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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,312 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,312
Reviews: 2,541
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 170
Gots: 569 | FT: 17
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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Photo of HurricaneMo
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on cask thanks to the persistence of Mikey.

I wasn't incredibly impressed the first time I tried this beer, but this time around was definitely better. It was a very deep chocolate brown color with a decent head and lacing. In my opinion, the smell didn't do justice to the wonderful taste. This beer seemed a little agressive with the hops for a stout, but still was well-rounded. Not my favorite stout, but totally worth enjoying when you get the chance.

Photo of walleye
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle, poured dark brown to black, with a nice foamy tan head, with good lacing. aroma, lighty roasted malts, oak, dark cherries, hint of hops, coffee, alcohol. flavor, bitter chocolate, coffee, malts, woody, cherries, and a nice brown sugar sweetness. this was very good thanks Francisweizen

Photo of thartman
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with a two-finger frothy tan head with good retention and lots of lacing throughout. Smell of roasted malts, coffee, some licorice. Lots of flavor as soon as it hits the palate, like espresso coffee, roasted malts, and some hoppy bitterness, actually quite complex. Mouthfeel is oily smooth, medium-heavy body, the finish is definitely bitter. Mellows a wee bit as it warms up a little. Excellent stout, Nice cold weather beer. It will be interesting to see how this batch changes over the year(s).

Photo of AMCimpi
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Tilley4
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to barefootbrewer. Thanks, Ken!

This is everything that I thought it would be. Absolutely jet black, huge fluffy caramel colored head, shelves of lacing down the glass.

It smells rich and chocolatey with some coffee and malt. The wonderfully rich, creamy taste of this brings out chocolate, coffee, malt, and a slight hint of hops.

This is really an excellent stout. In fact, it's one of the better ones that I've ever had. It's balanced, strong but not too much so, and eminently drinkable. Delicious!

Photo of gotbeer
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this one. The bottle reviewed was brewed in Nov. 2005.

My favorite memory of this brew was truly historical. I was drinking Storm King on the night of a full moon when the Red Sox ended an 86 year old curse. I literally had one in my hand when Keith Foulke flipped the ball to Doug M. for the final out in Game 4 versus the Cards. I now believe this beer to have some sort of special powers as drinking a lesser brew probably would have allowed the Sox to have a historical collapse.

Anyway, the smell of this beer is not overwhelming. It doesn't set you up for what you are in for. Some roasty malt smell and that's about it. The beer pours black as night with a dark colored head that fades somewhat quickly.

The taste blows you away. The mouthfeel is thick and syrup like. Cherries, coffee, roasted malt, and a bite of hops and alcohol on the tail. Incredible complexity and flavors.

The drinkablity would be high based simply on taste. Of course if you can put away a few of a beer with this ABV you have a higher tolerance than I want to know about.

This is truly a world class beer, and one of the best stouts out there. I also believe it helped the Sox win the World Series. Cubs fans everywhere should be buying this stuff by the case.

Photo of joel_bou
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Nibbley
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black like used motor oil with a chocolate milk colored head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma is dark ripe fruit and burnt bagel and buttered dark wheat toast with little earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is really big,juicy,and velvety smooth.

Taste is more dark fruity goodness,maybe dark ripe cherries and raisin/date sweetness with a little of the hops and a big warming alcohol finish.

Really good example of a Russian Imperial Stout.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like any good stout should: Impenetrable darkness with a tan head. Head doesn't retain well but the lace is abundant.

Aroma is full-on hops, kind of grassy/earthy, a bit lighter in smell than the heavier chocolate/coffee you get in most stouts. Toffee is there, with a dark grape fruitiness far back there.

For an Imperial Stout this is a seriously refreshing taste, one of few Imperials you could drink year-round. Not too heavy in the mouth but still hugely substantial. The flavors feature piney hops (I've noticed this aspect seems to diminish over the years...it's either my palate being more used to hops or the recipe changing...), followed by grape, toasted malt, espresso, cream/milk (in smoothness and flavor), followed by a piquant and bitter aftertaste that leaves the mouth happy with a pleasant tingle. Nice frothy sizzle in the mouth.

A drinkable big stout, deserving of all the high marks and raves, but there are better in the style.

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 1/15/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a straight black in the glass, with a finger of tight foamy mocha colored head. This retains with about a ¼ finger of creamy froth, which holds tight across the top and drenches the sides of the glass with a solid sheet of lacing the whole way down. The aroma smells burnt with a roasted coffee nose on it, along with some green citrus character. There are sweet notes of chocolate and caramel present, which feels like they want to sit in the nostrils with some stickiness but the overall sharpness of the roast and hops keeps thing crisp and tight in the nose.

