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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,168 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 5,168
Reviews: 2,511
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 155
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 PDXHops
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

02/09/09. Editing my review as I seem to have unfairly reviewed a bad bottle originally.

A fairly vigorous pour into a brandy snifter produces a beautiful puffy 2-finger tan head. The beer itself is not opaque and almost black. Good lacing. Very nice looking in the glass. (2/9- nothing changed here- good looking brew).

Pretty straightforward nose- dark roasted malt, tiny bit of chocolate, bit of hops. Smells good, just not too exciting.

Flavor is also on the bland side. Dark malts accompanied by a bit of chocolate, a bit of coffee, a bit of hops.

Body is on the thinner side of medium, but the combination of creaminess and moderate carbonation hides it pretty well.

Smooth and about as sessionable as an RIS can be. Not sure if that's such a great thing, though, since there's none of the bold flavors I'm looking for in an RIS.

Overall impression: Very drinkable RIS at a good pricepoint, but lacking in the robust, bold qualities I'm looking for in a big stout.

PDXHops, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Full finger tan head, on top of black.

S- Tons of roasted and caramel malts.

T- Sweet big caramel malt sweetness transitions into a dry slightly bitter hop finish augmented with lots of roasted malt character.

M- Just barely full bodied.

D- Pretty approachable for an RIS.

This one helluva value in a solidly good Imperial Stout.

Pauly2X, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of cleeze
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now I'm kinda new when it comes to imperial stouts but I thought I'd give this one a wack.

appearance is dark as all hell! it has a thick and brownish foamy head with sticky lacing.

My nose deffinatly picked up on the alcohol. Deep roasted malts and maybe some coffee.

taste was really complex. maybe a little to complex for my palates. Like I said I'm not use to Imperial Stouts. i tasted a bitter up front, kinda hoppy. maybe some molasses or chocolate up in the mix as well.

it had a funny mouthfeel to it. bitter..

cleeze, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Morbo
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick mocha head that slowly reduces to a collar and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

The nose is sweet and roasty, with chocolate and coffee fighting a strong herbaceous and floral hoppiness for dominance. A bit of alcohol just barely comes through.

Rich dark roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate are right upfront, with flavors of molasses, walnut, and oak soon following. The dry finish leaves woody/herbal hop bitterness lingering for quite a while.

It falls somewhere between medium and full bodied and is not very highly carbonated, which makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel

I wouldn't drink a six-pack in an evening, but the smooth mouthfeel does make this strong and flavorful beer easy to drink. This is one that I have had many times, and never have I had such a fresh bottle. Don't get me wrong, I love hops - but it is even more drinkable when the hops have mellowed a bit.

Morbo, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of BandFan
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks like any other stout -- dark as night. You'll have to dump this thing to get any real head. It smells great. Some beers smell like aluminum and taste good. This one smells great and tastes even better. Roasty. Chocolate. So smooth. I could drink 3 or 4, but I won't, because I'm responsible. But I could.

BandFan, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great extra received from Auslander.

Pours a jet black with a decent tan head. Retention's lacking, but yet it leaves beautiful rings along edge. Smells of roasted chocolate, pecans, alcohol, and a slight wine-like scent.

This is a really smooth and creamy brew. Nice mouthfeel makes this an easy sipper. I couldn't drink many though due to the high ABV and the heartiness to it. As the brew warms a bit it mellows out to a nice chocolately flavor. Slight roasted bite at the end. As others stated, this reminds me of a coffee aftertaste. I really like this. This is my first RIS, but I hope not my last. Recommend.

Onenote81, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the first really good craft beers I ever had, I can't believe I have never reviewed it. So I picked up an extra while grabbing one to trade.

A-An opaque jet black with a creamy tan head and nice lacing.

S-Complex and appealing. Dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and a very strong hop presence.

T-Starts off with a nice sweetness, mostly chocolate and caramel, fading into a roasty bitterness reminiscent of coffee. A very solid hop kick finishes it off.

