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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,410 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,410
Reviews: 2,566
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 179
Gots: 628 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Ratings: 5,410 | Reviews: 2,566
Reviews by thezach:
Photo of thezach
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, apologies, I am practicing for a play whilst drinking this fantastic beer. So, please enjoy or avoid the latter portion of what I feel is a wunderbar review in the best German accent you will ever read (today).

I'm really enjoying this beer. It's brown to black with a thick tan head, rich and thick with a wonderful palate-cleaning carbonation. The aroma is mostly sweet dark sugars (molasses?), charcoal, chocolate, a slight fruitiness, and a definite spiciness that I'm attributing to noble hops. The high alcohol is only noticeable to me now that I'm finishing off my pint, and not because I can taste it.

The taste is again charcoal and chocolate, with sweet burnt raisins on the end. I'm digging this brew. Rich in the mouthfeel, but it is pretty clean after a moment and I'm ready for the next sip.

Got. Damn. Gut.

Zat ees vat zis bier ees. Zeh appearance ees very dark vis a tan head zat lasts undt lasts until eet ees only a fine lace covering zeh bier, wunderbar jah?

Eet smells of zeh charcoal undt a slight spice zat may be from zeh hops (noble jah?) or even zeh alcohol eetself. Zere is some fruitiness also on zeh nose, like somesing raisin-y or even molasses-y.

Zeh taste ees likevise wunderbar! Rich mousefeel undt plenty of zeh bubbles to clean zeh palate, jah. Zere ees a definite bitterness, perhaps from zeh hops undt zeh roasted barley, zat I sink lingers a bit long.

Personnally, I find zat zeh bier ees closer to zeh earlier descriptions from zeh bros, jah? But visout havink tried zees bier a decade ago, eet es hard to say.


More User Reviews:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, pitch black with a HUGE 3 inch chocolate milk colored head. Dense head that lingers for the duration of the beer. Sticky ring lacing on the way down. Absolutely beautiful. Smell is of dark fruits, sweetened coffee, and cocoa powder. Taste is of burnt espresso/coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and slightly sweet cherry/plum. A lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue after each sip that stays with you for a while. Carbonation is good and does not take away from the thick, creamy feel of this beer. Overall, this is an absolutely delicious RIS that I will be revisiting again. I am glad this comes in 12 oz. bottles as the 9.1% ABV can sneak up on you.

Photo of MasterSki
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe I've never reviewed this beer, so I figured it was time. Best before June 6th, 2016. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - Pours with a finger of dark than foam that slowly settles to a thick, creamy, cap, leaving behind glass-coating lacework. Body is black, with maybe the faintest dark brown shade to it.

S - There's a lot of hops here - plenty of earthy pine and grapefruit character. Underneath, there's some semisweet chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, licorice, and a touch of char.

T - Taste is a mixture of tobacco, baker's chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and a hefty dose of herbal hop bitterness in the finish mingling with some espresso and char. The transition from sweet mid-palate to bruising bitterness is somewhat abrupt.

M - Carbonation is too high - please turn it down. Body is medium, and somewhat light for an RIS, although it's not unreasonable for a 9.1% brew. Otherwise the texture is smooth and the finish is sticky, with some obvious resinous hops lingering as well. Light warming alcohol presence.

D - I imagine this was really unique and provocative six years ago. Unfortunately there are many Imperial Stouts that do the same trick better these days. Easy to drink, and certainly one of the 'classics', but Victory seems a bit like a dinosaur these days.

Photo of hopsbreath
1.86/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Short and dirty..did not like this. I love Impy stouts and this one disappointed. There was too much hops on the front and bitterness with no point. The malt was in its own right one dimensional. Coffee came through a little bit but was overwhelmingly beat back by bitterness and alcohol. Not pleasant and very hard to drink. Of all the Stouts I have had this was my least favorite. I tried to give it a chance, but after choking down four of these in an attempt to better appreciate it, I gave the final 2 away to a friend of mine who is a macro drinker because he will drink anything to catch a buzz. Not only will I not seek out again, I will advise against trying it.

Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep brown with a giant head which is receding slowly but surely. The head is a light tan color, sticky in some places and quick to recede in others.

Smells super hoppy and oily. Barely getting any malt character at all on the nose. Getting dark malt scents now that i've let it breathe for a bit. Head is really really sticky in some spots. Not a bad looking brew.

Slight malty sweetness up front with touch a caramel but besides the mouthfeel, the rest of this beer tastes like a double ipa. Lots of oily and citric hops present on the back of the tongue along with a good amount of bitterness.

The hops actually lend to a good deal of the beers flavor, i'm getting grapefruit and even pineapple notes. Alot of flavors are present, but i dont think they all blend well at all.

Am I wrong for not wanting a hop bomb out of a stout?

Photo of QMaguire
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I was not expecting the bitterness you would expect from an IPA. Besides that, I really liked this beer, and could only think of pairing it with a nice slice of chocolate cake.

Photo of SterlingNass
2.08/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had a very nice head that stayed until the last few drinks.

