Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,242 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 5,242
Reviews: 2,520
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 159
Gots: 539 | 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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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.

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.

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

Photo of brendaniel
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of zachattack555
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Johnny_Duck
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!

Photo of smb71481
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

Photo of brewmudgeon
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.

Photo of aslamm75
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of windypete
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had from a bottle, poured nice & black like oil with a very small head to it, with a nice chocolate colour to it.

smell was malty, chocolate with coffee notes to.

taste was smooth with the maltyness hitting first & choc & coffee notes blending through smoothly on the end.

overall this is a very nice RIS with a smooth taste, a sipper! i will be getting more of these for sure.

CHEERS

Photo of zapahoppa
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Thanx4AllDaFish
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JG-90
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Bierleichen
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Too much hops for a stout... Thought I was drinking an IPA

Photo of Dan269605
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Photo of robieobie1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Dmann
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a beer! I don't know why I've waited so long to try this one but I'm glad I took the plunge! This one poured out black as oil with a nice thick dark brown head. The smell was pretty subtle but had a bit of malt and coffee in there. The flavor was too good! Loads of chocolate flavor, slight coffee tinge in the middle and a lightly hoppy yet mostly sweeet aftertaste. If chocolate milk were alchoholic, this is what it would taste like! Wonderfull stuff and it went great drizzeled on top of a bowl of vanilla ice cream! Highly recommended.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,242 ratings.