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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.

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Photo of paco1029384756


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

Pours black with two fingers of tan head.

Scent of chocolate, hops, maple syrup, raisins, roasted malts and a hint of alcohol.

Taste of molasses, raisins, hops, roasted malts, hints of coffee, chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

One of the most drinkable Russian Imperial Stouts I have come across.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 01:09:12 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of hellomcfly

South Carolina

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

This is one of my favorite beers and I consider it to be a highly drinkable RIS.

Poured this into a snifter.

A: Deep dark brown in color, almost black. Little less than average light brown head. Good lacing.

S: Great smell. Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, fruit, vanilla, and a slight woody smokiness.

T: Naturally a lot like it smells. Sweet maltiness with a nice hop aftertaste to balance things out. A nice chocolate/coffee aftertaste going on as well.

M: Very smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

D: Definitely not a session beer at 9.1% alc, but very drinkable for it's style.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 00:00:33 | More by hellomcfly
Photo of clayrock81


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap and my pint glass was filled with a dense, black body that had a brownish head that was two fingers high and never really went away. I picked up some good malt smells in the roast and coffee department, but not much else in malt or anything like hops or sweetness. Rather bland smell. A very smooth beer is the first thing that strikes me, but it also contains a heavy coffee taste mixed with roasted malts, chocolate and some caramel and/or honey, as there is some smoothness and sweetness tucked in there. Also hints of cherry or some tart fruit and spices, although the malt is dominate. Thick and heavy-bodied but not too syrupy, this has a dry backbite due more to the malt characteristics and spices than the ABV, which I didn't even realize was anywhere near that until I did this review (i would've guessed 6% or something). Even with that knowledge, I would still relax with a couple of these at the bar again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2008 18:22:29 | More by clayrock81
Photo of KeefD


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, motor oil color, with a small head that dissipates quickly, and decent lacing along the edged of the pint glass.

Smell is strangely of bitter hops up front, and then dark fruits, roasted malts, and bready sweetness.

Taste is of dark roasted malts, hops bitterness, bitter chocolate, peppery spicy alcohol, and light undertones of espresso.

Mouthfeel is sharp, nicely carbonated for a stout, thick and chewy.

A good stout! It's very strong and seems a bit too bitter and hoppy for this style, however. Definitely a sipping beer as the ABV on this one is quite high.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 22:55:13 | More by KeefD
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a dark cola-coffee color with a 2 finger dark tan head that was sticky and firm leaving behind a good lacing.

S: a huge dark roasted malt profile with fresh coffee, dark chocolate and a light burnt woodiness.

T: There was some dried cherries, black licorice and dried raisins. On the finish was a noticeable dark smooth roasted coffee grind fade.

M: full bodied, very viscose and syrupy with a nice roasted lacing that lingered on after the swallow.

D: Great example per style, and very enjoyable one to treat oneself to. Full hearty flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 16:58:49 | More by beerthulhu
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4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark as night, dark creamy head.

Smells of largely of dark chocolate and coffee. Slight roasted almost smoky smell.

Drinks exceptionally well. Very balanced and quite smooth for an imperial stout. sweet flavor mixes well with the roasted malt,dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Slight hoppy bitterness sticks to your tongue.

Mouth feel is incredibly smooth.

Very good brew. Although I am impressed, I doubt this will be a common purchase.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 21:41:01 | More by kzoobrew
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured black in color and a 3/4" inch brown head that dissipated farily quick and only left some random, though tight, lacing. The nose was filled with scents of bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, burnt caramel and campfire smoke. The palate was concentrated yet light on its feet with balancing bitterness and was smooth throughout. The finish was very long with the bitter chocolate and coffee lingering on and on. It was somewhat simple but a really well made Imperial Stout that did not come off heavy at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 20:41:24 | More by SQNfan
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4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time with this great stout!

A- Poured into a snifter with a great creamy-tan head. Just about black as night.

S- Smells like chocolate nibs and some dark fruit.

T- Lots of chocolate and coffee finished off with figgy sweetness. The alcohol is there but only slightly and warms you nicely

M- Amazing, soft and creamy.

D- For a beer at 9% i feel like i could drink quite a few of these. Its truly the most drinkable high abv beer ive ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 01:47:10 | More by Aaron58
Photo of Ig0r


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is a deep, opaque black with a tan head that starts foamy and quickly turns to larger bubbles. The head stays around a long time leaving a lot of lacing.

The smell is of roasted coffee and a fig-like dark sweetness. The feel is thin but smooth, with a burst of carbonation upon drinking soon after the pour but not much later on. The flavor is likewise dark but more of a burnt-toast flavor than coffee. There is a rather dry hop finish with a lingering flavor of bitter chocolate.

Overall, it isn't a bad brew but it seems like the aspects are a bit unbalanced. It may have been an older bottle for this tasting, but more carbonation would have been appreciated to enhance the feel.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 23:23:16 | More by Ig0r
Photo of SAS


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

Victory Storm King 12 oz.
Enjoyed out of my PBR pint glass and shared with my bro.

