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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,146 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,146
Reviews: 2,509
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 150
Gots: 499 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extremely dark brown-almost black. Caramel colored bubbles that turn black as they become the beer. Nice sudsy finish to the pour as the bubbles float from the bottom of the beer to the top.

Smells of espresso, maple, dark chocolate and roasty grains with a burnt brown sugar syrup touch.

Tastes like Old Rasputin. That is my first thought. I mean very close almost like a clone with a slight metallic twinge not noticed in Rasputin. Roasted coffee beans, burnt sugar, dark and light chocolate with a marshmallow hint in the finish.

Chewy caramel mouthfeel. Big bodied and heavy but nice and chewy too.

Very good RIS, not great.

natelocc787, May 28, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a bottle at Cornwall's before the Sox game this weekend. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark black color. Very carbonated for an RIS, as a huge head formed. Smelled like espresso or high octane coffee. First thing you notice with the first sip is the alcohol. It really seems to attack you. The flavor is also quite powerful. Chocolate, coffee, and malt dominate. But the alcohol certain leaves its mark on the flavor and the throat. Slight bit more than I prefer in a stout. I feel that this beer could be stellar if it was a tad bit more easier to drink. Otherwise, this is a great RIS.

morebeergood, May 26, 2009
Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings..

Poured pretty much pitch black. Dirty mocha head poured thick and foamy then faded quite quickly to light covering with a thick ring around the edge... light patches of lacing...

Aroma - Deep roasted chocolate maltinesss, toffee and treacle sweetness, nice light smokiness, muscovado sugar, charred wood, quite earthy, dark fruits (raisins, dates and figs), fruit loaf, light vanilla traces, peppery...

Taste - Quite a lot of roasted chocolate malt backed with light vanilla, charred wood smoke, black coffee, some molasses sweetness, sooty and earthy, booze is just noticeable, dried dark fruits (prunes to the fore), faint anise...

Feel - Pretty rich and smooth... medium / full bodied... pretty drinkable for a 9% brew..

Overall - A very good Impy stout... recommended...

mdagnew, May 26, 2009
Photo of ElGeordie
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from cask at the CAH Midlothian, at just the right temperature for a warm early summer night.
By the time the waiter brought it to our table the head had all but disappeared, I'm assuming the top 3/4" of the glass had been foam.
At 9.1% ABV I was expecting a little more kick but I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth this pint was. The pint had a very nice opaque black colour but and the remnants of the head were dark cream.
The roasted malts were very complex, no real single overbearing flavour and it drinks more like a porter than a stout. Feels very good in the mouth. If I didn't have to drive the wife home I would've had another. very fine.

ElGeordie, May 26, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black with tan 3 finger head. Smell is hippy! With a. It of fruit sweetnes, like blueberries. Taste is pretty hoppy up front, still gettng a little of that blueberry sweetness. Usually not a fan of hoppy RISs. It this one is pretty darn god, especially as it warms. This is a great dessert or nightcap.

Overall this brew is not too complex for an IS, but it's very tasty none-the-less. Will get again when in TX.

webbcreative, May 25, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Served in a 12 oz. snifter, filled to the brim.

Pitch black, with no noticeable highlights, even when held up to the light. A solid two fingers of foamy tan head, taking its time subsiding. In a nutshell, exactly what I want in an imperial stout.

The first whiff took me by surprise. Sweet, piney hops up front, which took me a few moments to pinpoint. Notes of bitter, slightly sweet chocolate underneath, and sweet malt in the background. The alcohol finally releases, presumably as the beer warms, followed by some delicious citrus hop notes on the tail end.

Follows suit on the tongue, with piney hops up front followed by bitter chocolate, both brought back into balance by a strong sweet malt backbone. I was disappointed by the overall lack of complexity--more chocolate, coffee, etc. was expected--but I'm favorably impressed by the sheer hoppiness of this brew.

