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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

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4,473 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4473
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 SlothB77


4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into 4 ounce tulip tasting glass

a: Coffee black, but thicker. Very thing band of foam that dissipates slowly

S: Dark fruits, toffee, cherries, molasses and milk chocolate, roasted nuts.

T: Toffee, coffee, licorice, vanilla and cream. It is quite an excellent combination. Not too boozy at all. I agree about the bitter finish and charred aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy, low acidity, low carbonation

O: I've had a lot of stouts this winter and this one was very impressive. It seems smoother and creamier than most of the other ones I have tried.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-31-2013 02:03:46 | More by SlothB77
Photo of GOBLIN


4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Victory Storm King

Victory for your taste

Poured into pint glass

A: Pours and settles deep black, like the center of a midnight storm.

S: Roasted malts . . . Delicious with a not so subtle hint of hops, vanilla and coffee.

T: Again delicious ! Tastes like a finely crafted imperial stout with all the usual flavors I've come to expect from the style with the hops perfectly woven in.

M: Smooth, thick and creamy. Carbonation is light. Taste lingers leaving the taste buds wanting more.

O: Been searching for this one for a while now and it did not disappoint. Victory does no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 23:39:53 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of Tsar_Riga


3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown-black stout with a very light tan head. Lacing is pretty extensive.

S - A combination of bitter coffee, black char of toast and dark fruit. Hints of chocolate are present but minimal.

T - This is one of the hoppier stouts I've tried. The open is bitter, but coupled with dark dried fruits, like raisins, combining with burnt toast. The middle opens up with the sweetness, even more heavily raisins, but also plums and prunes. Closing adds in more dark fruit, but with a hop finish. A stout with hop drying isn't your typical stout. Honestly, the chocolate here is more in the texture, a point beneath the ebb and flow of what is out front.

M - As mentioned, drying is present. The beer is not a silky smooth experience. It remains a drinker rather than a sipper, which means the balance isn't completely out of wack. There is no risk of cloying sweetness here.

O - This beer is something of a bull in a china shop. There is depth here, with a variety of flavors flashing over my palate, but one aspect of stouts I generally value is the silky smoothness. Plus, I am a big sucker for coffee chocolate notes in my stouts, and their absence is something missed for me. A well crafted beer but perhaps not the one I'd seek out to scratch my stout itch.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:55:19 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of itsscience


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a huge three-finger head. Right away I'm hit with the smell of charred wood, then when I lean in closer I get citrus hops, subtle chocolate, sweet malted grains, and coffee. It tastes surprisingly hop-forward for an imperial stout: very bitter up front with that grapefruit hop flavor melding into the more characteristic flavors of dark malt, char, and chocolate. Again, though, the chocolate is subtle. The beer has a silky, medium body with a bitter coffee finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:40:25 | More by itsscience
Photo of TempeBeerMan


3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a mostly opaque dark cola hue, with a big, three-finger, rocky, tan head. Excellent retention. Epic lacing coats literally every inch of the glass. Make no mistake; this is one good looking beer.

S - Strong aroma of black coffee, chocolate, and charred grains.

T - Big espresso/coffee taste forward, so much so it's like drinking an espresso bean. Hint of bakers chocolate in the mid-palate brings a touch of sweetness, but then burnt grains, yet more coffee, and some earthy, tea-like hops bring back the bitterness. Not terribly complex, but the flavor is excellent and the components balance one another well.

M - It is here where the increased hop presence really makes it self known; somewhat acidic and slightly "rough" on the tongue. Medium bodied. A little over carbonated (medium). Some flaws here.

O - A very good Imperial Stout overall, and a must for those "really bitter stout" lovers. (I personally tend to favor more dark fruit flavors in an Imperial Stout). Could be improved in the mouth feel (could use more body and smoothness) but would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 05:01:32 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of jpd026

New York

4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Is this a stout or a black IPA? That's what I and I'm sure you will be asking after you try this for the first time. I was afraid after having a Cigar City Jai Alai and a Cpt. Lawrence Seeking Alpha that I wouldn't be able to appreciate the taste and hopiness my coworkers said it had but lo and behold, it's the hopiest beer I've had all night. Very different but in a great way. 93/100

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 02:27:15 | More by jpd026
Photo of hopflyer


3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aged 2 years

Pours deep black, thin tan head

not overly deep smells of anything but the roasted malts are there, coffee and a touch of earthy hops. Something else I can't quite get, almost cheese like.

Taste up front is balance of coffee, faint chocolate, and bitter and earthy hops. Not the robust stout malt wise since the hops disallow any smoothness the malt bill may attempt.

