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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

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4,481 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4481
Reviews: 2471
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Photo of choicegrinds

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers
in a way its kind of hard to review because its not a great representative of a "imperial stout" but as an is what it is beer its awesome.
Pours basically opaque black with white head. Yep, imperial stout. The nose is where it changes because its hop heavy. The taste is the kicker because front of the mouth its ipa hoppy but back of the mouth its malty stout deliciousness. Awesome beer and inexpensive. Great stout for hopheads. They should call this a black ipa. I would love to try a bourbon barrel version of this

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:35:10 | More by choicegrinds
Photo of lechap


2.73/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 01:08:13 | More by lechap
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a goblet.
Pours dark chocolate in color, nearly black in the glass, with a good, semi-durable tan head.

Aroma: complex & rich; markedly hoppy compared to the Samuel Smith's Imp. Stout that preceded it. In fact, more hoppy than malty.

Rcih flavor has a balanced hoppy/malty components,. Moderately bitter by the finish. Lasting aftertaste of coffee, hops and dark roasted grains.

Feel: full, smooth body with good carbonation.

O:a hopped up Imp. Stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:23:33 | More by chinchill
Photo of bikesandbeers


4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale is for cold winter nights after shoveling snow all day. Sitting in your living room, sipping this wonderful product from Victory, life doesn't get much better. This ale pours black as pitch with a nice tan head. It smells of roasted barley and hops. Mouth feel is right on for an Imperial Stout, thick. Taste...heaven in a glass. I will be purchasing this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 01:19:41 | More by bikesandbeers
Photo of Ozzylizard


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Mar 4, 2018 bottle at 40 degrees into pint glass
Aroma of toasted malt
Head large (5 cm), rocky, light brown, slowly diminishing to 2 cm
Lacing good, like a lace curtain surrounding the glass
Body dark brown to black, opaque
Flavor is of toasted malt, no hop bitterness, no diacetyl, no alcohol
Ends with a slight malt bitterness, with a light alcohol glow in the stomach
Palate medium to full, creamy, carbonation soft

It’s been six years since I last tried Storm King. Drinking it today, I don’t know why I waited so long to retry it. It’s an excellent stout which can more than hold it’s own with the big boys.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 16:11:07 | More by Ozzylizard
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: February 13, 2014... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter...OCCASION: a Storm King for 2014's king of storms... APPEARANCE: intimidating fire-like lacing of brown head wreaths atop a raven-black body; slightly sporadic lacing... AROMA: oak, milk and peat; brighter, lighter hops tempt the nostrils...PALATE: full-bodied and ferocious; active and substantial from front to back; a welcome lingering aftertaste--keeps the secret of its 10% ABV like a concealed dagger...TASTE: immediately arresting hops clash with teeth; soft malt guides the throat; sweet as sugar--not as complex as expected... OVERALL: the victory in this beer is the balance of ABV and flavor--not on par with its Baltic Thunder, but being readily available in six packs makes this a "snowed in" companion worth seeking out ...

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 05:26:05 | More by dacrza1
Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio


2.13/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Black, 1/4 inch, no carbonation.

S: Floral notes are the dominant scent, with undertones of cinnamon spice and licorice.

T: It literally tasted like I ate rose petals, and then had my tongue and throat bruised by the strong knockout punch of hops. Hops linger forever.

M: Full bodied, creamy on the back end.

O: It tasted like I was drinking floral perfume, only to then get punched by Bernard HOPkins (get it?).

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:29:03 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
Photo of Bone53


4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from the bottle into a snifter at about 50°F

Appearance: Typical of a RIS. Black as can be, no light whatsoever, and a creamy tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: You can tell this will be a quite bitter RIS with the floral hop notes. Roasted malts and chocolate aromas are secondary, which is not typical for a stout in general.

Taste: This is my favorite aspect of this beer. The hops seem to open up every characteristic which dance a number on your tongue. Between the chocolate, roasted malts, and smokiness, the hops keep it all in check and keep you begging for more.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation for a RIS and more bitter than I am used to from this style, but the flavor makes up for it.

