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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,799 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,799
Reviews: 2,492
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 139
Gots: 399 | 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 EvilTwin

North Carolina

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

Good after dinner beer.
Pours as black as an lawyers heart with a half inch carmel head.
Interesting nose with a prominant alcohol smell, somewhat expected from thr 9.1 ABV.
Good taste with the main flavors I noticed being coffee and roasted malt. Noticible alcohol taste and hop bite, but a very enjoyable drink.
Medium thickness on the mouthfeel. Not a chewy stout, but it stays with you.
A drinkable stout that will set you back after a few. While strong tasting it WILL sneak up on you.


Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 01:22:32 | More by EvilTwin
Photo of ejquin


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

Appearance: Dark with thick mocha colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. I didn't get much lacing. Fair amount of sediment.

Smell: Not much going on here. Malt and coffee with a slight hop undertone.

Taste - Malt and roasted coffee. Molasses. Pronounced hop bight and follow through on aftertaste. A light alcohol sting. Very dry and bitter aftertaste. Surprisingly hoppy for a double stout. Hides alcohol well.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation for a double stout, and a bit thinner than usual.

Drinkibility: About as good as you can get for a 9% double stout.

Overall a very solid, if not different, double stout. I like my stouts and little thicker a smoother, but all in all it's a very good offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 00:45:22 | More by ejquin
Photo of lacqueredmouse


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

Pruchased at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, and brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a deep and dark, almost opaque black, with just a slight curling of brown at the edges to prove that it's not actually crude oil. Head is foamy and incredibly chunky and solid, leaving 3D images of cave structures on the inside of my glass. Looks very good indeed.

Nose is dark and roasty, but with a very pleasant and extremely unexpected hop fruitiness coming through. In fact, instead of the aroma reinforcing the darkness I expected, it leavens it, giving a wonderful mix of dark grains, and dark fruits. Plum, black peach and heavy raspberry. It's quite delicious.

The taste moves this away from the lightness and fruitiness of an IBA or ABA, giving a true astringent black roasted character to the mix. Here, the dark characters take centre stage, giving a slightly smoky, roasted and charred bitterness. Still, the feel is surprisingly light, and there is a character that leavens it from being thick and heavy. Feel is surprisingly light. Indeed, I think a heavier body would help the beer.

It's a very good beer, and one which interestingly exemplifies the American approach to the big styles. This one gives some unusual characters where they're not expected, and ends up with a fascinating and complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 08:07:40 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

Wow, what a great imperial. Absolutely no light penetrated the glass. Nice lacing along the sides all the way through the drink. Slight undertones of mocha and malt. Very nice milky mouthfeel, with a little tingle on the tip of the tongue. Mild, smooth finish, with not as much of an alcohol aftertaste that I have experienced with other imperials. This is one of the best imperials I have tasted. Would love the opportunity to experience on tap. Highest recommendations.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 00:10:41 | More by Jwale73
Photo of nandemo1


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

Had this out of the cask at Capital Ale House in Richmond.

Poured very dark, almost black, with a small tan head. Left some decent lacing in the glass.

Smell and taste were of coffee with some hopiness. Was fairly sweet. Did not taste the alcohol much.

Mouthfeel was smooth but full bodied. Lingered on the palette awhile for a while and left the lips a bit sticky.

In my limited experience with RIS' this was a great one. Will definitely compare the bottled version to this.

Serving type: cask

07-18-2011 03:11:55 | More by nandemo1
Photo of BeerRun13


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

Pours pitch black with a thick creamy tan head. Superb lacing!!!
Light roasted malt in the nose with a touch of chocolate.
Has that good coffee/toffee flavor with some fruitiness as well.
Full bodied, this one goes down with a creamy sort of traction cleaning the way for more flavor from the next drink. Moderate to good carbonation.
Great drinkability... Wish I had some more.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 22:33:46 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of gmfessen


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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Storm King is opaque black with just a hint of dark brown-crimson around the base of the glass and a huge coffee colored head. The nose is a complex mix of malty base flavors in the form of burnt coffee, chocolate, anise and toffee as well as citrusy, resinous. The taste is equally complex and maybe more so. Lots of upfront malty sweetness of the flavors previously described, transitions to a slight acridness coming from the burnt chocolate/coffee taste and a strong alcohol finish. The hops are present in a citrusy way but seem to be more for balance than anything. The mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy, the carbonation is thick and pillowy. The finish is acrid and dry. Overall, a well done IRS, not the best one ever but solid and another good offering from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 22:01:57 | More by gmfessen
Photo of ckeegan04


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

A - Black as night with thick frothy brown head. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

S - Mild aroma of chocolate. Not as strong as expected. Also hints of spice, maybe cloves?

T - Taste of roasted chocolate with a light spicey hop kick. Also some anise in the taste. Somewhat funky aftertaste. Alcohol present, but masked fairly well.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy. Easy drinking by RIS standards but have to watch out for the 9.10% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 22:02:03 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of sbw138


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

Handpumped from cask into pint glass at Victory Brewing Company bar.

Appearance -Black with a thick, dark tan head that held on strongl and left copious, clumping foam behind.

