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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,156 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,156
Reviews: 2,510
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 152
Gots: 506 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Photo of brandoneast
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with amazing head retention. Aroma of plums, mocha coffee, and faint anise with an alcohol nose comparable to barleywine. The taste brings intricate flavors of biscotti, toasted almond, bread crust, dried red fruit and bittersweet chocolate. Alcohol moderately warms the mouth, then finishes quite bitter, yet pleasantly with a creamy and full mouthfeel. Storm King is an impressive and complex dessert stout that stores and cellars for up to five years.

brandoneast, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown longneck bottle poured into a snifter that was sampled by a couple friends. Bottle is marked best before August 2012, so this one is about 6 months old.

First of all, this is one dark beer, so black with a milk chocolate colored head that sported pretty good retention and lacing. I have seen this in a pint glass and it looks fantastic.

Smell is, obviously, roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, some alcohol coming through but it is nicely tempered, which is a welcome change from RIS alcohol bombs. There is also a pleasant hoppiness that just peeps through all the dark malts to remind me that this is, after all, a beer, and one from victory nonetheless.

Taste is dominated by dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, some alcohol and some hoppiness. Pretty much the same story. This one is good, and pretty smooth. Not too bold so as to be harsh, not to tame so as to be boring.

Mouthfeel was full without being syrupy or cloying, medium low carbonation keeps it just lively enough. Very drinkable. 9% is up there, but not so high that i would have passed on drinking another right then and there. Delicious and fairly cheap. I got mine as part of a mixed six pack for $10.99.

wheelinshirt, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of Sponan
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in a pub glass at Victory's Pub

A-One of the blackest beers I have seen, topped by a thick head that reminded me of cappucino; Excellent retention and lacing.

S-A little citrus hop, along with a nice bit of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. A little subdued compared to others of the style, but nicely balanced..

T-Complex malt character, with coffee, chocolate, molasses and a nice earthiness. A bit more hop than expected breaks through, along with a hint of citrus. Nicely balances the beer. A little cherry and chocolate subsides to a dry roasted malt finish.

M-Nice mouthfeel. This is a thick, smooth beer that coats your mouth. A nice level of carbonation plays with the palate. Also a pleasant bit of alcohol warmth.

This is a great beer and goes down easy for the abv. Everyone should give this a try. One of my favorites.

Sponan, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, 3-finger root beer float-colored head stays well - decent lacing. French roast-colored opaque body. Very enticing.

Nose has a slight metallic twang with a little coldness (from carbonation?) at first - graduates to nice bitterness and coffee grounds.

Chewy, sweet hearty roasted bittersweet chocolate malt with nice grassy hop finish. Vanilla ice cream with natural cocoa topping. Evolves into further bitterness - alcohol also emerges more. Well-balanced - lots of everything here.

Very chewy - slowly coats, soothes, relieves? Slight alcohol burn; hop finish becomes more pronounced.

Quite drinkable for the style; perhaps not a true session item (rather filling) but a worldly effort all-around.

IBUnit63, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass.

A - Black as midnight, black as pitch, blacker than the foulest witch. Perfect lacing, nice head and good retention. It looks evil.

S - Bitter chocolate malts, a bit pungent, yet tasty.

T - Wow, I'm not a stout fan by any means, but this is damn good. Super smooth roasted malt profile chocked full of dark fruits and plums. Chocalate makes up the creamy finish. Impressive.

M - Full bodied, smooth, bitter residue tinges the palate, low carbonation.

D - Amazing. I really love this beer, I was saddened upon realizing that it was done for, I need more. So do you. Reco.

PhageLab, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer casked poured from the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia.

The appearance was there for sure. It poured a thick brown /black with a nice tan two to three finger head. I could smell the chocolate malts and coffee mix as soon as it was placed in front of me. It had a nice earthy taste to it with well balanced hops, coco, and coffee. Nice and smooth when on the palate, very enjoyable. Very easy to drink. Especially when poured from a hand pumped cask.

ROMER79, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with 1" thick, pillowy head, tan in color. A lot of lacing was left as the head came down. Smells of roated malt with some chocolate and raison. Tastes of roast malt and toffee then finishes dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, minimal carbonation. Goes down easily. Can't detect the alcohol. Not may favorite imperial stout, but very good.

KOPBeerDrinker, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost as black as old engine oil... one of the darker stouts I have seen. Decent, light brown head... pulls back a little quick, but sticky.

S: An over-roasted (I might not go so far as to use burnt on this one) malt aroma. A bit of a nice mocha/toffee blend going on in there.

T + M: Roasted malts and burnt sugars/toffee, some bitterness... I like the flavour well enough, but what really stood out is the feel. Quite thick and viscous, creamy and smooth. If this had just a bit more complexity to the flavour to savour, it could be a world-class brew.

D: I'd get more just because I like how it feels going down. Ultimately, I don't suppose it REALLY jumps out at me, and the ABV will of course catch up quite quickly, but it's reasonably good nonetheless.