Appearance: Liquid black, with a hint of maroon around the edges when it's held up to a lightl Big and beautiful full creamy head

Aroma: Big coffee notes, but coffee that's blended with dark chocolate. Roasted malts, just a hint floral hops.

Flavor: Definitely get tasty floral hops off the top, that rapidly goes to burnt espresso. The alcohol is there... I've got to be honest from the appearance I was expecting a more of a big maltiness. I do enjoy the chocolate hoppy finish. But it still dies off pretty fast.

Mouth Feel: It sort of feels like a liquid chocolate covered espresso bean that's been liquidated. It coats the month and stays their for a while. Definitely a redeeming quality to this beer.

Drink ability: I will happily split this beer with anyone who wants to try one out of my cellar. But it's not a beer where I'm going to get excited about and look forward to drinking. It's good but not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 20:39:19 | More by SAS
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks mcallister, again!

This beer pours a sultry black soul, dark chocolate corners and a rich creamy hot chocolate head. The aroma is slightly acrid but it has ample wafts of espresso, dark chocolate, caramel and alcohol which all comes together with a slight whisky edge. This follows through in the flavor with some dark roast coffee bite in the mouthfeel. This somewhat detracts from the enjoyment of the beer but it's still very solid and one I'd like to try again. This is a night ender that should go well with ice cream and, of course, by itself.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 07:28:25 | More by beersabound
Photo of ibrewaletx


3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice 2 finger medium color head. It didn't go away for quite a while. The smell of nice roasted coffee came through and the taste ended with a fairly surprisingly strong hint of hops. I was really surprised how I tasted the bitterness of hops in this stout, but it was pleasant.
Decent mouthfeel and the flavor lingered for a long time. Drinkibility was pretty good, not my favorite stout, but one I would not shy away from in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 00:47:05 | More by ibrewaletx
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brought over by SAS ... best by Sep 25;12 .... my half from my New Belgium snifter.

1" head... black brew... just touches of spotty lite brown lacing.

Aroma is all black grains... only touches of chocolate with some dark dried fruits... quite a bit of coffee throughout.

Flavor has more bittersweet chocolate than the aroma .. big bitter coffee mid palate moves into a spicy alcohol/slightly acidic .... just enough sweetness across the tongue to really tie things together .. finishes with a light dry French roast palate. Palate is fairly viscous.. pretty drinkable for the style... sorta creamy mouthfeel.

Really good.. despite my above lack of obvious enthusiasm... trying to have a conversation while reviewing.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 05:35:17 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of GilGarp


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack back in late January and I still have a few left. Every once in a while I bring one up from the cellar to enjoy.

I've had quite a few imperial/strong stouts lately (I needed to do my research before brewing my own a couple of months back) but I would not rate this as one of my top 5.

It pours very dark, of course, and I won't go into what shade of black it is or isn't. A nice amount of head for a stout and lacing lingers on the glass. It has a rich malty mouthfeel with smokey aftertaste. There is definately some hoppy fruits in there but they are dominated by the roasted/smokey flavors.

I wouldn't hesitate to get this one again but only if it was on sale. There are others out there (abyss and BGB) that are more special and unique.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 04:42:45 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Bugsey

District of Columbia

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

Great stout, but a little disappointing.

Yes, it gorgeous. Dark, dark, dark color with a beautiful foamy head. The smell is smokey to charry, with some fruit. Unfortunately, the taste is a bit harsh, a bit on the burnt side. The malts are not as sweet and complex as I had hoped. Still a great beer, just a bit of a let down for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 19:29:20 | More by Bugsey
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - pitch black with a big 3 finger head on an aggressive pour. The light brown head stays for a long time airing out and leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

s - rich coffee and alcohol are the most present. A hint of hops is in there as well.

t - strong roasted character with what seems like fruit. The alcohol is there towards the finish which helps with a big astringent bite. Dry finish with warming from the alcohol.

m - full and creamy with some carbonation. Good balance here.

d - This is a great stout. It's not obviously complex, but if you pay attention you can pick out a lot. The strong acidity/hoppy finish and alcohol content will keep this from being a huge hit for me. It adds character, but it's not quite my style.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 03:38:44 | More by thirtysixbelow
Photo of brendan13


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

A - Poured into a pint glass with a dense inch or so of coffee coloured head on top of a virtually pitch black body. The head slowly falls away leaving nice rings of lacing.
S - Coffee and chocolate dominate the aroma. There is some floral and citrus hop notes hidden underneath.
T - Coffee and chocolate dominate the taste as well. A slight smokey note is present too.
M - Medium to full bodied, low carbonation. Lingering roasty chocolate and coffee.
D - I held onto this for a while given it's not available here and I only got it in a very genourous trade (thanks xtacyturbo). I think the hops had faded (as would be expected) but otherwise this is a very solid RIS.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 11:33:30 | More by brendan13
Photo of champ103


3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Not completely black. Some light gets through to sow some ruby highlights around the edges. A beige head forms, and recedes after a couple of minutes. Some nice lace is left behind.
S: Not a very strong aroma, but pleasant non the less. Bitter chocolate, coffee, malt, and some hops.
T: Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors again. A ton of hops that give the beer a harsh bitterness. Not really what I was expecting.
M/D: Medium body (in a relative way for a RIS). Not as heavy as I thought it would be. That is not a bad thing, I just like my RIS to give a huge coat of the mouth. This does not. At just over 9% ABV, this is a sipping beer. Given that, the bitterness makes it a little harder to drink.

