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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,979 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,979
Reviews: 2,502
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 142
Gots: 453 | 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.

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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
Photo of Beerzebub
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Michael Jackson.

Almost black. Small, finely textured tan head. Nice blotchy lace.

Smells mildly but pleasantly of sweet caramel, coffee, and breakfast cereal, with a bit of banana and some booze.

Tastes like espresso, with dark chocolate, moderately sweet, well balanced with assertive citrus and pine hop flavor and bitterness. Some licorice and mint. Some mild acidity. Some alcohol. Long hoppy finish like sweet citrus rind, with underlying roastiness and hop bitterness. Powerful and very enjoyable.

Fine carbonation, excellent mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

Good stuff.

Beerzebub, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of bosco7
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a light brown, thick, and certainly creamy head.

Really mild nose-nothing jumping out at me. Some star anise, coffee, and some chocolate.

Noticeably balanced. Starts with some sweet chocolate. Some mild dark cherry in the middle. Espresso and some vanilla in the finish. Really dry finish for the style.

Mouthfeel is smooth and lingers on the tongue. Carbonation bite is present. Pretty damn drinkable at 9 % ABV. Very good RIS.

bosco7, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Hemi
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Black in color. Three finger head that disappears quick quickly. Decent lacing that weakens as the head disappears.

S - Citrus hops, sweet and biscuit malty aroma.

T - Orangey flavored hops, chocolate and biscuit malts. The bittering hops lingers for quite a while. Warm alcohol taste.

M - Thick and sharp. Malts provide a decent amount of residual thick sweetness and co2, hops and alcoholicy taste provide a sharpeness.

D - This is a sipping beer. I can drink a couple of these slowly.

Hemi, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of genog
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a decent size tan head bubbling away at first pour. Some lacing stays on the sides of the snifter. Some of the great scents that are cultivated from an Imperial stout, coffee, cocoa, toffee, they are very subtle in the nose hope that they pick up in the taste. The taste of this one is not as strong as I was hoping. The toffee, and chocolate are present but they seem to be overpowered by the dried fruit taste that leaves almost a chewy presence in this thick brew. Moutfeel is smooth leading to a slight warming presence in the beer as it is sipped. Hoping that I can cellar the remainder and see how it evolves.

genog, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours oil black with a dark brown head that dies quicker than I expected. Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee beans, chocolate and some brandy. Tastes of all that it smells , sweet with some dried fruit. Full in the mouth, almost chewy and finishes with some alcohol. This is a huge stout an makes a nice nightcap but more than one or two of these would be pushing it.

franksnbeans, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of shaebs99
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured an opaque black. with small creamy head (maybe it will have a larger head and better lacing if I had let it warm up a little first)
Aroma is made up of espresso and chocolate with some hops and alcohol.
Taste is of roasted bitterness backed up with some of the sweeter malt flavor. Good amount of hop bitterness for the style. Hints of chocolate at the back.
This beer is thick and creamy. Absolutely loved it. Far from a session beers drinkability, but is a beer that I will come back to often

shaebs99, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

120z bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Says enjoy by Christmas Eve, I personally cannot wait that long.

A: Pitch black with a mocha coffee colored two inch head that was achieved thru a decently quick pour. It bubbles down to about and inch with sticky lacing clinging to the sides of the glass that later fades into a thin cap until the finish.

Sweet dark fruits from the hops tied with a decent coffee and chocolate background, burt sugar. Damn inviting.

T/MF: Like the Old Rasputin this is one I don't even want to swollow. Not much carbonation but I wasn't expecting much. It starts out with a black coffee bitterness but then as it warms in the mouth the brew opens itself up and befcomes rich and fruity with a creamy smoothness, bitter chocolate to close with a bit of an alchohlic kick and in the end leaves the mouth sort of dry from the hops.

D: The only problem I found with this beer is that it is a bit too bitter for my tastes in this style category. The hops seem to take precedent here and after a few sips the hop oil coats the tongue enough to mask less robust flavors. Still the first few sips are heaven in a bottle.

bluemoonswoon, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter, best by May 30th, 2012.

Pours an opaque black with a 2 finger dirty brown head that settles nicely. Leaves some good lace.

Smell is delightful! Chocolate on top of coffee on top of some alcohol.

Taste is very good, though not as complex as I would have liked. Chocolate, espresso and some good bitterness. There are some hints of fruit and alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, almost milkshake like at times.

Overall, a very tasty RIS. Alcohol will sneak up on you. Thanks to buckeyesox for the sample!

bluegrassbrew, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Small tan colored head, standard stout black body and pretty good lacing.

S: I pick up some dark malt sweetness, and another mild pleasant odor. It is subtle but definitely whets my appetite for this beer.

T: Slight malt flavor but the hops take over pretty quickly. Finish is a good mix of the two.

M: Thick with small bubbles, coats the mouth. This is exactly right.

D: Not a guy that likes too many hops in an RIS. I'm looking for that dark malt bitterness rather than the hop bitterness. Also it's 9.1 abv.

51mmz0rz, Aug 15, 2007
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,979 ratings.