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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,485 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4485
Reviews: 2472
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%


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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint.

A - To start with this is just a really cool bottle. The body and neck labels are dark to match the night-time feeling of this beer coupled with an owl with a crown standing as the Storm King. Very cool and matches this style extremely well. As with most other RIS's, Storm King pours an obsidian black that swallows all light. Built a nice 2 and a half fingered, tan, foamy head, but it disappeared fairly quick which is to be expected for a beer of this alcohol. Minimal lacing but some spots here and there.

S - The nose is what really surprised me about this beer. I get smells of figs, roasted barley, and... hops? In my Russian Imperial Stout? It's more likely than you think and it works really well in my opinion. The combination of this dark beer with citrusy notes is a unique combination that works wonders for this beer.

T - This mix comes together fantastically in the taste. When I first tasted it, it was fairly cold and the hops dominated this beer, but as it warmed up, the flavors mellowed and I could taste chocolates and coffee after the initial rush of pine. Kind of as if you get two different beers with this one based on temperature. A definite shock to the palate! Only thing I can detract from this beer is that the hops sort of overwhelm, which is fine, but I purchased a RIS, not an IPA.

M - Storm King feels light to medium bodied and not a ton of carbonation. Feel doesn't follow the look of this beer at all!

D - This beer is insanely drinkable. Victory did a great job in masking the alcohol in this one and it's tough to pinpoint any trace of it at all. For the price point of this beer, mixed with the smoothness and flavor, this could be one of my go-to Russian Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 02:02:17 | More by nhindian
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a relative thickness but still kept a lively carbonated look. The color was deeply opaque with a khaki head that was more film than foam.

The nose holds a bit of dryness but despite this there is some marshmallow sweetness. Mostly chocolate malt meets the nose but tones of smoke or ember, Graham cracker, mint and toasted oats also are found.

The taste follows the nose for the most part as a dry smoky or roasted chocolate malt is prevalent. Smoky ember, toasted oat, dry coffee and charcoal meets up with the maltiness.What I like above the nose is the assertive nature of the flavor. Mostly dry roast or toasted qualities the flavor holds the palate throughout. This does end with a hint of bitterness that influences feel. As with the feel an alcohol warmth creeps in.

I'm a little late to jump on the Storm King bandwagon, as its not been available to KY until recently, but I'm thrilled to get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 19:53:05 | More by KYGunner
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Victory Storm King

Victory for your taste

Poured into pint glass

A: Pours and settles deep black, like the center of a midnight storm.

S: Roasted malts . . . Delicious with a not so subtle hint of hops, vanilla and coffee.

T: Again delicious ! Tastes like a finely crafted imperial stout with all the usual flavors I've come to expect from the style with the hops perfectly woven in.

M: Smooth, thick and creamy. Carbonation is light. Taste lingers leaving the taste buds wanting more.

O: Been searching for this one for a while now and it did not disappoint. Victory does no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 23:39:53 | More by GOBLIN
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown-black stout with a very light tan head. Lacing is pretty extensive.

S - A combination of bitter coffee, black char of toast and dark fruit. Hints of chocolate are present but minimal.

T - This is one of the hoppier stouts I've tried. The open is bitter, but coupled with dark dried fruits, like raisins, combining with burnt toast. The middle opens up with the sweetness, even more heavily raisins, but also plums and prunes. Closing adds in more dark fruit, but with a hop finish. A stout with hop drying isn't your typical stout. Honestly, the chocolate here is more in the texture, a point beneath the ebb and flow of what is out front.

M - As mentioned, drying is present. The beer is not a silky smooth experience. It remains a drinker rather than a sipper, which means the balance isn't completely out of wack. There is no risk of cloying sweetness here.

O - This beer is something of a bull in a china shop. There is depth here, with a variety of flavors flashing over my palate, but one aspect of stouts I generally value is the silky smoothness. Plus, I am a big sucker for coffee chocolate notes in my stouts, and their absence is something missed for me. A well crafted beer but perhaps not the one I'd seek out to scratch my stout itch.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:55:19 | More by Tsar_Riga
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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,485 ratings.