Name: Victory Storm King Imperial Stout
Brewery: Victory Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 9.2%
First Brewed: 1998
Pours an opaque black with a cappuccino-colored, thick, rocky head. The flavor is a bustling combination of baker’s chocolate and roasted malt that is well balanced by a firm hop finish.
The head on this beer is thick… and dark. Very dark. But that’s a good sign for a stout. I like that we have been able to try some authentic Russian stouts on this journey. Not beers from Russia, just the style. A Russian stout is MUCH more powerful on the nose and the tongue, providing a much better experience for the person lifting his (or her) glass.
I have had some beers from Victory before, just not this one. But as dark as this beer sits in the glass, I am excited to try it. Plus, it smells amazing.
You are hit with flavor immediately, and as the beer climbs it’s way back your palate, the flavors just begin to explode in your mouth. Then, out of nowhere, is a little sweetness to settle with a dry, bitter aftertaste. It’s like a joy ride through my mouth. And that aftertaste sticks around… for a LONG time. Which is completely fine with me, as this beer has a huge ABV.
This is a great beer; well done Victory. To read that a brewmaster likes to experiment, and be creative with his beers… well, you can experiment on me anytime. I love trying new beers. And this one is no exception. (I wonder what this would taste like on draft?)
Bottoms up people!
So tonight’s beer is an imperial stout. This one’s American, so there’s no worries in trying to pronounce the name of it. It poured out very dark, somewhat thick, with a foamy tan head that looks almost chocolaty. The smell… well, that I’m still not sure about. I can’t even quite figure out the smell. It’s not too strong, but it’s got an odd scent to it. It’s almost nutty or fruity. It honestly doesn’t smell much like I am used to a stout smelling.
Whoa. There is a lot of flavor in there. It’s quite a powerful stout. I can see why they claim it is an imperial stout. It tastes almost hoppy, in a way, like an IPA. It just leaves that much of an aftertaste in your mouth. The aftertaste lasts quite a while, and it has a burnt coffee, dark chocolate taste to it. The initial taste is a little bit carbonated, but has a lot of flavor.
This was a pretty good one, one I’d definitely try again when I’m in the mood for a good flavorful stout. That aftertaste almost hits you twice!
965 bottles of beer on the wall…