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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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2,567 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,567
Hads: 5,575
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 196
Gots: 733 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

Emerging from the deepest shades of darkness, a rolling crescendo of flavors burst forth from this robust stout. The thundering, hoppy appeal of Storm King subsides into the mellow subtleties of roasted malt, exhibiting an espresso-like depth of character in its finish. An exquisite blend of imported malts and whole flower American hops merge harmoniously in this complex ale. Discover the dark intrigue of Storm King, as it reveals the rich, substantial flavors that it holds within.
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Reviews: 2,567 | Hads: 5,575
Photo of DefenCorps
2.49/5  rDev -39.6%
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 (947 characters)

Photo of adammills
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of drone
2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a huge fan. Big burnt flavor, like overroasted coffee beans. The measly 9% comes out strong and leads to a very bitter, boozey, even hoppy after taste. (157 characters)

Photo of yamar68
2.64/5  rDev -35.9%
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... (361 characters)

Photo of Vonhinx
2.64/5  rDev -35.9%
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 (867 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
2.68/5  rDev -35%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of tcfishler
2.68/5  rDev -35%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of PaleAleHater
2.69/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I sampled this brew on a cold New England evening. Paired it with a dill havarti cheese and artisan crackers. Notes of asphalt, gum base, and chocolate. Immeditely boozy and diacital. Hints of lavender and buckskin leather linger, unwanted. Its mouth feel is puzzling and thick, reminiscent of authentic Italian soda syrups but wrought with an overabundant hop presence. (370 characters)

Photo of vkv822
2.69/5  rDev -34.7%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of Finkel
2.69/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It pours very nicely and is an attractive looking beer. The beer is onyx in color and is topped with a chunky, milk chocolate colored head. Lace surrounds the glace when swirled and retains nicely. Although I am not a stout guy myself, I have to admit that it looked very pretty.

The nose was much weaker than I thought it would be. Chocolate and toffee as well as a fair amount of hops were identifiable, but were not powering in any way.

The taste was a crescendo of flavor and grew progressively stronger as it went down. Hops were definitely noticeable as well as a burnt popcorn flavors at the end of each sip. The strong coffee aftertaste is gross to me, which is the reason why I'm a tea drinker.

The mouth feel was clearly thick, which is one characteristic of stouts that deters me from drinking them. Furthermore, I disliked that it was astringent - it made me feel slightly dehydrated.

Admittedly, I didn't finish the beer, which was only delight to my friend. My rating will definitely be skewed due to the fact that I'm not a fan of this style. However, if you're one that likes stouts, this is a very well composed beer and it might be the brew for you. (1,172 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
2.69/5  rDev -34.7%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.7/5  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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of crosamich
2.71/5  rDev -34.2%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of aasher
2.73/5  rDev -33.7%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of beercar
2.73/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a fresh sixer. Smell is all hop and cocoa. Nice tan 1 finger head. Black as night...no light penetration. Taste is way too hoppy and dry IMO. This beer could definitely benefit from more cocoa and coffee. Light mouthfeel and overly carbonated. Imperial stouts are my favorite style, and there are too many better options out there to consider purchasing again. If hop forward stouts are your thing, look no further. Tasted side by side with Blackout Stout. Not even close. (476 characters)

Photo of lechap
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured very flat with little head. Cut to the chase, I just don't enjoy these heavier/stronger stouts. It's not the higher ALC but an unpleasant aftertaste. I read that imperial stouts were originally exported to Russia. That may account for the rumors of Russian women being overly hairy and their success as weight lifters. I'll settle for a good dry Irish stout or oatmeal stout any day. They are just so smooth when compared to imperials. Kind of like filing your fingernails with a fine emery board rather than a wood rasp. (528 characters)

Photo of otto251068
2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
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. (1,682 characters)

Photo of SourHopHead
2.79/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured a deep brown, but mostly black with a tan head and good retention.

S- Chocolate, slight roasted smell. I didn't get any hop aroma at all.

T- Chocolate and roasty flavor. Finished dry.

M- Not much carbonation and tasted fairly thin.

D- A lot of flavors but chocolate and roast overpowered them all. Tasted on the thin side and I drank the 2 I had and I was done.

I expected more from Victory. (407 characters)

Photo of Naugled
2.8/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a nice dark brown thick head and an opaque black body. Chunks of sediment came from the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is a bit vegetal up front sweet and hoppy second.

