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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,305 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,305
Reviews: 2,540
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 168
Gots: 566 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Photo of jchow79
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The appearance is a dark brown almost midnight black. The head is thick, foamy, and almost a burnt dark orange in color

Smell: In all fairness I had this refrigerated and only gave it a few minutes to warm up before popping this open. The aroma definitely opened up and the bouquet was more apparent as the beer warmed in my snifter.

Taste: dark toffee, coffee grinds, and a bit of dirt. Absolutely love the earthy aspects of a dirt taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick as midnight, heavy like oil, but silky on the tongue.

Drinkability: Loved it, but probably couldn't have a whole bomber by myself.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared one year

Pours deep brown/black with a small tan head that maintains through out this session as a small wispy veil in the center of a small foam ring.
Aromas of roasted malts and a slight hoppiness.
Sweet malt tasting with some hop bitterness. The hops seemed to have mellowed out as I expected.
Malts have a chocolate espresso flavor.
A rich full bodied beer that has some grittiness on finish.
The flavors after a year have mellowed out nicely.
A nice rich stoudt beer with a good dose of hidden alcohol.
After reviewing I finished the beer off with a couple chunks of smoked gouda. They went together nicely.

Photo of wrightro07
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This RIS pours black like an RIS should. The head is a creamy tan but not much head retention.
S: vanilla coffee malts with a bitter hoppey smell.
T: The taste on this beer is quite good for an all the year round RIS. I was pleased. It is not on par with the brewery release RIS like Darkness but as I said before as a RIS I can get all year round when I have a craving it is really nice. The flavour has that rich coffee maltiness that I love and it is has not too harsh of a bitterness from all of the hops.
M: The mouthfeel is average in my opinion. It was a little too carbonated and the soft fuzzy feel in the mouth was not up to par as in RIS like Teddy Bear Kisses.
D: the overall drinkability is good. For a RIS that is served all year round I am very happy with Victory's Storm King. I could drink a few of these in one night.

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

A-Pours a luscious oily black with brown highlights, the only place light seeps through. Darker tan head fades slowly but leaves lacing.

S-Extremely roasty. Dark dried fruits are prominent. Hops are not excessive but are detectable. Dark chocolate mixed in as well.

T-Thats very delicious. Huge roasty coffe flavors blitz the taste buds. Sweet toffee hits hard as well. Bitterness rises quickly and sticks around. Hoppier than most stouts. Very delectable.

M-Thick but not incredibly thick. Not too much carbonation which I kinda like. Silky and creamy.

D-Yeah this beer is a flavor bomb but it is quite drinkable. The alcohol leaves some burn but it is not a detractor.

Exceeded my expectations. Love the bitterness.

Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a pitch black with a thick fluffy dark brown head that slowly faded into a thin oily film that, while it lasted, left a network of sticky lacing all the way around the glass.
S: Sweet notes of chocolate malt, vanilla and a touch of alcohol. Hops poke through the back along with notes of molasses and coffee beans.
T: Very rich and dark tasting. Big notes of bitter-sweet dark chocolate dominate with sweeter notes of caramel, and molasses. Coffee flavor lends some acidity to the brew. Aftertaste is surprisingly bitter.
M: Full-body, fairly thick mouthfeel and relatively smooth going down. The carbonation is a little prickly however. Alcohol is present in the finish.
D: Super drinkable, delicious, and very rich RIS. One of the best, but not my favorite. I bet this would make a good beer-float though.

Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a snifter.

Why do I bother with the appearances. It's a stout. It's black.. moving on.. okay but seriously folks... The bubbles on this one are actually kind of a soapy consistency the fall at a decent clip buy not too fast. The bubbles are a faint brown.

Aromas of faint malt and a strange almost dare I say watery wetness, a "clean" sort of smell as if you were smelling just opened tap water from your kitchen sink. That's the only way I can describe it.

Taste improves after the bouquet even thought the watery sense comes forward. A 'soft' tobacco chew like comes in the taste almost like... chewing tobacco, leaving a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is actually good with a small bitterness balanced by the easy wet taste.

Drinkability I'd rate just a fraction above average, there are things worth exploring in the stout, it is not a waste of time to have one.

Photo of mjsheehan08
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Guiliftys in Villanova.

