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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,774 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,774
Reviews: 2,489
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 136
Gots: 387 | 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 blitz134


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a thin tan head which reduced to a thin layer. Left little to no lacing. Smell is a bit one dimensional and to me seems to be dominated by hops mainly grapefruit and other citrus aromas. Some sweet malts as well. A good smell, but I would like to see some toasted notes as well...this is a stout ya know...

A very interesting taste, not one I have come across in a stout before. The complexity on this one is really up there with every tastebud sending signals for different flavors they are picking up. A lighter toasted malt going on with some subtle hints of black patent in the far reaches and in the finish, especially as it warms. As the nose would suggest there is a good dose of citrus hops...and I mean a good dose. I pick up a touch of burbon and dark fruits, most notably a bit of cherry or plum possibly. Pretty hop-laden overall. I'm a hop head no doubt, but I like my stouts to be stout-like and not overly hopped. This is a good unique flavor and I'll give it credit for that. I'd like to set one of these aside for a bit to let the hops tone down and let the less prevalent flavors come through a bit.

Mouthfeel is decent, but thin for a double stout. I would expect a molasses feel from a double stout. A good bit of carbonation. Coats the mouth well. Drinkability is this beer's strong point, even though it has a high ABV. All signs of alcohol are covered.

A decent beer overall but doesn't live up to its current rating for me, a bit too hoppy for the style and a bit to thin as well...this would have received a high review from me if I were expecting it to come across hoppy. If I am ever in the mood for a hoppy beer which isn't an IPA or the like this is what I would turn to.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 04:44:50 | More by blitz134
Photo of babyhobbes


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours deep, dark black with a large brown head. It smells of espresso and chocolate malts. This looks and smells a lot like an espresso. The taste is similar to the smell and quite strong. There is a bitterness immediately in the mouth but this balanced with a sweet taste in the finish. The taste definitely improved as the brew warmed up.

This is a thick, smooth drinking admirable stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 16:48:30 | More by babyhobbes


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into tulip glass.
A: Bold and black is what is noted from the body, while no light transpire through the glass the deepest blacks are not represented by this one. Slight reddish hues can be seen on the rim while drinking. Checkered lace is left randomly on glass. The head holds retention around rim for the length of the glass.
S : Not as over powering as I would have thought. With subtle notes of caramel and oak, the notion of a malty brew is in store. A burnt sweetness I scamming through.
T/M: A sweet malt forward taste is what is presented on first sip, but complexities are found of dry hoppniess. A finish that displays good hop use, makes this a overall great stout. Great classic flavors, set this an imperial standard. Mouthfeel is a creamy sweetness, that ends and leaves e mouth slightly dry.
D : A great stout indeedx, but very typical of the style, not to say that it is not up there with the top in the style, but nothing screams out super outstanding. Good drinkability to it, I could barely detect any alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 16:44:00 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of Kisejohn

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:  Roasted malt, sweet cherries, some hop spiciness and a hint of alcohol.

Appearance:  Opaque black color.  Half a finger of head with,initial lacing.

Flavor:  Aggressive malt sweetness and spicy hop bitterness.  This is clearly an american imperial stout.  No cloying sweetness.  Pleasant alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel:   Medium to full body.  Medium carbonation.

Overall:  Victory has created a aggressive toasty, sweet, bitter imperil stout.  This Beer drinks like an IPA with all the roasty malt sweetness.  Surprisingly it finishes dry with some lingering bitterness.  I highly recommend this winter warmer.  It's hard to find a 9 percent ABV beer in six pack packaging for such a reasonable price.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 23:01:25 | More by Kisejohn
Photo of Alewife

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night with a tan lacy 'crown'. Very nice to look at. Dark chocolate, alcohol nose with hints of fruit. Chewy mouth feel, creamy on the tongue. Espresso and dark chocolate is very strong in this brew. Very nice flavor overall, but my preference is for a slightly sweeter taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2002 19:01:40 | More by Alewife
Photo of endincolorado


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black with thick tan head that settles slowly. Great lacing. Delicious-looking yeasty sediment.

Smell- Good, roasted malt aroma. Slight alcohol.

Taste- Rich cocoa, a light smokiness, toasty malt, nice hop bitterness helps make this refreshing for the style. Slight alcoholic kick.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, great carbonation. Could be a little thicker.

Drinkability- Alcohol is evident, but hops help this remain a refreshing and drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 21:48:53 | More by endincolorado
Photo of Hemi


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Black in color. Three finger head that disappears quick quickly. Decent lacing that weakens as the head disappears.

