Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Victory Brewing Company - Summer Love Ale; Storm King Imperial Stout

The Victory Brewing Company is in Downingtown, Pennsylvannia which is just outside of Philadelphia.


Summer Love Ale - This beer pours a medium golden in color with a short half-inch of pure white foam that leaves light to medium lacing down the glass.  The aroma is clean and fresh, apricot-peach on top of newly harvested dry grain, and a touch of clean, tall grass.  The taste follows the aroma, there is sweet fruit jam on top of a light, fresh white flour biscuit, and some grassy bitterness on the finish.  This drinks light and flavorful and refreshing, the carbonation burns the back of the throat pleasingly, and there is a pleasant fruity aftertaste.  There has been a great crop of excellent summer seasonals this year, and this one fits that bill.

Storm King Imperial Stout - This 9.1% ABV beer pours pitch black and opaque.  There is a large billowing head of light brown foam that is creamy on top and leaves medium lacing down the glass.  The aroma is dark roasted malt, rich, coffee, and a slight sour tang.  The taste is deep, dark roasted malt, coffee, very bitter, with a slight fruity note.  Not as sweet as one would expect with its ABV, and the alcohol is not at all overwhelming or even up front.  There is a coconut hint as the beer progresses. 

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