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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,413 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,413
Reviews: 2,567
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 179
Gots: 627 | FT: 15
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Ratings: 5,413 | Reviews: 2,567
Photo of cvstrickland
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle with a mean-looking bird-of-prey face on it poured into a pint nonic yields an ebony body crowned with three fingers of thick, creamy mocha foam that retains at a fat sheet that leaves swaths of webby lacing on the glass.

Smell is hop chocolate. Yep. That's what I said. Like 'hot chocolate' only with spicy, evergreen hops and a smutty, roasty note of burnt nuts.

Taste is fruitily-hoppy and chocolatey with caramel balanced by the a dark, dark black dry malt bitterness and piney, bitter hops riding a solid sensation of alcohol into the homestretch. Hoppy.

Smooth, spicy, and warming, this drink is completely inappropriate for Greenville on the hottest day lately. Think I'll turn down the a/c a notch. There we go. Great drinkability.

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is very nice with roasted malts, alcohol soaked fruits and a touch of chocolate and coffee. The taste is very nice as well, with dark roasted malts, a nice bitterness from the hops and a quick bite from the alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is oh so smooth and creamy, just perfect! Overall, Victory Storm King Stout is a very good RIS that is spot on for the style! I am not really craving the bigger beers right now since it is June and hot as hell in Florida, but this beer was well worth it! Highly recommended!

Photo of DmanGTR
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pitch black with very slight garnet hues in the light with 1/2" tan head that left a ring of bubbles and laced minimally in my pint glass.

S - dark chocolate, coffee, slight waft of burnt toast and smokiness. Somewhat floral.

T - very dark malts, chocolate, and coffee with a mild breadiness. No alcoholic taste detected despite the high alcohol content.

M - full bodied, light/medium carbonation. A little chewy and thick on the palate. Quite pleasant.

D - very drinkable. Extremely smooth but the alcohol may catch up to you.

Overall - This is in my opinion one of the greatest stouts available out there. It is rich, flavorful, and you do not need to drink a lot of it to be satisfied (even though you'll want to slam down a few of these in one evening). If the alcohol wasn't so high I'd say it would make an excellent session beer, much like Guinness Extra Stout, but since it is quite potent, I'd like to savor one or two of these on a cool evening with an irish cream cigar. Will buy again ($12/6 pack at Wegmans)

Photo of perfectkaos
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i havent had this beer in almost five years. it used to be on the 100 beer list when i did my first two trips, but was taken off for whatever reason. back then I wasnt big on stouts and I probably didnt give this one a fair shake.

anyhoo... pouts a dark black color with a quarter inch tan head that dissipates down to nothing, leaving some nice lace on the glass.

hops are present on the nose as well as coffee

big taste of hop up front and some dark chocolate bitterness moves in shortly after. Alcohol is hidden perfectly. had i not known about the 9% kick, I wouldnt think this thing was all that strong.

this is a great beer. i cant believe i went so long between storm kings

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hand pull at the brewpub.

A: The stout is dark, black as night with a cream colored head. Like a roach motel, light may go in but it doesn't come out.

S: The aroma is coffee and hops. The coffee is bitter and acrid, swelling with dark roasted malts. The hops are strong but not overpowering, allowing the malts to shine.

T: Coffee and roasted malts, what a great combo. The dark, burnt malts have toast and charred grains but the coffee bite is surprisingly strong. The java intensity is roasted and smooth. Hop bitterness rears it head near the end of the sip and sends a citrus blast on the way out.

M: The stout does quite well in the cask, allowing more coffee and roasted malt flavors to emerge. The stout is formidable, a taste that doesn't let you down.

D: At an abv over 9%, this is a drinker beware type of beer. On a cold wintery day I can see down several bottles. On a cool summer day, one glass is sufficient.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into oversized snifter.

A - Almost black, opaque. A finger of dark tan head sticks around for awhile, leaving a patchy cap. Decent lacing.

S - Roasted coffee, caramel, some butter, and alcohol. Some herbal hops pulling through.

