1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,778 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,778
Reviews: 2,489
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 137
Gots: 390 | FT: 14
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Storm King Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,778 | Reviews: 2,489 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of andjusticeforale


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An IPA masquerading as a stout; a stout as an IPA? This beer both amazed and disappointed me. The smell was quite herbal, a cross between raw cookie dough and wood stain, the first sips were undrinkably thru the roof hoppy.The mellowing came and the consistency turned into sweet grape soda. Then it taste like drinking coffee out of an oak cup.

I am not knocking this beer by rating it just around four- but the hops are just too damn much for what I consider a stout. Even a double american stout; not that i wouldn't enjoy throwing a few of these back now and then. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 01:56:23 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of shbobdb


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, Victory brews beers like I like to drink beers. This is one crazy good Impy Stout.
All of the hallmark elements are there, just . . . muted. Bold hops, coupled with a lot of roasted flavours with some malt and alcohol. But they are all half as strong as most Imperial Stouts that I've drank. Man, that makes this beer incredibly balanced and very drinkable. I don't normally associate Impy Stouts with words like, Drinkable, subtle, sessionable, and other words that make me think of a fine pilsner.

Wow. This beer blew me away.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 03:13:05 | More by shbobdb
Photo of marcobrau


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge aroma of hops and dark malts. Black in color. Lots of hops for this style of beer, but I like that. The espresso flavor of roasted malt still comes through the spicy, citrusy hops. The malt and hops blend quite well, better than you'd think. A very bitter finish seems to be made up of both hops and malt flavors. This is a very intense, hoppy stout. The hops can actually deceive and get you thinking that you're not drinking a heavy beer. Very well-attenuated, which combined with the high hopping rate, actually makes this beer a little bit two-dimensional -- but still a very tasty stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 03:15:01 | More by marcobrau
Photo of dfclav

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

A - pours black with a nice two finger cappuccino head that leaves very sticky oily lacing around the glass, nice.

S - roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, earthy hops, a bit of caramel on the back end. A good amount of licorice as it warms.

T - big on chocolate mostly, dark malts and caramel with some coffee and licorice. Not a bit of alcohol taste, very well disguised.

M - thin with a bit too much carbonation. While the carbonation makes the appearance, it hurts the mouthfeel. Not really overpowering twang for the hops tasted either.

D - it's a very easy to drink imperial stout, not as filling as many so you can probably drink a bit more but watch out, victory's beers always catch up to you! I'd recommend this for a stout lover.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 07:12:50 | More by dfclav
Photo of fattyre


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear opaque red/brown with a large clingy dark tan head. The mouthfeel is thick and oily. The smell is smoky chocolate and herbal hops. The taste is smoky roasty malt with resiny grapefruit hops. A heavy strong stout with smooth somewhat deceptive alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 07:38:38 | More by fattyre
Photo of Darkale


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick as oil, dark as a cave at midnight, with a deep, plummy aroma. The head struggles to the top and forms a deep, coffee-with-cream head -- one of the darkest I've ever seen on a stout. Lacing is moderate and spotty.

Important to let this guy warm up. Then you will taste the light, cheery, coffee notes, the spare hops tingle, the complicated interplay of half-defined tastes.

I prefer the Stone Imperial Stout myself, but this is a bruiser in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 17:45:46 | More by Darkale
Photo of deltatauhobbit


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EGledhill for the chance to try.

Pours a dark brown/black with a good size tan head and lacing to match.

Smell is surprisingly hoppy for a RIS. Can't seem to make out the roasted malt as easily as I can other stout since the hoppiness covers most of the other aromas.

Taste is very creamy and smooth, roasted malt upfront but is quickly replaced by a hop bitterness (with slight coffee hints) that lingers long after. After warming up, the roasted malt sweetness begins to have more of a presence though. Certainly one of the more accessible RIS's that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 00:53:44 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of BuckSpin


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: c.2004 11oz bottle (Bottled date of 12/23/04) cellared in my possession for 2 years, in a classic conical pint glass

Before the review, a little story:

In March of 2005 I joined BA. During that month I went to Philadelphia for software training. On my way back I stopped at Victory and bought six 6 packs of various Victory beers plus a few wiretops. The Storm King I am about to enjoy and post as my 199th review is the lone remaining survivor of those original 36 beers. It has been cellared for 2 years, plus survived trips from Philly to Western PA, then to midcoast Maine. Its time...

Poured thick but not viscous, slick, oily. Nose is still hopped very nicely, sticky pine resin, warming alcohol, soft grapefruit, warm raisins. After resting & opening, faint, dull malts are noticeable, slightly mineral, lukewarm leftover coffee and even leathery tannins, the citrus fruits ripen and sweeten as the hops fade some. Head, even after all this time and the inherent high ABV, did not disappoint as it was a beautiful 2 fingers of tight, various sized latte hued foam that lasted for minutes before settling to a 1/8" covering that laced nicely in rings, very sticky. After a while it reduces to just a glass ring and sporadic lacing.

