Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,514 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 5,514
Reviews: 2,590
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 189
Gots: 701 | FT: 15
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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Ratings: 5,514 | Reviews: 2,590
Photo of BierManVA
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled November 4th and sampled today, December 2nd, 2003.

Amazingly thick dark amber pour. Like syrup. The head is huge and sticky and sweet. Like something a candy maker would experience. A chocolate malt comes to mind.

The smell is likewise thick and chewy. Some alcohol content here but not overpowering. Again, more hints of chocolate.

Taste...Heavy chocolate with coffee malts. Quite desert-like. A bit of wood as well. Very nice.

This is an amazing bier. My head is swimming with ideas for deserts. I want to concentrate this and use it in a variety of tortes and cakes. Ice cream is also coming to mind here. Mmmm.

John

Photo of clvand0
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a very dark color with a medium tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass. It is very thick during the pour. The aroma is of hops, roasted nuts, malts, chocolate, coffee - great aroma - very complex too. The flavor was extremely smooth conisidering the syrup-like pour. Very very smooth. Tasted of a mixture between dark chocolate and roasted malts with some hints of coffee, molasses. It's a little sweet with hints of alcohol as well and the flavor lingers for a while. Great beer here.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great find to see this on tap at the Spring House Drafting Room,pours a deep black with a light moch head that leaves some small traces of lace.Aroma is alcoholic and chocolaty with some burned fruit aromas,taste is of roasted malt and alcohol with some dark chocolate hints and even a little tar-like flavor as well.A real complex beer and way to easy to drink for the style I can see why the high marks are given.

Photo of rdrummer
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a truly black stout that is almost opaque. It is stunning in the glass. It has a brownish head that is long lasting with quite a bit of lacing. It has a wonderfully strong aroma of malt and a hint of chocolate. A very satisfying aroma to sit down with when there is little to do.

The taste is an outstandingly complex mix of maltiness, smokiness, hops, and fruits with a hint of chocolate as with the aroma. This is maybe the best stout outside of a brew pub that I've ever tasted.

It has a very heady, thick feeling in the mouth that leaves you with a malty feeling. There is a touch of bitterness right at the end that makes it finish more crisply. A thoroughly drinkable stout that is a classic of the genre. It packs an alcoholic punch that kicks in when finishing the beer.

Photo of moulefrite
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gosh darned, damn good beer! Pours jet black and features barely visible little white specks that are like little stars lighting the black night. The head is near perfect-espresso/cream color with the texture of marshmallow fluff! The nose is nice, with a major hop influence, as well as the usual suspects for the style ie. bitter chocolate,coffee etc. The flavor is amazing, and certainly attributed greatly to the skillfull use of hops. The taste is like a tootsie roll sauteed in pine needle oil, (if there is such a thing) or perhaps a chocolate flavored bud from Humbolt county.(not that that means any thing to any body) The mouthfeel is lush, creamy, and the finish is long and wonderfully bitter in a hoppy sort of way. Buy into the hype , and try this beer. Buy lots of it before it fades into non-existance for another year.

Photo of Foxman
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is where light goes to die. None gets through. You know it's really dark brown, but the absence of light says, "It's black!"
Soft brown head, not terribly thick, and settles out relatively quickly, but it almost makes you want to pet it, it looks so lush at first.

The hops are there in the aroma, as are the slight coffee and fruits of the malt.

The first taste brings hops to bear, but stops well short of truly bitter, and swings gently into the cherry/coffee bitter-sweetness of the malt, with a trace of chocolate, lingering at the edges of the tongue at the finish, just enough bitterness to keep the balance ideal.

It has body to spare, just short of molasses. It almost seems to lubricate your mouth as it makes it's way stomachward.

You drink one, you want another. Drink another, you want yet one more; it draws you in, like a black hole, and you begin to stretch at the event horizon, time ceasing to matter, because as much as you want that third, or fourth, you have to know that the ABV is lurking at the center of that hole, and it will keep you inside for more hours than you can afford...but if one's demise can taste like this, is it really such a bad way to go?

