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Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Emerging from the deepest shades of darkness, a rolling crescendo of flavors burst forth from this robust stout. The thundering, hoppy appeal of Storm King subsides into the mellow subtleties of roasted malt, exhibiting an espresso-like depth of character in its finish. An exquisite blend of imported malts and whole flower American hops merge harmoniously in this complex ale. Discover the dark intrigue of Storm King, as it reveals the rich, substantial flavors that it holds within.

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Photo of cbl2
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thick opaque black with 1/4 inch tan/brown head.


Roasted coffee/toffee with hints of licorice and bursts of cocoa.


Very viscouse. Liquid sticks to the tongue, imparting a burnt chocolate/coffee flavor that lingers into a bitter semisweet chocolate finish. I have to admit I was expecting more (this beer has been quite built up in my mind), but I'm not truly disappointed. This is still an incredible beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For this, my 250th review, I decided that I needed to drink one of the Storm Kings that has been patiently waiting in my cellar for a while now. I have a six-pack that is 17 months old and one that is 7 months old and I'll be reviewing one of the younger ones since the hops should be more aggressive. Victory hasn't let me down yet and I don't expect that they will this time either. Bottled on November 18 '03.

Darker than dark. Obsidian with a mere glimmer of dark brown at the bottom edge when held up to a bright sunlit window. The head is quite large and is one of the darkest that I've ever seen. It's milk chocolate brown and is stiff and thick, like a good ice cream-heavy milkshake. It falls at a glacial pace and is leaving beautiful, intricate patterns of lace on the glass. This is, without a doubt, the hoppiest smelling stout that I've ever had the pleasure to sniff. It has an absolutely great nose of roasted black malt and dark chocolate, laced liberally with citrus zest. I usually prefer my porters/stouts to be malty with just a kiss of hops, but SK may change my mind forever.

Oh my God! This stuff is amazing. The taste and near milk shake-like body are winning me over from the very first mouthful. The flavor is of melted Hershey's chocolate bars mixed with semisweet chocolate, espresso (easily overpowered by the chocolate, thank goodness) and a hint of anise. Maybe a little molasses, but it's not as prominent as in some other Imperial stouts. And let's not forget those glorious hops, bright and citrusy, putting this beer into a whole 'nother league. My preconceived notion about keeping the hops out of my 'dark' beers has been forever laid to rest. Once a hophead, always a hophead.

The body is incredible as well. I'm forever whining (about nearly every beer that I drink) that brewers don't give enough attention to the body/mouthfeel, that they don't make it full enough. No complaints here, Storm King has one of the biggest, thickest, creamiest bodies that I've ever experienced. Among porters/stouts, only Perkuno's Hammer, if my memory is to be trusted, has it beat. One minor problem--that could probably qualify as nitpicking--is that it feels ever so slightly chalky, which keeps it from achieving a true heavy cream silkiness.

Don't ask me why it took me more than 6 months to crack one of these open. Victory Storm King Stout is one of the biggest, baddest beers that I've ever had and is truly one of the very best.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paid $8.49 for a 6pk.

The apperence is a beautiful dark roasted coffee colored base with a light chocolatey-small to midsized head that lacks some retention, but some lacing goes on. The aroma would be like a mocha espresso with some roasty flavors.

The taste is great sweet and roasty with that great coffee taste and and excellent aftertaste to follow. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, nothing to get worked up about, but the drinkability on the otherhand is out of this world. I'm having a hard time believing it's a 9.1% stout but it is, great stuff!

Final Opinion: A very good stout that will always have a home in my beer fridge. Victory for taste!

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is some good stout. I thought Brooklyn's Black Chocolate was good. This is better.

Pours like motor oil, dark and thick. Can't see any light through it. Creamy tan head is small and quickly disappears, leaving very little lace. The aroma was distinct and recognizable at first whiff. Chocolate and coffee with more emphasis on the coffee. The taste is coffee like too, but unlike real coffee, I like this (not much of a coffee drinker). There is a noticeable maltiness as well as hoppiness.