Color is almost black. Imagine the darkest blood red rose you've ever seen, and now imagine trying to see it by moonlight and thats close to what the glass edges barely review. Interior is opaque & black in a good mood, uber dark burnt umber.

Oh, this is nice. The hops have taken on a lovely grapefruited-citrus, oily, sticky quality. The tangy bite (not obnoxious but definitely demanding attention) rides over a pleasing, warm raisin quality. I can tell after one taste this is going to require, ney, demand a slow sipping session....cool. Mild bitter coffee tones are also present on the tongue, but the oily, citrused hops are the star. As it warms on the palate the hops give way to a very pleasing black coffee & milk chocolate taste (not mocha, but both noticeable and unique) that is welcomingly creamy and almost dairy like.

With some more blooming the initial citrusy hops become sweeter, amazing qualities of warm semi-sweet apple (Macintosh), overripe apricot, but in very hushed tones. The palate continues to get creamier and sweeter with chocolate, earthy malts, even some nuts.

The finish is odd yet nice - a wet, slightly syrupy, hand in hand joining of the initial oily hops and the semi-sweet, creamy chocolate palate. The sensation is unusual yet pleasing (chocolate & citrus go surprisingly well together). Aside from the alcoholic echoes each swallow induces into my sinus cavities, its a pleasing, very warm, coating and chewy bittersweet sheen covering my entire mouth. A final comment is some noticeable sediment on the glass bottom.

Very unusual & very enjoyable. Its amazing after 2 years the hop profile remains such a dominant role, but its evolution into the oily, citrus style is very nice. Cellaring certainly didn't hurt this in the least, and I am very curious as to how it would handle longer cellaring periods. Based on this one I feel pretty confident it could go 3-5 no problem, and it would be interesting to see how long before the hops do tone down to really allow other flavors to shine. A fine Imperial Stout, and excellent candidate for long term cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 00:43:51 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of gameface23


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark with a tan head.

S: Smell was the earthy aspects of roasted malt, slight espresso and very dark chocolate.

T: Taste was very balanced and rounded. Earthy, roasted malts and a nice hop snap.

M: Mouthfeel was lighter-bodied, but it wasn't bad.

D: It's 9.10%, but I wouldn't mind polishing off a few of these bad boys.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 17:34:26 | More by gameface23
Photo of Gryphon69


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into the OSWG

A- Some say dark brown, I say more like Black with some hidden brown traces lol. A coco colored head that fell rather quick but had a thin layer till the end.

S- Nice - Roasted malts, chocolate, was gonna say sweet, but I think its a abundance of hops hitting me in the face. Interesting

T- Chocolate and strong hops right off the bat, some coffee and citirus near finish.

M- Not thick, but full. Not really bubbly but lots of tingly stuff going on.

O- More of a Black IPA, I wouldn't and don't consider this a RIS, waaay to much hoppiness from start to finish. Good thing im a big fan of black ipa's. I think it is a very good beer with lots of flavor, but like I said, its going on my Black IPA shelf.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 00:39:48 | More by Gryphon69
Photo of PicoPapa


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with an Enjoy by Date of April 1 2015. Pours a viscous black color with a tiny layer of head. Some lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, raisins, roasted malts, and hint of mocha. Taste is mostly dark chocolate along with some mocha flavor. Fair amount of roasted malt flavor. ABV is hidden nicely. Only a very minimal alcohol burn. Overall its a really good Russian Imperial Stout. Good amount of flavor and nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 03:41:51 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of JamesShoemaker


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my tulip.

A - very dark. This beer is really unassuming, so it's kind of a shock to see such a blackened brew from a cheap sixer.

S - nothing here really. I don't get a ton of character, maybe a little malt, but no alcohol or hops (the bottle really boasts the hops for some reason).

T - I definitely enjoy the taste. Very malty bite at the beginning, but it finishes with delightful coffee notes. Deep, drinkinable.

M - nothing special here. The 9% doesn't really hang out in the mouth, but the MF is a little empty in comparison with the taste.

O - I like it. It's inexpensive for an RIS, but still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 01:55:11 | More by JamesShoemaker
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with two fingers of brown head. spotty lace. beer drops to a thin cap

Smell: roasty and bitter. Chocolate and a hop heavy stout(mostly pine and citrus hops).

Taste: roasty malts, black licorice, and milk chocolates. Pine and citrusy hops hit pretty hard in the middle of the beer pretty much knocking out the malt profile with large amounts of hoppy bitterness. Finishing with a moderate hop bitterness that all about resinous pine cone and grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. This beer feels just a little thin for the abv, but its not too far from where it needs to be. Carbonation feel just right for this beer. The beer feels a little creamy and silky. Smooth beer with no booze noted. The hops dry the beer out just a little bit.

