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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,378 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,378
Reviews: 2,562
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 176
Gots: 603 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Photo of SykDoc
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 edition, poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a very deep, dark brown and forms a 1 inch mocha colored head that sits around forever. Opaque when held to the light.

The aroma is good but a hair mild. This in one of those beers with a unique combination of piney/citrus hops up front and then a healthy blend of bitter coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste is quite good, again with the citrus/pine hops up front and then followed by a good dose of coffee and dark chocolate, and a bit of caramel. Just a twinge of alcohol is noticeable.

The mouthfeel shows a full body. Carbonation is just a little foamy to me. A pleasant dryness lingers at the finish and although sturdy as all get out, still smooth.

This is an easily drinkable beer although it would be hard to have more than 2 because it is strong and masks the alcohol well. Pleasant and flavorful, I will save the next for a winter 6 months to 1.5 years from now. Very good.

Photo of eat
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a trade with ritzkiss...thanks!

An aggressive pour yields an equally aggressive head; mocha coloured and thick like whipped cream. Great retention and lots of lacing. The beer itself is a deep, dark, opaque brown; not quite black, which is nice for a change.

Its complex nose includes espresso, caramel, molasses, cream, minerals and hops. Smells like a great cup of cappuccino.

Woah! This is awesome. Tons of quality, bitter espresso, strong dark chocolate and a solid showing of hops rounded out by sweet caramel malt in the background. It tastes very much like coffee without being overwhelming. Amazing. You can feel the alcohol in there but in a good way; it's only complimenting the other flavours.

A little thin in the feel for my preference though still a solid medium-bodied stout. The light carbonation is well-suited to the feel.

This easily ranks as one of the best stouts I've had. The ABV isn't listed on the bottle, but if this is really 9.1% it's incredibly drinkable for its strength. I could down a few of these in a short period of time. The only bad part about drinking this beer is that this is my only bottle.

Photo of nicnut45
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a jet black color with a brown head. There is about a fingers worth of foam. Reminds me of coca cola with head.

Smell- I smell vanilla, bourbon, tobacco, maybe even a bit of soy sauce. Smells great very well done

Taste- A bit bitter then what I expected almost too much as it over powers the malt. This beer showcases the harsher things in life that we love. It is salty, there is some whiskey flavor, oak, soy, and bitter dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- this is thick and musty. More then you would expect a pleasent bitterness lingers on the mouth

Drink- Its a bit rough for me but nonetheless complex and flavorful. I bet this would go great with a cigar.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of a trade with Uwftke26.

A: A brown-colored body that pours a pitch black in the glass. Has a huge, foamy tan cap that recedes into thick clumps on top of the brew, and leaves substantial lacing with register marks down the glass. Exquisite.

S: Chocolate, espresso, smoke, and rotting citrus. Yuck.

T: Starts off with huge espresso, smoke, and roasted malts. Remains mostly bitter, although the mid-taste sees a slight sweet contribution of dark chocolate. The finish is again smoky, with citrus hops rounding it out. Leads into a bitter espresso aftertaste. Wow, kind of a clashing taste.

M: Full-bodied. Slightly high carbonation that prickles the tongue a bit. Well hidden ABV.

D: Surprisingly hoppy for an imperial stout, and the hop variety isn't one that blends particularly well with the traditional RIS flavors. I could see this aging into a well-rounded stout in a year, after the hops fade a bit. But it's fairly harsh as a young brew, and the experience is not spectacular enough to make me seek it out again.

Photo of thekanna
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pitch black with a moderate tan head which rests on top and slowly dissipates.

S: Strong dark chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Charcoal and a generally burnt wood presence are also detected.

T: Extremely strong espresso and dark chocolate notes. Malts seem like they went through a smokehouse and just escaped, scathed, from the other side. Body has an undeniable sourness of prunes. Ends with an extremely strong, powerful, hop bitterness.

M: Thick, rich, and heavy.

D: This was more an assault to my palate than an enjoyable brew. It would be noticeably better if it weren't so rough around the edges.

Photo of BarrelO
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best by 3/11/2014.