S - Citrus hops, sweet and biscuit malty aroma.

T - Orangey flavored hops, chocolate and biscuit malts. The bittering hops lingers for quite a while. Warm alcohol taste.

M - Thick and sharp. Malts provide a decent amount of residual thick sweetness and co2, hops and alcoholicy taste provide a sharpeness.

D - This is a sipping beer. I can drink a couple of these slowly.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 10:09:09 | More by Hemi
Photo of schellsbeer


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

THICK AS MOTOR OIL. Love the appearance. Black as night. AWESOME

Smell - Good, like a good strong stout should smell.

Taste - Good to Very Good for a Stout. Something that I will have again and again. I did enjoy this beer much more the warmer it got. Became more enjoyable as it approached room temperature. That is not saying much since it is 25 F on October 27 in Southern Minnesota at the time of this review. One thing that this Imperial Stout has going for it is the alcohol is not present in the taste at all. Very well hidden. I did like this quality.

Sip time....excuse me for a few seconds...

Ok. Back to the review.

Yes, it definitely gets better the warmer it gets. I am now going back and changing my taste to 4.5 on the BA scale. Much better. I wonder if I could speed the process up using the microwave....just kidding other BA members. I would never harm this beer.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Very thick like a good stout should be.

Drinkability - Average. I say this because at this high of an alcohol content with limited taste, I would move on to a more favorite stout.

I am looking forward to sampling other Victory beers. Thank you.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 03:46:16 | More by schellsbeer
Photo of Timmush

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a strange stout. It has a lingering hop taste to it. I cant tell if I really like it or if it is just ok. at first taste it is not as good as some of the other Imperial Stouts I have had but the more I sip, the more I start to like this one. All I can say it is a little different, but good.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 22:32:31 | More by Timmush
Photo of FreshHawk


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark mahogany/nearly black color. Average sized, smooth, creamy, fluffy, cafe colored head. Good retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - Enticing aroma. Citrus and piny hops compete with dark chocolate and sweet fudge for my attention. The bitterness of the hops and the bitter roasted malt aromas meld together wonderfully at the end of the whiff. Lively and mouth-watering aroma.

T - Starts with a slightly bitter citrus flavor with a touch of pine. Touch of mild coffee that persists as an undertone flavor. Some dark chocolate flavors along with a slight creamy and fudge-like sweetness. Finishes with a dark chocolate and earthy bitterness. Nice balance.

M - Medium body. Average carbonation (maybe slightly above average for the style). Creamy with a slight bite and tingle on the finish.

D - Easy to drink beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Flavors meld very well together (especially the hoppy and roasted bitterness). I had no problem finishing the bottle and enjoyed doing so.

Notes: Very hoppy stout; still didn't seem like a Black IPA to me though. Flavors meld very well together. Great mix of hops and stout flavors. Everything just worked for me. Not a world-beater, but a very good hoppy stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 22:03:03 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of Cresant


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated best by: 8/28/11! into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Received three fingers of brown head. Body was opaque ebony/brown.

Smell was milder than I expected (also could be due to the allergies/cold I have). Malts and alcohol primarily. Coffee aroma appeared much later, as it warmed.

Tasted of bitter cocoa powder. Bitterness from hops countered by sweet roasted maltiness. Medicinal, cough syrup flavor. Complex, interesting, and strong. Alcohol was very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was smooth and full bodied, without being tiresome. Mild carbonation. I will let the others I have sit awhile and revisit them later. I don't think I'll be disappointed. Very good beer now, maybe even better later.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 01:03:16 | More by Cresant
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my Stone IRS snifter

A - Black as night with a big bubbly, coffee colored head.

S - Hints of coffee and dark malts mixed together. I think I might be picking up some floral hops in there as well. However this one isn't really all that fragrant.

T - Nice roasted malt character in this one. Not too overpowering but definitely enough there to let you know what you are drinking. Hints of dark chocolate and a very faint bitter dark roast coffee note. Maybe a little bit of citrusy hop goodness is detectable as well.

M - Pretty thick body with a fair amount of carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable for the ABV and style. Honestly this is a pretty easy drinking RIS. I think if I wanted the flavor of this style while not having a really heavy beer this would fit the bill. That being said it really isn't as flavorful as most in this style. I would pick this one up again in the future but it isn't a must.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 01:33:38 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of bluegrassbrew


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter, best by May 30th, 2012.

