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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,963 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,963
Reviews: 2,501
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 142
Gots: 449 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Jerry's on Division.

Finally, a chance at a legend...

This one poured a dark, dark brown - almost black - with a thin, cocoa-colored head. It's cold, too cold for a proper tasting - but I can't help but dive right in. Patience has never been a virtue of mine.

The cold, biting brew conjures images of being plunged into a glacial ice crevasse -- the palace of the Storm King. It's slick, with strong bitter chocolate and earthy charcoal. It may be the temperature (and the astringency), but this is the "cleanest" tasting stout I've ever had. It's like a dark, bitter blizzard -- but I'm hooked.

Next time, I'll have to wait for it to warm up and really get to see what is going on here...

RockyTopHeel, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of MMAJYK
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark black, just like black coffee. Head is orange and lingers for a few, but then dissipates.

S- Strong fig, toffee, coffee beans, cocoa.

T- Tastes malty like malt balls then finishes with strong coffee flavor. I don't favor coffee, but I love this brew!

M- Very malty and thick.

D- Drinkability is good, but a little on the stong and rich side. Nice one though!

MMAJYK, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of bradford
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack at BevMo Huntington Beach, CA. Poured into a chimay chalice. Perhaps not the best choice in glassware for a Russian Imperial Stout.
Looked okay. It was a dark dark brown, light black color. Thin head, decent lacing, swirling oil spill look on the top
Smelled very good. Lots of fruity alcohol, similar to a Belgian Quad.
Tasted good. A bit of alcohol in the back of the taste. A load of chocolate malt
Mouthfeel was a bit thin for such a taste. With such a heavy malt load, I expected a thicker, fuller mouthfeel
Drinkability was pretty good. I finished the 12 oz bottle in about 30 minutes. Recommended

bradford, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of vikingloki
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From bottle into pint glass, at a bar.

Pours out dark, smells promising.Nice chocolate head, good carbonation, swirls around and settles. I'd been looking forward to trying it. Has nice espresso taste. Hoppy, too hoppy for me.Seems to have a thinner mouthfeel than what I expected. Glad to buy the bottle before I bought the case.

vikingloki, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of ballenc
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just cracked a bottle from last winter's run - all I can say is WOW! When I had this last winter (Jan-Feb 2007), it was a good imperial stout but now, with just a few months of aging, this stuff is much better than I recall.

Pours an intense black/dark brown with a nice tight tan head that recedes slowly with moderate lacing lingering on the glass.

The aroma is powerful (as an Imperial Stout should be!) with primarily licorice and coffee mingling with a definite alcohol punch. After the licorice and coffee subsides, a nice roasted caramel malt lingers on the nose.

Taste mirrors the smell - almost an anice/licorice flavor with dark roasted coffee complexity - malty with a bit of hoppiness to finish with a very nice balance. Probably (with a bit of aging) one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had in several years.

Nice and weighty on the tongue - not overly thick but noticeable density. A pleasant creaminess that lingers.

I am intrigued to pick up the new season's Storm King and compare it with last year's version. I definitely think a 6-8 month aging has allowed this big stout to mellow a bit but don't let that fool you - these aren't beers to drink all night but a couple in one sitting are a definite treat.

ballenc, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of terranova770
2.78/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was just a little too complex for me, drank fridge cold and room temp, better closer to room temp, think predominant flavor was toffee and coffee, remember those hard coffee candies I think they are now called nestle nips, that is this beer for me. Alcohol in this packs a real punch to the brain but is not dominant in finish. I may consider this beer again on a winter evening, in front of a fire when I am ready to pass out in a big comfy chair, stout drool on my chin. To me not a six pack beer get a single and save for that special occasion. Purchased from Westover Market in Arlington, VA.

terranova770, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Today I'm getting all the cell phone reviews out of my phone.I bought a sixer of this and re reviewed 12-2-07. Same reviews except the head is ridiculous in my tuli

Black color with good head and retention THis is ridiculous. The lacing clings and wont let go of my glass.

Smell consists of licorice and tofee with some roasted chocolate malts.

This beer has a good complexity . Licorice and tofee with caramel and chocolate all come out on the palate. This beer finished with a touch of vanilla. Wonderfully complex and drinkable.

Nice creamy mouthfeel with exceptional drinkability. I could make a damn good session out of this.

jasonjlewis, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small tan head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and a toffee-ish alcohol. In the taste, a dry coffee and a bigger alcohol presence than in aroma. A smooth malty mouthfeel and a bitter chocolate malt aftertaste. Nice hop presence and fantastic. GO Storm Kings!!