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black hue with a thin, well-retaining tan head. Hops, espresso, cherry and light alcohol rather inviting on the nose. Up front, a great velvet smoothness, a bit oily and at the same time dry; some dark chocolate, licorise and definitive hop presence noted in the body. Toasted malt combined with a slight citrus touch, warming detection noted towards the end. Robust, rich and tasty; incredible flavors, perfectly balanced, lives up to it's reputation as one of the best.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absotulety opaque ebony with a nice thick brown head that dissipated real quick. Subtle carbonation, but than again, those tiny bubbles have a lot of work to do to rise through thick thick brew. Grainy, roasty, and scorched organic goodness all come through in the nose. Surprisingly, I picked up on a fair amount of hops, too; something strange, though, maybe Challenger. Black strap molasses meets baker's chocolate with an extreme dosage of dark malts, mixed with a sweetness that plays on the tongue for minutes afterwards. Throw some quality espresso in there, too. I've had a fair share of Imperial Stouts in my day, and there are many variations on the style, but this one's been one of my favorites by a long shot and will be for years to come.

Photo of Nytemare
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I promised Pezoids I'd get around to this, since he sent it to me. Had a few setbacks, but at last, I get to give it a whirl. Pours a very very dark brown, just a shade short of black, virtually impossible to get any light through. Nice tan head, with some lacing. Smells of hops, chocolate, roasted nuts, espresso. Nice hit of hops up front with a very roasted malty backbone. Bitter chocolate and espresso fill in nicely. Alcohol warms the body nicely, though it's hidden well in the flavor profile. You can definately feel it. Nice full bodied mouthfeel. Very rich and creamy. This is definately something that I am going to have to find, which means I'll probably have to mail order a case. This is yummy, seek and consume at will.

Photo of putnam
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 14 days ago!
Nosefull of piney, resin-dipped tea bags on top of scorched caramel and great coffee. I think I understand what the brewmaster was trying to achieve...and he/she succeeded! (My 120-lb. wife liked it a lot.) Loaded with extract and perfumed with sticky, twiggy greens, there is still plenty of room for the kahlua liqueur flavors to stretch out. After each sip, there is a durable paint of bitter, brushed steel flavor that survives for minutes.
Serve with scorched nuts and cigars.

Photo of Stopper
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is black as night -- so opaque that I can't even catch highlights on the edges. The head is somewhat thin, dark tan, with hints of ruby, and sticky with a mix of large and small bubbles. A giant roasted espresso-like aroma billows from my glass, but doesn't quite mask the generous, remarkably-fresh hop nose. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth with a nice effervescence -- spectacularly creamy for a beer from a standard bottle. Initially, the taste feels surprisingly balanced toward a cistrusy hop bitterness, but this blends nicely into the malt creaminess. A pronounced dark-roasted malt bitterness then presents itself as a hop brightness shines through on the palate. It finishes not too dry in its this joined bitterness, trailing off with notes of espresso and very fresh citrusy hops.

I had this once before I started revewing beers and deliberately tasting. I didn't remember it being quite so exceptional. It's really amazing how such a bright, fresh hop quality is apparent throughout this big beer. The roast malts are very apparent, but blend well into the beer's gestalt and are not astringent or overly dry. To top it off, it's amazingly easy-drinking for such a huge and flavorful beer.

Photo of NickLovesBeer
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at Anam Cara with fellow BA Sakaroo

Storm King pours a pint black as night with a medium sized tan head, amazing retention and almost no carbonation. It looked extremly ominous and syrupy, one of my roommates refered to it as Guiness on steroids. Storm King smells of roasted espresso beans and unrefined chocolate. The taste: Think and creamy with the prevelent flavor of the espresson and a slight bitterness that finishes every sip. Overall the finest beer I have ever tasted.

Photo of andyj
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma of this one hit me right away. The bitter roasted smell was pleasure to my nostrils. The appearance is an opague black and the head has a dark-ish brownish sort of tinge to it. The taste is just amazing. Imperial Stout all the way. There is a hefty amount of sweetness to this beer, so it is by no means a dry stout. In fact I picked up an interesting hint of mint in the taste. Just a hint, by no means an overpowering flavor. My assumption is that this minty taste is derived from the use of black roasted barley of some variety -- the flavor being a wonderful hint of bitterness from a very dark or black malt. My biggest complaint about this beer is that it is hard to find where I live.