Overall: A very unique take on an American Russian Imperial Stout, which could be for better or worse, but for me I really enjoy it and the flavor alone keeps me coming back. Cheers!

*Make sure to drink this right above or at room temperature. Too chilled and you will get all hops, but as it warms you get more and more of the malt characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 13:27:03 | More by Bone53
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.01/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 03:18:32 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of Nate139


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - completely black, with a creamy tan head

S - Dark roasted malts, subtle chocolate and hoppy aroma

T - Strong bitter coffee and chocolate up front, followed by roasted malty flavor, alcohol warmth towards the back

M - very smooth, full bodied

O - fantastic beer, definitely gonna have this again

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 16:17:23 | More by Nate139
Photo of SFNC

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep, dark brown to black with redish tints in harsh light. It poured well, with a thin tan head and plenty of very tiny rising bubbles present. The smell is very complex, with coffee, char and chocolate fighting some strong hops. This may be the strongest hops precense that I've ever encountered in a Stout. The taste is intense as well, the hops forward and fighting the deep roasted coffee and chocolate charecteristics, oddly enough to a draw. This could have been a bitter disaster like many Black IPA's that I have tried, but been totally underwhelmed by. One could say this is well balanced for all the competing flavors creating a tumultous harmony. It's silky too, a bitter aftertaste, but pleasantly bitter like you expect from a good Stout. Overall, a very strong Imperial Stout, Victory can be proud off this complex, but very enjoyable beverage.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 00:43:24 | More by SFNC
Photo of JerUrbans


4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark black color with big fluffy dark cream head, with huge bubbles. Smell is malty, smoky, and earthy and quite pleasant. Wow this is good! Big bitter chocolate with roasted coffee, this beer is really good. Mouthfeel is silky but with a very bitter finish that lingers in my mouth.

Overall very good everything I need in an Imperial stout. I could drink many of these. This is my first beer from Victory and will be excited to try more of their beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 02:26:55 | More by JerUrbans
Photo of Roguer


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge, four-finger dark tan head from a solid pour. Good retention, and fantastic lacing. Brew is oily black and opaque, typical for the style.

Wow, big aroma of fruity hops! Ruby red grapefruit, lemon, floral, and a hint of pine. Roasted barley and cocoa just in the background. Not much of a stout aroma, but very nice, and very interesting.

Flavor is more appropriate to the style. Big black coffee notes, with powdered cocoa and roasted barley. Tons of hops, but they really provide bite and bitterness more than flavor. Earthy hops and pepper, if anything, with some sweet citrus on the very back-end.

Feel is silky smooth, with nice balance and bite (both from hops and from the roast). Fantastic retention and aftertaste. Could use a bit more thickness, but it's far from thin.

This is an excellently balanced beer, full of surprises, but ultimately a very good and drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 17:48:11 | More by Roguer
Photo of fx20736

New York

3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bought a 4 pk from Southtown Beverages, Rochester NY on 1/25/14.

poured into a goblet, served near room temp.

appearance: black with a thick khaki head, nice lacing.

smell: I am taken aback by how hoppy this beer smells. A spearmint or eucalyptus aroma almost smothers the charred malt.

taste: the hops overwhelm the malt.

mouthfeel: is decent, slippery

overall: did not like this one, too hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 23:56:54 | More by fx20736
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured this into a tulip. dark. light brown head. on the nose: hops are noticed first, and the alcohol and a dark chocolate. this is hoppier than a lot of imperial stouts but I suspect this is a very fresh bottle. upon tasting; mouthfeel is as thick as it needs to be, but not chewy. huge roast note; a mouthful of burnt coffee beans and bitter chocolate, still pretty hoppy, even getting a citrus

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:34:16 | More by dank203
Photo of BierJager89


4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black and thick like motor oil, viscous and gloopy, with a medium-dark brown creamy head that quickly fades to a ring.

