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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,168 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,168
Reviews: 2,511
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 156
Gots: 510 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Photo of Dulliwhig
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black - light brown thick head that hangs around very well, decent lacing

S - Dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate

T - Tastes like it smells with hoppiness in the finish, delicious

M - Thick, creamy, velvety, the kind of beer you want to leave in your mouth for a while before swallowing

D - Pretty good for the ABV

Dulliwhig, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of kjh5040
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13$ a six pack in State College PA

Poured a bottle into a pint glass. dark dark brown color, small amount of tannish head. Smells great, can smell a more noticeable hops aroma than i was expecting. Tastes great, couldnt help myself from taking an extra sip or two before i started to describe the flavors. Tastes hoppy, with a roasted malt flavor that kicks in just a few microseconds later. hint of chocolate? maybe. Can definetly taste the alcohol but its not overpowering. This is a great beer, probably couldnt drink more than two though bc of alcohol content.

kjh5040, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into my NB pint glass.

A: Dark black with ruby undertones. I get a minimal head at about 1/2 inch. Just enough carbonation.

S: Chocolate, maltiness, mild coffee and plenty of hops. The hops seem to be almost citrusy.

T: Bittersweet at first. The hops bite initially. As the beer moves along my tongue I get plenty of chocolate sweetness. The beer ends with roasted coffee flavors. It ends with a solid bitterness. It overall reminds me of a good dark chocolate.

M: Thick and smooth. Fits in well with the flavors.

D: A damn good RIS. Very easy to drink. The price is definitely good for the quality as well. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who likes a full flavored RIS.

brewdoc75, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of cameraman
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black opaque color, with a tan inch and half head. The head laces slowly down the glass, clinging all the way down. The scent is very surprising, there are the expected fragrances of coffee and chocolate, dried fruit and raisons. Then the a shot grassiness and citrus strike the nose, a very pleasant surprise. A mild maltiness hits the palate at the front of each taste, with touches of coffee, chocolate, and raisons. Then a strong bitterness hits the palate, bring the flavors of grapefruit and a dry earthiness. A medium heavy feel, not as rich and as a oily as one would expect. The back end has a strong dryness at the end. This is truely unique beer, all the strong characteristics of an imperial stout, with the added addition of th hop bitterness, makes this a must try beer.

cameraman, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of SeanRedd
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is long over due. Pours dark, obviously. Dirty beige head, but disappears before you can dive in deep. Smell is rather bland...some smoke, ...faint something. Taste is deep. The smokey ham comes to life. Oakey, smokey, cooked meats washed down with an expresso soda? Delicious...I never knew. Tad of chocolate inside a dry center. Turns winey in appearance but bold and respective as it warms. The alcohol is present, but welcomed. The staple stout,

SeanRedd, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of JRed
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slick oil with feeble cinnamon head that leaves little lacing. A spicy aroma of bourbon and strawberries. Thick, heavy taste of espresso, black coffee, and a hop dry finish. It has a wonderful mouthfeel that is smooth with light carbonation that tickles the tongue. A not-so-hidden alcohol lingers on the palate for a while much like the aftertaste of whiskey or scotch. This is definitely one of the kings of the Imperial Stouts; it boasts a personality of its own that is very genuine.

JRed, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of oldhippie247
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown/black with a nice creamy tan head. Leaves a little lacing.

Aromas are nice, but nothing out of the ordinary or special. Roasted malts, hint o' chocolate, etc. Hops do surprisingly show a good bit on the nose.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit thinner than some other Imperial Stouts I've enjoyed. Lots of bittersweet dark chocolate flavors, with coffee appearing more on the palate after not standing out on the nose.

Overall a pretty good beer, with Victory's tendancy toward friendly pricepoints adding to the value.

oldhippie247, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a light tan head that was gone in an instant. Minimal lacing.

Scents of deep roast coffee, roasted malt, and hops.

Charred bitter flavors here, exemplified by the presence of hops. You get the coffee, some dark chocolate, and then the hop bitterness. This one is boozy too -- warming for sure, but a dominant element.

Full body, no carbonation, some acidic play on the tongue in the finish. Some people have a problem with a flatter brew -- I kinda dig it in this instance.

There's alot of good in this one, but all of the good parts don't always make a good complete picture. I've had others of the style that I've liked alot more. Worth a try for a twist on the style, but I won't be a repeat customer all that often.

OtherShoe2, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz fresh bottle into a regular snifter. Best drank by October 2013.

A- Victory SKS pours dark deep black color with a dark tan almost brown two inch head. Within ten minutes it widles down to mearly nothing leaving nice lace stains. Some traces of brown are seen in the body upon closer inspection while some bubble action on the surface.

