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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

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4,481 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4481
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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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this out of the cask at Capital Ale House in Richmond.

Poured very dark, almost black, with a small tan head. Left some decent lacing in the glass.

Smell and taste were of coffee with some hopiness. Was fairly sweet. Did not taste the alcohol much.

Mouthfeel was smooth but full bodied. Lingered on the palette awhile for a while and left the lips a bit sticky.

In my limited experience with RIS' this was a great one. Will definitely compare the bottled version to this.

Serving type: cask

07-18-2011 03:11:55 | More by nandemo1
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black and rich. Head is tan with mild retention and decent lacing around the glass.

S: Tons of malt, milk chocolate and notable roasted malts. Oak, vanilla and carobs chips.

T: There are a lot of wonderful black/chocolate roasted malts in this beer. The hops are very well balanced with the malt. There is a slight bite on the palate, but I think a lot of this comes from the dark malts. I'm thinking I should pair this with a 2003 Fonseca Reserva Especial.

M: It's round and slightly palate heavy. However, it's not chalky or over bearing. It's like the first time you turn on the heat for the winter.

D: I'm impressed this beer is on the hand pump in June. I could drink it any time. Yum.

Serving type: cask

07-01-2011 03:07:56 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
Photo of oline73


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

I had this on cask at Max's, served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with hardly any light coming through at the edges. There is a finger of thick creamy tan head that leaves just a ring around the edge.

Smell: Sweet roasty malt with a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: Again, sweet and roasty flavors dominate. I'm picking up hints of dark chocolate and warm alcohol with a bitter and hoppy finish. There is a really nice balance between the hops, sweetness, and roast.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really nice beer. The balance is amazing, I love the hops along with the other flavors. Really nice finish.

Serving type: cask

04-27-2011 20:26:23 | More by oline73
Photo of Kegatron


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

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 1/15/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a straight black in the glass, with a finger of tight foamy mocha colored head. This retains with about a ¼ finger of creamy froth, which holds tight across the top and drenches the sides of the glass with a solid sheet of lacing the whole way down. The aroma smells burnt with a roasted coffee nose on it, along with some green citrus character. There are sweet notes of chocolate and caramel present, which feels like they want to sit in the nostrils with some stickiness but the overall sharpness of the roast and hops keeps thing crisp and tight in the nose.

The taste is roasted and bitter across the tongue with a forceful mix of coffee and citric hop flavors. A balancing mix of chocolate and caramel malts help balance this out across the back but the cask really brings the aggressiveness of this out, as this finishes burnt and roasty with some lingering green bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with the cask lending this some lightness that is equal parts crisp and creamy in the mouth. The alcohol his mostly well hid here, with no hot flavors per se, but it does contribute to the overall intensity of the flavors and feel.

Wow, the cask conditioning really opens this sucker up, so that you get the full Storm King experience. Whether your ready for it or not! The roasted malts and hops are just in full effect here, to the point that they get to be a bit much towards the bottom of the glass. Yeah, this ones a bit of a rager but still damn tasty if you like aggressive beers and that cask body does help smooth things out a bit. I'm glad this one is always on the cask at the brewery, because sometimes you just need a beer like this.

Serving type: cask

01-19-2011 20:34:59 | More by Kegatron
Photo of orangesol


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask into a Victory lager mini-pint at the Victory brew-pub.

A - Pours black as night with a strong one finger brown head that leaves minimal lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of dark, roasty, aroma's in this one. Coffee, chocolate, and other earthy flavors and most prevalent. Faint hints of herbal hops and a bit of booze hide well but are present. Even a bit of spice?

T - Dark goodness. Similar to the nose with coffee, chocolate, oak, black licorice, and plenty of other earthy flavors. Finish is dominated by tons of dark roasted flavors. A little bit of booze creeps in once it begins to warm up a bit. A very nice stout.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very smooth feel with a strong roasted finish.

