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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,724 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,724
Reviews: 2,488
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 134
Gots: 375 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Photo of SRossman


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black into my glass with a 1 inch tan head sitting at the top. Can't see anything but black when held to the light.
S: Bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Roasty with a touch of smoke.
T: Rich dark chocolate and coffee roast, a touch of alcohol.
D: The weight of this beer is substantial, I wouldn't want to drink more than two of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 21:27:58 | More by SRossman
Photo of roopy40

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local watering hole

A - Black as a magic marker, good sized head (two fingers or so) that had a short retention, but left nice doily type lace.
S - Hint of burnt something (can't place it), roasted coffee.
T - Silky, chocolate, espresso, thick viscosity, very smooth.
M - Slick, oily and sliding around, velvety if you will.
D - Very much so, the high alcohol content is masked well in the front, but comes out in the finish.

I did have another oak aged stout earlier in the night which blew me away, so perhaps this didn't get the proper attention I would give it if it was a start point. Somewhat different from when I last tasted this RIS which was from the bottle. I will go after it again, but I can see it getting lost with all the incredible RIS offerings that are flying around.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 16:48:09 | More by roopy40
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

Appearance: Jet black with 1/2 finger brownish head, which subsides quickly but leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: Very malty with hints of chocolate, coffee, and very very faint hops, overall pretty sweet.

Taste: Once again very malty, but very flavorful. There is a lot going on in here but I can pull out some sweet chocolate. There is a bitter finish which is actually pretty pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as a traditional Imperial Stout. Medium to heavy but pretty smooth.

Drinkability: No hints of alcohol here, the bitterness can wear on you after 2-3 of these but overall it is a pretty smooth Impy stout.

Notes: Pretty good, not as standoutish in flavor as Stone IRS or Abyss or anything of that magnitude, but pretty good overall. A very enjoyable Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 00:52:54 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense two finger plus brown head that just about refuses to dissolve, leaves a thick, sticky lacing behind as well. Pure black in color, virtually no lightening anywhere. The nose displays a measure of restraint and slowly offers up the milk chocolate, creamed coffee, toffee scents which are not keen on stealing the spotlight, allows the grape, plum, cherry fruit to step forward, same for the soda bread, barley and quieter orange peel accents. Full-bodied, close to heavy through the attack but sheds excess weight admirably as it moves forward. The carbonation level is high yet does not prevent the dark bitter chocolate, Vienna roast coffee bean, toffee and heavy cream from accreting. Adds in a spring water freshness and higher orange peel presence. The hops do not coalesce into distinct flavors but do add a general dryness and structure. High degree of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 00:51:56 | More by farrago
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.pours black with a caramel colored heading. Awesome lacing. Nice coffee and chocolate smell is immediate with a nice hop smell.Nice creamy taste and a very malty bitter aftertaste. An awesome stout one of the best I've tasted.

Updated 18 months later again. The taste of this brew is absolutely amazing now. The flavors mend together perfectly. What's cool too is the hoppy bitterness is still going strong and hasn't skipped a bit. This has just went up a notch in my book. How this is not a top 100 beer is a mystery.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 23:37:04 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of FrothyBeverage


4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory storm king imperial stout truely lives up to its name. I really like the art work on the bottle. A storm king would be an Owl indeed. The beer as a very dark rich apperence and a brownish head. It has a very pleasing aroma of wheat, coffe, and chocolate. The taste is exceptional, very mellow dispite the high alcohol content. I think i scored a vitory on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 22:43:15 | More by FrothyBeverage
Photo of NCBeernut

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only a couple months old with a best by date of November

A: Black and oily topped with a big dark khaki colored creamy head that never really goes away.

S: Hoppiest smelling stout I have ever encountered. Charred and heavily roasted. A nice anise aroma. Hops are suprisingly dominant. Alcohol come out as it warms

T: Citrusy bitter hops from start to finish. Its almost like an IPA with roasted malts. Definitely unique. Layers of coffee flavors covered by hops. A bit of age would really bring out the stout in this. Only a little alcohol presence. Almost candy like at times.

