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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

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4,491 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4491
Reviews: 2473
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%

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 sterstar1


2.2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I hate to give this beer a bad review since Victory brews one of my all-time favorite beers (v12) but I truly didn't care for this one. I am not in any way a hop-head. I can't stand bitter beers. This storm king poured nicely and the smell was nice but the taste was way too bitter for me. If you love bitter beers, you'll probably dig this one. It's just not for me. I gave the remaining five beers from the six pack to friends.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 22:20:22 | More by sterstar1
Photo of Mauerhan


2.23/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

pours darker than used motor oil. has a real nice two finger mocha head. i cant even begin to see through this beer. very faint hints of ruby brown around the edges when i hold it up to direct light.
smell is decent. malts, hops, pretty heavy on the alcohol. i also get scents of prunes.
not really thrilled by the taste. as heavy as the alcohol was on the nose it is ten fold in the taste. it doesn't seem like they are trying to hide the booze taste...at all. after i get the taste of the booze out of my mouth i get slight malts.
i am floored by this beer and not in a great way, i cant get past its flaws to see its good. really sad. i expected ALOT more. especially from the reviews its been getting. hopefully i just got a shitty bottle. but i dont think i will be visiting this beer again any time in the near future...at least not on my dime

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 06:47:47 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Victory- storm king stout

9.5% alc?! Isn't that a little high?!

Appearance- blacker than black. Midnight in a coal mine black. Hell, the head is darker than most beers alone.
Smell- roasted coffee, nuts, cocoa, and ash.
Taste- Ashy, coffee, sweet burnt wood. Alcohol is too strong.
Mouthfeel- damn that high alcohol what is this cough syrup?!

Overall- blahhh! Its too sweet and alcohol is too strong. A mediocre, at best, stout. I'll pour the rest down the drain!

***revisited*** 4/15/07

HAHA what 3 years will do! Clearly when I was a FNG my tastebuds weren't developed yet. My opinion has since changed immensely. Storm King is now 1 of my favorite Imperial Stouts!!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2004 22:18:03 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of WhiteOak


2.25/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a black-olive color with a ruby edge. A dark tan head fades to a persistent ring.

S- Smells of old tennis shoe, wet cardboard, and grapefruit/piney hops. Unfortunately missing is every typical aromatic attribute inherent to the style, and present are the undesired characteristics.

T- Dark over-roasted coffee, charred malt and harsh hops. The finish is bitter without a counterbalance of any kind. The char and bitter hops are all we have here, and that is not what comprises an enjoyable stout, in my opinion.

M, D- Medium bodied and bitter, too dry. Uninspired to finish it, I found it thus limited in drinkability. Lacking in balance, finess, and pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 22:11:20 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of largadeer


2.28/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Black with a quarter-inch chocolate-colored head.

Taste and smell: Malty and roasted, espresso, brown sugar, surprising hop kick in the finish. Pretty acrid and harsh.

Mouthfeel: Not as chewy as other Imperial Stouts; somewhat thin. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a fan of this beer, it's rather acrid. I recall it being enjoyable a couple years ago, but I can't say that I like it anymore.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 01:05:08 | More by largadeer
Photo of oldfashioned


2.3/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased a six-pack to try a new style. I had sampled a small amount of Great Divide's Yeti in the middle of several other Great Divide offerings, but that's my only other Imperial Stout Experience.

I guess I was expecting something more complex and was disappointed that the 9+% ABV was so obvious. The look of Storm King on pouring was nice and fit my expectations for the style, but it was basically downhill from there. The smell has some bright hops, fruit and roasted malt notes, but the dominant aroma is alcohol. The alcohol is even more dominant in the taste, giving Storm King an unpleasant, astringent bitterness that overshadows the other elements in the brew.

As a result, this is not a very drinkable beer and I will probably steer clear of it and other Victory offerings for a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 01:57:07 | More by oldfashioned
Photo of AlexanderSelby

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm sorry, but I think this beer smells like poo. The aroma is sweaty and sour and unappealing. With that said, the flavor overwhelms that aspect and somewhat recovers it. Storm King's smokey, belly-warming flavor is pleasant for a few sips, especially considering it's high abv and heavy-handed hopping. The pallet is graced with a few good flavors, such as burnt coffee, smoked meat, but there is a serious soapy off-flavor present which taints the whole experience.

