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Storm King Stout by Victory Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout
9.10 % ABV


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Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 8 15 4 7 2010
12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Binnys Orland

Enjoy by 6/27/12

Storm King pours black as a bottomless pit. A two finger cocoa head rose slowly on the pour and stayed at the peak for a couple minutes before falling to a thin swirling. The head left some very nice drink lines together with sheet lacing on its way down the glass. A good looking stout to be sure.

The aroma kicks off with a nice helping of cold coffee. Roasted barley, dark chocolate, and a mild heavy cream come through from middle to end. After a few deep whiffs I can finally pull out the hops and spicy alcohol in the background.

The flavor is similiar to the aroma. The roasted barley seems a touch more pronounced and bitter than in the smell. There's a hint of dark fruits here and there in the background. The cold coffee comes through nicely and everything seems to be in balance. This is a good stout by anyone's standards, just not one of my favorites.

The body is on the hefty side but not exactly creamy and thick like a stout of this caliber should be. Mouthfeel is slick and rather quick moving. Slight heat on the swallow adds a welcomed touch.

This is a sipper just like every other RIS you come across. An easy one to put away with the slick mouthfeel. The alcohol will catch up pretty quickly though.

Storm King is one of the classic RISs in the country. A good beer for sure but one I can't call a favorite. With all the new more robust stouts out there my money usually goes elsewhere, although I do buy a couple sixers a year of Storm King and set some away.

Reviewed: 12/22/07

Price: $10.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by everetends on 01/14/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 5 8 2009
Old Review

12 oz bottle acquired from Redwood21. Thanks, buddy. Poured into a tulip.

A: Poured a black, thick pour. Built a small brown head that appeared after the pour was completed. I would have appreciated more head, but it did produce some good sticky lacing with what I got. Still a good example of what a RIS should look like.

S: Smelled of heavily roasted malt, nuts, dark chocolate, and there was absolutely hops there. Much more hops than I expected but it brought a good nose together. Smells great.

T: Taste was great. Dark chocolate with notes of caramel, roasted malt, almonds, coffee and cream. Once again the hops hit you. If this beer is too cold, the hops bring forth an insane bitterness to this brew. Let it warm and it smoothes out. Once it is proper temperature, the hops are there but not overwhelming.

M: Rich and creamy big bodied brew. Really coats the mouth and lets you know what is in there. Real pleasant after tastes linger and allow to explore this one.

D: Very accessible for an RIS. Could have easily had more than one which is a difference compared to Ten FIDY, Rasputin or Sammy Smith's. Very nice balance and creaminess to this beer in mouthfeel, taste and nose. So happy I got to try this one.


Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 01/01/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2009
Poured out very dark brownish black with a small light brown spongy head that faded away pretty fast, nice lacing in stringy patches.. Smells strongly of heavily roasted barley malts, black malts, burntness with sweet BBQ sauce or soy sauce, very dark and earthy and has some coffee, molasses, and licorice notes. The taste is quite good, lots of dark malts, black, chocolate, coffee, molasses with a bittering finish of strong fresh green hops. Feel is fairly robust, heavy bodied, and smooth with a solid roasted twang. A nice complex Imp. Stout. one to have again and again.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 0
Pours a pitch black. Dark, mocha colored two finger head with good retention. Decent lacing.

Aromas of toasted/burnt malts. Nice notes of sweet chocolate and raisin hit the nose.

Taste is sweet--licorice and chocolate--at first. Becoming more dark and bitter as it reaches the back of the tongue-coffee. Slightly smokey and reminiscent of bitter cocoa in the finish, accompanied by a very slight dryness. Excellent balance and complexity-even more so as it warms.

Medium to full in body. Smooth, a bit sticky, oily in mouthfeel. Excellent carbonation.

This has been and will remain one of my favorite RIS'. Too drinkable- I know I should be sipping, but this is sooo good, it is hard to restrain ones self...
A Classic Must Try!!!

Served In: Goblet

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 12-17-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

I’ve had this one a few times already but have not sat down and reviewed one until today. This bottle is pretty fresh I assume, Enjoy by ?? 17 12.

Pours like a stout should, dark with a light brown two inch crown of foam.

Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate malts, cocoa, chocolate covered sour cherries, fruity alcohol aromas, mixed nuts, caramel, and some earthy hop notes.

Big roasted flavor upfront with burnt toast, chocolate, coffee, cappuccino, and a little bit of dark fruits and berries.

Really smooth and easy to drink despite the abv. The alcohol does begin to show itself after the beer warms up a bit but it is not offensive. This beer is easy to find in my area and sometimes I forget just how good this beer really is.

A really good Imperial Stout.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 10/14/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 1 8 14 3 7 2005
Bottled 11/14/05. Enjoyed at cellar temp.

A - Pour produces a small fizzy beige head. Dissipates quickly leaving a nice ring of bubbles around the edges. Body is dark brown, not quite black. Still completely opaque.

S - Age has certainly changed this beer. Oxidation is fairly obvious, but brings with it some aromas of dry sherry. Malt sweetness is there, but doesn't bring with it any roasted aroma.

T - Ok, the roastiness may have left the aroma, but it's still here in the flavor. Some roasty dark malts start this one off. Alcohol comes in with some sherry flavors. Oxidation is here, and has probably brought this past it's prime. Touch of wet cardboard.

M - Medium bodied, this beer has definitely thinned out over time. Carbonation is low, but is fizzy and pricks the tongue a bit.

Overall - Cellaring isn't a science and you live and you learn. This is definitely past it's prime and is going nowhere but down.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2006
Originally reviewed 08/25/06


Poured from bottle into snifter.

A - Pours deep black. No light getting through this one. One finger, coffee colored head turns into a ring around the glass.

S - Dark roasted malts. A bit of chocolate and raisin. Hint of the alcohol that lies within.

T - Wonderful. Roasted dark malts. Biscuity. Bittersweet chocolate with a hint of coffee. Some dark fruit with a bitterness at the end. Every sip is better.

M - Great. Feels heavy, but doesn't drink heavy. Carbonation is there, but light, which works well here.

D - It is an Imperial Stout afterall, but I could drink much of this. Unique and well crafted brew.

Served In: Bottle

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 18 4 9 0
Bottled On: Jan 28, 2003, almost 4 years old.

Sampled at cellar temp.

Appearance is good. Jet black with a mocha/tan colored head. Little bit of lacing in the glass.

Smell is very good. Dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and roasted malts. What an Imperial Stout should smell like.

Taste is very good. Great initial flavor of roasted malts and dark chocolate. The finish is mellow compared to a fresh bottle but it's to be expected. 4 years of aging has mellowed this beer some but the complexity is still amazing. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel is very good. Dangerously smooth for a beer with 9.1% alc.. Barely any carbonation left.

Drinkability is very good as well. Very easy to drink.

Overall:
After 4 years this beer is fantastic. Aging has enhanced this beer's characteristics for the better. I'm storing at least 12 more fresh ones for future consumption.

Price: $2.50 Served In: Pint Glass

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