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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,776 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,776
Reviews: 2,489
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 137
Gots: 389 | FT: 14
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 obrike


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer at San Antonio Specs yesterday for around 12 bucks.

Really like the look...black as black...lovely tan head and great lacing throughout. My glass looks like it was dipped in light brown soap suds.

Dark chocolate up front scent...roasted malt...and maybe some bitter earthy hops as well. Interesting for a RIS, but good.

Taste follows scent...the hops add an interesting flare to this one. Good, but I'm just not sure about the combination for a RIS.

Wow..it's certainly smooth. Super smooth...like velvet baby. Goes down easy, not much booze detection either...a dangerous combo.

I really like this one...still, not quite on par with Old Rasp or BBCS, but close.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 03:59:56 | More by obrike
Photo of bmwats


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown to black. Light carbonation. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles very slowly as the head more crumbles and craters leaving dry, sticky residue as it does. Head never fully dissipates. Substantial dry lacing remains as you drink this one down.

S: Toasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and butterscotch.

T: Malt is toasted and seared. Roasted espresso beans, unsweetened dark chocolate, and black licorice.

M: Malty and robust, with a dry, bitter finish.

D: This is a savoring sort of brew.

Atmosphere is great. Dark, intimidating body with a giant, persistent, foamy head; and lots o' lacing. Nose is a great balance and combination of malt, coffee, and dark chocolate all toasted to a crisp. Flavor is robust malty grains, with mocha, coffee, and licorice. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 05:38:55 | More by bmwats
Photo of BMoney575


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-9-07
Best before 8-29-11

Pours pitch black with just a little blood red on the sides. Foamy head fades to a constant with big-time lacing.

Smell is outstanding. Deep maltiness gives notes of vanilla and anise, and quite a bit of oak at the end.

Taste is big malt at first, lots of chocolate, followed by a surprising oak flavor. The finish is all bitter coffee, with just a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for such a big stout.

Drinkability is good, considering the big abv and flavors.

Overall, this beer was not quite the thriller I remembered. Still very good, it seems to lack the punch of other Russian Imperials.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 00:56:30 | More by BMoney575
Photo of Stoneman78


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very deep and dark black hue with a tan creamy head that leaves a wide swath of lacing around the glass
S- Nose is of dark roasted malts with a heavy coffee/espresso emphasis, some subtle sweet caramel and earthy tones, subtle alcohol and floral hops
T- Taste is dominated by very sweet and sugary malts and cocoa backed by a range of citrus and pine hops, coffee picks up midway through and caps up the finish along with some bittering hops
M- Full-bodied IRS with a very creamy and smooth texture, nicely carbonated
D- Very smooth and creamy IRS that is well-balanced and easy to drink even at 9%abv, but I think it still can't quite hang with the big, bold, and complex west coast IRS offerings, I may or may not pick this up again in the future

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 06:09:03 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of KarlHungus


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an opaque black color with a large, rocky, tan head that seemingly lasts forever. The aroma is of cream, and crackers with undercurrents of roasted malt and bitterness. It is rather weak, however, for suck a big brew. The taste lives up to expectations. It is big and bold, but not abrasive. It is malty and bitter, with a nice alcoholic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy, with perfect carbonation. I get the felling that Victory cellared this brew for quite some time before releasing it. Overall, this is a damn fine beer, one of the best imperial stouts I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 18:42:45 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of WonderWoman


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I held this one up to the light and I could get a hint of dark burgundy trying to shine through the blackness. It smells of chocolate, hops, and an earthy grain. I could taste fruity malts and a tinge of figs. There wasn’t a huge hop flavor at first, but once swallowed the hops make themselves known. It felt thick and creamy and coated my mouth. Over all, it’s a great beer for dessert or a meal supplement.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2006 02:35:36 | More by WonderWoman
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours about 40% rocky dark brown head. The rest is dark blackness. Rings of fluffy light brown lace. Head is a root beer float. Otherwise, it's the color of electrical tape. Does leave a small trail of lace.

Malt smell is not burnt but sweet like dark grapes. More like a darker brown ale smell. Not burnt, only toasted. Some sweet raisin notes, as well as roasted coffee; both balance each other. THe mild hop is simply overwhelmed.

