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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,708 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,708
Reviews: 2,487
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 134
Gots: 371 | 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 ccrida


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

12 oz. bottle (cellared 6 months, best before Aug. 07 label) poured into my La Moneuse snifter, Storm King is a thick, inky black, with a creamy, 1 finger tan head that fades to a thick skim and leaves lots of lace.

Aroma is rich and sensuous, with notes of caramel, vanilla, coffee, licorice, and herbal hops.

Taste is also very rich, full flavored, with an assertive roast, loads of chocolate, coffee, sugar and caramel, with minty hops and a clean boozy, firmly bitter finish. A fantastic RIS, vintage and world class.

Mouthfeel is full and luscious, smooth as silk. 1 year of aging and these are just getting started.

Drinkability is supreme for me. I really love this beer, it's one of the great examples of the style, which I'm always happy to see from an east coast brewery. Victorys fondly remind me of the 10 years I lived in PA, and I'm pleased to see they still garner acclaim (and shelf space) out here in Beer Heaven, Oregon.
Served at cellar temp.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 04:40:01 | More by ccrida
Photo of Durge


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid black brew with a flimsy tan head and average lacing. It has a heavy charcoal and chocolate malt aroma, nice. The flavor repeats the satisfying chocolate malt theme in a full bodied, evenly carbonated stout. There are some definite grapefruit hops adding to this flavorful stuff and it's very smooth, sort of silky. I think it's reasonably drinkable for the style. It's a bit acidic (not badly), heavy and plain old good! I'd be happy to have a steady stock of this on hand.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 04:08:58 | More by Durge
Photo of seaoflament


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

I’ve had this one a few times already but have not sat down and reviewed one until today. This bottle is pretty fresh I assume, Enjoy by ?? 17 12.

Pours like a stout should, dark with a light brown two inch crown of foam.

Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate malts, cocoa, chocolate covered sour cherries, fruity alcohol aromas, mixed nuts, caramel, and some earthy hop notes.

Big roasted flavor upfront with burnt toast, chocolate, coffee, cappuccino, and a little bit of dark fruits and berries.

Really smooth and easy to drink despite the abv. The alcohol does begin to show itself after the beer warms up a bit but it is not offensive. This beer is easy to find in my area and sometimes I forget just how good this beer really is.

A really good Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 02:16:06 | More by seaoflament
Photo of charlesw

New York

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

RIS? Huh. Well... Then why isn't the Saranac IS an RIS? If we take what the brewer says for the word...

Anyway, this is better and a little more than the Saranac, of course. I was very pleased with that one 'cause it was so smooth and mellow. Well, golly. This is smoother and mellower. Maybe a touch sweeter. An awesome brew that I'd be happy to drink every day!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 13:22:19 | More by charlesw
Photo of Tolann


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark in color and pours a thick mocha head. Nearly opaque in the glass.

S - Roasted espresso and hoppy hit. A nice aroma combination. Really great nose on this beer.

T - Smooth hoppyness with a touch of espresso. a really nice feel to it as well. The hops are very nicely balanced with just the right malt. A little taste of alcohol.

M - Light/medium body for being a stout, tho not too lively on the tongue, which is to be expected from a stout. Hops somewhat stays with you after the sip which is nice and not harsh or offensive.

D - Very drinkable! This is perfect considering I just came in from shoveling snow. Very appropriate! Wish I had more in the fridge, but I only bought the solo bottle. I may have to pick up more!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 00:31:53 | More by Tolann
Photo of Traquairlover


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark, almost black, maybe the darkest beer I've ever seen. Pour resulted in a one finger dark tan head of medium bubbles which left lacing when it dissipated.

S = Coffee beans, caramel, some hops bitterness.

T = Dark coffee with bitter hops, roasted malts in the back of the mouth followed by a long bitter finish. Surprisingly little taste of the alcohol given the ABV, but there is a slight burn.

M = Good substantial body, low but present carbonation, good coating of the mouth.

D = A very good RIS. Definitely drinkable, but too strong to have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 00:07:22 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of kevman527

New York

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a room temp mason jar beer mug.