Photo of alexgash
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 bottling on this sucker. This has been in the cellar since last winter, and tonight it joined it's former six-packmates by being consumed by me. Pours a thick black with a medium-sized brown head. Good lacing on the glass too. Smells of whiskey-soaked fruitcake, raisins, soy sauce, roasted mocha coffee, and alcohol. The taste is WOW. Rich, oaky, malty sweetness with plums, overripe bananas, chocolated, all tempered by a rush of bitter dark chocolate hops. Finish is roasty, bitter, with lingering sweetness and warming alcohol. Fantastic. Mouthfeel is big and syrupy. Victory can do no wrong

Photo of byrd
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled and sampled in 2003 -
It takes a fairly aggressive pour to create medium sized frothy tan head, but once it’s there, it’s not going anywhere soon. The lace is sticky, and holds on to the sides of the glass all the way until the end. The color is pitch black and cannot be seen through at all. However, lots of tiny white floaties can be seen through out the brew, slowly making their way to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is not very strong, but roasted malts with hints of coffee and a slight fruitiness is apparent. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, creamy, and full. There’s a moderate carbonation that gives a slight fluffy mouthfeel. The flavor profile is bliss - sweet rich molasses, chocolate notes, and maybe a touch of currant fruitiness. The finish is lots of hops and coffee flavored bitterness. The bitterness along with lots of roasted notes linger unabated until the next sip. I doubt anything can be said about this brew that hasn’t already been said. Wonderfully balanced – the bitterness is never overdone, and the sweetness is never cloying. It’s simply an amazingly wonderful imperial stout that cannot be any more drinkable. One six pack was most certainly not enough!

Photo of irishmoss
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled Jan 28th, 2003
Poured the jet black color that you expect it to with a two finger dirty capachino head. As I drank it, it left the sweetest long laceing down the sides of the glass. The aroma was the usuall coffee & chocolate, but there was a roasted earthy hint with a touch of alcohol. The mouthfill was nice and smooth, but not as thick or viscous as Stone Imperial. The taste was roasted and almost burnt or bitter chocolate. Great hop presence that I thought may have matured a little better. I love the warmth from the alcohol presence, but it's not too much or over powering. Very drinkable, with a nice clean dry finish. Great stout....one of the best.

Photo of bmills1608
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First let me say, stout, generally speaking, is at the lower end of my preference scale, and imperials, even a bit lower. ("What!", "Hmmpf" "Errrr" = Sounds of beer geeks getting their panties all bunched up for 2 reasons. 1) True beer geeks l-o-v-e stouts 2) "If you don't like the style don't drink it or review it its not fair, boo hoo hoo!"). Geeks...shut the hell up.

That being said, Storm king is.... pretty....damn...good.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle jet black with a small filthy looking tan head. On the nose was all of your usual suspects - coffee, molasses, figs and raisins and a some nice herbal hop aroma. Lots of nice fruit as well. Taste was very rich, creamy and mouth-filling. Quite heavy dark malt, pumpernickel bread, tons of ale fruit esters, moderate roasted flavor and a huge kick of burnt brown sugar. Keeping all of this monster malt sweetness under control was a healthy dose of hop bitterness that really cut the malt sweetness perfectly, creating a very balanced imperial stout. At almost 10% alcohol, this boy was still very drinkable and smooth. Victory shows time and again why they are considered a top 5 craft brewery. Awesome stuff.

Photo of DagFishHead
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After being somewhat disappointed in this beer in bottle form, I had a chance to review it again on tap (same fall 2003 version).
Appearance: Tightly-bubbled, whipped-creamy dark-tan head. Fades to cloudlike whisps floating in a jet black sea. Super retention and lace.
Nose was much more balanced than bottled version IMO. Both smoked and sweet malt character, ripe fruit tones. Alcohol remains subdued.
Taste: Great balance between hops, malt, and alcohol warmth. Malt/plum/prune sweetness followed by a semi-dry, bitter hop finale.
Mouthfeel: Full and rich, smooth/sweet silkiness.
Drinkability: Flavors much better blended than bottled version. Highly enjoyable... a growler of this is definitely in my future.