Excellent beer that goes to the top of my list.

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Photo of Gump
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black, with mushroom brown head that looks more like a dessert topping.
The scent wasn't what I expected at all. It was flowery, and hoppy. Excellent suprise.

This aroma lent itself nicely to the sweet apple taste.
Dry and hoppy, like others from Victory and I loveit.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a date of Jan 2003. Pours a used motor oil black with a large tan head. The head fades fairly quickly and leaves a nice lacing around the glass as it goes. This one smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate with a hint of citrus hops thrown in. The taste starts with the chocolate and coffee flavors before the balancing bitter hops come in to even things out. No sign of the 10% in the nose or the taste of this beer. This has a good mouthfeel being creamy and smooth with decent carbonation. The drinkability on this one is amazing, I could drink this all day if it was 10%. Definitely one of the best imperial stouts available.

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Photo of wyllder
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second review of old Stormy, but my first review off the tap.

What can I say that hasn't already been said?

Appearance: The Storm King mocks light, preventing any of it from penetrating it's black depths. It pours with a small head, nothing to delay you from getting down to business.

Smell: So much going on in here. Coffee, roasted malts, some subdued floral hops, maybe even a whiff of chocolate buried in there somewhere.

Taste: Love bites. And so does Stormy. The first hit is a pungent mix of hops, coffee & chocolate on the tip of the palate. On tap I found the malt smoothed this out quicker than the bottled version. Just a hint of alcohol under the surface to remind you of the trouble too much of this will get you in. Lingers on the palate deliciously, letting each sip last a minute if you let it (yeah, that would be saint-like patience!)

Mouthfeel is spot-on, and if not for the that slight alcohol tang, would be perfect.

Off tap I found this more drinkable than it's bottled version.

All hail the King!


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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Bottled on Jan.28 03.
It pours a roofing tar black with a medium-sized, fast fading head and some rims of lace.
Big strong aromas vie for attention. Coffee, Kalua, fresh rye dough and a faint barn smell eventually settle into a dry malt smell.
Espresso and malty flavors mingle and dance with lively citrus peel bitterness and black pepper. A strong taste of black licorice and Anisette lasts throughout. This potent brew can only be paired with very rich or strong flavored foods, with the exception of full cream vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of dedalus
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful beer in every respect. it arrived at the table a deep black in the low light, with a slight cap of cafe-con-leche-colored foam.

the nose was a blend of citrusy hops and deeply roasted malt, with chocolate, strong black coffee or espresso, and pizzelles and anise.

the coffee and chocolate hit the palate first, and then the brightly fruity hops come back. reverse olfaction brings the pizzelles back
in for the long finish. there are none of the harsher, grittier, metallic flavors that mar the flavor profiles of some other heavily roasted beers. this lack of harshness allows this beer to deliver massive flavors but still remain very smooth.

the beer is thick and satifying, and with a mouthfeel this good on tap, i can only imagine how sublime it must be out of a cask.

imperial stouts usually deliver darker fruit flavors, but the storm king brings brighter, citrusy fruit flavors to the table, which is a welcome and startlingly effective departure from imperial stout conventions. the beer is dangerously drinkable, and in terms of aroma and flavor, it simply cannot be improved upon. gorgeous.



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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Having this from the cask last night convinced me to finally review it. I figure its about time.

The head was decent from the pour and quickly subsided into a thin brown cover that could be roused with a quick swirl of the glass. I think this is pretty impressive for a cask ale.

Nose not nearly as aggressive as the draught versions I 've had. The hops on the CO2 version seem to eb much sharper and more intense. Here they were more mellow and blended nicer with the dark roasty notes.

Very tasty as always. Rich chocolate and roasted notes predominate with a hefty dose of bittering hops to even things out. I think I still like Bell's Expedition better though.

The mouthfeel on this beer is what its all about. Incredibly smooth and creamy but not overly thick like Bell's. I'd say about as nice as the Rogue Imperial but with much nicer flavors.

