Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,246 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,246
Reviews: 2,520
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 161
Gots: 541 | 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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Photo of WakeandBake
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A stove pipe black color with a mediun dark tan head. Aroma is spicy hops, roasted malt,bitter chocolate,coffee,and a hint of smoke,and maybe black licorice . Flavor is hops at first, followed by the roasted malt,bittersweet chocolate, coffee, a hint of something else--could be dates or rasins, but not much of whatever it is, and a little bit of alcohol.Creamy mouthfeel, Body could be a bit thicker but I like the ever so slight warming effect and the lasting coffee aftertaste. A very nice stout. I would drink this any time any where.

Photo of warbird07
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 batch poured into a snifter at 59 degrees....

Pours deep brown with small off-white head that lingers, moderate lacing. Smell is real nice with a pronounced hop aroma, followed by a fruity, specifically blackberry precence. Taste is fresh-like, dark burnt malt, a bit of alcohol, with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is satisfying. I liked this beer but seems a bit young. Interested in what a year or two would do...

Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body, brown head that is loose and the sea foam eventually falls to a ring outer shell. First drink leaves lace and the rest slides with the alcohol. Nice to look at for sure.

Pours a silky, creamy black syrup. Head starts out mocha colored and after the initiall pour fades to an khacki color with patchy lacing.

Bitter hops up front, Floral boquet that is squashed by charred wood. Slippery mouthfeel that finishes quite dry. This has a great mix of all the essentials without a big winner. Some coffee charectaristics, marginal choclolate, burnt qualities, Rich body, but in balance and well put together. Alcohol is well hidden and really an afterthought. Mild warming on the finish. Medicinal comes to mind in the aftertaste. Its an afterthought on a great beer. This went down way to easy.

Victory once again produces a well thought out and put together brew. Details from the brew down to the modest yet inviting graphics on their labels they are a top notch brewery.

Photo of Matthew
4.15/5  rDev +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 PZuke
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just wanted to start by saying that stouts are not my favorite types of beer but that did not stop me from sampling Storm King. It pours a black color with a little head. Very complex smells with many different layers. I could pick up the chocolate and coffee smells right away. The first time you take a sip your mouth just explodes with a verity of different flavors that take over your mouth. The chocolate and coffee flavors are very evident in the taste with even a little smokeyness. The high content is alcohol does not overpower the brew. This is a beer that I could drink from time to time.

Photo of Naugros
4.15/5  rDev +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 GoalieRon33
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Awesome coloration. Opaque blackness. Tan head.

S- Wonderful roasted smell. Toffee and cocoa. Some hoppiness noticeable with the smell.

T- Wow. Overall intriguing, with more hoppinness than you would expect. More hoppy than many other stouts; personal favorite style for me. Some citrus mixed in with the bitterness. Molasses undertones with and overall toffee profile.

M- A little thinner than I like, but still pretty good. Not quite full bodied, but close.

D- Easy to drink if this is your type of style. Delicious, easy to drink stout with great character. Surprises from beginning to end. Some Aging could be beneficial is the hops seem overpowering for some.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To celebrate the change of seasons (first day I wore a long sleeved shirt to work this summer/fall), I decided to try a big stout.

I tried this one on tap at Fox & the Hound a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I saw it in a single 12 ounce bottle format at Jungle Jim's, so I grabbed one. Bottle states "Enjoy by Feb 13 13", so I guess I am drinking a pretty fresh one. I left it outside my beer fridge to warm up for about 30 minuntess before cracking...

A: Pours the expected dark, rich brown almost black with a dark tan to almost true brown big, bubbling ½ inch head. I can't see anything but brown highlight around the edges of the glass when I study it under the light. Great big and thick lacing patches the walls of my pint glass as it settles.

S: The nose was a little lighter than I expected. Rather than a burst of aromas, I got mild-to-moderate hints of heavily roasted coffee and floral hops and maybe some caramel. Nonetheless, the aroma was very nice and inviting over.