Had a very nice nutty coffee smell to it. Head was a dark milk chocolate look to it.

First taste had a very coffee hops bitter taste that gave a very hard kick to my taste buds, probably from the 9.1% alc. Every drink after that became much more bitter to where I couldn't almost finish the last few drinks.

Seemed very thin and had no point to the bitterness.

Photo of HomrQT
2/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Very bitter, we were highly disappointed due to all the incredibly high ratings. Bought 12 and handed them out. No one in the office liked them. Don't believe the positive hype on this. This is a beer for IPA and other bitter beer drinkers. If you don't like hoppy/bitter beers, avoid this.

Photo of CAbeerCAbeerCA
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I have been waiting a long time to try this beer but never got around to picking up a bottle until recently. I regret the decision to finally pick this up the other night, but I am very thankful I only picked up one, rather than the whole six pack.

The beer looked good enough: dark, nice head

The beer smelled only slightly better than it tasted. Smelled like charcoal, alcohol, and maybe a hint of berries (which is the reason for the extra .5 over taste).

The beer tasted terribly - I choked this thing down. Alcohol and charcoal awfulness.

The beer had mouthfeel that was disappointing- much, much too thin for a stout of this alcohol content. I might be scoring it higher here, since he taste and aroma were so bad and the mouthfeel, by comparison, was much better.

This beer was just not good. I wil never try it again, and I recommend that you do not either.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.50 - Pours jet black with a decent head potential, forms a finger of medium tan colored head. Low head retention, dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing left on the glass.
S - 4.50 - Malts, dark chocolate, currants, black strap molasses and a touch of coffee.
T - 3.25 - Too much hop profile, needs to be aged out. Medium sweet malt, chocolate and currant upfront which is pleasant, but quickly fades into a black IPA reminiscent hoppy bitterness that lingers for quite a long time on the palate and in my opinion, quite frankly has no place in an imperial stout. Really takes away from the experience for me.
F - 4.25 - Good mouthfeel. Decently thick.
O - 3.75 - Fresh, this thing drinks more like an triple imperial black IPA than an imperial stout. It has the qualities of a stout upfront, but sadly the hoppy finish really takes over. I feel this one needs a lot of time to age out that hop profile and may be revisiting this review a year or two down the road from now.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great find to see this on tap at the Spring House Drafting Room,pours a deep black with a light moch head that leaves some small traces of lace.Aroma is alcoholic and chocolaty with some burned fruit aromas,taste is of roasted malt and alcohol with some dark chocolate hints and even a little tar-like flavor as well.A real complex beer and way to easy to drink for the style I can see why the high marks are given.

Photo of Popsinc
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a pure black pour with a nice looking, dark tan head..

Smell: the nose just oozes of cocoa and espresso bean. dark unsweetened chocolate is underneath it all, just waiting to pop out.

Taste: i found the taste to be somewhat toned down from what the nose had prepared me for. still, a nice cocoa flavor with light hints of espresso bean and mild chocolate. very smooth body that ends nicely chalky and heads towards a bitter and dry finish. Was that orange in the mix too?! Hmmm, seemed like it to me.

Mouthfeel: very very creamy and rich...but not full or heavy. very nice staying power with flavors lingering nice and long.

Drinkability: a top notch stout. greay nightcap or dessert beer....or hell, whenever. right now i'm enjoying it on a cold winter day. This is a classic.

Photo of Marty
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had tasted this on tap several months ago, but only had a sample-sized half pint. Therefore, I was very excited to have a whole pint of this all to myself.

My Storm King was delivered by the wonderful bartender at Monk's in a tall pint glass. This is one of the darkest stouts I've ever seen. It's pretty much black. Dark black.

For those of you that are fans of the hop, this is the stout for you. There were hints of coffee, chocolate and mystery fruit. This is a very complex beer.

Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This poured an amazing pitch black color with the most beautiful Imperial head that I have ever seen. It literally took 15 minutes to go down. It pitted impressively and left the most detailed lacing on the planet. The head itself was very dark, well beyond tan, and absolutely gorgeous.

Smell – Man, this has it all. The hops come out right away, letting the drinker know that this is a well-balanced IS. The rich espresso bean is top notch, and the chocolate compliment is very exciting. This is not your typical corner store candy chocolate. This is more of your hard to find someplace in the heart of San Francisco type of chocolate. The espresso is very rare as well, making this Victory offering a find indeed.

Taste – Man, is this a big-un! The huge espresso and absence of coffee is very unique. Somebody worked pretty hard to put this brew together. It is extremely rich, and the espresso flavors are underscored with a beautiful vanilla and oak tinge as well as a monster sugar profile that only the Gods could love. This is quality at its finest.

Mouthfeel – Close to full-bodied in the mouth and very chewy. This one was very quenching and dry yet enticing and cloying. Absolutely no sense whatsoever of the high ABV.

Drinkability – Can I drink one SKS every night for the rest of my life and not be too offending to other BAs? This stuff was awesome and definitely lives up to the hype.

