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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,304 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,304
Reviews: 2,540
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 168
Gots: 565 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Photo of richj1970
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A: Pitch black with huge 3-4 finger fluffy head that settled with some generous lacing.

S: Coffee and roasted malts and maybe a bit of chocolate.

T: Bitter expresso and roasted malts. A hint of unsweetened chocolates. Quite a bit more on the bitter side of the RIS, but refreshing.

M: Full bodied, but I might have preferred a bit more creaminess to cut some of the bitterness.

O: A very nice stout. I will be picking up more of these in the future since Victory now distributes to my neck of the woods.

Photo of Fredk24
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black liquid. Hard pouring yields a mocha colored frothy head that reduces in density fairly raipdly, but not in seconds. Lasts a while with sticky lacing that is still at the top of my glass after 10 minutes.

S: Floral with some espresso notes.

T: Pleasing espresso with dark chocolate notes, finishes clean with a hop bite. Hop bitterness lingers, but not uncomfortably.

M: Medium bodied imperial stout.

D: For me, very drinkable.

I first consumed this beer in a tasting alongside Brooklyn BCS, Old Rasputin RIS, and a Victory Old Horizontal Barleywine (just for kicks). At the time I remember exclaiming, wow, this is better than both the BCS and the Old Rasputin! Upon further review, this bottle is not as complex as I remember it, but it is still quite enjoyable.

Photo of bcm119
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flavors are very complex and change as the beer warms. Licorice, espresso, burning oak, bitter chocolate, dry leaves... lots of interesting stuff in there. Hops are big and grapefruity- this beer is so complex its confusing. Alcohol notes come through occasionally in the aroma and the nose, but still an amazing stout. One of my original "favorite beers" from the 90s.

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

Poured from a bottle with "Bottled Nov 18 04" stamped on the side. This is one of my favorite of all-time beers, I'm definitely anxious to see how this stuff aged!

Pours a thick, roasted black, with no highlights. No head at all was visible, but some carbonation managed to work its way through the soup.

Smells very strongly of cherries. Cherries, chocolate, and alcohol all smack you in the nose when you lean over this glass, almost like a subdued Worldwide.

Tastes of chocolate and cherries throughout, with grapefruit splashing through in the end, almost hiding the alcohol. This is tasty stuff indeed! The alcohol is very apparent in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and big, with just a hint of carbonation to help it move through your mouth. Leaves salt on your lips, and cherries in your mouth, just perfect for another sip.

Watch the ABV on this one! It's so smooth it's easy to just knock it back. Definitely worth taking your time and savoring.

Thanks to IrishRedRock for this one! Next up is the non-aged bottle, for comparison.

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

appearance: gorgeous near black. Black pearl. A decent swirl of mocha cream.
Smell: redolent with complex aromas. Coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits. Some sweetness some bitterness.
Taste: Creamy explosion of lots of things. Some starting sweetness, all the flavors in the nose. A tad harsh in the bitter finish but I can see ris fans loving this.

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

Pours fairly thick and pours a black color with a pretty big fluffy light tan head. After a couple minutes the head goes down but still has some good retention and leaves some lacing down the glass but not to much. The smell is coffee, some chocolate, and some roasted malts. Pretty typical of an RIS, pretty good but it doesn't stand out as being really great but it could just be me. Taste is pretty good. There is some chocolate but mainly I taste coffee especially in the aftertaste. Pretty good, and has a good mouthfeel as it's pretty thick. Has a high ABV but it's still quite drinkable. I probably wouldn't do more than a couple in a night but those would be drinkable. Overall a pretty nice RIS, I've had this one a couple times now and I'm sure I'll pick it up again.