A - Nice and dark with a little bit of a creamy head.

S - A little flowery, with notes of malt, caramel, molasses, and cocoa.

T - Yeasty, with heavy tones of cocoa and coffee.

M - Nice and smooth, creamy and sweet. With a medium fizzy feeling to it.

D - Very good, however I wouldn't want to drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 02:32:34 | More by kevman527
Photo of squidtrick


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, coffee-colored head.

Smell: Nutty coffee, toffee, vanilla

Taste: Coffee, caramel, chocolate taste. Bitter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Nice, full-bodied, creamy. Low carbonation keeps it smooth.

Drinkability: Fantastic, an all-around incredible beer. But, watch the stealth alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 17:59:14 | More by squidtrick
Photo of jmalex


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kinda bummed right now because of a yet unknown hardware failure in my computer. So it's to my laptop where I drown my sorrows in a 9 month old Storm King.

Best by Mar 22 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Ommegang tulip a pitch black with a small creamy brown head. It drops to a smallish collar and a few splotchy bubbles on the surface.

SMELL: The smell is fantastically balanced and robust. A nutty coffee character comes out immediately accompanied by chocolate, and some mild fruity esters. A firm hop bitterness shines equally and strikes a perfectly achieved balance.

TASTE: The hops show themselves first and prepare for an assault of malty goodness. Chocolate, coffee, nutty, and toffee are prominently featured as the beer crosses the palate. A slight fruitiness comes on toward the finish as does a minor alcohol bite. Everything is here and it's all around fantastic.

MOUTHFEEL: Thick and slick. The carbonation is on the low end making this beer drink like motor oil. And that's a good thing.

DRINKABILITY: Good. It's a big beer and would be tough to have another, but it's nowhere near out of the question. The alcohol is detectable but doesn't show itself more than it should.

Excellent beer. The months of aging seem to have mellowed the hops considerably making this a much better beer in my opinion. Definitely plan on sitting on this beer for a while, and take it out on a day where you really just feel like you need a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 00:33:21 | More by jmalex
Photo of czfreeman


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle. A black beauty! creamy, delicious looking head. What a huge foamy-glass-of-chocolate milk looking head! This lasts forever, than slowly reveals the gorgeous espresso colored brew beneath.
Smells of nougat, hershey milkshake, roasted malts,bitter chocolate,sweet chocolate, nougat, lactic-like sweetness,coffee,chocolate raisin bread on the nose. Holy crap this is delicious. taste is very much like aroma, but where is the ABV? Cocoa, sweet-bitter toffe, roasted malty goodness, so drinkable.lingering finish that is slightly dry with a fair amount of alcohol burn in the throat. nice chewy mouthfeel. very nice to sip on before bed.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 04:59:24 | More by czfreeman
Photo of boogles


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a really good imperial stout, and certainly the best bang for the buck where I'm located (Columbus, OH), at $10 per 6-pack. I have to drive across town to get it, and it's well worth it.

Although drinkable, this beer is worthy of being sipped, as the taste and mouthfeel evolve rather than simply fading. The initial vanilla hit fades, followed by a noble cola/coffee bitterness truly worthy of the stout designation, followed by alcohol. The head could be darker for an imperial and it could last longer, but the taste is solid and full, on par with what a stout should be. Unlike some other popular imperial/Russian imperial stouts, there's nothing overdone about Storm King. Because Great Lakes' Blackout Stout is seasonal (Feb/Mar), the Storm King is my stout standard for ten months out of the year, when available.

Unlike most beers, my cat actually wants to drink this one rather than just lick the side of the glass--I see that as a compelling endorsement. Too strong for kitty, though. But just right for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 05:10:03 | More by boogles
Photo of illidurit


4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a 1 finger tan head. Very good retention. Dark berry in the nose, some hoppiness, chocolate ice cream. Flavor notes include blackberry, dark chocolate, coffee, currant, tobacco, a nice almond-skin dryness. Huge dose of hops make this pretty unique in the imperial stout arena. Great complexity. The alcohol is not apparent, but it lends a nice residual warmth in the chest that makes this beer great for winter. Not overly thick in body but smooth and velvety. Another great offering from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 08:06:41 | More by illidurit
Photo of Gehrig


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After getting the kids to sleep, I grabbed a bottle of Storm King, fittingly enough on the first night we've had actual, durable snow here in Champaign, about 1 1/2" of powder. As a transplanted Western New Yorker, this was a modest but welcome sight.