S- Out of the many stout's i've had over the years this one has the most hops in the nose hands down. The whole flower hops used dominate while a bit of roasted malt follows. A bit of chocolate is barely detectable. Coffee espresso notes also.

T- Storm Kings main focus is in the hops as the whole flower american hops are undeniable, but it's not what i'm looking for in my stouts unfortunatly. The bitterness is unappealing while the malts are present but fail to compliment the hops. The espresso like taste is pleasant & needed. Some chocolate is noted in the finish but barely makes a dent. A small amount of anise is there.

M- Storm king is very full bodied and robust with some bittering aspects in this fresh version that is somewhat overpowering. This has a dry aftertaste with the hops lingering a bit to long. Not as creamy as expected for a RIS. The acidic notes were also distracting.

D- With all the negatives i personally I got from this it's still a great winter brew to drink to warm up. And at 9.1% this will get the job done. This is just not as thick and cramy as I like with way to much hop focus. I will update with an aged bottle to see if things come together.

BARFLYB, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Totally black liquid with moderately high brown foam. After it subsided the fringes remained black.

S: complex florals, burnt coffee, mocha. Somewhat off the beaten path but still a recognizable RIS. You'll either love it or hate it.

T: rich (but not thick), complex, and quite bitter from both the hops and the dark elements. Again likely to be polarizing.

M: virtually no carbonation, dry finish.

D: very enjoyable specialty beer. But you can taste the ABV pretty easily. And it's too bold in too many directions for me to wanna knock back more than 1 or 2 in a row.

Richardberg, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of craytonic
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours black with a small head; little lacing.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, hops.

Taste: Mocha/espresso chocolate, coffee, dark malts, caramel, toffee, bitter hops. A little too bitter. Too much coffee and bitter chocolate. Acidic element, and the alcohol is not hidden.

Mouthfeel: Not as full or creaming as other russian imperial stouts

Drinkability: I'm not a fan, would not drink again.

craytonic, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Cloudy black/brown pour. Small brown foam. Very roasty aromas, coffee, burnt malt. Tastes of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, coffee, a little licorice. Quite full bodied. A little overly harsh with hop bitterness. Good lingering coffee/bitter finish. Some age could probably smooth this one out. Still, can't complain about this one.

Bung, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of mualphapiper
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 0z. bottle into an imperial pint glass. The body was opaque coffee black, like used motor oil, with a dark brown head. A glowing bulb was not visible through the full glass. I loved the body, but the head was a bit light and sudsy and dissipated within a minute or two.

The smell is a strong whiff of dark sweets and smoky wood. I was instantly reminded of molasses and an almost pine-like wood smell, African Blackwood, for those that know the smell. Some thick fruit syrup, or dry fruit, apricot I think. The smell was exceptional, I was content just to smell the beer for some time, before even tasting.

The taste followed the smell, with more thick fruit molasses and syrup, very strong, offset with equally strong bitter malt and hops. Very pleasant and thick on the palate, almost oily, but this did mean the drinkability was low. I wouldn't down more than one or two in a sitting!

mualphapiper, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of jsanto
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

s - 12oz. bottle served in a tall framboise glass.

a - dark brown/black with a nice rich light brown head.

t - cocoa malt and hazelnut flovors. with a light alcohol finish. it did not tase bitter, and it did not taste sweet, so it had that balance to enhance the taste.

m - light carbonation, and flavorful feel.

d - excellent beer to drink on a saturday evening.

jsanto, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Black in color-you probably couldnt get any blacker. Ok carbonation level. Quite floral aroma wise. Reminds me of a bottle of ink. Some roasted flavor that is dominated by way too many hops. Perfumey and flowery flavors just dont belong in a RIS for me. More hop flavor then bitterness. Decent enough mouthfeel. Overall this just doesnt cut it for me. None of the deep, roasted, almost espresso like flavors I love in a RIS. Cross between a double IPA and a stout if you ask me. Bleh.

lackenhauser, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Fredk24
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black liquid. Hard pouring yields a mocha colored frothy head that reduces in density fairly raipdly, but not in seconds. Lasts a while with sticky lacing that is still at the top of my glass after 10 minutes.

S: Floral with some espresso notes.

T: Pleasing espresso with dark chocolate notes, finishes clean with a hop bite. Hop bitterness lingers, but not uncomfortably.

M: Medium bodied imperial stout.

D: For me, very drinkable.

I first consumed this beer in a tasting alongside Brooklyn BCS, Old Rasputin RIS, and a Victory Old Horizontal Barleywine (just for kicks). At the time I remember exclaiming, wow, this is better than both the BCS and the Old Rasputin! Upon further review, this bottle is not as complex as I remember it, but it is still quite enjoyable.