Tap pour into a tulip glass. Came to me with a thick, creamy two fingered offwhite head that stayed around. Little color was escaping this glass as the beer is black as black can be. I let it sit on the bar an warm down a little bit as I enjoyed my nachos.

The smell of this stout is amazing. Nose has a sweet smell to it, with maybe some vanilla and fruit coming in somewhere. The taste followed the nose, and I can feel a little bit of heat on the back end of it from the booze. The roasted malts come in great and blend really well with the chocolate flavor thats present in this beer. A really excellent stout and my favorite beer that has come out of Victory.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick black with a nice tall brown head that dissipated slowly and left a layer of thin lace which clung to the glass.
A hop aroma cuts through the toasty chocolate malt and there is a very faint hint of the alcohol.
It has a thick and smooth texture that gives a quick bite but instantly mellows into the chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolate transforms seamlessly from mellow and almost milky to a nice bitterness that lingers.
This is a nice hearty beer with a lot of character.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours very black with a large tan colored head. Very nice staying power, slow dissipation to a ring of foam on the top. Beautiful sheets of lacing down the sides. Looks amazing.

S:Get a slight hop kick up front which gives way to some roasted grain. I also get a little chocolate and a slight hint of the alcohol.

T: Lots of roasted flavor up front. This transitions to some chocolate and molasses and finishes with a heavy hand of coffee flavor. There is a little bit of dark fruit in the middle somewhere as well. Has a bitter finish.

M/D: Very thick, but smooth. Overall very enjoyable. THe abv is not noticeable at all, and I like the hoppiness it has for an RIS. I like this one a lot.

Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask into a Victory lager mini-pint at the Victory brew-pub.

A - Pours black as night with a strong one finger brown head that leaves minimal lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of dark, roasty, aroma's in this one. Coffee, chocolate, and other earthy flavors and most prevalent. Faint hints of herbal hops and a bit of booze hide well but are present. Even a bit of spice?

T - Dark goodness. Similar to the nose with coffee, chocolate, oak, black licorice, and plenty of other earthy flavors. Finish is dominated by tons of dark roasted flavors. A little bit of booze creeps in once it begins to warm up a bit. A very nice stout.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very smooth feel with a strong roasted finish.

D - I like this version a little bit more than the normal version. The feel of this one is much better than the normal version and it seems to help bring all the flavors together into a more well rounded offering. Very nice for a mass produced stout.

Photo of crosamich
2.71/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

dark & roasted, VERY astringent. way too much high-roasted malts here for my taste. Rather than smooth, chocolately flavors from a balanced use of malts I had to choke this one down. Had this several times in the bottle and remember generous hops but that was missing here. drinkability was low due to acrid, dry, and harsh taste.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a pint glass. The beer pours black with tan highlights and about a finger of creamy looking well retained mocha colored head. The aroma is simply rockin' on this one! Big roasty malts right up front with dark fruits (dried plumbs come to mind) and a kind of grassy aroma probably from the hops and a bitter espresso undertone. Really nice flavors to follow the aroma. Big and roasty, kind of a semi sweet bakers chocolate flavor. Dried fruit, leather and espresso round out the flavors on this. All what I really want in an imperial stout. Solid mouthfeel, decent carbonation, smooth robust full body. Enjoyable all around. Honestly, I'm really enjoying this one, but I get a bit of alcohol burn going down and I've been nursing this for quite a while now and haven't gotten very far in it. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of musicforairports
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty fresh bottle, best by September 2015.

Pours black, with a brown head that leaves some good lacing.

Smells like chocolate and roasted malt, as well as some other piney or metallic scent i can't quite pinpoint. Kind of strange.

Taste is very much that of a stout, but there's a mild citrus hop twang to it. It doesn't get in the way of the roasted chocolate flavors, though, but they're a bit subdued for the style. Taste has substantially more of a bite to it than many other imperial stouts. I expect this beer would taste a lot different a year or two from now, as the hops will have fallen out.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel, seems like more carbonation than is typical for the style.

About as drinkable as a 9+ percent ABV imperial stout will ever be. It's not so heavy that it's a complete sipper.

