Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,893 | Reviews: 2,497 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
Finally found this gem at Andersons in Columbus. Vigorously poured, that created an 8 inch (no lie) creamy mocha brown head that cascaded into a jet black liquid with a caramel light shinning through. The head left an excellent amount of sticky lace all over the glass. The strong scent of coffee comes screaming at you with a nice blend of dark bread and roasted caramel in the middle. I could also make out vanilla, molasses and alcohol. The initial taste was malty sweet with a long dark chocolate and espresso coffee bitter aftertaste. Aside being rich and smooth, the body felt medium to full with a creamy almost syrupy texture, soft carbonated and slight alcohol bite to warm the body. Overall, this brew rocks. Enjoy
04-02-2007 01:47:53 | More by GimpyCane
4.72/5 rDev +16%
Pours a dense brownish black with nice two finger head that leaves nice lacing behind.
Not much nose to it. What's there is usual roasted malt with hints of coffee and licorice.
Taste is right up there with Expedition, and Stone. Well balanced with just the right touch of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is so smooth and carbonation enough to add crispness that makes it feel lighter.
Drinkability quite good as well, probably the most drinkable IRS I've had.
04-01-2007 21:48:45 | More by techdiver
3.5/5 rDev -14%
Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date on the front label. It was a solid black with a thick brownish head that stuck around for a long time before settling to a thin foam. The smell was very weak and without any dominant trait. Even the dark malts were muted. The taste was good but nothing stellar. It had a pretty bitter end that kept my score down. It's my first RIS so maybe that's the style but missed the mark for me. (3,RB,ML,O)
03-31-2007 20:14:52 | More by TexIndy
4.15/5 rDev +2%
A: awesome jet black color with a coffee colored head. The head seems to stick around and is forthy.
S: There is an aroma to this beer? could have fooled me. usually stouts are more fragrant, this one is lacking in that regard. It seems to have a slight coffee chocolate aroma, but so faint its hard to pinpoint.
T: Reminds me a bit of anchor porter. smooth slighty coffee, chocolate. not sure, very nice though. The higher alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but not as much as one might think.
M: Very creamy nice, a little drying of the room of my mouth, but nice regardless
D: One of the most "drinkable" stouts ive tried. very easy to consume considering the abv. If you like stouts this is a winner.
03-31-2007 18:45:08 | More by Redwood21
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
12 oz bottle, best by 2011 - I think it's still safe.
Pours black with an impressive but not lingering dark brown head. Nice lacing throughout.
Nose ranks well behind the taste, but what there is is full of coffee, heavy roasty malt notes, and liquorice. Just a suggestion of the hop bitterness to follow.
Nice taste. The bitterness is notable right away, but perhaps this is because it isn't everyday you see this. Behind the loads of dark roast coffee and chocolate richness, besides the hint of vanilla, is a lot of residual sweetness - almost fruity. No, not almost - it IS fruity...berry? More big sweet coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. This'll be with me a while.
Really nice full mouthfeel with a wicked smoothless. Carbonation on the low side. Alcohol warming, but not unpleasantly so.
Quite drinkable for the strength, but if fresh I'll stop at one. Let it age a year and I'm likely to have more.
03-31-2007 02:23:12 | More by udubdawg
4.72/5 rDev +16%
Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle with a label indicating enjoy by nov. 1st, 2011... Into a snifter.
Appearance: pours a pittch black with a respectable 2 finger burnt orange colored head that sticks to the glass well.
Smell: Sweet smells of chocolate, toffe and espresso. Also of leather
Taste: Wow, and to think i made a car bomb out of this in total ignorance. (which was fantastic tho by the way) taste of bitter sweet chocolate, roast espresso beans and a definite hop presence that is superbly balance by a very strong malt. Lingering taste of burnt sugar and almost a tannic flavor.
Mouthfeel: I would rate this as somewhere between light and medium bodied and it certainly coats your mouth with flavors of roast espresso and burnt sugar
Drinkability: I rated this lowest of all for the burnt linger flavors and high alcohol content tend to push this one out of the realm of a "session beer"
Overall: Truely an excellent beer from Victory and a frequent in my fridge. If you like stouts or even if you don't, u gotta try this!
