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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,233 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,233
Reviews: 2,520
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 158
Gots: 534 | FT: 18
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 strangefate
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful jet black with a thick tan head which leaves nice lacing throughout the beer. The smell is not very prominent (as in I accidently got beer in my nose because I got too close), and it's mostly nutty. The taste is a bit coffee, a pronounced hop presence for a stout, and a hint of smokiness. This is more carbonated than most Imperials and is pretty smooth and somewhere in between medium and full bodied, yet I personally don't feel that that translates into much better drinkability.

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this fron the first cask served at Al's of Hampden -served cask temp in a Nonic

A - an opaque shiny black like an eight ball - the head quickly drops and is medium brown but settles to a ring with small beading. The lace is decent and the beer is nice to look at in the glass

S -The smell is good with bittersweet cocoa, burnt caramel and mild spice with a hint of pine from the hops and slight deep roasted coffee. There is a mild fusel element in the alcohol aroma with malt having a lot of toasted and an almost cinnamon-like woodiness with the scent of the dark sugar verging on molasses with it aroma

M - The feel is good on cask, a bit smoother than normal c02 draft, but just as bitter with lots of roast and mild sweetness in texture. The acidity is downplayed and only light astringent notes from the dark grain is detected with light smoke tinged and spice hanging in with the warming alcohol that lingers in the long bitter finish

T - I attribute the flavor to a high good amount of high alpha hop combined with a modest flavor of citrusy coffee with the dark caramel notes leading into a high cocoa content chocolate taste which has a slight amount of alcohol in the flavor toward the middle while the pine notes from the hops criss cross back and forth on the buds.

D - I probably haven't had this for at least 4 months or so and before that at least a year, but it definitely exceeded my expectations. This is a very good tasting and stout and having it on cask is the way to try it. A solid beer from Victory

Photo of pasdachuri
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a big tan head that slowly fades, leaving some nice lacing on the glass

Smells of chocolate, coffee and black licorice, ample roasted malt as well. A very enticing aroma.

Lots and lots of dark roasted malts. Piney hops and dark fruit flavors. Very well balanced, not as bitter as I was expecting it to be but not as sweet either. A pleasant alcohol presence as well.

Medium to full bodied that goes a little heavy on the carbonation.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Mag00n for this one. Poured from a 64oz. growler into a Duvel tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a semi-coarse 1 finger light mocha head that dissipates quickly. Beer is opaque and black as night. Lacing is spotty and sparse.

S: Nose is liquorice laced with sweet booze and onion? Faint chocolate, toffee, and rusty metal in the background. There's also a bit of unripened plum and copper in there as well as grassy hops. A little odd but strangely enticing.

T: Roasted malt and black coffee upfront with perhaps one of the biggest liquorice flavors I've had in a stout to date. Alcohol lingers in the background but is well subdued and never takes over. No fruit, chocolate, cocoa, or any flavor that I usually associate with a stout. Metallic and oddly oniony. Finish is liquorice and dirt. Aftertaste is a sour hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, with a smoot, yet lively mouthfeel. Not oily in the sense that an Imperial Stout usually is. Finish is messy. Aftertaste lingers.

D: This beer is really unlike any other imperial stout I've ever had and in this case, I don't mean it in a good way. Just... very weird overall and I can't get past the metallic- liquorice taste combination. Also a bit thin bodied for me. Let's just say I'll donate the rest of the growler to a friend who might appreciate it a bit more.

Photo of SterlingNass
1.98/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had a very nice head that stayed until the last few drinks.

Had a very nice nutty coffee smell to it. Head was a dark milk chocolate look to it.

First taste had a very coffee hops bitter taste that gave a very hard kick to my taste buds, probably from the 9.1% alc. Every drink after that became much more bitter to where I couldn't almost finish the last few drinks.

Seemed very thin and had no point to the bitterness.

Photo of dwilson01
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained courtesy of an SD buddy, thanks man!!

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass the dark tan mocha colored head brims the glass with a perfect 2 fingers of creamy froth. dissipates evenly and slowly leaving lacy fingers along the glass.

The scent is strong coffee, definitely intense enough to be considered espresso, it has toasted malt, definitely smooth enough to have crystal malt, and there is chocolate in there as well as some molasses. In spite of all the heavy scents I also pick up a lighter more refreshing aromatic hopping as well, not a distinct smell but you can tell it's hopped up.

The flavor, I can't say enough about it and it's for sure an "onion" type beer with many many layers and stages to the profile. Initially I get the floral hops and a small amount of sweeter vanilla combined with a woody pine and oak (makes sense to me...pine~hops, vanilla~oak). This goes straight to the malty flavors I initially smelled, creamy chocolate and coffee although the lingering vanilla combines with these to make a taste which reminds me of a vanilla cappuccino. The finish is where the hopping really shines and rounds this bad boy out, a tiny amount of bitterness, first you think from the oak but it stays with you and I swear to you, bittersweet orange infused chocolate.

The mouthfeel is another great aspect of this particular brew, it's a heavy stout in general and lets you know it's there with the imperial stout full body characteristics. But the difference, and highlight is due to the massive hopping which initially lightens, and at the finish refreshes the palate with an uplift of flavor.