Proteus93, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near opaque black brew with a light brown head on it. Molasses and milk chocolate in the aroma while the taste accents bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Somewhat thick but mostly creamy on the tongue. Alcohol is warming, but very well hidden for a brew of this strength.

A very well crafted stout, and another solid brew from Victory, though I like my stouts a tad sweeter.

saintwarrick, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of mellocello2003
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good beer. Perhaps not as good as others mentioned in this review.

A - thick, dark, and creamy with a very minimal head and some minor lacing.

S - malty toffee

T - lots and lots of burnt sugar paired with toffee and an overwhelming aftertaste of yet more burnt sugar. Not exactly complex. Perhaps they overkilned the malts? Is that possible to do?

M - The mouthfeel was quite nice. I would expect nothing less.

D - Good.

mellocello2003, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of steelcutoats
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle of Storm King that I am reviewing today was given to me by a representative of Victory Brewing Co. at a beer tasting that I recently attended. While I have had Storm King before I figured now would be the perfect time to sample this high gravity stout seeing that its 14 degrees outside.

The beer poured into the usual tasting snifter with a small head that quickly vanished. The lacing on the inside of the glass was minimal. The nose was sharp with hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel. Although this beer boasts a 9.1% ABV it is very drinkable, and it doesn't leave you with a harsh, alcoholic aftertaste. I am planning on taking a trip to the Victory brewery, hopefully sometime this spring. I'll definitely be sure to bring a few bottles back for aging.

steelcutoats, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of coalcracker
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours virtually pitch-black with brown head.

Smell: The scent of sherry comes to mind immediately. Mild roasted aromas surface.

Taste: Burnt and bitter tones- slightly astringent, bite initally. The roasted malts are quite evident, ushering up notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste lingers for awhile on the palate. An alcohol warmth is also very perceptible throughout the tasting. Fortunately, as this beer warmed, these harsher elements seemed to mellow a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderately slick feel.

Drinkability: Good for a single serving, especially if paired appropriately. Not a serviceable session brew.

Overall: The bitterness and 'burnt' properties seem to be a bit too forthcoming here. Seems like this could be a much better beer if its overall aggressiveness would be turned down a notch. Perhaps a little time in the cellar would tone this down some...

coalcracker, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big and black, with a nice tan head. The head does not stay put for long, nor does it leave behind much lacing.

Aroma of bitter chocolate, semi sweet cherry cordials, some far off roasted malts and/or coffee. The taste is warm with alcohol throughout, but with sweet cherries and dark chocolate, roasted malts and robust arabica beans. Some lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

This RIS is big and viscous. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. A good sipper that is sure to warm you on a cold Winter's night.

ZimZamZoom, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark cola, decent head that fades to thin wisps. sparse lacing.

coffee scent with leafy, herbal tones. whiff of leather (?!) and alcohol.

some acidic bite before the dark mocha flavor. hint of aged or spiced rum. some roasted malt peeks through the solid hop profile: some herbal spiciness, good bitter backbone. semi-sour, semi-dry finish.

viscous and somewhat creamy.

not too bad. but i've had better.

tai4ji2x, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a complete darkness pitchblack with a nice brown 1 finger head that leaves sticky lacing throughout the session. Aroma is complete heaven, Roasted grains, malts and semi chocolate. Nice!! Taste is phenomenal. Nice coffee and chocolate attack with flanks of chicory bitterness and hoppy piney finish. Mouthfeel is a very pleasing malty but not too thick and syrupy feel. Drinkablity is a great one as well with this one only being an 9.1 abv. lol

DrinkinBuddy, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of thartman
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with a two-finger frothy tan head with good retention and lots of lacing throughout. Smell of roasted malts, coffee, some licorice. Lots of flavor as soon as it hits the palate, like espresso coffee, roasted malts, and some hoppy bitterness, actually quite complex. Mouthfeel is oily smooth, medium-heavy body, the finish is definitely bitter. Mellows a wee bit as it warms up a little. Excellent stout, Nice cold weather beer. It will be interesting to see how this batch changes over the year(s).

thartman, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with a best by date of January 2, 2012 poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a jet black with a thin tan head that became a light lace in the middle of the glass and around the edges. It left nice sticky rings.

S- Initially, it was on the hoppier end of the RIS spectrum. The hoppy scent was well mixed with sweet chocolate, coffee, and raisin tones.

T- It had great flavor. There was a well blended mix of roasted coffee and sweet raisin flavors combined with a nice hop touch. The alcohol is well masked.

M- It had a good thick feel as expected for the style that left a slight coating effect. There was a little bite from the hops.

D- It's a nice full-flavored sipper. I'd look forward to drinking it again.

Overall- Storm King is a great cold weather beer. I cracked this one open during the season's biggest ice storm on Michigan's West Coast.

GRPunk, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After a quick pour of this pitch black beer had a large, creamy tan-colored head. Piney hops waft above this beer and dominate the nose. The feel in the mouth is full bodied and coats the palate. The taste of chocolate and espresso manage to make an appearance through the dominating hoppy bitterness. The beer signs off with more lasting bitterness. This is a complex beer. The strong bitterness is nicely complemented by the roasted malt flavors and the mouthfeel of the beer. One of my favorites.

