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Storm King Imperial Stout (261 of 1001)

Rating: 4.3

My penultimate Victory Brewing beer from the four I ordered from the Brewdog online shop back in April this year, the other two being the brewery’s Prima Pils and their HopDevil IPA, both of which I quite enjoy. This particular beer from the brewery was introduced in 1998 and was originally a fall seasonal but it wasn’t long until fans started asking to get hold of the beer year round and Victory were happy to oblige. Brewed with Pacfic Northwest hops and plenty of roasted malts, I’m definitely looking forward to trying this one; my only regret is that I can’t cellar it for a little longer and give it a go then, possibly over Christmas but it is one that I’m sure won’t disappoint, even in this relatively fresh state.

Storm King Imperial Stout

Appearance (4/5): Very dark black with a half centimetre, brown lacing on top for a head. Retention is about what you would expect from such a strong beer with it fading to quite a thin looking lace dotted about the surface after about fifteen to twenty seconds but still looks slightly creamy.
Aroma (9/10): Nice, medium strength roasted malts initially with some sweetness coming through from the chocolate as well. There is a coffee aroma from this one that features a good helping of dark, ripe fruits and hints of a dark malt bitterness plus a few hops making an appearance too. This one is really quite nice, complex too with a good balance on the nose and the alcohol managing to stay hidden better than I was expecting.
Taste (9/10): Coffee upfront with some chocolate sweetness which seemed stronger on the nose but is still easy enough to detect. There is a strong dark malts taste and faint hints of alcohol, not as much as I was expecting given the abv. but there are hints of it present. Dark fruit start to come through after this and some hops appeared as well, a pleasant surprise again and one that worked well towards making this one an excellent tasting imperial stout.
Palate (4/5): Smooth, even quite creamy with the alcohol pretty well hidden throughout. The beer is fairly full bodied with about medium carbonation and one that went down easier than a 9% abv. beer should have with some bitterness from the malts towards the end and a dry finish.

Overall (18/20): Quite a good imperial stout and one that I liked from the start with a pleasantly sweet taste and a good combination of chocolate and coffee initially. I particularly like the hops coming through, subtle as they may be they were a welcome addition to the beer and gave it a nice dimension. The alcohol was well hidden for the most part, some hints started to sneak in near the bottom once the beer was nearly finish and had already been sitting for a while but for the most part this was another excellent beer from Victory.

Brewed In: Downingtown, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Brewery: Victory Brewing Company
First Brewed: 1998
Type: Imperial Stout
Abv: 9.1%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £3.80

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  1. October 8, 2014 at 13:32

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