A very drinkable brew. I had a big glass and a smal glass of it in just less than 30 minutes...closing time. I managed to make it out of there with a growler of hellerbock to boot!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ebony/Opaque color, with a thick tannish brown head. Absolutely mesmerizing.

Am I at the Cheesecake Factory having dessert or is this a beer? Whoa, the aroma is of turtle cheesecake, caramel, swiss chocolate, maybe rocky road ice cream. I could sniff this beer for hours.

On the palate, a big rush of chocolate coats the palate and is very, very rich. Chocolate and caramel maltiness dominate, with just enough hop bitterness to tame. The viscous liquid is oh so creamy and thick.

The finish is true to the chocolatiness mentioned above but it fades into a distinct toffee, maybe butterscotchy caramel taste. All of this with suprisingly little heat from the higher alcohol content.

I find this beer to be most enjoyable slightly chilled and served in a traditional Belgian style goblet. When chilled, the dessert aromas I mentioned are more prominent, yet when consumed at room temperature the beer lacks these aromas and has a more roasty, espresso coffee aroma. Try it both ways.

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Photo of nvsblman
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, no light is making it through this beer. About a half finger of roasted brown head that dissipated over the course of a minute or so to leave only a ring around the glass.

Smell: The smell of freshly roasted coffee with a slight hint of hops.

Taste: Overwhelming flavor! So much flavor, so many tastes, so complex I don't even know where to begin. First thoughts are espresso, slight citrus hopiness, molasses. As it warms a bit of a chocolate character begins to emerge. Leaves a pleasantly dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, very creamy mouthfeel. Seems the perfect consistency for a sipping beer like this.

Drinkability: Despite the high ABV% I could drink a couple a long relaxing sitting, but probably not much more than that.

A very bold and flavorful beer, can't wait to sample this again!

Thanks to francisweizen for sending this my way!

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Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best stout i have had to date.
Had on tap at the Gingerman in NYC.
poured out a nice rich dark brown, almost black typical of a stout
smelled very nice, coffe, a little chocolate perhaps
taste: very rich taste, and surprisingly i got very little or almost no bitterness from this one.
very smooth in the mouth and coated my toungue very nicely
I am not a huge stout fan so i need to be in the mood to drink one, but if i am i will reach for this one for sure.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled NOv. 11, 2002. Opened May 4, 2004.
Wow, a fantastic imperial stout. Pours a pitch black color. A beautiful brown head forms. Nice lacing remains after every sip. The taste is amazingly complicated with hints of caramel, coffee, and perhaps chocolate. This is a very smooth beer. Also very drinkable, even at 9.5% ABV. Be sure to drink this at room temp for best taste.

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Photo of tar
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black--even when held to light, with a one centimeter thick, frothy, light brown head. The head diminishes to nothing more than a ring around the glass (which leaves behind some lacing on the glass) and a discontinuos skim of bubbles over the top of the beer. A strong smell of coffee and chocolate issues forth from the glass even when held at some distance. An inviting hint of hops also comes forth in the aroma. Tastes quite strongly and very nicely of coffee and espresso like flavors. Chocolate flavors and the bitterness of hops also come through nicely, particularly in the finish. Smooth and full-bodied, this very tasting beer is highly drinkable despite the rather high alcohol content. Overall an excellent beer and one which I will definitely be looking forward to having again.

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Photo of wailingwench
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased multiple times at Consumers Beverage in Buffalo. A sixer is totally worth the $10.

Foam Factor: Poured silky smooth with a tan head that eventually gave way as it warmed. Black, black, and more black. No light penetration here.

Skunk Factor: Changes over temp range. Starts out strong, in your face, and hop-like. As it warms, becomes more refined as chocolate and nut- like notes kick in. Finishes coffee-like, a tad bitter, and craving more. I truly enjoyed the taste progression.

Tongueland: Tastes as it smells. The flavors that emerged really balance this beer. Imperial is a superb trip down stout lane. Untill this point, I prefered an oatmeal or cream stout. Imperial has regulated those to breakfest fare.

