Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,871 | Reviews: 2,495 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
Has all of the ingredients for the perfect Stout. An Ideal color with a viscous texture and strong head retention. Ideal blend of espresso and bittersweet chocolate and a lightly powdery roasted grain quality. Enough in the nose and flaovr to demand respect. Enough heat to recognize it's potency. Still, no off balanced characters at all. No fusal alcohols, dominating hops, astingency, harshness, or accessive acidity. It grabs the throat a bit on the way down, but to be expected. Very clean for style. Difficult to criticise.
03-01-2006 16:30:52 | More by BEERchitect
4.03/5 rDev -1%
Bottle - Poured a dark black brew with a huge foamy dark head. Aroma of roastiness and coffee are very present. Strong body with subtle taste of alcohol. Very complex, taste of coffee, caramel and chocolate are mix very well. One of the best Imperial Stout I had the chance of drinking.
02-02-2004 18:17:55 | More by Phyl21ca
3.35/5 rDev -17.7%
A: The pour is just a deep, viscous, black liquid with a small mocha colored head.
S: The smell is hoppy, a good amount of earthy and citrus hops. There is also a fair amount of booze that comes though. There is also some nice chocolate and roasted malt.
T: The taste offers some nice roasted malt flavor, and some hops. The finish is very bitter and leaves a sort of unpleasant lingering bitterness on the tongue.
M: The feel is a little lighter than other RISes that I've had, but still good. Low carbonation and a medium to full body.
D: The beer is easy to drink, even for 9.1%. But, the unpleasant bitterness that sticks around after the sip is not welcomed.
I had high hopes for this beer, but was not impressed. It might just be a bad batch/bottle, but I don't know if I'll have this one again.
12-05-2009 08:30:17 | More by womencantsail
3.6/5 rDev -11.5%
Appearance: Inky black perfection. Average head forms, even when poured rather roughly (upwards of 18 in. above the glass) which quickly dissipates, though it's understandable given the style and ABV.
Smell: Predominately dark roasted malts smelling of fine dark chocolate. Hops are... floral, coupled with an aroma of roasted almonds and with a stark alcohol fragrance lingering behind.
Taste: A brash beverage, very asserting in all its flavors: dark chocolate, coffee, floral hops. Some molasses and tobacco (although, I think I'm going to be the only one proclaiming "tobacco!" on this one). This is not a stout that relies on a charming sweetness, instead opting for more "floral" components with a playful combination of mint, licorice, and I still contest there's tobacco in there! Why won't anyone listen to me?!
Mouthfeel: Pleasantly full, without ever being painfully thick or obnoxiously syrupy. Carbonation is spot on for my tastes. The alcohol is not overly assertive, but instead is rather relaxing. Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like they've just come out of a two-hour college lecture after drinking one of these? Yawn!
Drinkability: The Storm King is a lot like life. One minute it's there, and the nex
Well, in trying to fully and completely analyze it, I seem to have exhausted my modest supply of 12 fluid ounces. Drinkability seemed good; I've had other heavier, denser stouts that I've easily gulped down without a second thought.
*Thanks to AndoBrew, my friend, for generously sharing this one with me.*
11-27-2005 03:09:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
A: two finger tan head on a jet black body with nice lacing. No bubbles that I can see.
S: this one has a bourbon note by my nose though it isnt aged. Vanilla, roasted malts, chocolates and a peppery note round this one out.
T: whiskey/bourbon again in the flavor up front with a full roasted malt with actually some jhops coming through. A light coffee note provides some bitterness.
M: full body and moderate carbonation. smooth and a little oily.
Overall: very drinkable for what it is with hints of bourbon/whiskey coming through on this one which I wasnt expecting.
04-15-2012 21:23:48 | More by kylehay2004
4/5 rDev -1.7%
This brew poured out as a nice deep black color with a brown colored head. It doesn;t look as thick as some RIS' I've had in the past. The head leaves a decent lacing on the glass and keeps a good retention too. The smell of the beer is deeply roasted and burnt smelling with a light sweetness on malt coming through. The taste of the beer is a rich with chocolaty malts and roasted grains. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I was hoping for but still had enough body to keep in within reason. Overall I felt this was a really good beer for the price.
09-26-2011 23:30:32 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
What a great find to see this on tap at the Spring House Drafting Room,pours a deep black with a light moch head that leaves some small traces of lace.Aroma is alcoholic and chocolaty with some burned fruit aromas,taste is of roasted malt and alcohol with some dark chocolate hints and even a little tar-like flavor as well.A real complex beer and way to easy to drink for the style I can see why the high marks are given.
11-30-2003 17:03:24 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
Man, it's been a while since I last sampled the King's wares. I trust they're just as good as before. The pour results in a solid obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, maple syrup, cocoa, light smoke, and a touch of cedar. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a more pronounced hop character: pine and balsa provide a hoppy foil to the darkness surrounding them. The body is a stolid, heavy-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that deviates from the completely roasty and chocolatey path, but not entirely, opting instead for a best-of-both-worlds kinda thing.
05-06-2011 00:51:59 | More by TMoney2591
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
Wow, the 1000th review...or does BA stop counting after 999? Guess not.
