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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,420 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 5,420
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 179
Gots: 632 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Ratings: 5,420 | Reviews: 2,568
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For this, my 250th review, I decided that I needed to drink one of the Storm Kings that has been patiently waiting in my cellar for a while now. I have a six-pack that is 17 months old and one that is 7 months old and I'll be reviewing one of the younger ones since the hops should be more aggressive. Victory hasn't let me down yet and I don't expect that they will this time either. Bottled on November 18 '03.

Darker than dark. Obsidian with a mere glimmer of dark brown at the bottom edge when held up to a bright sunlit window. The head is quite large and is one of the darkest that I've ever seen. It's milk chocolate brown and is stiff and thick, like a good ice cream-heavy milkshake. It falls at a glacial pace and is leaving beautiful, intricate patterns of lace on the glass. This is, without a doubt, the hoppiest smelling stout that I've ever had the pleasure to sniff. It has an absolutely great nose of roasted black malt and dark chocolate, laced liberally with citrus zest. I usually prefer my porters/stouts to be malty with just a kiss of hops, but SK may change my mind forever.

Oh my God! This stuff is amazing. The taste and near milk shake-like body are winning me over from the very first mouthful. The flavor is of melted Hershey's chocolate bars mixed with semisweet chocolate, espresso (easily overpowered by the chocolate, thank goodness) and a hint of anise. Maybe a little molasses, but it's not as prominent as in some other Imperial stouts. And let's not forget those glorious hops, bright and citrusy, putting this beer into a whole 'nother league. My preconceived notion about keeping the hops out of my 'dark' beers has been forever laid to rest. Once a hophead, always a hophead.

The body is incredible as well. I'm forever whining (about nearly every beer that I drink) that brewers don't give enough attention to the body/mouthfeel, that they don't make it full enough. No complaints here, Storm King has one of the biggest, thickest, creamiest bodies that I've ever experienced. Among porters/stouts, only Perkuno's Hammer, if my memory is to be trusted, has it beat. One minor problem--that could probably qualify as nitpicking--is that it feels ever so slightly chalky, which keeps it from achieving a true heavy cream silkiness.

Don't ask me why it took me more than 6 months to crack one of these open. Victory Storm King Stout is one of the biggest, baddest beers that I've ever had and is truly one of the very best.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured thick black with no light going through. Small tan head that lingered throughout. Smell was roasted caramel and a slight coffee hint to it. The taste followed suit. Nice Roasted coffee like taste, very full bodied and thick, almost a meal. Perfect for desert. Slight hoppy finish with a bite! Excellent stout, yummy and full of flavor. Will definatly turn to this again!

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of largadeer
2.33/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Huh.

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.*

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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?

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of zeff80
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of oline73
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Totally black, a slight hint of amber/ tan at the bottom when held up directly to a lightbulb. Pours with a small, but very dense, dark khaki head. Head retention is good for a high alcohol beer, drops down to a thick film and leaves behind dense laceing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, roast malt. Biscuity aroma, really smells of baked goods and dark chocolate.

T - Sweet, dry chocolate flavor, with a smooth, velvety hop finish. Malty, bready caramel, and an odd minty note.

M - Smooth, thick, and maby just a little bit oily. The body on this beer is close to perfect for an imperial stout.

D - Despite being an intense and interesting beer, this may be the most drinkable imperial stout I have ever had. The heavy hopping gives it a little harsh bitternes, but it is necissary to balance the flavors and it works perfectly to bring out the intense dark chocolate flavors.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a deep dark brown with a small brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Rich chocolate, malt and espresso with a little bit of hops mixed in. Nice blend.

T: Roasted coffee and dark chocolate to start off, then a decent hops bite for the style. It’s an excellent combination of flavors that battle each other for dominance as you drink it. You taste some sweetness and some bitterness, but not an abundance of either.

M: Extremely smooth with medium-to-low carbonation and a medium-to-heavy body. It doesn’t leave a strong after-taste or a sticky film.

D: This beer is as drinkable as you can get. Very smooth and very flavorful. You notice a little bit of the alcohol but it’s almost an after-thought, but I’m sure as you consume a sixer it wouldn’t be an after-thought for long. This is just flat out an excellent beer. Within the style, I liked this even better than the exalted Stone Imperial RS, which is saying a lot because I also liked that beer a great deal.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of Dec 13th 05.