Kind of a sub-par RIS in my book. Not bad at all, but there are much better versions to be had.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 02:54:28 | More by champ103
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured jet black with a dark tan head. The scent is of roasted malts with hints of mocha and coffee. The taste starts off with some bittersweet coffee taste that is cut rather quickly by some rather agressive hops and then finishes with some warming from the alcohol. The mouthfeel is fairly thin and a little slick with some warming from the alcohol. This is an interesting beer, but it sits a little heavy for me to reach for more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 00:40:05 | More by TheTrevor
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours jet black wit a mocha head that disipated quickly leaving a heavy lace.
S - Espresso, dark chocolate, tobacco, with a back end of earthy hops.
T - Heavy espresso and dark chocolate bitterness. Minute hints of molassas and pine with a tobacco end.
M - Chewy with a good carbonation that left a decent coating helping to enhance the details of the brew.
D - A little more bitterness then I'm used to in this style, but it's not a bad thing. Good beer, but the higher alcohol content makes it hard to have too many.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 23:37:44 | More by turbine2475
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; black as night with an overflowing dense tan head. OK retention, good lacing.

Smell: Espresso roast malt, dark anise and surpisingly oily hops.

Mouthfeel: The hoppiness hits you right away in a medium body with medium carbonation. This has the feel of an IPA.

Taste: Espresso hoppy malt with a little anise sneaking in, bittersweet chocolate when left on the tongue.

Drinkability: For me the hops overpower this one. I like deep roasted malt in an RIS, and perhaps this one (best by 1/24/12) just needs a bit of mellowing.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 01:50:32 | More by joezak5
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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pretty chilled, lower than my usual for a stout, but prolly more around the norm for most people

A- poured a dead black with a light brown/ tan hea, low carbonation, seems like a clear body, but thats really arbitrary, all solid on the A face

S- I was actually a little dissapointed with the smell, I mean it was obviously very malts, roasted dark character, no confusing this for even other types of stouts, but it seemed pretty simple, more one dimensional.

T- has a really nice strong maltiness, roasted dark charachter;. is actually really smooth for a 9% beer as well, idk if this smoothness helps the beer rise above to make it something great. very good example of the style, but i dont see a great clash of character,

M- thick creamy, pretty light carbonation,

D- solid, the smoothness helps this region,

now dont think that because the way i worded it taht i didnt really enjoy it, it weas really good, but i think i was just hoping for more

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 02:19:21 | More by Atron67
Photo of dnichols


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

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a tulip. Thanks to abankovich for a great trade.

A: It poured a dark thick black with a dark rich chocolate head that was massive, sticky and lingering. As the head slowly fell it left a bold lacing around the glass.

S: It had an aroma profile that led with the espresso and dark chocolate. There was a dark roasted malt smell and whiffs of ripe fermented fruits (figs, plums).

T: It was a rich complex balance of flavors that feature a thick, black expresso that is reminiscent of Turkish coffee (without the bitterness) and oily bitter-sweet bakers chocolate. The chocolate was complemented by flavors of vanilla and oake as well as maple syrup.

M: It was a full-bodied brew with a complex and interesting

D: It is a very plesant brew that is a wonderful RIS, however, the full body, high ABV and rich flavors make it a one and out beer...possibly one a night but still one and done.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 18:42:21 | More by dnichols
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 3/26/08.

Poured into a tulip glass. Looks super dark brown, pretty much opaque. Nice, creamy, dark tan head. Lotsa lacing around the top of the glass. This is a pretty beer...

Smells like dark roasted coffee, concentrated like used coffee grinds, bitter chocolate. Hop aroma is evident.

Milky coffee hits the back of my tongue first, nice balance of hops, then a long, bitter chocolate finish.

The alcohol is hidden pretty well in the taste of this beer despite the high abv. Lightly carbonated but viscous mouthfeel. I dig this beer, very drinkable example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 12:44:31 | More by halfP1NT
Photo of deepsouth


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

the beer glugged into my tremens tulip. the beer is opaque black with a nice brownish head that fades pretty quickly leaving a tan ring around the glass.

this beer smells fantastic. i smell chocolate, cocoa, espresso and a bit roasty.

the taste stands up to the smell as well. the alcohol seems to be in the taste and the burn. noticeable in taste, but not the smell is HOPS??? not the typical stout i'm used to drinking. a pleasant surprise actually. as the beer warms, the hops seem to mellow a bit and the beer sweetens. superb.

the mouthfeel is full and carbonated. chewy but not sticky. i wish it were a tad thicker. (perhaps as it warms) the beer does indeed thicken as it warms.

this is a fine imperial stout that i'm glad i have another of and will seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 02:42:49 | More by deepsouth
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,724 ratings.