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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,960 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,960
Reviews: 2,501
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 143
Gots: 449 | FT: 15
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Photo of Tolnik
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into a pint glass. This dark blackish brown beer has a nice lingering foam and lacing. There are a lot of coffee notes with a hop flavor tasting of cooking chocolate. There is a very strong taste as the coffee hits you first. Also there is a molasses sweetness, but on the whole the beer tastes bitter.

Tolnik, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of gciccarelli
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured into a 20 oz. pint glass.

Appearance - Very dark, almost pitch black, with a good foamy 1 finger head.

Smell - Get a lot of coffee notes, some hops, a little bit of chocolate.

Taste - Very strong taste. Coffee hits you first and you can definitely notice some of the alcohol - but it is not a sweet tasting alcohol like other high ABV beers. Also get a little bit of molasses/syrupy sweetness, but on the whole the taste is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Decent carbonation, but not too much. Very thick tasting and frothy.

Drinkability - Very thick, so you can't drink very fast. I feel that it gets better as it warms. Would be hard to have more than two or three at a time.

One of my favorite beers, especially during the winter. Amazing full taste and excellent apperance...another great brew from Victory. Ride with the king today!

gciccarelli, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of schellsbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

THICK AS MOTOR OIL. Love the appearance. Black as night. AWESOME

Smell - Good, like a good strong stout should smell.

Taste - Good to Very Good for a Stout. Something that I will have again and again. I did enjoy this beer much more the warmer it got. Became more enjoyable as it approached room temperature. That is not saying much since it is 25 F on October 27 in Southern Minnesota at the time of this review. One thing that this Imperial Stout has going for it is the alcohol is not present in the taste at all. Very well hidden. I did like this quality.

Sip time....excuse me for a few seconds...

Ok. Back to the review.

Yes, it definitely gets better the warmer it gets. I am now going back and changing my taste to 4.5 on the BA scale. Much better. I wonder if I could speed the process up using the microwave....just kidding other BA members. I would never harm this beer.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Very thick like a good stout should be.

Drinkability - Average. I say this because at this high of an alcohol content with limited taste, I would move on to a more favorite stout.

I am looking forward to sampling other Victory beers. Thank you.

schellsbeer, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of ryantupy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

A - Pours a oil black color with a nice off white head.

S - This beer smells of coffee, mild hops, smoky malts, and chocolate.

T - At first you notice the coffee with slight hints of molasses, mild sweetness in the backdrop, and smoky malts. Alcohol is fairly noticable.

M - Overall this is a very smooth beer with balanced level of carbonation.

D - A definate sipper.

ryantupy, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of UA8
4.15/5  rDev +2%

A- Jet black with a rich and super dense toffee head. Fantastic staying power on head.

S- Dark roasted coffee bean malts, cocoa, and wendy's frosty scent.

T- Leads with a tastes of cocoa and caramel, mid palate is suggestive of a touch of herbal hop complexity. Finishes big and bitter with a subtle smoked wood taste.

M- Rich and moderately viscous.

D- A very solid RIS with a pretty high level of flavor complexity. Definitely one for those who like a slightly more biting characteristic to their stout with more herbal and earthy notes.

UA8, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of DoctorDog
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a mug. No freshness or bottling date indicated, which @ 9.1% ABV, I presume to be fairly inconsequential.

A- Deep brown/black in appearance. Harsh pour produces an abundant off-white head, which fades fairly slowly, leaving a thin layer throughout. Minimal lacing.

S- Burnt coffee/espresso, and vague hints molasses.

T- As expected from the smell, burnt coffee/espresso, and vague hints molasses, alcohol, and a tiny citrusy bite. Sweetness is fleeting and subdued. Not bad, but not really grabbing my attention either.

M- Carbonation bubbles are tiny and plentiful. Reasonably smooth.

D- OK. A bit too high on the ABV and burnt bitterness to go beyond one bottle, IMO.

Future outlook: Possible, though unlikely that I would pick this up again as there are other choices in this general realm of brew that I substantially prefer.

DoctorDog, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

Picked up a single at Party Source.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a coal black with a huge three finger light brown head that slowly crawls down the sides leaving a thick wall of webbing on the glass. Smell is pretty weak, especially for the style. Aroma has wet cardboard, stinging hops, and roasted malts. Bland chocolate and musty dark fruits in the nose as well. Taste begins with strong roasted coffee beans and cocoa powder followed by molasses and caramel. Booze and sappy hops midway with a dry spicy wood finish on the tongue. Bitter feel with a medium to full body. I like my big stouts with a low carbonation, Storm King had a few too many bubbles for my liking. I could see this really benefiting from some age, this beer is much too young.

BeerTruth, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Zadok
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured a pitch black with a minute tan film head and no lacing.

Smells of roasted malt and coffee.

Very smooth deep roasted malt flavor with slight coffee hints. Alcohol is very well hidden, has a nice bitterness to it bakers chocolate maybe?

Creamy and syrupy mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very smooth on the palate.

