Wednesday, 19 June 2013

#158: Marmite: The Beer

Well, not exactly.

In fact, it's Storm King from Victory, and my lax research around the blogosphere and beery internet tells me that this is held in high regard by some, and by others damned for being too hoppy. Either way, I was eager to taste it.

Storm King pours thick and black with a velvety tan head. Mine was very lightly chilled, and the aroma it produced was gorgeous. A strong whack of pungent citrus and dark fruit underlines the aforementioned hoppiness of the beer, while still allowing plenty of treacle, milky toffee sweetness and fistfuls of liquorice through the gates. The palate isn't totally at odds with this, but it isn't quite the same either. That strange herbal fruitiness is felt for just a second before the sweeter brittle caramel biscuit malts take over and fade to an end with roasted coffee lingering in the aftertaste. There's even a hint of chocolate hidden in there somewhere, adding to the already wonderful complexity of the drink.

I highly recommend Storm King. In fact, I love Storm King. But even if you don't, there's still plenty going on to make it an interesting beer to try, and isn't that what beer geekdom is all about?

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