03-31-2007 01:10:23 | More by YankChef
4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. Home.
A: Pours a thick, syrupy pitch black liquid with a tan head. Slow cascade as it settles in the glass. The head is only about one finger thick and settles pretty quickly. Little lace down the side of the glass, but doesnt hang around long .
S: Some mild hop aroma with a little nutty grain. Nothing significant really jumps out at you.
T: Delicious. Tastes like my coffee on steroids. Lots of roasted coffee/espresso flavors with a pretty strong bitter hop balance. Some malt sweetness comes through, with some fruity blackberry tones, with some charcoal, earthy, grain notes and dark chocolate bitterness as well. Finishes with a nice alcohol glow. Long after the sip, the hops linger in the mouth with a notable bitterness.
M: Very low carbonation. Thick but not overly viscous.
D: Very, and with all the complex flavors its required to have more than one to see everything thats happening in this beer.
Very good stout. Great for a cold, winter night.
03-29-2007 14:57:47 | More by IgnatiusReilly
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
Ah, my first review and first craft beer in some 30 days. Excellent.
Appearance: Pours with a quarter-finger's worth of tan head, which is milky in its bubble pattering. Settles into a surface haze of the same color. Lacing is a fine mist-like thing, with spots covering the sides of the glass. Not particularly impressive, but it gets points for a) existing and b) being consistent throughout each swirl. The body is a rather uninspiring shade of stout dark brownish black, which is not particularly solid given how large of an RIS this is supposed to be.
Smell: Deep boozy dark fruits, including plums, raisins, along with notes of bread, some mild oakiness but a more general undefinable woodsiness. Dark chocolates pervade the chocolate profile, with some bittersweet and hints of smoothness suggesting milk varieties. Dried cranberries, some grape and apple qualities. Alcohol, which is very present, at least in the nose, but does not, remarkably, overpower the individual aromas. I detect little in the way of coffee or espresso in this nose, personally. It's there, in a bitter sharpness on the back end, but it's a bit of a reach, in my opinion.
Taste: Wow, this is a bad ass stout. I was wondering when I would taste the hop flavors others were noticing, and there they are. Deep bitter orange rind and lemon zest with a bisection of pine. Just absolutely bitter on the tongue. There the espresso shines through, the bitterness registering more on that scale than on the hops IBU variety. Additionally, the back end reveals more of this. Absolutely delicious flavor, like an Italian espresso or Turkish coffee it's so strong. Very bitter dark chocolate. A little dried raisin and cranberry on the upswing. This is a very powerful stout with better balance than other stouts in its "weight class," so to speak, but it still manages to miss the balance mark ever so slightly, I think.
Mouthfeel: Thick and bitter, with a fair amount of carbonation. Liqeur-like almost.
Drinkability: A definite sipper.
03-26-2007 06:23:30 | More by RidiculedDisplay
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
Presentation: c.2004 11oz bottle (Bottled date of 12/23/04) cellared in my possession for 2 years, in a classic conical pint glass
Before the review, a little story:
In March of 2005 I joined BA. During that month I went to Philadelphia for software training. On my way back I stopped at Victory and bought six 6 packs of various Victory beers plus a few wiretops. The Storm King I am about to enjoy and post as my 199th review is the lone remaining survivor of those original 36 beers. It has been cellared for 2 years, plus survived trips from Philly to Western PA, then to midcoast Maine. Its time...
Poured thick but not viscous, slick, oily. Nose is still hopped very nicely, sticky pine resin, warming alcohol, soft grapefruit, warm raisins. After resting & opening, faint, dull malts are noticeable, slightly mineral, lukewarm leftover coffee and even leathery tannins, the citrus fruits ripen and sweeten as the hops fade some. Head, even after all this time and the inherent high ABV, did not disappoint as it was a beautiful 2 fingers of tight, various sized latte hued foam that lasted for minutes before settling to a 1/8" covering that laced nicely in rings, very sticky. After a while it reduces to just a glass ring and sporadic lacing.
