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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,567 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 2,567
Hads: 5,575
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 195
Gots: 733 | FT: 14
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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Reviews: 2,567 | Hads: 5,575
Photo of breadwinner
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely more black IPA than stout to my palate, this thing doubles down on a huge roasted malt presence with tons of bitter hops. It's a beast, but sometimes you can use a good kick in the pants. (198 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium to big,frothy,khaki head
S:
-plums,raisins,coffee,chocolate,molasses
T:
-chocolate,big coffee,grapefruit
-High hop bitterniss
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-full body
-faint alcohol warming
O:
I wished for some more complexity here.
Decent overall (320 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours black with a rapidly receding tan foam collar that provides excellent lace. S: Has wine and malt aromas T: The flavors are malty, dark dried fruit, alcohol, creamy dark chocolate, light espresso, and finish with an espresso-chocolate bitterness. F: Creamy, chewy and soft on the palate. O: A very luscious and delicious Imperial Stout. (344 characters)

Photo of wumpshire
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

"This does not taste like a roasty coffee laced stout" That's what coffee stouts are for. This is a great example of stout made exclusively of grain. You do taste roasted notes, like in coffee, but they draw out the best in dark grain for this one. I think its one of the best examples of American stouts with no added flavors, almost tastes like an Ethiopian stout too, chocolaty and coffee like, but not fake. I like coffee and chocolate stouts, but it takes skill to make a beer that has those same flavors just from grain. (526 characters)

Photo of dandandan79
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This does not taste like a roasty coffee laced stout. This is a hoppy IPA tasting beer. Not really what I want when I want a stout. If it said IPA well than okay. For an IPA its good. For a stout its bad. (204 characters)

Photo of scbeerman
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one was pretty meh for a well-renowned imperial stout. Initially not bad, although much stronger with grassy hops in the nose than most. Jet black with ok head retention. Taste is first and foremost of bitter, grassy hops like some not-so-good black IPA, followed by roasted malt and some charcoal. Not a ton of depth here, just two notes of char and hops. Not good. Feel is also too thin and heavily carbonated for the style. Not gonna bother with this one again. (469 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a creamy tan head and good lacing. Deep mahogany color. Aroma is roasty and hoppy with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Flavor is rich and roasty. Good bitter coffee like finish. Smooth, full MF. Great double stout. (227 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful deep black with brown hints. Nice tan head and decent lacing. Aromas of espresso, sweet malt and some hops. Taste is similar to aroma with lots of roasted coffee, bitter hops and malt. Overall, very balanced beer and finished surprisingly clean... (257 characters)

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark, with a very small caramel color head. Can't see any light going through the glass. The smell has a trace of fruit in it. At first it tasted hoppy, but after warming up the roasted malts took over. (208 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, good tan head. Kinda comic-y font and unappealing label. W/e.

S &T: Nice thick roasted chocolate malt. Minty pine sticks to the background on the nose, but jumps up to the lead role on the palate (why??). The chocolate is still there, but irreparably marred.

M: On the thinner side, but still has that nice oily quality without too much prickly carbonation.

O: Good, but why the big hops? Can't we have a totally non-hoppy beer nowadays? Keep hops where they belong! Or at least let me know that I'm verging on black IPA territory. (545 characters)

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This has the most hops in imperial stout I've ever had. I get half stout and half ipa flavors. I actually like it, but it was so unexpected since the label says imperial stout. (178 characters)

Photo of Sundrifter
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Storm King is a beautiful, complex and great tasting imperial stout that I've enjoyed several times now. Pours very dark as you'd expect and has some very distinct notes of coffee and chocolate with some lingering hop bitterness afterwards. It has a very full flavor compared to most stouts I've tried and gets better if you take your time to appreciate the different flavors it has going for it. Very recommended! (414 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single bottle as part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local Stein's Liquor. The enjoy by date suggests it's still good for almost four years. Poured at cellar temperature into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee black with about three fingers of dense tan head that sticks around for a good while and leaves considerable lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted, toasty, and sweet caramel malts are all in play in the bouquet. On top of all this, there are definite citrus and (more sublte) pine hop notes. There's a bit of spice to this one, as well. I'm picking up some anise and the faintest sarsaparilla.

T: Sweet and roasty at the front end, with a very inviting malt profile. The middle brings on some of those hop and spicier notes from the bouquet, including the anise and sarsaparilla. Those hops work tremendously with the malts, proving some great complexity without losing balance. The back end has more of the hops, which provide a good bit of bitter on top of the sweeter malts. There's also just the slightest amount of clear alcohol coming through, but it's covered remarkably well by the lingering hop bitter aftertaste.

F: This one is pretty firmly medium-bodied. It has nice creaminess thanks to a good level of carbonation; it finishes with a bit of lingering bitter, but it's far from syrupy. If anything, this one could be a little thicker.

O: I haven't had a Storm King in some time, and I can't for the life of me figure out why. This is a great-tasting, complex stout that brings a good deal of ABV in a very unobtrusive way. This is one I'll be returning to more frequently. (1,623 characters)

Photo of magpieken
3.14/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 Fl Oz bottle. Intense black colour with some ruby highlights. Creamy, tan head which lasted well before reducing to a ring but left some lacing. Restrained aroma of sweet malt, espresso, roasted grain, citrus cocoa powder and charcoal. Light to medium sweetness, medium to high bitterness. Initial sensation of metho then lots of roastiness and then the resinous bitterness kicks in. Medium bodied, creamy texture, noticeable alcohol burn and a very long roasted / bitter finish. Not feeling the love for this one. 6. (520 characters)

Photo of KinkyEconomist
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Absolutely wonderful. Pours like Guinness.

Smell: VERY pungently spiced, bitter, strong.