Photo of edchicma
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying this brew just slightly cold....jet black is definitely the colr...with a good head that laces a bit. Deepness in the smell that is not suurprisingly alcohol in nature. Burnt malt flavor that is extremely rounded, bit reminds you of it high abv. Pleasant "afterbite" on the palate. A definite warmer....with a mouthfeel that is extremely surprising for such a high abv...very smooth. High on the drinkability scale...but you gotta sip!

Photo of leeenglewood
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a creamy head that sticks around to the last drop. Smells of slightly alcoholic with a plumy raisiny/ bruised fruit coming out. Tastes initially of roasted sweet caramel malts then you are bombasted with a slightly fruity overtone that finally bellows out to roasted malt choclately flavored aftertaste. Kind of like eating a good cordial chocolate. Body and mouthful is thick and creamy unlike other beers of this abv makes an extremely drinkable beer pending your tolerance.

Photo of dpend
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since Victory is legally unavailable in Florida I have always been anxious to try their products. Although this seems to be a unique interpretation of an Imperial Stout, it's an excellent brew. Deep, rich color and smell and very drinkable for the style, but a nicely balanced mouthfeel. If you can get your hands on this definitely try it.

Photo of AbePhroman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed trying this brew. I had heard much about it but had never tried it. My friend is a Victory freak and he got me into it. It was fruitier than most stouts. Poured a dark black with a tan head. It tasted of raisins an plums actually. It did have a VERY profound hops taste. I am a hophead so I didn't mind, but others might. I wish this was a year round brew, but alas, I must enjoy while I can.

Photo of Stubbie1
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled Oct 2003

As it has been said many times, this beer pours a deep dark black with a dark tan head. The head stays a good amount of time and fades to a very thin lace. The nose is dark roasted with a nice amount of hops mixed in. The taste is a dead match for the aroma. This is a real nice brew and very easy to drink. A MUST for all try!

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage Bottled 04 of November 2003, Sampled February 2004
Pours a pitch black color, and with a thick creamy brown head. Dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee aromas waft from my glass. The roasted characteristics are not overwhelming in any way though, seem to be well in balance. A thick creamy mouth feel to this beer. Definitely reminiscent of a rich coffee concoction, perhaps with a bit of chocolate in it too. It is quite interesting how the flavor hops contribute to a beer when it is so thick & dark. In a lighter beer you would be able to detect the over the top hops immediately, here they just seem to add another dimension to the beer. The hops help to soften the effects of the roasted malts and they help to boost the perception of a dark fruitiness, They also add a citrusy tingling sensation to the tongue. This beer is so well integrated I cannot imagine how it will get any better with age, but I do have a 6'er which I plan on aging to see how this changes. I do still love the fact that this beer is not too heavy, for an Imp-Stout it is nice, light, and easy sipping (note that it is still quite the sipping brew though).

Bottled Oct 15, 2002. Sampled October 27, 2003
This beer is a deep black color, when held up to the light it is seen to be quite clear. When roused a thick dark brown head appears. Notes of burnt raisin waft from the glass. Roasted malt is quite evident in the nose as well. The taste is very good, it is all over the place, not one dimensional at all. Not over the top in its roast character (like some Imp-Stouts), this is wonderful as it allows lots of the other flavors to come through. There are notes of a rich port, and a slight bit of sherry in the finish. The Storm King is fairly light bodied for this style of beer. It is fruity tasting, which is accentuated by the hop flavor that has been put into this beer. Quite novel to me to pack an Imperial-Stout with flavor hop additions, I really like this idea, especially in this relatively 'light' bodied example. One could easily drink a couple of pints of this, and regret it later. The more I drink the more I like this beer, I wish that I had more. I can't wait to get a fresh sample of this beer.

Photo of hotstuff
3.04/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, this beer had a small sized light brown head with fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was uncarbonated, opaque and it had a dark hue to it. The nose was malty, chocolate, and some coffee notes. The flavor was bitter, hoppy, coffee notes, acidic and it left a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfee was tingly, smooth, thin textured and medium bodied. This beer left a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. Nothing to really rave about with this beer.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,514 ratings.