Color is almost black. Imagine the darkest blood red rose you've ever seen, and now imagine trying to see it by moonlight and thats close to what the glass edges barely review. Interior is opaque & black in a good mood, uber dark burnt umber.
Oh, this is nice. The hops have taken on a lovely grapefruited-citrus, oily, sticky quality. The tangy bite (not obnoxious but definitely demanding attention) rides over a pleasing, warm raisin quality. I can tell after one taste this is going to require, ney, demand a slow sipping session....cool. Mild bitter coffee tones are also present on the tongue, but the oily, citrused hops are the star. As it warms on the palate the hops give way to a very pleasing black coffee & milk chocolate taste (not mocha, but both noticeable and unique) that is welcomingly creamy and almost dairy like.
With some more blooming the initial citrusy hops become sweeter, amazing qualities of warm semi-sweet apple (Macintosh), overripe apricot, but in very hushed tones. The palate continues to get creamier and sweeter with chocolate, earthy malts, even some nuts.
The finish is odd yet nice - a wet, slightly syrupy, hand in hand joining of the initial oily hops and the semi-sweet, creamy chocolate palate. The sensation is unusual yet pleasing (chocolate & citrus go surprisingly well together). Aside from the alcoholic echoes each swallow induces into my sinus cavities, its a pleasing, very warm, coating and chewy bittersweet sheen covering my entire mouth. A final comment is some noticeable sediment on the glass bottom.
Very unusual & very enjoyable. Its amazing after 2 years the hop profile remains such a dominant role, but its evolution into the oily, citrus style is very nice. Cellaring certainly didn't hurt this in the least, and I am very curious as to how it would handle longer cellaring periods. Based on this one I feel pretty confident it could go 3-5 no problem, and it would be interesting to see how long before the hops do tone down to really allow other flavors to shine. A fine Imperial Stout, and excellent candidate for long term cellaring.
03-26-2007 00:43:51 | More by BuckSpin
4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
Purchased six-pack of this.
A- It poured jet black, with a half inch of brown foam. It poured as if was quite thick.
S- It smelled of roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate.
T- It explodes in the mouth, tastes of coffee and citrus. Surprisingly, no alcohol burn for a beer of this strength.
M- Very smooth, it covers the tongue and engulfs the mouth, almost perfect.
D- This beer, with the alcohol strength, could be dangerous, it is so tasty.
In the past week I have ran a mini taste session of Imperial Stouts, Old Rasputin, Brooklyn Black Chocolate, and finally, Storm King. I would say, Storm King is the winner, with Brooklyn second, and Old Rasputin third. I will seek out a few more to add to the next tasting.
03-24-2007 21:21:13 | More by cichief
3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
This pours darker than the oil in my car (changed every 30,000 if it needs it or not...). Leaves little head. I predict this is a thick brew....
Smells malty with a bit of citrus...
Taste is rather... interesting... Grapefruit peel, malts, molasses, and a bit of an edgy thinner like flavor - alcohol I take it, but it is a bit sharp.
Mouthfeel is amazing for a beer like this - creamy.
Finish is clean, leaving a touch of that thinner-like flavor I didn't like in the taste.
This is a quite drinkable beer. It hides the alcohol flavor TOO well. I recommend giving this a try!
03-24-2007 03:22:56 | More by karengarys
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
12oz bottle - Glass was a Ridel brandy snifter.
Appearance: Black as the night sky with a nice dark 2 finger head.
Nose: Wonderful roasted malt, some espresso/coffee, a little touch of hops. Aroma really developed closer to room temp.
Taste: Big roasted malt, bread, followed with some hops. Dark chocolate and espresso on the beautifully long finish. Fantastic.
Mouthfeel: Very nice mouth, medium thickness, nice creamy texture. Very nice carbonation level, not overdone.
Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style. Don't be surprised if you have a few..
Overall: This is one of the best, if not the best "6 pack" stouts I have found to date. I always keep this on hand. Great beer!
03-22-2007 20:14:57 | More by session1979
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
Pours black as coal, the body is too dark to allow any light through. A decent two finger head much like espresso crema formed on a standard pour. A fine yet full ring of lacings rings the glass, the lacings are slightly sticky and cling forming a web like pattern.
A good amount of grapefruit and other citrus evident from the hops, dominating the nose of this brew. Creamy nuts, chocolate, some espresso, and a strong roasted character with anise and smoke present.
Tasting does this brew more justice than the nose alone, as some of the flavours hidden by big juicy hop aromas reveal themselves, along with the depth and character of this brew. Somewhat strong hints of anise and smokey roastiness, mochaccino, and some nutty treacle quickly morph into the more bitter west coast grapefruit hop bitterness, as well as a more floral and earthy hop character.
This is a big, full bodied stout and is all around rich, from its malts, roasted character, and its hop bite. The hops really manage to assert themselves, even through the rich malt backbone. The grapefruit hoppiness blends nicely with the roastiness, exaggerating the flavour of anise, as well as providing an almost lingering hop bitterness.
Very enjoyable and drinkable for such a big brew. The PNW hops work great with this stout. Perfect for a cool wintry night, or for calling the first thunderstorms of the year on the first night of spring as i did last night. Would recommend familiarity and appreciation of IPAs and RISs before taking on this storm, with its bold depth of flavour. Will gladly drink this one again.
03-21-2007 22:45:57 | More by demcorhip
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
A - Totally black, a slight hint of amber/ tan at the bottom when held up directly to a lightbulb. Pours with a small, but very dense, dark khaki head. Head retention is good for a high alcohol beer, drops down to a thick film and leaves behind dense laceing.
S - Chocolate, coffee, roast malt. Biscuity aroma, really smells of baked goods and dark chocolate.
T - Sweet, dry chocolate flavor, with a smooth, velvety hop finish. Malty, bready caramel, and an odd minty note.
M - Smooth, thick, and maby just a little bit oily. The body on this beer is close to perfect for an imperial stout.
D - Despite being an intense and interesting beer, this may be the most drinkable imperial stout I have ever had. The heavy hopping gives it a little harsh bitternes, but it is necissary to balance the flavors and it works perfectly to bring out the intense dark chocolate flavors.
03-15-2007 23:41:56 | More by nickfl
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
Enjoy by Jan 24 12.., 2012? There'd be enough alcohol.
Black. Nice brown foamy head.
Sweet dark malty brew, but fairly light. Hop: floral, herbal. Malt: dark, sweet, roasted chocolate/coffee, rich.
Comes off as rich, dark, and thick. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth. Hop: tart, floral, mild herbal/citric, medium bitterness. Malt: dark ripe fruits, roasted chocolate, espresso, toasty sweet. Alcohol notes and roasted barley woody edge. Creamy raisin, full espresso, dark chocolate flavors develop. Significant bitterness. Finishes fairly clean, yet dry, tart, and bitter like semisweet chocolate.
Crazy smooth, I could suck 3-4 of these down.. ;-). Dark as promised. Pretty tasty.
03-15-2007 17:25:45 | More by MrHungryMonkey
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Executive Summary: Victory brewers are masters at their craft, and you need look no further than Storm King as solid evidence. Not only is the Storm King an imposing imperial stout ("imposing" is a requirement in my book)...it is a flavorful, quite drinkable adventure that makes it one of the few in this style that could pass for a session beer.
Appearance: Pours a viciously opaque deep brown/black into my tulip. Fluffy tan head, resting at about a finger thick. Nice lacing.
Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, molasses, licorice.
Taste: Deeply roasted malts with some associated sweetness give way to a slightly acidic coffee flavor, followed quickly by a nice hop flavor and associated bitterness. No noticeable alcohol flavors, even as it approaches room temperature.
