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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,717 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,717
Reviews: 2,488
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 134
Gots: 374 | 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 banjaxed


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very well balanced Imperial Stout. Great aroma of fresh coffee and sweets. Full mouthfeel with a lasting pleasant bitterness. Nice creamy lacing with a thin but lasting head. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Impressive brew.
Not much wrong with it except it maybe could use more hop bitterness or tad more roast.

Enjoy date Mar 22 11

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 00:30:47 | More by banjaxed
Photo of phishgator


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

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a true opaque black. The head is a good thick cream of tan. The aroma is of coffee beans, warm brownies, and choclate cake. The taste is a little more of the choclate and roasted coffee. The hops come into play while your sippin on this one. The astringent aftertaste that is so present in this style is also on the palate. This one has a smooth finish to it, almost like oatmeal was added during the brewing? The body is big and bold. I have to say though after one I'm pretty much done; I would like to have another, but it's a little too much.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 13:40:43 | More by phishgator
Photo of ReebShorts


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

Poured into a Stella goblet. Almost completely black, off-white head, fine carbonation.

Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, molasses, slight hop presence.

Flavor matches the aroma, this beer doesn't try to do too much. Keeps it simple does it well. There is a nice hop bite on this for the finish. The high abv% is somehow very well hidden, this is quite drinkable. Mouthfeel is extraordinary.


Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 04:28:44 | More by ReebShorts
Photo of flexabull


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/27/05

Pours a deep dark black with a nice sized tan head. Looks just like what a stout should.

Beer smells a bit vegetal, sweet dark roasted malts, and a touch of a bitter coffee like aroma.

Flavors are very creamy up front with a hint of alcohol, then it finishes crisp with some bitter chocolate like flavors. This is a very well balanced Russian Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel is big, full, and very well rounded.

An excellent, and very drinkable beer. Very enjoyable, and a great example of the style.

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for sending me this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 21:13:01 | More by flexabull
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a very appealing, near black with a thin dark-coated tan head. Good lacing and retention. The smell is of roasted malts, coffee and smokiness. Nice but faint. The taste, however, is anything but faint with the same elements as the smell but on a grander scale. Incredibly smooth yet complex. I don't know how the alcohol has been hidden but no presence in the taste. The mouthfeel is extraordinarily light and creamy. Like whipped cream that has been melted in a latte. Exceptional. Very drinkable with the smoothness and the hidden alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 04:15:30 | More by Neehan
Photo of instrumentality


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

So black you'd think it was left behind by an Exxon Valdez oil tanker, this brew made a bold statement as it crouched within my Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip glass. What started off as a hearty two-finger creamy brown head settled to a bubbly lace with an attractive halo encircling the edge.

The odor was a rather potent mix of roasted coffee beans and toffee with the slightest hint of a dry red wine.

I inhaled deeply as I took my first sip and found that the odor was merely a sneak preview to a highly rewarding flavor. The initial bite of roasted coffee was followed by a mix of dark chocolate and a mild sweetness reminiscent of the aforementioned red wine aroma, rounded out with a remarkably smooth finish of burnt malt.

This is actually the third or fourth bottle I've had of this stuff, but it's the first time I didn't think it was overrated--perhaps because it's been given a chance to age several months since I initially tried it. I consider RISes to be one of those styles I really have to be in the proper mood for, as I tend to find them intense, not only because of their high ABV but because of the massive bitterness of coffee beans mixed with the tannic quality of red wine. This brew definitely packs a punch, but it at least has the decency to slip on a glove before it begins to pound away at my palate. Each sip goes in smooth, builds up in intensity, and then finishes clean with only the mellowest of aftertastes. This last feature, the mellow aftertaste, is something I hold in high regard, and something which I've found to be incredibly rare in the more intense and complex brews. The aftertaste tends to linger longer as my consumption continues, however, which bumps the mouthfeel down from a perfect 5 to a 4.5.

This is no session beer. It's more accessible than other RISes, but it's still not one I'd want to have every day, as one thing it's not (and I wouldn't expect it to be) is refreshing. On the other hand, I'd take this over the standard "winter warmer" any day of the week as a comforting way to wind down at the end of the day.