The hops in this really set the tone for the feel of this. They seem to cut thru the creamy viscous stout that just wants to make itself known. Unusual in that it's almost dry, but not really. The carb is low to moderate.

I love victory's beers and this one is solid from them. I kinda like my hops more subdued in a big stout but I like combo they went for on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 01:14:43 | More by hopflyer
Photo of JJKBeerLvr


3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled April 2014, and poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark almost black, with nice dark head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a nice balance. Can smell both the hops and roasted malts, but the hops dominates.

Taste: A nice mix of hops and malts, and the hops are a little more prominent than other stouts. There are hints of some sweetness from the malt, but the hops dominates the flavor. There is a nice mix of hop and malt influence in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and with an average body.

Overall: This is an interesting stout, and I would buy another case.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 20:12:08 | More by JJKBeerLvr
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Admittedly, I'm a bit aggressive with my stout pours. I'm a big fan of excessive head (tee hee). A nice three-finger khaki head retains for several minutes before dissipating to a dense, creamy cap. A very nice amount of lacing shrouds portions of the glass. iPhone flashlight test reveals that this stout is nearly completely black, with very minimal shades of blood red highlights towards the bottom of the glass. Just how I like it; black as night!

S: Black medium-roast coffee with a spoonful or two of sugar, some dark chocolate, and a slight hint of dark fruit that I almost want to identify as raisins. Unlike a lot of stouts, I'm also picking up a track of hops. A very slight hint of orange citrus? Truly a wonderful, aroma, however.

T: Dear lord! Tons of roasted malts upfront. A huge coffee profile, leaning more towards a medium-roast rather than dark roast; however, it still provides a glorious amount of dark bitterness. The roasted bitterness is quickly balanced out by a short wave of brown sugar and semi-sweet chocolate with an ever-so-delicate touch of licorice. Luckily for bitter-buffs like myself, the chocolate dessert-like profile is squelched in the finish by a resurgence of roast coffee and a touch of rustic hops.

M: This is my favorite part of imperial stouts, and Victory delivers with a gold-medal body. This brew is absolutely full-bodied with a divinely creamy texture that coats every nook and cranny of your mouth with its malty, roasted greatness. The alcohol, with the exception of some cheek-warming qualities, it absolutely blanketed. I could sip this slowly all throughout the week!

O: Call me insane, but I personally herald this as one of the greatest stouts on the market. It may not be overflowing with unique complexity, but gosh darn it, this is one hell of an enjoyable brew! When it comes to Victory Storm King, it's not about how unique it is... it's about how flawlessly Victory executed flavors that other breweries have failed to deliver in the past. Chalk this bad boy up as one of my favorite stouts to date. Anyone who's a fan of the style NEEDS to experience this, if they already haven't.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:52:05 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of timfelix

New York

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

very good product, for this type. Lots of flavor: hops, and malts abound. This is one strong brew- not for everyone. But if you enjoy a strong, hoppy stout- it is top notch.
Had it in growler form from Marcy Beverage.
Looks rich and dark, and smells rich and dark. as a hoppy bite to it; but also has strong malt flavors. Complex and strong.
Good stuff!

Serving type: growler

03-24-2014 16:41:49 | More by timfelix
Photo of barczar


3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown, opaque, with a frothy cappuccino head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Malted milk balls, toasted malt, and coffee form the initial aroma. There's a hint of dark fruit and floral hop character.

Coffee and roast malt dominate the flavor profile, which finishes bitter and charred. Underpinnings of chocolate and raspberry offer respite. Bitterness is dominant and lingering.

Body is fairly thick, with minimal carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth. There's quite an astringent finish.

The astringent and bitterness really kill this for me. Perhaps, with age, it would mellow a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 09:12:14 | More by barczar
Photo of LambicPentameter


3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an etched-on freshness date that reads "enjoy by Mar 4, 2018". That's right--four years from now. Seeing as how I've had this bottle a few months already, my best guess is that Victory uses a five year lead time for this beer. Poured into a small Belgian snifter glass.

Appearance - So far, so good. This looks like a classic imperial stout, with a deep darkness that seems to suck in all light. Only when I put it in front of a flashlight do I see hints of burgundy around the edges of the glass, and even then I'm surprised by how little of the light beam gets through. It's like a black hole of beer. Atop the pitch black body sits a generous two finger head the color of rich chocolate truffle that eventually dissipates to a healthy-looking film that varies in thickness across the lake of motor oil. Decent sheets of lacing are interspersed along the sides of the glass and remain for the duration of my enjoyment of the beer.

