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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

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4,476 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4476
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 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 jwhancher


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

Pours a dark black with nice tan head. Aromas of spicy, piney and citrus hops first appear. Then, some roasty & chocolate malt make themselves evident. Even some dark fruit, maybe dark figs, and molasses, oak, and brown sugar seem to make an appearance. As it warms, lots of high alcohol & tarry rum-like aromas. Lots of roastiness in the flavor with some burnt character. Dark cocoa & chocolate flavor also persist. There are some hops in the flavor but they're layered underneath all that dark malt character. Mouthfeel is good. Appears like a medium-full beer that doesn't really show its ABV. A little acidic, maybe acrid tasting. A decent brew overall. In typical Victory fashion, this one is an above par RIS with an extra dose of hops thrown in.

Serving type: growler

06-10-2011 00:41:27 | More by jwhancher
Photo of Bouleboubier


5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been drinking and adoring this stout for countless years now. One of the best moves Victory made was moving this from a seasonal offering to a year-round celebration. Storm King has so much going for it - a striking display, a bold aroma, a dynamic, complex flavor, and highly competitive "drinkability" (can we come up with a synonym for "drinkability"?...considering it's mainstream reference point)

What a perfect beer to enjoy from my favorite serving type - the growler (on-tap/cask, I love you, but I can take growler home, it looks hot, and I can have my way with it - without peeeeople around). This might pour one of the most gorgeous, busty heads I've laid eyes on - uber-full, chocolate(-colored) mousse-creamy, filthy-thick stains of lacing spattering the middle-man (pint glass) - stark-dark onyx. Ultra-smooth, lightly bitter cocoa/roasty, blue-green fresh-pungent hop aroma - pounds the sinuses with sultry loveliness. Other notes in the scent - black licorice and booze - carry over into and explode in the taste, which, with all said descriptors combined, plus a soft coffee undertone and a silken cream liqueur feel and Irish dry finish...(pause)...make quite possibly the most all-quality-encompassing strong stout in existence. I've gushed over this on-tap, on cask, from growler (3 times), from bottle, and siphoned from the belly of the storm king bird itself. Stellar.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2010 05:26:10 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Mag00n for this one. Poured from a 64oz. growler into a Duvel tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a semi-coarse 1 finger light mocha head that dissipates quickly. Beer is opaque and black as night. Lacing is spotty and sparse.

S: Nose is liquorice laced with sweet booze and onion? Faint chocolate, toffee, and rusty metal in the background. There's also a bit of unripened plum and copper in there as well as grassy hops. A little odd but strangely enticing.

T: Roasted malt and black coffee upfront with perhaps one of the biggest liquorice flavors I've had in a stout to date. Alcohol lingers in the background but is well subdued and never takes over. No fruit, chocolate, cocoa, or any flavor that I usually associate with a stout. Metallic and oddly oniony. Finish is liquorice and dirt. Aftertaste is a sour hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, with a smoot, yet lively mouthfeel. Not oily in the sense that an Imperial Stout usually is. Finish is messy. Aftertaste lingers.

D: This beer is really unlike any other imperial stout I've ever had and in this case, I don't mean it in a good way. Just... very weird overall and I can't get past the metallic- liquorice taste combination. Also a bit thin bodied for me. Let's just say I'll donate the rest of the growler to a friend who might appreciate it a bit more.

Serving type: growler

06-20-2010 03:06:18 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of gatorbreath


4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably one of the best stouts I have gotten my hands on.

App: Opaque black/dark brown w/ mocha colored head that coats your glass.

Smell: Smells hoppy not too nutty/chocolaty, etc.

T/MF: Buttery smooth like drinkin Mrs. Butterworths. Coats your mouth with some thick goodness of nutty/malty/chocolaty syrup. I love it.

D: This could be drunk a lot, 4/5 of a growler will have you feeling Irie. Hand your keys to someone when you start imbibing.

Def. one of the most Chronic offerings I've ever had.

Everyone try it

Serving type: growler

02-20-2010 02:09:49 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of roan22

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a flip top growler filled by that machine at the Brewery.

Appearance. nice fine bubbles and lots of them, rich dark brown color with a teeny tan cap and minimal swirly head.

Smell: molasses, syrup, chocolate, raisins

Taste: smooth chocolately taste, nicely bitter in the back end. not too boozy.

Mouthfeel: finishes clean. little bit thin, but nice.

Drinkability: better than average for the style.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2009 06:45:12 | More by roan22
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was purchased in growler form at the Interstate Market/Exxon Station near Exit 75 on I-78 in Easton, PA

Presentation - Poured pitch black, with half-finger off-white head with VERY attractive lacing

Smell - Very citrus-hoppy for the style, a small bit of earthiness

Taste - Roasty malts, a bit of unsweetened chocolate and coffee notes at the back

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy bodied, a very dry finish

Drinkability - This is heavy, but expected of the style

Overall - A superb example of a stout.

Serving type: growler

12-15-2009 19:56:47 | More by tjd112
Photo of caminiti

New York

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

Poured opaque with a decent tan head that quickly disipated. Unusual amount of hop smell, as well as roasted, almost burnt malt, and coffee. Tasted a bit thin, Im sure it will be better with age. Was relatively easy to drink given the sytle, I will have to pick up a six pack and cellar. Overall a very good beer, worth a try.

Serving type: growler

03-25-2009 11:10:35 | More by caminiti
Photo of bheilman


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

Picked this up at the brewery. They have a unique growler filling tool that is supposed to eliminate all oxygen during the growler filling. If you're in the area pick one up. They're reasonably priced and good for return visits. The Storm King was good too. It has a nice burnt caramely flavor with a smooth aftertaste. The alcohol content is high, but you can't really notice the alcohol. Could be the king of stouts, but I'm still partial to Guiness because of the fantastic head and the availability.

Serving type: growler

11-28-2008 21:57:21 | More by bheilman
Photo of BuffaloBill91

New York

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as could be 1 finger very thick head that lasted a long time.

Smells like alcohol, dark fruits and coffee...

Tastes very bitter and also nicely bended with sweet dark fruits and dark roast and chocolate...

tongue numbing hoppiness - medium bodied- no where near as "heavy" as I would have expected - it has a very dry finish- makes you want to take another sip.

This is a stout lovers stout--- a lot more bitter than others Ive had it is still definitely drinkable for an imp. but still only a sipper--- I can still taste this 30 minutes after drinking it...

This would go awesome with a steak.

Serving type: growler

05-14-2008 11:54:04 | More by BuffaloBill91
Photo of callmemickey


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

A: A thick ebony black body topped with a mocha/tan head that stays for days

S: Earthy tones are offset by a dash of sharper hops... about standard roasted notes for a great stout.

T: Roasted malty goodness... all the earthy flavors are present (think coffee, chocolate, licorice, and molasses) and are interupted with what i believe to be an orange peel rush before returning to the roasted malts

M: Delightfully thick yet surprisingly smooth

O: You would never know this stout was hitting the scales at over 9% with the way this goes down

Serving type: growler

10-03-2007 18:07:09 | More by callmemickey
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 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
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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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