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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,893 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,893
Reviews: 2,497
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 143
Gots: 431 | 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.

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Photo of jamesdergen


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: Pours a dark, opaque espresso black with a minimal fizzy tan head that disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Nice aromas of caramel and toffee.

Taste: The first thing to hit is a rich coffee/toffee flavor that quickly gives way into a massive wall of resiny hops. The rich, roasty malt background remains throughout. The hoppiness was a lot more intense than I was expecting, but it somehow fits in incredibly well. The only detractor here is that weird overcooked vegetable taste that comes into play towards the middle of the hop invasion.

Mouthfeel: Pretty highly carbonated and a heavy mouthfeel, but that's not too surprising from an Imperial Stout.

Drinkability: A bit too intense, heavy and carbonated to drink more than one. The alcohol is well-hidden, however. This one is a sipper, and a delicious one!

A big thanks to Christian down at Cellar's for recommending this one to me. It's a great brew with huge flavors and massive complexity the likes of which I have never tasted before. A great brew.

03-10-2006 04:40:02 | More by jamesdergen
Photo of Durge


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A solid black brew with a flimsy tan head and average lacing. It has a heavy charcoal and chocolate malt aroma, nice. The flavor repeats the satisfying chocolate malt theme in a full bodied, evenly carbonated stout. There are some definite grapefruit hops adding to this flavorful stuff and it's very smooth, sort of silky. I think it's reasonably drinkable for the style. It's a bit acidic (not badly), heavy and plain old good! I'd be happy to have a steady stock of this on hand.

12-17-2007 04:08:58 | More by Durge
Photo of stephens101


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Highly anticipated brew not native to my area. There's something about a beer you can't get to every day that makes it intriguing. Pours mahogany with a slight and quickly dissipating head after a light pour. Molasses, caramel, roasted malts and dark chocolate float up to the nose. Tastes of strong coffee, burnt wood, big malts and some bubblegum in the back, with the alcohol heat almost covered up by syrupy sweetness. The hop presence is nice and perfectly matched. Carbonation is decent. Mouth-feel is more on the crisp side as opposed to other brews of the genre. A bit drier than I'm used to, and not as full-bodied as expected, but that's not to say this isn't a drinkable and sharply presented RIS.

01-25-2008 19:19:19 | More by stephens101
Photo of beachian


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Hooray for my first review!

Ordered this in a bottle. I knew it was an Imperial so I was a bit prepared going into it but I had not had an Imperial before. The beer was poured into typical restaurant glass so there wasn't much going on there. It poured a deep black with slight lacing and to be honest I was expecting at least a little bit more. The smell was nothing too exciting. At 9% there was the tiniest hint of alcohol but to the extent that it added some flavor to the aroma. Other hints were chocolate, coffee, and a bit of malts. None of these were hugely evident though. The tasting was where this beer really started to shine. The feel was just thick enough that it allowed each flavor (chocolate, malts, alchohol, my friend said "toast") to slightly linger before being washed away. This beer got better as I kept drinking it. This might be related to the 9% alcohol content. Overall, this was a very drinkable beer. I thought strongly about ordering another but wanted to try more on the menu.

07-26-2008 14:24:11 | More by beachian
Photo of Bfarr


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours black with abig brown head with uneven lacing. Aromas of coffee and a little molasses maybe some chocolate. Very robust espresso with dark cocoa and a light hoppiness to complement the overall coffee flavors. Alcohol is well blended; almost unnoticeable. Kind of foamy mouthfeel and fairly thin for the style.

For all the coffee descriptions, this really didn't leave a feeling of drinking a coffee stout. It's very smooth and blended with a very rich malt profile. I didn't care for the foamy mouthfeel that much but I suppose it did try to reinforce the overall taste of the beer. I certainly wouldn't mind one more.

