Storm King is an American double stout that might strike some as being more of a black DIPA. Definitely a stout for the hop-heads. Made exclusively with grain – doesn’t have coffee or chocolate flavors. Heavily carbonated, bitterly hoppy, but finishes clean. Worth searching out if you’re not a fan of stouts that overly rely on coffee or chocolate notes (despite its reliance on hops here).
There really isn’t much to say about KBS that hasn’t been mentioned before. I’m not even really a fan of stouts, much less American Double Stouts. And yet, the feeding frenzy that goes on every spring when KBS is released is justified. It’s brewed with some coffee and vanilla beans, then aged in oak bourbon barrels for a year. Pitch black (completely opaque), and showing a bit of chocolate flavor as well, it looks the style and walks the style as well. It’s bitter and hopped enough to not be cloying. And yet, I don’t feel the need to personally sample it more than once. Great beer, just not my preference.