bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. There, the purplish black liquid raised a one-finger milk chocolate colored head that faded to adequate but not lavish lacing. I’m a big fan of Victory, but usually am not keen on double stouts, so I was keen to sample this legendary beer. It turns out that my love of brewery proved the better indicator, as I found this beer highly satisfactory. A pleasant dose of grassy, tree bark-ish hops dominates the nose, and these palate-cleansing agents return in the beer’s finish. In between, you get espresso, baker’s chocolate, roasted nut skins, and a bit of browned flour. The palate proves surprisingly light for a double stout, meaning that you can still see your toes over your belly after you finish one. If you can still see the refrigerator, you might as well go get another.
Gaultier (476) - SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Nedre Mölla 18/12-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Chocolate, roasted malt, notes of vanilla and hops. Taste: Chocolate, roasted malt, hoppy notes. Body is medium, the finish is dry, bitter and roasted.
Jorn69 (1140) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ Havregatan 141216. Bottle (355 ml) from Systembolaget. Roasted malty with hoppy notes, chocolate and vanilla, medium body with an oily to creamy texture. The finish is dry, bitter and roasted.
JefVerstraete (1574) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from De Hopduvel. Black colour, dark brown foam. Medium carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts with hoppy bitter finish. Some notes of coffee and caramel. Very harsh bitter finish. Good but a bit unbalanced.
Hopmaestro (194) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
You see the bird on the label, when you open the bottle, that one flies right into your old piehole and starts hacking on your tongue with its beak. This one is pretty sharp in the taste sensation, and a certain amount of an almost sour aura. This one knows how to make its way, and I like it. I’d rather have a punch in the mouth over a bitchslap everyday. The kinda hard roast levels out after a while and leaves you with a bit astringent bitterness. Perfect! This is how you brew a really good stout, not holding back, leaving all the sweetness for some other beers, and just rely on dark, murky roasted malt sensations.
fkoolen (358) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black colour, beige creamy head that nicely lasts. Big on citrus and tropical fruity (peach, mango, grapefruit), grassy and crisp bitter hops, blending nicely together with soft roasted malts, getting bitter chocolate and coffee tones, clove, spiciness. Quite boozy. Lingering bitter but sweet, fruity aftertaste. Complex overall. Soft, oily mouthfeel, low carbonation and firm body. Imperial black IPA imo, still very well executed.
Chad9976 (1243) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I expect imperial stouts to have a significant hop character to them in order to balance out the sometimes ridiculously cloying malty sweetness. However, I don’t expect the hops to be the centerpiece outside of a Black IPA, yet that seems to be the case with Victory Storm King. It’s not so much hoppy in terms of hop flavor as it is hoppy in terms of bitterness. Though the overall palette is enjoyable, it seems unbalanced to me.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It had an enjoy by date of 4/28/19 (which I assume is five years from the bottling date). It cost $3.65 ($0.30 per ounce).
Appearance: Ink black color; completely opaque. Pours to a two-finger, tan, frothy head which laces and retains extremely well.
Smell: Familiar nose of dark malt with light notes of confectionery flavors. Has a surprisingly strong hop presence as well, especially of flowers.
Taste: The first thing I notice about this beer is the assertive, dry bitterness. Akin to the aftertaste of coffee, or maybe even French Roast coffee flavor. Burnt toast, dark chocolate and some other bittersweet characteristics are noticeable as well. I keep waiting for a rich sweetness, but it only seems to show up in passing. Hints of caramel or toffee on the second half, but they’re upstaged by more dry, astringent bitterness which lingers in the aftertaste. All complaints aside, I have to say I do enjoy this palette as a whole and I do appreciate its uniqueness.
Drinkability: Imperial stouts with weighty bodies like Victory Storm King’s 9.1% ABV tend to be thick, tepid and cloying. Though the mouthfeel is definitely full-bodied and smooth, I also detect a noticeable crispness as well. Some alcohol warmth as it goes down, though it is not harsh. I’m not too crazy about the aftertaste, but it’s no challenge to drink this beer at all.
Garlic_of_Doom (486) - SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost black, redbrownish at the edge of the glass, small beige head.
Aroma has loads of citrus hops, slight roast.
Taste is roasted with citrus and cocoa powder/dark chocolate.
Medium body, soft carbonation, smooth.
As many before me have pointed out, this is more a Black IPA than an Imperial Stout. Sure, it’s tasty, but not enough Imperial Stout for me.
olsvammel (3548) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Örebro Öl & Whisky 2014. Dark malty smell with chocolate. Similar taste with caramel, roasted aromas and a sweet maltbase. Light body. Not very roasted.
FunkyF (151) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Flaska från SB. Svart med brunt skum. Doft av choklad, humle och karamell. Besk med toner av choklad.
bgb1991 (119) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very cool looking beer with a burnt marshmallow head. Bitter roasted flavours really shine with earthy hop overtones. Pours pretty thin, not the chewiest, probably the biggest pitfall of the beer. Good drinking though.