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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,312 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,312
Reviews: 2,541
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 170
Gots: 569 | 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 TheSevenDuffs
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a watery black with some bubbly coffee-coloured head.

S - Nose is coffee, roasted barley and some hops. The hops are present but I don't get any specific notes from the hops.

T - Roasted coffee with some earthy hops and a hint of licorice. A little bit of chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. There is enough going on here that it is somewhat complex, but is noticeably;y plain in comparison to some other RIS I have had. Still a good RIS.

M - Light to medium body with a little more carbonation than I like in a RIS. The finish is bitter and dry.

D - This is a good RIS, but not a great one. I would buy this one again and I would love to try it on tap, but this won't be a beer that I seek out every winter.

Photo of Kallessin
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with not even a hint of light coming through. Has a large billowing dark cocoa colored head that takes forever to go down - nice lacing on the glass.

Has a very hoppy aroma with pine, some grapefruit and mix of earthy aromas. Underneath that is some roasted malt and some charred aromas and little peat.

Very hoppy like the aroma with some resiny pine, earthy and woody flavors. Has an almost acrid burnt/charred flavor with some astringent/medicinal flavors, which went away as the beer warmed up. Some earthy and peat flavors and deep roastiness as it warmed up. Some of the alcohol does come through all these intense flavors. The acrid charred flavors and intense bitterness are a little too much for me. Let this one warm up a little first.

Medium to full body with lots of prickly carbonation. Only slightly warming. A very long dry lingering finish.

The intense hops and acrid charred flavors make this a very challenging beer. Give it a little time to warm up and these flavor subside a little moving towards more deep roasty flavors.

Photo of BigDoug
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours out pitch black with a super nice foamy tan head that falls down to a nice cap on top leaving decent lacing.

The aroma is like POW! Super hoppy! Almost reminds me of their Yakima Twilight. Very hoppy with a slight chocolate malt aroma under all the floral hops.

The taste is like the smell. Big hoppy punch. Light chocolate malt flavor. Not that malty considering the style. So hoppy it almost doesn't even seem like a stout at all.

The Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Not very creamy or chewy. Carbonation is a bit high for the style. Still quite enjoyable. Just a bit thin and prickly feeling from the higher carbonation. A simple swirl around the glass brings the head back up to a big creamy tan head and also makes the mouthfeel a little more creamy. I say, it's a pretty nice mouthfeel but just not very stout-like

The drinkablity is pretty good considering the high ABV. The strong hop flavor is nice and the high alcohol is hidden quite well. Still after about half the glass, I start feeling the burn of alcohol a little in the belly. Very good cold night warmer. But the thing I like about this, is for being a big hophead and not a big stout drinker, it is like a perfect halfway point. This is like a super big hoppy Imperial Stout. Definately hoppy and I'm not talking bitter hops I mean floral aroma of hops coming through the dark malts. It does have a nice bitterness as well but the floral hops definately come through this beer. Like they used some strong high alpha acid finishing hops in this. Kind of weird but surprisingly good.

Photo of xanok
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer once in my early craft beer days and was sort of indifferent on it then. This is my first time having it since.
12oz bottle poured into a stone RIS tulip.

A-Pitch black body. Head is about 2 fingers, very foamy, and tan in color. Good retention. If I don't sip it, the head will be there all day.

S-Coffee and roasted malts. Surprisingly hoppy. Relatively unimpressive.

T-Coffee up front with roasted malts as a close second. Background consists of dark chocolate, piney hops, and some dark fruit. Not necessarily a bad taste, just not bold enough imo.

M-Pretty heavy carb. Body is bordering thin to me. Odd combo. Taste lingers in the mouth a bit.

D-Fairly drinkable. ABV is well hidden. I could drink a few of these, if I actually liked it more.

I don't see the big deal about this beer. I've been exploring more year-round RIS's, and this one falls a bit flat. Too much hops, too much head, a bit thin on the body, and not bold enough in traditional stout flavors. I'll pass over this for an Old Raspy any day of the week.

Photo of spoons
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bruery tulip.

Very dark with a coffee colored head and medium sized bubbles.

The nose on this is not incredible but ok. Some coffee and roasted barley. Maybe a little campfire in there too.

This beer might be better if it wasnt so damn carbonated. It mutes a lot of the flavors no matter how warm it gets. Taste has some coffe, but overall a little watery due to the carbonation.

A good stout, not great, but maybe I just need to try it again. Ohh darn.

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

appearance: pitch black with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: strong coffee, roasted malt aroma, sublte chocolate

taste: nice complex RIS, good choclate and coffee tastes.

mouthfeel: full bodied

drinkability: not the best RIS but certainly a great one

Photo of nelnutter
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized pint glass.