Overall: This is a nice beer by Victory. I think this beer would be really nice after about 2 years of cellar time to allow those aggressive hops to settle down. I think this beers' hop profile just wipes out the malts of the beer and this beer has a complex malt flavor profile that deserves more attention. I would say that this beer would taste best after the hops are faded with aging and it would allow the malts show themselves off more. I think this beer has a niche as a beer that has great "cellarability" and its an easy shelf beer to aquire. I will probably cellar a few bottles to see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 12:47:12 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of obrike


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer at San Antonio Specs yesterday for around 12 bucks.

Really like the look...black as black...lovely tan head and great lacing throughout. My glass looks like it was dipped in light brown soap suds.

Dark chocolate up front scent...roasted malt...and maybe some bitter earthy hops as well. Interesting for a RIS, but good.

Taste follows scent...the hops add an interesting flare to this one. Good, but I'm just not sure about the combination for a RIS.

Wow..it's certainly smooth. Super smooth...like velvet baby. Goes down easy, not much booze detection either...a dangerous combo.

I really like this one...still, not quite on par with Old Rasp or BBCS, but close.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 03:59:56 | More by obrike
Photo of bmwats


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown to black. Light carbonation. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles very slowly as the head more crumbles and craters leaving dry, sticky residue as it does. Head never fully dissipates. Substantial dry lacing remains as you drink this one down.

S: Toasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and butterscotch.

T: Malt is toasted and seared. Roasted espresso beans, unsweetened dark chocolate, and black licorice.

M: Malty and robust, with a dry, bitter finish.

D: This is a savoring sort of brew.

Atmosphere is great. Dark, intimidating body with a giant, persistent, foamy head; and lots o' lacing. Nose is a great balance and combination of malt, coffee, and dark chocolate all toasted to a crisp. Flavor is robust malty grains, with mocha, coffee, and licorice. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 05:38:55 | More by bmwats
Photo of BMoney575


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-9-07
Best before 8-29-11

Pours pitch black with just a little blood red on the sides. Foamy head fades to a constant with big-time lacing.

Smell is outstanding. Deep maltiness gives notes of vanilla and anise, and quite a bit of oak at the end.

Taste is big malt at first, lots of chocolate, followed by a surprising oak flavor. The finish is all bitter coffee, with just a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for such a big stout.

Drinkability is good, considering the big abv and flavors.

Overall, this beer was not quite the thriller I remembered. Still very good, it seems to lack the punch of other Russian Imperials.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 00:56:30 | More by BMoney575
Photo of Stoneman78


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very deep and dark black hue with a tan creamy head that leaves a wide swath of lacing around the glass
S- Nose is of dark roasted malts with a heavy coffee/espresso emphasis, some subtle sweet caramel and earthy tones, subtle alcohol and floral hops
T- Taste is dominated by very sweet and sugary malts and cocoa backed by a range of citrus and pine hops, coffee picks up midway through and caps up the finish along with some bittering hops
M- Full-bodied IRS with a very creamy and smooth texture, nicely carbonated
D- Very smooth and creamy IRS that is well-balanced and easy to drink even at 9%abv, but I think it still can't quite hang with the big, bold, and complex west coast IRS offerings, I may or may not pick this up again in the future

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 06:09:03 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of KarlHungus


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an opaque black color with a large, rocky, tan head that seemingly lasts forever. The aroma is of cream, and crackers with undercurrents of roasted malt and bitterness. It is rather weak, however, for suck a big brew. The taste lives up to expectations. It is big and bold, but not abrasive. It is malty and bitter, with a nice alcoholic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy, with perfect carbonation. I get the felling that Victory cellared this brew for quite some time before releasing it. Overall, this is a damn fine beer, one of the best imperial stouts I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 18:42:45 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of WonderWoman


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I held this one up to the light and I could get a hint of dark burgundy trying to shine through the blackness. It smells of chocolate, hops, and an earthy grain. I could taste fruity malts and a tinge of figs. There wasn’t a huge hop flavor at first, but once swallowed the hops make themselves known. It felt thick and creamy and coated my mouth. Over all, it’s a great beer for dessert or a meal supplement.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2006 02:35:36 | More by WonderWoman
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours about 40% rocky dark brown head. The rest is dark blackness. Rings of fluffy light brown lace. Head is a root beer float. Otherwise, it's the color of electrical tape. Does leave a small trail of lace.

Malt smell is not burnt but sweet like dark grapes. More like a darker brown ale smell. Not burnt, only toasted. Some sweet raisin notes, as well as roasted coffee; both balance each other. THe mild hop is simply overwhelmed.

