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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,377 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,377
Reviews: 2,562
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 176
Gots: 603 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PSUDREW
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honestly, I so much prefer this beer aged a year or so. becuase the hop presence is the dominat taste in the beer when served "fresh".

The pour is no doubt black, with a nice layer of creamy head, and some lace following later on.

Very thick very creamy. if in an aged botle, the malty, roasted chocolate is present more then anytihng else, and it makes a nice sipping beer, very very drinakble

when fresh out of the bottle, it is a different story. Very strogn taste, has not had time to level out. Hop presence over anything else really. Still good, but takes time to finish consuming.

well played indeed

****after further review of the play*** After agin it some, and going back to the brewery for it a couple of times, this brew has really grown on me after time. The taste no longer is that smack you in the face nature that the hops have, but more blended, and subtle. The hops presence has dimished in the profile, but the roasted presence increases, and, the chocolate blends nicely as well. Still, a great beer. It make take some time for this beer to grow on you, but man, it is nice

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bushbeer75
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of ricke
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost black with a thick pale brown head that settles into a nice lid of lacings. Looks good.

S: A very hoppy smell. The peppery and citric hops almost overpower the plentiful aromas of roasted malts in this one. Notes of chocolate. Hoppy imperial stouts are always impressive, but underneath the hops and roasted malts, I don't find much of anything in this one, and therefore it gets somewhat boring after a while.

T: The taste is really good. I have a thing for the combination of roasted malts and powerful hops it it's made in a good way, as it is here. Of course, you have the usual suspects of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. But they are almost muted by the fresh citric and peppery hops in this one. Nice notes of hop resins. There's a lot of sweetness going on, and the citric hops actually add to this. The finish is very bitter with some sweetness and lots of hops. Hints of anise and powdered chocolate. No sign of the alcohol.

M: Rather light body but still in the full body range. Medium carbonation. Quite a boring texture. This part of the beer is somewhat of a letdown.

D: A tasty beer. Lots of big hoppy flavors. But unfortunately, the hoppy character also makes the beer slightly unbalanced and one-dimensional. I actually think the hops take over to much after a while. But either way, overall it's good.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the bottle it reads: Jan 10, 2016. The font is quite tiny and printed on the label itself.

Pitch black with hints of ruby red. Nice brown head and decent head retention.

Roasted malt backed up by a decent amount of hop character. Dark fruits, grapes, chocolate all mixing well for a pleasant aroma.

Roasted malt, burnt coffee, caramel, bitterness from the hops and grapes. The aftertaste is a little acidic and metalic.

Medium body, light carbonation, leaves the lips sticky. No alcohol burn whatsoever.

Average taste and slightly above in the mouth feel. The aroma is the true winner in this brew. I feel the tastes were subdued by the aftertaste of metal. I feel like the flavors were trying to reach out but fell short. Even though it was a average tasting Stout, the rest of the factors keep this from being an average brew all around.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of pmccallum86
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an enormous mocha colored head with great retention. The color is dark, dark brown, barely any light gets through. Smell is of coffee and roasted malt. Nice taste with slight hops and a smooth cocoa finish. Not much carbonation, a little bitter. This is a very drinkable RIS, it seems lighter than others in the category. At 9.1% ABV the alcohol is surprisingly hardly noticeable.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of buzzedup
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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 ...

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of hyuga
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, a big thanks to fellow BA francisweizen for this sample, my first Victory beer, which I've been looking forward to for ages. This is a beautiful beer, I have to give it a perfect 5 in the looks department. The mocha brown head stays exceptionally and impressively well, which seems to be a tough thing for many imperial stouts to pull off. The aromas I'm getting are delicate, sweet chocolate, smooth and quite creamy mocha, toffee chips, and a hint of hop leaves, maybe some floral hop character. Very subtle and delicate aroma, but certainly complex and pleasing. On to the actual tasting. This is by far the smoothest imperial stout I've ever tasted. A subtle yet ever-present leafy hop character is the only thing that really stays the same character-wise all the way through this beer. In the front, there's dark chocolate and coffee, in the middle, sweeter chocolate and more intense hop character, very leafy with a good amount of bitterness. excellent contrasting of flavors. In the back, hop bitterness subsides a bit in favor of more chocolate sweetness. It has a mocha feel to it overall, but this characteristic is not always so noticeable. This beer is just mellow and smooth all the way through. It's rather relaxing. No tremendous assault to the taste buds, but complexity is still in profusion. Magnificently crafted. I really wish Victory would start distributing here in Arizona, but for now I'll treasure and savor every last drop of what I can get of this masterpiece. To those of you who can grab this at your local store, count yourselves lucky and appreciate what you have!

Photo of drxandy
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to goblet, surprised I haven't reviewed this yet, as it's one of my favorite stouts, pours an oily opaque black, light brown head retains nice and fades down to lacing.

smells of roasty deep chocolate malts, heavy cocoa or bakers chocolate, grain alcohol, smells complex and hot!

taste is bitter, roasty malts, chocolate, hot alcohol, hoppy / astringent, espresso, raisins, peaty earth, almost like a tweaked wee heavy with a few other delicious ingredients added in - i really want to age some of these guys to find out how delicious they become.

mouthfeel is hot, bitter, smooth but at this point not as smooth as others in the style, still delicious!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TheBierBand
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz brown bottle with "Enjoy by Sep 25 12" on the label into a pint glass. The pour yielded a 1" head of dense tan foam that left good lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The beer is ebony with just a hint of ruby showing through when held up to a bright light.

The aroma was quite typical of a RIS.... lots of roasted malt... some chocolate sweetness... like fresh brownies.

Taste: More on the charred end of the taste spectrum ... very smokey... Not as sweet as most of my favorite RIS's. The sweet smell was not matched by a sweet taste. This beer actually sways the balance toward the hoppy bitterness side.

Mouthfeel: Dry finish and lingering bitter/smokey taste. Not as robust as my favorite RIS's.... not as thick and chewey... still quite heavy.... just not AS heavy.... I'll call it medium heavy.

Drinkability: Probably not in my top 5 for RIS's.... still a fine brew.... I would prefer a sweeter taste.... but that's just me.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,377 ratings.