M-Creamy, moderately rich, could be a bit more viscous maybe.

D-Well, I have finished a growler of this myself in a day so there you go. I also learned that day that I have a mild allergy to some component of this beer. So by the end of the growler I was having a hard time breathing. I would recommend sharing with friends, loved ones or even strangers if needed. Or just step away from the growler. I would like one now actually.

HV

sholland119, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of cartagena
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black color, with medium tan head, aroma is like bitter dark coffee beans and the taste is much the same with some malts but is a rich, strong and tasteful like a good porter should be. After 2 of these you get it. With this one, you have to remember it has 9.1%. Take it easy as it will get you.

cartagena, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of bheilman
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the brewery. They have a unique growler filling tool that is supposed to eliminate all oxygen during the growler filling. If you're in the area pick one up. They're reasonably priced and good for return visits. The Storm King was good too. It has a nice burnt caramely flavor with a smooth aftertaste. The alcohol content is high, but you can't really notice the alcohol. Could be the king of stouts, but I'm still partial to Guiness because of the fantastic head and the availability.

bheilman, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of jpaltan
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black as night, with a thick head that sticks. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Nose is all coffee with some burnt notes. Taste is espresso with some residual sweetness towards the end. Maybe some notes of toffee lingering around as well. Mouthfeel isn't as creamy as I would like. Not as viscous as I remember it being in the past. Overall good drinkability for the high alcohol content.

jpaltan, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of jkendrick
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown to black with minimal light on the edges. Thick and creamy head that sticks around for a while. Nice lacing when the head finally dissipates.

Aroma: Dark fruits and bitter coffee/espresso. The alcohol and hops aromas were present more than is typical for a stout, even an Imperial stout. Not particularly impressive.

Mouthfeel: More medium bodied than the full body I was expecting. It did have some creaminess, but the carbonation kind of overpowered the creaminess.

Taste: This is a dark fruits and bitter espresso stout. The alcohol taste was way too present for me and gives this thing a bite. I felt the overall flavor was way too bitter and not nearly balanced enough.

Overall impression: I have had this in the past and remembered it being a lot better. It's not BAD by any stretch, but it doesn't measure up to some of the best stouts I've had.

ETA: reading some other reviews, it looks as though this beer might have slipped in recent years. I don't know what you're doing differently, Victory, but please go back to your old methods.

jkendrick, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Kolsch
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at home.

Appearance: Starts out really nice with 3/4 inch head but dissipates real quickly and no lacing on the glass to speak of.

Smell: Caramel and bitter chocolate with some slight licorice.

Taste: Dry, dry, and more dry chocolate upfront, then some caramel malt. Can't taste the heat from the 9.1% ABV at all. After it warms, more bitter chocolate, licorice and some hops to back it up. I intentionally upped my kegerator temp to 41 specifically for this one. Can't stand a too cold RIS. No aftertaste what so ever.

Overall: Easy to drink many of these and highly recommended, an excellent RIS!

Kolsch, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of philbe311
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - two fingers of rich caramel colored head... Opaque tar black color... Really solid head retention... Coats glass well throughout the session...

S - Dark chocolate... Espresso... Roasted malt... Raspberry and dark fruit... Licorice... Earthy and grassy notes...

T - Yummy... Dark, rich, and complex... Baker's chocolate... Roasted malt... Dark raspberry... Licorice... Minor solvent from the 9.1% ABV... Brooding and developing with slight hoppiness kicking in at the finish...

M - Rich and creamy... Smooth... Slight aggressive with a little bit of a bite... Medium to full bodied... Sleek... Warming... Slight carbonation... Taste fills the mouth throughout...

D - This beer is an experience and another win for Victory... Solid all the way around... A stout worth many revisits... Wow!

philbe311, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of cdmastro
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this on tap at one of our regular haunts.

A - Dark cola appearance with an eighth inch head.

S - It was served too cold, so the aroma took a while to show itself. Malty, chocolatey.