OWSLEY069, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of tkarsies
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this bottle a few months and since the weather started to get cold, decided to open it up. Served cool in my trusty pint glass and allowed to warm up. The appearance is coal black. A small tan head fades to lacing that lasts forever. I can’t see through it at all even when holding it to the light.
Smells of hops as well as roasted malt. Smells like a Russian Imperial Stout should. Taste is initially strong of roasted malt with some hop bitterness. Later, the hops show up stronger although in the end the roasted flavor wins out.
Minimal carbonation with medium mouthfeel.
When fresh, the alcohol dominated the flavor, but now it is not very noticeable and just provides a nice warming sensation. For a RIS, it is easy to drink. The strong roasted malt and hop flavor limit me to a couple bottles. This is not my favorite RIS but it is very good.

tkarsies, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of BreadSlicer
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: I was very excited on the first pour since it lived up to it's exceptionally dark and bold image

Smell: Typical RIS smell but more to the hoppy/nutty side

Taste: WAY too alcoholic for my tastes. The only other stout I've ever had that had a more dominating alcohol character was a Yeti IS which I hated. It makes every little sip a bit too far on the harsh side for me personally. Almost like drinking a brandy. But if you like drinking brandy...

Mouthfeel: Nice. Nothing special, but nice.

Drinkability: For me its barely drinkable enough to keep me from pouring it down the drain due to the 'way too alcoholic' character. There's actually a very good stout behind all that alcohol though.

BreadSlicer, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Stoneman78
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very deep and dark black hue with a tan creamy head that leaves a wide swath of lacing around the glass
S- Nose is of dark roasted malts with a heavy coffee/espresso emphasis, some subtle sweet caramel and earthy tones, subtle alcohol and floral hops
T- Taste is dominated by very sweet and sugary malts and cocoa backed by a range of citrus and pine hops, coffee picks up midway through and caps up the finish along with some bittering hops
M- Full-bodied IRS with a very creamy and smooth texture, nicely carbonated
D- Very smooth and creamy IRS that is well-balanced and easy to drink even at 9%abv, but I think it still can't quite hang with the big, bold, and complex west coast IRS offerings, I may or may not pick this up again in the future

Stoneman78, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of hellcatsjg
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Good dark stout look. A fingers worth of light tan head and a small bit of lacing as you go.

Smell: Scents of caramel, roasted chocolates, a bit of coffee, and a touch of hoppiness.

Taste: Doesn't do much for me. A split second of good stout flavor quickly gives way to an overly bitter taste that sticks around for too long. Not what I was looking for in a stout.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness. Flavor coats your mouth and sticks around for a while, too boad it's not the flavor I wanted.

Drinkability: Would be much higher if the taste was better. Not too offensive tasting, but not something I would try again. Surprised, given the high rating.

hellcatsjg, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of callmemickey
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A thick ebony black body topped with a mocha/tan head that stays for days

S: Earthy tones are offset by a dash of sharper hops... about standard roasted notes for a great stout.

T: Roasted malty goodness... all the earthy flavors are present (think coffee, chocolate, licorice, and molasses) and are interupted with what i believe to be an orange peel rush before returning to the roasted malts

M: Delightfully thick yet surprisingly smooth

O: You would never know this stout was hitting the scales at over 9% with the way this goes down

callmemickey, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a great imperial. Absolutely no light penetrated the glass. Nice lacing along the sides all the way through the drink. Slight undertones of mocha and malt. Very nice milky mouthfeel, with a little tingle on the tip of the tongue. Mild, smooth finish, with not as much of an alcohol aftertaste that I have experienced with other imperials. This is one of the best imperials I have tasted. Would love the opportunity to experience on tap. Highest recommendations.

Jwale73, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of wanker
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

[my review is updated for the 2007 release]

I rated this beer 4.1 when I tried the 2006 release. The 2007 release deserves a new review and my first 5 rating.

For 2007, the hops have been toned down a bit and the chocolate has been turned WAY up. I love chocolate stout, so this is a good thing.

This beer deserves a new category, "imperial chocolate stout."

The hops are there and come through in the smell. But the taste is so perfectly balanced that no one component dominates. There is something in here for every stout lover: some hops, some malt, lots of chocolate, just a hint of vanilla - a bit of everything.

This would be a great beer to drink with dessert.

The mouthfeel is perfect, not syrupy at all. Velvety.

