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.
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?