Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,249 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,249
Reviews: 2,521
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 161
Gots: 543 | FT: 18
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Photo of jhammel01
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Jet Black with a coffee colored head that sticks around the whole time. Laces down nicely.

Smells of Roasted malt and chocolate with a bit of coffee notes.

At 1st taste, its pretty bitter and hoppy. Its decently hoppy with plenty of roasted malt and chocolate to go around!

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thicker side. Nice and creamy.

Its getting to be stout season, in my eyes, so I'll be sure to keep more of this one around. Enjoyed very much

Photo of steelerguy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice black, not going to see through it, gigantic tan head. Fairly carbonated, keeps the head nice and tall as you drink.

S - Roasted malt and chocolate on the nose, but it is very mild. What is there smells good, but would like it to be more intense.

T - Nice bitterness level to go with all that malt flavor. Lots of roasted notes, definite chocolate and coffee flavors. Finishes with a little astringent twang. Not much in the way of dark fruit flavors which I like in a RIS.

M - Nice mouthfeel, creamy, little carbonation tingle with some alcohol warmth, finishes pretty clean. Wouldn't mind a touch more body.

D - High alcohol will set you on your butt, but you doesn't feel harsh while drinking. Nice cool weather beer.

Photo of berserker256
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle tells me to "enjoy by: Jan. 8 2014"
That's almost four and a half years from now. This Imperial Stout would be a good doomsday-basement-storage beer along with the bottled water, cans of corn and Spam, and loaded 30-round magazines for your AR-15.
It pours out the color of strong coffee. Basically black. I hold it to the light and can't see through the glass whatsoever. The light brown head seems to last forever and looks like it could sustain the weight of the bottle cap placed upside down upon it. I'm unwilling to risk sinking the cap to the bottom so I don't attempt this. Smokey and sweet malty, almost like molasses, kind of aroma. Second sniff reminds me of a tub of prunes, also. Remarkably smooth at first sip. Great creamy texture. Almost lactic. light carbonation. Alcohol warmth hits you after several seconds. Light bitterness. Heavy lacing left on the glass as I sip it down. Well roasted malted barley with hints of smokeyness, coffee, and bourbon barrel. Maybe the heavy warmth of alcohol is tricking me into detecting bourbon barrel but I swear it's there. Wow... Lots of warmth. That's what I like about Imperial Stouts. This is a good one.

Photo of bfields4
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This could be the darkest beer I have ever drank. Most seem to have a slight hue something to give away a tint, but I guess the storm king is about dark as night. Coming along for the ride is a nice frothy mocha brown head.

Dark fruit come first and foremost with almost an apricot twang. Roasted malts and dark chocolate form a nice body.

Dark chocolate follows through to the taste. A nice hoppy bitterness cuts the chocolate and gives way to a espresso and roasted to almost burnt malt flavor.

Rolls down the tongue maybe a tad much on the carbonation smooth, but I'd have to say that I have had smoother. The alcohol bit is nice though with the dark flavors.

Photo of projectflam86
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nearly opaque black color with a thick rocky coffee colored head that leaves a few scattered rings of lace towards the top.

S- Rich roasted malt aroma with coffee and dark chocolate. A touch of caramel and smoke accompany the slightest whiff of alcohol.

T- Full roasted flavor with loads of dark malt and coffee. A nice wave of smoky espresso and bittersweet chocolate with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol level is hidden quite well.

M- Medium/full body with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- A nice brew that deserves the respect that it receives.

Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Imperial Stout with a hoppy aroma and a fairly balanced character. It's honestly a bit of a disappointment given the beer's big reputation, but that's common with the more popular beers and it's still quite good. Storm King pours black and opaque with a thick, creamy beige head. I don't really know what Imperial Stout would garner a perfect appearance score, much less a 1 or 2. Anyway, the aroma is quite hoppy with a mix of floral and grassy/citric notes. There's a touch of roasted, chocolate/coffee malt in there, but it's a bit weak. The flavor is more satisfying. It's clean and relatively dryly sweet, err... not sticky or cloying anyway. Again, the flavor is a bit dominated by hops, but there's a decent malt backbone lurking in there. I've heard that the malt comes forward with age, which would probably push this beer above a four for me. The feel is slightly thin. I think that I've cracked this beer too early. It's only about nine months to a year old and could probably use another year or three.