T: Wow, now that's what I was expecting. What was mildly lacking in the nose came through on the mouth. A big, bold blast of carbonation and coffee hit my tongue following by smoke and heavily roasted malts. The drink finished with a pleasing bitterness (but not over-powering) provided from the floral hops. This one definitely hides the 9% ABV very well. No real taste of alcohol until the finishing of the pint.

M: Highly carbonated, medium bodied and full flavored.

Crap - if I had planned better, this beer would have been perfect outside with a fire in my chiminea!

Photo of GCBrewery
4.15/5  rDev +2%

Photo of roan22
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a flip top growler filled by that machine at the Brewery.

Appearance. nice fine bubbles and lots of them, rich dark brown color with a teeny tan cap and minimal swirly head.

Smell: molasses, syrup, chocolate, raisins

Taste: smooth chocolately taste, nicely bitter in the back end. not too boozy.

Mouthfeel: finishes clean. little bit thin, but nice.

Drinkability: better than average for the style.

Photo of afausser
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque dark leathery brown with about a finger of head into a 22 oz snifter. The head looks like it belongs to a latte both in color and consistency, and has very nice retention. There is little to no motion evident unless the brew is held up to the light, revealing some tiny carbonation bubbles moving towards the foamy, creamy head. A very fine sheet of lacing almost instantly turns into a much spottier pattern.

S: Smells very metallic, with coffee and dark chocolate notes, as well as dominant earth and smoke. There's also some subtle fruit notes that aren't completely swallowed by the heavier flavors--they come across as strawberries while the beer is still cold, and sweet raisins as it warms (though this is quite different from the dark raisiny scent in many beers). A couple sweet, syrupy notes and anise as it warms. Additionally, the metallic taste becomes more minty as it warms, which is nice.

T: The taste, again, is very heavy in metal, oak, leather, and earth notes, as well as some hoppy pine. There is a bit of coffee present, but even more than that I'm tasting a bit of molasses and caramel, which provides a nice counterpoint to the more abrasive tastes. Malty, but definitely burnt malts. The aftertaste is quite metallic and bitter, and hoppy as it warms. Fresh and minty. As it warms, there are raspberry notes. The more it warms, the more extreme the hops become, and the aftertaste becomes more and more like a broiled grapefruit with brown sugar. Very nice.

M: Quite warm in the mouth, though not abrasively so. It's really, in fact, quite warming and pleasant and goes down more like a 6 or 7 percent than a 9.1%. Smooth and creamy, if a little metallic in the aftertaste. The very fine carbonation bubbles are done, well, perfectly, and lift the flavors up to your mouth while at the same time not popping too much and ruining the feel for the style. The only thing I can complain about, aside from the aftertaste (which I find to be a little much, personally) is that it's a bit foamy. But other than that, it's just so smooth and velvety that it's easy to give it a high rating.

D: quite drinkable for the abv, and exceeded my expectations and first impressions as it warmed. It's one to sip and drink slowly, but the drinkability is certainly impressive for the style and ABV.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I Had this beer on Cask at the GBBF and I remember it being delicious, but I didnt take notes. I found it in a bottle tonight at Smokeless Joes, the best beer bar in Toronto (besides Cafe Volo that is) and since its fresh in my mind I think this review will do it more justice.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is almost pure black with ruby glints at the top and bottom of the glass. The head is light tan with modest retention. It leaves plenty of tan colored lace. The aroma is of roasted barley, hops, caramel, raisins and alcohol. The taste is very strong and rich, with massive amounts of roasted barley and coffee up front, as well as a strong hop bitterness. In the middle it lingers into rummy raisiny alcohol notes with some balancing hoppyness. The finish is less bitter than I expected, with sweet malts producing a balance. The mouthfeel is thick and somewhat oily. This beer is highly drinkable, though its ABV is evident, its overpowered by so many other flavors. The Alcohol becomes just another complimentary element. A very good Imperial Stout.

Photo of Redwood21
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: awesome jet black color with a coffee colored head. The head seems to stick around and is forthy.

