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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,305 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,305
Reviews: 2,540
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 168
Gots: 566 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours the standard RIS deep mahogany / borderline black while yielding a short-lived 3/4" khaki toned head. nose isn't quite as bold as i look for: subtle notes of roasted malt, some coffee, and a touch of dark chocolate. somewhat disappointing on that score.

flavor also doesn't exactly bowl me over. more of the same with roasted malt, a little coffee, and a bit of dark chocolate; also some hoppy characters to it. not bad by any means, just sort of unexciting. medium bodied mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

overall, an above average russian imperial stout but not much above. while it's relatively tasty and enjoyable and although i would more than welcome another, with all the great takes on this style that are out there it's closer to a middle of the pack RIS than anything exceptional, at least in my mind.

(originally reviewed: 12-27-2011)

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, cool label, best by March 11, 2014. Picked this one up on our honeymooon in 2009, before we could get it locally. Been holding onto it in not the most ideal conditions, so I figured tonight I'd give it a try. Poured into my Chimay goblet.

Appearane: Black as sin itself; this is one of the most beautiful obsidian brews I've seen in a long time. A fluffy light tan head sticks around nicely.

Smell: Nice mix of malt, juicy dark molasses, fruity American hops (though at this point this isn't particularly citrusy anymore)and just a hint of burnt malt. Overall, pretty nice!

Taste: This is certainly less hop-forward than the only other time I had it (which was quite a bit fresher) but there's still a strong hop presence. It's fruity/American but again, any citrus notes (which I think I remember from the fresher sample) have faded now. This really shows a nice blend between fruity hops, sweet (but not cloying/heavy, and lacking the metallic notes I generally don't like) molasses, and bit of mellow, dry roasted malt on the finish. Not a ton of depth, but this is really, really nice. Strong, clean, firm bitterness. Mild, pleasant, warming alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full.

Overall: This was described by the head brewer of Victory as somewhere between a black IPA and and a well-attenuated RIS. Well-attenuated, yes, but certainly at this point in its life not a black IPA. What we have here is a really tasty, bold, but somewhat balanced (between alcohol, hops, malt) American-style Imperial Stout with a bit more emphasis on the hops than is typical. I dunno if this still sells for around $12-13 a sixer but, if it does, this wouldn't be at all bad to pick one up every couple of years to let the bottles age.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,305 ratings.