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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

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4,491 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4491
Reviews: 2473
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 BeeGinner

Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Natty Greene's. Aroma was mixed, with some nuttiness, along with a sense of the alcohol content. Not much head on the pour, but nice lacing. First taste was bitter, but as it moved across the tongue, it dissipated. Expected a bitter aftertaste, but didn't have one. Nice carbonation. This is a beer for sipping on a cold winter day. It's not for everyone, but I like this type, so giving it a 4.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2014 20:33:57 | More by BeeGinner
Photo of Platothe3rd


4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I think this is an amazing beer. I can't give any technical explanation but it is heavy and I had it in Philly with a good friend I hadn't seen in a while after a Temple game. As I looked out the tavern window the Amtrak building looked surprisingly like the image on the front, lol. But seriously, proud that this beer is from PA, love the Victory beers. Also my friend gave me a case for my 50th birthday and it served me well for about 4 months. Among my top 5, I love Rogue Shakespeare Stout too.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 04:05:34 | More by Platothe3rd
Photo of 78c

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial stout.
Dark caramel brown, opaque.
Froths creamy white.
Slight odor of malt.
Sharp bitterness followed by pleasing barley and hop profile, hints of chocolate and espresso and slight sweetness and rounding and mellowing of hoppiness.
Overall, very good -> excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 22:12:59 | More by 78c
Photo of Oakenator


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

Pour is dark, dark black - no hint of light showing through this beer. Nice creamy head that retains well through consumption to arming around the glass still a long time later. Smell is rotated nuts with a heavy malt. Taste is complex with chocolate, roasted flavor, and a triple+ dose of sweet malts. Excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 01:40:11 | More by Oakenator
Photo of crag


3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with barely a head some lacing. Foam cap sticks around but depends on serving type

S- lots-O-Hops. Coffee and a little bit of chocolate.

T-Hoppy taste, but balanced. Roasted flavors w/ coffee, malts, and a little chocolate.

M- Almost a full bodied brew with low carbonation,

O- High ABV makes it a once and done

Serving type: tap

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2012 18:52:07 | More by crag
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Obsidian black with 2 finger tan head with excellent retention and good fluffy lacing.

S - Espresso, chocolate, malt

T - A pretty bitter start full of espresso and a bit of chocolate with a malty caramel backbone, a little watery during the mid climax. A little too much alcohol, but fairly balanced with earthy, herbal hops.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, chewy, wet.

O - I like um bitter but this stout needs a little more sweet malt or other character to balance those herbal hops.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 14:43:30 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of kylehay2004


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

A: two finger tan head on a jet black body with nice lacing. No bubbles that I can see.

S: this one has a bourbon note by my nose though it isnt aged. Vanilla, roasted malts, chocolates and a peppery note round this one out.

T: whiskey/bourbon again in the flavor up front with a full roasted malt with actually some jhops coming through. A light coffee note provides some bitterness.

M: full body and moderate carbonation. smooth and a little oily.

Overall: very drinkable for what it is with hints of bourbon/whiskey coming through on this one which I wasnt expecting.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 21:23:48 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of BrownNut


3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll call this beer interesting, primarily because it smells somewhat of feet and Windex, yet not in an offensive way. I feel like that should be offensive but somehow it was pleasant. More of the same shows up in the taste. Overall it was a pleasant stout, and memorable for being so oddly characteristic. Not what I would reach for again, but I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 03:58:35 | More by BrownNut
Photo of jlindros


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

I could have sworn I had reviewed this before, but I guess I somehow missed it. Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Nice mocha colored frothy and fluffy 1 finger head fades slowly with nice lacing, pitch black beer no light.

Nose dark malts a bit roasty, some chocolate with bakers and dark choc notes, oats, caramel, vanilla, hint of booze, big malts, some earthy spicy hops.

Taste lush, creamy big stout, chocolate malts, light roast, hint of toasted malt, caramel, vanilla, plenty of oatmeal, bakers and dark chocolate, thick malt base with light sweetness and a kick of booze. Then hops, very bitter, earthy spicy chewy hops, the bitterness ramps to for a big hoppy bite on the finish. The chocolate also turns to a big cocoa nib like luscious choc taste. Its a bit sticky and syrupy on the finish, drier, big hop bite with more spicy earthy hops, salty, bit more roast and chocolate.
mouth is full bodied, good carb, bit of warming booze, smooth and creamy lush.