Photo of chalsk
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting IS. Out of the snifter it has a strong hop presence. Aroma of grapefruit and caramel with hints of coffee. Pours a dark black color with an off-white foam head. Slight citrus sweetness up front. Then the bitters hit with the carbonation. The carb level is quite high. Immediately after, the coffee pinch kicks in and then a velvety malty, chocolate finish. Very complex brew. Very tasty. The timing of the carbonation and the coffee spice don't hit at the exact right moments. Perhaps with age the carbonation will lessen and this would be a bit more smooth. There is a harshness that could use some mellowing. But overall this is a unique and tasty IS.

Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

on cask at the brewery

Pours a completely clouded blackness with a very thick, buoyant, creamy tan head. Great retention and collar, leaving patches of tan lacing all over the place.

Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, dark malt, and a bit of nuttiness in the nose.

Heavily roasted malt up front with caramel, notes of mocha and coffee with some chocolate sweetness. Bits of molasses and a hint of booze poke through towards the middle. Finished with a pleasant splash of bitter hops and a slice of alcohol.

Full body, incredibly velvety smooth feel with silk touches and superbly pleasant on the palate. Delicious, not quite ground breaking, and the alcohol is hidden well considering the higher content. A solid, quality stout.

Photo of BillHaverchuck
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beautiful dark stout color with a minimal tan head of foam
smells of coffee and roasted espresso
roasty taste, chocolate espresso beans with a tad bit of hop bite at the end of the sip
the alcohol mask here is great, actually had no idea it was a 9% until I looked at the ABV at the top of the page
well rounded stout

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straggler from a cross-border jaunt this past summer, being saved for a "wintry day". By jove, I think that day has unceremoniously arrived...

This beer pours a solid black, a light vacuum - no edges, nada, with two fingers of thick foamy dark beige (ok, tan) head, which steadily settles, leaving some nice striated lace around the glass. It smells of citrus hops, roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, and some faint coffee grounds. The taste is big sweet roasted chocolate malt, more of a bitter cocoa than the confectionery sort, a soft underlying cafe au lait essence, and bitter citrus and pine hops, double-dipped in the aforementioned chocolate. 9.1% ABV, and it barely registers a warming tickle - wow. The carbonation is very soft, the body full, dense, slick and creamy. It finishes clean, the sweetness ebbing a stitch, allowing the doused hops more room to maneuver.

A warmer that does not come across as one, beyond being big everywhere else. As for its actual style, it succeeds on all counts. Tasty chocolate, big, and well integrated hops and alcohol - what's not to like here?

Photo of CliffBrake
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow - I don't think I have ever seen such a dark beer. Essentially opaque with the darkest head I have ever seen. Light lacing.

The balance of hops and roasted malt in the aroma is enticing, but the flavor is a bit too much for me. The aggressive hop bitterness and the roasted flavors seem to be fighting with each other.

My sample was a bottle dated with best before July 15, 2015. Maybe I robbed the cradle and should have waited?

Photo of BBP
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with good carbonation, impressive full creamy head and good retention. Laces nicely as well. I thought this was exactly what a good RIS should look like.

S- Roasted malts. A bit of cocoa and coffee as well. Far too light of an aroma however.

T- Bittersweet cocoa from the beginning. Notes of coffee accompany this. Has a ton of cocoa flavor to it, but not in a chocolate way. It's in a dry spicy cocoa way. There's a smoky flavor initially in each sip which quickly leans into a very burnt flavor. As a kid I remember making chocolate chip cookies, and ever now and then a chocolate chip would fall off a cookie, and cook on the oven tray. This is the best way I can describe the taste of this beer. Burnt chocolate.

M- Fairly dry mouthfeel. Just on the verge of being sticky. Medium/full body leaning towards medium, and good carbonation.

D- Considerably drinkable, especially for a 9.1% ABV beer. The only thing that lessens the drinkability is the dry/burnt aspects of it. Aside from that I could easily drink a few of these in no time. All in all I was excited trying this as it was one of the top 100 beers, and it didn't live up to it's hype. It was still a good/great beer, but I don't think it should be on the list.

I wouldn't mind having more of these, and I am enjoying it, but I feel it's over-hyped.