Photo of bcastine
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth Brewery Tulip Glass

A: huge head that slowly dissipates, leaves lots of lacing, to the light this beer is more dark brown then black.

S: Burnt malt, coffee, dark chocalate, hops but you have to get your nose right in there to smell anything.

T: Again Burnt malt, coffee and the dry dark chocolate, lacks any oak, dark fruit flavors i typically enjoy from the style, really dry overall with no sweetness. This RIS really lacks complexity, maybe the most boring imp stout i've ever tasted. If this wasn't overly hoppy to mask the lack of depth in the malt, it would be a mess.

M: Holy carbonation, thin, thin, thin, by no means is this full bodied, far from what I expect from an RIS. I 've had oatmeal stouts that deliver more body then this, largest area of disappointment. I'd be curious to know what the OG was of this beer, not much thats for sure.

D: It is rather drinkable, its not a bad beer, just imho doesn't fit the style. I did find myself drain pouring the last remaining sips of the 3 I had, something i never do with RIS, most are good to the last sip, not this when warmed and lost carbonation it really fell apart. This, next to DF 90min. are the most overrated beers on BA, it is nowhere near deserving of its A rating imho.

Photo of blackenmn
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell-Pours a nice dense black, and left a really great 1/2" fluffy tan head. Smells strongly of dark fruit, more specifically raisin and maybe some plum. Chocolate definitely hiding in there.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Taste was roasty with nice subtle bitter sweet chocolate. Some alcohol warmth which lingered along with the hop bitterness in the finish. Great balance overall.

Drinkability- I really liked the stout overall. Could manage a couple of these in a sitting. Really thought there was a nice contrast between the smell and taste throughout.

Photo of Gtreid
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Stone IRS tulip. big thanks go out to jamie2dope for hookin me up with this very nice brew.

A: Opaque, not a hint of light shines through this baby. Big three fingers of mocha brown head appears, receedes to a half inch, retains well, and leaves some great lace. Impressive.

A: Earthy hop forward, followed by graet roasty, chocolate, and coffee flavored malts. the balance between the sweet and savory scents is supurb.

T: Again, very nice. Chocolate and roasty nuts dominate, but the agressive hop profile balances the brew nicely. Very, very, good flavor.

M: Smooth for a heavy body. Good amount of carbonation. This one feels great.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is huge! Great balance, increadible flavor. Not your typical RIS. I usually get a sourness from the dried fruit in a RIS, but there is none to be found in this one. Overall, just a great beer. Almost an American Double Stout not an RIS. But whatever, I love this beer and could drink a ton of it. Must try! Skal.

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz chilled bottle poured into my brooklyn snifter..

a-jet black...3 finger head that lingered for quite some time..lovely lacing

s-crisp bitter hops on the and roast on the back end...

t-bitter piney hops up front...followed by molasses and coffee...and lovely malt finished by my some more slight bitterness

m-the only dept on this brew im not totally happy with...a little thin for me in this style...but does coat the mouth well and is slightly oily...carbonation is nice on this one..just wish it was a tad bit thicker

d-could and would drink all night if not for the abv...

this is a classic and an old friend i cant believe i hadnt reviewed yet...always enjoy sitting down with this brew..

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint. Very good stout. Best by 2014, as per bottle. This beer is burnt coffee black, pretty heavy on the mouthfeel, and hopped beyond belief. Good coffee malt/burnt malt/chocolate malt? backing. One of the hoppyest RISs I've had, I was really enjoying this beer (as a hop head at heart). I will buy some more of this... I really enjoyed it!

Photo of Thur123
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a SOLID black with two fingers of tan frothy head that fades slowly forming a nice layer at the top. Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. A slight stink of alcohol and a think sweetness are present. Yep, smells strong and robust.