The flavors all seem to fight for top spot on your palate instead of work together to give you a well-rounded experience, which is that is exactly what you need from a robust, boozy imperial stout. I probably will not purchase this beer again unless I'm craving an imperial stout and I'm broke and it's on-sale.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 00:37:51 | More by AlexanderSelby
Photo of Strawbs


2.33/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

My first BA review will be a short one. I love thick full bodied beers. Bell's Exhibition Stout, Paulaner Salvator & Founder's Breakfast Stout come to mind. But this one is just far too bitter too be enjoyed. A want to support my local brewery, but looks like I'll have to stick to Victory's Old Horizontal.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 20:58:31 | More by Strawbs
Photo of baddy579


2.35/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

the beer was poured slowly into a glass the head was descent but it seemed to need more thickness.
the smell of the beer was strong and full (for dark beers, if you've tried Guinness extra stout or old rasputin imperial stout, you will already know what a strong smell is)

appearance was very dark and clinched just a bit along with the foam to the glass although it was a thick beer.

the taste was very strong and a bit too strong in a weird way form me almost is if it were too much taste and not enough moth feel. the aftertaste was bitter and not very pleasant. almost if you just smoked a cheap cigar. also, the alcohol wasn't very present for its 9.1.

>overall i would not have this beer again. the taste was weird and most people would agree that more than one of these is too much of this beer. try it! but ironically, don't expect much....quality that is.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 21:52:39 | More by baddy579
Photo of Ranbot


2.38/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a glass from a 12 oz bottle. Very dark and readily makes a dark thick head. I wasn't paying attention and poured a little too fast and had to let the head settle for a long time - good retention. You can clearly smell the hops and roasted malts. When I got around to drinking it the initial flavor was all hops followed by burnt coffee that lingered long after swallowing. Only a faint hint of the alcohol, but it's not surprising given how overwhelming the hops and burnt coffee is. I wish I could say I tasted something else in this brew, but I really didn't. There's little to no balance in it. It's sort of cross between a DIPA and stout/RIS, but I think fails at both, because the hops are really strong for a stout/RIS, and the malts aren't sweet enough to underpin hops like a good DIPA. Unrepenting hopheads will probably enjoy it, but I could not.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 00:05:51 | More by Ranbot
Photo of justintcoons


2.4/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with a short tan head that quickly fades. I can almost see some red highlights.

N: Fruity Pebbles, root beer, boozy esters, milk chocolate and black coffee.

T: Bakers chocolate, wet toffee and Fruity Pebbles upfront. Mid-palate shows old coffee with sugar, musty book and a faint suggestion of dark fruit. Finish is like eating a block of bitter bakers chocolate compressed with charcoal. Boozy esters linger.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, chewy, sticky and dry.

O: Not a very pleasant RIS. Overall tastes of bitter bakers chocolate and stale coffee. Also has a strange mustiness. Booze is apparent.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:48:55 | More by justintcoons
Photo of DefenCorps


2.48/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle best by Nov 16 2012, which would mean this is a little less than a year old. Into my snifter

A: Pours an inky black with a dark brown head that recedes fairly quickly to a wispy disk.

S: This smells nothing like the bottle and draft versions i had last winter (earlier vintages). This smells hot, solventy, sweet and a hint of the dreaded burnt tire aroma a la Mikkeller Black. Pretty disgusting, yeah. There's some chocolate but it isn't enough to mask this

T: Starts off with heavily burnt and roasted flavors with a ton of dark chocolate. Some fusels are present which really ruin things. Finish is long, bitter and burnt.

