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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,794 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,794
Reviews: 2,490
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 139
Gots: 396 | 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 rtratzlaff

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle that lists the best by date as 2012.

A light pour produces a deep black thick looking beer with a one finger tan head that leaves some good lacing but dissipates to a small ring of head with a central tan island floating in the middle.

Smells are bittersweet chocolate morsels, charred bread, and molases. The taste mirrors the smell with waves of maltiness balanced by a good hop flavor that adds to the roastiness and sticks around on the tongue for quite a while. The mouthfeel is moderately thick with light carbonation. A good amount of mouth coating occurs as well.

I got lucky and found this bottle on sale for $1. I am not a huge fan of RIS, but this is worth the money even if you pay more than a dollar.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 15:50:27 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of BeachBumC


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one at the Stone World Bistro and Gardens, served in a 12 oz bottle with a goblet.
It was brought to me colder than it really should have been served, so I had to let it warm some.

App: Black and dark, 1/2" head, tan/caramel color, light lacing, esp for a RIS

Aroma: Roasted malt, coffee, slight hint of alcohol

Mouth: Med heavy body and sits full on the tongue

Taste: Good! Nice roasted coffee flavor but no real alcohol flavor that you get from many RIS.

I think if this beer were served warmer, the flavors would be far more pronounced, esp the alochol and chocolate, which I really like in a RIS.

It was good though and I'll definitely buy it again!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 19:07:53 | More by BeachBumC
Photo of midaszero


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque black with 1 finger coffee head with goes away kind of quick.

S - Coffee, chocolate and alcohol kind of faint

T - Coffee, chocolate just like the nose but with pretty good force. The alcohol presence isn't as strong as the nose would have you believe.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - An excellent version of RIS that is easy to drink. Perfect for the winter time.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 22:37:53 | More by midaszero
Photo of Ben4881


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Storm King Stout
Victory Brewing Company

Thank you to drxandy, another quality brew through trade.

The Storm King has an opaque black color, looks very thick and very dark. A small tan head with decent retention emerges then slowly fades to leave a few snowflake patterns on the surface. The king leaves spotty lacing all the way down the glass.

The first aroma that slides through the nose is high in malt character an smells of sweet, toasty, roasted nuts. As the fragrance passes, slight alcohol notes are present and somewhat sour smelling.

A deep, bitter dark chocolate flavor hits the palette up front accompanied by a sweet caramel malt flavor. The finish is contrastingly dry, but consistently bitter. The finish has the big and bold flavor of roasted espresso beans. The brewers did a great job masking the alcohol flavor. The aftertaste is mildly bitter, with a hint of piney hops.

A thick heavy body accompanied by a decent amount of carbonation keeps it from being too heavy. Overall, the body is heavy to medium. A nice warming sensation at the back of the throat accompanies each delightful sip.

The well balanced, big and bold flavor makes this beer a worthy sipper. The thickness and heavy body hinder its long term drinkability and restrict it to a delicious sipper. This is a great beer to end the night, or a great beer for desert.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 16:12:43 | More by Ben4881
Photo of jwinship83


4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- black body with a quickly leaving small coffee colored head and nice lacing. cant ask for anything more from a stout.

S- huge scent of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and mild coffee.

T- roasted malts, coffee, toffee, chocolate and others i cant finger up front with a hoppy finish. very complex and extremely well balanced. great

M- Thick and chewy while still being smooth

D- possibly my favorite beer, and its available all year by me!. I couldnt believe i havnt reviewed this one before on one of the many many times ive tried it. if you havnt tried this before, i strongly suggest picking it up. i could drink this all night and look forward to more tomorrow. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 04:33:52 | More by jwinship83
Photo of treyrab


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

Poured into a pint glass

A: Almost pitch black opaque with great creamy brown head that lasts and laces.

S: Very complex, just like I like it! Tons of dark coffee and cocoa along with roasted black malt

T: The taste is very intense with black coffee, dark malt, chocolate malt, dark cocoa, and some dark fruits.

M,D: The mouthfeel is rather thick, which is good for this brew. The drinkability: the alcohol is hidden very well, I could drink a 6er!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 02:12:31 | More by treyrab
Photo of bushbeer75


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with best before date of June 27, 2012 poured into a snifter

Victory Storm King poured coal black with a thick milk shake looking chocolate brown head that was 1-finger in height, however, it dissipated rather quickly. As I consumed the brew it left a nice lacing down the side of the snifter. The aroma is of heavy coffee/espresso with a touch of chocolate. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee and dark toffee. Mouth feel is full, thick and chewy, heavy but creamy and slick on the tongue with carbonation that fits the RIS style. There is a little hop and alcohol bite at the finish.