D - I like this version a little bit more than the normal version. The feel of this one is much better than the normal version and it seems to help bring all the flavors together into a more well rounded offering. Very nice for a mass produced stout.

Serving type: cask

11-27-2010 22:56:53 | More by orangesol
Photo of xnicknj


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

on cask at the brewery

Pours a completely clouded blackness with a very thick, buoyant, creamy tan head. Great retention and collar, leaving patches of tan lacing all over the place.

Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, dark malt, and a bit of nuttiness in the nose.

Heavily roasted malt up front with caramel, notes of mocha and coffee with some chocolate sweetness. Bits of molasses and a hint of booze poke through towards the middle. Finished with a pleasant splash of bitter hops and a slice of alcohol.

Full body, incredibly velvety smooth feel with silk touches and superbly pleasant on the palate. Delicious, not quite ground breaking, and the alcohol is hidden well considering the higher content. A solid, quality stout.

Serving type: cask

11-24-2010 23:27:31 | More by xnicknj
Photo of DavoleBomb


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

Had this on cask at Smokin' Joe's. Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Pitch black. Half a finger of creamy tan head with some whitish blotches.

4.0 S: Herbal and citrus hoppiness. Lightly roasty, woody, and yeasty.

4.0 T: Less hoppy than regular (or perhaps my palate has changed since I last had the regular a couple years ago). Decently roasty and rather sweet. Healthy bitterness, woody, and yeast.

4.0 M: Medium body. Lowish carbonation, creamy, and smooth.

4.0 D: Could use a bit more carbonation even for cask, but that's the nature of the beast. You never really know how far into the cask you are and how much it's changed since tapping. Still, tasty and I'm definitely glad to try a solid stout in cask format.

Serving type: cask

11-11-2010 16:25:49 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of BeerCon5


3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured black in color with a pretty thin coffee colored head with poor retention.

The scent was of toasted malts and dark frut.

The taste is of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, and roasted malts, alcohol is not very obvious.

Full bodied, very smooth and very creamy, also a little thin.

This wasn't nearly as flavorful as it was out of the bottle, the balance was still good and there was complex flavor, but I would take the bottle over cask.

Serving type: cask

11-08-2010 18:45:21 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of biglite351


2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - a little red at the edges. No real head (it is on cask afterall)

S - rather sweet. Malts, chocolate and maybe a little fruit.

T - shaft bitter bite. Some malts and chocolate but not nearly as good as the scent.

M - watery with only the mildest of tingle. Maybe because it is on cask?

D - I will pass unless this is the only stout on the menu.

Serving type: cask

10-22-2010 23:07:40 | More by biglite351
Photo of ramseye4


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap from a Firkin Cask at Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA.

Pours completely opaque, with an absolutely gorgeous dark brown two finger head, and leaves fantastic lacing down the glass. The beer smells of roasted malts, a deep coffee aroma, and a tad bit of hops pulling through. The taste is absolutely splendid. Dark roasts, a bit of coffee, chocolate and a mildly hoppy aftertaste come together to make this one good tasting beer. The alcohol is completely hidden among these magnificent flavors. It sits surprisingly lightly in the stomach, and this is the type of beer that can creep up on you. Overall this was one tasty stout.

Serving type: cask

10-19-2010 17:02:29 | More by ramseye4
Photo of DNICE555


4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the brewery on my PA trip with Jlynn. So pumped to get to try this on cask. This is such a well done stout. So balanced and drinkable. A readily available, smooth, deep bodied stout that can hang with the best of them. Probably the only time I've ever be able to have this on cask.

Serving type: cask

09-19-2010 02:25:20 | More by DNICE555
Photo of stakem


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

Review from notes taken 6/22/10.

On cask at Al's of Hampden for the kickoff of the newly installed beer engines. $2 for a nonic glass.

