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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,888 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,888
Reviews: 2,496
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 143
Gots: 426 | 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.

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Photo of aubuc1


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

12 oz bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours a thick black with a steady tan head.

Smell is roasty but yet has a big sweet hoppy smell. Very Nice.

Taste is a big roasty, chocolatey, and bitter coffee.

Dry mouthfeel is very nice.

Great drinkability. abv is not noticable at all.

10-14-2009 00:15:33 | More by aubuc1
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured black, with a finger of beige head, but spotty lacing. The smell was a nice bouquet of espresso, cocoa beans, dark chocolate, bitter hops, and even a subtle hint of alcohol. However, the flavor was dominated by alcohol, and to a lesser extent espresso/coffee. The mouthfeel was thick yet silky smooth. Nevertheless, the imbalance and not-hidden-at-all alcohol content had me wishing for some of the better specimens of this style which I've enjoyed.

10-13-2009 19:56:08 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of Flightoficarus


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into Chimay goblet (What the hell, why not?)

Appearance - Pours a rich, thick black that cannot be seen through, with a nice, sepia head that dissipates into a thick lacing.

Smell - Roasted, espresso like character, with bold hops and even some floral notes. Almost reminds me of a cross between a stout and some barley wines I've had.

Taste - A bold hop profile is quickly accommodated by a nice, malty espresso flavor. The hops bring out a bit of a floral touch to this brew. Slight alcohol burn going down.

Mouthfeel - A rich, full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very good!

Drinkability - This one is a sipper, due to the full body and high ABV.

Overall, this one is a little hoppier than I like for a stout (I like those chocolate notes), but still a solid brew that fans of hoppy, dark beers should seek out.

10-12-2009 06:56:12 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of oldfashioned


2.3/5  rDev -43.5%

Purchased a six-pack to try a new style. I had sampled a small amount of Great Divide's Yeti in the middle of several other Great Divide offerings, but that's my only other Imperial Stout Experience.

I guess I was expecting something more complex and was disappointed that the 9+% ABV was so obvious. The look of Storm King on pouring was nice and fit my expectations for the style, but it was basically downhill from there. The smell has some bright hops, fruit and roasted malt notes, but the dominant aroma is alcohol. The alcohol is even more dominant in the taste, giving Storm King an unpleasant, astringent bitterness that overshadows the other elements in the brew.

As a result, this is not a very drinkable beer and I will probably steer clear of it and other Victory offerings for a while.

10-12-2009 01:57:07 | More by oldfashioned
Photo of spartanfan


4.03/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a 12 oz with fresh by 12/5/13

A: Pours an opaque black with a chocolaty tan head

S: Smells of rich dark chocolate and lots of hops

T: Taste is of milk chocolate with a hint of alcohol. Coffee in the after taste. This beer's very hoppy when fresh, but the hops have died down a bit with age in this one. Alcohol is not really detectable in this brew.

M: Mouthfeel is good. Nice and creamy with a lingering dryness.

D: Drinkability is good for the style, I could have a few in a sitting.

I think I prefer this beer fresh, when it is at its hoppiest. I especially like it on cask, but since I recently moved away from the brewery I probably won't be getting that for a little while.

10-12-2009 00:16:41 | More by spartanfan
Photo of Wheelinb


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

This is a beer. As much as I proclaim my love for IPAs I do enjoy a nice stout and this is one of the best I've had.

Poured which black color with a creme colored head. Big aromas of malt and coffee. The flavor is rich with chocolate and coffee and possibly fig? Really great and complex. This is a beer you are going to spend some time with. One is a day is enough but you will want to come back for another tomorrow.

10-10-2009 19:16:16 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of Darkhorse09

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Light will not pass! Totally black. Brown, frothy, foamy head on the pour. I don't give many beers a 5 for appearance, but this is gorgeous. Great lacing too!

Smell: Roasted malt, deep espresso and rich dark chocolate. Maybe a bit of dark fruitiness as well? Smells great.

Taste: The usual imperial stout flavors, but in such a great balance. Roasted dark malts with the same coffee and chocolate character as was on the nose. Fruit comes through a bit more on the palate, with a nice alcohol flavor to boost it. Strong hoppy bitter finish, perhaps just a tad too much so. Malts really dominate this beer however, as they should. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Lucious, rich and creamy body, but not as thick as I woudlve thought. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Just have one. Maybe two. The alcohol is hidden well, but it will creep up on you. Not quite a sipper, but not super drinkable either. Delicious in moderation is the name of the game.

