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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,378 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,378
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Obsidian black with 2 finger tan head with excellent retention and good fluffy lacing.

S - Espresso, chocolate, malt

T - A pretty bitter start full of espresso and a bit of chocolate with a malty caramel backbone, a little watery during the mid climax. A little too much alcohol, but fairly balanced with earthy, herbal hops.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, chewy, wet.

O - I like um bitter but this stout needs a little more sweet malt or other character to balance those herbal hops.

Photo of swaghawk
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by Dec 14 2016) poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black, thin tan head, plenty of persistent lacing in strands mostly.

Smell: Tiny bit boozy, grapes + fruity esters upon swirling. Some citrus hops in there as well.

Taste: Strong roasted malts, espresso, strong bitter finish at the end with some pine and citrus. Alcohol notes towards the end of the sip as well, but muted. Very much on the bitter side of flavor, but countered with just enough malt to prevent it from being too much.

Mouthfeel: Thick, a little bit creamy. Nice carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: While I think this would be best during the winter, it's not a bad beer to have at the end of the day to slowly savor. One is enough though. The alcohol is well hidden but you know its there, just noticeable to tap you on the shoulder and remind you its a strong beer, but not so strong that it knocks you on your ass later. Sip and savor is what this one is - and it gets better as it warms up when the flavors become even more robust. So overall good but I find one is enough.

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ExtraStout
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a huge, Pacific Northwest hop aroma & character upfront, Storm King Stout subsides into massive, roast malt complexity. Rich and substantial, it will warm your heart.

Malts: Imported 2 row
Hops: American whole flowers
9.1% ABV

Creamy head, nice mouth feel, great balance.

Photo of bifrost17
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dafizzif
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark as night. Totally opaque and more black than not. Creamy light brown head on top.

Smell: Roasted malts with a good bit of coffee. Other notes include a bit of chocolate and tobacco and dark leather. Can get a bit of hops if I try to single them out. Definitely more hoppy as it warms.

Taste: Rather bitter up front. More of a roasted coffee bitter than hops, though there is some citrusy character at play. Almost a burnt taste going on in this brew, though it is pleasant. Chocolate and roasted malts ever present though always behind coffee. Hops are way more noticeable in the aftertaste along with some warming booziness. Delish yet complex.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a bit on the thick side. Coats the mouth and lingers on and on lovingly.

Overall: Always has been one of my favorite stouts and will likely continue to be. Got me into seeking other big stouts and even coffee, so on some plane I definitely owe it. Would recommend to friends... as long as they give me one!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of coachdonovan
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by Dec 2016 doesn't exactly tell me how fresh it is, but at least it holds up over time. Pours black as can be with a 3/4 inch head that fades quickly. Aroma is primarily chocolate and coffee, but there are some fruity hops in there as well.

Flavors are all over the place, but in a good way. There is an unexpected burst of hops and spice. Certainly the alcohol makes his presence felt. Roasted grains are there. Through it all is a thick, malty, sticky sweetness you would expect with the style. However, the hops break up the palate party in such a way to really help drinkability.

You could make the argument that this was the original Black IPA. It delivers everything you would expect from an impy stout, but the floral hop notes really take this to another level of complexity.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,378 ratings.