Nice balance of the sweet dark grape. Heavy alcohol flavor. Bitter and roasted aftertaste. Gets heavier and darker as it warms. Never gets to charred territory and is well-balanced. Minor sweet hops; mild. The roasted coffee malt comes out at the end on the back of the tongue. It's really strong, but it evolves throughout the duration. It's really burnt as it warms; dark chocolate emerges.

Thick and oily. Smooth after the swallow. Smooth drinker, not hard to drink for something so strong. This mother is thick and heavy, but really pleasant. Balanced, but intense.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 20:13:39 | More by williamherbert
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is black with an incredibly thick tan head. Retention is fantastic. Looks great!

Smell includes vanilla, chocolate, sweet malt and some booze. A bit of dark fruit. Very nice smell.

Taste is full of sweet chocolate, though it becomes bitter as the taste lingers. Some cherry, and a bit of caramel. The bitterness at the finish is one of the things that makes this stout unique- much more pronounced than others that I am familiar with. Some pleasant alcohol at the end. Nice taste.

Body is the weak part of the beer for me. Full bodied, but has a strange carbonation to it that makes it feel very "hollow": seems to have a lot of space in it. Aside from the weight, feels a bit like soda. Unusual feel, and not my favourite. I could see how others would enjoy it, however.

Overall, very good beer. A pretty unique stout!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 01:55:09 | More by jrenihan
Photo of Rhettbuck


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've wanted this beer for awhile now, and I was a little bummed out when I actually got the chance to try it. Still a good stout, but I've had better and regularly have access to better stouts. Oh well!

Appearance: Pours really dark, like motor-oil, a slight caramel colored head is left on the top of the beer, but it doesn't last for very long and there is almost no lacing left behind

Smell: Maybe I just love smelling beers, but this beer smells great! You can tell its going to have strong caramel and chocolate tones when you're sniffing the bottle

Taste: Again, this was the let down for me, despite the amazing smell of the beer the actual taste is kind of boring? Don't get me wrong you get the caramel and chocolate but its lacking, like the flavor went flat

Mouthfeel: Like most stouts the amount of carbonation was low, not very viscous,

Drinkability: Good, though really for the money you'd drop on this beer you'd be better off just tracking down something better, but if this was your choice at a liquor store, then yeah pick-up a six pack of it, its head and tails above a Guinness

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 21:40:11 | More by Rhettbuck
Photo of heyitsbyron


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a single bottle ($1.35) into an English pint glass.

Dark brown, but not black. Average head, but it wasn't dark enough nor did it stick around. Shame.

This smelled hoppier than the Double Cream Stout I just finished. The smell is almost exclusively hops and dark purple fruits. Slight booziness.

Taste followed smell, perhaps a bit more malt. This was exceptionally hoppy as opposed to sweet and malty. I like that, but it needs a bit of balance. I like the fruitiness and the hoppiness, but I want to taste a bit more of the malty booze.

A bit over carbonated at first, but then gets nice and smooth as it warms. Not slick like other imperial stouts, but rather like a smooth IPA.

Just a bit too bitter and heavy to be had in any sort of quantity, but hey, it's not a bad beer. Booze is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 04:32:04 | More by heyitsbyron
Photo of depechemode1983


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour pitch black with an awesome dark brown head. The head is thick and lingers, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of toasted malts with a nice balance to hops that give it a little bitterness to the nose. Taste is sweet roasted malts. Theres lots of dark coffee flavors.ith Also a slight alcohol taste in the middle. It then ends with a nice roasted bitter hoppy flavor that lingers for a bit. Very well carbonated. Nice thick mouth feel. Super smooth super soft on the palate. Highly drinkable. Its one of those beers that you just want more and more of. Try hard and just sip this one. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 23:34:07 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of tfuchs

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I picked up at Total Wine in Annandale. Poured into a heavy 14oz mug. Had this on Dec 5, 07 - 74th Anniv. of repealment of probition AND DC's first snowfall of 07/08... perfect night for this one.

Pitch Black with a healthy (1") tan head.

Smells like Chocolate and, seriously, salted ham. My family grew up
on VA salted hams, and their smell is unmistakable - strong, meaty, with a fistful of salt and pepper. It took me a minute to figure out, but it was the smoked flavor coming through - just like a big 'ol smoked ham.

