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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,376 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 5,376
Reviews: 2,562
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 176
Gots: 603 | 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 MSEGUIN
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shade1951
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm a BIG fan of Victory Beers. In this case, I am somewhat disappointed. This is an okay imperial stout. As others have noted in various forums, there is a "default" Victory taste profile. Hoppiness dominates that profile, regardless of the style of beer.

The outstanding imperial stouts I have had do NOT have a very hoppy profile. I love hops in beer, but there is a time and place for using hops. In this case, the highly hoppy taste works against the style overall.

The look is about as good as anyone can ask for - almost pitch black. But the smell exposes the high hops content. The bitter hops overwhelm any other smell - such as coffee, leather, and so on that one often gets in such a beer.

The taste isn't bad. It just doesn't taste much like an imperial stout. It tastes like Victory's brewmaster's take on an imperial stout - which may be exactly the intention. I just wish Victory would tone down the hops character in the case of this beer. Hops are great, but they don't make EVERYTHING taste better.

I bought a case of this, and I will enjoy it. It's far from drain pour. It's just not, in my estimation, an imperial stout.

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Picked this bottle up last July

A- black body. Khaki head which quickly dissipates to only a collar.

S- floral hop notes. Esb-like apricot fruitiness. Underlying roasted malt , coffee, and dark chocolate.

T- follows the nose closely with a bitter coffee finish with slight underlying floral hops that linger.s

M- low-medium carb. Medium bodied. Clean finish for the style.

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

Photo of hirshy
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cgrunin
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gdyork
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of glinnebur
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AaronSprouse
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,376 ratings.