Fredk24, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of blatherbeard
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Victory Storm King Stout

As i pour the bottle to the glass i think, OMFG that is one dark beer with an equally dark head. It looks like pouring syrup and chocolate into a glass with a mousse head. The head dissapears with in seconds though. Im finally appreciateing a good head...ON A BEER. Mind out of the gutter people.

The smell is aromatic, almost smells a bit like vodka to me. With a mix of maple and chocolate.

Taste is a bit harsh at first, but it mellows in your mouth. Definete taste of coffee, malt, chocolate(faint) and maple?...A very hoppy beer, but the other tastes tone it down after it hits the buds so its not super bitter. You know the hops are there, you think it should be bitter, the bitter hits you then fades into the backround. Either im improving my taste buds to like hoppier beers, or the hops fades away. Aftertaste is a definete coffe hops taste.

I love the mouthfeel of this beer, nice and thick but with no residue left behind like some other beers.

I will keep this one in my fridge for a long time.

blatherbeard, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of jeff2486
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a stemless wine glass and it poured black with a small head. Very smooth and nice flavor. Could drink a few of these, although the alcohol started to effect me pretty quickly. I will definitely be buying some more of these, it is a great Russian Imperial Stout for the price.

jeff2486, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured jet black that produced a tan head that didn't retain or lace

S - Roasted coffee beans, burnt malts

T - Bitter coffee, dark chocolate and burnt malts

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth

T - This is a good stout, and a good RIS to be introduced to the style

cvfish, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of SRossman
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black into my glass with a 1 inch tan head sitting at the top. Can't see anything but black when held to the light.
S: Bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Roasty with a touch of smoke.
T: Rich dark chocolate and coffee roast, a touch of alcohol.
D: The weight of this beer is substantial, I wouldn't want to drink more than two of these.

SRossman, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of roopy40
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local watering hole

A - Black as a magic marker, good sized head (two fingers or so) that had a short retention, but left nice doily type lace.
S - Hint of burnt something (can't place it), roasted coffee.
T - Silky, chocolate, espresso, thick viscosity, very smooth.
M - Slick, oily and sliding around, velvety if you will.
D - Very much so, the high alcohol content is masked well in the front, but comes out in the finish.

I did have another oak aged stout earlier in the night which blew me away, so perhaps this didn't get the proper attention I would give it if it was a start point. Somewhat different from when I last tasted this RIS which was from the bottle. I will go after it again, but I can see it getting lost with all the incredible RIS offerings that are flying around.

roopy40, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of BigIrishman
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

Appearance: Jet black with 1/2 finger brownish head, which subsides quickly but leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: Very malty with hints of chocolate, coffee, and very very faint hops, overall pretty sweet.

Taste: Once again very malty, but very flavorful. There is a lot going on in here but I can pull out some sweet chocolate. There is a bitter finish which is actually pretty pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as a traditional Imperial Stout. Medium to heavy but pretty smooth.

Drinkability: No hints of alcohol here, the bitterness can wear on you after 2-3 of these but overall it is a pretty smooth Impy stout.

Notes: Pretty good, not as standoutish in flavor as Stone IRS or Abyss or anything of that magnitude, but pretty good overall. A very enjoyable Imperial Stout.

BigIrishman, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense two finger plus brown head that just about refuses to dissolve, leaves a thick, sticky lacing behind as well. Pure black in color, virtually no lightening anywhere. The nose displays a measure of restraint and slowly offers up the milk chocolate, creamed coffee, toffee scents which are not keen on stealing the spotlight, allows the grape, plum, cherry fruit to step forward, same for the soda bread, barley and quieter orange peel accents. Full-bodied, close to heavy through the attack but sheds excess weight admirably as it moves forward. The carbonation level is high yet does not prevent the dark bitter chocolate, Vienna roast coffee bean, toffee and heavy cream from accreting. Adds in a spring water freshness and higher orange peel presence. The hops do not coalesce into distinct flavors but do add a general dryness and structure. High degree of drinkability.

farrago, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.pours black with a caramel colored heading. Awesome lacing. Nice coffee and chocolate smell is immediate with a nice hop smell.Nice creamy taste and a very malty bitter aftertaste. An awesome stout one of the best I've tasted.

Updated 18 months later again. The taste of this brew is absolutely amazing now. The flavors mend together perfectly. What's cool too is the hoppy bitterness is still going strong and hasn't skipped a bit. This has just went up a notch in my book. How this is not a top 100 beer is a mystery.

TheFightfan1, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of FrothyBeverage
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory storm king imperial stout truely lives up to its name. I really like the art work on the bottle. A storm king would be an Owl indeed. The beer as a very dark rich apperence and a brownish head. It has a very pleasing aroma of wheat, coffe, and chocolate. The taste is exceptional, very mellow dispite the high alcohol content. I think i scored a vitory on this beer.

FrothyBeverage, Jan 25, 2009
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,168 ratings.