Pours a dark black color with more than a finger of mocha colored fluff for a head. Really good retension as the head sits uneven in the glass from sporatic bubbles and crators where a solid layer of foam previously resided.

The aroma has a surprising amount of citrus hops, slightly herbal and grassy along with a solid presence of alcohol sting in the nose.

Taste includes all the described hop characteristics that were introduced by the nose. Dark burnt grain flavors indicating coffee and alcohol are evident in both flavor and warmth. Half way through the experience, more grainy sweetness comes through like chocolate.

The body of this brew is medium to full with a moderately low level of carbonation. Very drinkable and it would be a crime not to enjoy for only $2.

Serving type: cask

08-16-2010 15:43:53 | More by stakem
Photo of ToasterChef


4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served cask'd, in a tulip glass, at the Great Lost Bear. It's an opaque dark brown liquid, with a big tan foam head. There is lots of rising carbonation in the glass, that slowed and finally disappeared. Some clinging carbonation remains on the sides of the glass. The aroma isn't as strong as I expected it to be. It can detect some roasted malts and some chocolate. Perhaps the cask format has limited it's aroma? Wow, what a stout! I can see why this used to the top ranked beer here. It starts out creamy and slightly sweet, with a kiss of chocolate. I swallow, and the bitter malt flavors come out. It's not a coffee bitterness, per se, but more of a roasted whole grain flavor. After swallowing, there is a coat that has a dark chocolate combination of sweet and bitter that lingers on for a long time. This is a very smooth medium bodied beer. Not too much carbonation; at least it isn't overbearing. There is a lot of coat left behind, which can sometimes be a problem if it is sticky or too sweet, but this really works well. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. The high ABV is completely hidden, as is the sweetness put off but the amount of malt in this beer. This really is a great beer, and I'm very glad I could try it on cask. I've passed over the Storm King bottles for other stouts a number of times, but no longer. This is a great, readily available beer. It's worth reconsidering if you haven't had any in a while.

Serving type: cask

08-03-2010 20:10:47 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of Slatetank


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

I had this fron the first cask served at Al's of Hampden -served cask temp in a Nonic

A - an opaque shiny black like an eight ball - the head quickly drops and is medium brown but settles to a ring with small beading. The lace is decent and the beer is nice to look at in the glass

S -The smell is good with bittersweet cocoa, burnt caramel and mild spice with a hint of pine from the hops and slight deep roasted coffee. There is a mild fusel element in the alcohol aroma with malt having a lot of toasted and an almost cinnamon-like woodiness with the scent of the dark sugar verging on molasses with it aroma

M - The feel is good on cask, a bit smoother than normal c02 draft, but just as bitter with lots of roast and mild sweetness in texture. The acidity is downplayed and only light astringent notes from the dark grain is detected with light smoke tinged and spice hanging in with the warming alcohol that lingers in the long bitter finish

T - I attribute the flavor to a high good amount of high alpha hop combined with a modest flavor of citrusy coffee with the dark caramel notes leading into a high cocoa content chocolate taste which has a slight amount of alcohol in the flavor toward the middle while the pine notes from the hops criss cross back and forth on the buds.

D - I probably haven't had this for at least 4 months or so and before that at least a year, but it definitely exceeded my expectations. This is a very good tasting and stout and having it on cask is the way to try it. A solid beer from Victory

Serving type: cask

06-23-2010 16:19:35 | More by Slatetank
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get some sweet licorise, dark chocolate, coffee grounds and light leather. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the moderate sweetness countered nicely by a goodly amount of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, with the beer showing a long, smooth, full finish. Drinkability is OK, though there's a bit of heat in the finish that doesn't play well with the sweet licorise.

A good beer, but it's hard to believe this was once in the BA top 100.

Serving type: cask

05-19-2010 23:14:59 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Dark brown approaching black, with a brown-tinted tan head, served maybe a finger thick but with ferocious stick and lacing. Nose is strong with blackstrap molasses, bitter chocolate, and some spicy, herbal hopping. Plenty of power, but maybe a little raw.