T - When it warmed, the tastes of chocolate, coffee, and some vanilla developed. Very little alcohol presence. Some lacing as it disappeared from the glass.

M - Less creamy than expected, probably due to recent tastings of nitro stouts and porters.

D - Much too drinkable than a 9% brew should be.

cdmastro, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz single purchased from Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA poured into a standard pint glass.

A: This is just about a picture perfect stout. It is a completely opaque black. It has a finger thick frothy brown head. The only reason I knock it down from a 5 is due to head retention not being excellent. The bubbles that do not dissipate leave sheets of lacing with each sip.

S: Roasted malts, hops, and a nutty aroma mix together to make this one pretty pleasing to the nose.

T: Roasted malt sweetness as you would expect from such a dark beer. It is balanced well with floral hops and dark chocolate flavors. This one is very balanced and tasty.

M: It is very creamy and smooth with a medium to thick body.

D: Most RIS beers are sippers for me. With the perfect balance and excellent taste I could easily drink a few of these. The alcohol is very well hidden.

GatorBeerNerd, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Casey10
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good Imperial stout. High alcohol content makes this a beer that you want to take your time with.

Smell is chocolate mixed with raison. Taste is heavy and strong. Not a bad beer and if a stout type beer is what you are looking for this is not a bad choice at all !!

Casey10, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Gish
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with no head whatsoever which I thought was a bit odd. The smell is a deep rich chocolate with a strong undercurrent of spicy hops.

The taste certainly does not disappoint! Roasted malts with a slight sweetness blends into hop bitterness. Definitely a unique beer. There is a bit of warming alcohol at the end, but overall a very tasty RIS!

Mouthfeel is a bit too thick and syrupy for me, it seems to clog a bit in my throat. However, the carbonation is well balanced.
Storm King is a bit more drinkable than any other Russian Imperial Stouts at this alcohol level.

Storm King is a bit of a strange beer. Very enticing in some aspects but it just doesn't blend into true greatness. To be honest it reminds me more of the Okocim Baltic Porter I had a few weeks ago then other Russian Imperial Stouts. Still worth a try, a nice hoppy RIS to have occasionally for sure!

Gish, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Very large(for the style) thick chocolate-milk colored head and a black body. The head drops kinda fast. Once the head disappears I'm able to see small bubbles erupting from the surface, so it has good carbonation.

Smell: Alcohol and roasted malts. Not as smooth as other RIS's I've had.

Taste: Roasted and burnt malts and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is kinda thin, but I expected that with the poor head retention.

Overall this feels to me like it's more of a baltic porter than an RIS.

BierFan, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A freezing cold night brings out this 9.1% Imperial Stout.

Poured into a snifter glass, this one pours a deep dark nearly-opaque brown, setting off a great thick, creamy tan head. Retention is superb and lacing is decent.

Aroma is surprising -- instead of the expected roasty, chocolately malt notes, there is a big fruity/herbaceous hop bouquet, with more surprising notes of clovelike spiciness.

Body is medium-full, with a flavor that mimics the aroma to a certain extent, beginning with a roasted malt character up front with a faint suggestion of dark chocolate moving into a middle of mildly bitter hop flavors, finishing off with more sweet, chocolatey, roasted malts. Though high in ABV, the alcohol is very well-masked and never makes an overt appearance, even as the beer warms closer to room temperature.

The nice, balanced character of this stout, combined with its well-hidden alcohol, makes this a rather drinkable beer, but that can be a dangerous thing as the 9.1% will eventually kick hard, and drinking a few of these would certainly be a knockout.

Oh, but what a way to go.

superdedooperboy, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date of January 24, 2012. Sampled November 2008.

A sooty, lusterless black that gives into light only around its edges which brighten to a roasted chestnut. It is largely opaque, minus that top part of its trim. You might not notice those light tones, however, due to the thick sepia stained crown which it adorns.

