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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,724 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,724
Reviews: 2,488
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 134
Gots: 375 | 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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Photo of gskitt

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one I"ve been looking for. Found it. Pours pretty much a black, cannot detect any light coming through or around the edges. Smell is subdued, but consists of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is deep, balanced and full of roasted malts and some char on the end. Huge expresso element in the middle. This is a well-brewed stout. Mouthfeel is creamy and viscous. Overall, yup, awesome.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 02:10:59 | More by gskitt
Photo of tree777


5/5  rDev +22.5%

03-16-2013 15:23:43 | More by tree777
Photo of carlmoberg


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-02-2014 20:48:25 | More by carlmoberg
Photo of cooncat


4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a bottle, dated 11/2005, and served at about 60 deg. F.

The pour is done with care, in order to keep the head to a manageable size. Tan head lasts quite some time, and after it has diminished, a swirl of the glass brings beautiful lacing. Color is DARK - Opaque! Like looking into a black hole, no light escapes.

The nose is incredible. Chocolate, coffee and licorice are abundant. A slight fruit aroma adds to the intrigue.

The first sip explodes on your palate, with intense flavors as mentioned above. In addition, a smoky flavor adds to this awesome brew. Yes, there is a noticable hop bite present, even with the intense flavors continually exploding on your tongue. Considerable alcohol presence is also noted.

To the end, this is a remarkable Imperial Stout - World class in my opinion. The mouthfeel is so rich and warming; you want to savor each sip for several minutes.

This would be the perfect beer to highlight the end of a perfect day. It could be a meal in itself ... or a dessert. This is one brew that will not disappoint.


Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 01:44:01 | More by cooncat
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mysteriously appeared in a sixer of Hop Wallop I purchased... savages

A: Midnight black in color with a nice caramel head that stuck around just enough to gaze upon and stellar lacing to follow.

S: Licorice, raison, dark chocolate, coffee bean, molasses.

T: Taste like a combination of all the above. Right on for the style, one could almost say flawless.

M: Full bodied, thick in texture, ABV is noticed without fear, slightly carbonated for some action.

D: Great sipper/nightcap. One of the best.

Thanks are in order for the guy who put two of these in my Dipa sixer. If it weren't for you, I probably would have never stumbled upon this world class concoction.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 03:03:05 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of BMan33


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-09-2013 03:47:24 | More by BMan33
Photo of Sixpack595


2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't get it. This beer isn't very good. Tastes like a burnt American style IPA. Yea, the guys who brew this really like to add hops... Sadly it tastes like thats about all they did. Dumped a bunch of hops into a kettle of middle of the road stout. Roasty, burnt, astringint taste. Flat, very little head. On the plus side it hides the high ABV quite well, and the mouthfeel was medium bodied. I'm really disapointed in this one sinve the other Victory brews I've had are better. Overhyped.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 10:29:46 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of bluegrassbrew


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter, best by May 30th, 2012.

Pours an opaque black with a 2 finger dirty brown head that settles nicely. Leaves some good lace.

Smell is delightful! Chocolate on top of coffee on top of some alcohol.

Taste is very good, though not as complex as I would have liked. Chocolate, espresso and some good bitterness. There are some hints of fruit and alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, almost milkshake like at times.

Overall, a very tasty RIS. Alcohol will sneak up on you. Thanks to buckeyesox for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 01:17:14 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of gregshead


3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a black color with a darker tan head about a finger of thickness. Nice layer of head sticks around.

S: Strong roasted grain smell.

T: strong roasted grain tastes. Some hoppiness but not overwhelming

M: Good carbonation, a little on the thin feel. Lots of little bubbles. Mouthfeel reminds me more of a porter than a stout.

D: Enjoyed this beer. Nothing stands out for me. All tastes good but nothing blows me away.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 01:44:52 | More by gregshead
Photo of engagechad


3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - poured into a tulip glass

This beer poured AWESOME, massive dark brown head that didn't want to go anywhere and it beer was black as the night with no light peaking through.
Smelled okay, couldn't get a lot from it even after I let it warm up. Lots of espresso and dark malts
It was great to drink but there wasn't a ton of flavor and as I neared the end I found the ethanol sting to be quite bothersome.


Edited review - had it again june of 2011 - much better. Maybe my palate has changed a bit but I found the hoppyness very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 15:11:45 | More by engagechad
Photo of demgoth

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

01-31-2012 02:50:22 | More by demgoth
Photo of smonice

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

10-14-2012 01:49:19 | More by smonice
Photo of TomG2751


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-05-2013 18:53:19 | More by TomG2751
Photo of rspauldi


1.5/5  rDev -63.2%

06-06-2014 13:27:16 | More by rspauldi
Photo of liquorpig


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-12-2013 00:06:33 | More by liquorpig
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black with brown undertones and a medium tan creamy head that leaves fantastic lacing.

