Thursday, September 16, 2010

Victory - Storm King Imperial Stout

Victory - Storm King Imperial Stout
Purchased From: Beers of the World
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottled, poured into a goblet, alternatively, a brandy snifter might be the desired glassware for this style
This dark beer is brewed in Pennsylvania, taking its character from the Russian Imperial Stout style. It pours a deep black, though which no light appears. A rough pour produces a dark tan head that thins out somewhat quickly. Notes of caramel and the bold hop character of this beer are present on the nose.
It is a very creamy and heavy beer, weighing in at a formidable 9.1% alcohol. The date stamped on the label recommends drinking it before 2015, which seems to say this beer as a few years of aging potential. The hops in the beer are clear, adding some bittering and notes of pepper on the front. The beer is bold and full-bodied with strong toasted grains and a charred finish. An extra year or two in the bottle might mellow out the finish and blend the distinctive elements of this stout’s flavors.

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