Judging by smell, I would guess the brewing process went something as follows: the barley was first heavily roasted, just shy of the point of singeing. Boiled until it became as sweet as possible, the malt was then basted with hot fudge, smeared with scorched caramel, tossed with dark berries, sprinkled with hops and finally mixed into a pot of strong java.

Taste and mouthfeel are both exceptionally mellow considering the character of their contents - one might imagine these flavours of dark caramel, bittersweet cocoa, black licorice, and roast espresso to lean to the intense side but they are actually quite delicate. What adds more soothing sensation are generous notes of hop cones and a savory hint of dark currants.

Roast, bitterness, and alcohol are all curiously smooth at first, but do enhance throughout the tasting. I definitely enjoy the beer better with a couple more degrees of warmth into it; the alcohol and flavours both gain a little more body. It drinks near sessionably. This isn't overly rich for a RIS, but it doesn't leave too much more to be desired either.

When I first tried Victory's Storm King Stout I thought I had found the best stout ever (which I'd wager is a fairly common reaction). Although I would continue to consider it so for some time after, I've long since found other stouts to better fulfill my need for indulgence. I doubt there's room anymore for it in the highly competitive group of favourite Imperial Stouts.

That said, there will always be room for it in the cold cellar where it certainly earns a spot. There will also always be a found memory of the first time I tried this beer, which I had saved for the first true snow storm of the year, after spending a cold day walking through my city, smothered in white mist and slowly then sipping it while watching the white flakes fall outside.

biegaman, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of antilogic
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aged several months in my cellar, this beer pours asphalt black with an impressive tan head. The aroma was inviting and smelled of a little hops and a little nuts and biscuit. The taste was crisp, but surprisingly bitter with some citrus and a kick of hops, and not overly sweet. I'm left slightly disappointed, but still enjoyed the beer. Usually a 9% isn't going to be this crisp or refreshing.

antilogic, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of PaleAleHater
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I sampled this brew on a cold New England evening. Paired it with a dill havarti cheese and artisan crackers. Notes of asphalt, gum base, and chocolate. Immeditely boozy and diacital. Hints of lavender and buckskin leather linger, unwanted. Its mouth feel is puzzling and thick, reminiscent of authentic Italian soda syrups but wrought with an overabundant hop presence.

PaleAleHater, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours pure opaque black with just the slightest purple edges, 1 finger brown head that dissipates in to a thin film that remans throughout. Lacing throughout. The scent is of coffee/espresso and roasted malts aroma. The taste has roasted malts, dark chocolate and gives a very chocolaty and expresso like impression. Good bitterness at the tail end, and some slight acidity. The alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming. Heavy in nature, not sure an entire evening could be spent with these, but it is definitely worth picking up.

Jayli, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of mnstorm99
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty nice black pour with a small tan head that goes away pretty quick. Lacing is nice as expected for the style.
Aroma, this is good nice roasted and chocolate malt aroma's which are par for the style, nice floral and citrus aroma hops come through well.
Taste goes down to an average RIS for me, much of the same roasted malts and a touch of chocolate. Hops are mostly floral with a hint of orange peel.
Mouthfeel is full, but not oily which is the way I like an RIS. Drinkability is good, but I will grab many others before this one.

mnstorm99, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very nice thick tan head on top of a black body. As the head receives, it leaves some nice lacing.

S- Very nice dark sweet chocolate, graininess, cocoa notes, graham cracker, sweet cream, balanced hopiness. I'd recommend a snifter for this one. When your nose isn't right on the beer, the nose is quite tight.

T- Starts out with notes a light chocolate and coffee, some earthiness, and plenty of hop oil notes. The finish is mainly hoppy notes with a bit of residual dry chocolate. Alcohol can be felt on the finish.

M- For this much alcohol I would have like quite a bit more body. Low carbonation. Seems a bit simplified.

D- For the alcohol level, it's really lacking some body. For the money, there are much better Impy's out there.

Greggy, Nov 13, 2008
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,168 ratings.