Comments – I did a trade with OldFrothingSlosh and this was just one of several beers that he sent me. I couldn’t believe the exclusive “Top 50” membership included in this swap. Big, huge, thanks to a true BA who filled my coffers (and cellars) with some of the best beer on the planet.

PS: This marked my 500th review, and I was glad to share it with the BA community via a beer provided to me by a wonderful standard-bearer of the site. Cheers & Beers!

Update – As I am now well past my 1,000th review and over a year has passed since I rated The King, I thought I’d give it another thoughtful taste.

It is still one of the most drinkable “big beers” on the planet, and its balance is impeccable. Although I’ve had other stouts that have caused me to rethink my idea of “full-bodied” (I’d say this is definitely not full-bodied now) I’m raising the Drinkability rating by 0.5 and officially calling this one of my favorite beers of all time.

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Jet black beer, thick as pitch, thin mocha crown, decent stickiness and retention. Very syrupy looking.

Nose: must and earth, citric acid, rosted grains, coffee and chicory.

Taste: Complex malt character. They’re big and roasty. Coffee, dark chocolate, bitter chicory, molasses, dirt, and dank wood. Subtle dark fruit comes through the finish.

MF: Thick yet smooth as silk worm’s cocoon. Hints of citrus balance out the big malts.

Drinkability: Really dangerous. This one goes down too easy for the ABV and style.

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ricke
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost black with a thick pale brown head that settles into a nice lid of lacings. Looks good.

S: A very hoppy smell. The peppery and citric hops almost overpower the plentiful aromas of roasted malts in this one. Notes of chocolate. Hoppy imperial stouts are always impressive, but underneath the hops and roasted malts, I don't find much of anything in this one, and therefore it gets somewhat boring after a while.

T: The taste is really good. I have a thing for the combination of roasted malts and powerful hops it it's made in a good way, as it is here. Of course, you have the usual suspects of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. But they are almost muted by the fresh citric and peppery hops in this one. Nice notes of hop resins. There's a lot of sweetness going on, and the citric hops actually add to this. The finish is very bitter with some sweetness and lots of hops. Hints of anise and powdered chocolate. No sign of the alcohol.

M: Rather light body but still in the full body range. Medium carbonation. Quite a boring texture. This part of the beer is somewhat of a letdown.

D: A tasty beer. Lots of big hoppy flavors. But unfortunately, the hoppy character also makes the beer slightly unbalanced and one-dimensional. I actually think the hops take over to much after a while. But either way, overall it's good.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a huge, Pacific Northwest hop aroma & character upfront, Storm King Stout subsides into massive, roast malt complexity. Rich and substantial, it will warm your heart.

Malts: Imported 2 row
Hops: American whole flowers
9.1% ABV

Creamy head, nice mouth feel, great balance.

Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes made on 11/3/10.

A: Into a giant snifter, Storm King pours black with just a hint of brown, with a two-finger dark khaki to light mocha head. Retention of the head is splendid, headlined by puffy clumps. The lacing forms in various shaped clumps.

S: The aroma is very unique and distinct. A heavy roasted malt smell harmonizes with a pretty fresh hop bitterness. This results in myriad aromas - espresso, dark chocolate, plum, cherry, roasted peanut, soy, vanilla, and caramelized sugar. This is a sharper aroma than most RIS's that I have had.

T: Roasted malt lands firmly on the flat of my tongue while bitter hops work the sides of my mouth. There are obviously a ton of hops in this beer - probably far more than style average. Notes of bitter coffee and mocha chocolate emerge as the beer warms. There is a decent amount of citrus bitterness playing off of the darker malt flavors, as well.

M: The feel starts medium to full and creamy and finishes with a biting hop bitterness. The carbonation is on the low side.

D: Storm King is certainly an interesting take on the style and one that I will be trying again. The large amount of hops made it maybe a little less drinkable then other RIS's of this caliber.

Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of kaimcm
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

05 bottle

A: totally opaque black body, bubbly creamy off white head with a tinge of brown mustard sorta yellow.

S: easily the weak point of this beer. roasty toasty malt, a hint of coffee, a little sweet. not much going on in the nose.

T: Sugar, licorice, with a dry and hoppy finish. Roasted malt body holds up chocolate, coffee, what I think is vanilla, some dark fruit thats reminiscent of a beglain strong dark. Body is medium, finish is dry with traces of tobacco.

M: Super creamy and luscious. This beer is like a melted malted milkshake in your mouth. Just delicious and one of my favorite aspects.

D: A nightcap sorta brew for me, though not as thick and heavy as other imperials. Great to have in the fridge and enjoy on these snowy New England nights.

First big snow storm of the season this year, first bottle of Storm King of the season. Great match!

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour from cask to snifter. The taste of wonderfully toasted malt and a fine hop finish makes this a favorite stout of mine.
The alchohol is present on the pallet but not overwhelming. The smoothness and heavy body of this brew makes it a fantastic winter warmer. This is one of the few brews that I always prefer at room temperature. The malt character as well as typically subtle notes of coffee, chocolate, and spice really shine at the higher serving temp

Photo of tbryan5
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,410 ratings.