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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,914 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,914
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 143
Gots: 435 | FT: 14
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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OleDixie

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-19-2013 00:03:55 | More by OleDixie
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2Xmd

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-07-2013 03:26:19 | More by 2Xmd
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bkeller04

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-03-2014 21:55:39 | More by bkeller04
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pbrian

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

This imperial is extremely subtle. My sample was young yet it tasted as though it had been aged a year. There was no edginess that is often found in imperials. A nice thick, strong night time treat.

03-25-2002 08:52:50 | More by pbrian
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%

Black and brown... near syrupy, but not quite. Very slight tan head with excellent stick. Grows with every swirl. This is one of those beers that excites on the pour. Nice. It just looks good.

Aroma is chocolately with bourbon or sherry. Sweet. Malty. Mapley. Absolutey brialliant on the nose. Big aromas.

Smooth and creamy on the palate. Flavor has a touch of hops on the back end. Smokey, raisiny, chocolatey, coffee, alcohol, butterscotch...

A wonderful beer.

10-12-2005 04:46:55 | More by Fugazme
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Dbot

Delaware

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-05-2014 00:00:17 | More by Dbot
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass at cellar temp.

A-Deep, dark, opaque stout with a very attractive 3 finger head that settles, but retains 1 finger with attractive lacing....nice.

S-largely metallic roasted malt, coffee and nutmeg, with the emphasis on metallic....not sure what is going on here....

T-Coffee, wine, slightly sour, slightly sweet, decent roasted malts, and a slight hop twang on the back end. Pretty respectable, but frankly I expected more. People swear by this one, but aside from the slightly sour winey appeal of this, which is not lost on me, I'm just not digging it.

M-Decent for the type. Moderate carbonation, slightly slick, as it should be...overall.

D-This is decent, but a letdown overall. If I want a stout, I'll take a Founders, or a Stone. There is something rather appealing about the sour wine characteristic of Storm King that I cannot discount, and it is a bit of a changeup in this style, but probably not one that makes it worth coming back to...at least for me.

Sorry guys...I know this is a highly rated beer, but someone needs to explain to me why....? I'd love to know.

05-01-2009 02:27:07 | More by caddybuyer
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +22.1%

Reviewed from notes some time in December 11

Poured jet black into a snifter.

The smell of this one is hops, chocolate, big malts and a small coffeee.

Taste, Wow what a big awesome flavor you get big malts, chocolate, minor coffee and a really nice hop kick. Creamy mouthfeel with a slight bitter bite towards the end.

This is my favorite stout I love the big hops and the big flavor and I really love the small price tag!

01-06-2012 13:20:10 | More by nickapalooza86
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output01x

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Enjoy By 06/06/16) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 2 1/2-finger tan head that slowly recedes to a thin but clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a nearly perfect black. Some light lacing can be noticed clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

Oddly, spicy, floral hops strike the nostrils first. Dark malts with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and caramel are also noticeably present, giving a more classic stout quality to the nose.

Dark malts start each sip with dark chocolate, caramel, and sweet, dark fruits. As soon as the beer is swallowed, a roasted coffee beans flavor comes out but is accompanied closely by grassy, herbal hops. The hops flavors of course bring a decent bitterness that matches the dark malt flavors nicely.

Medium to full bodied with decent carbonation, this beer is very drinkable for the style. The body is thick and slightly sticky. It coats your mouth well with an almost syrupy quality. The carbonation isn't very noticeable as it is not very fizzy, but it is strong enough to prevent this beer from losing drinkability.

08-31-2011 05:54:56 | More by output01x
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reyna311

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-06-2014 19:21:30 | More by reyna311
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JG-90

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-05-2014 19:06:08 | More by JG-90
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +19.2%

Wonderful beer. I am glad I finally tried it. i am KICKING MYSELF IN THE *** that I passed up the oppurtunity to have it on cask at KCLingers. Mmmm. Cask. Anyways, the beer is deserving of its stature, and my opinions of it are as follows. Storm King pours a black brown body topped with a head of tawny brune, inch thick that settles within a few minutes to a thin lace. The King, he smells like a beast. Heavy bitterness ensues, the hops gnash their bite at you, the thick sweetymalt longs to run and settle. The taste of this beer is something special. My initial notes read 'Stout on Drugs. Doesn't give a second. Heaves flavor full-bore- hops, malts, unspeakable smoothness'. That's what I felt at that point. Now, I just long to to taste it once more. It's full, but not heavy. It's complex and myriad. If a person was blessed enough to drink one every day, they still couldn't explain it in a year. It's something to be had, and admired, and never taken in the wrong way. It is so wonderful, I adivse not buying a lage quantity to age. They'll never make it.

Update-- I went back and tried this on cask at KClinger's. Even smoother, with more pronounced malt sweetness. Good for them for putting another out there. Absolutely divine.

01-15-2004 05:22:03 | More by 99bottles
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz. with a Feb 24 2004 bottled on date.

