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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,960 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,960
Reviews: 2,501
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 143
Gots: 449 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz fresh bottle into a regular snifter. Best drank by October 2013.

A- Victory SKS pours dark deep black color with a dark tan almost brown two inch head. Within ten minutes it widles down to mearly nothing leaving nice lace stains. Some traces of brown are seen in the body upon closer inspection while some bubble action on the surface.

S- Out of the many stout's i've had over the years this one has the most hops in the nose hands down. The whole flower hops used dominate while a bit of roasted malt follows. A bit of chocolate is barely detectable. Coffee espresso notes also.

T- Storm Kings main focus is in the hops as the whole flower american hops are undeniable, but it's not what i'm looking for in my stouts unfortunatly. The bitterness is unappealing while the malts are present but fail to compliment the hops. The espresso like taste is pleasant & needed. Some chocolate is noted in the finish but barely makes a dent. A small amount of anise is there.

M- Storm king is very full bodied and robust with some bittering aspects in this fresh version that is somewhat overpowering. This has a dry aftertaste with the hops lingering a bit to long. Not as creamy as expected for a RIS. The acidic notes were also distracting.

D- With all the negatives i personally I got from this it's still a great winter brew to drink to warm up. And at 9.1% this will get the job done. This is just not as thick and cramy as I like with way to much hop focus. I will update with an aged bottle to see if things come together.

BARFLYB, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Totally black liquid with moderately high brown foam. After it subsided the fringes remained black.

S: complex florals, burnt coffee, mocha. Somewhat off the beaten path but still a recognizable RIS. You'll either love it or hate it.

T: rich (but not thick), complex, and quite bitter from both the hops and the dark elements. Again likely to be polarizing.

M: virtually no carbonation, dry finish.

D: very enjoyable specialty beer. But you can taste the ABV pretty easily. And it's too bold in too many directions for me to wanna knock back more than 1 or 2 in a row.

Richardberg, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of craytonic
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours black with a small head; little lacing.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, hops.

Taste: Mocha/espresso chocolate, coffee, dark malts, caramel, toffee, bitter hops. A little too bitter. Too much coffee and bitter chocolate. Acidic element, and the alcohol is not hidden.

Mouthfeel: Not as full or creaming as other russian imperial stouts

Drinkability: I'm not a fan, would not drink again.

craytonic, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Cloudy black/brown pour. Small brown foam. Very roasty aromas, coffee, burnt malt. Tastes of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, coffee, a little licorice. Quite full bodied. A little overly harsh with hop bitterness. Good lingering coffee/bitter finish. Some age could probably smooth this one out. Still, can't complain about this one.

Bung, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of mualphapiper
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 0z. bottle into an imperial pint glass. The body was opaque coffee black, like used motor oil, with a dark brown head. A glowing bulb was not visible through the full glass. I loved the body, but the head was a bit light and sudsy and dissipated within a minute or two.

The smell is a strong whiff of dark sweets and smoky wood. I was instantly reminded of molasses and an almost pine-like wood smell, African Blackwood, for those that know the smell. Some thick fruit syrup, or dry fruit, apricot I think. The smell was exceptional, I was content just to smell the beer for some time, before even tasting.

The taste followed the smell, with more thick fruit molasses and syrup, very strong, offset with equally strong bitter malt and hops. Very pleasant and thick on the palate, almost oily, but this did mean the drinkability was low. I wouldn't down more than one or two in a sitting!

mualphapiper, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of jsanto
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

s - 12oz. bottle served in a tall framboise glass.

a - dark brown/black with a nice rich light brown head.

t - cocoa malt and hazelnut flovors. with a light alcohol finish. it did not tase bitter, and it did not taste sweet, so it had that balance to enhance the taste.

m - light carbonation, and flavorful feel.

d - excellent beer to drink on a saturday evening.

jsanto, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Black in color-you probably couldnt get any blacker. Ok carbonation level. Quite floral aroma wise. Reminds me of a bottle of ink. Some roasted flavor that is dominated by way too many hops. Perfumey and flowery flavors just dont belong in a RIS for me. More hop flavor then bitterness. Decent enough mouthfeel. Overall this just doesnt cut it for me. None of the deep, roasted, almost espresso like flavors I love in a RIS. Cross between a double IPA and a stout if you ask me. Bleh.

lackenhauser, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Fredk24
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black liquid. Hard pouring yields a mocha colored frothy head that reduces in density fairly raipdly, but not in seconds. Lasts a while with sticky lacing that is still at the top of my glass after 10 minutes.

S: Floral with some espresso notes.

T: Pleasing espresso with dark chocolate notes, finishes clean with a hop bite. Hop bitterness lingers, but not uncomfortably.

M: Medium bodied imperial stout.

D: For me, very drinkable.

I first consumed this beer in a tasting alongside Brooklyn BCS, Old Rasputin RIS, and a Victory Old Horizontal Barleywine (just for kicks). At the time I remember exclaiming, wow, this is better than both the BCS and the Old Rasputin! Upon further review, this bottle is not as complex as I remember it, but it is still quite enjoyable.

Fredk24, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of blatherbeard
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Victory Storm King Stout

As i pour the bottle to the glass i think, OMFG that is one dark beer with an equally dark head. It looks like pouring syrup and chocolate into a glass with a mousse head. The head dissapears with in seconds though. Im finally appreciateing a good head...ON A BEER. Mind out of the gutter people.

The smell is aromatic, almost smells a bit like vodka to me. With a mix of maple and chocolate.

Taste is a bit harsh at first, but it mellows in your mouth. Definete taste of coffee, malt, chocolate(faint) and maple?...A very hoppy beer, but the other tastes tone it down after it hits the buds so its not super bitter. You know the hops are there, you think it should be bitter, the bitter hits you then fades into the backround. Either im improving my taste buds to like hoppier beers, or the hops fades away. Aftertaste is a definete coffe hops taste.

I love the mouthfeel of this beer, nice and thick but with no residue left behind like some other beers.

I will keep this one in my fridge for a long time.

blatherbeard, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of jeff2486
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a stemless wine glass and it poured black with a small head. Very smooth and nice flavor. Could drink a few of these, although the alcohol started to effect me pretty quickly. I will definitely be buying some more of these, it is a great Russian Imperial Stout for the price.

jeff2486, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured jet black that produced a tan head that didn't retain or lace

S - Roasted coffee beans, burnt malts

T - Bitter coffee, dark chocolate and burnt malts

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth

T - This is a good stout, and a good RIS to be introduced to the style

cvfish, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of SRossman
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

SRossman, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of roopy40
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

roopy40, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of BigIrishman
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

BigIrishman, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

farrago, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

TheFightfan1, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of FrothyBeverage
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

FrothyBeverage, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of NCBeernut
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

NCBeernut, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of umtox
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

umtox, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

CHADMC3, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Jmamay22
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Jmamay22, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of jdoncbus
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

jdoncbus, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

TMB0424, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of jstilwell
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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

jstilwell, Jan 22, 2009
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,960 ratings.