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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,048 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 5,048
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

TeamAlphaDoG, Jun 10, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

KISSFR33K, Jun 01, 2013
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

Pillowburn, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of FlyingYeti
1/5  rDev -75.4%

FlyingYeti, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of hardy008
1.25/5  rDev -69.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - pours a black color, some shades of ruby when held to the light. Has a tan foamy 2 finger head.

Smell - Hops with burnt coffee and burnt malt.. Not what I was expecting at all.

Taste -
grapefruit peelings, white pith, burnt coffee, and burnt malt. Tastes more like a Black IPA, and not a very good one either. Where are the flavors associated with a RIS? There is no chocolate flavor at all, or dark fruit. No sweetness. Just harsh bitterness.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, light bodied, and dry. Too thin for a RIS.

Drinkability - Not worth seeking out, disappointing for a RIS.

Not sure how this can be an RIS. It doesn't taste like one at all. It also does not get any better as it warms. This one doesn't do anything for me. Drain pour.

Tried this again on 5/7/2010. Adjusted the score downward.

hardy008, May 14, 2009
Photo of CAbeerCAbeerCA
1.45/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I have been waiting a long time to try this beer but never got around to picking up a bottle until recently. I regret the decision to finally pick this up the other night, but I am very thankful I only picked up one, rather than the whole six pack.

The beer looked good enough: dark, nice head

The beer smelled only slightly better than it tasted. Smelled like charcoal, alcohol, and maybe a hint of berries (which is the reason for the extra .5 over taste).

The beer tasted terribly - I choked this thing down. Alcohol and charcoal awfulness.

The beer had mouthfeel that was disappointing- much, much too thin for a stout of this alcohol content. I might be scoring it higher here, since he taste and aroma were so bad and the mouthfeel, by comparison, was much better.

This beer was just not good. I wil never try it again, and I recommend that you do not either.

CAbeerCAbeerCA, Nov 08, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

BGsWo22, Jan 30, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

Hophead717, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Steimie
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

Steimie, Mar 16, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

mwar, Dec 02, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

rspauldi, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep brown with a giant head which is receding slowly but surely. The head is a light tan color, sticky in some places and quick to recede in others.

Smells super hoppy and oily. Barely getting any malt character at all on the nose. Getting dark malt scents now that i've let it breathe for a bit. Head is really really sticky in some spots. Not a bad looking brew.

Slight malty sweetness up front with touch a caramel but besides the mouthfeel, the rest of this beer tastes like a double ipa. Lots of oily and citric hops present on the back of the tongue along with a good amount of bitterness.

The hops actually lend to a good deal of the beers flavor, i'm getting grapefruit and even pineapple notes. Alot of flavors are present, but i dont think they all blend well at all.

Am I wrong for not wanting a hop bomb out of a stout?

jtierney89, Nov 15, 2011
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1.75/5  rDev -57%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, May 20, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -57%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of hopsbreath
1.85/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Short and dirty..did not like this. I love Impy stouts and this one disappointed. There was too much hops on the front and bitterness with no point. The malt was in its own right one dimensional. Coffee came through a little bit but was overwhelmingly beat back by bitterness and alcohol. Not pleasant and very hard to drink. Of all the Stouts I have had this was my least favorite. I tried to give it a chance, but after choking down four of these in an attempt to better appreciate it, I gave the final 2 away to a friend of mine who is a macro drinker because he will drink anything to catch a buzz. Not only will I not seek out again, I will advise against trying it.

hopsbreath, Mar 05, 2010
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1.88/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Very bitter, we were highly disappointed due to all the incredibly high ratings. Bought 12 and handed them out. No one in the office liked them. Don't believe the positive hype on this. This is a beer for IPA and other bitter beer drinkers. If you don't like hoppy/bitter beers, avoid this.

HomrQT, May 03, 2013
Photo of SterlingNass
1.98/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had a very nice head that stayed until the last few drinks.

Had a very nice nutty coffee smell to it. Head was a dark milk chocolate look to it.

First taste had a very coffee hops bitter taste that gave a very hard kick to my taste buds, probably from the 9.1% alc. Every drink after that became much more bitter to where I couldn't almost finish the last few drinks.

Seemed very thin and had no point to the bitterness.

SterlingNass, Jun 19, 2010
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

NRo, May 29, 2014
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

olinwp, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of NODAK
2/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Aroma is of hops and very thick, coffee-like malts.

Hoppy upfront with a dose of floral hops smacking the palate at first. This gives way to the aforementioned roasted, coffee malt that was on the nose. However, the malt is pushed aside by a burst of hop bitterness on the finish surprisingly...leaving the palate with a bit of grapefruit, astringent bitterness that slowly increases in intensity and hits the back of the throat. I must say I was expecting a beer that leaned more to the malts versus hops here and am somewhat surprised. Also, the mouthfeel is thinner than I thought for style.

The aftertaste, as was mentioned, is rather bitter...the sides of the tongue want to pucker for quite some time after the swallow. The malts, by that time, are a distant memory.

I just don't find this to be very drinkable at all. I wanted to chew the rich malts here...I wanted a thick, creamy mouthfeel abounding with malty goodness...and I just didn't get it. The bitter finish and aftertaste detract from drinkability and really, this isn't something I'd drink again.

NODAK, Jul 04, 2009
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

Wallst, Oct 17, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

Buzogine, Sep 07, 2014
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

spoonhawk, Aug 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

JKelleyLBI, Nov 16, 2011
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

jk3, Feb 15, 2012
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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,048 ratings.