M: Rather full bodied, which is what i was hoping for, and the carbonation is light enough but god, this tastes nasty

D: Nope. Down the drain

Notes: When I did an RIS tasting in March, the 06 vintage finished 2nd or 3rd in a field of 9 commonly available RISs. This bottle would have finished dead last

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 03:41:18 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of robwestcott


2.48/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured cold and pitch black from the bottle to a surly darkness 10oz goblet with a 1/2 finger, super thin and short lasting mocha head.

hmm... relatively unpleasant, medicinal aroma. strange for the style.

bitter and not very good truckstop coffee followed by dark fruits. this ain't looking good.

low carbonation, medium bodied, creamy (?).

drinkable - nope, not for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 00:32:12 | More by robwestcott
Photo of adammills


2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into a brandy snifter at cellar temperature. Very dark brown to black with a large brown head that persists. This beers nose is underwhelming. Some roast, slight burnt coffee, some boozy hints (anise?). Big roast up front of the palate, with some chocolate and what appears to me to be a substantial hop bittering backbone. Some warming alcohol and a touch of anise again. The bitterness lasts well into the finish. This beer leaves me wishing it had a more substantial mouthfeel, more creamy, with a touch more residual sweetness. Perhaps that will come thru with some age as the bittering drops.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 01:55:00 | More by adammills
Photo of TrevorGW


2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Black body. Typical imperial stout with the paper thin, tan-colored head that leaves a few laces here and there.

Aroma was of pungent bleu cheese. Heavy funk that was very off-putting.

Taste was big on the warm alcohol, with the roast and chocolate holding their own. The bleu funkiness was only mildly detectable on the tongue, but the aroma spoils at the start and finish of each sip.

Chewy mouthfeel, not very creamy.

Probably the 6th or 7th imperial stout that I have tried and unfortunately the worst. It may have been a damaged bottle, but I won't be ordering this again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 20:26:08 | More by TrevorGW
Photo of yamar68


2.55/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz to stange: Pours with minimal clarity and a loose, soft two finger mocha head. Nose showcases milk chocolate, cocoa, minimal booze, vanilla extract. Taste is burnt coffee - rough around the edges and a surprising hop bite. The feel is too thin, I wish the burnt coffee wouldn’t linger. Overall, decent for an inexpensive imperial stout but... meh...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 04:55:48 | More by yamar68
Photo of tcfishler


2.58/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Black with cocoa-brown highlights and a very good head for the ABV.

Deep, dark, roasted nose with liberal grassy/grapefruit hops.

Rich and very full, but a bit abrasive on the tongue. Alcohol is definitely noticeable - the flavor is simply not concentrated enough to cover it.

A hearty he-man brew, but too rough for my regular rotation. It's too bad, since I've loved every other Victory beer I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 15:31:24 | More by tcfishler
Photo of aasher


2.63/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer looks fantastic. It poured a midnight black with a two finger dark khaki head that sat atop the beer like soap suds. The aromas are VERY subtle but I'm picking up some light chocolate to go along with the light coffee as well. The initial taste is pretty solid, like coffee with a chocolate creamer but I really don't like the after taste. It's like straight soap, almost bitter. Very sudsy and unappealing. It's also very thin for a RIS. This beer started great but went downhill from there. I wasn't impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 03:31:29 | More by aasher
Photo of Vonhinx

New York

2.63/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I should start by saying that I am a fan of big malty beers and less fond of overhopping.

Sadly, this beer doesn't stay true to the RIS style or I would be giving it a much better review. This is more of a black IPA with a little extra ABV.

It poured into a standard mug nice and dark with about an inch of light brownhead that didnt last too long.

The smell was the first sign that things were going to be odd. Alcohol smell was expected at over 9 percent. The strong hop smell was a little surprising though. It overwhelmed any malts, which should be the main aroma with this type.

The taste matched the smell. Hops first, then alcohol, then the chocolate/coffee taste you would expect from this type, but hidden deep in the background. The flavor did improve as it warmed up, but not enough for me to ever buy it again.

Victory brewing is now 0 for 2 with me

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 15:23:42 | More by Vonhinx
Photo of ClavisAurea

New York

2.65/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: pourd black as night with a tan head

Smell: flowers and coffee

Taste: hops from hell, strong flowery flavor, bitter, like an old pot of coffee, full body

No doubt this is an imperial stout. Way too bitter to drink more than one at a time. Stout continues to be my weakest link.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 00:35:22 | More by ClavisAurea
Photo of Arbitrator


2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of a trade with Uwftke26.