Smell - What the... if I'm not mistaken, that is the distinctly pungent aroma of hops. Hoppy to the point of overpowering a lot of the more traditional stout flavor profiles. Loads of citric acidity soar over much more subtle notes of baker's chocolate and roasted malt, along with more hop presence in the form of tree bark and freshly-churned wet soil. The aroma has taken a surprisingly pleasant left turn from the appearance after this looked like it would be a straightforward imperial stout.

Taste - Again, the hops are leading the charge, but now they pull a caravan of rich flavors behind them. Dark fruits, licorice, more bittersweet chocolate and charred caramel storm over my tastebuds. But they are not to be outdone by the in-your-face astringency of the citrus and resiny hops. There is a lingering bitterness on the palate like you might expect from a piece of toast that spent just a bit longer than it should have in the toaster oven.

Mouthfeel - This is the first point at which I feel a tad let down, as this beer lacks the viscosity and body that I prefer in my big, bold stouts. Body is full, but closer to medium, and carbonation is medium to low. Finish is bitter.

Overall, a very well done beer, and certainly unique amongst imperial stouts. I've never had one that was so hoppy--and it's hoppy to the point that if someone had told me this was the beer that inspired the oxymoronic term "black IPA", I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest. I personally prefer this style to be much more easygoing with the hops--especially of the citric variety--but I can't in good conscience write this beer off due to my personal preferences. It is very well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 05:20:58 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of choicegrinds

New Jersey

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

This is one of my favorite beers
in a way its kind of hard to review because its not a great representative of a "imperial stout" but as an is what it is beer its awesome.
Pours basically opaque black with white head. Yep, imperial stout. The nose is where it changes because its hop heavy. The taste is the kicker because front of the mouth its ipa hoppy but back of the mouth its malty stout deliciousness. Awesome beer and inexpensive. Great stout for hopheads. They should call this a black ipa. I would love to try a bourbon barrel version of this

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:35:10 | More by choicegrinds
Photo of lechap


2.73/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured very flat with little head. Cut to the chase, I just don't enjoy these heavier/stronger stouts. It's not the higher ALC but an unpleasant aftertaste. I read that imperial stouts were originally exported to Russia. That may account for the rumors of Russian women being overly hairy and their success as weight lifters. I'll settle for a good dry Irish stout or oatmeal stout any day. They are just so smooth when compared to imperials. Kind of like filing your fingernails with a fine emery board rather than a wood rasp.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 01:08:13 | More by lechap
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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

12 oz bottle served in a goblet.
Pours dark chocolate in color, nearly black in the glass, with a good, semi-durable tan head.

Aroma: complex & rich; markedly hoppy compared to the Samuel Smith's Imp. Stout that preceded it. In fact, more hoppy than malty.

Rcih flavor has a balanced hoppy/malty components,. Moderately bitter by the finish. Lasting aftertaste of coffee, hops and dark roasted grains.

Feel: full, smooth body with good carbonation.

O:a hopped up Imp. Stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:23:33 | More by chinchill
Photo of bikesandbeers


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

This ale is for cold winter nights after shoveling snow all day. Sitting in your living room, sipping this wonderful product from Victory, life doesn't get much better. This ale pours black as pitch with a nice tan head. It smells of roasted barley and hops. Mouth feel is right on for an Imperial Stout, thick. Taste...heaven in a glass. I will be purchasing this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 01:19:41 | More by bikesandbeers
Photo of Ozzylizard


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Mar 4, 2018 bottle at 40 degrees into pint glass
Aroma of toasted malt
Head large (5 cm), rocky, light brown, slowly diminishing to 2 cm
Lacing good, like a lace curtain surrounding the glass
Body dark brown to black, opaque
Flavor is of toasted malt, no hop bitterness, no diacetyl, no alcohol
Ends with a slight malt bitterness, with a light alcohol glow in the stomach
Palate medium to full, creamy, carbonation soft

It’s been six years since I last tried Storm King. Drinking it today, I don’t know why I waited so long to retry it. It’s an excellent stout which can more than hold it’s own with the big boys.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 16:11:07 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: February 13, 2014... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter...OCCASION: a Storm King for 2014's king of storms... APPEARANCE: intimidating fire-like lacing of brown head wreaths atop a raven-black body; slightly sporadic lacing... AROMA: oak, milk and peat; brighter, lighter hops tempt the nostrils...PALATE: full-bodied and ferocious; active and substantial from front to back; a welcome lingering aftertaste--keeps the secret of its 10% ABV like a concealed dagger...TASTE: immediately arresting hops clash with teeth; soft malt guides the throat; sweet as sugar--not as complex as expected... OVERALL: the victory in this beer is the balance of ABV and flavor--not on par with its Baltic Thunder, but being readily available in six packs makes this a "snowed in" companion worth seeking out ...

