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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

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4,484 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4484
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 clayrock81


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap and my pint glass was filled with a dense, black body that had a brownish head that was two fingers high and never really went away. I picked up some good malt smells in the roast and coffee department, but not much else in malt or anything like hops or sweetness. Rather bland smell. A very smooth beer is the first thing that strikes me, but it also contains a heavy coffee taste mixed with roasted malts, chocolate and some caramel and/or honey, as there is some smoothness and sweetness tucked in there. Also hints of cherry or some tart fruit and spices, although the malt is dominate. Thick and heavy-bodied but not too syrupy, this has a dry backbite due more to the malt characteristics and spices than the ABV, which I didn't even realize was anywhere near that until I did this review (i would've guessed 6% or something). Even with that knowledge, I would still relax with a couple of these at the bar again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2008 18:22:29 | More by clayrock81
Photo of SurlyDuff


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

Holy cow, bit of story here first. Had my buddy, WVBeerGeek send a bottle of Storm King to me from back East. I hadn't had any in 3 years...going through withdrawl.

Then poof! Two days later I find it on tap at one of my favorite beer bars. I've never seen SK out here at any bottle shops, let alone on tap!

Oh well.

This review is for the glorious chalice that I had poured for me at Blacksmith Bar&Restaurant.

Dark with no light escaping it. Dark thick head.

A nice hop profile awaits, hidden...nestled perhaps...beneath armomas of coffee, espresso, and rich candy sugars. An alcohol aroma too, similar to brandy or cognac.

Light carbonation in the mouth. Sweetness of chocolate and esperesso is nicely balanced with a hop presence. Roasty, then finishes with a bitter mouthwatering mouthfeel.

Yum, very drinkable and very good!

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2008 22:44:13 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap tonight at the Draught House here in Austin.

This brew is jet black all the way. Beautiful in a glass with a nice creamy head and and good lacing.

The nose of this brew is a wonderful blend of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a nice alcohol spice as well.

I was expecting just a big, huge brew that overwhelmed the palate, but I was pleasantly surprised with a beer that that first hits the tongue with a wonderful creamy mouthfeel, as one would expect from a stout and then a good dose of carbonation at the end keeps this beer well out of the range of being too creamy. Ditto for the flavors, as they are actually somewhat subtle up front, with chocolate, coffee, a little caramel that rides through to a good dose of bitterness that does a wonderful job of keeping this big old stout from being too sweet. A nice bit of alcohol flavor meshes perfectly with the hops to help this brew finish nice and dry leaving you wanting another sip.

As far as I'm concerned, for a big beer, this one has it all. Full of flavor, as one would expect, but unlike some big brews, this one doesn't try to overdo things. It's balanced, but still big and bad, and oh man is it drinkable. Savor this one with sip after wonderful sip.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2008 05:42:43 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of Sponan


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

Had in a pub glass at Victory's Pub

A-One of the blackest beers I have seen, topped by a thick head that reminded me of cappucino; Excellent retention and lacing.

S-A little citrus hop, along with a nice bit of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. A little subdued compared to others of the style, but nicely balanced..

T-Complex malt character, with coffee, chocolate, molasses and a nice earthiness. A bit more hop than expected breaks through, along with a hint of citrus. Nicely balances the beer. A little cherry and chocolate subsides to a dry roasted malt finish.

M-Nice mouthfeel. This is a thick, smooth beer that coats your mouth. A nice level of carbonation plays with the palate. Also a pleasant bit of alcohol warmth.

This is a great beer and goes down easy for the abv. Everyone should give this a try. One of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 00:17:09 | More by Sponan
Photo of ROMER79


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

I had this beer casked poured from the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia.

The appearance was there for sure. It poured a thick brown /black with a nice tan two to three finger head. I could smell the chocolate malts and coffee mix as soon as it was placed in front of me. It had a nice earthy taste to it with well balanced hops, coco, and coffee. Nice and smooth when on the palate, very enjoyable. Very easy to drink. Especially when poured from a hand pumped cask.

Serving type: cask

02-18-2008 01:53:24 | More by ROMER79
Photo of jockstrappy


4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Jean Bonnett Tavern in Bedford, PA.

Pours an opaque black with a frothy brown head that left rings all the way to the bottom. Aromas noted are roasted malt, and coffee with a slight hop in there also. Taste is a thick combination of coffee and chocolate flavors, with notes of caramel, nuts, and a small, yet pleasant hop bitterness. Syrupy m/f on this one, ABV hurts the drinkabilty. Complexity really comes around as it warms a bit. Great stout all the way.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2008 14:33:19 | More by jockstrappy
Photo of Jerzdevil1116

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was fortunate enough to enjoy a pint of this from a cask at the Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, PA.

