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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,168 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 5,168
Reviews: 2,511
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 154
Gots: 510 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

wo87810, Dec 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Antonius08, Mar 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

RandyBoBandy, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

smb71481, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 7th, 2004.

Pours a dark black with just the smallest amount of dark brown around the edges. Poured with a light tan head that managed to keep a crown all throughout. Nose is amazing, stout like, yes, but also some very uncharacteristic things going on here as well. Some floral and citrus notes going on, a bit hoppy. Taste is very good indeed, some nice roast and coffee elements along with a nice tinge of dark chocolate. This one just a little bitter, balancing the nice round malts very well. I'm very impressed, I hope we can get this in Michigan very soon. A lot of complexity and delicate flavors going on here, more than just about any stout I've had, as stouts can be a little brutish with the roast, as is this one, but somehow some other elements manage to put their mark on the whole affair.

Very good indeed.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, May 27, 2005
Photo of orangemoustache
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on St.Pattys day at the Brewhaus for breakfast(Spfld,IL)

A-poured black as night in my pint glass,could see a little browness while pouring but in the glass this stuff looks like burnt up motor oil,the head is a cocha brown and huge though I poured it a wee bit slow,some of the nicest lacing ive ever seen

S-very nice aromas chocholate malts,almonds and citrus(hoppy)

T-WOW WOW WOW this is just what I needed to get me going on this great holiday,I first notice dark esspreso roasted coffee,then a rich bold swirling of bitter sweet chocholate with a citrus bite that is perfect to the last delicious drop,alcohol is undetectable

M-thick and heavy it is really like a meal,or at least like a thick chocholate hop filled shake,so creamy and filling,dry charcoal finish(its good)

D-could have drank them all day- but was afraid of the ABV-this one will be revisited!

orangemoustache, Mar 16, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

aslamm75, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

saxclar123, Dec 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Scott_McCool, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Jerry's on Division.

Finally, a chance at a legend...

This one poured a dark, dark brown - almost black - with a thin, cocoa-colored head. It's cold, too cold for a proper tasting - but I can't help but dive right in. Patience has never been a virtue of mine.

The cold, biting brew conjures images of being plunged into a glacial ice crevasse -- the palace of the Storm King. It's slick, with strong bitter chocolate and earthy charcoal. It may be the temperature (and the astringency), but this is the "cleanest" tasting stout I've ever had. It's like a dark, bitter blizzard -- but I'm hooked.

Next time, I'll have to wait for it to warm up and really get to see what is going on here...

RockyTopHeel, Oct 23, 2007
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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a light brown, thick, and certainly creamy head.

Really mild nose-nothing jumping out at me. Some star anise, coffee, and some chocolate.

Noticeably balanced. Starts with some sweet chocolate. Some mild dark cherry in the middle. Espresso and some vanilla in the finish. Really dry finish for the style.

Mouthfeel is smooth and lingers on the tongue. Carbonation bite is present. Pretty damn drinkable at 9 % ABV. Very good RIS.

bosco7, Sep 01, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

DMc8ride, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

badmotorgrunge, May 04, 2014
Photo of yankeeheel
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the usual oily dark squid ink black. Big fat espresso colored head gives way to some nice lacing. Smells strongly of coffee and malt.

The taste is a little bit of a letdown for me in comparison to some other imperials I've had lately. This one is chock full of the goods, coffee, licorice, dark fruit and raisin. Can't dispute that. However, the finish is so dry and harsh that I can't give the taste high marks when you compare it to the likes of Sam Smith or North Coast. It's a darn good stout, just a little raw for my liking. Maybe cellaring will make me a believer.

yankeeheel, Dec 30, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

yossarian14, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Gus_13, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of goldbot
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with thick, dark brown head which is foamy for an RIS. Good head retention and pretty good lacing.

There is a lot of hop aroma of pine, which follows with nice, roasted malts - mostly chocolate and coffee. The flavor is hop dominant as well, again mostly pine notes. The malts take a back seat, but comprise dark chocolate notes and some bitter coffee. The hops fade in the finish, leaving nice dark chocolate flavor with a slight bitterness.

The strong hop profile, roasted malt, and high ABV create a very full bodied beer. A lot hoppier than I woud have preferred, but that makes me anxious to see what this does with a year or more of aging.

goldbot, Jan 24, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

crownrl28, Jan 15, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured jet black into a tulip glass. It displayed a 1 finger fluffy cocoa colored that hung around. Quite nice.

S: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Very appealing.

T: Taste followed the nose. Quite delicious. As mentioned on the bottle this one brought some hoppy bitterness to the finish which I appreciated. It may not fit the norm for the style but I sure enjoyed it.

M: Chewy and appropriately carbonated.

O: I loved this one and will definitely be seeking this one out again!

Johnny_Duck, Jul 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

markdrinksbeer, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Dbot, Jul 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

CORKSCREWFISH, Jan 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Lewdd, Nov 28, 2013
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,168 ratings.