Taste: Like a kick in the mouth! Perhaps its the very high ABV, but this beer is a VERY pungent, very sharp, robust flavor. You take a sip and need some time to recoil.

Feel: VERY thick and little carbonation, like a Guinness, but leaves a strong hoppy aftertaste.

Overall: I'm not sure. It's far too pungent for my taste in stouts/porters, but if you like really bold, intense beers, this may be for you. (505 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a sipper. Sharp roasty bitterness smacks you in the face and lingers on the tongue. Thick black, even backlit, no light gets through. Thin skin of beige foam stays with the drink. Delicious! (198 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured into a shaker pint

A: rich black in color slightly off white head

S: very roasty with a lot of hops smells bitter if that makes sense

T: nice roasted malts but then an overwhelming amount of hops and bitterness finishes dry not much sweetness

M: medium to the fuller side the bitterness lays on lays on the tongue until way after you are done drinking

O: this beer drinks like a black ipa it is not something I look for in my stouts. Unless you like black IPAs I would skip this one. (503 characters)

Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow this is a nice beer. It is strong and creamy and bitter in the best way. The taste is dark chocolate and burnt toasty malt. One of my favorte stouts. yb (157 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

EBD 15jan 2020. Pours pitch black. Outstanding head volume and lacing, very good retention.

Rich nose of dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, light coffee and light roast.

Medium body with a creamy texture, but not in a viscous way. Superbly carbonated with effervescence from the middle on.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, fairly complex and expertly balanced. It begins with bitter and sweet chocolate over notes of caramel. The middle brings a moderate bitterness of roast and hops and a nice bold hop flavor that is typically not present in imperial stouts. As the bitterness ebbs, light coffee is present over the strongest caramel influence. The finish is a slow fade of mixed flavors, with hops being the most discernible over caramel. (764 characters)

Photo of stompilator
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Poured jet black with a short but heavy tan head.

S - Bitter chocolate and carmelized sugar.

T - Huge roasty notes here, chocolate and espresso undertones and a hint of burnt sugar. Slight bit of hop bitterness near the back.

M - A little thin and carbonated for a stout, but nonetheless satisfying and smooth.

O - Rich and sweet, this stout is a great example of carmelized malt that doesn't overpower the brew. Very tasty. (476 characters)

Photo of Anker13
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Will fill in the rest of the review later

Overall - I've had it fresh, at 1 year, and at 2 years. I was expecting the hoppy bitterness to die off at some point but it has been pretty persistent. I'm a stout guy through and through, and Storm King is a solid imperial stout, however, I'm really not crazy about hoppy stouts. I'd categorize this beer as an imperial black IPA over an imperial stout. Semantics aside, it's absolutely worth checking out if you're into hoppy stouts. Even if you're not, it still has plenty of flavor and is worth cellaring for a little while (572 characters)

Photo of chessiejackson
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into a Guinness glass, the head was very minimal, the beer itself was delicious. Very smooth, full body feel, overall a great stout. I slept on this one for too long. (180 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

im shocked i have not reviewed this beer yet, this is an old classic, and one of my stand bys when i was living back east. its a genre defining stout for me, but distinct from the others that have come since it i think. its richer and more chocolaty than others, more fluffy in feel, and less harsh on the booze. if it wasnt for getting wasted, you could sip on these all day. its less sugary, at least in the finish, the sweetness there in the middle is replaced by a malty bitterness on the back end, dry cocoa notes, and an english sort of yeast profile thats usually absent in this style. i also think its one of the more hoppy stouts going, save green flash or something thats basically just black ipa. this one is hopped just right, built for bitterness, but it works with the dark roast and the chocolate in here, adding complexity. the feel is wonderful, maybe its best feature, where that raisiny caramel middle comes in, the beer gets milkshake thick and super creamy, a delightful sensation in a beer like this. no alcoholic hotness at all, and dry in the finish for how big it is. maybe the best beer victory makes, and definitely a trend setting that hit the scene long before it was the cool thing. (1,212 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: black as night, like motor oil. The head is but a thin tan film on top

S: deep, rich roasted malts. Milk chocolate, oak, some toffee, more rich roasted malts. It's a very rich smelling beer

T: whoa, I do believe I'm detecting hops. I didn't pick up any in the nose. They're just lending some earthy bitterness upfront. After those there is some bitter toasted malts, dark chocolate, fig, and a mild alcohol tinge

M: it's on the heavier side of medium. There's a little bit more carbonation in the mouth than I would have guessed from the head

O: hoppier than I expected. The rest of the flavors are luscious and roasted. It's a sipper, and with picking up a bottle, though I could use a touch less of the hops - but they're not detrimental (746 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as night with a creamy coffee-colored head. Retention is good. Lacing clings stubbornly in jagged, broken rings.

S: Fudge, molasses, bitter dark chocolate. Heavy roast. Mocha. Coffee with cream. Black licorice. Blackberries. Heavy dose of earthy, woody, and piney hops.

T: Brownie batter and fudge are soon overtaken by intense roasted malt flavors of woody char and French roast coffee. Acrid and smokey. Steely. Bitter dark chocolate. Berries. Aggressive hopping matches the intensity of the heavy roast with a high level of bitterness and lots of earthy, woody, and pine flavors. Citrus rind pulls through as well. Alcohol pulls through just barely. Chocolate cake, char, and earthy hops on a long bitter finish.

M: Thick in body with a lush and creamy texture that glides easily over the tongue. Whipped and airy and not sludgey or weighty in the least. Mild prickling carbonation. A mousse-like mouthfeel overall. Great.

O: Intense dueling bitterness between the hops and roasted malts. It's not unlike some of the bigger black ipas on the market at the moment. It's nice to sip in small doses, but it becomes palate-fatiguing after a while. (1,196 characters)

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,567 ratings.