M: Smooth with a hoppy bite.

This beer is all about hops. I'm curious to see what some age would do.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 16:29:47 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of umtox


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle at Fuel and Fuddle in Oakland.

Pours a deep dark black with a texture appearance.

Smells of chocolate, bourbon, and heavily roasted coffee beans.

Taste-very complex-each flavor has a roasted undertone. Molasses, coffee, and bourbon are all there.

Mouthfeel. A lot of hops for this style. With everything else going on this beer attacks your palate. If that is what you are looking for, then you are in luck! Just don't expect to do a wine tasting after this.

Drinkability is inline with the style and ABV. More than 1 and you are likely to go home with a big belly and loss of balance!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 14:01:07 | More by umtox
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at the liquor store in Tyngsborro, Mass. Pours an opaque pitch black body with nearly an inch of tan head. Chocolate, caramel, some ash, booze, brown sugar, and date all characterize the aroma. Caramel, chocolate, burnt malt, hints of citrussy hops all comprise the flavor, with a dry burnt astringency dominating the finish and aftertaste. Rich full mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. While this one is more of a sipper (as it should be), it goes down quite easily and quickly. In my opinion, the burnt character could afford to be scaled back a bit. Otherwise, I have no complaints, and this is quite a solid RIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 01:51:48 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of CHADMC3


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an oil slick black color with a generously lathered, deep tan head with big bubbles of carbonation subsiding to a sticky lacing.

Roasted malt aroma punches you in the nose with bits of chocolate and coffee, but a second and deeper sampling allows you to discover the hop presence.

Quite a complex palate offering with the initial roasted malt flavor, deep, burnt coffee flavors in mid-palate, and substantially earthy hop flavors towards the end.

This beer is milky, chewy, but not overwhelming all at once. Fuller in body, medium carbonation, but overall very pleasant.

Next too the abv % which could present a problem in a couple of hours, I could enjoy this beer all day. Hearty, but not filling; complex, but balanced, and overall an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 20:25:11 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Storm King. Finally I get around to reviewing it. Pours a dark pitch black with a full mocha colored foam that retains well and grabs at the walls of my glass. The nose is full of lightly roasted chocolate malts, very rich, yet balanced by a hefty amount of hops. The hops come off smelling grassy and floral. Slightly spicy hint of anise hidden beneath it all.

Very smooth feel with a warming presence. The bittersweet, roasted and at times acidic chocolate quickly gives way to a full hop experience. The hops come off floral and sharp in profile. Bitter dry finish. The hops overwhelm this beer while young, but ages wonderfully becoming much more complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 19:39:57 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of jdoncbus


4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip; very black with a thin beige head. Impressive lacing that leaves a nice polka dot effect and an oily residue.

Nose is creamy, burnt barrel and bakers chocolate that opens up into caramel, toasted malt, and brown sugar sweetness. Notes of pine appear as well.

Silky on the tongue. Initial taste is french roast mocha, roasted malt and cream. Mouth begins to dry and the hops say hello with a nice numbing effect. After taste is a wood-caramel with a mild alcohol burn down the throat. The mouthfeel finishes with an oily glaze; nice.

This goes down as one of my favorite RIS. The last time I had one, I was coming off the flu and my taste buds were wrecked; so glad I picked up the single. The solid amount of hops really entertain the palate. Victory continues to impress!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 00:05:18 | More by jdoncbus
Photo of TMB0424

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into snifter

Poured rich, completely deep black body with a tan creamy head that held up for a good minute, then reduced very quickly. Bubbly. Awesome lacing throughout my glass. Great looking.

Smells of rich, chocolate roasted malts and sugar-coated raisins. Oh, very nice. Splashes of expresso, dark chocolate. Even a very tiny whiff of hops as well - slight citrus. Awesome.

Taste is totally not what I was expecting - good, however. The typical RIS flavors - the chocolate, maltiness, expresso - are backed by a wave of citrusy hops. Very different, and I'm not entirely sure if it's for the better or worse yet. There's also a pretty evident sense of warming alcohol that I didn't detect in the nose.