S: Orange, citrus, floral hops, pine, very hoppy nose, coffee and roasted malt are hidden undertones. Interesting.

T: Roasted malt and coffee as well as a little dark chocolate up front, floral hops, pine, orange and citrus in the middle, as well as a bit more chocolate in the finish. Very enjoyable.

M: Full bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: "Regular" imperial stouts are excellent on their own, but there are two types of imperial stouts that I especially love: Barrel aged (especially in scotch or bourbon barrels) imperial stouts and hoppy imperial stouts (or are they black ales?). This falls into the latter category and it is delicious. Definitely worth a try, definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:16:27 | More by BierJager89
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter.

Bottled on April 24, 2013 (Julian date 114 3) and enjoy by date of April 24, 2018

A: Dark and rich looking with a neat one and a half finger root beer colored head. The head breaks fairly quickly and leaves some nice lacing instead.

S: roasts really stand out here, there is also some dark chocolate and some mild hops.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely, with the roast really taking the point on this one. However there is a bit of licorice or perhaps treacle that slips in here too. This is more on the finish though.

M: Full bodied and smooth

O: My first beer from Victory and I am impressed. I was not sure what to expect and I got a solid RIS. This drives my desire for more from Victory even more (hello Dirtwolf). I would recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 22:37:06 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of scotorum


4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought back in June and saved for colder weather.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with ruby highlights at a few edges when seen through bright light. Inch and a half tall tan head receded slowly to thick rocky surface foam and dense patterned lacing. Looking very good!

s: Curiously fruity. Later dark malt shares the aroma spotlight.

t: Dark smoky malt up front lets the hops sneak up on your tongue. Some bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. High ABV is well concealed.

m: Heavy with substantial body. Silky smooth.

o: Outstanding imperial stout! Mild aroma gives no hint of what hits the palate. You just want to have more!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 06:51:40 | More by scotorum
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9.1% ABV, Enjoy By Jan 30 2014

*This is the second oldest bottle from my cellar, circa 2008.

A - Ominous. Storm King pours black as night with no light penetrating the body of beer below the stable mocha head. Moderate retention keeps the tight bubbles afloat long enough for them to grip the glass' walls.

S - A certain level of oxidation has affected the beer but, due to it's age that's inevitable. Slight wet cardboard notes aside, Storm King is brimming with warm alcohol and a conglomerate of roasted malt characteristics; chocolate covered raisin, thin molasses, and a tickle of acrid bitterness behind the smooth caramel notes.

T - Smooth milk chocolate dribbles over raisins and collects lightly roasted, ground coffee beans along the way for a voluptuous flavor of malty goodness that's not so infiltrated by oxidation as the aroma displays, finishing out with just an ever so slight nod to earthy hops within.

M - Moderate carbonation allows the otherwise medium-bodied beer a fuller feel as this smooth stout glides down the throat with warming alcohol in tow, finishing with just the right amount of bitter balance.

O - It's been a pleasure to enjoy this one six-pack over the past few years but I'll openly admit that I remember nothing about it fresh nor it's development; the only thing I remember about Storm King is that I've always liked it. Just day's before Victory's "enjoy by date", Storm King has suffered minor oxidation in the way of wet cardboard but the victory is Storm King's! Still plenty tasty and drinkable, this imperial stout is one to be sipped, exploring it's chocolaty nuances.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 00:15:19 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date of July 05, 2016 it appears; the date is really hard to read. Another new beer to me from Victory, this one a stout. Victory has really been cranking them out lately. Expectations are good.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark cola colored body; opaque in the glass. Just over a finger of creamy fluffy doughy head. Some thin scattered tan lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pretty nice, not exactly typical. Dark bittersweet baking chocolate, malt roast, some earthy piney hoppiness, some musty & fruity yeast esters, citric orange, some creaminess, a hint of vanilla. Smells good.

T - Good depth of flavor and lots of complexity. Chocolate, caramel, toffee, fruity hops - grapefruit, orange, pine. Good balance. Alcohol is well hidden. Some underlying dark chocolate cherry flavor in there also.