Chug Factor: I sipped this all night long. The 9.5 % ABV reminded me that this was a beer an hour product. I passed up the opportunity to play beer pong to drink this. Another night, we had a keg of Canadian. I passed on the Canadian (a rarity) to sit in the corner and engage in lively conversation about the quality of this beer. Made me want to get a pipe and some loafers and sit in front of a fireplace and act refined.

Bender: This has made me feel overall pretty good about life. Here in Buffalo, there is nothing worthwhile going on in the winter except for the day that Storm King arrives. I have it on my calender. A great way to relax and take some time off from plastic cups.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep deep mahogany, opaque, a thin layer of tan head quickly dissappears to leave some "rorschach" patterns on the surface, viscous looking liquid!

Aroma: a big hit of coffee and soy sauce, port-like, vitamins, malt, alcohol, burnt raisins

Flavor: initially sweet but then roast and sweet at the same time, the silky malt backbone slowly gives way to a robust coffee/burnt toast bitterness laced with a bit of hop flavor, finishes surprisingly dry with a long-lingering roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: full body, light but prickly carbonation, smooth, warming

Overall Impression: Wow, that pretty damn good! This beer definitely stands up to the hype. Rich and fortifying. Great with semi-sweet dark chocolate. Reminds me a bit of the Belgian Special Import Guiness, but a lot more complex and fantastic!

This bottle was courtesy of frank4sail, who brought it (amongst many others) to Belgium for me.

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Photo of Afterburner
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as pitch. Totally opaque in my pint glass. Can't see any light coming through. A small amount of dark-brown head appeared and retired quickly.

Smell: Hops, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, plums, and malt all mix together in a pleasant miasma of aroma.

Taste: Outstanding flavor. Starts with the hops and some subtle woodiness, which gives way to a burst of vanilla, malt, and faint hints of anise midway through. The finish closes the proceedings with some strong mango flavors, more hops, and a barely noticable alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is almost perfect for this beer. Rich and velvety. The bead is small, so you don't have a lot of in-mouth effervescence. But there's enough there to give it texture.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable. The alcohol is hidden well. However, it's a reasonably heavy beer, so you'd probably fill up pretty quickly.

Overall: A nicely balanced Imperial stout, with a lot of complexity. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan. 20, '04. It's been way too long since I last had this beer!
Brown head maintains a nice creamy coating over the beer throughout. Beer is dark brown to black. Mostly opaque in the glass with some ruby highlights at the edges.
Roasted malt with coffee notes and floral hops in synchrony with each other in the aroma.

Taste shows a sweet, rich roasted malt backbone. Coffee notes with chocolate beginning to show more as the beer warmed. Big dose of floral hops with hints of citrus. Well balanced and finishes nicely.

Full bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel. Almost perfect.
So full of flavor, yet so smooth and drinkable. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Overall, this is an exceptional imperial stout.

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Photo of joshlara
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled Sept. 2002. This review was done within three months of bottling.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a darker brown tan head that dissipates to a thin lace that clings to the glass. When you get that color head you know it is going to be one big beer.

Smell: Aroma is wonderful, cascade hops not usually associated with the imperial stout genra, tobbaco leaf, black cherries, coffee, and burnt chocolate all come through. Outstanding!

Taste: Wow! This is one extremely bitter beer. Burnt chocolate malt flavor up front, hints of coffee and tobacco throughout, finishing with that extremely bitter citric hop punch. I love the high amount of hops used which in my opinion takes this beer to another level and seperates itself from other imperial stouts. Finishes with an alcohol kicker to round out an incredible drinking experience.

Overall: I love this beer right after it is bottled as the hop presence is most pronounced. I absolutely love the aroma. I remember someone asking what is your favorite smelling beer and this is hands down. Black cherries, tobacco leaves, and pacific northwest hops dominate both the nose and the flavor. Extremely bitter but oh so drinkable. I love it!