10-07-2009 17:22:27 | More by Darkhorse09
Photo of craftaholic

New York

3.2/5  rDev -21.4%

Appearance: Now this is one phenomenal looking beer, I rarely am a 5 person but this one can't really improve at all. Its a completely opaque black hole abyss that swallows up any rays of light's chance at entering. The head was ludicrous in the sense that it was a gigantic 3.5 finger length soapy frothy of a tan head that leaves legs as it walks all over my pint glass. Looks like an over boiled pot of pasta with a tan hue.

Smell: Somewhat predictable for a stout and somewhat weak which rubs me the wrong way. What is present is a mix of very roasted malts with touches of fresh espresso bean. The backbone of the whole aroma is a bittersweet chocolate and dirt notes that ties together all its nuances as subtle as they all may be.

Taste: It is quite astringent and ridden with diacetyl. The typical stout flavor really is not there. It tastes almost like alcoholic black coffee with a flavorshot of dark chocolate.The extremely present harsh bitterness is unpleasant from my standpoint and it could be from the hops, alcohol or pungent coffee flavors but none of it really does it for me.

Mouthfeel: Robust and creamy as a stout would be expected but has more carbonation then its appearance led onto.

Drinkability: Not exactly a sipper but certainly not a sessioner, falls into the category of.. drinker. Drink away but remember that it packs a punch with its abv cloak its wearing.

Overall: I feel like this one was kind of a letdown from the beautiful appearance. I prefer other offerings from victory and even others in the imp. stout category but if you love a big coffee backbone instead of chocolate or malt than this is your brew.

10-02-2009 21:53:01 | More by craftaholic
Photo of sprucetip


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

From notes. Dark black with fluffy mocha head, good retention and lacing. SMELL is boozy, black patent and other roasted grains, hint of sweetness, licorice, boozy, chocolate with faint grassy hops in the end. Very nice. TASTE hoppy and grainy bitterness up front, bit of booze, followed by malty sweetness and chocolate before strong emergence of dark roasted grains, booze, and licorice leading into a sharp bitterness at the finish. FEEL moderate carbonation, thick viscous texture, boozy warming, bitter finish lingers. OVERALLPretty easy drinking for a sipper. This one performed as I remembered it, and did not disappoint. Some may find the lingering bitterness in the finish out of balance.

09-30-2009 18:16:18 | More by sprucetip
Photo of myost88


2.95/5  rDev -27.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into tulip style glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a dark tan head. Head is very chunky and thick. Rubyish highlights when held to the light.

Smell: Smells like burnt coffee grounds. A hint of dark chocolate, but not much. Nothing really impressive to note.

Taste: This is where this beer really lost me. The two dominant flavors are roasted coffee and alcohol. Not a good combo. None of the chocolate sweetness found in many RIS. Very, very bitter finish. I love hops, but not to the point where I want them to have a major influence on stouts. I have to say the taste improved slightly upon warming, in that the bitterness gave way a bit.

Mouthfeel: A little highly carbonated for a stout. Not creamy like you'd expect. On the lighter side of heavy for sure.

Drinkability: I don't think I've ever had a stout that I disliked this much. The alcohol flavor makes this one almost unbearable in my opinion. I held off on my review until I'd had a second bottle on another night thinking my taste buds could have been off. But nothing was different. In my opinion this beer is liked more because of who makes it then for it's actual flavor and aroma. I would not buy this again.

09-30-2009 03:37:55 | More by myost88
Photo of flagmantho


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: completely black with a two-finger dense dark-tan head.

Smell: nice roasted malt with a big hit of chocolate first and foremost. Dig it!

Taste: big imperial stout flavors: roasted grains with coffee and chocolate components, a little bit of apple, and some nice estery and alcoholey fruitiness. Hops aren't huge but there is a nice undercurrent of bright, citrusy hop flavor (perhaps that's all that can make it through the huge malt flavors) and a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel: big body and pretty high carb for a huge stout like this. Still, that lends to a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: hoo doggy, this is good stuff, but it's definitely a one-glass beer (if you value your mental faculties).

09-26-2009 21:21:54 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Jmoore50


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

This was an average Imperial Stout. This has nothing spectacular separating it from others.

The appearance is dark brown, nice light cocoa head. No lacing and the head left without a trace.

The smell was nothing great. I got some dark black patent malt with a small cocoa characteristic. Some roasted malt and brown burnt sugar.

The taste was average. Just like the nose, roasted malt with an earthy flavor. Good body, had a bit of thickness to it. Just so so on terms of anything popping out.

The drinkability was good but overall this was just another RIS that does not stand out at all in my mind.


