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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,799 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,799
Reviews: 2,492
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 139
Gots: 399 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Reviews by Pahn:
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Pahn

New York

3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. "Best by June 6, 2016" printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch, frothy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a wall of lacing. Pours a solid black with red brown highlights and leaves sprawling continents of lacing.

Smell: They're not kidding about the Pacific Northwest hops. Heavy American hop aroma, pungent, piny, citrusy, tropical fruity. Underneath is an almost equally strong note of caramel and raisin. Very nice.

Taste: First sip: maximal hop bitterness along with a well-melded flavor of citrusy/piny hops with cookies and caramel, resolving as roasted malt with a long, hot finish. I like the blending, but the hops and malt each come across as pretty one-dimensional. The bitterness is definitely pushing it.

Later sips are dominated by hop bitterness and piny, somewhat dank and citrusy hop flavor. If this bitterness is supposed to keep the richness in check, it succeeds... but it also obliterates all the deep, delicious malt flavors I want from a Russian Imperial Stout. Some nice flavors show through occasionally, but in general it's just one hoppy punch to the face after another.

I wanted to give this more points due to the brewer's intention being to make a hoppy imperial stout, but this fails when compared to both standard RISs and that very intention. It's so unbalanced... and every time I sniff the glass, I perceive exactly what the beer *wants* to taste like, and every time I sip, I'm disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Overcarbonated; the heavy carbonation combines with the giant IBU to clear out any semblance of subtlety or depth. Bitterness considered on its own is quite nice though. Lingering heat is also pleasant and appropriate.

Overall: The beer isn't as unappealing as I'm making out perhaps, but it definitely commits the cardinal sin of smelling *way* better than it tastes. It also takes a style often ridiculed for its boldness and rather than marrying those extreme flavors and making them sing, just blasts you with bitterness. While there's some decent flavor underneath, I can't handle the imbalance.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 01:41:20 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
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brojas91

North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black with a light brown head

A - Coffee, Sweet, and malty

T - The taste isn't as sweet as the smell but isn't bitter. Taste coffee, dark chocolate, with a hoppy finish. The alcohol isn't noticeable which is surprising.

M- medium mouthfeel compared to most stouts, but heavy for a non stout drinker. really smooth however.

Overall this is a good stout, not the best I've had from Victory, but they still prove to be a solid brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2014 01:06:11 | More by brojas91
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a. Dark brown/black on the pour. less than a finger of tan head when poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

s. Sweet smell, malt heavy.

t. Sweet side of stouts. Alcohol hidden well for an imperial. Malt.

m. Excellent - not dry. Nice balance.

o. Very very good stout.

Serving type: bottle

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
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What a beer!
Great looking and tasting dark beer.
A lot of Victory's are fantastic and there are, literally, 1000's upon 1000's of reviews on each one so my review and all others are sort of lost but I'd like my 2 cents on record for what I deem the best of the lot. Being from Philly, there are a lot of Victory's everywhere. The best place is the Victory Beer Garden down where the Spectrum used to be. It is an amazing place with what seem to be, dozens of the big "V", tap handles along an enormous bar.
I've had this beer there too.
It has a kick to it and has a large, magnificent coffe-ish colored head.
When I pour from the bottle I use a Duval Tulip glass and the head fills the upper end of the 22 oz glass. Quite impressive.
Heck...
I'm going out and get another one right now.

Serving type: bottle

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,799 ratings.