A quite delectable stout. Easy drinking in spite of the high ABV.

Zadok, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of rregan
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%

A- Very good. Dark, caramel colored small head

S- Espresso scented. Roasty and a bit of herbal scent

T- The hops are unusually strong for a stout. The bitterness is interesting but not favorable. The bitterness lingers while the smooth coffee malt just kind of passes.

M- Surprisingly crisp

D- Overall, I was not impressed. I think it tries to balance the bitter with the malt but I find the bitter to overwhelming (at least in comparison to the malt). I do not think I would have it again. There are simply better stouts.

rregan, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of damienblack
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a thick black, with a thin caramel-colored head that doesn't stick around very long. Smells like burnt coffee. The malt balances well with the burnt coffee/toffee flavoring rather than the coffee overpowering the balance as I thought upon smelling. Has a definite hop bitterness that enhances the flavor rather than detracting from the balance and drinkability. Chocolate is hinted at but doesn't come right out, it's a layer below the toffee flavor. This is a pretty easy drink for this kind of beer, all things considered. A pretty smooth yet full mouthfeel. The finish is a little hot, but with some time (my sample bottle was bottled about 2 months ago) I'll bet it will mellow to just the perfect range.

damienblack, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured into a pint glass, this beer was deep black with a thick tan head that lingered well. The aroma was a nice balance of chocolate and coffee. Mostly a coffee/espresso taste, with a hint of chocolate. It had a bitterness to it, just right without going over the top. Very nice beer.

lordofthewiens, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of edbeer
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

This was a little hoppier than I expected. The overall impression was good. There was a nice chocolate and coffee balance and the appearance in the glass was as expected. Overall a very good beer but it didn't blow me away. I'd like to do a side by side comparison with a few other stouts to see how this one measures up to some more of my favorites.

edbeer, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance- Pours an impentatrable black. Little head but there is a ring of foam left.

Smell- Very little here for a RIS. Some hoppiness and spice in the nose.

Taste- Dark toffee flavors, not much coffee here but loads of toffee. Molasses, and maybe just a little bit of carmalization.

Mouthfeel- Really chompy, fills up everything and then just keeps on going!

Drinkability- A delicious beer all around, too thick and heavy to have more that one in a sitting methinks though.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

12oz bottle poured into a pint; enjoy by 6/12/2013

Pours almost a perfect black, completely opaque body with a two finger dark khaki cap. Great retention and
a good deal of spider web lacing. This is the prettiest impy stout I have seen.

There's a lot going on here. Roasted malt, bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso undertones, dark fruits
(plum and cherry), and a faint whiff of alcohol. Everything is in good balance and really jumps out of the glass.

Mimics ths nose for the most part. Dark, tart fruits, nuts and bittersweet dark chocolate combine for a sublime
flavor. A decent wave of warming in the finish. A very well-rounded flavor, but could probably benefit from 3-6 months of cellaring, a little hot and unbalanced.

Thick and syrupy. Bitter chocolate and tart fruit flavor lingers. Full bodied with adequate carbonation.

Sitting at just over 9%, this bad boy is a sipper. I really enjoy the flavor profile and found it pretty easy to drink despite the syrupy body and high abv.

ColForbinBC, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of bonkers
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. This is one dark beer. It pours jet black with a sticky, thin tan head. When you hold storm king up to light, it blocks out all light. The nice is chocalate with a hint of alcohol. This thick beer has hints of chocalate, and burnt toast. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Overall this is a full bodied sipper, and a damn fine one at that!

bonkers, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of drnknmnky
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

From notes

Bought a 6 pack a while ago and final;y got around to writing a review

A - pours nice thick black 1 finger head with okay lacing

S - roasted barley, coffee, caramel flavor

T - kind of bitter, mild hoppiness mostly followed the Smell alcohol concealed well.

M - not over powering a quality beer. not too heavy

D - Drinkable for a the style. A beer fit for a 6-pak not too heavy not not near light

drnknmnky, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

a. 12oz bottle with an average pour yielded a very billowy two+ finger head of a creamy mocha color sitting atop a very dark and murky near black with only the slightest hint of amber and ruby at the edges. The head partially deflated leaving some heavy lacing around the top, which failed to follow the remaining ring of foam (with some definite staying power) down the glass as cleanly as I'd hoped.

s. not bad, but I was hoping for a bit more. Malt with some definite cocoa undertones, and hints of coffee. I kept waiting or the aroma to pick up as it warmed, but I only got a bit more of the cocoa along with some figs and sour cherries. The roastiness also got a bit more intense, but nowhere near what I'd like given the darkness.

t. Roasted malt initially, with some strong, almost sweet hops following closely. Subtle hints of coffee with a more pronounced cocoa bittersweetness through the middle. Unexpected notes of sandalwood and oak chips played into it nicely, with a finish of hops, figs, raisin, and just a hint of the 9% abv peeking through.

