Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pic(k) of the Week: King lacing

King lacing

There's sticky 'lacing' in this snifter of cask-conditioned Storm King Imperial Stout (brewed by Victory Brewing of Pennsylvania).

A long-time resident of Victory's stable of beers, Storm King is quite the prodigious beer, with a 9.1% alcohol content, its sweet-roasted malt flavors accompanied by a big slug of piney hops. If Storm King were to be released today as a new beer for the brewery, some 'craft' beer folk might even call it a Black IPA. Resist the temptation. It's a (very) hoppy, (very) roasty, (very) strong stout, potently delicious.

This particular cask-conditioned version wasn't burdened with extraneous in-firkin * flavorings ... except for some oak chips, which played in the background as tannins. Served 'hand-pulled,' via a beer-engine, at Rustico Restaurant, in Alexandria, Virginia, on 8 January 2015.

I took the close-up shot with a Samsung Galaxy 4 cell phone, getting, I think, nice focus on the lacing and bubbles.

And, here, previously, from the bottle:

Storm King & Stilton

  • * 'Firkin' is simply the name of a cask of a certain size: 10.8 U.S. gallons, to be precise (which s the equivalent of 9 U.K., or Imperial, gallons.) More: here.
  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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