The taste is roasted and bitter across the tongue with a forceful mix of coffee and citric hop flavors. A balancing mix of chocolate and caramel malts help balance this out across the back but the cask really brings the aggressiveness of this out, as this finishes burnt and roasty with some lingering green bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with the cask lending this some lightness that is equal parts crisp and creamy in the mouth. The alcohol his mostly well hid here, with no hot flavors per se, but it does contribute to the overall intensity of the flavors and feel.

Wow, the cask conditioning really opens this sucker up, so that you get the full Storm King experience. Whether your ready for it or not! The roasted malts and hops are just in full effect here, to the point that they get to be a bit much towards the bottom of the glass. Yeah, this ones a bit of a rager but still damn tasty if you like aggressive beers and that cask body does help smooth things out a bit. I'm glad this one is always on the cask at the brewery, because sometimes you just need a beer like this.

Photo of bcm119
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flavors are very complex and change as the beer warms. Licorice, espresso, burning oak, bitter chocolate, dry leaves... lots of interesting stuff in there. Hops are big and grapefruity- this beer is so complex its confusing. Alcohol notes come through occasionally in the aroma and the nose, but still an amazing stout. One of my original "favorite beers" from the 90s.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Half finger, fine, medium brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, with hints of chocolate, hops and smoke. Rich flavor of toasted and sweet malt, dark dried fruit, chocolate, burnt coffee, faint earthy and smoky elements. Medium bodied. The great flavor covers the ABV very well. A very nice, well made stout that I revisit every year.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: gorgeous near black. Black pearl. A decent swirl of mocha cream.
Smell: redolent with complex aromas. Coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits. Some sweetness some bitterness.
Taste: Creamy explosion of lots of things. Some starting sweetness, all the flavors in the nose. A tad harsh in the bitter finish but I can see ris fans loving this.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark, almost black, maybe the darkest beer I've ever seen. Pour resulted in a one finger dark tan head of medium bubbles which left lacing when it dissipated.

S = Coffee beans, caramel, some hops bitterness.

T = Dark coffee with bitter hops, roasted malts in the back of the mouth followed by a long bitter finish. Surprisingly little taste of the alcohol given the ABV, but there is a slight burn.

M = Good substantial body, low but present carbonation, good coating of the mouth.

D = A very good RIS. Definitely drinkable, but too strong to have more than one.

Photo of twelvsies
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours pretty much straight-up black, seems to be opaque, with a small brown head that leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is not what I expected, but nice nonetheless. I actually smell hops first, wonder if anyone else did... and then the roasted malts come into play. Taste is very solid. Nice fruity and malty kick up front with a bit of alcohol warmth and also a nice back-up of piney hops. This is definately the most well balanced stout I've had. Not over-powering at all, as many people sometimes say of stouts. Mouthfeel is definately a bit lighter than I expected. Definately a more medium body than full. Definatelty very drinkable for a stout, not too thick or chunky, and certainly not bland or boring. Don't know if I'd call it the king of stouts as the name implies, but it's definately in the royal family. Cheers.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to reviewing this. The pour is lovely, featuring an off white 2 fingers of head across a large oversized snifter. Black in color of course.

Oak, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, and pine hops are in the smell. The hops are much more pronounced that in most stouts.

Much like the smell, oak is a large player in the taste. Some dark chocolate and maybe a pinch of vanilla creep in. In come the hops after that, a large amount of pine hops to be exact.

The feel is nice being medium-full-ish in the mouth. I enjoy the soft character and efficient carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid stout worthy of a try from all craft drinkers. One of the more bitter stouts I've had, but it is a welcome change.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours out an opaque,jet black body supporting a full inch of lasting,mocha foam that left gorgeous sheets of clingy lacing in it's wake.

S-Initially,lots of sweet chocolate that gave way to strong French roast coffee,burnt sugars and some slight dark fruit flavors(plum,raisin).

T-Tastes of dark chocolate,espresso beans,a slight hop bitterness to go along with slightly charred toast and some fruity alcohol notes.Finish is amazingly strong espresso flavors for a beer not actually brewed with coffee.

M-Great coffee and dark chocolate flavors with a small dose of citric hop bitterness.Almost reminiscent of an Espresso Romano.Maybe a tad thin would be my only knock.Really nice balance and drinkability though.

O-Real,real nice stout that I'm sorry I waited this long to try.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

07 vintage, just over a year old.

A- ominous and completely black, not even a glimmer of light passes through this thick stormy monster. thick creamy cappuccino colored foam bubbles eerily and refuses to budge. it creeps along like a puffy brown snail and the drippy lace it leaves behind ranges from delicate to downright plastery.

S- intense smokey, coffee, and dark berries, cocoa, and what seem to be cascade hops. sweet caramel and floral notes come out along with the bitter burnt aroma and creamy chocolate mousse. blackberry, blueberry, currant, milk chocolate, anise, mocha, pipe tobacco, charcoal, with an underlying confectionery sweetness.