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First thing I taste is creamy chocolate followed by a burst of hops that comes with a roasty and much dryer malt profile then I expected. The balance between this makes this a warming spicy kind of IS. As the hop taste begins to settle, the sweetness becomes a bit stronger providing the already complex brew with another dynamic. The booze is noticeable in this but certainly not over powering and definitely adds to the overall complexity. Pretty good, not as deep and smooth and sweet as the Old Ras but different, which is nice to see, less fruity and a bit more heat, while still somehow being less complex. The mouth feel was thick and creamy with the right amount of carbonation.

Photo of njmoons
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured think and black with moderate head which held up well.

Aroma was think and malty with very notable hops.

Taste malty with some plum flavor on the front end but that was quickly overpowered by heavy hops flavor and bitterness on the back end. Taste was out of balance for me, too much hops/bitterness.

There are other Imperials that I much prefer to this one.

Photo of HopBacchus
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Liquid black pours from the tap into a sturdy pint glass, a small mocha colored head forms on top of the dark abyss

Surprisingly smelling this beer the first thing that occurred to me was Hoppes? smells also posses charred malts espresso and notes of chocolate

Slightly more bitter than i would have liked possess bitter espresso and chocolate notes as opposed to slightly sweeter ones i would have preferred roasted malts are present throughout and a slightly hopped aftertaste

Mouthfeel is good full bodied and slightly oily pleasantly carbonated

Bitterness and hop presence make this beers drinkability suffer i can't see myself enjoying more than one and a half of these in one sitting

overall I'd say its a good imperial stout but nothing exceptional
lose some of the hoppes and don't burn your malts so much

Photo of HansBlix
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - Dark brown to black in color, opaque. Yielded a 1 finger head (tan/brown in color) that did retain with some lacing.

Smell - Considering I don't like anything overly hopped, I picked up the hops in this right off the bat. Malt, chocolate and coffee were present like most RIS, though once again, the strong hop presence caught me off guard.

Taste - I didnt enjoy the bitterness of this, it was almost a hop bitterness. Roasted Malt and coffee were present. Alcohol did come through some, but not bad.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation was somewhat high for the style. Was heavy, but not as heavy as others.

Drinkability - Being a RIS, drinkability isn't a strong suit, though this one isn't as heavy as others, bringing a drinkability factor to the table that others don't have.

If I liked hops, I would probably like this. I just didn't like how strongly this was hopped, especially for the style, confirming once again that everything I drink from Victory seems to have a strong hop presence.

Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of the Storm King while shopping for other things. Nice to see a single available.

Pours a rather deep brown/black into a wine glass and offers a full inch of mocha head. Decent retention of some bubbly goodness.

Chocolate and alcohol on the nose, touch of cocoa and some rich dried fruit. Quite endearing though a bit subdued for an RIS, yet offering a decent hop nose nonetheless.

Breaks down a bit in the flavor department as the smokey notes overwhelm. Feel and drink remain strong however, as the 9% is quite elusive on the palate. Overall a bit light in character for an R.I.S.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review 150!

Tasted in Wells, ME on August 6, 2009.

The beer is very dark... can't see through. The head is brown and is so creamy... unbelievable. The aroma present itself with some hops, chocolate and roasted malts (not strong). On the taste, it is more chocolate and the bitterness is similar to an expresso coffee. Very nice taste. Full body beer and feels so creamy... Drinkability is above good... almost exceptional.

The best imperial stout I had so far!

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

pours a black/brown color with a brown head and lacing smells of coffee and malts and roasted hops the taste was great its a drinkable RIS which is not one of my favorite styles.. but i like this one its roasted malts and coffee with some great hop profile this is probably a light version of the RIS style but again i like this one recommended

Photo of barnzy78
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Poured nearly black with a firm tan head that leaves some spotty lacing on the glass, but holds good retention. Aromas were chocolate, roasted malts, and mild anise. Tastes were very complex - bold espresso, dark chocolate, and sweet roasted malts, with mild tobacco notes and hints of anise and pepper. Mouth-feel is excellent - full bodied, creamy, smooth and slightly oily. Finishes dry and bitter with a definite astringency - I'm not certain if it's from the hops or the bitter roasted malts - probably both. The high ABV is very well concealed. Overall, this is one of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts. Very nice to finally go back to it.

