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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,163 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,163
Reviews: 2,510
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 154
Gots: 507 | 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 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
Photo of zeff80
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Coutresy of dertbert.

A - Poured out a clear, jet black color with a small, caramel colored head that dissipated quickly. It did leave some lace.

S - Wow! A ton of chocolate aroma! There are also notes of caramel and toffee.

T - It has a very sweet chocolate taste. It had an espresso-like flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth with a warming alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. The aroma was simply outstanding and that carried over into the taste.

zeff80, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came in one of those big boxes care of… Sudsdog.

A: Pours like a fine cafe' cubano straight from the Cuban bakery I frequent. Looks like an oversized espresso in the glass. Deep dark black coffee like appearance with a thin dark khaki head found on only the best Cuban espresso. Some of the head sticks to the glass as I consume this bad boy leaving behind some lacing.

S: Very dark and earthy. Deeply roasted malts, fresh ground Cafe Bustello Cuban Coffee, Bakers Chocolate, and grassy hops.

T: Very nice. If this baby was coffee it would be a double espresso. There are tons of deep earthy flavors in the taste as well. Hershey's cocoa, espresso, dark charcoal roasted malt and quite possibly the most hops I have ever tasted in a stout. Very Interesting.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy quality about it.

D: Goes down rather smooth for an RIS. The taste clings to the mouth and throat letting the charcoaled taste linger.

Overall: This is my second Victory brew and to quote Borat it to is...Very Nice. The brew is big on flavor deep dark black flavor. This beer screams night everything about it is black. There are coffee, chocolate, and charcoal notes in both the aroma and the taste. It is a very nice tasting brew. If I had my way they would add a little sweetness to this one though. The bitterness of the hops and the deeply roasted malts make this one a little too bitter for my liking. It is not the perfect RIS, but Victory has done a great job with this one.

I would love to love another go round with the Storm King...Sudsdog...take note!

tpd975, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of jakon
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with an enjoy by date of Dec 26 2011 printed clearly on the label. I bought a sixer of this about 6 months ago, drank one and forgot about the rest hoping for improvement.

Pours pitch black with a sizable slow rising tannish head. This beer was a letdown 6 months ago, and I feel the same way now. There just doesn't seem to be much of that robust character that I love so much about my favorite Imperial Stouts. Rising above any chocolate or coffee flavors, is just an off-putting aspirin like bitterness. It just dominates. The mouthfeel is slightly watery for the style, and overall it just falls short of expectations. Especially considering the 92 it receives here on BA. Maybe it's just an off batch, but this is an "ok" beer, imo.

jakon, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a mug (yes, I know, not the ideal glassware - but this one is so good I'd drink it strained through a dead squirrel)

A: Poured a rich, black body with a brown 1" head that eventually fell to a thin layer. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Pleasant aroma. Semi-sweet chocolate is the standout here over notes of roasted malts and a healthy hop presence.

T: Big taste. Outstanding! Rich chocolate & caramel malt, spectacularly balanced with plenty of hop bitterness. There's more going on here than my palate can identify - but whatever it is, I love it.

M: Full body w/ carbonation just right. Smooth with just a slight hint of alcohol (warming w/ no burn) that doesn't interfere with the taste. Roasted coffee/expresso notes to go with the bittersweet chocolate in the great aftertaste.

D: This is too good to be slowed down by the 9+% abv. A truly fantastic beer. I will never tire of this. No wonder it's been our favorite at the Split Rock Beer Fest every year.

Would love to try this against Old Rasputin and Yeti - but until I do, this is #1 on my list. If only I could get it here in OK.

OKCNittany, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of 0tt0
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle decanted into a Duvel glass...

Pours the darkest brown this side of black, opaque, and capped with a one-inch lose head that is the color of a brown egg. Damn appealing appearance, overall. Nose attacks with the cocoa, some burnt sugar, a bit of port wine, and some very strong berry. So far so good. Big hit of chocolate (bittersweet) that fades into a a quick hoppy burst. Hang on, that hoppy bitterness sort transfers, as if by magic, into a roasted malt bitterness. Crazy. Mouthfeel is wonderfully full and creamy, though I might like a tad more velvet-like quality. As for drinkability, its practically gone. I'll be visiting this guy again soon. Exceptional all around (though not quite matching Rasputin, IMO).

0tt0, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: A dark, black, almost pernicious looking brew, with a beautiful thick tan head.

S: Robust dark chocolate with coffee notes.

T: Much of the same as was in the nose, delicious foreign chocolate bombards the taste buds, not incredibly robust but very satisfying. Also coffee abounds and there is a slight hint of hazelnuts in the background, very nice. Definitely has a green, rich hoppiness.

M: Smooth, creamy, rich - but not over the top, very well done.

D: A drinkable stout, especially at this alcoholic potency, and as long as Victory continues to put out quality brews, I will continue to drink them and enjoy them immensely.

Halcyondays, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of Slar211
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the B-Side Liquor Lounge on Coventry, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Appearance: Pours motor oil black into a pint glass, with a dense tan head.

Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Floral hops are noticeable as well.

Taste: Strong coffee followed by a hoppy bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Finishes rich and creamy, with hops and a chocolate sweetness on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very good for a beer this strong.