A: Very black. Huge tan head that eventually fades to nothing.

S: Roasty and chocolatey aromas that unfortunately have to fight for attention with the citrusy hops.

T: Typical coffee/chocolate notes, but again, the hops are a bit too prominent. They become more bearable as it comes closer to room temperature. Rather complex, but not necessarily enjoyable.

M: As thick and syrupy as it should be.

D: This definitely has potential, but it's a bit harsh this fresh. This might really be something about a year out.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Had on cask at Victory Restaurant in Downingtown, PA. Deep brown, almost black body with a fluffy and sticky 2-finger brown head that leaves great lacing. Not much visible carbonation at all.

S - Highly roasted and burny malts with chocolate undertones followed by a sweet alcohol presence.

T&M - Very much like the smell. A bit more chocolately in the taste and the hops really shine through here. More bitter than expected with espresso bean notes. Alcohol provides a smooth mouthfeel with some warmness. A bit sticky on the lips and tongue.

D - A very nice beer but I'm not sure I could have more than one in a sitting. Not only is the alcohol high but the beer is a bit sticky and leaves a bitter taste from the burnt malts. At some points the aftertaste is quite like eating coffee grounds.

Photo of kdoc8
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kkulacki for finding this one. Question though: did anyone else find that their 12oz bottle of Storm King Stout contained noticeably less than the expected volume?

Anyway, hopefully some bottling error hasn't affected the deliciousness factor.

The appearance is dark black with a thin bubbly head. A little flat, which makes me wonder about this bottling aspect further. In any case, it smells great - very sweet with mostly chocolate tones being prevalent. The taste is not as sweet as the smell would indicate with a lot of bitter coffee taste up front and then almost pure roasted flavor on the finish, with a very small touch of alcohol taste. The aftertaste is pure coffee.

Photo of Teeter
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx to fellow BA DasFreak scoring a case of 24 12oz bottles I poured one into my best tulip glass. This stuff may stain my glass it is so dark.A small tan head forms and settles quickly.
The Aroma is black coffee and semi-sweet chocolate combined.
One sip and already I am supprised with this one.Not the smooth creamy flavor that was expected.yet not at all dissapointing.a slightly bitter bite most likely due to the 9.10%ABV mixing with that roasted coffee and chocolat I mentioned earlier.
The mouthfeel is everything I want in a RIS, Light carbonation with a thickness and density of the body that makes this a quality stou that I could find myself enjoying often.

Photo of bobsy
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty mean-ass imperial stout, and deserves to be held up as one of the leading examples of the style. Thanks to Viggo for sharing. Deep black pour with a stiff mocha head. Good lace and retention. Roasty nose, with lots of cocoa and coffee, but with a good splash of citrus. Flavour is solid as all hell, with coffee mixing in with chocolate providing a decent base and citrus hops providing the laurels. Full body and low carbonation.

Photo of dismal
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fairly thick and pours a black color with a pretty big fluffy light tan head. After a couple minutes the head goes down but still has some good retention and leaves some lacing down the glass but not to much. The smell is coffee, some chocolate, and some roasted malts. Pretty typical of an RIS, pretty good but it doesn't stand out as being really great but it could just be me. Taste is pretty good. There is some chocolate but mainly I taste coffee especially in the aftertaste. Pretty good, and has a good mouthfeel as it's pretty thick. Has a high ABV but it's still quite drinkable. I probably wouldn't do more than a couple in a night but those would be drinkable. Overall a pretty nice RIS, I've had this one a couple times now and I'm sure I'll pick it up again.

Photo of Soonami
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Chalice from hand-pumped cask at Local 44 in Phila

A- The beer from the pump was tar black with an inch of mocha colored foam. The head dissipated quickly but left a respectable cling of lace on the glass

S- A little hoppy, but mostly coffee and chocolately with a little port or oak like earthiness

T- Smooth, sweet caramelized malt with scalded coffee and hop bitterness. Alcohol spice and dark fruit/wine flavors

M- very creamy and full

D- Not overpowering but the high alcohol makes it prohibitive to drink more than a couple

Photo of NODAK
2.08/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Aroma is of hops and very thick, coffee-like malts.