A- Opaque brown/ black. A black hole of a beer. 1 to 2 fingers of foamy brown/ tan head.

S- Deeply roasted coffee and chocolate malt.

T- Dry and earthy bitterness. Roasted coffe.

M- Medium to full body/ Velvety smoothe. Coats the tongue.

D- Keep them coming. One of my favorite beers of all time. Extra special on cask.

Serving type: cask

01-20-2008 06:58:33 | More by Jerzdevil1116
Photo of beerbutcher


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewery

appears black with a thin tan head

aroma is deeply roasted, with coffee and mocha in the front.

tastes is heavily grainy, there's lot's and lot's of roasted grain in this beer but it maintains a creaminess that may be accounted to some wheat(?) i don't know, but for as dark as it is i was expecting something far more aggrerssive. there's a good amount of well integrated hop bitterness, but lacking the leafy raw edges of some over hopped versions. also, the grains carry little astringency. gorgeous.

the mouthfeel is creamy and lush. not excessively gritty or bitter, all pieces seem to fit quite nicely. the volume is high, but well bitterness.

drinkability is very high for such a powerful beer. i love it! like i said, there's a lot of everything one needs in a big dark beer, but it's all so well orchestrated that nothing stands out. with impeccable balance and beautiful texture, i could drink a few, if only i could stay on the barstool!

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2008 18:46:32 | More by beerbutcher
Photo of woodychandler


4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived with a thick, medium-tan head with almost nitrogen-pour qualities. It had a rich, chocolate nose with lightly smoky notes. The color was really dark, almost cola/carmel colored. The mouthfeel had a better-than thin but less-than-full quality. Lots of dark chocolate and a little charcoal flavor in the mouth. Finish was rich, slightly smoky and redolent with chocolate. Pass me the brownies.

A re-review following GEN Sutter Cask Night on F, 24 Apr 2009:

Gee, I thought that I had not had this from a cask before, but my reviews prove me wrong. Whoops!

Coming off of a gravity pour, it had a deep-tan/light-brown soapy head with mild retention. The nose had dark chocolate, raisins, plums, coffee, and tobacco. The color was a deep, dark, impenetrable black. The mouthfeel was slick and oily, although a little thin in its density. The immediate taste was of smoking a maduro cigar on the fantail of the Self-Defense Test Ship (SDTS) in 1995, following evening chow, so a cup of mess decks coffee would have been a natural accompaniment. Ah, the memories ... The finish had a slight heat that gave 'way to a lingering smoky flavor.

I'll be frank here, and earnest, too. RIS just is not my preferred style. This was a terrific iteration, but I simply do not get the charge from it that others seem to. Call it the "Blind Man at the Movies Syndrome". I am missing out on something that everyone else is enjoying. Brooklyn 1 and I have a like relationship, although Garrett Oliver has exonerated me, telling me that he is the only person who has to like his beers. Ha!

Serving type: cask

01-04-2008 10:42:32 | More by woodychandler
Photo of letsgopens


4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This time it was tasted on-tap at Victory Brewing. The opaque black body has some deep ruby highlights around the edges. A dark beige head fades to a 1/4 inch cap of frothy foam. The lace sticks a bit on the sides.

The aroma is primarily of heavily roasted malts of course; bitter cocoa, black coffee, and a hint of nutty chocolate sweetness. Just a faint bit of booze is detectable as well. A good amount of leafy hops and espresso linger on the nose.

Rich and decadent. Thick, creamy milk chocolate and mocha coffee. Super roasty with moderate/hight sweetness for a RIS. Warm, dark chocolate chip cookies come to mind; luscious. The slight bitterness comes out in the end with dark cocoa and leafy hops. Enormously flavorful and very decadent. Black coffee really shows itself and lingers in the finish. Massive and delicious.

Creamy smooth and decadent on the palate. Semidry with nice bitterness at the end. Lingering coffee on the tongue and just a hint of warmth. Overall the booze is hidden very well. Tasty and dessert-like. One of my favorites. Essentially the same beer on-tap as in the bottle but I figured I'd give a more recent and complete review.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2007 18:09:07 | More by letsgopens
Photo of callmemickey


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A thick ebony black body topped with a mocha/tan head that stays for days

S: Earthy tones are offset by a dash of sharper hops... about standard roasted notes for a great stout.

T: Roasted malty goodness... all the earthy flavors are present (think coffee, chocolate, licorice, and molasses) and are interupted with what i believe to be an orange peel rush before returning to the roasted malts

M: Delightfully thick yet surprisingly smooth

O: You would never know this stout was hitting the scales at over 9% with the way this goes down

Serving type: growler

10-03-2007 18:07:09 | More by callmemickey
Photo of FightingEntropy


4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: small glass on tap at Town Hall

A: very black that shifts to a barely noticable dark brown at the edges. Fluffy light brown head that lingered.