Make sure you don't drink Storm King too cold, as you will miss out on a lot of the flavor it has to offer. I am cellaring the remaining 5 bottles to see how they mature over time. Yes, Storm King did live up to its fine reputation.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 23:53:17 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of drxandy


4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to goblet, surprised I haven't reviewed this yet, as it's one of my favorite stouts, pours an oily opaque black, light brown head retains nice and fades down to lacing.

smells of roasty deep chocolate malts, heavy cocoa or bakers chocolate, grain alcohol, smells complex and hot!

taste is bitter, roasty malts, chocolate, hot alcohol, hoppy / astringent, espresso, raisins, peaty earth, almost like a tweaked wee heavy with a few other delicious ingredients added in - i really want to age some of these guys to find out how delicious they become.

mouthfeel is hot, bitter, smooth but at this point not as smooth as others in the style, still delicious!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 04:42:26 | More by drxandy
Photo of beersheppard


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

Appearance: black as night with a creamy brown head that lingered, good lacing.

Smell: toasty chocolatey delicious malts.

Taste: toasty chocolatey delicious malts with hints of coffee, alcohol is not present in initial tasting but lurks in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: tingle on tongue, substantial.

Drinkability: A great Russian Imperial Stout, that is stout in every sense of the word.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 17:14:44 | More by beersheppard
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to tpd975 for the hookup!

This beer poured a deep black color with a 1/2 finger, tight, medium-tan head. Some reddish highlights when illuminated, it left a pleasant lacing when swirled in my half-pint glass.

Aroma included plum-like esters, deep roasted grains that focused on dark chocolate and espresso. Mildly nutty with a lower-than-expected amount of floral hops. Missing some oxidation/sherry like qualities that I find pleasing in other examples of the style.

Flavors of burnt malt, coffee/espresso, and chocolate. Bitterness was moderately-high and lingered on into a dry finish. An unwelcome level of astringency is present and lasted into the finish. Needed to have a second beer to clear that up. Malts are overly focused on the burnt character. Harshness from the dark malt and dry finish really detracted from what is typically one of my favorite styles. Missing out on some counterpointed sweetness.

Medium-full bodied, moderately carbonated. The astringency from the dark malts was a detractor.

Overall, the harshness from the dark malt astringency and dry finish combined to drive down the drinkability on this beer. Lacked some residual sweetness that would have helped. Oxidation could have brought in some sherry-like qualities to increase complexity. Missing the dark-fruit type flavors I find in other examples of the style. Clean fermentation, appropriate level of bitterness and coffee-chocolate character. It just lacks the drinkability of an Old Rasputin, Black Chocolate Stout (Brooklyn), Expedition Stout, etc. One of the rare times I'm hesitant to finish even a modest 12 ounce serving.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 19:45:09 | More by BrewerB
Photo of OlieIPA


3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a huge head (be aware) and embodies the rich dark appearance that most imperial stouts encompass. The smell & taste exhibits chocolate and coffee malts. The mouthfeel was okay along with its drinkability.

The only problem I had with this beer was the extreme bitterness I encountered. I wasn't expecting it at all. My suggestion is to wait until this stout (along with most stouts) is a little colder than room temperature (55-60 degree F) before tasting it. If you follow this, the overwhelming bitterness seems to calm down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 03:15:53 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of albern


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big fan of most Imperial stouts, but this is about the best I've had. This is one really fine beer. It pours a thick dark brown almost black color that is impenetrable to light. The head is just grand. It pours a really thick, creamy, foamy dark brown head that is luscious. The beer laces and retains quite well. This is a pretty full bodied beer and is almost a meal in itself.

The aroma is pretty mild considering. It has a bit of a milk shake aroma, some oily hop in the background, some metallics, and some grainy caramels are also present. Then we get to the taste. Wow. This beer is making a definite statement, and is probably the most hopped up stout you'll find. There is a tinge of metallic in the taste and for that I kept it out of the 5 range, but for everything else, it is just a delight. The beer has a nice charred cherry flavor, some burnt molasses notes, definitely oily and estery hop, some roasted malts, and some sweetish fruitiness hidden underneath. This is a complex beer with a high ABV that is well hidden.

The mouthfeel is oily and full bodied; the aftertaste is a bit charcoal remnant, a dark toasted malts, and some lingering alcohol. This beer is a treat, it is strong, it is complex, and it is worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 23:16:57 | More by albern
Photo of kinger


4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout is jet black, pouring dirctly into my pint glass. Moderately thick head soon becomes a creamy film which produces some nice lacing around my glass. The aroma is a little subdued compared to most Imperial Stouts. It is rich and thick with a very straight forward malt characteristic, not very complex but I like it. As I sip on this marvelous stout it's full bodied flavor starts to impress my senses. The malts are roasted beyond reason and this leads way to a wonderful flavor that is unlike any other Stout that I have sampled. Tremendously smooth on the palate, this strong dark beer is easily consumed. The alcohol is hidden extremely well. Good seasonal brew, great Imperial Stout. 5/13/06 well I had the last one from my cellar and I have to add that this is the most hopped Imperial Stout I have ever had, that's what makes this one special. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 19:39:19 | More by kinger
Photo of maximum12


3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First, love the owlish bottle. This thing poured up a huge head that hung around, bubbling like a babbling spring brook. Then I sniff & spill a little on the keyboard. I think I'm tired. The smell is, honestly, a little off-putting, sharp & acrid & faintly bitter.