S: There is an aroma to this beer? could have fooled me. usually stouts are more fragrant, this one is lacking in that regard. It seems to have a slight coffee chocolate aroma, but so faint its hard to pinpoint.

T: Reminds me a bit of anchor porter. smooth slighty coffee, chocolate. not sure, very nice though. The higher alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but not as much as one might think.

M: Very creamy nice, a little drying of the room of my mouth, but nice regardless

D: One of the most "drinkable" stouts ive tried. very easy to consume considering the abv. If you like stouts this is a winner.

Photo of Darkhorse09
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Light will not pass! Totally black. Brown, frothy, foamy head on the pour. I don't give many beers a 5 for appearance, but this is gorgeous. Great lacing too!

Smell: Roasted malt, deep espresso and rich dark chocolate. Maybe a bit of dark fruitiness as well? Smells great.

Taste: The usual imperial stout flavors, but in such a great balance. Roasted dark malts with the same coffee and chocolate character as was on the nose. Fruit comes through a bit more on the palate, with a nice alcohol flavor to boost it. Strong hoppy bitter finish, perhaps just a tad too much so. Malts really dominate this beer however, as they should. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Lucious, rich and creamy body, but not as thick as I woudlve thought. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Just have one. Maybe two. The alcohol is hidden well, but it will creep up on you. Not quite a sipper, but not super drinkable either. Delicious in moderation is the name of the game.

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

End of brewday beer.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle that tells me to enjoy by Feb 18 2015, just made it in under that deadline. Beer is black and moderately carbonated. Forms a thin head of small brown bubbles and larger ones that cling to the interface of the beer and the glass. The head breaks quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

The aroma is mildly sweet and roasty. No alcohol in the nose, which is good. Smells pretty good, not very complex.

Beer is medium bodied and has some nice carbonation on the palate. Its sweet and smooth with high roast in the back that shows up as almost an aftertaste. Overall the beer is smooth and highly drinkable. Its kind of sweet, very roasty, very good. I'd drink this again.

Photo of drpimento
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great beer. Serious beer. Brewmaster has taken to heart the whole idea behind Imperial Stout. It is this beer. Poured with a nice sized tan head and good lace. Color is an opaque dark brown to almost black. Aroma is interesting; malty, roasty, good hop, yeast, old cheese, dark ripe fruit,& burnt sugar. Flavor's much the same except I really pick up the alcohol, mmm maybe more in the warmth than the flavor. Body is there, but not too heavy and certainly not light. Finish is all that flavor and booze and not too long. Couldn't really see it as a session although it sure is good.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass. Pitch black with a one-finger, toffee colored head. Thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma was coffee, burnt and roasted grains, wood, malt, dark chocolate and dirt.

Taste was chocolate, roasted grains, bitter coffee and a decent amount of bitter hops.

Long, bitter finish. Opens up as it warms. Fantastic sipping beer. Complex and delicious. Cellars very well.

Photo of walleye
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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 BHopp12
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Very dark almost completely black with a hint of brown, very strong tannish brown head to it that leaves some lace behind.

S: Malty, chocolate, coffee notes on the nose with a little bit of alcohol

T: Dark chocolate with a little bit of a coffee taste, boozy with a few hints of dark fruits and malts

M: Mild carbonation, very thick, chewy beer, with a little hint of bitter hops

O: Outstanding Stout

Photo of PSUDREW
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honestly, I so much prefer this beer aged a year or so. becuase the hop presence is the dominat taste in the beer when served "fresh".

The pour is no doubt black, with a nice layer of creamy head, and some lace following later on.