Nice balance of the sweet dark grape. Heavy alcohol flavor. Bitter and roasted aftertaste. Gets heavier and darker as it warms. Never gets to charred territory and is well-balanced. Minor sweet hops; mild. The roasted coffee malt comes out at the end on the back of the tongue. It's really strong, but it evolves throughout the duration. It's really burnt as it warms; dark chocolate emerges.

Thick and oily. Smooth after the swallow. Smooth drinker, not hard to drink for something so strong. This mother is thick and heavy, but really pleasant. Balanced, but intense.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 20:13:39 | More by williamherbert
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is black with an incredibly thick tan head. Retention is fantastic. Looks great!

Smell includes vanilla, chocolate, sweet malt and some booze. A bit of dark fruit. Very nice smell.

Taste is full of sweet chocolate, though it becomes bitter as the taste lingers. Some cherry, and a bit of caramel. The bitterness at the finish is one of the things that makes this stout unique- much more pronounced than others that I am familiar with. Some pleasant alcohol at the end. Nice taste.

Body is the weak part of the beer for me. Full bodied, but has a strange carbonation to it that makes it feel very "hollow": seems to have a lot of space in it. Aside from the weight, feels a bit like soda. Unusual feel, and not my favourite. I could see how others would enjoy it, however.

Overall, very good beer. A pretty unique stout!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 01:55:09 | More by jrenihan
Photo of Rhettbuck


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've wanted this beer for awhile now, and I was a little bummed out when I actually got the chance to try it. Still a good stout, but I've had better and regularly have access to better stouts. Oh well!

Appearance: Pours really dark, like motor-oil, a slight caramel colored head is left on the top of the beer, but it doesn't last for very long and there is almost no lacing left behind

Smell: Maybe I just love smelling beers, but this beer smells great! You can tell its going to have strong caramel and chocolate tones when you're sniffing the bottle

Taste: Again, this was the let down for me, despite the amazing smell of the beer the actual taste is kind of boring? Don't get me wrong you get the caramel and chocolate but its lacking, like the flavor went flat

Mouthfeel: Like most stouts the amount of carbonation was low, not very viscous,

Drinkability: Good, though really for the money you'd drop on this beer you'd be better off just tracking down something better, but if this was your choice at a liquor store, then yeah pick-up a six pack of it, its head and tails above a Guinness

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 21:40:11 | More by Rhettbuck
Photo of heyitsbyron


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a single bottle ($1.35) into an English pint glass.

Dark brown, but not black. Average head, but it wasn't dark enough nor did it stick around. Shame.

This smelled hoppier than the Double Cream Stout I just finished. The smell is almost exclusively hops and dark purple fruits. Slight booziness.

Taste followed smell, perhaps a bit more malt. This was exceptionally hoppy as opposed to sweet and malty. I like that, but it needs a bit of balance. I like the fruitiness and the hoppiness, but I want to taste a bit more of the malty booze.

A bit over carbonated at first, but then gets nice and smooth as it warms. Not slick like other imperial stouts, but rather like a smooth IPA.

Just a bit too bitter and heavy to be had in any sort of quantity, but hey, it's not a bad beer. Booze is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 04:32:04 | More by heyitsbyron
Photo of depechemode1983


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour pitch black with an awesome dark brown head. The head is thick and lingers, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of toasted malts with a nice balance to hops that give it a little bitterness to the nose. Taste is sweet roasted malts. Theres lots of dark coffee flavors.ith Also a slight alcohol taste in the middle. It then ends with a nice roasted bitter hoppy flavor that lingers for a bit. Very well carbonated. Nice thick mouth feel. Super smooth super soft on the palate. Highly drinkable. Its one of those beers that you just want more and more of. Try hard and just sip this one. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 23:34:07 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of tfuchs

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I picked up at Total Wine in Annandale. Poured into a heavy 14oz mug. Had this on Dec 5, 07 - 74th Anniv. of repealment of probition AND DC's first snowfall of 07/08... perfect night for this one.

Pitch Black with a healthy (1") tan head.

Smells like Chocolate and, seriously, salted ham. My family grew up
on VA salted hams, and their smell is unmistakable - strong, meaty, with a fistful of salt and pepper. It took me a minute to figure out, but it was the smoked flavor coming through - just like a big 'ol smoked ham.

Umm, the taste was a let down at first, but as I let it warm
the flavor really filled out. After 5 or 10 min warming on the coffee table, the full depth came out to play - coffee, chocolate, cream, and caramel. Delicious, smooth, with just enough bite. I'm going to get more of this and age it.

The texture and viscosity were excellent. Thick enough to justify its
imperialness, but without being syrupy.

Especially drinkable for a 9.1% ABV. Dangerously drinkable when very cold. But, I much prefered it nearer to room temp.

All-in-all, an excellent stout. Not sure it's an excellent imperial, but very good. Either way, IMO, it's deserving of the high marks it's gotten on BA.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 22:02:40 | More by tfuchs
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,778 ratings.