Mouth is fairly full bodied, good carb, bit of booze.

overall a great stout, one of the hoppiest stouts I know, nice chocolate and malt flavors, big bitterness and hop kick, hint of booze, but stays fairly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 23:05:05 | More by jlindros
Photo of brewpig


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have had a few six packs of this over the last month and was at victory on sat nite so had on tap.

believe it or not i like to geta few of these and a few hop wallops and mix n match...really intersting contrast between the two beers, in a good way...very good.

reviews are pretty spot on w/the dark fruit and licorice and also burnt bitterness and carbonation (like the carbo)

very full mouthfeel...this stout is ALIVE !

overall this is a tasty stout w/a hoppy kick and great flavors/bitterness...will always come back.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 16:59:36 | More by brewpig
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous motor oil black.

Smells like burnt espresso, alcohol, bittersweet chocolate and some hop bitterness.

Layers of chocolate, coffee and dark fruits lead into hop bitterness with a smoky roasted touch of booze

Thick and substantial

Another solid brew from Victory

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 16:54:32 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of Demer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with nice one finger mocha head. The head retained with slight lacing. The beer looks great in the chalice.

The smell is hops and roasted malts. Tons of hoppy, roasted goodness in this one with some coffee as well. The alcohol is hidden well by the nose.

Bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Some coffee and expresso dominate the taste. The hops really bitter this one up. The mouthfeel is medium heavy.

This is definitely a solid imperial stout. I would have had another without question if there wasn't some rarer things on tap I wanted to try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 14:03:50 | More by Demer
Photo of woosterbill


3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Cask Republic into a snifter.

A: Black body with deep ruby glints; one-finger head of frothy light-brown foam. Ok retention, spotty lace. Attractive.

S: Bitter dark chocolate and huge piney + herbal hops. More like a Black IPA (or whatever you want to call it) than an RIS, but not a hop profile that I find terribly attractive. Meh.

T: Follows the nose precisely. Overly bitter, less than complex, and far less than delicious. I want to like it, but I don't.

M: Medium-to-full body with nice, creamy carbonation. Very pleasant indeed.

O: This was one of the first beers I ever reviewed, and even though I wasn't a fan way back then I decided to give it another shot when I saw it on tap. Sadly, my original review was, if anything, overly generous. I can appreciate what Victory was going for with this beer, and it's obvious how ahead of the time they were, but admiration for innovation aside I just don't find it to be an enjoyable brew. While there are some super-hoppy stouts that I love (e.g. Stone IRS, Imperial Stout Trooper '10, Night Stalker), this one misses the mark.


Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 01:04:40 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Rifugium


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

First had: ? (various)

Pours an opaque black-brown with a nice-sized tan head that retains and laces well. Roasted malt aroma, coffee and cocoa, some dark fruits and hints of citrusy hops. Nice full-bodied taste, nothing you haven't had in a stout before, aside from probably more hops than you're generally used to from the style. Dark roasty malts, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, and brown sugar, with notes of citrus and floral hops. Modestly complex, tasty, and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 13:49:51 | More by Rifugium
Photo of eclipse54


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks!

The body is black as night and grows nearly an inch of khaki head. Small patches of wet lacing are left behind as the head settles. Smells of dark fruits, roasted malts, and come caramel; most emphasis is on the fruit, which I find surprising (well, unexpected). Tastes of dry, roasted malt before a burst of dark fruits (raisin, date, plum, touch of dark cherry) takes over. Ends with some caramel and toffee. Mouth is very dry and sticky, and feels slightly under carbonated. Ultimately, it reminds me of a toned-down, much fruitier Old Rasputin; that said, I’d probably prefer an Old Raspy if given the choice.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 00:07:32 | More by eclipse54
Photo of SirBenton


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Ginger Man in Manhattan, NY.

Great pour, deep dark black with great head. Smelled of rich flavors and especially espresso. Alcohol was also very prevalent. Taste was masked at first by coldness and decided to let it warm up. Even then though, alcohol and espresso shown through on my tongue. Very smoth and very drinkable for an imperial stout. Definitely. A great way to end the night!

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 04:42:41 | More by SirBenton
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has been a long time in between tastes, but with it on tap, I decided I simply must go for it. I must say, this was a much more pleasing experience.
The black that it should be, the hole in the heart. A bounty of khaki head. Some sexy on the glass. Roast, chocolate, some caramel sweetness, a sugar kiss, danger, and booze are in the bouquet. Very nice mix of aromas. Good stuff going on. Some hops pop out too. Flavor brings the roast and chocolate with a strong hop bitterness. The roast lingers throughout, battling with the sweetness and the ethanol for supremacy. In the end, I am declared the victor. For that is what the V is for. Me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 00:56:04 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of FanofHefe


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

Served on-tap in a tulip. Deep, black body with a good dark mocha head. The head dissipates quickly, and in this pour, does not leave any lacing. But, the head generally sticks around as a foamy top over the body.