Well, this hefty stout pours black into a chalice, an inch of dark tan foam rises to the rim of the glass. Head is dense, fairly aromatic notes of hops and roastiness.
Taste is burly, rich burnt malts, bitter baker's chocolate, and dry bitter hops linger in the finish. Alcohol is expertly hidden. Mouthfeel is big, not exactly viscous, but getting there. Coats the palate going down.
I've got a couple more lined up, this is a perfect winter sessioner. 3" of snow in Chicago, and I feel like hibernating with some of this...
'99 vintage courtesy of Steve, thanks man!
Really amazed by how this has held up. Very rich and chocolatey, somewhat mellow but remarkably no signs of age. Still massive, bittersweet chocolate fullness, some tobacco, just sublime. Age this beer!
02-08-2007 00:21:28 | More by emerge077
4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
Coutresy of dertbert.
A - Poured out a clear, jet black color with a small, caramel colored head that dissipated quickly. It did leave some lace.
S - Wow! A ton of chocolate aroma! There are also notes of caramel and toffee.
T - It has a very sweet chocolate taste. It had an espresso-like flavor.
M - It was soft and smooth with a warming alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.
D - This is a very good beer. The aroma was simply outstanding and that carried over into the taste.
08-12-2007 17:11:50 | More by zeff80
2.28/5 rDev -44%
Appearance: Black with a quarter-inch chocolate-colored head.
Taste and smell: Malty and roasted, espresso, brown sugar, surprising hop kick in the finish. Pretty acrid and harsh.
Mouthfeel: Not as chewy as other Imperial Stouts; somewhat thin. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Not a fan of this beer, it's rather acrid. I recall it being enjoyable a couple years ago, but I can't say that I like it anymore.
02-14-2007 01:05:08 | More by largadeer
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
A straggler from a cross-border jaunt this past summer, being saved for a "wintry day". By jove, I think that day has unceremoniously arrived...
This beer pours a solid black, a light vacuum - no edges, nada, with two fingers of thick foamy dark beige (ok, tan) head, which steadily settles, leaving some nice striated lace around the glass. It smells of citrus hops, roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, and some faint coffee grounds. The taste is big sweet roasted chocolate malt, more of a bitter cocoa than the confectionery sort, a soft underlying cafe au lait essence, and bitter citrus and pine hops, double-dipped in the aforementioned chocolate. 9.1% ABV, and it barely registers a warming tickle - wow. The carbonation is very soft, the body full, dense, slick and creamy. It finishes clean, the sweetness ebbing a stitch, allowing the doused hops more room to maneuver.
A warmer that does not come across as one, beyond being big everywhere else. As for its actual style, it succeeds on all counts. Tasty chocolate, big, and well integrated hops and alcohol - what's not to like here?
11-20-2010 02:02:02 | More by biboergosum
4.72/5 rDev +16%
Bottled on Sept-26-02. Pours blacker than a cloudy, moonless night for a sailor lost at sea in the middle of the Pacific. When held to the light only thin glints of deep brown are seen along the rims of the glass. The opaque body is topped by a solid and creamy head that is at first quite brown, but shortly thins and becomes more of a deep tan. Really interesting! The head holds quite well but eventually drops to a good collar and a thin surface covering (probably due in part to the high alcohol content). It does, however, leave an intersting "spider web" lace throughout the glass. The body is medium/full with a median level of carbonation that softens as it warms and leaves a very silky mouthfeel. The aroma is bold and fresh; full of rich, very deep bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts as well as some apple-like fruitiness and sharp grassy & floral hops. Quite hoppy when young! The freshness and high level of hop character are quite unique in the world of Imperial stouts (I'm guessing Goldings). The flavor starts with some light fruit and a rich chocolatey note, reveals some lightly acidic character (probably from the low pH of the deeply roasted malts) and then some more sweetly malty notes as it warms in the mouth, finally finishing dry with a firm bitterness and lingering espresso-like roastiness. Exceptionally well balanced between malty sweetness, acidity, deeply roasted character and bitterness... with some hop flavor thrown in to spice things up a bit! It's not too acidic or thin bodied (as many Imperial stouts can be) and the alcohol is very well cloaked. An exceptional beer that's well worth seeking out. Additionally, although the fresh character is really interesting and engaging, it ages very well and becomes quite another beer. I like to enjoy it both ways. If cellared, it will round within 6 months but really smooths at about a year. Beyond that it will probably not improve greatly, but should hold without defect for at least another 6 months, and probably well over another year! Buy a case and put away half to cellar!
11-16-2002 18:27:23 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a midnight black with a sturdy tan head. Nose is clean with a smooth malt presence. Flavor. For some reason I think of a wise grandfather. He is who he is just because that is the way it is. Its like, drink me. And shut up. And just relax already. Kind of like, theres nothing to worry about right now. Ive figured things out to this point. Feel is good. Nice liquid feel with a good enough level of bubble on the tongue. Very drinkable. A well made stout that doesnt try to be overly showy. It is what it is, and what it is is worth tasting.
12-31-2007 00:59:15 | More by RblWthACoz
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,871 ratings.