This brew has reinvigorated my respect for Russian Imperial Stouts. It's just unfortunate that most other examples of the style fail to measure up, and that this one is so hard to find and so hard on the wallet when I do find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 03:14:49 | More by instrumentality
Photo of KingG


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

Bottled On: Jan 28, 2003, almost 4 years old.

Sampled at cellar temp.

Appearance is good. Jet black with a mocha/tan colored head. Little bit of lacing in the glass.

Smell is very good. Dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and roasted malts. What an Imperial Stout should smell like.

Taste is very good. Great initial flavor of roasted malts and dark chocolate. The finish is mellow compared to a fresh bottle but it's to be expected. 4 years of aging has mellowed this beer some but the complexety is still amazing. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel is very good. Dangerously smooth for a beer with 9.1% alc.. Barely any carbonation left.

Drinkability is very good as well. Very easy to drink.

After 4 years this beer is fantastic. Aging has enhanced this beer's characteristics for the better. I'm storing at least 12 more fresh ones for future consumption.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 04:27:52 | More by KingG
Photo of jbramley

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This beer pours out a burnt motor oil black. I had to hold it up to light and tilt it so that I was looking through a very thin layer of it before I could see any brown. The head was thin but long-lasting, colored a nice tan. The smell was of coffee and dark chocolates. A very roasted smell. The taste was slightly sweet with a nice balance of hops, bitterness, and roasted malts. A very well balanced beer that warms up nicely (and warms me up nicely).

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 21:17:45 | More by jbramley
Photo of vwcraig


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, enjoy by 9/27/11.
Pours very thick and the darkest possible brown/black. Carbonation instantly gone. Small swirl of head in middle of glass, looks like motor oil 1000's of miles beyond it's due. Very complex smells of anise, licorice. Sweet malt smell but not roasted or burnt. Possibly even a citrusy hop smell. Hoppy taste up front switching mid-palate to a bitter roast malt flavor with a charred aftertaste. Resiny hop taste as well. Not what I was expecting from an imperial stout. Super heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation. fairly complex with different smells and tastes coming out. Almost like a hop head's stout with the bitterness in there. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 23:44:32 | More by vwcraig
Photo of BBM

New York

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason I had never heard of this beer before yesterday, when the bartender reccommended it to me. So I had no expectations going in, and was more than pleasantly surprised. The beer pours a thick, motor oil black, with a nice brown head that sticks around for a while. The smell is an array of dark fruits, some chocolate, and sweetness.

The taste is even more complex, with a real nice hoppy bitterness at the beginning, and then a rich, creamy, espresso aftertaste that balances it out like few beers I've had before. Each sip gives you a new experience, lingering on the tastebuds and waiting to be explored. It's like a West Coast Stout, Sweet Stout, and Imperial all mixed into one.

The mouthfeel was thick and creamy. I also had no idea of the ABV, and drank this one fairly quickly and could've had more. Wow. Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 14:32:38 | More by BBM
Photo of briscott99


2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice midnight black with a fairly large brown head. As it settles, the head dies and no evidence of lacing on the glass. Beautiful color, though.

Smell: Smells sweet. Not picking up the roasty aromas I usually pick up in stouts. Seems almost fruity in the nose. Odd.

Taste: Syrupy sweet. For me this is just too sweet for a stout. Followed by a large amount of hops. A lot of bitter and sweet, but IMO not very well balanced. There is a medicine-like taste in here too, actually reminiscent of cough syrup.

Mouthfeel: Decent medium body, low carbonation. Would like to taste more carbonation here.

Drinkability: counldn't do more than one. It's just too sweet for my tastes. Overall, I'd like this beer to have a more roasty taste, a little less hop character, and tone down the sweet maltiness quite a bit.

Was looking forward to drinking this one, but it just didn't do it for me. Overall, I'm a big fan of Victory brews. Stormking just wasn't my kind of stout, but worth giving 'er a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 01:01:13 | More by briscott99
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

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

served into a nonic glass from a long neck brown bottle with crimped-on cap.Enjoy by Sep.27/11?

Opaque,black color. 2" thick,pillowy tan head,good retention,clumps of lace sticking down the sides of the glass,leaves a thick layer of foam throughout the beer.

A nice hoppy aroma mostly pine and a good bit of citrus,a very hoppy smelling stout. Very roasty,sweet carmell,chocolaty a bit smokey,a very pleasing and complex aroma. Even a bit of fruittyness in there.