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

I was introduced to Victory's Storm King Stout a few years ago by a Victory representative outside my local beer distributor ( God Bless Pennsylvania ) . As was the case I was headed in to purchase 3 or 4 cases of something else , when the young man said "here try our Imperial stout" ! , An oz or two of Storm King on the ususpecting palet is not the most exciting experience to say the least, However there was something different and complex about this beer that said " try a case of me " , so after picking up my other beers, I loaded a case and headed for home. that was Oct 2003...As is often the case with higher ABV beers, I will let them age in my wine cellar for a year or more. For some reason I had just let this case sit until Thanksgiving 2006 . This is a fantastic beer when aged. do yourself a favor, pick up a case and cellar ( 45-55 degrees ) .

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

A: Big head with an aggressive pour. Mocha colored foam that resides slowly. Loads of carbonation. Dark with no light coming through.

S: Citrus with hints of coffee. Bitter chocolate.

T: Note of hops with a fun spiciness in the carbonation. Burnt coffee malts.

M: Very chewy with loads of carbonation. Lacing on the sides. Creamy.

O: A fun beer to drink for those who love imperial stouts.

Photo of oline73
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Max's, served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with hardly any light coming through at the edges. There is a finger of thick creamy tan head that leaves just a ring around the edge.

Smell: Sweet roasty malt with a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: Again, sweet and roasty flavors dominate. I'm picking up hints of dark chocolate and warm alcohol with a bitter and hoppy finish. There is a really nice balance between the hops, sweetness, and roast.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really nice beer. The balance is amazing, I love the hops along with the other flavors. Really nice finish.

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

A freezing cold night brings out this 9.1% Imperial Stout.

Poured into a snifter glass, this one pours a deep dark nearly-opaque brown, setting off a great thick, creamy tan head. Retention is superb and lacing is decent.

Aroma is surprising -- instead of the expected roasty, chocolately malt notes, there is a big fruity/herbaceous hop bouquet, with more surprising notes of clovelike spiciness.

Body is medium-full, with a flavor that mimics the aroma to a certain extent, beginning with a roasted malt character up front with a faint suggestion of dark chocolate moving into a middle of mildly bitter hop flavors, finishing off with more sweet, chocolatey, roasted malts. Though high in ABV, the alcohol is very well-masked and never makes an overt appearance, even as the beer warms closer to room temperature.

The nice, balanced character of this stout, combined with its well-hidden alcohol, makes this a rather drinkable beer, but that can be a dangerous thing as the 9.1% will eventually kick hard, and drinking a few of these would certainly be a knockout.

Oh, but what a way to go.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

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

A - Black and opaque, with a little light brown head which leaves a nice lace.
S - Strong coffee and espresso notes amidst hint of booze and medicine.
T - Very strong coffee taste, quite boozy and burnt. Roasted tastes of dark malt and a slight sweetness of caramel. Remarkably bitter and long lasting in the aftertaste.
M - Quite thick, heavy bodied.
D - A little strong in alcohol and coffee flavour. It's like drinking a pint of cold espresso.

Photo of nasty31
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour into 12oz snifter.

A- Dark opaque black with a nice fluffy brown head that has good retention. Lacing was also pretty good on this one.

S- Deeps smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate with a slight boozy smell.

T- This beer has a nice sweet flavor of chocolate up front, with strong malt backing. The hops are present on the finish to go along with an alcohol burn.

M- Nice creamy texture that came alone with great carbonation.

Overall very simple stout that tastes amazing.The flavors blend well together. I would like to try a bottle with some age on it to mellow out that alcohol finish.

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

Finally got around to reviewing this. The pour is lovely, featuring an off white 2 fingers of head across a large oversized snifter. Black in color of course.

Oak, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, and pine hops are in the smell. The hops are much more pronounced that in most stouts.

Much like the smell, oak is a large player in the taste. Some dark chocolate and maybe a pinch of vanilla creep in. In come the hops after that, a large amount of pine hops to be exact.

The feel is nice being medium-full-ish in the mouth. I enjoy the soft character and efficient carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid stout worthy of a try from all craft drinkers. One of the more bitter stouts I've had, but it is a welcome change.