Umm, the taste was a let down at first, but as I let it warm
the flavor really filled out. After 5 or 10 min warming on the coffee table, the full depth came out to play - coffee, chocolate, cream, and caramel. Delicious, smooth, with just enough bite. I'm going to get more of this and age it.

The texture and viscosity were excellent. Thick enough to justify its
imperialness, but without being syrupy.

Especially drinkable for a 9.1% ABV. Dangerously drinkable when very cold. But, I much prefered it nearer to room temp.

All-in-all, an excellent stout. Not sure it's an excellent imperial, but very good. Either way, IMO, it's deserving of the high marks it's gotten on BA.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 22:02:40 | More by tfuchs
Photo of Stockfan42


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked up a 6 pack of the storm king. I've seen it a few times a while back on the shelves but always went for the hop devil or hop wallop but now am glad i've tasted this beer.

A dark, black beer with a brown tint and a
lightly laced brown head that doesnt hold very long.

A mild hoppy aroma, almost a hint of rum. The alcohol really stands out in the smell making this hard for me to identify any fruits or malt that might be in the smell.

This is a good and heavy beer, very creamy with a pretty smooth mouthfeel, is a little heavy going down. Nice malty texture with some dark chocolate in there, nice coffee taste as well. There may be some berries of some sort, most other stouts i've had have contained more figs, plums and raisens but this has more of a berry taste which is a nice change and holds up well against the others.

So overall this is a great tasting stout with for a pallate for the sweets. Pretty smooth and creamy and definatly worth the pick up.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 17:01:55 | More by Stockfan42
Photo of bearrunner44


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pitch black, with a tan head. The color of the head is similar to that of cookie dough, and the pour creates a nice cascading effect.

Aroma- Contains the usual roasted malt characteristics, but it also has a hop profile that's unusually big for the style. Rosey, sweet alcohol scents are detectable in the background.

Taste- Wonderful, silky-smooth mouthfeel; it slides effortlessly around the mouth. Mild malt flavors up front, providing a caramel sweetness without the usual stout dryness. Big, juicy hop finish. The high ABV is definitely noticeable up front, but the citric hops cover it up in the finish. It's "softer" than most stouts. The overall bitterness is subdued, and most of the bite comes from the hops and alcohol rather than the malt.

Verdict- Supple, smooth and juicy; an interesting take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 07:35:02 | More by bearrunner44
Photo of thain709


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black...a big tan head that slowly fades into a thin tan cover over the beer...laced the entire glass

S - Sweet smelling...something roasted (malts)...the alcohol comes through faintly

T - Nothing better than the combo of coffee and hops...was not expecting the hops...but they blend nicely with the coffee

M - Nothing special...smooth

D - The alcohol is present...it warms you...but I could have two of these in a night and I'd be a happy person!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 00:15:46 | More by thain709
Photo of IronLover


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a creamy brownish firm head. Pleasant flowery aroma with hints of roasted malt and coffee. Burst of roasted malty flavor with lots of hoppy character that tapers to a strong coffee taste. Lots of different flavors here. Very nice stout. Couldn't drink too many of these at one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 00:39:13 | More by IronLover
Photo of EvilTwin

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good after dinner beer.
Pours as black as an lawyers heart with a half inch carmel head.
Interesting nose with a prominant alcohol smell, somewhat expected from thr 9.1 ABV.
Good taste with the main flavors I noticed being coffee and roasted malt. Noticible alcohol taste and hop bite, but a very enjoyable drink.
Medium thickness on the mouthfeel. Not a chewy stout, but it stays with you.
A drinkable stout that will set you back after a few. While strong tasting it WILL sneak up on you.


Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 01:22:32 | More by EvilTwin
Photo of ejquin


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark with thick mocha colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. I didn't get much lacing. Fair amount of sediment.

Smell: Not much going on here. Malt and coffee with a slight hop undertone.

Taste - Malt and roasted coffee. Molasses. Pronounced hop bight and follow through on aftertaste. A light alcohol sting. Very dry and bitter aftertaste. Surprisingly hoppy for a double stout. Hides alcohol well.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation for a double stout, and a bit thinner than usual.

Drinkibility: About as good as you can get for a 9% double stout.