The taste was amazing, lives up to its reputation. I enjoyed the taste so much,I almost forgot I was reviewing this beer. A nice clean piney taste,a very complex malty taste, carmelly/roasty,a burnt chocolate taste. Execellent balance.Finished with a crisp,citrus,sharp bitterness,leaves a nice bittersweet chocolatly/carmelly /citrusy taste lingering on the palate.

Chewy mouthfeel,very nice, also a soft creamy texture,mouthwatering.
The drinkability was amazing for an Imperial Stout, this went down way to fast, wish I had another.. 9.10% alcohol would never know it, felt it when I was done though. I have to get more of this beer,it's worth all the hype!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 04:31:10 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of bgraney


3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep black, appears to be heavily carbonated. Thin cocoa head which quickly dissolved.
Very rich caramel and roasted malt aroma.
Intense malt flavor followed by a strong hop bitterness.
Thick mouthfeel with the roasted malt flavors lingering on the tongue as the carbonation expands into the nose.
In my opinion it's too rich and thick for multiple glasses (although I did have two). It comes across as an uber stout and it seemed like too much of a good thing. It's well made and I understand why people like it so much, it's just not what I am usually looking for in a stout. It is one I'd like to enjoy from time to time though.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 15:14:50 | More by bgraney
Photo of pavandal


3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured very dark, no light passing through. Poured half of the bottle into the center of the glass, with no head. Lacing slid down the glass as I drank.

Smell is rather fruity, with none of the coffee and roasted smells that are normally a hallmark of a RIS. I can slightly detect an almost berry smell. Actually welcome for me, it's a nice change of pace.

This is a rather hoppy RIS. The first taste I detect is hops, and then a bit of a coffee flavor, with a sweet, smooth finish. It threw me off at first, but upon my second sip I rather enjoyed the difference that this RIS brings.

for a RIS, this is kinda light. Easy to drink, but a high ABV keeps this one on the "Sip and enjoy" list.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 02:11:44 | More by pavandal
Photo of uconnalum2


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

Pours black with a thin tan head that quickly disappears to a ring around the glass. Smell is of delicious dark chocolate and hops. The taste is very nice: coffee, dark chocolate and some hops. Alcohol is barely evident in the taste but is surely noticeable in its warming effect. Mouthfeel is full bodied with some carbonation. Drinkability is limited a bit by the high ABV and heaviness but its tasty enough to want to have more than one. Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 04:32:18 | More by uconnalum2
Photo of hckyfn9999


3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opague black color with some ruby hues towards the top of the glass when held to light. There is a small tan head that doesn't last too long and leaves a little lacing.

Aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, espresso, some hops, and a faint cigar like smell as well as a little alcohol.

Taste is pretty complex and a little harsh. There are notes of citrusy and piney hops, some roasted (perhaps burnt) malt, blackberry, coffee, and some charcoal.

Mouthfeel is full and a little more carbonated than I would prefer.

The harshness of this stout takes the drinkability down some.

In my opinion this stout doesn't quite live up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 02:20:26 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of BeerBelcher


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

This beer pours about as dark as it could possibly be. I held it up in front of a lamp and nothing came through. THe head is abundant and a dar shade of tan. A very attractive appearance.

Aroma is very strong, and of dark malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Flavor is more of the same...extremely strong flavors of caramel and coffee. I should also add that it is delicious.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. Carbonation is wonderfully fine and perfect.

Drinkability-wise, I could have a few of these.

A wonderful product, and I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 23:18:53 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of Sephiroth


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

Thanks to shigadeyo of RB for the bottle. Bottle says to enjoy by 9/27/2011. Pours with decent head for the style, not as black as other big stouts, slight lace. Aroma is roasty and piney, a little chocolatey.

I like this much better than the other bottle I had. The hops are upfront and piney. Roasty, coffee flavors round out the flavor profile. There may be a touch of anise as well. Mouthfeel is good, not as thick as some big stouts. Quite drinkable this one is.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 22:04:22 | More by Sephiroth
Photo of chadspivey


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

2006 bottle.. poured into a pint glass

A: pours a very, very dark brown. Well, it's pretty much black. One finger head is light brown, like chocolate milk.

S: dark chocolates. hints of dark fruits and caramel.

T: chocolate with tasty dark fruits...creamy taste.. can taste coffe in the aftertaste.

