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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,058 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,058
Reviews: 2,507
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 150
Gots: 477 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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buddha5050, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of jtladner
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with a finger sized brown head. The aroma is incredibly hoppy, with a subtle roastedness in the background. If this is a stout then it is certainly the hoppiest stout I have ever had. To me this is more in keeping with the style of a black IPA or "American Black Ale". That being said, it is very nice. A good mixture of fresh hops and roasted malt.

jtladner, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a one-finger tan head.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a good hit of piney hops.

T - Lots of smokey roasted malts upfront. There is a some citrusy sweetness in the middle. Finish is a lingering piney hop bitterness.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very drinkable hoppy stout. Really enjoyed this one.

TreyIsWilson, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of jimmah120
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - enjoy by date is illegible.

Pours out jet black with a one finger sudsy brown head. Held up to the light, only a slightly red hue comes through. Smell is dark chocolate, roasted malts, some hops, and a little beef jerky. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, finishes creamy roasted malts, with grassy hops throughout. Beef jerky flavor is in there somewhere too. Mouthfeel feels a little light, and finishes dry.

It's a quality stout, but there are better out there.

jimmah120, Mar 07, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes made on 11/3/10.

A: Into a giant snifter, Storm King pours black with just a hint of brown, with a two-finger dark khaki to light mocha head. Retention of the head is splendid, headlined by puffy clumps. The lacing forms in various shaped clumps.

S: The aroma is very unique and distinct. A heavy roasted malt smell harmonizes with a pretty fresh hop bitterness. This results in myriad aromas - espresso, dark chocolate, plum, cherry, roasted peanut, soy, vanilla, and caramelized sugar. This is a sharper aroma than most RIS's that I have had.

T: Roasted malt lands firmly on the flat of my tongue while bitter hops work the sides of my mouth. There are obviously a ton of hops in this beer - probably far more than style average. Notes of bitter coffee and mocha chocolate emerge as the beer warms. There is a decent amount of citrus bitterness playing off of the darker malt flavors, as well.

M: The feel starts medium to full and creamy and finishes with a biting hop bitterness. The carbonation is on the low side.

D: Storm King is certainly an interesting take on the style and one that I will be trying again. The large amount of hops made it maybe a little less drinkable then other RIS's of this caliber.

TCHopCraver, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of JasonA
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from Corridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel MD.
Enjoy Mar 22, 11.

Pours an opaque brownish-black, which is an interesting color.

Smell the malt. Repeat after me ... smell the malt. Some barley, some alcohol. Lots of malt.

Tastes dry stout. This is not the best time for me to taste, but I feel its there. Lots of tasty malt. Not sure about impst status though. Some alcohol finish.

Nice carbonation for the style. Might be a little more bland than expected for some tastes. Feels nice overall.

I would like to vote the drinkability more overall, but maybe a second time.

I woudl love to dinf this on tap, I guess ill have to head to the eastern shore. Makes a very nice winter warmer imho.

JasonA, Nov 17, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark black in color and impenetrable to light. A fingernail thin khaki colored head sits on top. Light Brussels lacing. There is a light aroma of black licorice and roasted barley. This is a bit more on the sweeter end of the stout spectrum. The front of the palate is black licorice and roasted barley. The back of the palate is a blend of bitter roasted barley and piney hops. The mouth is thick and sticky.
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 3.75

Franziskaner, Sep 06, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's my 300th review - time to break out something special!

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Sept 2015 (I think). Acquired from my local beer specialist a while back, and stored in my fridge.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A jet black hue - no light penetrates this stout. Produces a massive head of brown foam that lasts for quite a while before subsiding. Aroma of dark, roasted malt with notes of coffee, cocoa, molasses, dried fruit and stewed hops. A hint of pine and a whiff of booze in the background.

An intense flavour sensation. Tastes of roasted malt with powerful notes of coffee. Subtler hints of cocoa, brown sugar, dried fruit, stewed hops and a warming hit of alcohol. Faint notes of piny aromatic hops. A very bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pleasingly smooth and tingly, with good body. Quite astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and coffee.

Very nice - a flavour sensation. The aroma seems less forward than might be expected, but the taste makes up for it. The body is also good, though I can't help feeling that it could have been thicker. The only problem with this beer is my impression that it's good but not great - there's a missing dimension to it. Lots of flavour but a lack of depth. Nonetheless, a quality brew that is well worth sampling.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 08, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, best before January 2016! Into a DFH shaped pint glass.

Pours a lovely nighttime black color with a slow forming three finger head which is slow to rise, slow to fall. Abundant lacing.

Smells of chocolate and coffee, aroma isn't too enticing.

However, the aroma is deceiving as the beer certainly explodes on the palette. Chocolate and coffee mix with a strong leafy hop note and it all ends with a bitter and roasted aftertaste.

Fairly heavy bodied and wet on the palette.

Pretty drinkable for the ABV. Very good impy stout.

BranfordBound, Feb 17, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black brew with a big three finger heat that gets really rocky and chunky on its slow journey down to one finger. Nice retention and foaminess on the head! Lots of really foamy lace in stuck to the glass.

S - Milk chocolate, tootsie roll pops (chocolate), a hint of mint, and whipped cream. No where near as roasted or dark chocolate focused as I expected. This smells more like mint chocolate chip ice cream. Its also not quite as assertive as it should be...being an 'imperial" brew and all.

T - Licorice, mint, and herbal tea in addition to the expected milk chocolate and espresso. This is actually very delicate and complex. It's not the big bruiser that I thought it would be, but it's still got quite a bit of coffee bitterness.

M - Big bodied, thick, and viscous as hell. This is a very buxom brew! Middling carbonation fades to a really dry and herbal finish like green tea. Wicks all moisture from my mouth!

D - This is a very good beer, but I do think that it's a bit overrated...or it could be that many of the nuances found here (green tea, mint chocolate chip) are not my favorite flavors in the world. I was craving some bitter dark chocolate, whisky-like booze, and espresso bit this took things in a whole new direction for an imperial stout. Originality is a good thing.

pmcadamis, Jan 30, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a couple times on tap and wasn't terribly impressed. finally I picked up a bottle and am starting to come around-maybe. The flavor is much more hops-centric, but I'm left wishing there was more malt. There's a chocolate liquor aroma. The taste is dominated by biting, citrus hops and tinge of something like alcohol. As my beer warms up, more chocolate is starting to come through. This reminds me of Surly's Darkness quite a bit, but I wouldn't say Storm King can stand up to it. Still, this is a pretty good RIS, double stout, or whatever you want to call it.

tempest, Apr 18, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack at BevMo Huntington Beach, CA. Poured into a chimay chalice. Perhaps not the best choice in glassware for a Russian Imperial Stout.
Looked okay. It was a dark dark brown, light black color. Thin head, decent lacing, swirling oil spill look on the top
Smelled very good. Lots of fruity alcohol, similar to a Belgian Quad.
Tasted good. A bit of alcohol in the back of the taste. A load of chocolate malt
Mouthfeel was a bit thin for such a taste. With such a heavy malt load, I expected a thicker, fuller mouthfeel
Drinkability was pretty good. I finished the 12 oz bottle in about 30 minutes. Recommended

bradford, Oct 22, 2007
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,058 ratings.