Storm King is a welcome beer, but far from modest. Its appearance is impressive--bold, black, with a finger of mocha head, lots of latticed lacing, nice. Much confronts the nose and palate--clearly chocolate and coffee (dare I say espresso), some caramel, and a distinctly hopped taste that I like. The flavors really explode as it settles into a slightly warmer temperature, bringing out its roasted quality.

I'm definitely impressed. The texture is very smooth, hiding the high ABV, and the hops linger to the finish. This is well worth grabbing a six-pack, for it is not to be passed up. A perfect way to cap a snowy Midwestern night.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 04:23:06 | More by Gehrig
Photo of tfuchs

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I picked up at Total Wine in Annandale. Poured into a heavy 14oz mug. Had this on Dec 5, 07 - 74th Anniv. of repealment of probition AND DC's first snowfall of 07/08... perfect night for this one.

Pitch Black with a healthy (1") tan head.

Smells like Chocolate and, seriously, salted ham. My family grew up
on VA salted hams, and their smell is unmistakable - strong, meaty, with a fistful of salt and pepper. It took me a minute to figure out, but it was the smoked flavor coming through - just like a big 'ol smoked ham.

Umm, the taste was a let down at first, but as I let it warm
the flavor really filled out. After 5 or 10 min warming on the coffee table, the full depth came out to play - coffee, chocolate, cream, and caramel. Delicious, smooth, with just enough bite. I'm going to get more of this and age it.

The texture and viscosity were excellent. Thick enough to justify its
imperialness, but without being syrupy.

Especially drinkable for a 9.1% ABV. Dangerously drinkable when very cold. But, I much prefered it nearer to room temp.

All-in-all, an excellent stout. Not sure it's an excellent imperial, but very good. Either way, IMO, it's deserving of the high marks it's gotten on BA.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 22:02:40 | More by tfuchs
Photo of Mdog


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Totally black, good head, good lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee.

Taste: Strong dark chocolate and black coffee bitterness, not overpowering in bitterness. Leans a little more towards chocolate than coffee.

Mouthfeel: Not overly thick or coating.

Drinkability: Strong, but hidden alcohol means care should be taken. A couple of these is enough for a sitting.

I hadn't had this one in a while so I bought a single. It's better than I remember it being, with a nice dark chocolate bitterness. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 22:35:03 | More by Mdog
Photo of cswhitehorse


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Storm King pours as dark as night with a two finger foam head and some nice lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. I also get some nuttiness as well. The flavor up front is a little hop bitterness and finishes very nicely with a complex espresso taste. In the mouth is lingers well and really leaves the coffee aftertaste in the mouth. Very impressive Russian Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 03:40:37 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of fitzy84


4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in its bottle at Moan and Dove. The appearance was incredibly delicious looking: dark body, medium-dark brown head that thinned out quickly. The smells of coffee-like malts were very heavy and enticing. The taste was utterly delicious: a great mixture of espresso-like flavors and malts. A crisp carbonation wraps this heavy body in an almost refreshing status. In general, this was an incredibly delicious, thick drink. A great Russian imperial stout!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 18:33:43 | More by fitzy84
Photo of clemsonbrewer

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black with a dark tan head with a fair amout of retention. Less lacing than I expected.

Largely hoppy nose for a stout. Rich roasted black coffee nose. There's quite a bit of alcohol as this one is very fresh.