Run, don't walk, to get some of this beer!

wanker, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this bottle as part of my Summer Spper BIF 2007.

Bottled on December 16, 2004.

Poured a deep dark almost black color with hints of mahogany around the edges. Tan head settled fairly slowly to a thin layer of foam. Aroma is a nice blend of coffee, and some flowery hops. Coffee flavors predominate, along with a very faint and mild hoppyness to it. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full bodied.
A very good, drinkable stout. It has aged very well, flavors/aromas blend together well, making this one a pleasure to behold. My only regret is this was my only bottle and i should have saved it for a special occasion. Well, the beer was so good it made this night seem fairly special indeed.

BigJTrucker, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of younger35
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought this monster back from my recent trip to Chicago. This is the last of the 3 or 4 that I brought, DAMN!! Comes in a pretty cool bottle with a best by date of March 9, 2012. Drank from my Dead Guy Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super deep dark black with almost blood red hues mixed throughout. Super creamy one finger head recedes fairly quickly leaving no cap but a nice thin collar. Leaves very little lacing that quickly follows the beer down the glass.
Smell- Dark roasted malts have a sweet burnt caramel like quality. Very gentle cocoa powder and espresso beans show through along with some alcohol. Not as big of a nose as I’ve smelled in other IRS’s but still nice. The only weakness (minor*) in this beer.
Taste- Dark roasted French roast coffee with an instant kick of bitter baker’s chocolate. Nice blasts of citrus that seems like it should be out of place but blends in perfectly. Hints of molasses and smoke show at times but for the most part this beer is dominated by the chocolate and fruit. Finishes with a bitter coffee aftertaste and amazingly at about 10% ABV, the alcohol shows almost zero.
Mouthfeel- Big, thick and creamy. Feels like this beer should feel like. Silky smooth with very little carbonation.
Drinkability- This beer is a couple chocolate chips away from being a brownie in a bottle. It’s so freaking good. Goes down so easy and smooth despite the big ABV. I really wish I had more access to this brew. When I eventually move back to Chicago this beer will have a permanent spot in my beer fridge and cellar. Great stuff!

younger35, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of surlyseth
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours cola to coffee color with a nice khaki head.

S: Oooh. Chocolaty coffee. Is this a cold mocha latte with some hops!?!

T&M: Wow! This is silky and espresso-like. Super smooth. Loving the low carbonation and obvious presence of hops. Choco-notes with a full coffee flavor. I'm tempted to substitute this for morning coffee. Sweet with a hoppy finish.

D: High ABV, but you really wouldn't know it until it gets in your bloodstream. The hops must be the thing that make this stout such a treat for me.

This is an incredible brew. A great pairing with peanut butter cups!

surlyseth, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Overlord
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After loving the @$% out of the resplendent hop wallop, I was extraordinarily hyped for this brew.

Pours a dark black with a nice tan head. Carbonation and a small head lingers for the entire drink, a facet of mouthfeel I'm beginning to appreciate more.

Taste is bitter, bitter chocolate with coffee (not as espresso-ey as other stouts, this is more like a normal black coffee). Some vanilla rounds out the flavors. Not much, if any, dark fruit or hops to it, although others have noted that they detected it. A hint of grapefruit hops (particularly if you let it linger on your tongue) ... but this is mostly roasted malt and a delicious coffee/chocolate combo.

This puppy has a serious bite in both alcohol content and flavor exhaustion. Two twelve oz. bottles and my taste buds were burned out.


Overlord, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #6.

Pours pitch black, thick as motor oil, with two fingers of rich and creamy coffee colored head. Recedes to a thin lace and leaves just a little bit of stick on the sides.

Smell is big chocolate and roasted malt, coffee, a bit of boozy alcohol and just a ton of sweet and enticing malt.

Taste is much like the smell, with chocolate and roasted malt, some coffee and molasses flavor, and a semi-sweet roasted finish. There's a peep of fruitiness in there, as well, and the alcohol sneaks into the flavor more than I'd like. As it warms the alcohol becomes less noticeable and it really smooths out.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy, full-bodied and luscious in the mouth. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit because of the ABV and because the alcohol is too noticeable. Definitely let it warm.

Overall this is a top notch brew, although not the best RIS I've had.

number1bum, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of MrBen
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice Russian Imperial. The only aspect that kept me from giving it a higher rating was the lingering hop notes in the aftertaste. I definitely detected hop body in the drink, which is okay, but I would have preferred a malt-dominant beer. That said, hops were not way over the top.