BeardedBoffin, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with 1 finger of creamy tan head, good retention, and some lacing, though only at the top. Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits like raisins, coffee, and milk chocolate. Taste starts out with some licorice, followed by a creamy milk chocolate, raisins and other dark fruits, and a bitter coffee finish. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth, but with a nice bite in the finish. Very drinkable for a RIS, presents with a fairly nice balance and would be a good brew to try to venture into the world of Imperial Stouts.

HopDerek, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Junnila
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black hole color with light tan head that dissipated quickly. Smells of a typical RIS, dark roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, bread, etc. Taste is superb with smoky hints of everything I smelled and more. Mouthfeel is also very similar to many other RIS I have tasted, full body and sense of alcohol but not too dominant. Drinkability is very high for an RIS in my opinion. I will be trying other Victory selections as they become available based on their RIS.

Junnila, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of BiereBlanche
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle "enjoy by sept 2012" into a working glass.

A- It's just black, no seeing through it, black. Gorgeous, huge creamy tan-chocolate head. No lace work, sadly.

S- Very rich, lots of cocoa, dark chocolate notes at the forefront with generous helpings of sweet coffee, dark berries. Hops are minimal and might have mellowed since fresh.

T- Sweet and smooth up front quickly grows into a heavy dose of roast darkness - bitter cocoa and chocolate covered coffee beans, espresso along with the right amount of acrid bitterness. Grapefruit hops come with plenty of flavor and a well balanced bitterness. Alcohol is muted for the ABV, but present. Finishes dry with a lot of lingering bitter roast character. All the elements of a great RIS are here and balanced to make a very drinkable stout.

M- Full, but could still be a bit heavier for my likings. Low carbonation.

D- A great sipping stout, never overpowering, but with all the great, rich and heavy elements I was looking for. I think this would be great with any amount of aging. It's great right now, and I imagine it had a stronger hops presence a few months ago. I'm looking forward to trying this for years to come.

BiereBlanche, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black brew with a big three finger heat that gets really rocky and chunky on its slow journey down to one finger. Nice retention and foaminess on the head! Lots of really foamy lace in stuck to the glass.

S - Milk chocolate, tootsie roll pops (chocolate), a hint of mint, and whipped cream. No where near as roasted or dark chocolate focused as I expected. This smells more like mint chocolate chip ice cream. Its also not quite as assertive as it should be...being an 'imperial" brew and all.

T - Licorice, mint, and herbal tea in addition to the expected milk chocolate and espresso. This is actually very delicate and complex. It's not the big bruiser that I thought it would be, but it's still got quite a bit of coffee bitterness.

M - Big bodied, thick, and viscous as hell. This is a very buxom brew! Middling carbonation fades to a really dry and herbal finish like green tea. Wicks all moisture from my mouth!

D - This is a very good beer, but I do think that it's a bit overrated...or it could be that many of the nuances found here (green tea, mint chocolate chip) are not my favorite flavors in the world. I was craving some bitter dark chocolate, whisky-like booze, and espresso bit this took things in a whole new direction for an imperial stout. Originality is a good thing.

pmcadamis, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sharp hop nose with secondary malt aromas. Virtually no head on the pour of this nearly pitch black brew. The flavor is sharp and warm, with heavy malts coming in afterwards. It finishes very hoppy and warm all the way down. The alcohol is present and is hardly masked by the intense flavors of the hops & malts.

Oof. I know Storm King is probably representative of the Russian Imperial Stout style but it just isn't my speed. Apologies to those that enjoy this style but I had a hard time with it.

SIRIUS2, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EGledhill for the chance to try.

Pours a dark brown/black with a good size tan head and lacing to match.

Smell is surprisingly hoppy for a RIS. Can't seem to make out the roasted malt as easily as I can other stout since the hoppiness covers most of the other aromas.

Taste is very creamy and smooth, roasted malt upfront but is quickly replaced by a hop bitterness (with slight coffee hints) that lingers long after. After warming up, the roasted malt sweetness begins to have more of a presence though. Certainly one of the more accessible RIS's that I've had.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours out a thick, opaque liquid with a thick brown foam. Excellent stickiness and retention.

S - Smells incredibly hoppy for a stout - grapefruit first and foremost, followed by some fruitiness. After a while lots of chocolate start coming through as well.

T - Very bitter, some molasses sweetness up front, big juicy citrus/grapefruit in the middle and finishes quite dry and bitter with a distinct cocoa flavour. 2nd sip is bittersweet chocolate up front, citrus middle again, and a hoppy finish. Take 3, more roastiness coming through but still as hoppy. Alcohol is showing more now as well.

M - Chewy but with a fresh menthol character that lightens it somewhat (I think it's something to do with the hoppiness).

D - This is really <any expletive> good. Apparently this is my 401st review, and the first full "5" rating for me.

allergictomacros, Jan 29, 2008
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,156 ratings.