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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,993 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,993
Reviews: 2,503
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 146
Gots: 461 | FT: 16
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

CGMLS3, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There are hints of brown in the pour and the edges, but for the most part, this is a great black beer with a dark mocha head, which flattens to a ring rather quickly.

Smell is of dark cherries or raisins, sweet boozy rum bread. The barest hint of coffee/bitter chocolate is in there.

Fortunately, it's not all fruity in the taste, as it's bitter coffee up front and in the middle, has a strange fruity hop finish and a great bitter chocolate aftertaste.

A medium heavy body, slightly chewy feel, and low carbonation make this right on style, yet I had a hard time finishing it, almost cringing after each drink. The smell is too fruity, and a touch too bitter in the flavor. A fine beer, but not one I will seek out again with so many choices available.


Drinkerofales, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

tugg407, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured black with tight creamy mocha head that leaves some spotty lace

S- Big sweet citrus and piney hops, dark roasted malt, currants, and molasses

T- Some citrusy/piney flavors in this beer, big licorice, molasses, some currant, and chocolate like flavors. More hoppy and sweet for a big stout than roasty. Pretty big alcohol presence in the taste. Odd soy sauce like taste developed as I got towards the bottom quarter of my glass.

M- Chewy and thick mouthfeel, a little overcarbonated on the finish for the style, alcohol comes through quite a bit, a lot of warming and some burn

O- A big stout with a lot going on, but it all blends pretty well. The longer that I drank it though it started to get sweeter and sweeter

Hoptometrist, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of sevenarts
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish black, medium head, nice lacing.

S: Some understated chocolate and coffee. Not a very strong aroma at all.

T/M: Goes down really smooth and creamy. Subtle chocolate notes, sweet malts, and after a bit the hops hit to balance the sweetness. Very well-balanced and drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden other than a bit of warming on the way down.

O: Subtle and restrained for an imperial stout, pretty good.

sevenarts, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

BuffaloBill12, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

CwrwAmByth, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

seedsofchaos, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

gearzstang, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Stouttyme, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

roastTHEmost, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

GardenWaters, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of beercar
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a fresh sixer. Smell is all hop and cocoa. Nice tan 1 finger head. Black as night...no light penetration. Taste is way too hoppy and dry IMO. This beer could definitely benefit from more cocoa and coffee. Light mouthfeel and overly carbonated. Imperial stouts are my favorite style, and there are too many better options out there to consider purchasing again. If hop forward stouts are your thing, look no further. Tasted side by side with Blackout Stout. Not even close.

beercar, Jan 08, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's my 300th review - time to break out something special!

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Sept 2015 (I think). Acquired from my local beer specialist a while back, and stored in my fridge.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A jet black hue - no light penetrates this stout. Produces a massive head of brown foam that lasts for quite a while before subsiding. Aroma of dark, roasted malt with notes of coffee, cocoa, molasses, dried fruit and stewed hops. A hint of pine and a whiff of booze in the background.

An intense flavour sensation. Tastes of roasted malt with powerful notes of coffee. Subtler hints of cocoa, brown sugar, dried fruit, stewed hops and a warming hit of alcohol. Faint notes of piny aromatic hops. A very bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pleasingly smooth and tingly, with good body. Quite astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and coffee.

Very nice - a flavour sensation. The aroma seems less forward than might be expected, but the taste makes up for it. The body is also good, though I can't help feeling that it could have been thicker. The only problem with this beer is my impression that it's good but not great - there's a missing dimension to it. Lots of flavour but a lack of depth. Nonetheless, a quality brew that is well worth sampling.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

rpjordan, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Mahlik
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Beermongers. Poured into snifter.

A- pours black with a one-finger light tan head. Head dissipates in a minute or so. Appears viscous and somewhat oily. Nice lacing.

S- Not much going on. Some earthy hops, subtle coffee, burnt malts and maybe some chocolate. Not really impressed.

T- Roasted malts and a smooth chocolate hit the palate. The piney and herbal hops hit in the middle to take away from the maltiness. Warmth from the alcohol wallows underneath.

M- Medium-thick body with low carbonation. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Some alcohol can be felt.

O- Disappointing. The balance is off or something. The aroma was weak and the taste was average. With many other options on the market, I probably won't reach for another Storm King any time soon.

Mahlik, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of ckollias
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black color with a thick, brown, frothy, 4-finger head that slowly dissipates into a persistent lace leaving a great trail down the glass.

S: Strong malty chocolate, coffee, hoppy aroma.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness and a great roasted malt bitterness. Strong chocolate and coffee overtones, with a nice hoppy background.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome imperial stout. A nice sipping beer @ 9.10 % alcohol by volume.

ckollias, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ale207, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of NewBedfordBrewer
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was reunited with this beer on NYE straight outta the bottle. Impressive hop aroma blasting right out of the bottle. Hop flavor was just as nice. A big beer that's very smooth, drinkable, and dangerous. With an expiration date of 2016, it's something you can confidently buy without old beer worries. Although the hops will fade, I can only imagine the smoothness in 4yrs. Make sure to enjoy a few nice and fresh to experience those hops. Cheers!

NewBedfordBrewer, Jan 06, 2012
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4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes some time in December 11

Poured jet black into a snifter.

The smell of this one is hops, chocolate, big malts and a small coffeee.

Taste, Wow what a big awesome flavor you get big malts, chocolate, minor coffee and a really nice hop kick. Creamy mouthfeel with a slight bitter bite towards the end.

This is my favorite stout I love the big hops and the big flavor and I really love the small price tag!

nickapalooza86, Jan 06, 2012
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,993 ratings.