T- massive on the palate, fuel and solvent give way to burnt grains and deeply roasted espresso. alcohol is persistent throughout. bitter cocoa and burnt grapefruit hops also play major roles, as this things seems to have 5 levels of bitterness. a subtle dark berry fruitiness holds on quietly to the coat tail of roasted burnt and toasty malt and alcohol esters. each swig nearly sends a shiver down my spine like taking a shot of espresso followed by a shot of vodka followed by a shot of hop oil. what a combo. beat that, jager bomb. some instances of licorice and tobacco here and there, but mostly like liquified burnt wood with an herbal extremely hoppy finish. and i mean that in a good way.

MF- thick and viscous, chewy, resinous, bold, and almost doubly imperial. goes down slick with carbonation on the low side.

D- borderline overwhelming, a good start or finish to a night of lower ABV stouts and perhaps some crazy irish rock.

Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best by 02-13-2013

As I poured this into my trusted imperial pint this beer has the usual characteristics of an imperial stout. Deep dark brown to black color with medium brown one finger head. There are simultaneous nutty and hoppy smells emanating from the glass. Once it warms the subtleties are released and include notes of chocolate and caramel. Are you sure this is a imperial stout? There is such a hop presence in the tasting of this, if it was a blind tasting, I would've said black IPA. Brilliant balance of malt and hops, it adds a punch of bitterness on the palette. This does have an ever so slight grit to it but doesn't take enough away from it to be a problem.

Photo of modernartblues
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep and dark, nice two inch head. More lacing than normal for an impy stout.

S: Some hops a load of malt, and some nice coffee styled flavors.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, and a healthy dose of hops. Nothing over done, seamlessly balanced. I didn't get any alcohol.

M: A tick below perfect for this style, a little lighter than perfection.

D: Can't drink more than one a night, but one is enough ;)

Serving type: Bottle (no discernible bottled on date)

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and gooey, completely opaque, black as india ink. Forms a dense, clumpy head with muddy-colored bubbles of varying size that almost seem to roil around, crackling audibly! Head dissipates slowly and clings well as it dries out into crusts of bubbles. Huge aroma: burnt malt and toffee up front, then BIG roasty bread crusts, smoldering wood. Waxing poetic: piles of autumn leaves and timber, huge dryness and dusty yeast, then a big, thumping belt of hops. Flavors everywhere: raisin skins, extremely bitter chocolate in front palate, and then... BIG bitter wall of hop flavor bowls through a wall of malt and mingles with tobacco, leather, peat. Even through a smooth, glowing alcohol finish, something of a plummy, curranty sweetness... Mouthfeel: did I mention that this beer is BIG? Slick, oily and with a stickiness that lasts for minutes. Alcohol warms and puckers inside of mouth with an astringent finish. This beer needs to be savored and digested. Let it slowly coat your insides. Perfect when matched with dark chocolate, nuts, and caramel. A rollicking bruiser of a beer.

Photo of draheim
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (enjoy by 1/20/2016) into a snifter. Pours opaque black w/ a thick mocha head, fine lacing.

Aroma is tons of dark fruit, caramel, toffee. Earthy, pungent, pruny, nutty.

Taste is bitter and roasty. Cocoa, espresso, hops, and more dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is dry but lingering.

Overall there's a lot of interesting stuff going on here. Probably the hoppiest stout I've had. Strong fruit character is pretty unique too, a little reminiscent of Black Albert.

Photo of Matthew
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle...bottled less than 2 months ago.

Pours black with about an inch of tanish brown head.
Immediately can smell a big dark roasted coffee aroma with a slight background of dark unsweetened chocolate. I get a very slight bitey hoppy type aroma as well.
This is a big tasting beer. Full of flavor. Burnt coffee, slight chocolate flavor although not as much as expected after experiencing its smell. Throughout drinking this brew a bitter hop flavor is more and more present which i think contributes to a slight licorice taste...sort of a hop/dark coffee combo creation. Considering the is 9.1 abv I expected a bit more of an alcohol taste which is definately there but not as prevelant as expected. Nice balance of malts/hops. This has a heavy thick mouthfeel to it. Victory sure makes some satisfying beers. This is one of their best.

Photo of Naugros
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have reviewed so many stouts to this point that I thought about not reviewing this one at all. Why? It looks like, smells like and tastes like a stout. But just saying that doesn't do this justice. It is exceptionally well-executed and remarkably balanced. All the keys markers for a stout are there and it doesn't try to overachieve. There are no cocoa nibs, cayenne pepper, coffee, smoke or a double-digit ABV. It's just a really, really nice beer and this one has an amazingly smooth body that is the consistency of velvet. This one is incredible in its standardness...yes, I know that's not a word, but it fits.

Photo of GCBrewery
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,312 ratings.