Pitch black with a 2 " tan head. Has a roasted malt smell. Nice medium to heavy body. Has a bittersweet chocolate, burnt malted barley flavor with slight dark fruits to round out the awesome taste. Has a bittersweet, dark roasted grain taste to finish.

Excellent.

09-30-2004 04:50:59 | More by beerceller99
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Yesac

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Pours black, with a depressingly small brown head that stays throughout.

S - Big coffee overtones with chocolate malt hints

T - Roasted coffee malts up front followed by smokey and hints.. and what... what's this.. hops? yes a slight surprising hop finish. Unique.

M - Thick body coats the palate well and leaves a coffee after taste.

D - Smooth and the alcohol is well hidden, I'd have a couple.

10-07-2008 01:03:57 | More by Yesac
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HosP

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Got a couple bottles from a few BA's over time. Poured 12oz bottle into Jackie O's snifter.

A- Pours almost black in color. Has a nice thick brown head to it. Sticks around for a while, that leaves some lace on the glass.

S- Starts with a nice roasted malt aroma. Very inviting with some chocolate and coffee notes. Aroma isn't as bold as I would expect.

T- Chocolate starts out the flavoring, but a sweeter taste. Roasted coffee notes blend nicely in the background. Some bitterness creeps in at the end but doesn't deter from the flavors to much. Basic flavors detected, nothing over the top, but very nice.

M- Not quite full body. Moderate carbonation. Slight bitterness to it that sticks with you.

O- Very nice middle of the road, solid RIS. Nothing that wows me, but I would enjoy another bottle of this anytime.

07-11-2011 04:10:09 | More by HosP
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dmk91

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-07-2014 21:43:43 | More by dmk91
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ChopsMeister

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-21-2012 06:37:16 | More by ChopsMeister
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-09-2013 18:05:23 | More by SHerninko
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JGlitz87

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

01-05-2014 04:39:58 | More by JGlitz87
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-19-2014 22:59:50 | More by brutusmuktuk
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

This is from a 12oz. bottle with Nov16 04 clearly marked on the label. Fantastic! (though with this beer it might not matter so much.)

Pours almost but not quite opaque, deep dark mahogany with a light brown foamy head that dropped fairly quickly to islands and a ring. Surprising. No real lacing observed. Also surprising.

Aroma is of dark brown sugar, molasses, prunes, cherries, (kind of like a zinfandel) some citrus-y hops, and alcohol. Couldn't wait to sip this one.

The first flavor is of big malt sweetness, followed by a good dose of bittering hops. Then you get a strong dark sweet coffee, burnt toffee apples, dark rum soaked cherries, and alcohol. Maybe some citrus-y hops in the back. Outstanding!

Mouthfeel is a luxurious sweetness, medium carbonation, tongue coating resins, and lip smacking malts. An extended sweet, hot aftertaste completes this great beer.

This beer is way too drinkable for its 9.1% ABV. I was a little disappointed by the head drop, but this is a keeper.

06-30-2005 12:12:09 | More by jakester
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz bottle into Imperial Pint Glass

A - Pitch opaque blackness with caramel colored 1/2 inch head. Lacing is solid when tipped.

S - Bouquet is a nice rye & dry malt sweetness. Hops are more prevalent here than in any other RIS stout I've had, but it creates an added dimension and more complexity.

T - Very similar to the scent but seems to be not quite as potent. Very dry and sweet with a clever floral hop balance. Very mild chocolate with slightly stronger coffee notes. Alcohol is not noticable at all.

M - Smooth and creamy with light carbonation and an extremely drying finish.

D - Not sure if any stouts are super drinkable, but the lack of apparent alcohol here puts this near the top of the list.

11-14-2006 03:49:40 | More by gmcfarre
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

The nose on the beer is quite coffee smelling with hints of roasted malts. The beer is completely black with a nice inch head on it. Pretty good retention. The main flavour in this imperial stout is the coffee notes, followed by a nice bitterness.The coffee hints and bitterness from the hops make an interesting mixture. Nice thick mouthfeel, a bit too carbonated, and incredibly drinkable.

08-29-2008 02:23:36 | More by swizzlenuts
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almychristopher

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

this beer pours a very dark black... almost no light passes when held to the bulb... with a tan head the fades to a nice flat sheet of lace across the top clinging as it recedes. the aroma brings a huge amount of roasted character to the nose, with just a bit of hops at the back. the taste definitely gives the full effect of the roasted malts with the thick rich body and the astringency at the end. the mouthfeel is full and wonderful for a stout, a very drinkable and enjoyable stout.

01-17-2009 02:14:00 | More by almychristopher
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cagocubs

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a motor oil brown that becomes quite opaque when settled. A nice firm and foamed tan head that lingers and laces. Impressive looking brew.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, some florals, and a smoked/oaky scent.

T: The roasted malt and barley are evident from the beginning. Coffee/coco and woodsy earth flavors come through and prevail in the aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied with good carbonation that still showcases the stouts depth. Good warming and aftertastes.

10-28-2011 03:46:19 | More by cagocubs
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,914 ratings.