Mouthfeel is kind of light for this style, but I guess with the hops infusion it fits fairly well. Alcohol is definitely evident. Carbonation is on the higher end, as well. It's very creamy though, and it's a great and very unique and interesting sipper.

note: the hop presence, in my opinion, makes this brew very interesting and more enjoyable. Might just be the mood I'm in, but it's refreshing to have an RIS that isn't just heavily infused with coffee or chocolate. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 00:52:13 | More by TMB0424
Photo of jstilwell


3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Since getting into the RIS(s) this seemed like the next likely target, picked up a sixer for $11.

A: Dark Black, strong brownish off white head, great glass lacing, good look so far

S: Strong alcohol, earth and hops

T: Strong alcohol earth and hops, this has a burnt dark piney taste with a bit of a jasmine like finish.

M: Chewy and voluminous, a bit of frothiness, definitely a winner in the mouthfeel category.

D: Very low, this is one bitter strong ass RIS. I would have a hard opening two consecutive.

A quality example of the style but a bit too bitter for m

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 00:39:59 | More by jstilwell
Photo of youngblood


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black Black Black and Black. Two finger head was a creamy beige color.

S- Espresso, Chocolate, small amount of floral hops noted

T- I am not a huge stout fan, but this might just turn me onto them. Of course, there is an initial chocolate/espresso taste with an easy roast flavor. After taste is full of hop bitterness. Very very balanced for an RIS.

M- I really loved the smooth texture of this beer.

D- Very drinkable which is dangerous for a +9% beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 14:03:49 | More by youngblood
Photo of bowersdm


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - textbook for an RIS. Black with 2+ cm of brown head, some lacing

S - espresso, alcohol, some chocolate, roasted barley

T - roasted barley, coffee, and then some hops. Alcohol and a slight chocolate taste come through as it warms. The taste is very subtle and it's not as in your face as other RISs, that's kind of why I enjoy this one.

M - It seemed to be adequately carbonated, but it still felt kind of thin.

D - along with Sam Smith's, this is definitely one of the easiest drinking RISs out there. It's somewhat subdued for an RIS, but it's still a great, cheap beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 05:11:56 | More by bowersdm
Photo of ocelot2500


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, opaque brown with a slowly rising tan head that dissipates fairly quick. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Smells mostly of roasted malt and some sweetness. A little hoppiness can also be found.

Tastes follow the nose. A nice roasted/coffee sweetness followed by a hoppy bitter end. Leaves a bitter aftertaste that I find enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Not too much carbonation.

This fairly drinkable, but I would not take down this whole six pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 02:39:55 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of ljbrisson


4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Victory brewery. I have already reviewed this beer from the bottle. I would edit my original review, but this experience was much different.

Was poured from a cask into a nonic pint glass with a tan, finger-wide head that left sheets of lacing on the glass. Was served at room temp, which is warmer than I usually drink it. This accentuated the chocolate flavor and caused the roasted flavors to be more subdued. Chewy and thick mouthfeel with balanced carbonation was similar to bottle, and aroma was virtually the same although more pronounced (due to warmth?). Overall the drink was amazing. Storm King is one of my favorite beers and probably my favorite RIS. On cask it was good, but I don't know if it was better than from a bottle. It was different. Amazing with my hickory bacon BBQ burger though.

Serving type: cask

01-18-2009 22:08:35 | More by ljbrisson
Photo of almychristopher

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a very dark black... almost no light passes when held to the bulb... with a tan head the fades to a nice flat sheet of lace across the top clinging as it recedes. the aroma brings a huge amount of roasted character to the nose, with just a bit of hops at the back. the taste definitely gives the full effect of the roasted malts with the thick rich body and the astringency at the end. the mouthfeel is full and wonderful for a stout, a very drinkable and enjoyable stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 02:14:00 | More by almychristopher
Photo of coldmeat23


3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Super dark brown liquid. Two finger head of chocolate brown foam. Retention is decent and lacing is fairly good.

