drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Dark dark head here, one of the darkest I’ve seen, almost gray. The aroma is very hoppy, surprisingly so, very crisp and very very fresh; some musty dark chocolate notes coming through too. Flavor is espresso, dark vinous chocolate but much more robust now. The finish tends to be too bitter while the beer is still cold, but as it warms it mellows out a bit. The character of the beer opens more as it warms, exposing some bready notes and pastry doughy sweetness. It’s about time Victory sent more than just the Golden Monkey this way. wbickerton (9) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2005 does not count
Draught. I picked up this keg at Vecenie’s Distributing Company in Millvale. It has a roasted aroma with some very faint undertones that I cannot describe. This stout is very dark and opaque with a very tight frothy head, which is brownish in color (tan to light brown). The head is somewhat lasting, but it dissipates faster than expected. The taste is complex yet balanced; it starts out slightly bitter, but the mild sweetness catches up, leaving you with a long bittersweet finish. I mostly notice a roasted flavor, but it does not seem like chocolate or coffee; maybe it’s molasses. If you sip the frothy head when you first pour it, it tastes pretty much the same as the beer itself, which is not true of other stouts that I have imbibed. It has an oily full-bodied feel on the palate with lively carbonation. Storm King warms your stomach and is not a stout that can be consumed quickly as you will eventually feel the effect of its high alcohol content; Victory Brewing’s website lists the beer at 9.1% ABV. If that’s correct, Victory goes down on my list as another quality brewer that knows how to mask the smell and taste of alcohol. oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Pours black with a thin brown head.
Aroma is of malt. Palate not as thick as I expected. Has tastes of chocolate and coffee. Very well balanced
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 Well, a rare example of the Ontario Government coming through with a truly world-class, exceptional beer. This was one of the best beers I’ve had, with a good balance between bitterness and sweetness that belied its colour. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 27, 2004
a pretty fresh bottle. probably my favourite out of the 600 or so beers i tasted in the states. black and tarry, huge coffee powder, prune and biscuit aroma. plenty of burnt dry bitterness. sounds like they use a pretty simple recipe for this but there are all sorts of complex flavours, some nougat and whipped cream, port. managed to bring a bottle back and i can’t wait to taste it in a year or 2
Enniskillen (2060) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Aroma is chocolate, raison, espresso, with a hint of rasberry. Pour is black, with a thin mocha head that forms and dissapates. Taste is heavy chocolate, with a coffee background focusing on espresso with a nice hop build. Alcohol is well covered and this is nicely presented brew. eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Thanks to matt_dinges for this one. Black with a tan head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Had a mild chocolate taste with plenty of malt. I could definately taste the alcohol in this one. It ended with a mild bitter chocolate taste. The end really had some hop character I wasn’t expecting. NDM84 (20) - Street, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Pours a dark black body with little to no transperancy. Quickly receding head.
Powerful roasted malt flavors. Hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla, maybe even caramel. Surprisingly, a decent amount of hop character, making this stout more complex and intruging then others. Well done! crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2007 Draught: Pours black small beige head. Mainly roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate to it. A lot of hops in this really taking the other flavors away from the beer giving it a good amount of bitterness. Great mouthfeel and very easy to drink just wish there weren’t so many hops. johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2004 This has got to be one of the best smelling stouts out there. Creamy, complex roasted malts. Nice tastes of spicy hops and chocolate. Little bit of coffee/espresso. Very little alcohol taste.