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 05:26:05 | More by dacrza1
Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio


2.13/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Black, 1/4 inch, no carbonation.

S: Floral notes are the dominant scent, with undertones of cinnamon spice and licorice.

T: It literally tasted like I ate rose petals, and then had my tongue and throat bruised by the strong knockout punch of hops. Hops linger forever.

M: Full bodied, creamy on the back end.

O: It tasted like I was drinking floral perfume, only to then get punched by Bernard HOPkins (get it?).

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:29:03 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
Photo of Bone53


4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from the bottle into a snifter at about 50°F

Appearance: Typical of a RIS. Black as can be, no light whatsoever, and a creamy tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: You can tell this will be a quite bitter RIS with the floral hop notes. Roasted malts and chocolate aromas are secondary, which is not typical for a stout in general.

Taste: This is my favorite aspect of this beer. The hops seem to open up every characteristic which dance a number on your tongue. Between the chocolate, roasted malts, and smokiness, the hops keep it all in check and keep you begging for more.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation for a RIS and more bitter than I am used to from this style, but the flavor makes up for it.

Overall: A very unique take on an American Russian Imperial Stout, which could be for better or worse, but for me I really enjoy it and the flavor alone keeps me coming back. Cheers!

*Make sure to drink this right above or at room temperature. Too chilled and you will get all hops, but as it warms you get more and more of the malt characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 13:27:03 | More by Bone53
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a one-finger tan head.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a good hit of piney hops.

T - Lots of smokey roasted malts upfront. There is a some citrusy sweetness in the middle. Finish is a lingering piney hop bitterness.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very drinkable hoppy stout. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 03:18:32 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of Nate139


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - completely black, with a creamy tan head

S - Dark roasted malts, subtle chocolate and hoppy aroma

T - Strong bitter coffee and chocolate up front, followed by roasted malty flavor, alcohol warmth towards the back

M - very smooth, full bodied

O - fantastic beer, definitely gonna have this again

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 16:17:23 | More by Nate139
Photo of SFNC

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep, dark brown to black with redish tints in harsh light. It poured well, with a thin tan head and plenty of very tiny rising bubbles present. The smell is very complex, with coffee, char and chocolate fighting some strong hops. This may be the strongest hops precense that I've ever encountered in a Stout. The taste is intense as well, the hops forward and fighting the deep roasted coffee and chocolate charecteristics, oddly enough to a draw. This could have been a bitter disaster like many Black IPA's that I have tried, but been totally underwhelmed by. One could say this is well balanced for all the competing flavors creating a tumultous harmony. It's silky too, a bitter aftertaste, but pleasantly bitter like you expect from a good Stout. Overall, a very strong Imperial Stout, Victory can be proud off this complex, but very enjoyable beverage.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 00:43:24 | More by SFNC
Photo of JerUrbans


4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark black color with big fluffy dark cream head, with huge bubbles. Smell is malty, smoky, and earthy and quite pleasant. Wow this is good! Big bitter chocolate with roasted coffee, this beer is really good. Mouthfeel is silky but with a very bitter finish that lingers in my mouth.

Overall very good everything I need in an Imperial stout. I could drink many of these. This is my first beer from Victory and will be excited to try more of their beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 02:26:55 | More by JerUrbans
Photo of Roguer


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge, four-finger dark tan head from a solid pour. Good retention, and fantastic lacing. Brew is oily black and opaque, typical for the style.

Wow, big aroma of fruity hops! Ruby red grapefruit, lemon, floral, and a hint of pine. Roasted barley and cocoa just in the background. Not much of a stout aroma, but very nice, and very interesting.

Flavor is more appropriate to the style. Big black coffee notes, with powdered cocoa and roasted barley. Tons of hops, but they really provide bite and bitterness more than flavor. Earthy hops and pepper, if anything, with some sweet citrus on the very back-end.

Feel is silky smooth, with nice balance and bite (both from hops and from the roast). Fantastic retention and aftertaste. Could use a bit more thickness, but it's far from thin.

This is an excellently balanced beer, full of surprises, but ultimately a very good and drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 17:48:11 | More by Roguer
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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,473 ratings.