Photo of johntangus
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter from a 12 oz. bottle. Huge pillowy light brown head that lingers and laces nicely down. Smell is not terribly noticeable, but i do catch some hop aroma. The hops definitely carry over into the taste also. Great balance, slightly boozy, nice oily mouthfeel.

Sometimes you see threads about value and how it plays into how you review a beer. While this really isn't in the same boat with a bourbon barrel aged RIS, the hop profile and the PRICE make this a more than worthy beer that i will DEFINITELY purchase again.

I am very impressed by Victory's beers, especially this one and Golden Monkey, both big beers with small prices. Hooray for Victory and hooray for my wallet!

Photo of PartyBear
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep black, with a small tan head. Looks quite thick and oily.

S - The alcohol is clear on the nose. Quite sweet but there is also a bitter scent of praline in there. Roasted malts are also prominent.

T - Smokey from the outset, with bitter chocolate, and coffee. In fact it is very bitter, far more than I was expecting; the hops are present in abundance. There is a clingy soily aftertaste.

M - Smooth, silky, and full bodied.

D - I had heard a lot about this Imeprial Stout and was expecting a lot, unfortunately it hasn't delivered. The taste is far too bitter, and the soily aftertaste is not too pleasant. There are better Imperial Stouts out there, e.g. Samuel Smith, Great Divide Yeti, Stone Russian, etc. The hops in Storm King are too powerful for my liking, and they ramp up the bitterness to levels that don't compliment the heavy malts.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter,this beer is pitch black with a nice tan head that dissipated slowly.nose is dominated by a slight bit of alcohol,chewing tobacco,dark fruit,and a slight bit of roastiness.

taste is reminiscent of tobacco,dark fruit,roasted coffee,,a bit of cocoa,with a firm and blunt hop bitterness at the end.i paired this with some breakfast eggs and sausage and it was quite amazing.

mouthfeel is thick and full bodied, somewhat syrupy.really easy sipper.

Photo of skrib09
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured imperial black and thick. brown head didn't really participate in the experience.

slightly earthy and hoppy. a bit of resin along with roasted flavors. bitter chocolate and coffee maybe in the after thought.

roasted flavors. bitterness of unsweetened chocolate and dark coffee. a touch of hop flavor on the tongue. a little alcohol and sweetness to boot.

full-bodied and syrupy. a bit grainy on the palate. above average drinkability but not a session brew.

Photo of juhl31
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pulled from a sixer, drinkin in a tulip.

-really dark black all the way through. nice light brown head

-not strong on the nose. i like my stouts with more going on, but theres just some malt and faint chocolate

-some chocolate and coffee but not a lot. theres definitely quite a bit of hops for a dub stout. you really get that bitterness too which is nice for someone who likes stouts and ipa's

-theres some carb bite sittin there. smooth and a touch oil like residue on the tongue

-good. not crazy for a double, but again, good hops for the same reason

Photo of EliottJW
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a spectacular looking beer. a vigorous pour produces a thick, pillowy head that leaves gobs of lace on the sides of my glass. not one droplet of light passes through even when held directly up to a table lamp.

smell is not all that present... not much of anything really. pretty faint sweet roasted malts and just a hint of chocolate. This isn't a traditional imperial stout for me at all. while I can pick up on the roasted malts a bit... it's really the hop finish that's catching me. right up front I get a little bit of that chocolate that I smelled, along with some dark berries maybe?... but it's really that lingering hop kick that sticks with me. caught me off guard actually. I don't mind it at all, just not what I expected. oh yeah, and it's pretty hot to be honest... the alcohol pulls through a fair amount, but only for a short moment.

mouth on this is pretty damn good. full as I'd like. creamy for sure. a touch astringent, but nothing to be up in arms about. it's body is one of it's redeeming qualities for sure.

I feel like I could drink a lot of this... though if I wanted to drink a lot of imperial stout, I'd reach for a pack of old raspy. This beer did it for me, but just barely.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,249 ratings.