S: big, clean roasty smell with big malt. signular, not overly comples, but just good.

T: roast continues witha chocolate nuttiness, no coffee, unitl a bite in the aftertaste that complete the flow over the tongue.

M: medium to heavy, but not a chewy stout. Not think or waters in any way either. Just smooth.

D: very easy--too much for a stout.

Overall: one of my favorite stouts. Extremely drinkable beer that is wo well done that it's easy to buy over and over again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2007 02:52:43 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of beersarang


4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a beer festival,

Poured a near black with deep tan head that left generous lacing. Did not appear as syrupy as some Imperial stouts can be.

Coffee and chocolate aromas come in strong, jump out of glass. Alcohol plays with chocolate, very pleasant, true to style.

A deep sip brings a firm malt character that fades into bitterness from both the hops and the coffee character. Finishes with chocolate and sweet alcohol. Wonderful.

Medium bodied but gives a definite creamy sensation. Excellent mouthfeel without the slick alcohol.

Very drinkable, and very dangerous.

A solid and one of the best Imperial stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2007 19:56:13 | More by beersarang
Photo of stereosforgeeks


4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a gorgeous dark, near-black into my pint glass. There was minimal head present when I received my glass from the bartender.

Smell: The bar was crowded and smoky but the beer still persevered through the smell and the roasted chocolate and coffee. There seemed to be some faint dark fruits present as well, but they were hard to distinguish.

Taste: The chocolate and dark fruits explode in the mouth. The cofee presence helps balance the alcohol across the palate and it finish with a nice hop bitterness. The aftertase seems to be of some bakers chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as one would expect but with enough depth to coat your mouth with flavors.

Drinkability: I ended up drinking a couple of these at the bar tonight to the detriment of my sobriety, but I couldn't help myself.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2007 15:54:47 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Mountain Sun's Stout month. Couldn't wait.
Smooth pour, black with a little burgundy on the edge. Slight off-brown head, they know how to pour these.
Smell of coffee and baked cocao, a bit of dry hops, some black fruit.
Tastes really good. Smoothed out coffee and chocolate, some roasted malt comes through and the hops dry it out nicely. The alcohol is hidden until the next sip, then I can feel it.
I'd go for the tap over the bottle on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2007 01:43:07 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of AzAleC


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark brown, nearly black. Caramel colored head which diminished quickly with no lacing.

S: Sweet, sharp, strong hop aroma. Very strong roasted barley smell.

T: Bitter, but very sweet, with strong hop overture throughout. Roasted barley flavor is very strong with hints of mild tannin, dark fruit.

M: Thick and hearty.

D: Warming and wonderful which goes with the style, but deliciously easy to drink. Too many could be dangerous at the ABV, but it could be hard to stop.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2006 01:22:38 | More by AzAleC
Photo of HimerMan

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Cask 7/21/06 at Stout in NYC, served in their cask beer glass (typical small mug).

Very nice pour - black, ruby highlights in the light and a slight syrup-like stick to the glass when you move it around.

Awesome taste - as a stout should be, chocolate notes, mild coffee and a small taste of alcohol that peeks through after some sips. About half way through the beer develops a caramel-like flavor with a bit of cream, of course mixed with the overall chocolate/coffee overtones.

Absolutely excellent to drink, first time ever on cask for me, multiple bottles enjoyed (Nov 04 batch my favorite to date). I think this was a bit too cold from the cask; but if you let it sit for a bit - it comes out perfectly.

Try this while you can at Stout - awesome beer, and great bar.


Serving type: cask

07-22-2006 02:50:42 | More by HimerMan
Photo of HurricaneMo


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on cask thanks to the persistence of Mikey.

I wasn't incredibly impressed the first time I tried this beer, but this time around was definitely better. It was a very deep chocolate brown color with a decent head and lacing. In my opinion, the smell didn't do justice to the wonderful taste. This beer seemed a little agressive with the hops for a stout, but still was well-rounded. Not my favorite stout, but totally worth enjoying when you get the chance.

Serving type: cask

05-29-2006 18:31:00 | More by HurricaneMo
Photo of Lnedrive14


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Cask at Capital Ale House:

Cask is the way this beer was meant to be drank. Recently bottled sample have been less than satisfying, and taps in Boston had been mediocre at best. But this is almost perfection. Incredibly harsh (in a good way) with tons of hops balanced with malts, caramel, and fruit/soudough bread.

We all know of the potential of this brew and have been sorely dissatisfied with it recently. This proves to me the beer may be coming back....with a vengeance.