A: A brown-colored body that pours a pitch black in the glass. Has a huge, foamy tan cap that recedes into thick clumps on top of the brew, and leaves substantial lacing with register marks down the glass. Exquisite.

S: Chocolate, espresso, smoke, and rotting citrus. Yuck.

T: Starts off with huge espresso, smoke, and roasted malts. Remains mostly bitter, although the mid-taste sees a slight sweet contribution of dark chocolate. The finish is again smoky, with citrus hops rounding it out. Leads into a bitter espresso aftertaste. Wow, kind of a clashing taste.

M: Full-bodied. Slightly high carbonation that prickles the tongue a bit. Well hidden ABV.

D: Surprisingly hoppy for an imperial stout, and the hop variety isn't one that blends particularly well with the traditional RIS flavors. I could see this aging into a well-rounded stout in a year, after the hops fade a bit. But it's fairly harsh as a young brew, and the experience is not spectacular enough to make me seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 08:54:17 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of vkv822


2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a thick, frothy milk chocolate colored head that dissipates fairly quickly, with a black body.

The smell is of coffee with rich roasted malty notes, also fairly hoppy.

The flavor starts out with a surprising amount of hops, as in thr nose though it does start to smooth out with some chocolate and roasted malt notes towards the finish and a very light warming finish from the alcohol.

It has a very nice thick full bodied mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall it is a pleasant beer, but the hops were a bit strong for my liking in a RIS.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 05:24:20 | More by vkv822
Photo of crosamich


2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

dark & roasted, VERY astringent. way too much high-roasted malts here for my taste. Rather than smooth, chocolately flavors from a balanced use of malts I had to choke this one down. Had this several times in the bottle and remember generous hops but that was missing here. drinkability was low due to acrid, dry, and harsh taste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 15:43:10 | More by crosamich
Photo of otto251068


2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice. "Enjoy by Nov 08, 2015" printed on the bottle, making this bottle (according to my research) about six months old.

Appearance: A very dense, dark, chocolate brown head rises to about the width of a finger. It really takes it's time to fade, but once it does there are only a few blotches left. The beer itself is pitch black, and only a sliver of dark brown is detectable when held up to the light. A ring of foam clings to the inside of the glass.

Smell: A little surprised by the level of hops, the first thing I smelled when I cracked the top. Once I get beyond the them, there are the toasted malts. After the pour it really opens up, similar to what is mentioned before, only more aromatic and noticeable. The hops have a bit of grassy, outdoors, wheaty characteristics. A touch of sourness makes itself present.

Taste: Charred malts completely take over, really dominating the flavors from the start to finish. Once I get beyond them there is some dark, unsweetened chocolate, and some coffee bitterness. Some of the bitter, grassy hops eventually fight their way to the front.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high carbonation level. The body is pleasant, maybe just a touch on the thin side. The carbonation level becomes very foamy inside the mouth. A good bit of bitterness lingers after the swallow, really sticking to the back of my throat.

Overall: Heavy and harsh charcoal through out, from start to finish. This beer has a good aroma and looks great in a glass, but the burnt flavors are simply too overwhelming for me, although, it does completely hide the alcohol. A bit of a chore to finish this 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 22:37:02 | More by otto251068
Photo of divineaudio


2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from notes. served in a pint glass.

a - pours dark brown to black with a thick tan head.retention is good and leaves some sticky lace in the glass.

s - floral hop character with some grainy malt and a distinctive sweaty foot smell.

t - piney hop bitterness overpowering a roasted malt base. strong alcohol presence. ipa territory to my tastebuds.

m - full bodied with too much carbonation for my liking.

o - maybe i got a bad batch? i heard a lot of good things about this beer and it certainly didn't live up to the hype. probably won't buy this ever again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 06:40:56 | More by divineaudio
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91 out of 100 based on 4,491 ratings.