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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,161 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,161
Reviews: 2,510
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 154
Gots: 507 | FT: 18
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 joefuzz
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 2016 bottle poured into snifter

Pours black with a decent sized tan head that dies down to a nice rim around the glass

Smells of hops with a nice chocolate presence

Taste is pretty much how it smells its a very nice hoppy imperial stout that mellows out to a great dark chocolate taste

Carbonation is a little on the high side which I feel kind of brings down the overall body and feel of this beer

Overall very solid imperial stout that is on shelves all year by me

joefuzz, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Danobold, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a textbook borderline pitch black color with vaguely visible carbonation trails. The head is a touch lighter than I like (then again, maybe I'm spoiled by Ten Fidy), as it's only a lighter shade of tan (three fingers high), but it's retention is almost frustrating. Nice lacing, too.

S: LOTS of chocolate and roast comprise the smell...but so do a LOT of piny hops. Schizophrenic in a good way.

T: The first sip surprises with its strong hop bitterness that's very piny in nature. At first, I wondered if I would even like it. But after a while, the hop profile only becomes a complementing note, allowing its RIS character to shine through, with lots of roasty bitterness, chocolate, coffee, saltiness, soy, wood, and a touch of dark fruit, with all of the flavors balancing themselves well. Unbelievable drinkability for a big stout, though it could seemingly pass for a black ale at times.

M: A little thin bodied for a RIS, and very drying, though it manages to avoid feeling like a porter, thanks to its high stickiness. High carbonation for the style, too. Aside from the bitterness, its hoppiness help imparts its drinkability factor.

O: On the very first sip, I wondered whether or not I would even like this. After that, though, I can see why this was so well hyped back in the day. This would have (somehow) been even better if A) my bottle was fresh, or B) my bottle had a year or so of age on it. Even with the hops in an uncomfortable 'gray' area (they're in the stage where they only provide a generic bitterness), I was very much impressed with this. Awesome stuff.

ThisWangsChung, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Capmech1
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Capmech1, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of hlaus
3.5/5  rDev -14%

hlaus, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

sabitu, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of cisteve
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of neophilus
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick mocha head on top of a beer as black as a moonless night. The head falls but leaves some good lacing.

Furity, floral hop aromas greet me which I was not expecting. Hints of malt sweetness underneath. There is some roast in the aroma but nearly covered up by the spicy, hoppy bouquet. It nearly overpowers the rich malty base.

Bitter roast flavor on the tongue, the roast flavor mellows out though and takes on tones of candied plums and dark fruit. A mild acrid roast lingers underneath. The beer is so dry it is nearly astringent but it cleans the sticky fruit and malt flavors up.

The medium mouthfeel has just enough body to carry full bodied flavor without being cloying or too dry. Still though the dark roastiness seems to be at war with the fruity, floral hop bouquet leaving a confused taste on the palate.

Definitely full bodied flavor, lots going on and packing a punch. Still suffers from a mild identify crisis, would like to see less character from the hops and more from the malt.

neophilus, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Hanzo, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of vasudeva11
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

vasudeva11, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Yabev15, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of howard12
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

howard12, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

muchloveforhops3, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of MumboJumbo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

MumboJumbo, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of BeerAcolyte
3.5/5  rDev -14%

BeerAcolyte, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of stevegregg
4/5  rDev -1.7%

stevegregg, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of FATH3RH0P5
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

FATH3RH0P5, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of C63AMG
4/5  rDev -1.7%

C63AMG, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of tbeer40
3.5/5  rDev -14%

tbeer40, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of spicelab
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.

Black with a dense, brooding mocha head. Good retention and strong lace lattice.

Sharpish floral and herbal hops lead, with vague tropical and pungent hop aromas behind it. Roast character is blunt and moderate, with caramel malts more prominent. Touch of booze.

Vegetal, herbal and slightly spicy hops dominate. Coffee roast builds increasingly along with resinous pine. Still plenty of caramel sweetness.

Body is light for 9.1% and doesn't do a lot to make its presence felt. Slight carbonation vibrancy, but could be more assertive. Mild dreamy lingering bitterness.

Maybe I'm losing the plot but this seems closer to a Black IPA than a Stout to me. Either way, it's pretty yummy, solidly done and I'll definitely be seeking it out again.

spicelab, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of KuehneBe
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

KuehneBe, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of tvv375ia
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown /black with no light getting through about 1 finger head that leaves quite a bit of lacing as it fades to a decent cap

S-a little burnt coffee and carmel smell

T-like the smell, some burnt taste with some earth mettalic hop finish

M-thinner than I was expecting light to medium bodied

O-this is a ok not quite as good as I was hoping. I think the thinness of it is the biggest drawback for me. I would drink it again but not go looking for one.

tvv375ia, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this fine RIS to knock off another top 100 in the beers of fame. I held on to this bottle knowing that it would get better with time. I also had a lot of confidence in the quality of this beer since I enjoyed so many different beers from Victory in the past.

I poured this beer into a snifter to enjoy sipping. It is very dark with a minimal tan head. I actually swirled it to bring out more foam and aroma.

The smell and taste is of coffee, malt, and strong amount of booziness. This beer packs a punch, which isn't a surprise for the style. This beer is very well balanced.

I recommend this beer. It may still be on the shelves. If not, I recommend picking up a six pack or two of them next year.

ummswimmin, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of airbag11
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

airbag11, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep, dark brown. Head is light tan and leaves a small ring. Creamy with some faint hints of lacing. Pours on the moderate side.

Smell: Faint smoke and char. Grainy malts. Sweet with a solid punch of cocoa powder. Roasted malts. Burnt malts. Day old fire that's been watered down. Touches of new leather. Charcoal.

Taste: Smoke and an ashtray. Big charred charcoal flavors. Burnt malts push flavors of dark cocoa, old coffee grinds, and burnt meat edges (without the meaty component). Pure char. Lingering sweetness and a touch of roasted malts round out the back, but it's all about the char. Faint hints of citrus on the back. Alcohol asserts itself, but mildly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy without ever being full. Carbonation is minimal and works well with the burnt malt assault.

Overall: Every time I try this beer it reminds me of a fire or an ashtray. It's easily one of the most burnt tasting beers I've ever encountered. This is by no means a bad thing. Loads of flavor, but finishing a whole bottle becomes taxing.

Goblinmunkey7, Mar 30, 2012
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,161 ratings.