Good amount of maltiness in the nose. Some sizable chocolate presence. Unexpected hop presence, for the style. Piney and citrusey. You can tell that this one is a 'new' interpretation of the style. Slight espresso notes, with hints of caramel.

Big dark chocolate malt backbone. Roasted grains. Burnt espresso. Slight undertones of piney hops. Not as prominent as in the nose.

Smooth. A little weak, though, IMO. I like my Stouts, especially Imperials, to be quite abit thicker and full-bodied than this. Not near the level of creaminess that I would expect.

Yes, it's pretty drinkable. On the other hand, I think it's for a select group of people. I'm glad I was forewarned about the hoppy quality to be found in this. If I hadn't been, I'd be pretty disappointed with this one. I don't like big hop notes in my stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 04:19:09 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of sonicdescent


4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick head that lasts quite a while.

Smells sweet and roasted malty.

Tastes surprisingly hoppy but not so much as to make it unbalanced. Very bold with hints of sweetness and chocolate.

Medium body and carbonation, which is different from the thick and near flat impy's that I know and love, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Would have this one again, worthy of it's place in the top 100.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 03:55:29 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a big, fluffy, dark brown head with great retention. Lacing is awesome.

S: Sweet, burnt caramel malt, espresso, dark chocolate, some almost liquor-esque alcohol.

T: Thick roasted and semi-burnt malts with flavors of acidic coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee. Hops are sharp and have floral and earthy notes, lending a hickory flavor to the beer. Some dark fruit in the background (plums/currants). A definite vinous alcohol bite into the finish, along with some charcoal.

M: Very thick and somewhat syrupy. Subdued carbonation. Extremely astringent, with acerbic hops for the style.

D: Quite robust with sharp flavors. I find this a bit unbalanced, even for the style. Like most other Victory beers I've tried, it's aggressively hopped, but I feel that it doesn't work nearly as well in this beer as in most of their others. It's good, but I won't be going out of my way to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 04:10:59 | More by Clydesdale
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As far as imperial stouts go, I really wouldn't classify it as one for any other reason than the alcohol content. Upon opening I get a raisony malty smell. Hints of chocolate and maybe a little alcohol. It pours just a little thinner than motor oil, just the way i like em'. Not much lacing from the weak head. At first its lacking a bit in the "imperial" character I come to expect from a higher abv beer. I expected it to be thicker and creamier, but its more dry and thin. Great drinkabilty for the style, I can't tell its 9.1 at all! Hop presence is there as it warms and then the chocolaty coffee tastes shine. A decent stout but I won't be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 21:10:44 | More by hopstorm
Photo of roadhouse


3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears pitch black with a one inch thick medium tan head. It sinks down to a skim and leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is really quite underwhelming. There's a lot of hops in it coming across as citrusy and piney. Besides that there's not much else besides a bit of a vinous quality.

Taste was similarly underwhelming beginning with a bit of chocolate tones in the beginning and the vinous tone coming in somewhere around the middle. The finish is very hoppy with a lingering coffee aftertaste, but it's not all that pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice soft feel that is just short of being creamy. A touch more carbonation and it would be ideal.

Not that great of an Imperial Stout, I'm surprised at the A rating. Maybe it's just me but I don't really like a lot of hops in my Imperial Stouts, Darkness being an exception. Maybe if this had a better malt character the hops wouldn't be a problem.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 06:52:19 | More by roadhouse
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass. No freshness date on bottle.

Poured was so thick and only a small amount of tan head arrose. From the small amount of head it left great lacing. Color is dark dark brown, nearly black.

Smell is of dark chocolate and coffee. There is also a syrupy smell to it. Slight hops are present.

Taste is heavy on the coffee side. The malts are highly roasted. Very chocolaty There are some earthy hops present as well.

Mouthfeel is very rich and smooth. For an beer at 9.1% abv, I really couldn't taste the alcohol level at all. It leaves a pretty clean aftertaste, just a little dry.

Overall, this is one easy to drink stout. I was pleasantly surprised how thin bodied this beer stout was compared to others; it was a nice change.

I would definately recommend this beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 03:28:16 | More by mothman
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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