Pour is nearly black/opaque, head is a nice tan color that fades into a creamy dusting on the surface. Body is full and rich, pinched a little by the hops, but otherwise malty and toasty. Taste overall is quite good. I plan to try this one again.

MrBen, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of bigeyedfish
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer I've waited so long to try- not sure if an almost cannon-status will be good or bad for this beer. 12oz bottle from a case that says drink by 12 July 2012. Guess that means it's a 2007 release.

Appearance- a thin, espresso head forms, and quickly dissipates on top of a squid-ink-darkness-level-body which failed light penetration test from three different distances on multiple lights. So yeah, pretty dark, deathly looking beer.

Smells like chocolate for the most part, the dark almost baker kind with a hint of something stronger, more potent in the end(probably coffee).

Tastes like, wow, ok, yeah. Almost like hearing for 5 years how good Crime and Punishment, Fathers and Sons, et al is, and then having it be even better than everyone said. Chocolate, carbonation, some more chocolate. A late developing, lingering espresso (almost of the dark roasted Nicaraguan/Panamanian or even a nice Pacific Island Single Origin).

Mouthfeel is quite complex and remarkably enjoyable. Starts out with a nice bit of chocolate(again, of the dark, almost baker's varietal). progresses to a nice little bit of alka-seltzer-like carbonation coming from the back 2/3's of the tongue to the roof of the mouth, followed by a quick retreat of carbonation and a full on encampment of coffee and more chocolate, which seem to weaken/strengthen with little rhyme or reason, except that the dance is both amazingly free-for-all and remarkably waltz-precise.

the drinkability for one bottle is very good; it is smooth and pleasing and a beer that you do not want to end. however, the high abv is less than friendly in facilitating an all night drinking of this beer.

to sum up, wow. it's tough to hear so many great things about one beer; eventually it stops being something you enjoy and something you do because everyone else says you have to (ala reading all the classics). for once, it is nice to see that the hype falls short.

bigeyedfish, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting to try this one for awhile, I hope it delivers.

A-Pours a jet black, virtually no light gets through. A nice coffee coloured head settles down into a foamy slick. Great lacing.

S-hits all the typical notes for the style, coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol. Slightly subdued.

T-First thing that hits you is the roasted coffee/malt bitterness. A bit of dark chocolate is then hinted at along with some dark rum. Trypical for the style but I suppose nothing really stands out here to differentiate it from the tons of other Russians out there. As it warms a bit of pine and black pepper come through.

M-Very good, thick and syrupy without too much of the chalkiness that negatively effects others of its style. Good carbonation too.

D-what sets this stout apart is the carbonation which cuts through the rich tasting viscous liquid. Taste wise it is good but not great for the style. An enjoyable beer one i will probably have again but too be honest I think i am burning myself out on the heavy stouts.

sleazo, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: small glass on tap at Town Hall

A: very black that shifts to a barely noticable dark brown at the edges. Fluffy light brown head that lingered.

S: big, clean roasty smell with big malt. signular, not overly comples, but just good.

T: roast continues witha chocolate nuttiness, no coffee, unitl a bite in the aftertaste that complete the flow over the tongue.

M: medium to heavy, but not a chewy stout. Not think or waters in any way either. Just smooth.

D: very easy--too much for a stout.

Overall: one of my favorite stouts. Extremely drinkable beer that is wo well done that it's easy to buy over and over again.

FightingEntropy, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of cdrummer
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Like a black hole. Not only does it not let light through, it simply absorbs all light around it. The ivory head stays around for a while, sticking to the sides of the glass all the way to the end.

S: Like baker's chocolate and a hint of the alcohol soon to come.

T&M: Hits crisp, strong, and tad floral due to the hops, then slowly brings on the malty, thick, toasty, dark chocolate goodness. It transitions into a strongly warming finish, reminding me of chipotle pepper chocolate gelato because of the way it coats the palate, allowing the flavor and viscosity to linger.

D: This is an easy beer to drink. The high abv and sheer thickness of it make it a nice sipper, yet I find its crispness refreshing in addition to its objective bitterness. Dark chocolate goes well with this (obviously) but it can hold its own if you're not in the mood for all that sweetness. No kidding, I even tried it with a toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwich and it was fantastic.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer. It's one I've introduced to several friends who are also stout fans and easily sits in my top 5 stouts.

cdrummer, Sep 07, 2007
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,963 ratings.