Roasted malts, chocolate, and some minor notes of coffee and hops make up the aroma. Smells good, like a RIS.

Tasty blend of flavors that follow the aroma, and tends toward the sweeter side in this pour. The chocolate is prominent and smooth; the coffee is understated but adds to the overall blend, and the hops in the background give just enough balance to create a good overall mix of the flavors.

Fairly dense in the mouthfeel, but appropriate for the style. Very good RIS overall.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 02:18:56 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of AdamBear


3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-black with a thick tan head that stays with good lacing

S-smells very hoppy. its like a creamy hoppiness. this is very un-stout like.

T-comes in with a very creamy mocha-hoppiness. its very unique and very...good. this is almost certainly an American Black Ale. this doesn't resemble a real stout in any way. it ends with a taste of fresh grass and chocolate cream.

M-creamy and thick medium carbonation with a fairly dry finish

D-well it went down fairly quick. i'd say this is a terrible stout but a very decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 14:49:16 | More by AdamBear
Photo of jsanford


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 2/22/11. Poured into Victory tulip.

A- Dark black with a 2-inch head of creamy, mocha-colored foam. Great retention, leaves some streaky lacing.
S - Dark roasted malt, cocoa, bitter coffee, and resinous hops.
T - More dark roasted malt, cocoa, bitter expresso, and caramel with a nicely bitter hop finish. Taste lingers on the palate for some time.
M - Smooth and creamy with a medium-full body and medium carbonation.
D - Great beer, but about as drinkable as a 9% ABV Stout can be. Definitely a sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 22:12:03 | More by jsanford
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

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

Aromas of roasted dark malts and coffee, and some lighter cocoa qualities. Robust is the best descriptor I have.
The taste is quite amazing. A lot of roasted coffee, chocolate, and burnt sugar/caramels. Very little bitterness with light carbonation and some flowery hops are slightly detectable. Thick, a bit chewy, but not syrupy or sticky at all. No detectable alcohol.
Overall I really enjoy balanced RI stouts that are under 10% alcohol so I can enjoy more than one. I was amazed when I found this for $4 a pint at a local hole in the wall watering hole. Definitely recommended whenever you find it. Nothing out of this world but a great to style robust Imperial Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 18:44:13 | More by claspada
Photo of glid02


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of equal parts robust roasted malts, herbal and slightly pine hops, and rich dark chocolate. As the beer warms the roasted aromas fade a bit and the herbal hops intensify.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of pine hops. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I remain a fan of this beer but I think it tastes thicker and fuller on cask. Still, a very good beer that's well worth a shot however you can get it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 21:54:48 | More by glid02
Photo of scottyshades


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Victory brewery

A: Pours a viscous pitch black color with a huge dark brown head. Retention is awesome.

S: A lot different than I remember from the bottled version. Lots of woody notes that almost make this seem oak aged. Strong chocolate and coffee notes. Not as much lactose as I recall either. Very earthy

T: Lots of wood in the flavor. Bitterness is high, bittersweet chocolate, toffee, light molasses, and coffee. Pretty damn hoppy.

MF/D: Viscous body, carbonation is a little higher than I usually prefer. Finish is bittersweet chocolate and wood

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 21:45:07 | More by scottyshades
Photo of smakawhat


3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a snifter.

Why do I bother with the appearances. It's a stout. It's black.. moving on.. okay but seriously folks... The bubbles on this one are actually kind of a soapy consistency the fall at a decent clip buy not too fast. The bubbles are a faint brown.

Aromas of faint malt and a strange almost dare I say watery wetness, a "clean" sort of smell as if you were smelling just opened tap water from your kitchen sink. That's the only way I can describe it.

Taste improves after the bouquet even thought the watery sense comes forward. A 'soft' tobacco chew like comes in the taste almost like... chewing tobacco, leaving a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is actually good with a small bitterness balanced by the easy wet taste.

Drinkability I'd rate just a fraction above average, there are things worth exploring in the stout, it is not a waste of time to have one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2010 03:12:51 | More by smakawhat
Photo of mjsheehan08


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Guiliftys in Villanova.

Tap pour into a tulip glass. Came to me with a thick, creamy two fingered offwhite head that stayed around. Little color was escaping this glass as the beer is black as black can be. I let it sit on the bar an warm down a little bit as I enjoyed my nachos.

The smell of this stout is amazing. Nose has a sweet smell to it, with maybe some vanilla and fruit coming in somewhere. The taste followed the nose, and I can feel a little bit of heat on the back end of it from the booze. The roasted malts come in great and blend really well with the chocolate flavor thats present in this beer. A really excellent stout and my favorite beer that has come out of Victory.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 05:21:30 | More by mjsheehan08
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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,491 ratings.