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

I could have sworn I had reviewed this before, but I guess I somehow missed it. Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Nice mocha colored frothy and fluffy 1 finger head fades slowly with nice lacing, pitch black beer no light.

Nose dark malts a bit roasty, some chocolate with bakers and dark choc notes, oats, caramel, vanilla, hint of booze, big malts, some earthy spicy hops.

Taste lush, creamy big stout, chocolate malts, light roast, hint of toasted malt, caramel, vanilla, plenty of oatmeal, bakers and dark chocolate, thick malt base with light sweetness and a kick of booze. Then hops, very bitter, earthy spicy chewy hops, the bitterness ramps to for a big hoppy bite on the finish. The chocolate also turns to a big cocoa nib like luscious choc taste. Its a bit sticky and syrupy on the finish, drier, big hop bite with more spicy earthy hops, salty, bit more roast and chocolate.
mouth is full bodied, good carb, bit of warming booze, smooth and creamy lush.

Mouth is fairly full bodied, good carb, bit of booze.

overall a great stout, one of the hoppiest stouts I know, nice chocolate and malt flavors, big bitterness and hop kick, hint of booze, but stays fairly drinkable.

Photo of Danny1217
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick brown head. You can literally see the thickness in the beer. The head fizzles out and leaves some nice lacing behind.
The smell is actually hops at the forefront, surprisingly. Behind that you can smell the roasted malts. A bit of a coffee and licorice scent, but not too much. Can smell some alcohol.
The taste is strong and roasty. Can taste some bitter coffee and dark fruits. Also a strong hop character that makes this one interesting. Gives it a slight citrus character. A bit of alcohol on the finish, but nothing too bad. The body is thick and viscous. Moderate carbonation.

A good, easy to get imperial stout.

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

Got a pint of this on cask at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a thick, tan head with excellent retention and excellent lacing along the sides of the glass all the way to the finish.

S: A sweet, malt smell with some roasted notes and some alcoholic undertones.

T: A robust, roasted taste with a smooth and slightly earthy aftertaste. A hint of sweetness to it, but not much. A nice tasting beer.

M: A very smooth and full-bodied mouthfeel that was very good.

D: Definitely a very drinkable beer. Excellent combination of mouthfeel and taste. An excellent stout overall.

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

Appearance: deep deep mahogany, opaque, a thin layer of tan head quickly dissappears to leave some "rorschach" patterns on the surface, viscous looking liquid!

Aroma: a big hit of coffee and soy sauce, port-like, vitamins, malt, alcohol, burnt raisins

Flavor: initially sweet but then roast and sweet at the same time, the silky malt backbone slowly gives way to a robust coffee/burnt toast bitterness laced with a bit of hop flavor, finishes surprisingly dry with a long-lingering roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: full body, light but prickly carbonation, smooth, warming

Overall Impression: Wow, that pretty damn good! This beer definitely stands up to the hype. Rich and fortifying. Great with semi-sweet dark chocolate. Reminds me a bit of the Belgian Special Import Guiness, but a lot more complex and fantastic!

This bottle was courtesy of frank4sail, who brought it (amongst many others) to Belgium for me.

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

A: Deep and dark, nice two inch head. More lacing than normal for an impy stout.

S: Some hops a load of malt, and some nice coffee styled flavors.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, and a healthy dose of hops. Nothing over done, seamlessly balanced. I didn't get any alcohol.

M: A tick below perfect for this style, a little lighter than perfection.