Slar211, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of adams82
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque-black from the bottle with a dense, yet thin, brown or tan colour head swimming on top. It certainly appears rich and inviting, very nice. The aroma is of deep roasted malt with bitter coffee like notes and sweet chocolate notes. There is also a faint note of dried dark fruits and nuts. Tastes complex and rich; deep roasted malty sweetness, coffee or espresso, bittersweet dark chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, with huge hoppy notes on the finish. Very well balanced with a slight sign of alcohol.

This beer is smooth, well carbonated and great tasting. A wonderful Imperial Stout and surprisingly easy to drink at such a high ABV, especially on such a hot July evening.

adams82, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-9-07
Best before 8-29-11

Pours pitch black with just a little blood red on the sides. Foamy head fades to a constant with big-time lacing.

Smell is outstanding. Deep maltiness gives notes of vanilla and anise, and quite a bit of oak at the end.

Taste is big malt at first, lots of chocolate, followed by a surprising oak flavor. The finish is all bitter coffee, with just a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for such a big stout.

Drinkability is good, considering the big abv and flavors.

Overall, this beer was not quite the thriller I remembered. Still very good, it seems to lack the punch of other Russian Imperials.

BMoney575, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of horshack7
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A twelve ounce bottle with a picture of what must be the Storm King himself. Pours a down right opaque black with a very foamy tan head about three fingers worth. The head thins out quick.

Aromas: Heavy dark roasted malt notes. Light hop notes along with espreso notes.

Taste: The malts in this one are roasted something dark a great mark of a great Russian Imperial. Espreso notes show through so very well. Although it does taste somewhat traditional when it comes down this style. It has suttle qualities like few do. It's very full bodied and or wondefully heavy. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth like melted dark chocolate.

Notes: This is the first brew I have ever had from Victory let me tell you this was a great first beer to try from Victory. If other beers from there have as much flavor for each of there repspective styles that they brew. I can hardly wait to try more. A great beer to be enjoyed certainly during the fall and winter months. But very nice all a cool night during the summer. Cheers.

horshack7, Jul 05, 2007
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to pick up this legendary stout on a trip to Portland OR of all places even though I live only 6 hours from Penn.

A beautiful huge foamy milk chocalate colored head sits on top of this perfect jet black body. Heavy lacing is left as the head fades. Nose is a sweet cola induced malty feel with smokey notes that are almost meaty. Slightly thinner than I expected as I take my first sip. Slight hop bitter meets dark burnt malt bitter. Yerns for a bit more richness. Alchol is very well hidden until it hits the belly. Silks out overall, but the bitter stays strong. Mouthfeel stays along that same line. This is a drinkable stout, but I have many other prefrences in this stellar catagorie.

SPLITGRIN, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of rborthwick
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours very dark and retains a tan creamy head. Some lacing present. Substantial mouthfeel that starts off with an fairly intense coffee taste with a fade to bitter chocolate...but not to bitter. This is a very tasty beer with a heavy malt taste that is well balanced with hops at the finish. You can tell this is a strong beer when you taste it but it has exceptional drinkability and you can get in trouble with this one if you get carried away.

rborthwick, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of stemcell001
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had bought a six pack 6 months ago and cellared it. I decided to start trying it now before it got hot outside to drink too many heavy stouts.
It pours a very dark body with a dark tan head.
The smell has some very strong coffee aroma and a hint of bittersweet chocolate.
The taste is very robust and yet pleasingly mild compared to when I last drank some of this a couple of months ago. There upfront taste has a lot of strong coffee notes with chocolate in the aftertaste and some hints of anise.
I'm torn between finishing the six pack and waiting to see what this beer would taste like with a couple more months of cellaring.

stemcell001, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is OUTSTANDING and very unexpected. Pours dark, pretty much black. Nice brown head that hangs around for a bit. Smell the roasted chocolate, coffee, hops and a bit of sweetness. Wow, can't wait to try this thing once the head sits down.
Taste starts with the malt and finishes with the hops. From beginning to end is delicious. Has a rough feel but finishes very smooth and dry. Really leaves a roasted malt/hop taste that is really good. For 9% this is WAY to easy to drink. And for a RIS, I don't think it can get any better than this. Going to get a sixer this time and put some away. Very good. Was not expecting this at all. V I C T O R Y

lonestar4lunch, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rick, opaque, nearly black brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is wonderfully dark and smoky. Flavor does not disappoint - it is decidedly stouty with strong burnt overtone and coffee hints. Drinking this is almost like drinking spiked cold coffee. Rich and smooth, it has a fierce finish that is a little fiery and very pleasing. I strongly recommend it to all stout lovers.

Cyberkedi, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Dark Dark Dark black- when held to the light I could not see through to the other side, Pitch black ;) exactly how I like my stouts. Centimeter of creamy tan head- lots of carbonation- minimal lacing.

Smelled of roasted coffee beans and roasted nuts- some chocolate notes as well.

This is just how I like my stouts- lots of hops with the combination of coffee and dark chocolate. This is done perfectly. The ABV is well hidden in this although the warming is evident even with small sips.

This is just fabulous- will buy this over and over again. In fact, I'm thinking I want one right now- and its the summer!

DavidSeanNJ, Jun 08, 2007
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,163 ratings.