Overall a very solid, if not different, double stout. I like my stouts and little thicker a smoother, but all in all it's a very good offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 00:45:22 | More by ejquin
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pruchased at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, and brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a deep and dark, almost opaque black, with just a slight curling of brown at the edges to prove that it's not actually crude oil. Head is foamy and incredibly chunky and solid, leaving 3D images of cave structures on the inside of my glass. Looks very good indeed.

Nose is dark and roasty, but with a very pleasant and extremely unexpected hop fruitiness coming through. In fact, instead of the aroma reinforcing the darkness I expected, it leavens it, giving a wonderful mix of dark grains, and dark fruits. Plum, black peach and heavy raspberry. It's quite delicious.

The taste moves this away from the lightness and fruitiness of an IBA or ABA, giving a true astringent black roasted character to the mix. Here, the dark characters take centre stage, giving a slightly smoky, roasted and charred bitterness. Still, the feel is surprisingly light, and there is a character that leavens it from being thick and heavy. Feel is surprisingly light. Indeed, I think a heavier body would help the beer.

It's a very good beer, and one which interestingly exemplifies the American approach to the big styles. This one gives some unusual characters where they're not expected, and ends up with a fascinating and complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 08:07:40 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a great imperial. Absolutely no light penetrated the glass. Nice lacing along the sides all the way through the drink. Slight undertones of mocha and malt. Very nice milky mouthfeel, with a little tingle on the tip of the tongue. Mild, smooth finish, with not as much of an alcohol aftertaste that I have experienced with other imperials. This is one of the best imperials I have tasted. Would love the opportunity to experience on tap. Highest recommendations.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 00:10:41 | More by Jwale73
Photo of nandemo1


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this out of the cask at Capital Ale House in Richmond.

Poured very dark, almost black, with a small tan head. Left some decent lacing in the glass.

Smell and taste were of coffee with some hopiness. Was fairly sweet. Did not taste the alcohol much.

Mouthfeel was smooth but full bodied. Lingered on the palette awhile for a while and left the lips a bit sticky.

In my limited experience with RIS' this was a great one. Will definitely compare the bottled version to this.

Serving type: cask

07-18-2011 03:11:55 | More by nandemo1
Photo of BeerRun13


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thick creamy tan head. Superb lacing!!!
Light roasted malt in the nose with a touch of chocolate.
Has that good coffee/toffee flavor with some fruitiness as well.
Full bodied, this one goes down with a creamy sort of traction cleaning the way for more flavor from the next drink. Moderate to good carbonation.
Great drinkability... Wish I had some more.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 22:33:46 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of gmfessen


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Storm King is opaque black with just a hint of dark brown-crimson around the base of the glass and a huge coffee colored head. The nose is a complex mix of malty base flavors in the form of burnt coffee, chocolate, anise and toffee as well as citrusy, resinous. The taste is equally complex and maybe more so. Lots of upfront malty sweetness of the flavors previously described, transitions to a slight acridness coming from the burnt chocolate/coffee taste and a strong alcohol finish. The hops are present in a citrusy way but seem to be more for balance than anything. The mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy, the carbonation is thick and pillowy. The finish is acrid and dry. Overall, a well done IRS, not the best one ever but solid and another good offering from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 22:01:57 | More by gmfessen
Photo of ckeegan04


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night with thick frothy brown head. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

S - Mild aroma of chocolate. Not as strong as expected. Also hints of spice, maybe cloves?

T - Taste of roasted chocolate with a light spicey hop kick. Also some anise in the taste. Somewhat funky aftertaste. Alcohol present, but masked fairly well.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy. Easy drinking by RIS standards but have to watch out for the 9.10% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 22:02:03 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of sbw138


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Handpumped from cask into pint glass at Victory Brewing Company bar.

Appearance -Black with a thick, dark tan head that held on strongl and left copious, clumping foam behind.

Smell - Chocolate, dark roasted malt, spicy/earthy hops. Seems to carry a bit more punch than the draft version but not much.

Taste - Deep roasted malt, rich bitter chocolate, a bit of espresso roast, licorice and earthy hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied--seemingly lighter in feel than the draft version but not in a negative way. Super rich and smooth. This is a great feeling brew.

Drinkability - I forget how much I love this beer on cask....and then I have one and I am like, "Why the hell has it been so long since I have had one of these?" This is the kind of beer that can get a person in trouble....goes down WAY to easy!

Serving type: cask

01-08-2010 21:45:07 | More by sbw138
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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