06-01-2010 20:00:42 | More by Bfarr
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

ending the evening with some VICTORY! Poured from a bottle into an ithaca tulip

A- dark and opaque with a lovely mocha head on the brew. It's bold,it's beautiful

S- slightly roasted malt with a pleasant dark fruit scent is the highlight of the brew. There are some earthy malt themes involved in the overall profile of the brew. The sweet theme is impressive

T- great taste for an RIS. Smoked malt, earthy flavor, and raisne flavor make for a great RIS. Not so much drawn to a stout as it is to a delicious crafted brew

M- the cream and flavor deliver

D- storm king is kick but for a RIS. It's both tasty and flavorful. Really not dark enough for a sometimes turn off on rich stouts. Victory knows how to make brews with flavor. These dudes are good

12-18-2010 03:53:53 | More by lovindahops
Photo of coldriver


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

12 oz bottle pours an opaque black with fluffy head and great lacing. Dark coffee and cocoa aroma with charcoal. Rich flavor of dark chocolate and espresso with a nice bite and a little alcohol. Oily thick mouthfeel with nice chalky dry finish. Overall this is a really nice RIS.

05-13-2012 18:57:28 | More by coldriver
Photo of cbl2

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%


Thick opaque black with 1/4 inch tan/brown head.


Roasted coffee/toffee with hints of licorice and bursts of cocoa.


Very viscouse. Liquid sticks to the tongue, imparting a burnt chocolate/coffee flavor that lingers into a bitter semisweet chocolate finish. I have to admit I was expecting more (this beer has been quite built up in my mind), but I'm not truly disappointed. This is still an incredible beer.

06-23-2004 23:56:29 | More by cbl2
Photo of curtisb8


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: black as tar bubbling out of the Santa Monica pits

Smell: rather neutral nose, hint of tobacco, and coffee

Taste: Chocolate, Carmel, light coffee, medium malt flavor. Not the most in your face stout available, making it a smoother option.

Overall: better than average stout, good for a few given the mild overall flavor. Not the most adventurous of the bunch but a good drink. Give ‘er a try.

01-29-2006 03:47:22 | More by curtisb8
Photo of bump8628


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Darkest brown, khaki foam. A backbone of breakfast blend coffee is elevated by notes of dark chocolate and wood char. Evenly balanced by a smooth herbal hoppiness and a medium dry finish. What makes it remarkable is its evenly balanced, smooth character that deftly walks a tightrope between boring tameness and obnoxious boldness. A good baseline for the style.

12-27-2011 15:53:57 | More by bump8628
Photo of rowew


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. This has been in the fridge a while, but the best by date is Mar 16, 2011. ABV of 9.1

Appearance: Perfectly dark, dark colored head fades to just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Lots of alcohol, some coffee and roasted aromas.

Taste: Less alcohol here - full bodied, low carbonation. Lots of dark fruit flavors, a bit of bitter espresso.

Overall impression: Very nice - lots of bitter dark fruit flavors make for a very interesting offering.

03-02-2008 20:52:34 | More by rowew
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Near opaque black brew with a light brown head on it. Molasses and milk chocolate in the aroma while the taste accents bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Somewhat thick but mostly creamy on the tongue. Alcohol is warming, but very well hidden for a brew of this strength.

A very well crafted stout, and another solid brew from Victory, though I like my stouts a tad sweeter.

02-13-2008 07:44:30 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of hopstradamus


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A. Pours a viscous, opaque, black accompanied by a tall milk chocolate head that fades quickly to reveal intricate, large lace.

S. Heavy roasted malt flavor, it smells sweet and there is a heavier hop profile than I expected. There is also the slightest hint of both vanilla and caramel.

T. Heavy, peaty, roasted malt flavor, almost burnt. The bitterness from the hops are an excellent balance to the malt that should completely overpower them.