Mouthfeel: Not as chewy as I remember previous incarnations, but pretty thick in its own right. Slightly sticky as it warms, with a lively but not overbearing carbonation level. Very, very smooth.
Drinkability: Highly, highly drinkable for an impy stout. Good balance of malt, hops and adjuncts make this an interesting brew to play with to see what new flavors you can discern. 9+% ABV is well hidden in this one, so be wary - it can sneak up on you.
03-12-2007 03:04:25 | More by kpantz
4.15/5 rDev +2%
not a very robust opening, head is difficult to conjure up, but but is a rich tan one that leaves a nice wall on the sides of the the glass. Dark dark, but light is still penetrable through my 4oz taster (might not through a pint glass or otherwise), shining a deep ruby red.
a blueberry, mild roast. Even at 54 degrees, the aromas are very faint.
taste is sour, sweet and awesomely bitter. A creamy liquor aftertaste. The mouthfeel is quite nice, adequately sudsy and feels slick to the tongue. Very simple flavors carried nicely by the beer's thickness. Mostly dark roasted coffee, Has an excellent warming sensation - super smooth. This beer masks its abv remarkably well.
Wow. good beer. and for a russian imperial - this is highly drinkable. Could be dangerous, but my store only sells these by the individual bottle.
03-11-2007 09:38:24 | More by geographie
4.8/5 rDev +17.9%
Appearance: Poured a gorgeous dark, near-black into my pint glass. There was minimal head present when I received my glass from the bartender.
Smell: The bar was crowded and smoky but the beer still persevered through the smell and the roasted chocolate and coffee. There seemed to be some faint dark fruits present as well, but they were hard to distinguish.
Taste: The chocolate and dark fruits explode in the mouth. The cofee presence helps balance the alcohol across the palate and it finish with a nice hop bitterness. The aftertase seems to be of some bakers chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as one would expect but with enough depth to coat your mouth with flavors.
Drinkability: I ended up drinking a couple of these at the bar tonight to the detriment of my sobriety, but I couldn't help myself.
03-10-2007 15:54:47 | More by stereosforgeeks
3.55/5 rDev -12.8%
Pours with a thin, dark tan head and a little lacing. There is no way in hell that a single photon is passing this monstrous black gravity well of a beer.
The nose is alcohol and strangely astringent hops. This is going to be interesting...
Very tasty beer, very poor style example. It tastes dry, shockingly hoppy with some phenolic character-- unusual to say the least. There is a solid dark malt backbone that sits in the background owing to the powerful hop flavor. There's some very slight mid-palate biscuity flavor; so slight that I might be hallucinating it. Finishes strong, with hop bitterness. Not what I expected from an imperial stout, but holy shit, it is delicious.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and carbonated, but it's somehow fitting for the beer, especially given the strong hop character.
There are about a thousand reviews of "dangerously drinkable" beers. At 9.1% ABV, this beer borders on a date rape drug in its drinkability.
RERATE: Apparently this review was written back when I valued style over substance. The truth is, this review liked the beer way more than I did-- it actually turned me off hoppy stouts until Darkness came along and rocked my palate. I saved a bottle for over a year now with one, and only one purpose in mind-- ruthlessly kill all the hops in this beer. So down to business.
The aroma tells me one thing-- I succeeded. It's coffee, chocolatey, and sort of musty with a heavy background of dark malts. No lupulin in evidence. Flavor profile opens up malty, and finishes a bit more astringent than I would have liked, but nowhere near, say, Old Rasputin or Nogne Ø. Every flavor has mellowed out nicely-- this beer tastes like an imperial stout that has gone into retirement. It's not bad at all, and pretty drinkable. My main gripe would be with the body, which is closer to beer than molasses-- not what I look for in my impies.
This isn't going to become my favorite beer anytime soon, but if I ever happen to get a hold of more, now I know what to do-- lay it down.
(Damn, I'm a wordy bastard today.)
03-10-2007 02:19:08 | More by kajerm
2.95/5 rDev -27.5%
Best by 2011 or something like that.
