Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,243 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,243
Reviews: 2,520
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 159
Gots: 539 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Photo of BretSikkink
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown approaching black, with a brown-tinted tan head, served maybe a finger thick but with ferocious stick and lacing. Nose is strong with blackstrap molasses, bitter chocolate, and some spicy, herbal hopping. Plenty of power, but maybe a little raw.

Tastes of heavily roasted barley, dark chocolate with just a hint of milk or cream, coffee, anise, and pine. The flavors may come from disparate directions and ingredients, but they play very well together. Especially with the creamy, smooth cask-delivered mouthfeel. Easy to drink despite the obvious boozy overtones. Dry finish helps this along.

Outstanding. Seek out this beer on cask.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had two large glasses of this stout from the tap last night at Tobias in Lancaster.
The color was very impressive - a solid black with a moderate head. The head disappeared pretty quickly but did leave a lacey film on the glass as I drank it down. The beer had a good flavor, mostly of what I would expect from a stout, and I felt that it was very easy to drink. (Didn't know it was 9.1% at the time, whoops...) However there was a strong metallic taste lingering over the flavor of the beer. I didn't notice any other reviews mentioning this so I have to assume that the metal I was tasting was a result of the keg or the tap system or something.
Overall I was happy with this beer and would like to drink it again, though I plan to get it in a bottle next time.

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Virtually no foam on the pour, very dark, jet black, very intense beer, some hop flavor, but very strong coffee flavor to go with it. Bottle says drink by 2015 so I think I am a little early.

Tastes like coffee with alcohol in it. Can't really taste the ABV. One of the more intense stouts I have had, very potent. Leaves you with a strong aftertaste as well. Not as thick as some of the other stouts though.

Solid beer, coffee flavor sort of dominates and takes away from some complexities or flavors that may be present, but still good.

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this fron the first cask served at Al's of Hampden -served cask temp in a Nonic

A - an opaque shiny black like an eight ball - the head quickly drops and is medium brown but settles to a ring with small beading. The lace is decent and the beer is nice to look at in the glass

S -The smell is good with bittersweet cocoa, burnt caramel and mild spice with a hint of pine from the hops and slight deep roasted coffee. There is a mild fusel element in the alcohol aroma with malt having a lot of toasted and an almost cinnamon-like woodiness with the scent of the dark sugar verging on molasses with it aroma

M - The feel is good on cask, a bit smoother than normal c02 draft, but just as bitter with lots of roast and mild sweetness in texture. The acidity is downplayed and only light astringent notes from the dark grain is detected with light smoke tinged and spice hanging in with the warming alcohol that lingers in the long bitter finish

T - I attribute the flavor to a high good amount of high alpha hop combined with a modest flavor of citrusy coffee with the dark caramel notes leading into a high cocoa content chocolate taste which has a slight amount of alcohol in the flavor toward the middle while the pine notes from the hops criss cross back and forth on the buds.

D - I probably haven't had this for at least 4 months or so and before that at least a year, but it definitely exceeded my expectations. This is a very good tasting and stout and having it on cask is the way to try it. A solid beer from Victory

Photo of gmcfarre
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Imperial Pint Glass

A - Pitch opaque blackness with caramel colored 1/2 inch head. Lacing is solid when tipped.

S - Bouquet is a nice rye & dry malt sweetness. Hops are more prevalent here than in any other RIS stout I've had, but it creates an added dimension and more complexity.

T - Very similar to the scent but seems to be not quite as potent. Very dry and sweet with a clever floral hop balance. Very mild chocolate with slightly stronger coffee notes. Alcohol is not noticable at all.

M - Smooth and creamy with light carbonation and an extremely drying finish.

D - Not sure if any stouts are super drinkable, but the lack of apparent alcohol here puts this near the top of the list.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep black under a half fingers worth of brown head. A little lace, OK retention.

S: Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, hint of cream, some licorice and dark fruitiness. Very well done.

T: Tastes of roasted malt, expresso, grassy hops, a fair amount of bitterness on the back end with some alcohol warmth. Hints of chocolate also emerge in the finish.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation tends to turn the body a little "foamy" in the mouth, alcohol character is done well, bitter finish. Drinkability is only affected by the 9.10%. Very good RIS.