Hoppy upfront with a dose of floral hops smacking the palate at first. This gives way to the aforementioned roasted, coffee malt that was on the nose. However, the malt is pushed aside by a burst of hop bitterness on the finish surprisingly...leaving the palate with a bit of grapefruit, astringent bitterness that slowly increases in intensity and hits the back of the throat. I must say I was expecting a beer that leaned more to the malts versus hops here and am somewhat surprised. Also, the mouthfeel is thinner than I thought for style.

The aftertaste, as was mentioned, is rather bitter...the sides of the tongue want to pucker for quite some time after the swallow. The malts, by that time, are a distant memory.

I just don't find this to be very drinkable at all. I wanted to chew the rich malts here...I wanted a thick, creamy mouthfeel abounding with malty goodness...and I just didn't get it. The bitter finish and aftertaste detract from drinkability and really, this isn't something I'd drink again.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter

A - pours pitch black with one finger of frothy brown foam. From the top it looks like a chocolate milkshake. Almost no lacing.

S - strong coffee aroma, tannic dark malts dominate

T - charred coffee flavor, strong bitterness attacks the back of your tongue

M - creamy, viscous, very nice

D - a very nice sipper, the 9.1% ABV hardly pokes through at all.

A little more tannic than I remember, but amazing nonetheless. A great beer.

Photo of Monsteruss
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The foam was about 2" thick, dark wheat in color, slow dissapation, smooth and thick with staying power till the end and not lacey. The color was brown opaque. The smell wasa molassis, coffe/espresso, roasted barley overtone with deep and faint cherry accents. The taste was a firm and dominate deep roasted barley overtone with wood and chocolate/coffee undertones and some spicey fruit accents. Mouthfeel - deep full-bodied and thick palate feel. Drinkability - just like a barley wine - intended for slow sippin' to enjoy all it has to offer.

Photo of Anthony1
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter

pours a very dark color with a nice thick (after a vigorous pour) caramel colored head. the head hugged the rim of the glass until the end, and the lace was great.

smelled very of super hops, roasted malt, and perhaps dark chocolate or caramel.

tasted hops hops hops. with a bit of dark coco. a fell bodied feel that was silky.

good beer, but wont be buying again

Photo of righthereisay
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is exceptional considering the high alcohol content.

I ordered this beer at Mad Mex in Pittsburgh after the Victory Prima Pils. This had a great smooth full-bodied feel, and was impressive.

Again, considering the alcohol content, it was really great.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours a dark black though still some light coming in through the edges. A slightly over-eager pour results in 3 fingers of mocha head that drops down to a nice blanket on the top of the beer. Some light lacing.

The first smell I get is surprisingly a hint of dark fruits which quickly fades in a dark roasting malts, hints of milk chocolate, definitely some ethanol.

Man, this beer enters smoooth. But the entry is quickly forgotten when the bitterness of the roasting/burnt malts kicks in, followed by a leathery, herbaceous hop bitterness and then continues on with the heavy-handed malts. Hints of espresso and a fair bit of bitter chocolate weave their way through, a faint sweetness is also there. Some alcohol warming in the finish. This is a serious beer and I am thoroughly enjoying it but it doesn't have the nuances of some of the other big RIS's out there.

Nothing fixes a dreary, rainy day like a big stout. Thanks to Tyler (piclee) for helping me get this one!

Photo of greg202stewart
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best Imperial Stout I've had off the shelf so far. Surprised it packs such a high ABV when it's so damn smooth. It pours a dark brown, with a small head and is pretty thin. But the taste is exceptional, with chocolate and a bunch good stuff. I liked this beer better than Old Rasputin, Stone RIS and Left Hand Imperial Stout. Great beer and way drinkable for an Imperial Stout

Photo of mugglesandhops
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black. No color change even around the edges. Tan head. Good lace. Huge coffee smell and taste. Active mouthfeel I prefer a more creamy velvety feel but this is okay. I remember drinking this before I really got into craft beer and thinking it was aweful. I am now a big fan. Great beer for the availability.