A- Dark leather brown, nearly pitch black. Three fingers of froth after a hard poruing, dissapates to a thin tan lace with some retention.

S- Mild solvent alcohol, hint of blackberry and a water charcoal note in the back.

T&M- Smooth and creamy, great mouth feel. Touch of fusel alcohol, muted fruitiness is lost within the alcohol character. Kiss of oily hops in the middle. Boarderline astrigent burnt flavor with a modest malt sweetness undetneath. Middle to end are waves of harsh burnt malt and faint alcohol.

D- Not as pleasing as it used to be, pretty damn harsh and not as complex either. I'll have to make some strong black and tans to go through the rest of the six-pack.

*** OLD REVIEW *** 09/10/2001

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle, no freshness date but this beer's strength alone gives it a very long shelf life.

Appearance: Pitch black liquid with a slow motion cascading effect after a hard pouring, the hard pouring yielded a dense and rocky light tan head that faded away as fast as a glacier moves.

Smell: Fresh hop leaf similar to tobacco cigar leaves with a bitter hop oil within, black currants and fresh ground espresso in the aroma also. A very mild rummy alcohol smell is noticeable, smells of chocolate cover rum soaked cherries.

Taste: Thick and creamy with a full and flexed body, smooth with minimal carbonation from the hard pouring ... even with a normal pouring there probably would be, at most, a moderate carbonation level. Roasted bitterness flavour draws long as well as the demanding hop character. Heavy hand of sweetness from front to middle with sweetened espresso and a black berry fruitiness. Hops kick in hard and flail around flavours of citrus, earth and leaf ... as soon as it peaks the roasted gives a one two punch of charcoal and dark chocolate. Roasted flavours intensify in the finish with a hitchhiking hop bitterness that just won't let go. After taste is endless.

Notes: This one goes down as one of the greatest, not just one of the greatest Imperial Stouts but as one of the greatest beers in the world. As close to perfection as you can get.

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. It’s like, drink me. And shut up. And just relax already. Kind of like, there’s nothing to worry about right now. I’ve 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 doesn’t try to be overly showy. It is what it is, and what it is is worth tasting.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could have sworn I had reviewed this before, but I guess I somehow missed it. Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Nice mocha colored frothy and fluffy 1 finger head fades slowly with nice lacing, pitch black beer no light.

Nose dark malts a bit roasty, some chocolate with bakers and dark choc notes, oats, caramel, vanilla, hint of booze, big malts, some earthy spicy hops.

Taste lush, creamy big stout, chocolate malts, light roast, hint of toasted malt, caramel, vanilla, plenty of oatmeal, bakers and dark chocolate, thick malt base with light sweetness and a kick of booze. Then hops, very bitter, earthy spicy chewy hops, the bitterness ramps to for a big hoppy bite on the finish. The chocolate also turns to a big cocoa nib like luscious choc taste. Its a bit sticky and syrupy on the finish, drier, big hop bite with more spicy earthy hops, salty, bit more roast and chocolate.
mouth is full bodied, good carb, bit of warming booze, smooth and creamy lush.

Mouth is fairly full bodied, good carb, bit of booze.

overall a great stout, one of the hoppiest stouts I know, nice chocolate and malt flavors, big bitterness and hop kick, hint of booze, but stays fairly drinkable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Storm King Stout is in one word Black, I am holding this beer up to the light there are no ruby edges to it this beer is opaque no light passes through. To complement the darkness is a lighter tan head and for the alcohol percentage it pours quite nicely here starting to form a collar of lace above the head of the beer. The aroma is filled of hops and a dark roasted fullness of slightly burnt grain. Coffee like in flavor and aroma this beer blends perfectly in the mouth with the high ABV sending ripples through the espresso dark roasted barley with chocolate tones. This beer is amazing, from the appearance right down to drinkability!!!! The mouthfeel is full to medium in body with a creamy overall sensation to it. I could literally drink this stuff all the time, it's addicting!!! On the other hand I would get way to use to a beer that is 9.1% ABV and my palate would be full of dark roasts and unable to sense other flavors.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,420 ratings.