A: Poured a pitch-black with a huge tan, foamy head with very good retention and left lacing all around. Very nice.

S: Coffee with floral hops for the most part, and a very nice balance of them. Hint of chocolate and roasted malt, but the hops are what I'm most enjoying.

T: Tastes of dark/french roast coffee/espresso, and damn tasty floral/earthy hops come in right after, and finishes with an espresso aftertaste. What's not to love about that combination?

M: Creamy, lightly carbonated, very nice.

D: Overall, a damn good and very drinkable RIS. I could definitely have a bunch of these, though at 9% ABV, it could really sneak up on you. It drank like it was half that. Definitely a stout I'd recommend to anyone.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12 fl oz bottle, best before 12 Feb 2014, drank and reviewed 26th March 2010. Poured into a 'Gordon Finest Gold' thistle shaped glass.

Deep, dark purple/black body with a foaming tanned head, looked good. The head turned turtle and only a thin collar was visable towards the later part of the tasting.

Raisins, un-sweetened dates and prunes seemed to be the smell I got, no hops but dark malty aromas came as the beer warmed in the glass.

Fairly well carbonated, not fizzy, but the fizz is there for all to feel. The actual taste is of burnt/roasted/toasted malts with a hint of alcohol, which considering the ABV shows it is a well balanced beer. The dried grapes and plums (raisins and prunes) found in the smell are also in the flavours, but have swopped places with the malt smells in strength.

Easy to drink, the alcohol does start to appear as the mouth dries, which adds a new dimension to the tasting, one that I enjoyed.

Photo of magine
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a black colored brew, with massive near brown head. Head retention is great and the lace is great. Great looking brew.

Brew smells of coffee, floral hops, roasted malts. The hops are really picked up here. Some chocolate and nut also detected.

Brew is big flavored; thin mouthfeel, dry aftertaste. Slightly bitter. Can taste roasted malts, and a floral hop that really gives this stout a nice kick. Has a coffee/espresso aftertaste. A very, very unique taste and blend of flavors. Only strike against would be the mouthfeel, I prefer a creamy mouthfeel in stouts.

Wow this is a very good brew, Victory loves their hops. This is a brew to savor. The alcohol is masked nicely. A gem of a stout if you dig hops. Very good brew.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark black, I poured too hard and got a huge overflowing tan head. Lots of lacing, moderate retention.

S- Spicy and peppery. Enough hops to cut through all the roastiness and impart a grassy, piney, herbal character to the nose.

T- I always heard this was a hoppy take on an RIS. All that talk was true. Starts with loads of cocoa powder and black coffee and tons of roasted malts and finishes more hoppy, bitter, citrusy and floral. The prevailing flavors are still of rich dark chocolate and coffee beans.

M- Thinner than I had hoped. There is a lot of carbonation too. Usually I like my big stouts super full and low carbonated for that super creamy effect.

D- A good RIS no doubt. Its not my favorite but probably the best Ive had from this brewery.

Photo of feelmefoam
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, black coffee color with absolute opacity and no highlights to be seen anywhere. The mocha head, full of rocky bubbles and foam, is only about a finger tall, but lasts a pretty long time. Nice thick rings of lacing cling to the glass as I drink. Very good looking Impy Stout.

The nose has some awesome ingredients in it, but needs a bit more power behind it. Dominated by dark chocolate and toasty malts, a distinct dark fruitiness and floral hoppiness make themselves known as well. A bit of rummy alcohol creeps in towards the end of each whiff as well. The complexity of the nose is nice, the components all work together to come up with a very unique scent, but this could've easily earned a 5 had it been just a bit stronger. Maybe I'm greedy, I don't know.

The flavor is complex as well; a bit of dark chocolate shows up first and is quickly ushered out by a lingering bit of roasty dark malt flavor. After the malts comes the combo of dark fruits and floral hops that give this a distinct bittersweet character, different than if just hops were present. Still, very hoppy for an impy stout, which is NOT a bad thing. A bit of bitter coffee bean and rumminess finish the flavor up. All of these flavors, like the nose, seem to work together with one another, none really beating the others down. Very flavorful.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium, but not quite as thick as I'd like. There is a slight bit of chalkiness as well, but it's pretty hard to find, I'm probably nitpicking. The carbonation is relatively low but works well with the alcohol to provide a smooth, warming feeling in your mouth, not crisp or hot. If only it was a bit thicker and more syrupy I'd be happy.

Overall, this is a very solid RIS, not the best I've had so far (so far that honor goes to Oaked Yeti) but very good. The complexity and hoppiness of the flavor is very respectable, and my biggest beef is with the mouthfeel, but even that is probably me being a bit greedy. All in all, pick this up and give it a try, because your mouth will thank you.