Smell - Chocolate, dark roasted malt, spicy/earthy hops. Seems to carry a bit more punch than the draft version but not much.

Taste - Deep roasted malt, rich bitter chocolate, a bit of espresso roast, licorice and earthy hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied--seemingly lighter in feel than the draft version but not in a negative way. Super rich and smooth. This is a great feeling brew.

Drinkability - I forget how much I love this beer on cask....and then I have one and I am like, "Why the hell has it been so long since I have had one of these?" This is the kind of beer that can get a person in trouble....goes down WAY to easy!

Serving type: cask

01-08-2010 21:45:07 | More by sbw138
Photo of PorterLambic


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

Pours black with a dark tan, almost cocoa, head. Thick film stays around for a long time.
Smell is toasted malts, brown sugar, vanilla and molasses.
Taste is similar with toasted - almost burnt - malt with vanilla playing a minor role.
A full-bodied brew with a very light effervescence and a dry finish. High quality and very drinkable. Beats Guinness with a stick and makes it cry. Drink one.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 21:39:30 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of pheggeseth


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

Note: This is my first beer review...ever.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass (no snifter, sorry).

A: pours completely opaque. 1/4 inch head dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: strong roasted malt with some strong chocolate notes. Espresso and alcohol in the background.

T: alcohol up front followed closely by strong toasted malt, again with chocolate and espresso undertones, toasted aftertaste with some slight hop/alcohol bitterness.

M: very smooth despite the abv and strong toasted flavors. A little on the thin side, but just barely. Not much else to say, really.

D: very drinkable minus the slight alcohol/bitter aftertaste. Could definitely have multiple in one sitting.

Notes: This was my first imperial stout ever, so I can't comment much on its consistency with the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 05:49:28 | More by pheggeseth
Photo of Myk


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

this beer poured an amazing pich black with a small thin dark brown, tiny bubbl, head. it also depleted pretty fast. the aroma is of burnt wood, hickory, barbeque style, sweet malt and chocolate. the taste was much like the aroma. hickory, smoky malt, chocolate and carmel. medium-thick mouthfeel and body with a long lasting smoky malt aftertaste. the drinkablility was good.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 00:35:34 | More by Myk
Photo of joeack

New York

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

Poured jet black with no head

Appearance: Deep black with ruby overtones

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, alcohol coming thru

Taste: Slight alcohol burn

Mouthfeel: Thick like a milkshake

Drinkability: Nice sipping beer

Reviewed this one in the summer so I will need to revisit in the dead of winter

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 00:06:03 | More by joeack
Photo of pd360


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

This beer pours dark, almost completely black with a thin caramel head that lasted for the whole tasting. I was surprised by the lack of aroma, it had just the faintest scent of hops. Upon tasting, the first surprise is the pine hops flavor followed by a more familier coffee and bitter chocolate stout flavor. Overall a very nice beer that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 00:29:50 | More by pd360
Photo of tewaris


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

12 oz. bottle with a best by date of Jan 2015 poured into a Duvel tulip on 11/11/2010.

Appearance 4.5/5
Clear and the darkest of brown; looks jet black in the glass sporting a dark mocha colored head. Decent retention and lacing.

Aroma 4/5
Dark molasses, dark fruit, roast, chocolate.

Taste 4/5
There's some sweetness in this beer, yes, but it is mightily crushed by the huge roast and hoppiness that is the USP of this beer. Tastes like heartily roasted coffee beans covered in the darkest of chocolates; so dark a roast that there's no acidity perceived! Finish is medium with subtle alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Silky with low carbonation which might be because of the warm serving temperature too. Could use some more body, seeing as the bottle I had is quite fresh.

Drinkability 4/5
Good. The overall impression is of a one-dimensional beer that is well done, but nothing exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 22:47:01 | More by tewaris
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

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

12 oz chilled bottle poured into my brooklyn snifter..

a-jet black...3 finger head that lingered for quite some time..lovely lacing

s-crisp bitter hops on the nose...coffee and roast on the back end...

t-bitter piney hops up front...followed by molasses and coffee...and lovely malt finished by my some more slight bitterness

m-the only dept on this brew im not totally happy with...a little thin for me in this style...but does coat the mouth well and is slightly oily...carbonation is nice on this one..just wish it was a tad bit thicker

d-could and would drink all night if not for the abv...

this is a classic and an old friend i cant believe i hadnt reviewed yet...always enjoy sitting down with this brew..

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 00:36:23 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

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

It is a near black experience, bordering on some seriously dark brown colorization here. A friendly cappucinno head forms quickly, and then dissapears after a minute or so, minimal lacing. Big malty nose, huge roasted malt. Also some cherry, tiny bit of bitter chocolate, and happy funness. Seriously, it smells like a fun time. Has a mellow flavor that develops and builds to a crscendo, then slowly melts away on the palate. Had great bitterness and sweetness, balance like crazy yo. On a side note, how does Jake Bussey keep getting acting jobs? Sorry, back to business. Finishes heavy, a litle onthe bitter side, with soe slight anise and blood (kind of an iron meaty flavor I call blood). A good time stout, BA's rejoice, it's party time!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 04:49:14 | More by dherling
Photo of kjfinnerty


4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Midnight black, aggressive pour produces a small tan head.

