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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,995 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,995
Reviews: 2,503
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 148
Gots: 460 | FT: 16
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 MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe I've never reviewed this beer, so I figured it was time. Best before June 6th, 2016. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - Pours with a finger of dark than foam that slowly settles to a thick, creamy, cap, leaving behind glass-coating lacework. Body is black, with maybe the faintest dark brown shade to it.

S - There's a lot of hops here - plenty of earthy pine and grapefruit character. Underneath, there's some semisweet chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, licorice, and a touch of char.

T - Taste is a mixture of tobacco, baker's chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and a hefty dose of herbal hop bitterness in the finish mingling with some espresso and char. The transition from sweet mid-palate to bruising bitterness is somewhat abrupt.

M - Carbonation is too high - please turn it down. Body is medium, and somewhat light for an RIS, although it's not unreasonable for a 9.1% brew. Otherwise the texture is smooth and the finish is sticky, with some obvious resinous hops lingering as well. Light warming alcohol presence.

D - I imagine this was really unique and provocative six years ago. Unfortunately there are many Imperial Stouts that do the same trick better these days. Easy to drink, and certainly one of the 'classics', but Victory seems a bit like a dinosaur these days.

MasterSki, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, pitch black with a HUGE 3 inch chocolate milk colored head. Dense head that lingers for the duration of the beer. Sticky ring lacing on the way down. Absolutely beautiful. Smell is of dark fruits, sweetened coffee, and cocoa powder. Taste is of burnt espresso/coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and slightly sweet cherry/plum. A lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue after each sip that stays with you for a while. Carbonation is good and does not take away from the thick, creamy feel of this beer. Overall, this is an absolutely delicious RIS that I will be revisiting again. I am glad this comes in 12 oz. bottles as the 9.1% ABV can sneak up on you.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of ddalzell
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%

ddalzell, Tuesday at 01:45 AM
Photo of dagubna
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%

dagubna, Monday at 11:48 PM
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

fossage78, Monday at 09:28 PM
Photo of DownWithSocks
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

DownWithSocks, Sunday at 10:56 PM
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from a bottle with an enjoy by date of 11/15/2014; into a pub glass.
Appearance - black from top to bottom, until the very bottom of the glass, where a dark crimson hue is noticeable. Medium layer of foamy, khaki head leaves a beige curtain of lacing down the glass!
Smell - dark chocolate, caramel, cream and slow roasted coffee.
Taste - an assortment of flavors; bitter dark chocolate, robust coffee, and a subtle touch of caramel!
Feel - creamy, medium to heavy body; spectacular blend of roasted malts and bitter hops!
Overall - the much appreciated hop presence to this brew leads me to seek this one out. Reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada's Narwhal and even compares to some heavier black ales!

DenverHopHead, Sunday at 08:35 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Czequershuus, Saturday at 10:10 PM
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Fordknox, Saturday at 04:39 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Tenor, Saturday at 02:48 AM
Photo of Bierleichen
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Too much hops for a stout... Thought I was drinking an IPA

Bierleichen, Friday at 11:44 PM
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4.6/5  rDev +13%

CTague, Friday at 11:04 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

dipso123, Friday at 10:30 PM
Photo of Ohsdrummer08
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Ohsdrummer08, Friday at 07:39 PM
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

StephRai, Sep 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

brocktune, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Comparison_Ford
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Comparison_Ford, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of PauI
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Storm King Stout by Victory Brewing is like a sultry siren. She coaxes you from your littoral home with hoppy succulence, then drags you into the abyss with a dusky, violating tentacle of bitter cocoa. Struggling and unshackled, you reach a derelict skiff of delicious malt and bask in sweet salvation.

Overall, an exciting and satisfying trip.

PauI, Sep 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

intovert2438, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

dheldman, Sep 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

maxcoinage, Sep 22, 2014
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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,995 ratings.