Photo of gbpackers84ale
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark beer, even held up to light nothing shows through. A caramel colored head which falls fairly slow and the lacing clings to the glass

suprisingly, hops??? i get a little toasty malts and maybe some chocolate but for sure hops with the malty background

hmmm i love this, its got a strong malt flavor but balanced with the hops, im not sure which is more dominant but i think the malt barely pulls ahead... i love both and having this much hops in my favorite style beer is great

a bit light on this aspect, would have liked it a little more heavy and sticky

its got a high abv which is prevalent, really isnt too heavy of a beer but with that abv and the full flavor you dont want too many of these

Photo of keanex
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that really got me to like Imperial Stouts so I bought one to review and see if it held up. Bought at a local Canal's.

Appearance is a black beer, with no light filtering through. Thick dark tan foam head. Beautiful looking beer. The head retains rather well.

Smell has hints of mocha, coffee, and hops. Sweet smell, but balanced with the hops perfectly.

Taste matches the scent. This is a moderately bitter beer with the perfect sweetness. Mocha, hops, coffee, and possible caramel flavor in this.

This is one beer that lingers in your mouth, full bodied beer, with moderate carbonation.

As much as I love this beer, I wouldn't drink more than 2 in one day. I like to savor these.

Yes, I rated this high, but it certainly deserves it in my eyes.

Photo of djbreezy
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is edited and reflects a 6 month aged bottle on 1/21/2011.

appearance - pours dark brown and lets no light through, lighter tan head (huge), good lacing with retention, sticky

smell - marshmallow, malt, big chocolate, grassy notes

taste - big chocolate, marshmallow, roasty malts, slight grassiness, slight chocolate/coffee bitterness

mouthfeel - medium bodied but has a light frothiness to it, coats the mouth on the finish, very lingering, a bit harsh in this regard

drinkability - of the many times i've had this beer, the age definitely highlighted a layer of complexity and made the beer more drinkable, i don't like how much the beer lingers and the stickiness in which it does so, however it has some great flavors, mouthfeel could and should be bigger, a bit overhyped but the insanely reasonable price makes up for it

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Storm King pours a deep brownish black, or is it a deep blackish brown? Utterly opaque with only the slightest glimmer of amber brown around the edges when back lit. A huge creamy dark brown head builds and quickly becomes rocky and takes several minutes to fall leaving heavy torn curtains of lacing behind.

The aroma is of deep roasted malts, sweetish dark chocolate with a bright grassy hop scent behind it all.

The flavor has tons of hops but the dark roasted malts are front and center. Bitter dark chocolate reigns here, slightly sweet with fudge and hints of coffee and toffee. There is a bitterness in the mid-taste that lingers into the finish. Warming brings the flavors together nicely and hides the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is full and very chewy, somewhat creamy and medium in carbonation.

Storm King is very drinkable, this bottle is fresh but it is not as raw and hot as some beers of this caliber can be. Still I believe this will be a prime candidate for aging!

Photo of lstokes
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silky smooth espresso stout which went down surprisingly quickly.

It's very, very dark, with a pleasant dark creamy head and a surprisingly hoppy and coffee-like nose. The taste was not as sweet or acidic as other stouts I've had--flowery hops, tobacco, coffee, coffee, dark delicious chocolate, all bold flavors but blended together into near-perfection. I love Victory.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.07/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A – Quite black, but somewhat boring looking. Clearly not very viscous or oily

S – As with all Victory brews, this has a definite Bavarian quality to it. Aromas of roast, toast and sweaty-wet straw smells.

T – It tastes very hoppy and bitter; not so much like an Imperial Stout. None of the usual suspects for flavor... Basically it tastes like a dark IPA. It has a long bitter hoppy finish. There is perhaps a coffee aftertaste, but it’s more like having coffee breath.

M – Quite thin; too thin for the style, no doubt. The dry finish verges on acrid.

D – It is actually fairly tasty, albeit a real mixed bag. However, it is not a good representative of the style, in my opinion.

Photo of nickadams2
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_ Pours black with dark brown around edges. Thick two finger light brown head that lasts.

S_Dark chocolate malts and hops. Really hoppy for an impy stout. Bitter coffee notes as well.

T_Same as smell. The hops are a nice touch.

M_Full bodied and well carbonated.

D_ Easy to drink. Dont even notice the 9%ABV.

