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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,378 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,378
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

It's been a long time since I had this but now that I am drinking it, I am reminded of an old friend.

This is a big, roasty, malty, hoppy, boozy, aromatic stout. Yet it is balanced and very drinkable. I think I used to buy this very frequently until the price went up, but it is still a good value.

Photo of JNW
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of cfrances33
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle enjoyed on 7/10/12 poured into a tulip.

Pour: Dark, dark brown but not black. Deep mahogany edges on the glass. Finger of dark tan head.

Smell: Subdued roasty malt, bitter chocolate, maybe some coffee.

Taste: Really hope forward. Makes for a combination of bitter chocolate and espresso. Balanced with a very roasted maltiness. Hop bitterness lingers and mixes with the malt bill to give a raw cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Rather light for the numerous flavors that come out. Slightest alcohol presence as it warms, if at all.

Overall: Solid, but not amazing. I would go with Ballast Point Sea Monster over this any day. Curious to try my bottle of Dark Intrigue in November at one year.

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 7/25/12

Appearance: Pours black with an average-sized tan head - keeps a nice, little tan ring, leaves some wisps of lacing

Smell: Char and hops - very burnt and roasted - earthy and leafy hops - dark chocolate and old coffee, with some sweetness - some booze - overall, kind of smells like popcorn burnt in the microwave -

Taste: So very burnt - burnt malts, burnt black licorice, burnt tobacco, burnt popcorn, and some leather - some dark chocolate, heavily roasted malts - burnt, roasty bitterness, with some sweetness, some booze

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, very smooth, but a little sticky in the end

Overall: Harsh and burnt, but not bad

I had a bottle of this years ago, and I was not impressed, simply because of the overwhelming burnt character. Today, I realize that the flavor is much deeper than just the char, but it's still one of the most straight-up burnt I've ever tasted. It's seriously the taste of burnt popcorn, drizzled with some dark chocolate. Good, but considering some of the heavyweights in this style, I can't give it that high of a score.

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of DCon
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 FL.OZ. bottle of this from the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $2.36. Poured from the Purple/Black labeled body with a Yellow Owl on the front into a 12oz Shaker Glass. Has Enjoy By Jan 18 2014 on the front of the label.

Aroma- Very strong roast and cocoa nibs on the nose. Espresso came up strong as well!

Appearance- Pours a less then .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has an opaque, deep brown colored body. Leaves a few dark suds of lace behind.

Flavor- Very deep roast and espresso tastes. Malt comes up rich and has a medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Lightest Carbonation, Smooth, Creamy, and easy all around.

Overall Impression- When I went to pick this up, I was looking for something similar to a beer I traded this year called Dark Intrigue by Victory. This one was much more light and easy going on the complexity. Would have liked to age this bottle but I forgot I only carried on my luggage for this trip. Overall an average average Russian Imperial Stout but nothing fantastic.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Danny1217
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick brown head. You can literally see the thickness in the beer. The head fizzles out and leaves some nice lacing behind.
The smell is actually hops at the forefront, surprisingly. Behind that you can smell the roasted malts. A bit of a coffee and licorice scent, but not too much. Can smell some alcohol.
The taste is strong and roasty. Can taste some bitter coffee and dark fruits. Also a strong hop character that makes this one interesting. Gives it a slight citrus character. A bit of alcohol on the finish, but nothing too bad. The body is thick and viscous. Moderate carbonation.

A good, easy to get imperial stout.

Photo of acevenom
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Pours motor oil black with a tall, chocolate brown head that dissipates very slowly. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. It smells like a typical imperial stout. The taste follows the nose. There are strong dark roasted malts with chocolate and coffee. I can definitely taste the alcohol here. There are some hops in the back end as well. The body is medium to full with abundant carbonation. It's a bit thinner than some imperial stouts, though still enjoyable. This is a very good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of littlelorib
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark, almost black beer that had only a thin cafe au lait colored head that quickly shrunk to a fine lacing. The smell is rather faint but features roasted notes with a touch of fruit and alcohol. The taste is way better than i was led to believe by the smell, maybe my nose isn't working today. The roasted malts are nicely balanced by the bitterness of the hops, followed by the taste of fruit and alcohol. Really yummy.

Overall this is almost my perfect imperial stout. I am sl glad i bought a six pack - this is definitely worth having again. I would have given this a 4.25 if i could, but its definitely more than a four. I may have to re-visit this review on a day that my nose is working better.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,378 ratings.