Serving type: cask

05-29-2006 05:29:45 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of WonderWoman


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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 msubulldog25


4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first-ever Storm King was served in a large snifter at Henry's Tavern in Portland. Immediate reaction from co-worker friends around the table was "WHAT is THAT?!?!" - I guess because it wasn't served in a pint glass (or bottle).

Appearance - deep brown, almost black very thin tan head. It was a very dark seating area so...moving on...
Smell - dark chocolate and roasted coffeebeans.
Taste - like that off bittersweet chocolate, slight sweetness married with slight tang. A little bit of citrusy zest, too.
Mouthfeel - Smooth & full. Flavor all over the tongue.
Drinkability - I stopped at one, but this was an excellent stout - I definitely want to enjoy one again. Pretty strong in alcohol so I paced myself on this night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2006 02:34:50 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Jet black beer, thick as pitch, thin mocha crown, decent stickiness and retention. Very syrupy looking.

Nose: must and earth, citric acid, rosted grains, coffee and chicory.

Taste: Complex malt character. They’re big and roasty. Coffee, dark chocolate, bitter chicory, molasses, dirt, and dank wood. Subtle dark fruit comes through the finish.

MF: Thick yet smooth as silk worm’s cocoon. Hints of citrus balance out the big malts.

Drinkability: Really dangerous. This one goes down too easy for the ABV and style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2006 22:28:08 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

on cask @ andy's corner pub, bogata NJ this sunday (props to my bud yelterdow for calling the place)

black, hella black, hellish black, hellicious black... got it ? even on cask the head retained.. and of course this monster sticks to the glass like a fat chick on my c.. nevermind... it is menacing looking, I let it sit for a bit and it still had a nice head on it (milk choc colored). I was suprised at how active it was out of the cask....

burnt malts coated with a dollop of hops, coffee, no sense of the punch this baby delivers at all in the odor... everything is balanced, not one note is killing the other, it lets you know who is boss and it aint you! the aroma is intoxicating and delish.

taste etc...
slick, oily slick resin and hops, mild burnt flavors, abv is hiding and ready to pounce, chocolate notes linger with only some slight sweetness..and then smackin bitter bitter bitter hops... the mouthfeel is still WAY too thin onthis one imo... the only detriment I can really think of.. if this was thicker feeling it would be a total home run, but that said I still love the living crap outta this beer.

do I even need to ? please.. if you like bold tasting stouts just go have some of this... this is bad-ass, period.

Serving type: cask

02-01-2006 04:17:41 | More by Ego
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Muddy brown body with a tan head and a blanket of lacing

Smell: Both the roasted malt and fruity hops are present on the nose

Taste: Rich and malty dark chocolate flavor with the fruity hops making an early appearance and building through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied with plenty of alcohol

Drinkability: Massively complex and very well-balanced

Serving type: cask

12-08-2005 03:34:18 | More by brentk56
Photo of Phatz


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

I had this on tap today right form the source, sitting at Victory's Brewpub, and it was fantastic.
When the waitress brought it to the table it looked jet-black. Tipping the beer in the glass is the only way to make it look any less then midnight black. It is completely opaque. Absolutely no light getting through this beer. I did not get to see the head on it this time because (as I said) I was waiting on a waitress and by the time it got to me the head was gone. However I have had this beer a number of times and as I recall there is usually a moderate head.

The aroma is not at all an overpowering one (a bit subtle for a Stout) but there is a noticeable bitterness combined with the sent of coffee makes me want to have this with my breakfast. After the coffee aroma I get a bit of chocolate and dark fruit buried in a bit of alcohol dangling in my nose.

Instantly I think of classic roast coffee, followed quickly by a thought of black espresso as I swallow. (it must be the semi-bitter) Then I notice the chocolate, but not a sweet chocolate taste maybe more of a dark semi-bitter chocolate. It is hard to describe this flavor. It does give you a lot to think about, yet it is easy drinking. For a Stout, this is not an overly sweet beer. It has just the right amount of hops and bitter to be able to notice them but not to be overwhelmed by it either. I really enjoy this taste.

The mouthfeel is full; very full, but not heavy and chewy. The carbonation is just enough to lighten the dark thick flavor and leave you with a very pleasant feeling on your tongue.

DANGEROUS! For a Stout this does go down remarkably easily. I have taken a Growler home and ... well I'll just say I got hurt! ;) So be careful. You do NOT feel the 9.1% ABV until ... later. After a few of these though, it does start to sit heavy in your stomach so don't plan on it for all night drinking. Enjoy!

Hope this is helpful.

BTW {additional notes: This is a beer that is definitely best on tap or growler. The bottles for some reason seem to have a little less of the same smooth creamy feel as it does on-tap. Also, although it is the same beer, it seems to have a stronger hop characteristic in the bottle. Point, I recommend visiting Victory if you get the chance.}

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2005 08:23:15 | More by Phatz
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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