Photo of deereless
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick tightly bound head, intense black with only the slightest hint of light along the edge of the beer, some sticky streaks of lace down the sides of the glass - 4.25, S: Espresso aromas, slight sour cherry, burnt wood, hint of grass - 3.75, T: Solid hop bite, thick and chewy, scorched Tootsie Roll, dark molasses, pine and grapefruit pith, green grass - 4.00, M: Thick and creamy, chewy mouth feel - 4.50, D: A very drinkable Russian Imperial Stout - 3.75

Photo of EtOHMD
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had been raining like mad in Boston so when I stopped at the store yesterday, this beer spoke to me.

Poured from a bottle with freshness date of 2015 (!) into pint glass. Deep black with dark brown foamy head with good lacing. Very nice appearance.

Honestly not picking a lot up on the smell.

Hits up front with a bit of warming alcohol then smooths out into nice combination of coffee, chocolate, hint of fruit (? cherries). Excellent taste.

Creamy, warm mouth feel. Nice on a rainy dreary day.

Overall alcohol was well hidden but definitely feeling this one after one beer. Two at most at a sitting.

Overall, an interesting and very good stout.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Storm King Stout, into Stone RIS tulip

Pours extremely dark with a giant, fluffy, medium beige head of mostly tiny-creamy bubbles. The head is so big it took two pours to get it all in the glass. Nice sticky lace down the glass. Some medium brown highlights around the edges.

Aroma is mega-roasted malt and coffee, grapefruit/citric hop, and high percentage cocoa dark chocolate bar.

Taste follows aroma almost entirely. Big roasted malt hit, some heavy roasted coffee, citrus and oily hop bitterness on the finish. A little raw grain/hay thing going on as well, somewhere around the middle.

Mouthfeel is actually on the thin side for the style, especially at 9% or so. The carbonation is what makes the mouthfeel feel thin, it is pretty forceful and breaks up the density of the brew.

Drinkability is moderate, in my opinion. I'm not huge on highly carbonated stouts, but other than the carbonation the flavors have a great balance and the grapefruit/chocolate/coffee combo is surprisingly tasty. The mouthfeel does improve a bit as it warms/rests over the course, and becomes a bit less course and good deal more on the creamy side. I was a bit concerned that I wouldn't like this beer, but it's a very nice change from the IRS that I am accustomed to drinking

Photo of Daniellobo
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice stout, offers a good and slightly fruity standard for an RIS

Presentation: 12 oz capped brown bottle. Crowned eagle head label design. Narrative on the side notes intent, and main ingredients. Shows beer freshness date (Dec 18 2014) and Alc. by Vol (9.1%). Poured into a snifter.

A - Black pour, with an average 1/4" head, small retention and little lacing.

S - Rather faint, it is there... But alongside a subdued roastness there is a characteristic hoppy, fruity touch. Nice but a bit too shy.

T - Here the brew takes front stage with a nice range of roasted notes, and that lingering fruitiness. Chocolate, coffee and a floral bitter sour melody to it.

M - Full to medium/full mouth, with good carbonation. Crisp finish.

D - Nice RIS, not so much a sipper, it can be enjoyed a tad quicker and works well.

Notes: Another brew I was looking to revisit after it opened a few years back - and alongside others - my curiosity to US craft brewing. Remains good, and rather solid, but it is not one that I would necessarily look for given the average choice. Interesting feel of fruitiness that is very close to the flavors found on their Old Horizontal barleywine.

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chalice a dark black motor oil color, left no real head (slow pour), just a little dirty color ring around the glass, minimal lacing, it just slides back down into the brew.

Smells of expresso, and sweet fruits (citrus), chocolate

Tastes of expresso, cooking chocolate, and orange rind.

the mouthfeel seems very light to me, highly drinkable. nice and smooth brew, Not my favorite stout for sure, Im more of a Avery Russian Imperial Stout or Oak aged Yetti Imperial Stout from Great Divide, thats a tasty one. Still a great beer none the less.

Could drink a good amount of this brew.

Photo of Shaw
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours totally black with a sticky brown head that leaves thick lacing in my glass.

It has a light aroma of roasted malt and molasses.

Its flavor is good: Sweet and roasted notes finish with a nice bitter bite. This is a more subtle Russian imperial stout.

The body is creamy and smooth.

Overall this is a fine beer and well worth seeking out and having again: I plan to buy a six-pack at the next opportunity.

Photo of amccormi
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into tulip Piraat tulip.

Poured an opaque black with generous rocky tan head.

Blasted with a whiff of dark chocolate when opening bottle and on first sniff. Fragrant fruit aroma arrives afterwards from the hops.

Flavor is intensely roasty. Notes of bitter chocolate predominate with coffee and dirt in the background. Fruit comes forward mid swallow with bitterness from malt and hops on the finish.

Fairly smooth for the weight, I would say the carbonation is about right. I think one bottle would do it for me.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,312 ratings.