M. Decent mouthfeel, it is chewy, but a little thin. Appropriate level of carbonation, but I wouldn't mind more.

D. The malt is a little too roasted for me, almost burnt, but I would still have another.

12-10-2010 16:40:23 | More by hopstradamus
Photo of Bendurgin


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured this into a pint glass. The beer pours black with tan highlights and about a finger of creamy looking well retained mocha colored head. The aroma is simply rockin' on this one! Big roasty malts right up front with dark fruits (dried plumbs come to mind) and a kind of grassy aroma probably from the hops and a bitter espresso undertone. Really nice flavors to follow the aroma. Big and roasty, kind of a semi sweet bakers chocolate flavor. Dried fruit, leather and espresso round out the flavors on this. All what I really want in an imperial stout. Solid mouthfeel, decent carbonation, smooth robust full body. Enjoyable all around. Honestly, I'm really enjoying this one, but I get a bit of alcohol burn going down and I've been nursing this for quite a while now and haven't gotten very far in it. Definitely a sipper.

11-27-2010 05:38:10 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of MOB210SA


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Enjoy by: Dec 18 2014

Bubble 1 finger quickly fizziling quickly away molasses/tan head. A menacing almost completly black darkness-only a small dark brown/reddish rim is visible when held to light. The head died fairly fast to a modest ring. Maybe not much head and lacing but I like the looks of this beast.

Lots of coffee and burnt maltiness. Not so much on the usual chocolate as coffee in this one. Smells rich and has a hard alcohol kick that comes through. Warming me as I drink.

Mostly a coffee/expresso domination, with lots of roasted maltiness and a lively hop taste and bite. This is a rich, flavorful and certainly enjoyable. Not the best RIS but its a keeper.

Relatively low carbonation, but has a nice low bubbliness to it. Full bodied and rich. super smooth and a little too drinkable. The alcohol isnt a take away as it doesnt come through as much as the nose.

01-26-2010 02:37:26 | More by MOB210SA
Photo of scruffwhor


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance- Did a hard pour to encourage a toffee brown head. Foam left a film on my glass as the beer receded into my gullet. Color was black, no light could penetrate this brew.

Smell- Starts off with lots of hops then digresses into a more malty/ coffee scent.

Taste- Starts with hops and black coffee, leads into a more malty flavor and ending with just the muddiest coffee flavor you could imagine. And I love my coffee as black and thick as roofing tar.

Mouthfeel- Pretty rich and chewy, but definetly fits this ber style very well.

01-09-2006 20:23:08 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Ricochet


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured dark, dark dark but there was a little light showing and a little carbonation to speak of on the sides of the glass but that quickly went away. Strong, roasted malt smell, licorace and alcohol. Mouth was as a stout should be, Chewy, yet thinner but I did find the alcohol was more present. This was an imperial feeling, therefore, outstanding.

Taste? Mostly black licorace. My first impression and it lingered with me, then the complex flavors come out and show what they can do. Still, the licorace is a bit overpowering.

Well, I could say this was a great imperial, but it seemed to miss a few notes to make it truly palatable to me especially compared to recent imperials. I may have it again, because price is good, but not likely. There's lots else to taste...

08-05-2005 02:53:01 | More by Ricochet
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured a really dark mahogany brown to pitch black from a 12 oz bottle. No visible penetration of light.
The ABV and best-by date are on the label.
Nice tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is a medley of smoke, roasted malts, dark cocoa with hints of roasted coffee.
Taste is a very interesting blend of bitterness, which is definitely hop based. Interesting notes of bitterness akin to some seriously dark coffee mixed with the hop bitterness. I have to admit, this is probably one of the most hoppiest RIS I have had so far.
This is an interesting concoction. The alcohol makes it warm presence felt halfway through the stout.
Nice lacing along the insides of the glass.
Overall, I would say this is a stout worth trying. Probably one of the most complex RIS. I am thinking I will age this and see how it evolves.
Definitely worth a try.