T - Coffee hits initially with some leafy hop flavor, though it's subdued by the roasted malts. Bitterness grows until throughout the finish, and lingers for awhile.

M - Full bodied, with some moderate carbonation. Semi-creamy mouthfeel.

D - Pretty good, but I wouldn't have another. I'm not sure what all the hype surrounding this beer is about; I found it a little dry and less complex than other RIS's. I prefer a slightly fruitier component as opposed to the intense burnt flavor.

Photo of Nesued
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It took me by suprise that I hadn't already reviewed this beer. Can't let that continue.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, with a "enjoy by Jan 27 12" stamp on the side. About a year ago I bought several six-packs that I've stored for a bit. Poured into a Delirium tremens glass.

Appearance - A thick viscous pour. Little head formed at first, but after increasing the flow, a two-finger dense tan head filled the glass. Lots of lacing remained as the head resolved into a marginally thin ring.

Smell - Even after a year, the hops are still present to the nose. A fresh clean smell coupled with an almost milk-chocolate aroma. A roasted malt presence is there as well.

Taste - Starts out with a bit of a light fruit body which quickly is overtaken by a hop presence. Moves into a roasted malt end-game. The bonus is the clean finish that leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel - Dense and chewy at the onset with a warm full-bodied presence that really lends itself to transporting this brew around your mouth. The carbonation is present, but it isn't the backbone for how this beer rolls around your tastebuds. I did notice a bit of a thinning as the tasting continued, would be my only down mark.

Drinkability - What a sipper! This is an excellent stout, especially if you like some hops with your typical roasted coffee/malt offering. Hold it in your hands to warm it up, you will not be dissappointed. I'm going to let more of these age for a few years, see if the hoppy presence mellows some more.

Photo of everetends
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle acquired from Redwood21. Thanks, buddy. Poured into a tulip.

A: Poured a black, thick pour. Built a small brown head that appeared after the pour was completed. I would have appreciated more head, but it did produce some good sticky lacing with what I got. Still a good example of what a RIS should look like.

S: Smelled of heavily roasted malt, nuts, dark chocolate, and there was absolutely hops there. Much more hops than I expected but it brought a good nose together. Smells great.

T: Taste was great. Dark chocolate with notes of caramel, roasted malt, almonds, coffee and cream. Once again the hops hit you. If this beer is too cold, the hops bring forth an insane bitterness to this brew. Let it warm and it smoothes out. Once it is proper temperature, the hops are there but not overwhelming.

M: Rich and creamy big bodied brew. Really coats the mouth and lets you know what is in there. Real pleasant after tastes linger and allow to explore this one.

D: Very accessible for an RIS. Could have easily had more than one which is a difference compared to Ten FIDY, Rasputin or Sammy Smith's. Very nice balance and creaminess to this beer in mouthfeel, taste and nose. So happy I got to try this one.

Photo of Murchmac
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beertruth for putting this puppy in our trade. You da man beertruth.

Pours a motor oil dark with a nice two finger brown head that vanishes like sands through the hourglass.

Cant get much of a smell of it, dont know why. Sometimes this happens to me. What I can smell is alcohol, hops, dark malts.

Tastes at first of straight up bitter hops, then the tongue warms up to espresso, chocolate, cherries, just overall really fricking good.

Lingering sweet aftertaste. Dry, cocoa. Really tongue smacking tasty. Leaves a burning alcohol taste shooting down your throat.

Really good beer. Much better than Counting Crows Rain King song. Man that song sucked.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours thickly with a great deal of body, very dark reddish mahogany, looking opaque black in the glass. Nice frothy head of fine bubbles, dark tan, that dissipates and leaves thin lacing all the way down.

Aroma is harsh and indistinct, with some hops, some toffee and caramel, lots of earthy wood, and some higher alcohols. No dominant chocolate or roast.

Flavor is strong with caramel coupled with a strong burnt note. Alcohol evident, leaves an aftertaste of charred coffee. Cola aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, salty on the lips. No roast, no big sweet body.

Not bad, but not one I'd bother to buy again. Kind of homebrew-like. Great appearance set the bar high, but it was all downhill after the pour.