Huge black coffee that turns the mouth very dry after swallowing. Still very green with prevalent hops and loads of warming alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 04:13:54 | More by clemsonbrewer
Photo of Dalem


3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's damn near black. The head was even darker that most dark beers and reminded me of a chocolate malted. The smell kinda threw me off though. It didn't remind me of any stout I've had before. Sure, it was smokey and you get whiffs of the alcohol (but at 9% ABV how could it not really) but had also had that hoppy citrus scent going on too. Ain't no doubt about it that Victory doesn't ever skimp on the hop and it's no exception here.
It's an interesting tasting one too. A roasted nutty flavor intertwines with a coffee like bitterness at first, then the malt and a bit chocolate comes through with the hops and alcohol rising up strong in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 08:33:11 | More by Dalem
Photo of jekka


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This RIS has a nice nose of blackstrap molasses and charred coffee beans with a little candied orange rind on the back. Poured like used motor oil (beautiful!), though the head wasn't as dark as I've seen on RIS's this dark in the past. Well-balanced, a little drier than I expected, but very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 03:23:17 | More by jekka
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a deep tanned head that eventually drops to a mere reflection of its former self. A lot of lacing is left behind after each comforting sip. Has a dark ebony color.

Smells of roasted coffee/malts, espresso, chocolate, molasses and the hops barely come through.

This RIS is very smooth and balanced. Lots of coffee, chocolate and a solid hop bitterness. Thanks to oakbluff for this nectar. I think I owe him one.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 01:55:51 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ommegang chalice. Best by 1/17/2012

A: Jet black. Minimal chocolate colored head that quickly retreats to the rim of the glass.

S: Chocolate and malt up front. Some hops in the background. Slight piney smell

T: Simply awesome. I have been on a big imperial stout kick lately and this stands out. Coffee and roasted malt up front just like the smell. Goes neutral for a second then the second rush starts with a slight citrus taste then to a bitter finish. Everything is really well balanced.

M: Full bodied for sure but not very thick. You know what this is but it is not like trying to drink darkness.

D: I am enjoying my bottle and find it more quaffable that other examples of the style. I have one more in the fridge and 4 aging. I think I might need to get some more for the cellar. Excellent beer.

From a 12oz bottle into my glass.

A: Jet black with 2 fingers of tan head with minimal lacing.

S: Roasted malt, some chocolate. not much else. Little booze.

T: Roasted malt into coffee with a sweetness to it. You get a faint hop taste in the finish.

M: Med body with good carbonation. Slightly silky.

D: Split a 12oz bottle and I want another. Really great bang for your buck. I have a few more of these in the cellar. Looking forward to trying them in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 00:19:24 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of ajr24


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

a- deep black, onyx almost with thin tan head with fair lacing.

s- hoppy, chocolatey almost like cocoa powder, coffee tones, too

t- chocolatey and hoppy- excellent combination- what makes this beer so superb

m- very smooth for the hoppiness and the ABV

d- very easy to get stuck in this storm (king)

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 21:43:35 | More by ajr24
Photo of deapokid


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a huge fan of Victory's beers, I'd been dying to try their much-hyped stout, but I always seem to be broke when I track it down or have a different beer on my mind when I've got the cash.

After much searching and many a sleepless night, a good buddy and I finally grabbed a case of Storm King from our neighborhood distributor. It definitely did not disappoint.

It pours out like melted chocolate; black as night and super rich. From the smell of it, coffee and nuts are definitely involved, but this tasty flavor is nicely balanced with a killer alcohol warmth and a particularly awesome aftertaste.

High quality stuff from start to finish and one of my favorite stouts, but I recommend it from a glass 'cause it loses some of its essence out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 01:22:15 | More by deapokid
Photo of pheggeseth


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: This is my first beer review...ever.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass (no snifter, sorry).

A: pours completely opaque. 1/4 inch head dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: strong roasted malt with some strong chocolate notes. Espresso and alcohol in the background.

T: alcohol up front followed closely by strong toasted malt, again with chocolate and espresso undertones, toasted aftertaste with some slight hop/alcohol bitterness.

M: very smooth despite the abv and strong toasted flavors. A little on the thin side, but just barely. Not much else to say, really.

D: very drinkable minus the slight alcohol/bitter aftertaste. Could definitely have multiple in one sitting.

Notes: This was my first imperial stout ever, so I can't comment much on its consistency with the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 05:49:28 | More by pheggeseth
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,708 ratings.