Pours an opaque black with a 2 finger dirty brown head that settles nicely. Leaves some good lace.

Smell is delightful! Chocolate on top of coffee on top of some alcohol.

Taste is very good, though not as complex as I would have liked. Chocolate, espresso and some good bitterness. There are some hints of fruit and alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, almost milkshake like at times.

Overall, a very tasty RIS. Alcohol will sneak up on you. Thanks to buckeyesox for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 01:17:14 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of tylernim

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip. Dark and opaque with a two finger head that persists throughout.

S - Smells of deep coffee and chocolate. Bit of booze.

T - Slight burnt malts along with coffe, chocolate, and a little something I can't put my finger on. Booze follows.

M - Thick and chewy.

D - Good for a high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 16:10:44 | More by tylernim
Photo of bunnyhustle


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with thick mocha colored head. Good retention and moderate lacing. Smell is wonderfully complex. I could notice some sweet dark chocolate, black licorice, dark roasted coffee, toasted grain and some alochol. Taste is nice and complex as well. A rich dark chocolate smoothness with some burnt grain and coffee flavors. A bit of bitterness at the end of it as well which I thought help to distinguish this from some other hops. Mouthfeel was thick but pretty smooth going down. Overall a very good beer. To me I'm a little suprised its ranked so high but it definitely is a good beer deserving of its praise.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 04:15:52 | More by bunnyhustle
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really dark brown, almost black in colour, almost brown, one finger thick head;

S: Chocolate aromas, strong roasted malts, hints of a fruity sweetness, slightly smokey;

T: Quite similar to the smell, roastyness all the way, some chocolate and smokey/burnt aromas, you can definetely notice the alcohol. Leaves a strong bitterness in the aftertaste, very balanced flavour profile, although the finish is quite strong;

M: Medium bodied, rather low carbonation, thick mouthfeel;

O: Very strong in all of its aromas, strong roasty-aromas, but also a distinctive bitterness and alcohol which kills a lot of the flavours immediately after the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 15:13:13 | More by PancakeMcWaffles
Photo of hustlesworth


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

07 vintage, just over a year old.

A- ominous and completely black, not even a glimmer of light passes through this thick stormy monster. thick creamy cappuccino colored foam bubbles eerily and refuses to budge. it creeps along like a puffy brown snail and the drippy lace it leaves behind ranges from delicate to downright plastery.

S- intense smokey, coffee, and dark berries, cocoa, and what seem to be cascade hops. sweet caramel and floral notes come out along with the bitter burnt aroma and creamy chocolate mousse. blackberry, blueberry, currant, milk chocolate, anise, mocha, pipe tobacco, charcoal, with an underlying confectionery sweetness.

T- massive on the palate, fuel and solvent give way to burnt grains and deeply roasted espresso. alcohol is persistent throughout. bitter cocoa and burnt grapefruit hops also play major roles, as this things seems to have 5 levels of bitterness. a subtle dark berry fruitiness holds on quietly to the coat tail of roasted burnt and toasty malt and alcohol esters. each swig nearly sends a shiver down my spine like taking a shot of espresso followed by a shot of vodka followed by a shot of hop oil. what a combo. beat that, jager bomb. some instances of licorice and tobacco here and there, but mostly like liquified burnt wood with an herbal extremely hoppy finish. and i mean that in a good way.

MF- thick and viscous, chewy, resinous, bold, and almost doubly imperial. goes down slick with carbonation on the low side.

D- borderline overwhelming, a good start or finish to a night of lower ABV stouts and perhaps some crazy irish rock.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 23:56:53 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of HeyItsChili


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown/black with a foamy khaki head that stays strong the entire time.

S - Sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and dark fruits.

T - Very sweet and powerful stout, dark chocolate, coffee syrup, with a hint of dark fruits and dark rum.

M - Very silky.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 22:56:02 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of TMoney2591


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Man, it's been a while since I last sampled the King's wares. I trust they're just as good as before. The pour results in a solid obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, maple syrup, cocoa, light smoke, and a touch of cedar. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a more pronounced hop character: pine and balsa provide a hoppy foil to the darkness surrounding them. The body is a stolid, heavy-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that deviates from the completely roasty and chocolatey path, but not entirely, opting instead for a best-of-both-worlds kinda thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 00:51:59 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Tolann


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark in color and pours a thick mocha head. Nearly opaque in the glass.

S - Roasted espresso and hoppy hit. A nice aroma combination. Really great nose on this beer.

T - Smooth hoppyness with a touch of espresso. a really nice feel to it as well. The hops are very nicely balanced with just the right malt. A little taste of alcohol.