Pours out a beautiful pitch black with tawny port hues on the edges of the glass. Head is a chocolatey brown and maintains rather well in spite of the size of the beer. Viscous. Smell is at first of pungent hops like this was a DIPA or something. Lots of citrus oils and alcohol in the nose. underneath this I get some chocolate and dark roast coffee. With the taste, again, big hops up front but it works better than with the smell because the chocolate flavors mix well with it. Finish is all hop oiliness and astringent burnt malts. Unpleasant lingering bitterness. The weight of this beer in the mouth is solid, but the carbonation needs to take it easy. I'm not crazy about it, but if offered to me, I wouldn't turn it down, I guess. HYPE.
03-10-2007 02:06:16 | More by goochpunch
4.65/5 rDev +14.3%
A- Looks like thick coffee. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head that settles to a thin lace quickly.
S- Wonderful. Piney hops with thick, sweet malt that leaves a heavy sensation in the nose, one that makes you want to smell it and savor for hours before you drink it.
T- The only reason this doesn't get a 5 is the slight metallic note. That's the only reason. Strong hops, strong malt, perfect balance but dense and intense.
M- Well carbonated but smooth, thick but light. This mouthfeel is perfect.
D- One of the easiest imperial stouts around to drink. Dangerous for the alcohol content.
03-08-2007 01:49:50 | More by khiasmus
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured a dark opaque black with a decent light tan head. The aroma was of dark chocolate, roasted espresso and roasted barley, very true to the style. The taste was a very great blend of coffee, cocoa and roasted barley, also very true to the style, but much better than most. This beer is very smooth on the palate for one so strong. The carbonation is very tolerable and the alcohol well hidden. This is a great beer on a cold night or even a mild early spring evening.
03-08-2007 01:04:24 | More by atsprings
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
12oz into my rapscallion goblet, at cellar temp
Pours black with a finger of soft taupe head. A bit of lacing as head quickly recedes.
Scent of bitter dark chocolate, cold espresso and alcohol.
Unsweetened bitter dark chocolate, cold espresso and roasted / burnt flavor. No aftertaste and it clears the palate quickly. This beer is not sweet at all. A bit more bitter than I might ideally wish for.
The mouthfeel is what defines this stout for me. Intensely full, thick, rich, creamy and lush. Has an impressive weight and density. I honestly can't imagine a more delightful mouthfeel.
This is really a nice Imperial Stout.
03-03-2007 04:47:50 | More by sethmeister
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Poured black with a dark tan or chocolate head, about 2 fingers. This dissipated into a nice lacing that stuck around.
S: Chocolate and coffee all the way, along with a lot of dark roasted scent.
T: Dear god, this is good. Hoppier than most RIS, in that they're fairly pronouced up front but then give way to the coffee and chocolate flavors. The malt is surprisingly sweet; I would've expected a bit more bitterness in such a dark beer. The finish is more of the same, though it is somewhat astringent.
M: This is the definition of full-bodied. It's not syrupy or cloying; it simply has presence that dominates the palate. Excellent overall.
D: Very drinkable, though alcohol content limits the practical amount of this you can drink.
Possibly the best RIS I've tasted so far.
03-03-2007 00:47:12 | More by TheWhaleShark
4.03/5 rDev -1%
I have to agree with the Alstrom bros on this one: this beer has gone a little out of whack. It pours a beautiful black and has a nice creamy carmel head, and it smells like the real deal. But, unfortunately, this beer has become really bitter (emphasis on really). I don't think I could drink more than one a night, and I love bitter. For some reason, I remember this beer being a little more in balance when I tried it a few years ago.
After giving the rest of this six pack a try, I have grown to really like this beer; yeah it's bitter as all hell, but once you start to embrace that, other stouts seem flat-out week. In fact, I wouldn't drink another stout within the same week to avoid making the others seem bland. I guess you just need to get your taste buds up for the challenge on this one.
02-25-2007 02:24:44 | More by notoriousdav
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,893 ratings.