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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,163 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,163
Reviews: 2,510
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 154
Gots: 507 | FT: 18
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

BA_Berto, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jhlosito75, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Popsinc
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a pure black pour with a nice looking, dark tan head..

Smell: the nose just oozes of cocoa and espresso bean. dark unsweetened chocolate is underneath it all, just waiting to pop out.

Taste: i found the taste to be somewhat toned down from what the nose had prepared me for. still, a nice cocoa flavor with light hints of espresso bean and mild chocolate. very smooth body that ends nicely chalky and heads towards a bitter and dry finish. Was that orange in the mix too?! Hmmm, seemed like it to me.

Mouthfeel: very very creamy and rich...but not full or heavy. very nice staying power with flavors lingering nice and long.

Drinkability: a top notch stout. greay nightcap or dessert beer....or hell, whenever. right now i'm enjoying it on a cold winter day. This is a classic.

Popsinc, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of mobyfann
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paid $8.49 for a 6pk.

The apperence is a beautiful dark roasted coffee colored base with a light chocolatey-small to midsized head that lacks some retention, but some lacing goes on. The aroma would be like a mocha espresso with some roasty flavors.

The taste is great sweet and roasty with that great coffee taste and and excellent aftertaste to follow. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, nothing to get worked up about, but the drinkability on the otherhand is out of this world. I'm having a hard time believing it's a 9.1% stout but it is, great stuff!

Final Opinion: A very good stout that will always have a home in my beer fridge. Victory for taste!

mobyfann, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of xav33
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Storm King Imperial Stout
12 oz bottle
Best before date 03/11, lapped up 09/06
Medium pour in a snifter

Poured a viscous black with a small frothy light brown quickly diminishing head with traces of lacing.

Smelt of strong fermented raisins, light coffee, light roast.

Taste was upfront light sweet fruity esters and light better chocolate then plunges into a harsh bitter roasted black coffee with hints of sweet cocoa that lingers on a finish that could last a thousand storms. Mouthfeel was medium, oily, fizzy, and strongly astringent and light alcoholic feel.

Overall, an imperial stout with a massive bitter roast bite and a lot of roasted dark malt complexity, but the flavor doesnt shine through the carbonation and astringency.

xav33, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of mdvatab
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Aroma: Lots of fruitiness in this one. Grape juice, mocha, a hint of alcohol, earthy mineral, more grape juice, then herbal hop at the end.

Appearance: Dark, dark opaque black/brown body. The thickest tan head I've seen on a stout in a while. Great retention and excellent lacing.

Flavor: A grape-like sweetness up front, some strong dark chocolate, earth, smoke, mineral, and a nice bitter finish that sticks around.

Mouthfeel: A medium-thick body, with medium-low, velvety carbonation. Hops are just slightly drying.

Overall: A good, solid RIS, but not for those who prefer a sweeter rendition of the style. Very interesting how the hops, malt, and esters work together to emit a grape-like aroma and flavor. The price (~$12) is also a strong selling point for this one. I recommend giving it a try.

mdvatab, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Mavajo
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a two finger thick tan/brown head. Retains for a bit, but eventually fades away. Mild lacing. Nose is roasted/burnt malt, bit of hops, coffee, chocolate. Taste hits all the same notes - rich burnt/roasted malt, a hint of hops, the typical coffee/chocolate notes and booze. Full bodied and moderate carbonation. This thing definitely sits in your gut. Very enjoyable, but didn't really seperate itself from the stout pack, in my opinion. I don't have any negative marks against it really - it just didn't necessarily stand out as special. A very good brew nonetheless.

Mavajo, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been over two years since I first tried this beer, about the same time that I started trying craft beers. I'm not too sure how much I liked it back then, but wow, I love this beer now.

Appearance-Dark black with a 2 finger tan head, lacing subsides quickly.

Smell-Extremely Hoppy, Malt, Chocolate, Expresso with some citrus.

Taste-Lots of flavors going on. I can taste the chocolate and the citrus from beginning to end, with a slightly bitter finish, that stays around for a bit leaving you wanting more.

Mouthfeel-Alcohol is definitely present, very hoppy suprise.

Overall-This is a very hard beer to rate. Is it a Stout or DIPA? To me i'm not sure, I've had better RIPs before. Either way, don't think too much into it, great beer. drink up and enjoy.

SWMeyer4141, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown-black stout with a very light tan head. Lacing is pretty extensive.

S - A combination of bitter coffee, black char of toast and dark fruit. Hints of chocolate are present but minimal.

T - This is one of the hoppier stouts I've tried. The open is bitter, but coupled with dark dried fruits, like raisins, combining with burnt toast. The middle opens up with the sweetness, even more heavily raisins, but also plums and prunes. Closing adds in more dark fruit, but with a hop finish. A stout with hop drying isn't your typical stout. Honestly, the chocolate here is more in the texture, a point beneath the ebb and flow of what is out front.

M - As mentioned, drying is present. The beer is not a silky smooth experience. It remains a drinker rather than a sipper, which means the balance isn't completely out of wack. There is no risk of cloying sweetness here.

O - This beer is something of a bull in a china shop. There is depth here, with a variety of flavors flashing over my palate, but one aspect of stouts I generally value is the silky smoothness. Plus, I am a big sucker for coffee chocolate notes in my stouts, and their absence is something missed for me. A well crafted beer but perhaps not the one I'd seek out to scratch my stout itch.