Thick and rich on the palate, with a smooth mouth-coating effect and accompanying lingering flavor. My third beer of the night, so I can't say for sure how well-hidden the alcohol is, but my hunch is that this is an exceptionally drinkable beer regardless. A strong, unique version of the style, and one I'll be seeking again.

wnh, May 24, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

enjoy by dec 18 2013

pours black with a 1 finger head that leaves lacing down the glass

smells of roasted malts - blueberry??? - and a good amount of hops

taste is a little to hot i prefer storm king with some age on it and when the alcohol fades this RIS is sure bliss but now its all about the hops hops hops and alcohol with charcoal roasted malts and blueberry - but only rated a 4 now

mouthfeel is near perfect just a little too much alcohol sting for now - perfect carbonation to make this brew silk smoth and creamy

drinkability is good but one a night might be overkill

overall - great RIS but age age age 2+ years make this world class

jsh420, May 24, 2009
Photo of photomike
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Close to pitch black with an explosion of beige head. Sticky lacing all the way up the glass, and infinite retention on the eventually short head.

Smell is hersheys syrup and espresso. A bit boozy.

As I go in for the first taste, I see an antelope standing up. Reminds me of this: http://www.deanj.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/anteater.jpg

This beer, with 1700 reviews seems to be saying "FUCK YOU IM VICTORY STORM KING STOUT YOUR REVIEW DOESNT MATTER"

Regardless, the taste is of bitter chocolate, booze and black coffee. Very malty, very dry. Like a boozy porter.

Somewhat light in the body for an RIS, but this thing is velvety and smooth. Warm and boozy finish. Light carbonation.

The booze in this is noticeable enough to make me take pause about continuing beyond a single 12oz bottle.

A great beer, no doubt, but somewhat of a letdown with all the fuss about this beer. For the price, its an amazing RIS, but objectively, merely a very good one.

photomike, May 18, 2009
Photo of Finster
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok folks. It's the Finster here agian, and doing beer research is one of my favorite activities next to sex. This beer is right up my alley. From the damn near pitch black coloration to the strong, wonderfully bitter finish - I'd like to use one word. BOOM! Most definately packs a punch. I really like the malty, thick, coffee taste it has goin. Something to note - poured from a bottle into frosty mug - as i drink it, i can look at the side of my glass and count the "head lines" to see how many drinks it took for me to finish my beer. I would mark that as an outstanding quality, (if i was taking notes in my beer journal.) Another good quality - I've only drank two so far, and I'm buzzin nice. All in all - The Finster would recommend this beer to his fellow associates on the Alcohol Research Team. Belly up!

Finster, May 17, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Victory in a pint glass

Pours an obsidian black, the head is light brown and a bit thin, maybe one inch max

A bit of alcoholic heat in the nose, but that is quickly masked by the roasted malt and a touch of coffee.

The flavor is malty and dry at first, and then a sweet creaminess in the end.

Not a huge imperial stout, but a damn good one, easy to drink and a lot to appreciate. A slight sherry note in the end makes this such a fun stout.

mhatters, May 17, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque black with maybe some ruby highlights around the edges. Small tan head with moderate lacing.

S- Citrus hops, some apple and cherry notes, coffee and sweet chocolate malt dominate.

T- Pleasant, finally a RIS that's not so phenolic. Good blend of coffee and chocolate malts, nice finish with some piney hops. Reminds me of a lighter/less robust FFF Black Sun Stout. Some wood notes too. Slight hints of citrus can be detected. A little peppery. The flavors just keep coming.

M- A little light for the style, IMO, but oily and smooth.

D- Dangerously drinkable. Great stout.

LordAdmNelson, May 14, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on the hand pump at the Brick Store Pub. Poured black with a nice tan head and nicely carbonated for cask. Smelled roasty and creamy with some nice bitter chocolate and a touch of coffee. Tastes of very vinous chocolate with roasty and hoppy finish. Lots of juiciness throughout and a nice late coffee and chocolate bitterness accented by some roastiness. Big, smooth, and bitter in the mouth. Very nice on cask.

Georgiabeer, May 14, 2009
Photo of hardy008
1.25/5  rDev -69.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - pours a black color, some shades of ruby when held to the light. Has a tan foamy 2 finger head.

Smell - Hops with burnt coffee and burnt malt.. Not what I was expecting at all.

Taste -
grapefruit peelings, white pith, burnt coffee, and burnt malt. Tastes more like a Black IPA, and not a very good one either. Where are the flavors associated with a RIS? There is no chocolate flavor at all, or dark fruit. No sweetness. Just harsh bitterness.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, light bodied, and dry. Too thin for a RIS.