I could sip on this beer for days and be a happy man, bottom line this is not a great brew, this is a bomb brew that has me stoked on life right now. For 6 pack sold imperial stouts I have had this ranks top 3, if you see it I highly recommend grabbing it especially if you're on the west coast as I have only seen it in one location in my entire life.

Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a inky black color. One finger darker tan head falls to a light cap on the beer. Some light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts right off the bat which is to be expected. Light chocolate notes with a sprinkle of coffee. Also, some light floral hops in the backend of this one balances out the malts a little bit.

T- This is where I think the beer shines. Roasted malts right off the bat on this one. This melts into a light chocolate sweetness for a short second before turning into a coffee feel. The coffee taste isn't dark but more espresso. Light bitter hops in the back end smooth out the entire malt front.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Oily feeling left all over the palate. Roasted malts left on the palate with a chocolate style aftertaste. Clean flavors overall. Flavor profile is good and flavors burst.

D- I see why this is a good stout and I see why people like it. The ABV is kind of limiting on this one along with the heavy feeling. Good rep on the style and this one ages well. It's a under the radar beer (now) and I think most people forget about it in the new world of extreme stouts. Victory you did good on this one.

Photo of EkimGram
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely dark brown colour, 1/2 inch thick head.

Smell: Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. Rather sweet.

Taste: Sweet, coffee and roasted flavours. Has some decent bite from the alcohol but it all blends well together.

Mouthfeel: Thick, rich, velvety. Leaves a bit of a film in the mouth. Despite some bite it feels smooth to the tongue.

Drinkability: This is an enjoyable beer. I would recommend drinking from a snifter rather than a pint so as to accentuate the complexities of the taste and aromas. Truly a fantastic beer!

Photo of beerhan
2.15/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

What does victory want me to do with this beer? put it in my engine perhaps and use it as oil? It smells and looks pretty darn good but after a few sips I never wanted to taste this again. I have never had a beer so undrinkable. Its a dark chocolate overtone with super hoppiness that hurts. I can't drink this, it was gross. I am disappointed in victory for this one.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Storm King Stout is thick, velvety, and loaded with coffee and chocolate flavor.

Storm King poured black with a thick milk-chocolate colored head that dissipated quickly leaving thin weak rings of lace. It's incredibly delicious. It has notes of bitter chocolate and espresso and leaves a lingering smooth velvety feel on the tongue with a slightly bitter finish.

Storm King is a great stout with loads of flavor, a great feel, and a nice alcohol warmth. It was perfect on the hot day I first had it and clearly would be perfect at the end of a winter day.

Photo of Bfarr
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with abig brown head with uneven lacing. Aromas of coffee and a little molasses maybe some chocolate. Very robust espresso with dark cocoa and a light hoppiness to complement the overall coffee flavors. Alcohol is well blended; almost unnoticeable. Kind of foamy mouthfeel and fairly thin for the style.

For all the coffee descriptions, this really didn't leave a feeling of drinking a coffee stout. It's very smooth and blended with a very rich malt profile. I didn't care for the foamy mouthfeel that much but I suppose it did try to reinforce the overall taste of the beer. I certainly wouldn't mind one more.

Photo of alkchrios
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured black in color into a snifter that gave way to little to no head at all... smells of alcohol, grains and chocolate. Taste is very nice. Hints of chocolate and roasted nuts. Mouthfeel is very nice, hits the entire pallet. One of victorys finest in my opinion.


Photo of cgmees
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black into a glass with a brown colored head. The head slowly settled down, but a thin layer of bubbles covered the surface.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Nice roasted malt character, not too overpowering but definitely enough there to let you know what you are drinking. Hints of dark chocolate and a very faint bitter dark roast coffee note. A little warmth from the alcohol

Full bodied, with a slight waxy and alcohol feel on the tongue.

Overall I would recommend this brew. While it is fairly alcoholic, this is still a smooth drinkable stout.

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured jet black into a snifter glass with a mocha-colored head. The head slowly settled down, but a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There are complex aromas of dark roasted malts in the nose along with notes of chocolate, espresso and floral hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of dark roasted malts. There's a substantial amount of hop bitterness for this style, which makes its presence in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and there is some warming from the alcohol.
D: This beer does a very good job at hiding the alcohol from the smell and taste. The complex aroma and flavors make this a beer that I will definitely have again.

Photo of Phillyphilms
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very well balanced RIS. I think the hop additions makes a nice balance with the extreme malt and the alcohol bite which can be tasted up front.

It's a black as the ace of spades with a nice brown head that hold strong for a while and laces nicely as you drink it down.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and the 9% ABV it contains.

Has a nice balance of malt and some hops to keep her honest. Toffee and chocolate and coffee in the mouth and a finish that stays put for a while.

Is a full body, almost alcohol and waxy on the tounge but in a good way.

I think it is a great example of a Russian Imperial Stout. Not as tasty as some others but considering the 9abv its an easy drinking bigger stout. Will try again and again.. and probably again :)

Photo of livewire78
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stormking47 for this one.

Pours a opaque black with a deep dark brown head. Yeah, old diesel motor oil in a glass.