Photo of trbergman
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have two bottles, one from a new six pack stating "Enjoy by Oct 1 2014" and the other "Enjoy by Oct 11 2013." Not exactly a vertical tasting, but it should be interesting to observe the differences. My initial ratings for each category are in parentheses, I will adjust as necessary after sampling the one year old bottle.

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pitch black with three fingers of cinnamon-colored foam. The head slowly recedes to a thin film, with lots of lace down the glass. (4.5)

S - Dark Chocolate, coffee, citrus notes of orange rind, molasses, licorice. (4.0)

T - Roast barley, dark chocolate, bitter espresso, some citrusy hop flavor and crushing hop bitterness that lingers on into a very long finish. (3.5)

M - Not quite full-bodied - surprisingly light for a stout of 9 percent. Slightly astringent. (3.5)

D - Honestly, the hops are a bit much for me. This is definitely a beer with potential, but I don't feel that it has enough malty goodness for balance. (3.5)


Complex fruit aromas and flavors are emerging. Plums, raisins, dates. Some carbonation has been lost, contributing to a smoother, more viscous mouthfeel. Chocolate has become fuller and richer, with a pleasing oily slickness. Much improved with age.

Photo of Onslow
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first impression was like licking an aspirin, but the next few bottles over the course of a couple of days it became tastier..Pours with a medium strong brown head..very nice lacing..pours darker than a black hole at midnight...lots of dark flavours: tar,coal,molasses,ashtray, a plethora of odd flavours... I like this beer, and it is very drinkable, the alcohol is masked incredibly well.. for a widely distributed impy stout, a ClaSSiC!

Photo of brewcrew76
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with 2 fingers of creamy brown head and a thin layer of lace clinging every where.

S - Rich, creamy dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate and a hint of coffee grinds.

T - Roasted malts, creamy milk chocolate, coffee and a nice citrus hop kick.

M - Medium bodied, feels kind of light and creamy for a RIS but it seems to work.

D - Not as big or complex as other RIS but a very nice combo of aromas and flavors. Nice creamy chocolate flavor.

Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

on cask at the brewery

Pours a completely clouded blackness with a very thick, buoyant, creamy tan head. Great retention and collar, leaving patches of tan lacing all over the place.

Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, dark malt, and a bit of nuttiness in the nose.

Heavily roasted malt up front with caramel, notes of mocha and coffee with some chocolate sweetness. Bits of molasses and a hint of booze poke through towards the middle. Finished with a pleasant splash of bitter hops and a slice of alcohol.

Full body, incredibly velvety smooth feel with silk touches and superbly pleasant on the palate. Delicious, not quite ground breaking, and the alcohol is hidden well considering the higher content. A solid, quality stout.

Photo of RedChrome
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body was pure black liquid. A slow developing inch high dark chestnut colored head took a long few minutes to dissipate. The beer is to opaque to see any carbonation rising at all. Lacing clings in spots around the glass.

An average strength to a pleasent aroma. Smell of dark plums is the most prominent scent. Malted grains have a light quality of roasted oats. A very nice balance of hops finishes the noseful.

A storng coffee flavor hits the back of the throat. A very sweet fruit blend imixes the taste of plugs, dates, and figs. Decent alcohol quality is warming but not overpowering.

A nice thick clinging consistancy. A low amount of carbonation lets this one sit on the tongue for a while before shifting flavors slightly.

A great example of the style. Perfect beer to be sipped by itself after a meal. This is one of those must try beers for anyone who wants to try and enjoy this style.

Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz '07 vintage puored int a snifter at 45F

Black color with some brown tints. Dark tan head that settles to a thin cover and produces little lace.

Lot sof roasted black, chocolate and caramel malts accompanied by some nice floral hops. Very rich and earthy.

Again a very rich and almost smokey roasted malt flavor. Lavender and citrus hops finish very well. There are also decent amounts of coffee, molasses, chocolate and sweet fruits as it warms.

Full body and good carbonation give it a light and crisp feel.

Good example of the style. Very well balanced considering the exorbent amount of hops. Quite close to perfection.