Tastes of heavily roasted barley, dark chocolate with just a hint of milk or cream, coffee, anise, and pine. The flavors may come from disparate directions and ingredients, but they play very well together. Especially with the creamy, smooth cask-delivered mouthfeel. Easy to drink despite the obvious boozy overtones. Dry finish helps this along.

Outstanding. Seek out this beer on cask.

Serving type: cask

05-16-2010 05:24:11 | More by BretSikkink
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Handpumped from cask into pint glass at Victory Brewing Company bar.

Appearance -Black with a thick, dark tan head that held on strongl and left copious, clumping foam behind.

Smell - Chocolate, dark roasted malt, spicy/earthy hops. Seems to carry a bit more punch than the draft version but not much.

Taste - Deep roasted malt, rich bitter chocolate, a bit of espresso roast, licorice and earthy hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied--seemingly lighter in feel than the draft version but not in a negative way. Super rich and smooth. This is a great feeling brew.

Drinkability - I forget how much I love this beer on cask....and then I have one and I am like, "Why the hell has it been so long since I have had one of these?" This is the kind of beer that can get a person in trouble....goes down WAY to easy!

Serving type: cask

01-08-2010 21:45:07 | More by sbw138
Photo of corby112


4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at Resurrection Ale House on 12/04/2009. I've had this beer many times in bottles but this was the first time I've sampled it on cask.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with very faint mahogany edges and a one finger foamy chocolate brown head that slowly settles into a lasting cap which leaves streaks of lacing behind.

Roasted chocolate malt aroma with a surprisingly prominent hop presence as well as some roasted coffee bean, bitter sweet dark chocolate, booze, caramel, toffee and more chocolate.

Silky chocolate malty body that again is surprisingly hop forward. Much more so than in the bottled version. Very smooth and well balanced with a lot of silky malt flavor and subtle roastiness. Hints of caramel, toffee and subtle roasted coffee bean accompany the luscious lactic creamy darrk chocolate flavor and the subtle hops up front provide a nice balance without providing too much bitterness. A lot of Imperial Stouts I've had lately have been way too aggressively hopped taking away from the creamy sweet maltiness that I like so much but this one is balanced perfectly. The cask conditioning gives this body an incredible quaffale smoothness that takes the roughness off of the bottled version. Dangerously drinkable with an almost undetectable high ABV. I had to slow myself down because I was drinking it entirely too fast. Highly recommended in any version but especially if you have the chance to sample it on cask.

Serving type: cask

12-06-2009 11:42:43 | More by corby112


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand pumped into a chalice.

A: Black like the middle of your eye, black. No, it's a BLACKHOLE kind of black. Light cannot escape nor does it shine through. WOW. Is it cloudy? Is it murky? Maybe...but I couldn't see through all that black. Large 2 finger head, good retention, creamy and frothy light brown in color.

S: Heavy malts, molasses and earth, a little nutty, but mostly burnt dark chocolate.

T: Light grassy hops were hidden on the nose but come through a bit on the tongue. As well as a touch of fruit (berries?) and a tar-y flat cola.

M: Full and thick body. Smooth and creamy texture. Hello 9.1! Mild carbonation lets the bitter finish come through.

D: Could drink myself silly with this one. A really awesome beer. I'm a fan.

Here are a couple notes from a recent experience with Storm King on draft - 2003 Vintage - Served in a .3L stange for $8 bucks at the brewpub. Sampled 5/14/12.

A: Arrives with a finger and a half of foamy creamy medium mocha brown head. Great retention slowly deposits uninterrupted sheets of thick lace. Body is black as can be. [4.5]

S: Dark roasted malts of chocolate and coffee. Layers chocolate syrup, fudge and cocoa powder. Severely faded hops follow, transformed from intense pine to herbal over the years. [4]

T: A mélange of mouth coating chocolatey goodness, wonderfully blended together. Alcohol beautifully masked. [4]

M: Smooth, creamy, thick texture with a tingling carbonation across the tongue. Full body. [4.5]

O: For my tastes, fresh storm king is preferable. [4]

Serving type: cask

11-21-2009 14:30:55 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From cask into 14oz glass.