Very thick very creamy. if in an aged botle, the malty, roasted chocolate is present more then anytihng else, and it makes a nice sipping beer, very very drinakble

when fresh out of the bottle, it is a different story. Very strogn taste, has not had time to level out. Hop presence over anything else really. Still good, but takes time to finish consuming.

well played indeed

****after further review of the play*** After agin it some, and going back to the brewery for it a couple of times, this brew has really grown on me after time. The taste no longer is that smack you in the face nature that the hops have, but more blended, and subtle. The hops presence has dimished in the profile, but the roasted presence increases, and, the chocolate blends nicely as well. Still, a great beer. It make take some time for this beer to grow on you, but man, it is nice

Photo of jjanega08
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a deep black with some light coming through only on the very edges of the beer though and it's not much light. The head that comes out is large about three fingers and thick. A thick creamy brown head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Really pretty nice looking
S= The smell is quite hoppy for a stout. The first thing that hits the nose is in fact come piney sort of grapefruity hops. After you dig just a though deeper the typical imperial stout smell comes through more. A little coffee and a little dark chocolate. Even when i focus more on the darker deeper notes the hops still tickle my nose and make me forget its a stout.
T= Hoppy like the smell up front but that doesn't last as long as it does in the nose. Its a little piney up front. A nice creamy smoothness washes it away though. The middle is more of a caramel malt taste resembling a brown ale. The finish however is imperial stout all the way. Tons of coffee taste lingers throughout. A little dark chocolate comes in but its mostly a coffee finish.
M= a little bit more prickly than I like but not bad at all. Upon further investigation I notice a smoother thicker taste as the beer passes through my teeth. quite heavy.
D= Pretty delicious. The only problem is after just a few sips I can feel the warmth in my belly and I don't know how many more I will be able to take. Very good beer though. Multiple levels of complexity to it and after the smell I didn't think I would like it but I was proven wrong.

Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle acquired from Redwood21. Thanks, buddy. Poured into a tulip.

A: Poured a black, thick pour. Built a small brown head that appeared after the pour was completed. I would have appreciated more head, but it did produce some good sticky lacing with what I got. Still a good example of what a RIS should look like.

S: Smelled of heavily roasted malt, nuts, dark chocolate, and there was absolutely hops there. Much more hops than I expected but it brought a good nose together. Smells great.

T: Taste was great. Dark chocolate with notes of caramel, roasted malt, almonds, coffee and cream. Once again the hops hit you. If this beer is too cold, the hops bring forth an insane bitterness to this brew. Let it warm and it smoothes out. Once it is proper temperature, the hops are there but not overwhelming.

M: Rich and creamy big bodied brew. Really coats the mouth and lets you know what is in there. Real pleasant after tastes linger and allow to explore this one.

D: Very accessible for an RIS. Could have easily had more than one which is a difference compared to Ten FIDY, Rasputin or Sammy Smith's. Very nice balance and creaminess to this beer in mouthfeel, taste and nose. So happy I got to try this one.

Photo of McStagger
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black. Finger of tan head. Large and small bubbles. Head is fairly rocky.

S: Big, roasty, dark chocolate, baker's cocoa, coffee. Surprising amount of coffee in this one. Very pleasing underlying dark fruit. Plum, fig, berry.

T: Very nice. Big roastiness here. Lots of dark coffee, dark chocolate, roasted grain. Hint of burnt nutiness. Midly astringent towards the end, with a definite herbal/woodsy hoppiness coming through. The hop bitterness was a bit surprising, and really plays through toward the finish. Finishes back on the stout notes, with hits of chicory and even a touch of smoke. Very dry in the finish.

M: Big, but not overwhelming. Carbonation is minimal, but the malt does not overwhelm this one.

O: What a beast. I can see why this was a real game changer when it came out. Can definitely see how some call it a black IPA. Damn fine beer, regardless. Will actively seek this one out again.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank this from a nonic.

A - Nice pitch-black appearance, with good head, and decent lacing on the glass.

S - Nice roasted smell, some bitternenss but not overly.

T - Very easy to drink. Almost had to do a double-take on the abv while drinking, although afterward, it starts to catch up with you. Fair amount of bitterness, but it's balanced nicely with the sweet chocolately flavors. Very satisfying.

M - Good, rich, medium/medium-full body. Slight hint of chewiness.

O - As expected (from Victory), this is a fine beer. I'll drink this again.

Photo of APH
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%

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