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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,047 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,047
Reviews: 2,507
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 150
Gots: 472 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with thick mocha colored head. Good retention and moderate lacing. Smell is wonderfully complex. I could notice some sweet dark chocolate, black licorice, dark roasted coffee, toasted grain and some alochol. Taste is nice and complex as well. A rich dark chocolate smoothness with some burnt grain and coffee flavors. A bit of bitterness at the end of it as well which I thought help to distinguish this from some other hops. Mouthfeel was thick but pretty smooth going down. Overall a very good beer. To me I'm a little suprised its ranked so high but it definitely is a good beer deserving of its praise.

bunnyhustle, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really dark brown, almost black in colour, almost brown, one finger thick head;

S: Chocolate aromas, strong roasted malts, hints of a fruity sweetness, slightly smokey;

T: Quite similar to the smell, roastyness all the way, some chocolate and smokey/burnt aromas, you can definetely notice the alcohol. Leaves a strong bitterness in the aftertaste, very balanced flavour profile, although the finish is quite strong;

M: Medium bodied, rather low carbonation, thick mouthfeel;

O: Very strong in all of its aromas, strong roasty-aromas, but also a distinctive bitterness and alcohol which kills a lot of the flavours immediately after the finish.

PancakeMcWaffles, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of hustlesworth
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

hustlesworth, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown/black with a foamy khaki head that stays strong the entire time.

S - Sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and dark fruits.

T - Very sweet and powerful stout, dark chocolate, coffee syrup, with a hint of dark fruits and dark rum.

M - Very silky.

HeyItsChili, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Man, it's been a while since I last sampled the King's wares. I trust they're just as good as before. The pour results in a solid obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, maple syrup, cocoa, light smoke, and a touch of cedar. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a more pronounced hop character: pine and balsa provide a hoppy foil to the darkness surrounding them. The body is a stolid, heavy-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that deviates from the completely roasty and chocolatey path, but not entirely, opting instead for a best-of-both-worlds kinda thing.

TMoney2591, May 06, 2011
Photo of Tolann
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark in color and pours a thick mocha head. Nearly opaque in the glass.

S - Roasted espresso and hoppy hit. A nice aroma combination. Really great nose on this beer.

T - Smooth hoppyness with a touch of espresso. a really nice feel to it as well. The hops are very nicely balanced with just the right malt. A little taste of alcohol.

M - Light/medium body for being a stout, tho not too lively on the tongue, which is to be expected from a stout. Hops somewhat stays with you after the sip which is nice and not harsh or offensive.

D - Very drinkable! This is perfect considering I just came in from shoveling snow. Very appropriate! Wish I had more in the fridge, but I only bought the solo bottle. I may have to pick up more!

Tolann, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of NATOuk
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep black colour with a browny-white head which leaves a ring around the glass with some nice lacing.

Beautiful malt aromas of chocolate and burnt caramel. Agitating the liquid brings forth tangy citrus hop aromas.

Wow, there's a big taste here. Initial sweetness for a second or two before a taste of citrus hops comes through and crescendos through to the finish along with some alcohol notes. Big big favour, very pleasant to me especially as I am a big fan of heavily hopped beers.

Very silky smooth mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation, medium-heavy body.

A fantastic beer, all the great qualities of a good stout with a strong hop profile as well as a high alcohol content. Extremely pleasant to drink, best to sit and savour this one.

NATOuk, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Bunnyhop
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, opaque, dark, reddish-brown Imperial Stout with a large, dark tan, clingy head. The smell is roasted, hoppy, and dark chocolate. The taste is roasted, along with chocolate and hops, with a strong bitter finish. The body is oily in my mouth. Overall, a bit more bitter than I anticipated but very tasty. The higher alcohol isn't particularly noticeable at first, but sneaks on in.

(source: Consumers Beverage; Williamsville, NY)

Bunnyhop, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of mattgreger
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a rich, dark black color. It poured with a nice tan head that was pretty lively on the pour, that fades to a nice mocha colored cap that holds, and retains well on the top of the glass. A nice following of lacing remains at you sip throughout the glass.

The hops aroma is stong on this one. Its a nice almost roasted/burnt coffee aroma that hits the nose first, but is followed up with a nice roasted malt, that gives way to a wonderful hoppy/chocolate hops aroma that lingers in the nose.

The flavor is great, at the front of this brew the hops grab you and give you that nice bitter flavor, something you might not always expect with a brew of this nature. A sweet, chocolate and roasted malt flavors come next, followed by just a taste of a nice roasted/burnt coffee flavor that really round of this stout

The mouthful is actually full-bodied, but not overwelming. Its a nice creamy mouthful, which isn't always expect from the style. The bitterness is strong on this one, but the other flavors that effect the tongue throughout the brew, allow it to still be very enjoyable throughout.

The drink on this one, really depends on the drinker. Stout drinkers, maybe be able to take a few of these and still enjoy the brew without to many issues. The bittterness is a little harsh, and some drinkers might have some problems doing more then on. However, the flavor is great.

As I have read through the reviews, and now finally tried this for myself, I see why this is regarded as one of the higher quaility brews in the US. The balance is great, and is a wonderful stout, but still has its own unique character that actually leaves you wanting to have another brew. I will definitly seek this one out again, and store some to see what kind of flavors come from some well aged brew

mattgreger, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of acrawf6
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a beautiful pitch black with a nice thick dark tan head.

Smell. The aroma gave me more flavors than many others beers' tastes. Molassis, sweet maltiness, yet a nice presence of hops. Other nots of coffee, toffee, and a little vanilla.