Tsar_Riga, Apr 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

xbrettfavrex, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of bushbeer75
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with best before date of June 27, 2012 poured into a snifter

Victory Storm King poured coal black with a thick milk shake looking chocolate brown head that was 1-finger in height, however, it dissipated rather quickly. As I consumed the brew it left a nice lacing down the side of the snifter. The aroma is of heavy coffee/espresso with a touch of chocolate. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee and dark toffee. Mouth feel is full, thick and chewy, heavy but creamy and slick on the tongue with carbonation that fits the RIS style. There is a little hop and alcohol bite at the finish.

Make sure you don't drink Storm King too cold, as you will miss out on a lot of the flavor it has to offer. I am cellaring the remaining 5 bottles to see how they mature over time. Yes, Storm King did live up to its fine reputation.

bushbeer75, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown 12 oz. bottle and poured into a Delirium Tremens goblet. Pours a rich mahogany color with a frothy tan head that results in delicate, spotted lacing on side of glass. Complex aromas of raisins, plums, roasted malts, floral hops, coffee and caramel.

Opens big with assertive notes of dark roasted malts and, unusual for the style, dominant flavors of bittering floral hops. Full bodied with an ultra-creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Hints of buttered pumpernickel, dark chocolate and espresso surface. Suggestions of molasses, toffee and caramel emerge, followed by a hint of brown sugar. High ABV kicks in as it warms. Finishes slightly dry with a kiss of bourbon.

So many interesting characteristics combine to form this unique taste profile, making Storm King one of my all-time favorite beers within a style I'm seldom enamored with. At 9.10%, recommended as a sipper.

CaptainIPA, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: As with most RIS, the pour is dark and thick. Heads is gone quickly...leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: More hops than others of this style. Mild roasted and chocolate notes.

Taste: A bitter roasted chocolate hops flavor. The bitterness carries through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation....medium body.

Overall: A good beer. Great beer at this price. I prefer Old Raspy and Brooklyn flavor-wise...but this will rank third at this price point.

Brunite, May 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

cd_beer_disapear, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of jdubjacket
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six-pack of this at Jax in Sandy Springs.

Pours a pitch black color. Smell and taste seemed somewhat confused as I couldn't hone in on any one flavor exactly. Maybe some roasted malts. Unfortunately it tasted a little metallic. I thought maybe it was just the batch. But when I bought it again a few weeks later to double check, it still had the same taste.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were about average. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but I've definitely had better beers from Victory & better RIS's.

jdubjacket, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of brendaniel
3/5  rDev -26.3%

brendaniel, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

zachattack555, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Realale
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black, even when held up to a 150 watt bulb. 1.5 inch rocky dark mocha head slowly settles to a thin incomplete cap of fine foam.

Initial nose is roasty coffee maltiness, with tons of underlying citric fruitiness. As the pint warms, the citric fruitiness develops into more recognizable hop aromas. With more time, the malt and hop integrate better and I pick up candied cherry, raisin, and some rummy notes, even a bit of good bready European licorice.

The hops are definitely up to the malt on the palate providing plenty of both flavor and bitterness to balance the beer. Very long and zingy on the finish. Licking my lips, I can taste the hop oils. It is the hops which really end up being the defining element of the beer for me tonight, which is amazing considering the huge amount of malt in this beer.

Quite a ride, and big thanks to MJR for sharing a bottle of this incredible beer with me.

Realale, May 17, 2003
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3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

a 4-4.5 very dark, opaque brown. short, creamy deep beige head leaves a spotty cap, ring, and partial rings of lace. looks quite viscous.

s 3.5-4 dark chocolate, molasses, black licorice, bready yeast and charcoal. there are definitely some nice aspects, yet too much of the yeast and coal starts taking over.

t 3 this really is a thick one, slowly flowing over with more of a charred flavor than expected. a bit acrid in the finish. there is a lot of body and sweetness underneath, but the charring is way too much for me.

m 4.5 no quibbles here, apart from the somewhat overactive carbonation.

d 3 ashes to ashes, and i guess ashes to beer as well. not something i'm likely to look for again.

brewmudgeon, Oct 03, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

hansenm72, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is some good stout. I thought Brooklyn's Black Chocolate was good. This is better.

Pours like motor oil, dark and thick. Can't see any light through it. Creamy tan head is small and quickly disappears, leaving very little lace. The aroma was distinct and recognizable at first whiff. Chocolate and coffee with more emphasis on the coffee. The taste is coffee like too, but unlike real coffee, I like this (not much of a coffee drinker). There is a noticeable maltiness as well as hoppiness.

Excellent beer that goes to the top of my list.

abcsofbeer, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of buzzedup
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

A. black in color midnight black . nice light brown head fairly impressive head for a 9.1 ABV..
S, sweet , some hops , malt , coffee , bitter chocolate.
T. close to perfect. no idea why this beer is not rated higher as it is the perfect all American RIS. has everything I look for in a RIS and the best lacing I ever seen in a RIS . Victory gets an A+ on taste and face it , that is the main reson we drink the stuff :)
M. medium and sticky , oily and coats the mouth.
D. I keep this beer as well as old Rasputin in my rotation at all times.
if you see it , buy it drink it review it ...

buzzedup, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

zapahoppa, Dec 22, 2011
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,163 ratings.