Flavor is very bitter and harsh, way too much, either a bad bottle or it needs to age and mellow, there was no date on the bottle to know for sure.
It's hard to get a good malt profile because the hop bitterness is so dominating.

Mouthfeel isn't bad but long aftertaste.

Not a very drinkable beer at this point. I may buy another and let it age. I'll update the review afterwards. But as is, not a good example of an imperial stout IMO. (617 characters)

Photo of BreadSlicer
2.8/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: I was very excited on the first pour since it lived up to it's exceptionally dark and bold image

Smell: Typical RIS smell but more to the hoppy/nutty side

Taste: WAY too alcoholic for my tastes. The only other stout I've ever had that had a more dominating alcohol character was a Yeti IS which I hated. It makes every little sip a bit too far on the harsh side for me personally. Almost like drinking a brandy. But if you like drinking brandy...

Mouthfeel: Nice. Nothing special, but nice.

Drinkability: For me its barely drinkable enough to keep me from pouring it down the drain due to the 'way too alcoholic' character. There's actually a very good stout behind all that alcohol though. (706 characters)

Photo of association330
2.82/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle with the marking "Enjoy By: Oct. 1, 2014"

A - Pours with that nice motor oil look, and just the slightest tinge of ruby on the edge of the glass. A huge, two-finger plume of glossy mocha head forms and lasts very well while slowly settling to a tight, half-finger cap of foam. Nice lacing.

S - Grassy hops, with suggestions of burnt malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate.

T - Strong grassy hops up front, then a touch of roasted malt. A dry, harshly bitter, hoppy finish with a hint of coffee and alcohol astringency. Too harsh, and sorely lacks a roasty malt balance.

M - The beer is only medium-bodied and carbonation is a little too high for the style, causing the beer to lack the rich, velvety nature of a RIS. Warming alcohol reminds you of the ABV.

D - Much like how you can't judge a book by its cover, you can't judge a beer solely by its appearance. The flavor of this brew is too unbalanced for the style - it's almost like drinking a dark IIPA. The long, bitter finish is out of control, and the mouthfeel is amiss. (1,043 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Black in color-you probably couldnt get any blacker. Ok carbonation level. Quite floral aroma wise. Reminds me of a bottle of ink. Some roasted flavor that is dominated by way too many hops. Perfumey and flowery flavors just dont belong in a RIS for me. More hop flavor then bitterness. Decent enough mouthfeel. Overall this just doesnt cut it for me. None of the deep, roasted, almost espresso like flavors I love in a RIS. Cross between a double IPA and a stout if you ask me. Bleh. (484 characters)

Photo of Luk13
2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. 2005 vintage. Dark pour with no head. Fresh cedar aromas, this is pretty weird, lots of medecine too some reminescent hops. Thin, coffee rind taste quite bitter, almost no sweetness. Thin palate, this beer is past its prime I believe, will try to get another fresher sample. (282 characters)

Photo of litheum94
2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Best by 12/10/15. Reviewed on 2/28/11

Oil slick black body, with a gigantic brown head that tries to bubble over the glass. Head is sticky and thick, and takes forever to settle.

Aromas of sweet chocolate, with hints of roasted coffee. Some plum aromas. Floral hops. Loads of dark malt scents, and some alcohol aromas.

A DIPA amount of hops hits you in the face, with flavors of pine and citrus. Espresso bitterness. Semi-sweet chocolate mid-palate leads to some more hop bitterness and a very biting, alcoholic finish.

This beer is screaming for balance. The finish is overly alcoholic and off-putting for me. It's almost at rubbing alcohol levels. I was disappointed by this, but almost want to buy another bottle just to see how it ages. (758 characters)

Photo of terranova770
2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was just a little too complex for me, drank fridge cold and room temp, better closer to room temp, think predominant flavor was toffee and coffee, remember those hard coffee candies I think they are now called nestle nips, that is this beer for me. Alcohol in this packs a real punch to the brain but is not dominant in finish. I may consider this beer again on a winter evening, in front of a fire when I am ready to pass out in a big comfy chair, stout drool on my chin. To me not a six pack beer get a single and save for that special occasion. Purchased from Westover Market in Arlington, VA. (606 characters)

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,567 ratings.