D: Can't drink more than one a night, but one is enough ;)

Serving type: Bottle (no discernible bottled on date)

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

Pours thick and gooey, completely opaque, black as india ink. Forms a dense, clumpy head with muddy-colored bubbles of varying size that almost seem to roil around, crackling audibly! Head dissipates slowly and clings well as it dries out into crusts of bubbles. Huge aroma: burnt malt and toffee up front, then BIG roasty bread crusts, smoldering wood. Waxing poetic: piles of autumn leaves and timber, huge dryness and dusty yeast, then a big, thumping belt of hops. Flavors everywhere: raisin skins, extremely bitter chocolate in front palate, and then... BIG bitter wall of hop flavor bowls through a wall of malt and mingles with tobacco, leather, peat. Even through a smooth, glowing alcohol finish, something of a plummy, curranty sweetness... Mouthfeel: did I mention that this beer is BIG? Slick, oily and with a stickiness that lasts for minutes. Alcohol warms and puckers inside of mouth with an astringent finish. This beer needs to be savored and digested. Let it slowly coat your insides. Perfect when matched with dark chocolate, nuts, and caramel. A rollicking bruiser of a beer.

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

12oz bottle (enjoy by 1/20/2016) into a snifter. Pours opaque black w/ a thick mocha head, fine lacing.

Aroma is tons of dark fruit, caramel, toffee. Earthy, pungent, pruny, nutty.

Taste is bitter and roasty. Cocoa, espresso, hops, and more dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is dry but lingering.

Overall there's a lot of interesting stuff going on here. Probably the hoppiest stout I've had. Strong fruit character is pretty unique too, a little reminiscent of Black Albert.

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

Smell is not what I would look for in a stout. There's some chocolate and coffee notes but really no roast malt character at all. On the fermentation/yeast side I get ripe fruit but not plums or cherries like I'd expect and more like peaches and tropical aromas. In fact, aroma wise it seems more like a Belgian ale. I sampled bottles in 2 different settings and sources before reviewing this, my third and they all smelled that way. I like the aroma but it's out of the ordinary for RIS.

Deep, dark and held up to the light, nothing gets through. Very small head that appeared on pouring disappears right away leaving not much behine except a small island of tiny bubbles in the center of my glass. (Big head is not necessarily a negative in this style.)

Nice flavor and here's where I find some roast malt. It has a complex smokey roast flavor but with significant sweet malt and molasses backbone. Nice level on the bittering hops, assertive but not enough to overwhelm the malt. Lots of fruity fermentation flavors and again more in line with what I'm looking for. Little bits of chocolate flavor rounds it out. Nice complexity and overall flavor profile is really good.

Big full bodied with a pretty strong level of carbonation. Creamy on the palate.

All in all, a very good beer.that doesn't drink as strong as it is.

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

Great stout, but a little disappointing.

Yes, it gorgeous. Dark, dark, dark color with a beautiful foamy head. The smell is smokey to charry, with some fruit. Unfortunately, the taste is a bit harsh, a bit on the burnt side. The malts are not as sweet and complex as I had hoped. Still a great beer, just a bit of a let down for me.

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

Very very deep, dark brown / black with a minimal amount of deep brown head. Definitely looks like it came from a storm drain.
The nose is rich. Deep dark chocolate with molasses. Roasted coffee and black malts with a distinct piney hoppiness.
The taste mimics the smell well. Bittersweet chocolate / molasses with a roasted coffee and black malt bitterness. Piney hops round out the edges.
The mouthfeel is full and creamy and will not disappoint.
This is a great offering from Victory. It doesn't have quite the flavor profile to match up with my favorites, but it is very damn good nonetheless.

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

After hearing all the hype and discussions on this beer I had to finally give it a try! The brew poured a midnight black color with a deep brown head, which dissipated rather quickly and left a little lacing on the glass.
This beer has some wonderful aromas that just seem to have a real good balance. The smells are of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of hops, a fantastic mix.
The taste is very nice, first I can notice a coffee-malt sweet taste that goes great together. The finish is a little hoppy and bitter and that surprised me a bit.
It feels like a thick but smooth beer that has a lot of nice flavors. This is a very good stout, one that I would definitely go out of my way to find. Probably not as high on it as others on rating this brew but overall and excellent experience!

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,304 ratings.