Smell: Mild smokey aroma of oatmeal, nuts and yeasts. Estery and alcohol forward with some similar qualities to a doppelbock. The hops are floral. The malts give off smells of dark fruits, plum and fig.

Taste: Very dry with roasted smokey malts. Fruits such as plum and cherry are noticeable. The overall impression is of espresso with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium and chalky with a great balance between hops and malts. The malts and hops make many subtle impressions on my palate. Nothing is too cloying but rather the flavors make their impression and then fade into a decent bitterness.

Overall: Good price and amazing drinkability for a beer of this strength. It satisfies without being too think or heavy. Lots of character in a European interpretation of the imperial stout. I could drink two of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 03:01:11 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of msarver16


3/5  rDev -26.5%

02-09-2012 05:01:41 | More by msarver16
Photo of OleDixie


3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

02-19-2013 00:03:55 | More by OleDixie
Photo of brewskis4drewski


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-18-2013 16:25:05 | More by brewskis4drewski
Photo of AHeaston8


4/5  rDev -2%

04-16-2014 20:52:11 | More by AHeaston8
Photo of Rumrunner


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle.

A wonderful all around stout. Watch out for the high ABV though.

Pours a dark black with a great copper dried lava rock head. Excellent retention and lacing. The scents are weak. Some mustiness and dried coffee. A tiny bit of moss and a flour smell. Nothing special.

The flavors are big and bold. Strong tobacco flavors. Heavy dark coffee with chocolate covered berries. With this stout one flavor starts and another finishes it off. Bold malts and molassas. A quick bitter currant and a dry alcohol flavor come through in the finish. A nice dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is heavy and strong. Alcohol stabs here and there at the mouth. It is not smooth but that is a plus. This stout is felt from start to finish. If you love stouts then give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 06:32:45 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last batch I drank was bottled on Oct. 23 2003.
Strangely enough it seemed *slightly* different from the first which was bottled on Oct. 7th 2003. But maybe it's just me.

Onward, in both batches the color was super opaque, almost black. If held up to light in a pilsner glass you can see the slightest tint of red where the bottom of the glass graduates. The head in my first batch seemed to form thicker, about 3/4 of an inch. The second batch about 1/2 inch. Both were a nice tan color and dissipated quickly.The smell was like roasted caramel and espresso, slight hint of chocolate. I didn't detect any hints of fruit.
Mouth feel was excellent the first batch but (and it's most likely just me) seemed thinner the second time around. As to taste, amazing, both batch's. Roasted malt, espresso, chocolate, actually more like chocolate coated raison, notes. Some hoppiness also. Very satisfying, each sip is like letting a piece of fine dark chocolate melt in your mouth. Very drinkable, the only things holding me back are the 9.5 abv and the richness of it. To drink more than a few would be like trying to eat a tub of chocolate mousse.

An amazing experience to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 21:22:39 | More by Ieatlambfries
Photo of MADhombrewer


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date but it has a "enjoy by date" of april 29 2015
Poured into small snifter.

Appearance- Black with a loose tan head. Good lacing.

Smell- Chocolate and alcohol is the aroma up front. Some vanilla, coffee, and hops round it all out.

Taste - Little bit of a milk shake taste up front. Nice roasty chocolate with a good, not over powering, alcohol flavor. Some hops and vanilla.

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel. I might like it a little thicker, but this is good how it is.

Drinkability- At 9.1% it is good that this is in a 12oz bottle, but I could easily drink a bomber and be satisfied.

I remember the last time I had this I thought it was a little thin and unimpressive. Now I think it is a good Imperial Stout and I will be on the look out for it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 02:34:11 | More by MADhombrewer
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2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma - Tons of hops with a malt backbone in there some where

Appearance Very dark with a big light brown head. This beer is good looking enough

Taste - Way over hopped for my tastes and maybe for the stout style. I'm a little flavor sensitive to hops and I couldn't get past the hop bitter flavor. So past that I can't talk about roasted malts or any real non-hop flavors

Notes - I put the rest of these in the cellar for at least a year. I suspect a little age will help my outlook but I can only recommend this to a person looking for a very hop forward stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 12:39:40 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of Franz4


3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness info

A- dark, minimal head, as expected.

S- initial scent is a surprising pine hoppiness that lasts about 10 seconds after the pour before fading. After that more burnt chocolate and caramel is apparent.

T- chocolate, very roasty chocolate with a mildly bitter finish where some of the pine in the nose becomes apparent again, this time it's not surprising, and it's rather pleasant. Mild alcohol in the aftertaste.

M- Lighter than expected, finishes very dry.

D- drinks ok, not going back to the glass too quickly though. I'd probably pass on this for other stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 00:38:30 | More by Franz4
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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