M - Light/medium body for being a stout, tho not too lively on the tongue, which is to be expected from a stout. Hops somewhat stays with you after the sip which is nice and not harsh or offensive.

D - Very drinkable! This is perfect considering I just came in from shoveling snow. Very appropriate! Wish I had more in the fridge, but I only bought the solo bottle. I may have to pick up more!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 00:31:53 | More by Tolann
Photo of NATOuk

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep black colour with a browny-white head which leaves a ring around the glass with some nice lacing.

Beautiful malt aromas of chocolate and burnt caramel. Agitating the liquid brings forth tangy citrus hop aromas.

Wow, there's a big taste here. Initial sweetness for a second or two before a taste of citrus hops comes through and crescendos through to the finish along with some alcohol notes. Big big favour, very pleasant to me especially as I am a big fan of heavily hopped beers.

Very silky smooth mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation, medium-heavy body.

A fantastic beer, all the great qualities of a good stout with a strong hop profile as well as a high alcohol content. Extremely pleasant to drink, best to sit and savour this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 00:36:25 | More by NATOuk
Photo of Bunnyhop


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, opaque, dark, reddish-brown Imperial Stout with a large, dark tan, clingy head. The smell is roasted, hoppy, and dark chocolate. The taste is roasted, along with chocolate and hops, with a strong bitter finish. The body is oily in my mouth. Overall, a bit more bitter than I anticipated but very tasty. The higher alcohol isn't particularly noticeable at first, but sneaks on in.

(source: Consumers Beverage; Williamsville, NY)

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 17:21:14 | More by Bunnyhop
Photo of mattgreger


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a rich, dark black color. It poured with a nice tan head that was pretty lively on the pour, that fades to a nice mocha colored cap that holds, and retains well on the top of the glass. A nice following of lacing remains at you sip throughout the glass.

The hops aroma is stong on this one. Its a nice almost roasted/burnt coffee aroma that hits the nose first, but is followed up with a nice roasted malt, that gives way to a wonderful hoppy/chocolate hops aroma that lingers in the nose.

The flavor is great, at the front of this brew the hops grab you and give you that nice bitter flavor, something you might not always expect with a brew of this nature. A sweet, chocolate and roasted malt flavors come next, followed by just a taste of a nice roasted/burnt coffee flavor that really round of this stout

The mouthful is actually full-bodied, but not overwelming. Its a nice creamy mouthful, which isn't always expect from the style. The bitterness is strong on this one, but the other flavors that effect the tongue throughout the brew, allow it to still be very enjoyable throughout.

The drink on this one, really depends on the drinker. Stout drinkers, maybe be able to take a few of these and still enjoy the brew without to many issues. The bittterness is a little harsh, and some drinkers might have some problems doing more then on. However, the flavor is great.

As I have read through the reviews, and now finally tried this for myself, I see why this is regarded as one of the higher quaility brews in the US. The balance is great, and is a wonderful stout, but still has its own unique character that actually leaves you wanting to have another brew. I will definitly seek this one out again, and store some to see what kind of flavors come from some well aged brew

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 22:13:18 | More by mattgreger
Photo of acrawf6


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a beautiful pitch black with a nice thick dark tan head.

Smell. The aroma gave me more flavors than many others beers' tastes. Molassis, sweet maltiness, yet a nice presence of hops. Other nots of coffee, toffee, and a little vanilla.

Taste. Very nice balance of the malty sweetness and bitter hops. malts dominate, but hops really hold up with the heavy maltiness. Taste is heavy on molassis. Is sweet, but not oversweet. Aftertaste i get some roasted malts and come coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Full body. Great balance. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall and excellent beer, but it's not my favorite ris. Very tasty and complex, but, to me, it doesnt have that "wow" factor i was looking for. But still a great beer, and i dont blame anyone for worshiping this beer. It is truly a great one.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 17:01:19 | More by acrawf6
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best by 12/14/2016. Pours almost pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, biscuit, caramel, and a bit of molasses. Nice, balanced, and very hoppy imperial stout aromas. Taste of big dark chocolate, coffee, pine, grapefruit, roasted malt, caramel, herbal, and biscuit. Fairly strong pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, pine, and grapefruit on the finish for a while. Nice balance of flavors with hops. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Quite smooth to drink, but is a sipper. Overall an excellent and very enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout. Very hoppy, but still has nice malt balance as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 05:52:28 | More by superspak
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,774 ratings.