m. Mouthfeel is confusing and intense. Carbonation of fine bubbles thins out the chewy and syrupy qualities fairly nicely. There's a bit if a bizarre hoppy, almost chemical bitter numbness on the sides of my tongue - not necessarily bad, but fairly unique.

d. A pleasant drink that hides the abv well. There are a few funky and undefinable flavors playing in there, which is nice, but when I open an Imperial Stout, I'm hoping for something strong and mindblowing. Unfortunately, this didn't really provide me with either. It's a solid stout, and a good introduction to imperial stouts, but I honestly don't really have a burning desire to have another anytime soon. Not really one I feel the need to write home about. Middle-of-the road with a lot of decent characteristics, just nothing amazing.

djeucalyptus, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass - purchased about a month ago in CO. Having this after finishing a bottle of 3-year-old (maybe 4) Bells Java Stout. This reeks of fresh hops and it's interesting because I had one a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Don't get me wrong - still a good stout but definitely too much hops for my taste and for the style in my opinion.

A: dark with little light penetration. Fairly sudsy head throughout drinking - looked very 'fresh'.
S: quite hoppy for an imperial stout, with chocolate, coffee, walnuts and cake undertones
T: again hops in the beginning with undertones of mocha, chocolate and then a strong hop finish - slightly bitter.
M: decent texture but a little on the light side.
D: fairly drinkable if you are into fresh hop beer - myself, I would limit to 1 maybe two if I had some accompanying snacks to cleans my palate.

Like I had mentioned before - having this after the aged Java Stout definitely reduced my impression of the Storm King Stout. But with all good beers some age and this will mellow out into a delicious beer. I'll re-review but as a stand-alone and see how it changes my opinion.

JoeySchlitz, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of gcarl
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into a nonic pint, using this to warm up my taste buds for a Founders Breakfast Stout.

Appearance is black, no light penetrates, even when held right next to a lamp. A thick tan head holds for a bit before collapsing into a smooth wavy topping.

Everything about this beer is big, but the smell may be the biggest. While pouring you get whiffs of chocolate and burnt malt.

Taste is divine, a nice roasty sweetness, big but manageable alchohol bite and hoppy aftertaste that urges you to take another sip.

This is a grade 'A' beer from a brewery that makes such solid styles with traditional written all over them. Bravo!


gcarl, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of opwog
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Now listening to: Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal

Thanks to Beechwood for having this on tap!

A- Dark brown/black with a tan white perfect head.
S- Some roastiness with mild alchohol, hinted a bit toward some cream stouts
T- This really shined through in the taste. This is one of the more balanced imperial stouts that I have tasted. All elements are present, without anything knocking you over.
M- Firm, but not too heavy. This had all the muscle of an imperial, but with a much more aproachable mouth.
D- I think that this is probably drinkable for people who may not even normally favor the style.

opwog, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Yesac
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Pours black, with a depressingly small brown head that stays throughout.

S - Big coffee overtones with chocolate malt hints

T - Roasted coffee malts up front followed by smokey and hints.. and what... what's this.. hops? yes a slight surprising hop finish. Unique.

M - Thick body coats the palate well and leaves a coffee after taste.

D - Smooth and the alcohol is well hidden, I'd have a couple.

Yesac, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%

I finally got to try this one, and it was better than I expected. I never truly enjoyed a RIS until Storm King came along.

The pour is a dark vacuum with a feisty tan head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is minimal. Right out of the fridge the aroma is mostly refreshing hop bitterness, but as it warms, the smell consists more of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is simply perfect. Deep roasted coffee and chocolate, followed with a crisp bitter hop aftertaste. A full-bodied brew that feels just right. Storm King Stout easily deserves all the hype.

itcomesnpints, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Picked this up at my local, its finally available 9/08
Pours a dark brown with the slightest of ruby highlights on the edges. Good size fluffy, bubbly head that laces the sides on its way down. Aroma is hoppier than I expected, but its nice. There's also some roast and chocolate and some alcohol in the smell as well. Taste is bitter roast, a hop bite, and more chocolates and cocoa. A bit boozy and finishes dry. Medium body, ample carbonation. Nice Nice stout. Thanks for coming to NH

johnnnniee, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

A damn good russian imperial stout. Not much to say about it then to say it's almost perfect. From a beautiful black with a tan head appearance, a very aromatic nose, and full of flavor to the smoothness and balance of the beer overall. It's a great beer and I'll be warming myself up in the cold winter months with this stuff.

oriolesfan4, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

A delicious, smooth Imperial Stout.

Pours black with a thin but frothy off-colored head. The smell is strongly roasted malt, with hints of chocolate and a little nuttiness. The flavor is smooth, strong, chocolate and nutty, with a little woody character and a good bite of alcohol. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and viscous, with a sting of carbonation that highlights the smoky, roasted malt character of the beer.

Incredibly drinkable, but be careful - this beer is so smooth that it can fool you into drinking more, despite the 9 percent ABV

Seanibus, Oct 05, 2008
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,960 ratings.