Drinkability - Not worth seeking out, disappointing for a RIS.

Not sure how this can be an RIS. It doesn't taste like one at all. It also does not get any better as it warms. This one doesn't do anything for me. Drain pour.

Tried this again on 5/7/2010. Adjusted the score downward.

hardy008, May 14, 2009
Photo of bulletrain76
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Black with a medium tan head. Initial aromatic impression of hops, with some almost burnt black malt underneath. then some sweeter, saltier chocolate and light berry-fruit. First sip is quite hoppy, a bit salty and smokey in a meaty way, bitter as well. Initial burp tastes of hops. The flavor mellows as the beer warms. It becomes sweeter, with dark caramelized sugars, vanilla, light coffee, and a bitter piney finish. The mouthfeel is definitely light for the style, and in the medium range overall. This is honestly not quite like any imperial stout that I have had before. It drinks small, but has a good balance of flavors. There are more flavor and aroma hops than maybe any stout that I've had, but they work well to balance the typical malt sweetness of the style and make this really drinkable. I want to call this an IPA-foreign stout hybrid with way more alcohol that you think. I like it.

bulletrain76, May 12, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Very dark - pretty close to black - one finger light brown head that leaves a little lacing in the glass

S-Some expresso coming through as well as some alcohol presence

T-Bitter Upfront. Some malt taste coming through as well as sweetness to a bitter finish. Definately has a hop presence. I was a bit nervous smelling the alcohol in the nose but it doesn't come through in the taste and is well masked

M-Mouthfeel is somewhat drying but has a nice balance and carbonation to make up for the drying.

D - I couldn't go too high in the drinkability as I'm not sure I could handle many of these with the high ABV. However, the flavor is quite nice and the cost of this brew is quite reasonble considering the competition. If evaluating on price, I would rate this much higher. If you're an RIP fan, you need to give this brew a try.

beerman207, May 09, 2009
Photo of strangebrew52
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a tan head that lingers and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted malts, coffee and maybe a hint of molasses.

T: Nice roasted malt taste, some coffee/espresso notes in there with some bitterness from the hops.

M: Somewhere between medium and full bodies. Not as viscous as some imperial stouts I've had. A nice amount of carbonation that goes down smooth.

D: I enjoyed this one. Easy drinking for an imperial stout and it hides the ABV% quite well.

strangebrew52, May 09, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is opaque like a stout should be. quite a small head. smell is coffee, chocolate, porter style grape malt. taste is all that but more of that english style grape and smoked leather finish. this may be an off bottle as if seens this has a very consistent american coffee RIS style on here. my bottle ventured in the direction of samuel smith's RIS. fruity malt, apple, grape, fig, some smoke, some chocolate, earthy coffee, and tobacco. good should have again to compare.

rtepiak, May 04, 2009
Photo of gameface23
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark with a tan head.

S: Smell was the earthy aspects of roasted malt, slight espresso and very dark chocolate.

T: Taste was very balanced and rounded. Earthy, roasted malts and a nice hop snap.

M: Mouthfeel was lighter-bodied, but it wasn't bad.

D: It's 9.10%, but I wouldn't mind polishing off a few of these bad boys.

gameface23, May 01, 2009
Photo of caddybuyer
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass at cellar temp.

A-Deep, dark, opaque stout with a very attractive 3 finger head that settles, but retains 1 finger with attractive lacing....nice.

S-largely metallic roasted malt, coffee and nutmeg, with the emphasis on metallic....not sure what is going on here....

T-Coffee, wine, slightly sour, slightly sweet, decent roasted malts, and a slight hop twang on the back end. Pretty respectable, but frankly I expected more. People swear by this one, but aside from the slightly sour winey appeal of this, which is not lost on me, I'm just not digging it.

M-Decent for the type. Moderate carbonation, slightly slick, as it should be...overall.

D-This is decent, but a letdown overall. If I want a stout, I'll take a Founders, or a Stone. There is something rather appealing about the sour wine characteristic of Storm King that I cannot discount, and it is a bit of a changeup in this style, but probably not one that makes it worth coming back to...at least for me.