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paired with some coffee ice cream. Poured into a pint glass, dark brown, dark thick head with good retention and lacing. Smell of roasted malts, smokey, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste incredibly smooth and malty up front then sweet dark chocolate and coffee like finish that clings to the mouth. Excellent desert beer, incredibly drinkable, hides the alcohol very well.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Ballast Point Brewery Pint glass. Bottle reads 'Enjoy by Sep 10 2014...

A - Pours black with a 3 finger light brown head. Lots of lacing, to be found here...

S - Coffee, chocolate, and a sour milk scent, followed by the fairly pungent smell of feet. Can't say I am overly excited about the way this one smells...

T - Tastes alot better than it smells. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a good dose of bitter hops come through. Abv is very well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - Have tried this beer a few times, and I feel like I am disapointed everytime. To much hoppiness for an RIS in my opinion. If you are a hop head and an RIS fan; this one might be for you. Otherwise, I would not recommend...


Photo of TheBrewo
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a syrupy brew of the deepest brown color, with the half finger head only a few shades lighter. The head dissipates quickly, but leaves a fair bit of creamy lacing. The primary component of the aroma is hops, which masks the subtle hints of burnt coffee and suggestions of roasted malts. The taste takes off with an immense, coiny hoppiness. The sip peaks with dark coffee and an apparent alcoholic warmth, quickly descending to carry those flavors into the aftertaste. The brew is highly carbonated and thickly full bodied, leaving the mouth a bit dry. The unexpectedly huge hop character and high abv make this a slower drinking brew.

Overall, the deep rich color of both the brew and the head make it an attractive prospect. The most surprising aspect of the beer is certainly the dominance of the hops, which pushes many other desirable flavors to the back.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes made on 11/3/10.

A: Into a giant snifter, Storm King pours black with just a hint of brown, with a two-finger dark khaki to light mocha head. Retention of the head is splendid, headlined by puffy clumps. The lacing forms in various shaped clumps.

S: The aroma is very unique and distinct. A heavy roasted malt smell harmonizes with a pretty fresh hop bitterness. This results in myriad aromas - espresso, dark chocolate, plum, cherry, roasted peanut, soy, vanilla, and caramelized sugar. This is a sharper aroma than most RIS's that I have had.

T: Roasted malt lands firmly on the flat of my tongue while bitter hops work the sides of my mouth. There are obviously a ton of hops in this beer - probably far more than style average. Notes of bitter coffee and mocha chocolate emerge as the beer warms. There is a decent amount of citrus bitterness playing off of the darker malt flavors, as well.

M: The feel starts medium to full and creamy and finishes with a biting hop bitterness. The carbonation is on the low side.

D: Storm King is certainly an interesting take on the style and one that I will be trying again. The large amount of hops made it maybe a little less drinkable then other RIS's of this caliber.

Photo of cratez
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a six pack purchased at Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, MI. Pours a completely opaque, midnight black with a thin mocha cap and generous webbed lacing on the tulip. Smell is baker's chocolate, fig, burnt grains, dried fruit, doughy yeast, liquor, mild estery note, and floral, resiny hops. Taste is an intense onslaught of coffee grounds, espresso beans, extra dark chocolate, roasted malt, oak wood, cream, warming alcohol, spicy and bitter hops, and a sweetish, parched palate to end. Silky mouthfeel is full bodied, rich and smooth, syrupy middle with a pleasing, bone dry finish. This is similar to Bell's Expedition Stout but not quite as robust and flavourful. Nevertheless, Storm King is one of the best impys I've consumed and well worth the price tag.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served out of a 12 oz. bottle poured into a Great Divide balloon glass on 11/14/10.

This beer pours very black with a nice tan head. The head stays around for a while, but it's not quite as creamy as I'd like to see.

The dominant aroma is roasty. Some hints of coffee and chocolate. Maybe a bit of milk? Also some American hop notes.

The taste is incredibly well balanced. The hops, roastiness and booze are all fighting to be the dominant flavor, but they end up being fantastic complements. This reminds me of a thicker India Black Ale, with appropriately restrained hops.

This beer is far, far too drinkable for how big it is. Did I really just finish that bottle? This was an excellent beer and I wouldn't mind having another in the near future. I'm a native Coloradan and I'd reach for one of these over a bottle of Yeti... which is some darned high praise for an imperial stout, IMO.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,305 ratings.