Goes down with a dash of coffee & malts. Not much else. The smell is toned down in the mouth, but there's still a faint burnt coffee roaster smell; not the clean coffee taste I prefer, but with a bitter edge to it.

Mouthfeel is OK. I prefer my RIS to be silky smooth, with the cut of alcohol slithering down into my tummy. This one is much more aggressive, almost slick, nothing subtle, & little depth/complexity. An acceptable RIS.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 03:28:11 | More by maximum12
Photo of beachian


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hooray for my first review!

Ordered this in a bottle. I knew it was an Imperial so I was a bit prepared going into it but I had not had an Imperial before. The beer was poured into typical restaurant glass so there wasn't much going on there. It poured a deep black with slight lacing and to be honest I was expecting at least a little bit more. The smell was nothing too exciting. At 9% there was the tiniest hint of alcohol but to the extent that it added some flavor to the aroma. Other hints were chocolate, coffee, and a bit of malts. None of these were hugely evident though. The tasting was where this beer really started to shine. The feel was just thick enough that it allowed each flavor (chocolate, malts, alchohol, my friend said "toast") to slightly linger before being washed away. This beer got better as I kept drinking it. This might be related to the 9% alcohol content. Overall, this was a very drinkable beer. I thought strongly about ordering another but wanted to try more on the menu.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 14:24:11 | More by beachian
Photo of Tbn2

New York

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhhh...Stouts...My favorite

Had this gem out of a pint glass. Thanks to Kadonny for this.

A-Jet black body with tan, almost brown, one finger head that settles to the rim and laces all the way down.

S-First aromas you are treated to; roasted grains, smoky, burnt sugar, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Underneath all this is a hint of fruitiness that keeps the beer from being too harsh. There is a good balance between all of them with the burnt sugar being the main character. The smell makes me salivate and want to start drinking.

T/M-Wow, this one is spot on. The coffee is most prevelent for me. Taste like coffee that has been on the burner all day but it sure is damn good. There is a spiciness to the finish of the beer, a combination of the alcohol and hops. My only complaint is it could have a little creamier mouthfeel.

Overall this is one of the better beers I have tried and certainly right up there on my top three of Russian Imperial Stouts. This one won't let you down.


Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 20:57:27 | More by Tbn2
Photo of DoubleJ


3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To get myself through the fiasco known as Corona Light, I have called upon a bottle of Storm King. On to the beer:

The semi-tan head is about a finger thick, the body jet fuel black. Lacing was dissapointing. Aroma is tame and not very strong; mostly charred chocolate. The taste is big on bitter flavors; bitter dark chocolate with a high level of hoppiness. It sweetens up as it warms; from thisn comes a release of dark choclate, molasses, and subtle fruity flavors. Giving it time to warm up makes a big difference in this beer, otherwise you're left with a bitter black beer. In short, a dissapointment for what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 03:28:44 | More by DoubleJ
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer. We enjoyed experiencing what others felt was a worldclass beer. We agree with that assessment. The smell left something to desire but the taste made up for it.

Nice lacing. Stormking subsides into the mellow subtleties of roasted malt exhibiting an expresso like depth of character in its finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 02:42:12 | More by Palealetial
Photo of rxdrewthejew


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Pirate's Cove back on Memorial Day weekend, finally getting around to reviewing it.

A: Dark black, very thick looking. Head is tan and about 1 finger which quickly dissipates. Nice lacing left on the glass. This was a bit of a cold pour, which probably explains the lack of head.

S: Big smells here, really permeates the room. Closer inspection reveals toasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, and a surprisngly strong bit of bitterness. Doesn't really smell hoppy...but I don't know what else the bitter would come from.

T: Toasted malt and coffee are prominent in this brew. Other flavors are pretty mild...but there is definitely a hop kick at the end. Fairly resiny, although I don't imagine you'd be able to taste much real flavor character over the darkness of the brew.

MF: Thick and chewy, but not the thickest I've had. It's actually quite a crisp feel. Carbonation is higher than probably a lot of RIS's. Decent warming although it took a few minutes before I really noticed anything.

