It's not only proper beer etiquette but also common sense to drink the stouts when the colder weather comes through. Who wants to drink that that burly thickness on hot and sweaty days anyways? They're purpose defeaters for those times. Well, the leaves off the trees so it's time to dark cracking open a few dark beers...and when saying dark ya can't get much darker than Storm King. We're talking REALLY dark here. It's damn near black. The head was even darker that most dark beers and reminded me of a chocolate malted. The smell kinda threw me off though. It didn't remind me of any stout I've had before. Sure, it was smokey and you get whiffs of the alcohol (but at 9% ABV how could it not really) but had also had that hoppy citrus scent going on too. Ain't no doubt about it that Victory doesn't ever skimp on the hop and it's no exception here.
It's an interesting tasting one too. A roasted nutty flavor intertwines with a coffee like bitterness at first, then the malt and a bit chocolate comes through with the hops and alcohol rising up strong in the finish.
No stout is anything that I could drink on a regular basis and because of the high ABV in this I couldn't drink more than a couple in a sitting but if you looking for a very tasty & interesting American take (something Victory does with everything they brew) on stouts and well, something that'll give you a warm buzz, I highly recommend Storm King. That goes double for those looking for a different kind of black to use in their Black and Tans cuz it's not a law to use Guinness to make one. It's not like someones gonna take away you beer drinking license or anything if ya do...