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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,366 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 5,366
Reviews: 2,560
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 175
Gots: 596 | FT: 15
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Photo of WS_Transplant
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kwm5067
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of drbenderdo
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Redneckwine
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Black as night, no light penetrates. A two finger dark tan head persists well and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Really nice and hoppy up front, but not in a very distinct way - sweet, fruity, a little piney. The hops are blending very nicely with the mild roasty coffee and cocoa notes in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose very closely. Pretty big hop burst up front... Very IPA-like with plenty of sweet, juicy fruit (even a bit tropical in nature), citrus, a little piney and grassy. Hops balance well and provide some light bitterness and dryness. On the back end the stout complexities come into play with roasty malts, a bit of char, dark fruits, plenty of earthy coffee and cocoa suggestions. Booze is very well hidden. Finishes off-dry with some moderate resin hop bitterness. The hops and dark malts definitely play nice together.

Feel - Ample carb is super smooth and creamy, which suits the full body perfectly. Feels thick and rich, but not heavy. Drinkability is high for the style.

Overall - Pretty killer stout here... Or is it an IPA? It's definitely hopped up to IPA levels. Stout IPA? This bad boy has more in common with a black IPA (imperial black IPA) than an imperial stout. Many times the "black IPA", hoppy/roasty concept clashes horribly... Not this time. No matter how you classify this beer, it's truly excellent on all levels and in every category. That being said, if you don't like the idea of a hoppy stout, you'll probably want to skip this one.

Photo of ryanpawns
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wedge6128
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Overall A good beer. tastes more like an IPA than a stout in some ways. the smell is great, the taste has a hoppy bite and aftertaste but there is a decent flavor to be sure.

Photo of Dayvcrocket
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drone
2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good, but not impressive. Less impressive.

Photo of JayRichter44
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SoonerNY
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryanmextorf
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too hoppy of a stout for me... Again, curious to see what some age would do to this one, but a solid stout nonetheless.

Photo of Brevbin
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm not sure if it was a bad bottle or what but it just wasn't good. It had a nice body, but it just tasted burnt, and not the good smokey rauch type of burnt.

Photo of user785335
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CTFalcon
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nicked
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours slick, oily black. Impenetrably dark, very faint ruby around the edges. Half of a finger of tan head forms and disperses quickly. Lacing follows, but slowly leeches into the stout.

S- roasted malts, notes of vanilla sweetness, citrusy hops.

T- dueling tastes of deeply roasted malt and spicy hops. Malt sweetness compliments the tangy hop character. Some vanilla notes throughout the malt sweetness. Hop forward stout. Spicy hops linger through the finish. The beer improves as it warms; the hops mellow slowly as the sweetness asserts itself more.

M- sharp carbonation, thick and oily feel. Well balanced.

O- excellent beer, exemplifies the style - giant malty backbone with aggressive hop character.

Photo of do_ob
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lasermarked "Enjoy by Feb 04 2019". Sampled and reviewed on February 14, 2015.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Pours a heavy, deep, dark brown in a well lit room. Damn near black. Head is a nice brown color and slow to form. Tops out at about a finger's width and disappeared altogether after about 3 sips. Low carbonation. Decent aroma of malt, roasted nuts, chocolate, coffee, and maybe some cinammon. The initial taste introduces strong hints of chocolate and malt. Quite heavy in the mouth. Smooth finish which was very nice. Aftertaste put me in mind of black coffee (slightly bitter but also sweet). I would almost be inclined to think of this as a 'dessert' beer. Overall, a very nice stout.

Photo of Scotty87
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of devilshaircut
2.97/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice dark look, not pitch black but almost. Smell was faint with hints of roasted malt. Taste was more to be desired honestly, it was pleasant but didn't blow my hair back. Mouth was creamy and not too rough. Overall average stout.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.50 - Pours jet black with a decent head potential, forms a finger of medium tan colored head. Low head retention, dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing left on the glass.
S - 4.50 - Malts, dark chocolate, currants, black strap molasses and a touch of coffee.
T - 3.25 - Too much hop profile, needs to be aged out. Medium sweet malt, chocolate and currant upfront which is pleasant, but quickly fades into a black IPA reminiscent hoppy bitterness that lingers for quite a long time on the palate and in my opinion, quite frankly has no place in an imperial stout. Really takes away from the experience for me.
F - 4.25 - Good mouthfeel. Decently thick.
O - 3.75 - Fresh, this thing drinks more like an triple imperial black IPA than an imperial stout. It has the qualities of a stout upfront, but sadly the hoppy finish really takes over. I feel this one needs a lot of time to age out that hop profile and may be revisiting this review a year or two down the road from now.

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Arthurpappas
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Beer! I generally prefer dark and creamy beers but this stout was pretty good. Just the right amount of bitterness and also sweet and malty. High alcohol content is well masked and it is smooth going down. This is a good beer to drink on its own not with food.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,366 ratings.