08-04-2011 04:35:47 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of Wonka


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

12 FL. OZ.
9.1% Alc./Vol.
Bottle conditioned ale.
No dates.
65 degrees

Appearance – black body; thick, light brown head; superb lace that could be hung in a gallery

Smell – orange zesty, hoppy zip; less roastiness than other ‘imperial stouts’; some coffee, solid molasses and dark fruits; the nose exposes only a hint of what’s to come

Taste – wham; roasted expresso bitterness with some dark chocolate, earthy tones and light molasses run to a grapefruit/orange rind-like bitter late that lasts for a strong and ever-present aftertaste

Mouthfeel – creamy; carbonation starts plush and lightens; nice dry finish, but not too dry

Drinkability – full-bodied but not too viscous

I have had Storm King so many times and this time was less spectacular than I remembered so I’ll modify through the six if anything changes. All in all, it’s a monster on the palate and very easy to enjoy.

02-23-2005 01:14:03 | More by Wonka
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Storm King poured black wth a very little dark tan head. It smelt very malty and aot of coffee flavors. It had a very harsh and strong flavor full of coffee flavos and a very strong malty flavor. Very powerfull and very strong. Overall very good beer must have an aquired tasted for a stout like this one.

08-13-2010 03:44:59 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

This review is long over due. Pours dark, obviously. Dirty beige head, but disappears before you can dive in deep. Smell is rather bland...some smoke, ...faint something. Taste is deep. The smokey ham comes to life. Oakey, smokey, cooked meats washed down with an expresso soda? Delicious...I never knew. Tad of chocolate inside a dry center. Turns winey in appearance but bold and respective as it warms. The alcohol is present, but welcomed. The staple stout,

02-08-2009 04:20:16 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of chalsk

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Very interesting IS. Out of the snifter it has a strong hop presence. Aroma of grapefruit and caramel with hints of coffee. Pours a dark black color with an off-white foam head. Slight citrus sweetness up front. Then the bitters hit with the carbonation. The carb level is quite high. Immediately after, the coffee pinch kicks in and then a velvety malty, chocolate finish. Very complex brew. Very tasty. The timing of the carbonation and the coffee spice don't hit at the exact right moments. Perhaps with age the carbonation will lessen and this would be a bit more smooth. There is a harshness that could use some mellowing. But overall this is a unique and tasty IS.

11-26-2010 01:43:48 | More by chalsk
Photo of Hops1

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: Dark brown in color with a slight lacy head.

Smell: Slight fruity smell with a hint of roasted malt. Took me a few times before I smelled anything.

Taste: not overpowering. Smoother than I thought. A bit pungent aftertaste but good.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'm picky about my Stouts although this one is definately one where I could kick back and have a few.

03-10-2005 00:07:14 | More by Hops1
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - As expected, this brew pours black as night into the glass with a thick, creamy mocha head. A touch lighter than what I usually see for the style. Decent head retention, with some sticky webs of lacing branching up the glass.

S - Surprisingly hoppy upfront, with earthy hops being quite assertive. An inviting base of charred malt and roasty coffee notes, complimented nicely by cocoa, anise, and an unapologetic boozy character. Not exactly a complex nose, but a very well rounded, yet still aggressive aroma.

T - Monster flavor here. Deep charred malt and coffee upfront, with a slight touch of sweetness and cocoa. Finishes with a pronounced alcoholic character, as well as some assertive hops, resinous and earthy. Notes of booze and anise linger in the aftertaste. There's an odd crispness to it that doesn't quite jive with what I look for in a good RIS. The roasty character is certainly present, but not as bold as I prefer. The hops really take over the finish here, and mixed with the alcoholic character, make for a slightly abrasive flavor profile overall. Not bad by any means, but not my ideal imperial stout.

M - Thick and creamy, like a good stout should be. A touch more carbonation that I prefer, however. Finishes slightly dry, with a peculiar crispness. Fairly sticky.

D - A great brew in what I would consider to be my favorite style. While the flavor profile isn't exactly what I look for in a imperial stout, it's still a big mean stout that I could certainly enjoy again.

10-21-2012 06:07:02 | More by Converge
Photo of tmoneyba


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured a black color with a medium light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Complex aroma of toffee, coffee, smoke and alcohol. Full body with creamy texture and flat carbonation. Full flavor that is very complex with a strong alcohol finish.

I love strong stouts.

04-18-2009 13:34:02 | More by tmoneyba
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