09-26-2009 21:11:52 | More by Jmoore50
Photo of jdklks


3.58/5  rDev -12%

pours very dark with cherry corners when illuminated from behind. the head is light brown, thick and fluffy, spotting the glass as it goes down. the smell is of roasted malts and powdered chocolate, with a strong alcohol presence.

this one is dry, roasty and bitter all the way through. none of the dark fruit sweetness ive come to enjoy so much from imperial stouts. rather, this one hits you from the moment it touches your lips with a burnt chocolate bitterness that is very decent, until the finish and aftertaste, where its intensity is a little unpleasant. just burnt, roasted malts with a hint of alcohol, and not much else (aside from the touch of hops through the middle). very average RIS.

the mouthfeel is nice and smooth, although a little thinner than would be desirable. it is nicely carbonated. drinkability is pretty good, and i could have another, though i dont see myself seeking this one out in the future.

09-26-2009 05:49:38 | More by jdklks
Photo of drumrboy22


4.15/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass. Pitch black with a one-finger, toffee colored head. Thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma was coffee, burnt and roasted grains, wood, malt, dark chocolate and dirt.

Taste was chocolate, roasted grains, bitter coffee and a decent amount of bitter hops.

Long, bitter finish. Opens up as it warms. Fantastic sipping beer. Complex and delicious. Cellars very well.

09-26-2009 04:00:38 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a Jet Black with a coffee colored head that sticks around the whole time. Laces down nicely.

Smells of Roasted malt and chocolate with a bit of coffee notes.

At 1st taste, its pretty bitter and hoppy. Its decently hoppy with plenty of roasted malt and chocolate to go around!

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thicker side. Nice and creamy.

Its getting to be stout season, in my eyes, so I'll be sure to keep more of this one around. Enjoyed very much

09-25-2009 01:34:21 | More by jhammel01
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

A - Nice black, not going to see through it, gigantic tan head. Fairly carbonated, keeps the head nice and tall as you drink.

S - Roasted malt and chocolate on the nose, but it is very mild. What is there smells good, but would like it to be more intense.

T - Nice bitterness level to go with all that malt flavor. Lots of roasted notes, definite chocolate and coffee flavors. Finishes with a little astringent twang. Not much in the way of dark fruit flavors which I like in a RIS.

M - Nice mouthfeel, creamy, little carbonation tingle with some alcohol warmth, finishes pretty clean. Wouldn't mind a touch more body.

D - High alcohol will set you on your butt, but you doesn't feel harsh while drinking. Nice cool weather beer.

09-23-2009 23:28:00 | More by steelerguy
Photo of berserker256


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

The bottle tells me to "enjoy by: Jan. 8 2014"
That's almost four and a half years from now. This Imperial Stout would be a good doomsday-basement-storage beer along with the bottled water, cans of corn and Spam, and loaded 30-round magazines for your AR-15.
It pours out the color of strong coffee. Basically black. I hold it to the light and can't see through the glass whatsoever. The light brown head seems to last forever and looks like it could sustain the weight of the bottle cap placed upside down upon it. I'm unwilling to risk sinking the cap to the bottom so I don't attempt this. Smokey and sweet malty, almost like molasses, kind of aroma. Second sniff reminds me of a tub of prunes, also. Remarkably smooth at first sip. Great creamy texture. Almost lactic. light carbonation. Alcohol warmth hits you after several seconds. Light bitterness. Heavy lacing left on the glass as I sip it down. Well roasted malted barley with hints of smokeyness, coffee, and bourbon barrel. Maybe the heavy warmth of alcohol is tricking me into detecting bourbon barrel but I swear it's there. Wow... Lots of warmth. That's what I like about Imperial Stouts. This is a good one.

09-23-2009 18:06:06 | More by berserker256
Photo of bfields4


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

This could be the darkest beer I have ever drank. Most seem to have a slight hue something to give away a tint, but I guess the storm king is about dark as night. Coming along for the ride is a nice frothy mocha brown head.

Dark fruit come first and foremost with almost an apricot twang. Roasted malts and dark chocolate form a nice body.

Dark chocolate follows through to the taste. A nice hoppy bitterness cuts the chocolate and gives way to a espresso and roasted to almost burnt malt flavor.

Rolls down the tongue maybe a tad much on the carbonation smooth, but I'd have to say that I have had smoother. The alcohol bit is nice though with the dark flavors.

09-23-2009 03:39:10 | More by bfields4
Photo of projectflam86


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

A- Pours a nearly opaque black color with a thick rocky coffee colored head that leaves a few scattered rings of lace towards the top.

S- Rich roasted malt aroma with coffee and dark chocolate. A touch of caramel and smoke accompany the slightest whiff of alcohol.

T- Full roasted flavor with loads of dark malt and coffee. A nice wave of smoky espresso and bittersweet chocolate with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol level is hidden quite well.

M- Medium/full body with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- A nice brew that deserves the respect that it receives.