Photo of thequeen711
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! extreme dark beer with a chocolate head! Aroma of strong coffee/chocolate ish flavours. I am so partial to stouts and porters that this may be one of the best yet. Strong mouthfeel of the coffee/chocolate flavours, this beer is worthy to drink slowly and enjoy its goodness. I highly recommend this to any stout lover!

Photo of Buebie
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Cellars in Roseville.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Off the pour I'm wondering how this is going to be, as it appears watery, not thick and creamy like most Imperial stout's. Its pitch black alright.
Head retention is not there, laceing is present, but not there either as far as stouts go.

Smell is average for stout's, this one is a bit more hoppy is smell. Again its average, smell is not potent for this style.
I get wiffs of grain and some chocolate malt.

Taste is robust malt character, bittersweet chocolate, tobacco, grassy hops, burnt caramel, oak. Some chalky dust like overtones.
Mouthfeel is medium in thickness, some creamy textures. Carbonation is quite a bit higher then I'd like, it really takes away from the creamy textures of the beer.
I wont buy this again. It was an average, to less then average Imperial stout. Ten Fiddy was much much better.

Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: Pours a jet black color with the consistency of motor oil with a decent mocha-brown two finger head.

Aroma: Roasty with strong coffee aroma. A hint of chocolate and licorice in the aroma as well. Hops stand out well but do not seem to be overpowering.

Taste: Starts out with a decent roasty bitterness followed by flavors of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Hops are just right and seem to add to the smoothness of this.

Mouthfeel: Roasty, bitter and thick with a creamy consistency. Muted coffee/chocolate flavors. Little hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Very smooth and simple. A straightforward RIS that hits it on the spot for me. Alcohol is just right too. I would recommend this as an introduction to the style. I would also rate it higher than McNeils RIS because the hop bitterness does not overwhelm the palate.

Photo of ihscout426
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very impressive pour. Crystal clear black with a cocoa brown head.. "How much more black can it be? None, none more black" Nigel Tufnel.

Arma af straight black coffee; rich bitter and roasted. Like sticking your nose in a bag a black patent malt. Just take a big sniff between sips.

Taste of cocoa powder bitterness on the tongue. Coffee and cocoa wiht strong bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel is a chalk like dryness, like biting a pecan shell

Very drinkable and never gets to harsh. Great representation of the style.

Photo of Strix
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark dark dark brown with a decent head.

Smells of cocoa, dark chocolate and roasted malts

Cocoa and dark chocolate also present in the taste, over a base of roasted malts. Fades into a pleasant hop finish. The hops are balanced nicely here.

Mouthfeel nice and smooth.

A nice job with this one. My first from Victory, and I'll sure be looking to try others.

Photo of jordoo
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into a beer mug.

Super dark apearance as black as i've seen with a large very dark chocolate icecream colored head that disapaited rather quickly. Smells of chocolate/charcole/coffee with som leafy hop aroma slipping through. Top notch mouth feel wonderfully smooth, thick and rich on the tongue. Tastes like everything it smells like plus some citrus hop and fruituy tones here and there. Supoer complex with differenet flavors bursting all over the place.


Photo of brewcrew76
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with 2 fingers of creamy brown head and a thin layer of lace clinging every where.

S - Rich, creamy dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate and a hint of coffee grinds.

T - Roasted malts, creamy milk chocolate, coffee and a nice citrus hop kick.

M - Medium bodied, feels kind of light and creamy for a RIS but it seems to work.

D - Not as big or complex as other RIS but a very nice combo of aromas and flavors. Nice creamy chocolate flavor.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown black with a small lace that sticks around.
The aroma is malts,coffee,nuts and hints of chocolate with hops in the background. The taste is of roasted malts,sweet,slightly bitter and smoky notes. The overall feel is syrupy,mild bitterness with full bodied flavor and rich malts. All provide balance and even some grainy taste in the finish to combine with a sweet-bitter finish.