Smells of roasted malts and coffee. Maybe a little peat far off.

Tastes of deep dark coffee and waxy crayons? Very good. The small amount of detectable hops keep the dark chocolate flavors from getting too powerful. Roasty and good.

Motor oil all the way. Thick and syrupy with the alcohol giving off a little heat.

I'm not a huge dude and the alcohol would keep me from having more than 1 at a time but that 1 would sure be enjoyable.

Photo of trevorjn06
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, rich, almost black. The 2 fingers of head is brownish tan and it sticks around for a few minutes. The aroma is dark roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with some up-front hops. The hops are resiny, piney and herbal and I pick up a bit of alcohol aroma that reminds me of a martini in a way, salty.

Taste is quite full-bodied, rich roasted malt and dark chocolate with some alcohol warmth. It starts with dark chocolate, a bit bitter. This transitions into a grainy feeling espresso flavor and finishes with some roasted barley bitterness and hop flavors. The finish is a bit warm on the alcohol but also has a long, lingering dark chocolate and espresso taste, overall quite nice but I wish the alcohol warmth were less prominent. As the beer warms it gets a bit more smooth and easy drinking, though still quite powerful and strong.

Overall this beer is a very nice imperial stout, drinkable for a beer of it's strength with a nice finish and some wonderful chocolate and espresso flavors. The odd salty/martini flavor is a bit off-putting. Don't get me wrong, I love martinis, but this saltiness is a bit out of place.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my Stone IRS snifter

A - Black as night with a big bubbly, coffee colored head.

S - Hints of coffee and dark malts mixed together. I think I might be picking up some floral hops in there as well. However this one isn't really all that fragrant.

T - Nice roasted malt character in this one. Not too overpowering but definitely enough there to let you know what you are drinking. Hints of dark chocolate and a very faint bitter dark roast coffee note. Maybe a little bit of citrusy hop goodness is detectable as well.

M - Pretty thick body with a fair amount of carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable for the ABV and style. Honestly this is a pretty easy drinking RIS. I think if I wanted the flavor of this style while not having a really heavy beer this would fit the bill. That being said it really isn't as flavorful as most in this style. I would pick this one up again in the future but it isn't a must.

Photo of emmasdad
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, color, with a big medium-brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, licorice, black pepper and maybe a hint of spicy hops. Good flavors of dark chocolate, mocha and a little espresso. A good imperial stout, but not quite in the upper echelon.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get some sweet licorise, dark chocolate, coffee grounds and light leather. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the moderate sweetness countered nicely by a goodly amount of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, with the beer showing a long, smooth, full finish. Drinkability is OK, though there's a bit of heat in the finish that doesn't play well with the sweet licorise.

A good beer, but it's hard to believe this was once in the BA top 100.

Photo of scarfield
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from Bottle into Goblet. Pours black with a 1 inch head. Smell and taste is of roasted dark chocolate. The taste is very bitter, but not of a hops variety, instead the bitterness of dark chocolate. A bit more sweetness would serve the beer well, but its drinkabilty is fine as is. For something of such a high ABV it is easy to drink.

Photo of godfathermg57
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark stout with little head. The alcohol is certainly present, but this is one of the more drinkable dark stouts I've had. Taste is quite exceptional and so is the aftertaste.

Overall I would highly recommend this brew. While it is fairly alcoholic, this is still a smooth drinkable stout.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into large snifter. This is dark, thick, and creamy with about half an inch of head along the top. Smell is very hoppy with a boozy twinge.

Taste is bitter dark chocolate laced with some grassiness and hops. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Drinkability is about average for the style: alcohol is definitely noticeable but not overpowering.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown approaching black, with a brown-tinted tan head, served maybe a finger thick but with ferocious stick and lacing. Nose is strong with blackstrap molasses, bitter chocolate, and some spicy, herbal hopping. Plenty of power, but maybe a little raw.

Tastes of heavily roasted barley, dark chocolate with just a hint of milk or cream, coffee, anise, and pine. The flavors may come from disparate directions and ingredients, but they play very well together. Especially with the creamy, smooth cask-delivered mouthfeel. Easy to drink despite the obvious boozy overtones. Dry finish helps this along.

Outstanding. Seek out this beer on cask.

Photo of herman77
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a huge brown head. I don't think I've seen this big a head on a stout before, let alone a RIS. Intricate lacing covers everything.

S: Toasted malt and dark bitter coco. Slight burnt toast and some sort of earthy/fresh smell that I can't quite put my finger on.

T: A malt bomb with hops! Huge toasted malt flavor takes over from the start. Dark bittersweet chocolate and a touch of coffee ads a little bitterness. No sweet malt to be found, but its not dry by any means. Floral hops are present throughout.

This is an odd RIS, its good, but it seems like RISs and Imperial Stouts are sweeter. There is no sweetness to be found here, but this is not a bad thing at all, just different. Its like an imperial oatmeal stout...

M/D: Full body, great thick and very smooth mouthfeel. Its just slides around the mouth. Slick and slippery. Carbonation level seems right on. ABV is very well hidden. Very good drinkability.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,233 ratings.