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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,167 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,167
Reviews: 2,511
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 154
Gots: 510 | FT: 18
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Ispeakforthetrees, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Glenn
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Glenn, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of ipas-for-life
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

ipas-for-life, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of notalagerlugger
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite imperial stout. You could call it a Black IPA if you want, even though I do not belief in this new term. It has a dark color with a dark head. You can smell the toasted and roasted malts as well as the hop bitterness. The taste is sweet at first then followed by the hop flavor. Drinking water while enjoying this beer helps to clean the taste buds to taste the sweet flavor of the first sip. My brother calls this beer liquid bread, I agree it has a chewy mouthfeel. This beer is not a creamy sweet stout; as a hop head I enjoy this beer. It is a stout that any hop head can enjoy or a transition for malty lovers to leave the dark side and switch to the diverse world of hoppy goodness.

notalagerlugger, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous oil-black, with a substantial head of tan carbonation. Attractive 2-finger lace, too.

Aroma is dark cocoa, licorice, and toffee. Appealing.

Flavor is rich and strong, but smooth. The cocoa seems most prominent, with a deep roasted malt character appearing. The finish brings a wash of hoppy bitter bite.

Ultimately, a complex and highly satisfying imperial stout.

secondtooth, Apr 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of joefuzz
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 2016 bottle poured into snifter

Pours black with a decent sized tan head that dies down to a nice rim around the glass

Smells of hops with a nice chocolate presence

Taste is pretty much how it smells its a very nice hoppy imperial stout that mellows out to a great dark chocolate taste

Carbonation is a little on the high side which I feel kind of brings down the overall body and feel of this beer

Overall very solid imperial stout that is on shelves all year by me

joefuzz, Apr 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Danobold, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a textbook borderline pitch black color with vaguely visible carbonation trails. The head is a touch lighter than I like (then again, maybe I'm spoiled by Ten Fidy), as it's only a lighter shade of tan (three fingers high), but it's retention is almost frustrating. Nice lacing, too.

S: LOTS of chocolate and roast comprise the smell...but so do a LOT of piny hops. Schizophrenic in a good way.

T: The first sip surprises with its strong hop bitterness that's very piny in nature. At first, I wondered if I would even like it. But after a while, the hop profile only becomes a complementing note, allowing its RIS character to shine through, with lots of roasty bitterness, chocolate, coffee, saltiness, soy, wood, and a touch of dark fruit, with all of the flavors balancing themselves well. Unbelievable drinkability for a big stout, though it could seemingly pass for a black ale at times.

M: A little thin bodied for a RIS, and very drying, though it manages to avoid feeling like a porter, thanks to its high stickiness. High carbonation for the style, too. Aside from the bitterness, its hoppiness help imparts its drinkability factor.

O: On the very first sip, I wondered whether or not I would even like this. After that, though, I can see why this was so well hyped back in the day. This would have (somehow) been even better if A) my bottle was fresh, or B) my bottle had a year or so of age on it. Even with the hops in an uncomfortable 'gray' area (they're in the stage where they only provide a generic bitterness), I was very much impressed with this. Awesome stuff.

ThisWangsChung, Apr 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Capmech1, Apr 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

hlaus, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

sabitu, Apr 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of neophilus
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick mocha head on top of a beer as black as a moonless night. The head falls but leaves some good lacing.

Furity, floral hop aromas greet me which I was not expecting. Hints of malt sweetness underneath. There is some roast in the aroma but nearly covered up by the spicy, hoppy bouquet. It nearly overpowers the rich malty base.

Bitter roast flavor on the tongue, the roast flavor mellows out though and takes on tones of candied plums and dark fruit. A mild acrid roast lingers underneath. The beer is so dry it is nearly astringent but it cleans the sticky fruit and malt flavors up.

The medium mouthfeel has just enough body to carry full bodied flavor without being cloying or too dry. Still though the dark roastiness seems to be at war with the fruity, floral hop bouquet leaving a confused taste on the palate.

Definitely full bodied flavor, lots going on and packing a punch. Still suffers from a mild identify crisis, would like to see less character from the hops and more from the malt.

neophilus, Apr 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Hanzo, Apr 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

vasudeva11, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Yabev15, Apr 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

howard12, Apr 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

muchloveforhops3, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

MumboJumbo, Apr 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

BeerAcolyte, Apr 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

stevegregg, Apr 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

FATH3RH0P5, Apr 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

C63AMG, Apr 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

tbeer40, Apr 01, 2012
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,167 ratings.