Photo of FLima
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deepest black color, light proof, with a one finger head that builds up with some delay, and leaves laces, but has low retention.
Aroma of roasted coffee with dark chocolate. Hints of smoke. Nice, but I was expecting more.
On the other hand, what a bold and nice flavor. A storm of chocolate and coffee, with notes of pine, oak and charcoal. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a long lasting burnt wood feeling.
Medium to full body with perfect carbonation. This is a great imperial stout, very bold and hoppy.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice jet black with 2 fingers very foamy dark tan head. Head stays around for quite a while, lacing coats the glass.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, everything you expect from an imperial stout. Fairly sweet smelling for the style however. Very nice balance of all the aromas. Slight alcohol note in the background, but not much at all.

T - Rich roasted malts dominate the flavor, chocoalte and coffee alternate being the dominant background flavor. Vanilla makes a slight appearance at the end along with some slight alcohol flavor. Hops are also not completely dominated by the malt as is the case with most imperial stouts. There is a nice earthy hop flavor near the finish as well.

M - Heavy bodied definitely, wasn't too thick of a pour but it is definitely a thick beer. Creamy on the tongue. Finish is bitter with some alcohol.

D - Good drinkability, I couldn't see myself drinking multiple of these in one sitting just because of how heavy it is, but the alcohol doesn't come through much at all. Very easy to drink.

Photo of aahynick
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

about 60 degree F into a brandy snifter
A- Opaque black with a thick creamy head

S- intense spicy hop and caramel

T- burnt roasted malt with intense bitterness

M- smooth and heavy with slight acidity

D- the hops and bitterness make this a true sipper. Though I like this one I definitely like the IS with less hop character and stronger molasses and caramel flavors. It;s an iffy in the repurchase.

Photo of markaberrant
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark as night, dark tan head, very good size, excellent retention, doesn't quite leave a full sheet of lace down the glass, but awful close.

S - clean, lots of citrus hoppiness, smooth chocolate roast, very inviting

T - lots of cocoa, burnt toffee, woody, not a lot of hop flavour, lingering bitterness, aftertaste is hops, roasted malt, and smooth alcohol...mmm good.

M - not overly heavy, medium body, very creamy, alcohol warmth is quite evident, but soothing like a warm blanket.

D - this is delicious and very well executed, the bold flavours and alcohol do slow you down, but that just gives you more time to savour this fine drink.

This is a bold RIS, but if you're into this sort of thing, you'll find it has an incredible smoothness that takes the edge off. Excellent use of American hops, with a great aroma and long lasting bitterness. The malt is quite roasty, but also manages to come across as smooth. I usually have no trouble hammering through 12ozs of 9.1% beer, but the Storm King forces you to take it slow (the only other RIS I can think of that matches this intensity, in fact exceeds it, is Bell's Expedition).

Thanks to Phyl21ca for the bottle!

Photo of AJacob81
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my New Belgium globelet.

A - Dark, bitter chocolate. An amazing 3-finger pillowy tan head forms and is very slow in receding.

S - Coffee, black pine, and some anise.

T - Tremedously hoppy for an impy stout, and the hops are surprisingly forward. The coffee and chocolate emerge mid-sip, and the finish is creamy and bitter. Very nice.

M - Medium bodied, decent amt. of carbonation for the style. Would be great for a porter, a little lacking for an impy stout.

D - Easy easy drink for a stout. Enjoyable and refreshing, hides the ABV very well.

Photo of nyjets1248
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One word....Black. Another word...Great! Pours black with a average one finger width tan head that dissolves down to a thin cap that reamins for the duration of the Beer. The aroma is subtle coffee and chocolate. The subtleness disappears with your first sip. Roasted! The flavors are solid roasted coffee and chocolate there is a hint of sweet malt. These flavors fade to the Hops that clean things up a bit and stop your tounge from being roasted as well. There is a slight burnt bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste and although it has a fairly high ABV it does not interfere with the taste of this Beer. The medium to thick body contributes to the success and the drinkability is high for an Imperial Stout. Storm King has just become one of my favorites.

Photo of feylure
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always a fan of a good stout, and this is one good stout beer.