D: This is a nice RIS, although not as rich and flavorful as others I've had. I really like the bitter character in the end, although it does seem a bit odd for the style. Nice drinkable brew, although at 9% I couldn't drink too many in one sitting. Not the best, but better than most.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 07:11:50 | More by rxdrewthejew
Photo of neenerzig


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

Poured into my snifter out of 12 oz bottle. This beer is a very dark brown, almost black color. Tan head is about 2/3 inch thick when poured before settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside the glass along with a very decent surface covering. Excellent lace. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate are present, along with a nice hint of alcohol. A bitter roasted coffee and malt flavor hit my palate upon taking my first sip, followed by a bit of sweet caramel and perhaps a hint of chocolate. Rounded out with some hop flavor, but this is more of an afterthought I suppose. The main bitter flavor here seems to come from the coffee flavor more than the hops. Has a sort of dry lingering after taste. Has a very smooth and creamy, frothy fullbodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink, especially considering the high ABV here. A great beer!


Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 03:03:59 | More by neenerzig
Photo of travloh


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

admittedly I am really too much of a noob to do this review justice. I have only had a handful of RIS, but I have to season my palate and taste a few more of these before I tear into my bottle of Kate.

I pull this out of the fridge and pour into a goblet. It pours a thick black with a 2 finger head that is the color of wet sand. The whole thing looks frothy and creamy. If you look at the stream as it pours it looks like pepsi.

Its got a roasty coffee smell with some hints of spice and chocolate. Those are generic terms for this style, it seems, but hey thats what I get. Alcohol is faintly present.

After the first taste I remember the tip to let this warm a little.

After 10 min, here we go. Thick, spicy coffee alcohol. Slightly bitter aftertaste that lingers on the center of my tongue. Not unpleasant. Nice. After a few sips the taste in your mouth is bitter and slightly dry. I am liking it.

Halfway down the glass the head and lacing are fighting with the liquid. After every sip the liquid tries to pull all the foam back but the creaminess punches back with some very nice lacing.

The mouthfeel is creamy and thick and I love that ever-so-slight numb feeling you get from the alcohol...this stuff is yummy.

The first cold drink was very different than the warmer midglass gulps. When I had the first taste I thought it would be my one and only, but I'm going to the fridge right now. The alcohol will get me, but I could drink quite a few of these...

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 03:07:48 | More by travloh
Photo of ckeegan04


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night with thick frothy brown head. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

S - Mild aroma of chocolate. Not as strong as expected. Also hints of spice, maybe cloves?

T - Taste of roasted chocolate with a light spicey hop kick. Also some anise in the taste. Somewhat funky aftertaste. Alcohol present, but masked fairly well.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy. Easy drinking by RIS standards but have to watch out for the 9.10% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 22:02:03 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of Reagan1984


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

Pours the color of dirty motor oil. On the edge between deep brown and black, but it's really brown. You can hold it to the light and see some carbonation bouncing around. The head was tan and thick. It stayed for a while the transformed into immediate sticky lacing. There is lacing everywhere.

Aroma is of molasses, dark roasted malt. It has a slight burnt quality to it and you can detect the higher alcohol level.

Taste is rich, creamy and smooth. You start with a warm roasted taste that reminds me more of a French roast coffee or perhaps espresso, but the mouth feel is even bigger. Then you get a whiff of the alcohol before the hops come in and lead to a nice lingering hop bitterness to balance the other flavors. It really has a nice warming effect as you drink it. While I love drinking this right now (July) this reminds me of sitting in front of a fire after a day of skiing. I will have to create that situation in the future.

Mouth feel is silky smooth and medium to fairly rich in body. Very drinkable, in fact intoxicating.

A great one, that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 20:10:41 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of paytoplay


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

Wasn't blown away by this Imperial Stout, it was very unasuming, balanced and complex. You think it would knock you over with power and brute force, it doesn't. Nose was burbon, smoke, peat, coal, and somewhat dark floral notes. Persistant finish. Great beer and was only around $2 for a 12oz, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 17:14:46 | More by paytoplay
Photo of Deus1138


4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Total Wine and More in Kennesaw. Bought a single for my six pack mixer.

Pours like your typical Russian Imperial Stout: dark and thick. Not a lot of head presentation; maybe a quarter inch that quickly went away. While it lasted, it was a dark, caramel brown color. You can really smell the coffee and chocolaty malts coming through.

Taste is is exceptional. True to the style, it packs a LOT of flavor. But it's all balanced so well that it isn't overwhelming. There's a lot of chocolate and coffee on your first swig, but then the hops make their presence known. Smooth and creamy. Some other Russian Imperials I've had were good, but there was almost too much flavor thrown at you. This one is perfect.

Alcohol is very well hidden. It's 9%, but it doesn't taste it. You can almost feel it when you're swallowing it though.

This will probably be the beer I buy in bulk this winter to sip by the fire place: an excellent representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 01:45:40 | More by Deus1138
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,794 ratings.