M - Smooth and creamy, with a bit of crispness to it, more so than the usual stout. Medium bodied with big carbonation. Sticky chocolate and resinous hops on the palate.

Overall, a nice stout from Victory, definitely on the hoppier side of things though. A solid B.

Victory Storm King ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:10:13 | More by mfnmbvp
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4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look forward to this every year - pours a healthy black, darker foam about a finger width that leaves really beautiful lacing.

Smell is complex, many things are mixed in here but hops and malt balanced pretty well overall, although smell does not hit very hard. Taste is really really nice, smooth without being boring at all, feels very full in the mouth. Malt backbone is obvious.

Overall a great experience, am cellering a couple and looking forward to the results down the road.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 06:33:24 | More by arthuro11
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Dark black pour with a finger width of light brown head

S: Hops, Hops, Hops... most hops I have smelled on an alleged Stout... but they bring about some interesting questions... is this an Imperial stout... or is it a Black Double IPA?

T: The hops hit you hard, a lot of pine and resin and dark malty flavors... really good flavor

M: Low carb but it works for the blend, good thickness to the brew, but not chewy

O: Great beer, will purchase again.... very reminiscent of the Wookey Jack I am currently drinking

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 00:54:11 | More by KTeamLSU
Photo of ZagZagg


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Oily black, deep and dark. Moderate carbonation appearance. Thin head with decent retention and lacing. Looks like it has some nice viscosity. Pretty standard stout appearance, the bottom of the glass emits a nice redish glow.

S: The smell stands out in my opinion. Rich malt character, roasted with notes of coco and sweetness with a bit of a bitter bite. Reminds me of winter, crisp.

T: Follows the nose, with roasted/burn malt with a little booziness. Licorice lingers somewhere in this coffee conundrum. Bitter but balanced with a little sweetness of smoky sweetness. A lot of hop presence, more bitter than most stouts I’ve drank, but I am enjoying the complexity. The sweetness seems to reflect some dark fruitiness or burnt sugar, almost syrupy.

M: Well bodied, with light tingling carbonation. Has some creamy character the longer it stays in the mouth. Crisp and excellent with a delightful coffee style after taste

O: This brew boats a nice 9.1% ABV, and has impressive drinkability for an imperial stout. A lot more hop character than most stouts, but has excellent balance. This was purchased in a four-pack, but I could easily go through more than that in a session. Victory makes some quality brew, and I thoroughly enjoy their take at imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 02:43:48 | More by ZagZagg
Photo of ONUMello


4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a two-finer tan head
S: Cocoa, espresso, molasses, a touch of booze and dark wheat bread
T: Melted dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, a bit of hop bitterness
M: Full-bodied, smooth yet a bit of a bite from the alcohol & hops
O: Very solid stout, I enjoyed drinking this

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 05:29:45 | More by ONUMello
Photo of tmm313


4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid black body. Poured aggressively at first and had to stop. 4 finger head isn't dissipating very quickly. Head is soapy through glass and like creamy chocolate milk on top. Great lacing.

S- My first thought was of a Three Musketeers candy bar. Milk, dark chocolate and caramel up front. Roasted malts and a touch of dark fruit in the back. Sometimes I get dank hops. Other times, I pick up milk.

T- Nice. Follows the nose pretty closely. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. I swear I taste nougat in there sometimes. Roasted malts, piney hops, a touch of dark fruit, and a shot of booze in the finish. Licorice shows up as it warms. Every taste is a little different.

M- Medium body with nice carbonation. Drying and oily. Char on the aftertaste.

O- I just found out today that ten years ago this was the number 1 beer on Beer Advocate. Now its not even in the top 250. That's just a testament to how far craft beer has come, because this is a DAMN GOOD BEER! I can definitely tell why it was once so coveted. It is super complex with big flavors and incredible balance. This one was a trend-setter. Taste it and you'll see why.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 22:28:32 | More by tmm313
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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