at 9.5% but the creamy mouth feel makes me want to keep drinking more. This is an excellent stout and I would be interested in cellaring some.
03-03-2004 00:36:52 | More by soper2000
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
A: Small tan colored head, standard stout black body and pretty good lacing.
S: I pick up some dark malt sweetness, and another mild pleasant odor. It is subtle but definitely whets my appetite for this beer.
T: Slight malt flavor but the hops take over pretty quickly. Finish is a good mix of the two.
M: Thick with small bubbles, coats the mouth. This is exactly right.
D: Not a guy that likes too many hops in an RIS. I'm looking for that dark malt bitterness rather than the hop bitterness. Also it's 9.1 abv.
08-15-2007 00:27:09 | More by 51mmz0rz
4/5 rDev -1.7%
A - Opaque black with 1 finger coffee head with goes away kind of quick.
S - Coffee, chocolate and alcohol kind of faint
T - Coffee, chocolate just like the nose but with pretty good force. The alcohol presence isn't as strong as the nose would have you believe.
M - Medium body and medium carbonation
D - An excellent version of RIS that is easy to drink. Perfect for the winter time.
08-17-2008 22:37:53 | More by midaszero
4.03/5 rDev -1%
Pours oil black with a dark brown head that dies quicker than I expected. Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee beans, chocolate and some brandy. Tastes of all that it smells , sweet with some dried fruit. Full in the mouth, almost chewy and finishes with some alcohol. This is a huge stout an makes a nice nightcap but more than one or two of these would be pushing it.
08-27-2007 23:25:35 | More by franksnbeans
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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