Photo of Mayhem976
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Extremely black, zero light passes through. Has a pretty good size tan head and leaves a tiny bit of fingers on my glass, overall a bit on the thin side.

S- Coffee/caramel malt smell, it does however hit you with a moderate amount of hops.

T- The smell definitely translates to the flavor, I taste a coffee flavor with a tiny bit of caramel tossed in there. Hops are very present in this drink especially towards the end, just when you think the hops are going to overwhelm you it subsides quickly and finishes semi smooth.

M- Creamy but not a thick stout by all means.

D- Overall great flavor especially if you like a stout with a good amount of hops, 9.10% alcohol makes it just that much better. Will purchase again!

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

Big thanks to Beerman207 for hooking me up with this. Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours very dark brown/near black with a big two finger head (yeah, I may have poured this one a little hard) that is a very deep tan; head has pretty minimal retention but that's about what I'd expect from an RIS; body is opaque. Leaves a pretty thick, yet uneven, lacing.

Smell: Smell is of chocolate malts - deep, dark and roasty; hints of coffee/mocha; a slight hoppy bitterness is creeping around in the back as well.

Taste: Pretty much right in line with the smell - nice chocolatey malts and some hint of burnt roastiness; there is a slight bitter hop presence that has just a slight tinge of citrus, but I wouldn't want to venture a guess as to what (hell with it, I'm going to guess orange peel)...

Mouthfeel: A pretty smooth and creamy body that is just a tad on the watery side, still very nice. Leaves a moderate coating in the mouth, especially on the roof of the mouth; there is actually a pretty lively carbonation as well.

Drinkability: A nice offering from Victory. A solid RIS that has it's ducks in a row. I would definitely pick up another one of these. The ABV is of course a little on the higher side due to the style and being a stout it does sit a little heavy so I probably wouldn't want too many in a row, but definitely worth picking up.

Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours opaque and black into a 9oz brandy snifter with a good finger and a half of tan head that sticks around for a while. Not nearly as viscous as some RIS.

S: Bitter, dark chocolate and toffee with hints of tobacco. Some earthy, grassy hops as well.

T: Some coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate, but also rather grassy/earthy on the front, finishing with a pretty good dose of earthy, hoppy bitterness..maybe even a touch of grapefruit. Definitely heavier on the hops than many in its genre.

M: Medium body...pretty crisp and carbonated for a RIS. Doesn't have the "engine-oil" mouthfeel of a lot of the others I've had lately.

D: Goes down pretty easily for a 9+% stout. The relatively crisp and dry mouthfeel make this one go down a lot quicker than the more viscous options.

Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Chimay chalice...

A: Pours this and dark with a tan head. Decent head retention for an IS.

S: Wow, the first thing on the nose is an assault of earthy hops. The hops are complemented by nice chocolaty roasted malt undertones. Reminds me of the aroma from Old Rasputin with a tad more hop presence.

T: There is a lot going on here between the fresh hops and the malt backbone of this beer. There aren't too many imperial stout where the hops stand out like this, but the flavors harmonize quite well. The bitterness from the hops is undercut by the bold malt profile.

M: A little thinner than I am used to for imperial stouts, but it still has a heavy body. The mouthfeel isn't is a little sharp from high carbonation, would love a creamier texture here.

D: Excellent aroma and taste make for another solid brew from Victory. This is certainly one of the most hop forward stouts I have tried to date. You also gotta love that you can find this big beer in a 6 pack at a reasonable price. This is a big beer though, probably couldn't drink more than one or two in a sitting.

Photo of gabrielsyme
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into my Bell's tulip glass. The bottle says best enjoyed by Nov/2013. Too bad this is my last one, as I would be interested in aging this one.

Color is about as close to black is you can get, with half a finger of tan head.

Taste is mostly hop bitterness, with maybe some alcohol in the finish. This isn't an alcohol bomb like some other RISs, but it's nothing overly complex - none of the sweet, raisin flavors, and maybe just a bit of roasted character.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,378 ratings.