09-21-2009 03:41:52 | More by projectflam86
Photo of popery


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

A very good Imperial Stout with a hoppy aroma and a fairly balanced character. It's honestly a bit of a disappointment given the beer's big reputation, but that's common with the more popular beers and it's still quite good. Storm King pours black and opaque with a thick, creamy beige head. I don't really know what Imperial Stout would garner a perfect appearance score, much less a 1 or 2. Anyway, the aroma is quite hoppy with a mix of floral and grassy/citric notes. There's a touch of roasted, chocolate/coffee malt in there, but it's a bit weak. The flavor is more satisfying. It's clean and relatively dryly sweet, err... not sticky or cloying anyway. Again, the flavor is a bit dominated by hops, but there's a decent malt backbone lurking in there. I've heard that the malt comes forward with age, which would probably push this beer above a four for me. The feel is slightly thin. I think that I've cracked this beer too early. It's only about nine months to a year old and could probably use another year or three.

09-20-2009 04:40:39 | More by popery
Photo of bcastine

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -23.8%

poured from 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth Brewery Tulip Glass

A: huge head that slowly dissipates, leaves lots of lacing, to the light this beer is more dark brown then black.

S: Burnt malt, coffee, dark chocalate, hops but you have to get your nose right in there to smell anything.

T: Again Burnt malt, coffee and the dry dark chocolate, lacks any oak, dark fruit flavors i typically enjoy from the style, really dry overall with no sweetness. This RIS really lacks complexity, maybe the most boring imp stout i've ever tasted. If this wasn't overly hoppy to mask the lack of depth in the malt, it would be a mess.

M: Holy carbonation, thin, thin, thin, by no means is this full bodied, far from what I expect from an RIS. I 've had oatmeal stouts that deliver more body then this, largest area of disappointment. I'd be curious to know what the OG was of this beer, not much thats for sure.

D: It is rather drinkable, its not a bad beer, just imho doesn't fit the style. I did find myself drain pouring the last remaining sips of the 3 I had, something i never do with RIS, most are good to the last sip, not this when warmed and lost carbonation it really fell apart. This, next to DF 90min. are the most overrated beers on BA, it is nowhere near deserving of its A rating imho.

09-19-2009 16:05:37 | More by bcastine
Photo of blackenmn


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell-Pours a nice dense black, and left a really great 1/2" fluffy tan head. Smells strongly of dark fruit, more specifically raisin and maybe some plum. Chocolate definitely hiding in there.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Taste was roasty with nice subtle bitter sweet chocolate. Some alcohol warmth which lingered along with the hop bitterness in the finish. Great balance overall.

Drinkability- I really liked the stout overall. Could manage a couple of these in a sitting. Really thought there was a nice contrast between the smell and taste throughout.

09-19-2009 04:53:25 | More by blackenmn
Photo of Gtreid


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into my Stone IRS tulip. big thanks go out to jamie2dope for hookin me up with this very nice brew.

A: Opaque, not a hint of light shines through this baby. Big three fingers of mocha brown head appears, receedes to a half inch, retains well, and leaves some great lace. Impressive.

A: Earthy hop forward, followed by graet roasty, chocolate, and coffee flavored malts. the balance between the sweet and savory scents is supurb.

T: Again, very nice. Chocolate and roasty nuts dominate, but the agressive hop profile balances the brew nicely. Very, very, good flavor.

M: Smooth for a heavy body. Good amount of carbonation. This one feels great.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is huge! Great balance, increadible flavor. Not your typical RIS. I usually get a sourness from the dried fruit in a RIS, but there is none to be found in this one. Overall, just a great beer. Almost an American Double Stout not an RIS. But whatever, I love this beer and could drink a ton of it. Must try! Skal.

09-19-2009 01:29:55 | More by Gtreid
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz chilled bottle poured into my brooklyn snifter..

a-jet black...3 finger head that lingered for quite some time..lovely lacing

s-crisp bitter hops on the nose...coffee and roast on the back end...

t-bitter piney hops up front...followed by molasses and coffee...and lovely malt finished by my some more slight bitterness

m-the only dept on this brew im not totally happy with...a little thin for me in this style...but does coat the mouth well and is slightly oily...carbonation is nice on this one..just wish it was a tad bit thicker

d-could and would drink all night if not for the abv...

this is a classic and an old friend i cant believe i hadnt reviewed yet...always enjoy sitting down with this brew..

09-19-2009 00:36:23 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

12oz bottle into pint. Very good stout. Best by 2014, as per bottle. This beer is burnt coffee black, pretty heavy on the mouthfeel, and hopped beyond belief. Good coffee malt/burnt malt/chocolate malt? backing. One of the hoppyest RISs I've had, I was really enjoying this beer (as a hop head at heart). I will buy some more of this... I really enjoyed it!

09-12-2009 01:14:01 | More by ShogoKawada
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,888 ratings.