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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,229 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 5,229
Reviews: 2,519
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 158
Gots: 534 | FT: 18
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 tvv375ia:
Photo of tvv375ia
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown /black with no light getting through about 1 finger head that leaves quite a bit of lacing as it fades to a decent cap

S-a little burnt coffee and carmel smell

T-like the smell, some burnt taste with some earth mettalic hop finish

M-thinner than I was expecting light to medium bodied

O-this is a ok not quite as good as I was hoping. I think the thinness of it is the biggest drawback for me. I would drink it again but not go looking for one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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 oberon
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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 +16.7%
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
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
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 -1.7%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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 -7.9%

Photo of ricke
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -38.6%

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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 -26.3%

Photo of kaimcm
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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 -1.7%
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 +0.5%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JacobMutberg
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SIRIUS2
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sharp hop nose with secondary malt aromas. Virtually no head on the pour of this nearly pitch black brew. The flavor is sharp and warm, with heavy malts coming in afterwards. It finishes very hoppy and warm all the way down. The alcohol is present and is hardly masked by the intense flavors of the hops & malts.

Oof. I know Storm King is probably representative of the Russian Imperial Stout style but it just isn't my speed. Apologies to those that enjoy this style but I had a hard time with it.

Photo of rugbycritic
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Victory has scored the perfect Imperial Stout. Others have tried, but never gotten as close as this. It's probably bigger (better?) than the style suggests, but we love things that way here in the USA. Very hoppy aroma and flavor, considering the abv, color, and malt profile. Gotta love it. Looking for something to knock your socks off? Stop here.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,229 ratings.