Review: Storm King Stout, Victory Brewing

Storm King Stout
Victory Brewing Co. — Downington, PA

  • Style:  Imperial Stout
  • Bitterness:  Not provided
  • ABV: 9.1%
  • Malts:  Imported 2 row
  • Hops:  American whole flowers
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "With a huge, Pacific Northwest hop aroma & character upfront, Storm King subsides into massive, roast malt complexity. Rich and substantial, it will warm your heart." — Storm King Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   The label has "best enjoyed by" date of November 8, 2015.  This is one of five Imperial Stouts I'm profiling

The tasting:   Near black in color.  Dark tan head that dissipated very slowly leaving no lacing on the glass. Aroma of alcohol, coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. I didn't detect the hops amongst the other strong aromas.  Flavor of coffee, roasted malts, alcohol, and an earthy hop bitterness.  Medium bodied, with enough carbonation to provide an effervescent mouth feel.   It finished with roasted malts and a strong earthy hop bitterness.  Alcohol was noticeably high in aroma and flavor and it impacted Storm King's drinkability. 

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this if someone gave it to me.   As a 9.1% ABV beer, you might expect the taste of alcohol to be noticeable.  It certainly was in Storm King.  In some of the other Imperial Stouts I tasted, the alcohol was remarkably well hidden.  I wasn't crazy about the strong hop flavor. I guess I just prefer Imperial Stouts that are less hoppy. I think this would taste amazing after a year or two of cellaring as I expect the alcohol and hop flavors would both mellow.      

Have you tried Storm King or any other Victory brews?

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  1. I love Storm King. It's true that there are more hops than usual, but that's part of the charm. Definitely a 4 or 4.5 star beer for me.

  2. Bill, I think I may need to buy a few more bottles and tuck 'em away for a year or two. I think that would address both of my issues.

  3. Of the 45 or so stouts I've sampled, the Imperial stouts are my favorites.....and Storm King is my favorite of that genre. My #2 is Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout brewed by North Coast Brewing Co. out of California.


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