Taste. Very nice balance of the malty sweetness and bitter hops. malts dominate, but hops really hold up with the heavy maltiness. Taste is heavy on molassis. Is sweet, but not oversweet. Aftertaste i get some roasted malts and come coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Full body. Great balance. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall and excellent beer, but it's not my favorite ris. Very tasty and complex, but, to me, it doesnt have that "wow" factor i was looking for. But still a great beer, and i dont blame anyone for worshiping this beer. It is truly a great one.

acrawf6, May 25, 2006
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best by 12/14/2016. Pours almost pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, biscuit, caramel, and a bit of molasses. Nice, balanced, and very hoppy imperial stout aromas. Taste of big dark chocolate, coffee, pine, grapefruit, roasted malt, caramel, herbal, and biscuit. Fairly strong pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, pine, and grapefruit on the finish for a while. Nice balance of flavors with hops. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Quite smooth to drink, but is a sipper. Overall an excellent and very enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout. Very hoppy, but still has nice malt balance as well.

superspak, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not much head at all, what was there dissipated somewhat quickly, and there was a deep black look to the beer itself. Sort of lackluster in the appearance department, but hey, nothing's perfect.

S: A toasted malt and coffee scent with sweet-smelling chocolate aromas blending in, with perhaps a licorice or dark fruit style undertone.

T: An invigorating rush of sharp hoppy flavor across the palate, possibly aided by the well-masked alcohol. Low chocolate tones come underneath, smoothing out the taste along the tongue, and slowly fading into a lingering finish of the best roasted malt flavors in there.

M: Thick and mealy, appropriate carbonation for an almost syrupy stout that has great composition.

D: Despite the alcohol content, this one can be enjoyed consecutively (maybe just one more) due to its ability to entreat the tastebuds and not terribly overpower them. But still, with an abv like this, tastes can be deceiving, so moderation is the key.

CharlieMopps, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of karlbronson
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice black color. decent head after the pour, that quickly settled. Nice lacing ring to the very bottom

S: Hops, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight cocoa, slight coffee. This is a hoppier smelling imp stout than others. I really like it.

T: As the hops in the aroma would lead you to expect, it has a nice hops bitterness to it upfront. The malt kicks in to smooth things out, then there is a nice cocoa bitterness on the finish. Definitely complex and a bit different given the category. Less malty than others like this for sure.

M: Perfectly complex. I like the bitterness, and I also like that it lacks spiciness found in some other bigger stouts. Perfectly complex and perfectly balanced.

D: Very Good. Anything that is perfectly balanced and perfectly complex as mentioned above has a great drinkability

A great RIS and a nice alternative to roasted malt dominated RIS beers. Wish I could this in CO

karlbronson, May 11, 2010
Photo of deathdealer666
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured in a goblet

Black. I mean black. And the head... I now know how jebus walked on water, it had a head like this. Tan and thick. It smells like a bag of charcoal and fruit loops . If I had two more hands I would give it four thumbs up. Burnt and crisp with a TON!!! of hops. A little bit of residual cocoa after a voyage of fruit flavors. Great flavor to this american rendition of a russian imperial stout. It's got a lot of gas. It still somehow manages to be kinda smooth for a while, then dries up cleanly. I dare you to drink a 6 pk of this. If you do, put it on youtube so I can get a laugh.

deathdealer666, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black with a one finger caramel colored head that holds its ground the whole way down.

S: Aromas of chocolate with a slight sweet background in there.

T: Chocolate taste with a nice body, that has a slight bitter taste then leaves a refreshing taste in your mouth. This is a very rich and creamy beer.

M & D: Mouthfeel is very smooth with a well balanced body--heavy, but nice. not overpowering and too fulfilling. Drinkability is very high on this one, especially if you enjoy heavier stouts.

bjohnson, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours pure opaque black with just the slightest purple edges, 1 finger brown head that dissipates in to a thin film that remans throughout. Lacing throughout. The scent is of coffee/espresso and roasted malts aroma. The taste has roasted malts, dark chocolate and gives a very chocolaty and expresso like impression. Good bitterness at the tail end, and some slight acidity. The alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming. Heavy in nature, not sure an entire evening could be spent with these, but it is definitely worth picking up.

Jayli, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of gkunkle
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a deschutes tulipey/snifterey sorta glass. This beer is very dark. When held up to light I, like Sgt. Schultz, see nothing. At the very edge of my glass I can see rising carbonation. The rad is tan, almost brown and stands a half inch tall. The aroma is sweet and with bits of toast smell as I open the bottle. My nose was truly fooled into believing it was breakfast and my toast was ready. I get more of a chocolate smell after the beer is in the glass though. In the taste I first get a quick punch of bitterness right in the front of the tongue, followed by a smooth bittersweet chocolate. I also get soem roasted malts. The initial pop on the tongue confuses me, not sure if I like that or not. As the beer leaves the tongue I am left with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick, but has enough carbonation to prevent it from being too heavy.

gkunkle, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Mayhem976
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Extremely black, zero light passes through. Has a pretty good size tan head and leaves a tiny bit of fingers on my glass, overall a bit on the thin side.

S- Coffee/caramel malt smell, it does however hit you with a moderate amount of hops.

T- The smell definitely translates to the flavor, I taste a coffee flavor with a tiny bit of caramel tossed in there. Hops are very present in this drink especially towards the end, just when you think the hops are going to overwhelm you it subsides quickly and finishes semi smooth.

M- Creamy but not a thick stout by all means.

D- Overall great flavor especially if you like a stout with a good amount of hops, 9.10% alcohol makes it just that much better. Will purchase again!

Mayhem976, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of jamesdergen
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jamesdergen, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Durge, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of stephens101
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

stephens101, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of beachian
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

beachian, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Bfarr
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Bfarr, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

lovindahops, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of coldriver
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

coldriver, May 13, 2012
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,047 ratings.