Pours like an imperial stout should; dark, little thick with nice carbonation.

Smell is good, but I'd like something more out of it. Dark, smoke and malty aroma for the most part.

Taste is amazing. It has a very bold, dark chocolate bite right up front that mixes well with the carbonation. What's interesting is that it has a dry tail with that same dark chocolate taste, only faint.

Mouthfeel is a quite full body.

I find this to be quite drinkable. It's one of the darker stouts I've had, and I like it.


Photo of LittleDon
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A half pint served in a short pilsner glass at the Gingerman in Austin, TX.

Jet black with a dense mocha head and good head retention. Aroma speaks of coffee, dark chocolate and raisins. Good amount of carbonation up front. The middle brings out the coffee and chocolate with a bit of the alcohol noticeable. Long bittersweet finish. Medium mouthfeel, maybe leaning toward heavy.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though I can find this beer in most stores, I was pleased to see a case of it sitting in the packy across the street from me. Anyway, it pours a damn near oil black color, with a small, but sticky tan head. Smell has traces of earth, a bit of coffee, and lots of milk chocolate. Taste was very similar with the chocolate flavors going off the charts. Despite the sweetness of the chocolate though, it did have a certain bitterness in the back of it. Mouthfeel was on the heavy side, but for some reason, I can drink this beer like it is nothing. I usually can down a sixer of this and feel fine. Oh well, either way an awesome beer to have around. It seems like on of those offerings that they would normally have in a bomber as a special release. Nevertheless, I think I like the fact that it is in six packs much better. One of the first big stouts I ever of the best out there in my opinion.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, while wandering Maine, I came across some Victory product that for some reason never makes it to VT. So I bought a couple of these famous bad boys and dragged 'em home. Out of a bottle this RIS was a dark, dark brown color that approached but did not quite make it to opaque black. The one-finger head was mocha-colored, displayed decent retention and lacing that was quite good, starting in sheets at first that broke up as the sample continued. The aroma was of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, a little dark fruit and coffee with cream. The flavors were not quite as sweet as the aroma, starting with roasted malt it then proceeded into chocolate malt, wood and a pleasant bitterness from the hops. The finish was lingering and coffee-like. It leaned more to the espresso-like side of the spectrum as far as RIS's go, compared to the more chocolaty side that Kate the Great or The Abyss leans towards. Still, the complexity of the malt was impressive and it was very well balanced by the acidity of the hops. It also hid its 9.1% marvelously well. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation soft yet not understated thereby helping the body feel flush. Though not my favorite beer of this style I enjoyed it and found it dangerously sessionable.

Photo of pasdachuri
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a big tan head that slowly fades, leaving some nice lacing on the glass

Smells of chocolate, coffee and black licorice, ample roasted malt as well. A very enticing aroma.

Lots and lots of dark roasted malts. Piney hops and dark fruit flavors. Very well balanced, not as bitter as I was expecting it to be but not as sweet either. A pleasant alcohol presence as well.

Medium to full bodied that goes a little heavy on the carbonation.

Photo of ToggleEyes
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I tried this tonight and at first glimpse I thought was in for a treat. This is by far one of the darkest stouts I have tried. Poured rich in color of a black mohogany, and formed a small head that lasted about 5 mins or so. I started off drinking and got nothing but bitterness and a strong alcohol smell. So, I let it sit while'st I played a few rounds of Call of Duty 2. After about 45 mins I tried again and wow what a difference letting your stout warm up makes. Now I could easily taste the malts, smell the bit of floral hops and could detect espresso, dark chocolate and carmel. The finish was still a little bitter, but it's and Imperial stout so thats just fine with me. Over all a great bear to nurse, it just gets better and better.

Photo of timbro81
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deesouth in the Brews 'N' Tunes 3 BIF for the opportunity. Pours an impervious black color with a nice tan head that dissipates into a fine ring with good lacing. Smells of DEEP roasted coffee malts and good amount of bitterness. Nice bitter hops on the tongue that transitions to a tastey deep roasted coffee malts. The bitterness hangs around throughout. I would've expected a more viscous mouthfeel. Another home run from Victory. Highly recommended.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,243 ratings.