Sorry guys...I know this is a highly rated beer, but someone needs to explain to me why....? I'd love to know.

caddybuyer, May 01, 2009
Photo of keplertronics
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Sahara Mart East in Bloomington. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Another victory for Victory. This is a delicious looking beer! Dark with a creamy, full head. Nice.

S: Kind of musky; it's not overbearing, but it's certainly not the most pleasant.

T: Just what I expected-- Classic espresso- taste of the RIS, but with the added super- hoppy punch Victory never does without. Not bad at all.

M: Very creamy, yet smooth. The booziness is masked by the flavor and overall balance of flavors.

D: I would definitely enjoy one or two of these. But, the heaviness would keep me from overindulging in this.

keplertronics, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light brown head forms on top of the pure black beer. Good head retention and nice lacing.

S- Very big bold aroma. Pine and citrus hops come through strong then a blast of malt. Coffee, dark chocolate, Roasted nuts, Brown sugar, and molasses. There is a lot going on and its all in your face.

T/M- Starts out with a very smooth and somewhat subtle malty flavor, milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted nuts mixed with some caramel and brown sugar. Next comes a nice hoppy kick with a little alcohol warmth. Some pine and citrus notes come through then the malt comes back into the picture and finishes very balanced.

Overall I would say this is a pretty good RIS, actually a damn good one if you consider the availability. If you have not tried it yet it is worth it.

br3wmeister, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown/black color with tan head. Nose is nice full flavor with strong malt flavors such as coffee/caramel chocolate, also a real nice hop flavor which balances out the malt. Taste is an amazing smoothness for the high alcohol content. Very good RIS IMHO. Not as good as Old Rasputin but close.

barleywinefiend, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of mjl21
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at Central Market in Ft. Worth, TX. Poured into a snifter. Enjoy by date of 1/23/14. Comes in at 9.1%.

A-Black with a huge two and a half finger tan head that ever so slowly dissolves, like sand in an hour glass, to a nice one finger head.

S-Not a huge nose. Roasted malt is the predominant flavor and as it warms espresso notes are definitely detectable.

T-Very, very bitter upfront. Roasted malt comes in next which gives way in the middle to some nice sweetness before the bitterness returns in the back. The coffee/espresso notes are present and citrus hop notes are also coming through.

M-The body veers toward the upper end of the medium spectrum. It is very crisp and dry and leaves a roasted/bitter feel in the mouth. Very creamy from the large head that sticks around.

D-Not heavy for an RIS and the abv is very well hidden.

One of my favorite RIS' that can be purchased in 12 ounce bottles. I always search this out when visiting areas that carry Victory. A good beer that is different due to the level of bitterness that it packs.

mjl21, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep dark black with zero light penetration. The dark tan head poured 2" and took a long while to settle. Some decent sticky lace left behind on my glass.

S= Aromas of chewy malts, roasted grain, hops, and an earthy character. Lots of alcohol present in the nose as well.

T= The front end was all sweet syrupy malts and roasted grain bitterness. Dark chocolate, treacle, molasses, and chocolate covered cherries all made an appearance. The hops are a bit too much for the style IMO, but they do cut the malt sweetness quite a bit. Finish was slightly dry and showed more roasted grain bitterness.

MF= Super heavy body with a very thick and viscous mouthfeel. A real tongue-coater.

D= Fairly drinkable despite the big ABV and the over the top bitterness. I didn's hate this beer (its a good one) but I like many other examples of the style better.

spointon, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Reanimator
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the deepest coffee black with a rather lean head. Smells surprisingly hoppy, giving way to chocolatey malts and molasses, honey even. Very complex and satisfying aroma. Taste is also particularly hoppy up front, with big hits of tobacco, bitter coffee and sweet espresso. Even some peaty, piney scotch flavors in there. And to top it off, 9.4% and barely a hint of alcohol!

The mouthfeel is oddly fitting for a hoppy RIS, whatever that is supposed to mean. Overall, Storm King is a HUGELY drinkable, massively satisfying and complex beer, I'm just afraid of where more than a couple of these beasts will lead me.

Reanimator, Apr 21, 2009
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,146 ratings.