I have also sampled the '02/'03 a little over a year after bottling and it is much more subdued, much more like other imperial stouts. The dark fruit flavors are more prominent and the citric hop flavors I like so much are definately take a back seat. They fade to the background. It mellows, more black currant, prunes, and raisins are found in both the nose and the flavor. It does seem smoother and silkier as it ages, but personally, I much prefer this beer young. The ratings reflect the first review.

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Photo of shapudding
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler brought home from Victory yesterday. The five finger head mellowed nicely to a thick, creamy, brown one finger head. Typical stout carbination, just enough to play with your mouth and make things interesting. I can smell some grape, caramel/molasses. Nice coffee flavoring, toffee/molasses, there is a light licorice flavoring. Dry finish with the grapefruit rind flavor. Smooth and creamy, slightly chewy. Nice drinking beer, not too heavy.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on November 21, 2003.

Pours out as black as night with a dark tan head. Smells great, lots of coffee-like aroma with a slight tocuh of alcohol, but not overpowering by any means. The taste is rich, complex, and smooth. Slightly hoppy, lots of coffee flavor, tiny bit of chocolate, and really masks the amount of alcohol that is in there. Great roasted flavor with a touch of sweetness. Silky smooth and goes down great with no bitterness or bad aftertaste. A truly excellent beer that I will most definitely be purchasing again.

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Photo of dippy
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this sixer at random of the rack of my local Packie and I couldn't have been more pleased. Pours a deep black with a rocky head reminiscent of blown bubbles in your chocolate milk. An intoxicating aroma, slightly sweet as this beverage is a nice 9% ABV.
What suprised me about this brew was the hoppiness. As a drinker torn between Stouts and IPAs in heaven as I had found my muse, my comprimise. O.K it isn't THAT hoppy.
This beer was like a dark french roast coffee, not so much chocolate in this case.
The mouth feel was smooth, and medium bodied which adds to it's drinkability. I could drink these all year long.
This may be my favorite stout to date. I will buy it again.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled at The Ginger Man, NYC. Arrived to the bar with a deep dark tan head over black...I mean ink BLACK opaque liquid. Nose is overwhelming, with fresh hop, and roasted, damm near incinerated barley, espresso, coffee, & chocolate too. Just a bit smoother on tap than in the bottle it seems.Taste is roasty malt bitterness mixed with loads of leafy hop flavors, slight smokiness. Undertones of fruit appear also. The finish is long as hell, just slowly fading out into a hoppy roasted flavor. Very drinkable...almost dangerously so!

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Photo of woemad
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.78. "Bottled on Jan. 20 2004." I bought a six pack about 2 weeks ago - the first time I had ever seen this in Spokane. This will be updated as bottles are sampled after aging.

This poured what appeared to be an ultra dark ebony color. When held up to the light, there is a slight browning around the edges. Very big mocha colored head. Took it's time going down, and never completely did disappear.

Smell is not terribly strong. it is mostly of coffeeish roast malts and dark fruits such as figs. There is also a slightly winey odor, reminiscent of port.

Taste is primarily of roasted malts. There is a slight hoppiness that comes in near the end and finishes with a mild crispness. This does not obscure the fact that the malts are the stars of this show, providing flavors similar to espress, figs, black currants, chocolate covered cherries, and port wine. Alcohol flavor really comes through as the beer warms up. Mmm, this is good. Very complex. This would be great with a rich chocolate dessert.

Mouthfeel is thick, which is perfect for an imperial stout. The viscosity of this stout matches 10-40wt. This is a dessert that comes in a bottle.

This is a very drinkable beer if you like imperial stouts. Otherwise this would be a bit much. Even a fan of the style, like me, would probably have to stop at two, because it is quite filling. There's also the abv factor (FWIW, my bottle lists the abv as 9.1% instead of 9.5, as per BA), as a few of these - if you have room for them - could get you into trouble. All in all, this is a very tasty beer, and am glad I found it, and look forward to trying it aged.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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