S - Roasty malts, can't find much else.

T - Malt, malt, malt, chocolate, feel a little hop bitterness, but not any flavor, detect the slightest warmth of alcohol. There's some smooth smokiness to this beer.

M - For an imperial stout the body is a little on the light side. Low carbonation. Coats the mouth and throat.

O - Excellent beer. I've had several times, but never seemed to review. I understand this was once ranked very high in the top 250 and I certainly understand why.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 00:00:41 | More by kjfinnerty
Photo of ONUMello


4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a two-finer tan head
S: Cocoa, espresso, molasses, a touch of booze and dark wheat bread
T: Melted dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, a bit of hop bitterness
M: Full-bodied, smooth yet a bit of a bite from the alcohol & hops
O: Very solid stout, I enjoyed drinking this

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 05:29:45 | More by ONUMello
Photo of masikon


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

POured of course jet black, i got a large, tan, rocky head with lots of lacing from a probably over-aggressive pour. nose was mild here with some mild chocolate hints and slight hop character but overall quite subdued in scent. Taste was quite unexpected, malty and full in the style but a lot more hoppy character than i bargained for. This is like three beers in one, starts off like any good stout...malty slight chocolate and coffee. Next a round of hop piney, and tart takes over the palate. Yet the finish is very long and full of delicious Coffee tones which linger forever on the toungue. Really a unique and impressive beer, one I was happy to find her in WA state.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 02:58:48 | More by masikon
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thick light brown head covers an almost black colored stout.

Dark bakers chocolate roasted malts aroma.

Dark roasted chocolate malts almost like a mocha taste.

Smooth slightly dry aftertaste on a full rich bodied beer.

On a cold day this will warm you up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 23:49:07 | More by LXIXME
Photo of mdaschaf


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours very black with a large tan colored head. Very nice staying power, slow dissipation to a ring of foam on the top. Beautiful sheets of lacing down the sides. Looks amazing.

S:Get a slight hop kick up front which gives way to some roasted grain. I also get a little chocolate and a slight hint of the alcohol.

T: Lots of roasted flavor up front. This transitions to some chocolate and molasses and finishes with a heavy hand of coffee flavor. There is a little bit of dark fruit in the middle somewhere as well. Has a bitter finish.

M/D: Very thick, but smooth. Overall very enjoyable. THe abv is not noticeable at all, and I like the hoppiness it has for an RIS. I like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 03:08:18 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Bobby12many


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a fantastic looking stout. Massive rocky cocoa-brown head that just dances up to the rim of my glass with a distinct liveliness. Moderate lacing with just a touch of surface head that retains itself easily between sips. The hops really linger a bit and give this a unique bitter finish that doesn't seem to adversely affect the creamy mouthfeel, which is a bit thinner than the dark and viscous appearance had led on. The hops really come through in the finish and seem as though they could become harsh after anything more than pint or two. Even with the load of bitterness this is still very enjoyable. The burnt bitter finish is a bit overpowering and lingers for quite a while after each drink and really takes the overall experience of this one down. Hopefully time will smooth that out a bit.

Its easy to see why this is such a highly regarded beer in the US. It is a well balanced stout that has a unique character which leaves you yearning for another sip. I would not hesitate to buy it again, and look forward to seeing what a year or two of cellar time will do with the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 01:42:06 | More by Bobby12many
Photo of mdvatab


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Aroma: Lots of fruitiness in this one. Grape juice, mocha, a hint of alcohol, earthy mineral, more grape juice, then herbal hop at the end.

Appearance: Dark, dark opaque black/brown body. The thickest tan head I've seen on a stout in a while. Great retention and excellent lacing.

Flavor: A grape-like sweetness up front, some strong dark chocolate, earth, smoke, mineral, and a nice bitter finish that sticks around.

Mouthfeel: A medium-thick body, with medium-low, velvety carbonation. Hops are just slightly drying.

Overall: A good, solid RIS, but not for those who prefer a sweeter rendition of the style. Very interesting how the hops, malt, and esters work together to emit a grape-like aroma and flavor. The price (~$12) is also a strong selling point for this one. I recommend giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:10:05 | More by mdvatab
Photo of Double06


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Big and black with one-half inch of foamy dark tan almost brown head after an aggressive pour and left a moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of rich, roasty malts balanced with the juicy hops... As it warms I'm getting both coffee and dark chocolate in the nose but it is well balanced with the hops.

T: Constantly evolving as it warms... Rich dark chocolate, bitter coffee, a bit of something I couldn't put my finger on until reading other reviews and I think it was tobacco. The richness of the malt is balanced by lots of citrusy, bitter hops.

M: Not as thick as other RIS but the viscosity is matched with appropriate carbonation that fills the mouth without overcoating it.

D: Could probably have a couple of these before the ABV would kick me in the face, but pretty high.

Overall a well put-together stout by Victory and one of my favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 16:35:40 | More by Double06
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