A few years ago, we visited the Mayflower Inn in Washington, CT for a holiday dinner. I can’t seem to remember which holiday it was right now, but I am leaning towards either Christmas or New Years. It was cold outside, I do remember that for sure.
We arrived a bit early for our reservation, so we decided to sit at the bar for a while and have a few drinks. On tap, the Mayflower offered some pretty good beer and we chose the two darkest available. One was an oatmeal stout and the other was a Victory Stout from the Victory Brewing Company. I used to like oatmeal stouts a heck of a lot more than I do now, so for me, that one was just okay. It was a good beer – I just think I outgrew that style. I do remember really enjoying that Victory Stout though.
A few day ago, I was picking up my normal 18-pack of Guinness from the local store and asked the guy working there if they could order me a 6-pack of Victory Stout. He knew what I was talking about and got me some “Victory Storm King Stout.” I picked it up yesterday and had my first taste last night.
Definitely not the beer we had at the Mayflower. Storm King is a seriously dark beer with a big taste. It’s kind of like dark chocolate and coffee. It reminds me of that Saranac Black Forest I had a while back. I stopped drinking that because I think I was too weak for it. Again, it’s a big beer.
I pride myself on being able to drink a black, mud like beer on a 100 degree day, but I may be getting old. I am starting to get quite particular when it comes to this stuff. Lately, it’s been strictly Guinness and Murphy’s Irish Stout. Those two beers are very similar. One is slightly less bitter than the other, though I can’t remember which one.
Now, I did a little research because I am almost positive that what we drank that night at the Mayflower was in the Victory family. I found the Victory beer page and discovered that they also make an Irish stout called, Donnybrook Stout. Since I have a thing for Irish stout, I am thinking that I had the guy at the store order the wrong one. It’s the Irish stout I want. I’ll go back and have him make another order…this time of the Donnybrook.
If your interested, here’s a quick video about victory Brewing Company.
Victory Brewing Company Brewery Tour