A - Dark black with big head that leaves opaque lacing.

S - Malts with chocolate and even hints of coffee.

T - Roasted malts with dark chocolate and hoppy bitterness at the end.

M - Full bodied, creamy and heavy.

D - Good but not great due to it's heaviness. Great winter drink like all stouts supposed to be.

Serving type: cask

11-11-2009 17:59:44 | More by taigor
Photo of Deuane


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Black with a thick, dark tan head that held on strongl and left copious, clumping foam behind.

S-Chocolate, dark roasted malt, spicy/earthy hops. Seems to carry a bit more punch than the draft version but not much.

T-Deep roasted malt, rich bitter chocolate, a bit of espresso roast, licorice and earthy hop bite.

M-Medium bodied--seemingly lighter in feel than the draft version but not in a negative way. Super rich and smooth. This is a great feeling brew.

D-I forget how much I love this beer on cask....and then I have one and I am like, "Why the hell has it been so long since I have had one of these?" This is the kind of beer that can get a person in trouble....goes down WAY to easy!

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 11:47:32 | More by Deuane
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour from cask to snifter. The taste of wonderfully toasted malt and a fine hop finish makes this a favorite stout of mine.
The alchohol is present on the pallet but not overwhelming. The smoothness and heavy body of this brew makes it a fantastic winter warmer. This is one of the few brews that I always prefer at room temperature. The malt character as well as typically subtle notes of coffee, chocolate, and spice really shine at the higher serving temp

Serving type: cask

08-03-2009 18:39:02 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of MrIncognito


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Had on cask at Victory Restaurant in Downingtown, PA. Deep brown, almost black body with a fluffy and sticky 2-finger brown head that leaves great lacing. Not much visible carbonation at all.

S - Highly roasted and burny malts with chocolate undertones followed by a sweet alcohol presence.

T&M - Very much like the smell. A bit more chocolately in the taste and the hops really shine through here. More bitter than expected with espresso bean notes. Alcohol provides a smooth mouthfeel with some warmness. A bit sticky on the lips and tongue.

D - A very nice beer but I'm not sure I could have more than one in a sitting. Not only is the alcohol high but the beer is a bit sticky and leaves a bitter taste from the burnt malts. At some points the aftertaste is quite like eating coffee grounds.

Serving type: cask

07-08-2009 14:48:08 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of Soonami


4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Chalice from hand-pumped cask at Local 44 in Phila

A- The beer from the pump was tar black with an inch of mocha colored foam. The head dissipated quickly but left a respectable cling of lace on the glass

S- A little hoppy, but mostly coffee and chocolately with a little port or oak like earthiness

T- Smooth, sweet caramelized malt with scalded coffee and hop bitterness. Alcohol spice and dark fruit/wine flavors

M- very creamy and full

D- Not overpowering but the high alcohol makes it prohibitive to drink more than a couple

Serving type: cask

07-05-2009 18:47:55 | More by Soonami
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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from cask at the CAH Midlothian, at just the right temperature for a warm early summer night.
By the time the waiter brought it to our table the head had all but disappeared, I'm assuming the top 3/4" of the glass had been foam.
At 9.1% ABV I was expecting a little more kick but I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth this pint was. The pint had a very nice opaque black colour but and the remnants of the head were dark cream.
The roasted malts were very complex, no real single overbearing flavour and it drinks more like a porter than a stout. Feels very good in the mouth. If I didn't have to drive the wife home I would've had another. very fine.

Serving type: cask

05-26-2009 13:34:02 | More by ElGeordie
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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,481 ratings.