Notes: This one was not as aggressive as Brooklyn Brewery's
RIS. Easier to sip and I did not feel as though I needed to cellar it.
The ABV did not bother me,but I would not have more than one at a time. Is it me,but when ever I have one of these I really get in the mood. Sort of an Aphrodisiac for me.

Photo of Taffle
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to review this beer a quarter drank and an a few hours sitting in the fridge - but I think the review is legit none-the-less. My Dad thought he would help himself to one of my beers and hated the taste. Thanks dad... Good thing I did the pouring.

Poured a very rich and thick black. Head was tan and delectable. Surely a dessert in a glass.

Smells chocolaty sweet with nutty, coffee-bean like aromas.

The flavor is malty smooth from the start, finishing hoppy amd sweet in the end. I really thought the brew smoothened out quite a bit as it warmed a little.

A packed body with a lot flavor going on. Suculent richness salavates the glands after every swallow. A really well constructed Imperial Stout. Hell, I'll take one more for sure in one sitting.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1 finger brown head into my Youngs pint glass. Appearance is like thick motor oil.

Smell is hops / roast malt, raisin.

Taste is coffee, substantial hop bitterness , some chocolate.

mouthfeel is excellent. quite silky

Drinkability : I wouldn't want to have more than one of these, at least when it is 95 degrees outside.

Overall, an excellent RIS. I usually keep a stock of it.

Photo of nasty15108
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured black like motor oil, letting no light pass through. The pour produced a thick head of brown foam that quickly subsided into a murky film. Excellent lacing spotted the glass.

S - Roasted malt and coffee. I could also detect a slight hop aroma in the finish.

T - Smokey malted flavor, with hints of espresso and a slight dark chocolate sweetness. Finishes off with a bitter slightly hoppy bite.

MF&D - Full bodied, complex and delicious. Highly recommended.

Photo of marcpal
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter for reviewing purposes (raised my numbers a bit on top based on having this on cask as well and it was surreal).

A: Hazelnut coffee brown and almost just as dark thick head that dropped to nil. Another intimidating looking RIS.

N: Espresso, malts, and hops. Chocolate is also there, some dried figs as well- every part of it has a great strong roasted flavor and aroma. Among the best smelling brews Ive experienced.

T: Flavor not as exquisite as the nose but still tight. I enjoy the bitterness of this imp stout matched with the deeply roasted malt. The layers of flavor from the cask are even more balanced and sublime.

M: Viscosity of motor oil. Sweet and bitter complex flavors confuses my tongue a bit but it surely is complex.

D: Extremely drinkable for a RIS.

Victory is terrific and Ive come to enjoy this one more the more I have it. Not the best tasting RIS but the best aromas in my opinion.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask...

A: A really dark brown beer, close to black. A nice thick brown head with ample lacing.

S: Tough to pick up the smell, became more apparent as the beer warmed. Once it warmed, some chocolate, caramel and espresso scents were the most abundant.

T: A nice sweet maltiness. Chocolates, coffee, nuts and caramel tasts.

M: A nice creamy feel that just layed on the tongue and teeth. Very smooth.

D: Well, the ABV is over 9%, so not a beer I will have multiple of in one sitting, but a very nice Stout.

Photo of mattster
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into nonic glass.

Pours very little head, some lacing atop glass. Mostly dark black beer.

Smell is of Roasted malts, dark chocolate and some coffee notes. Taste is of coffee and dark chocolate, with nice bitter hop notes.

Finish is very smooth, and considering the 9.1% ABV, it isn't overly alcoholic. Really nice taste. I'm going to nurse this one a while, I wish I had another.

Photo of deanhead
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initially had this on tap at the brewery. Oh.so yum!

Very dark and velvety color. Virtulally no head. Aroma is roasted coffee with toffee and toasted notes. What a delightful smell this beer has!

This beers taste is chocolaty and roasted. Also a very strong alcohol/ethanol flavor. The hops definitely force their way to the front of this beer like nobody's business.

at 9.1%, this beer is amazingly drinkable. I have enjoyed this beer countless times, and intend to enjoy them countless more. Good on you Victory. This beer rocks!

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