M: smooth and creamy. definitely a full body here. almost chewy.

D: Usually, I drink stouts pretty slow, but this one goes down really easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 05:11:21 | More by chadspivey
Photo of CharlieMopps


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

A: Not much head at all, what was there dissipated somewhat quickly, and there was a deep black look to the beer itself. Sort of lackluster in the appearance department, but hey, nothing's perfect.

S: A toasted malt and coffee scent with sweet-smelling chocolate aromas blending in, with perhaps a licorice or dark fruit style undertone.

T: An invigorating rush of sharp hoppy flavor across the palate, possibly aided by the well-masked alcohol. Low chocolate tones come underneath, smoothing out the taste along the tongue, and slowly fading into a lingering finish of the best roasted malt flavors in there.

M: Thick and mealy, appropriate carbonation for an almost syrupy stout that has great composition.

D: Despite the alcohol content, this one can be enjoyed consecutively (maybe just one more) due to its ability to entreat the tastebuds and not terribly overpower them. But still, with an abv like this, tastes can be deceiving, so moderation is the key.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 04:21:09 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of rayjay


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

Via trade with akorsak, bottled on 10-31-05. Thick and black with a nice size tan head. Of course, I poured it into my Storm King pint glass. For a beer this strength, it has great head retention and lacing.

A year has tamed this beer very nicely. This is the first time I've had it aged, and it's almost a whole different beer. It's not the assertive beast it used to be. The malts are very rich and the hops have learned some manners. Some bitter and burnt flavors, but mostly sweet rich chocolate malts galore. Smooth and bitter aftertaste that lingers for a bit, with a subtle faint sweetness.

Awesome mouthfeel once it warms a bit, like drinking liquid silk. Alcohol is barely noticable, but adds balance the bittersweet body. Drinkability is high on this one.

Apparently the secret to this beer is in the cellar; I've always loved it fresh on tap at the brewery, but tonight I saw a whole different side to this beer. Victory for me!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 05:38:47 | More by rayjay
Photo of MVassar


4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick, rich, opaque black, like a syrup of coffee. Beautiful light milk chocolate head that lasts and lasts.

Rich malt, chocolate milk, espresso, and burnt sugar in the nose, with hints of pine and sweet tobacco.

Right up there with the finest stouts I've ever tasted. Incredibly rich coffee, chocolate, and malt flavors, yet somehow not heavy or overly sweet. Nor is there too much heat from the high levels of alcohol. Touch of bitter hops in the finish keep it honest. (I keep saying "Wow" to myself with every sip.)

Rich, thick, and creamy in the mouth, with the right amount of carbonation and citrus to keep things balanced.

The kind of beer that makes me want to move to a cold climate so I could drink it day and night. Whoa.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 22:13:22 | More by MVassar
Photo of tjthresh


3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a 2004 bottle. Mostly malt in the nose. Dark roast coffee, licorice, prunes, dates, and alcohol. Hop aroma is there, but not really that big. Pours a rich black with minimal head. There is a light brown ring around the top. The hop flavor is what stands out to me. Ther is plenty of roast, dark coffee, dark chocolate flavor, but the hops works great here. It is also pretty full bodies. The is a harsh tingling sensation over the tongue. Overall, its a fine beer, but there are better to be had.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 15:56:09 | More by tjthresh
Photo of schusterbauer


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

a -- pitch black, tons of lacing

s -- quite intimidating, actually. so many different aromas, and very strong in the nose. chocolate, roasted malts, hops, figs...

t -- almost impossible to put words to. so many different elements battling for your taste buds that you can taste something different with ever sip. chocolate, coffee, pine, citrus, malts that seem roasted if not burnt, toffee. almost punishing because of all of the flavor. delicious, but a sipper for sure.

m -- thick creamy body with a bright carbonation

d -- just plain dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 20:31:03 | More by schusterbauer
Photo of Alkey


4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured a black thick liquid with a good inch of dark brown head that left rings and lacing of foam all over my Victory glass. Smells of dark roasted malts and pine hops mask a light smell of alcohol. Taste very rich flavors of malt from bitter chocolate to espresso with an equal amount of a pine flavored hops. If this beer wasn't so strong I would drink more than a couple of them but the hard part is they just taste so good.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 23:48:36 | More by Alkey
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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