Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,244 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 5,244
Reviews: 2,520
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 160
Gots: 539 | 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 RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight black with a sturdy tan head. Nose is clean with a smooth malt presence. Flavor. For some reason I think of a wise grandfather. He is who he is just because that is the way it is. It’s like, drink me. And shut up. And just relax already. Kind of like, there’s nothing to worry about right now. I’ve figured things out to this point. Feel is good. Nice liquid feel with a good enough level of bubble on the tongue. Very drinkable. A well made stout that doesn’t try to be overly showy. It is what it is, and what it is is worth tasting.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black, no light comes through. Small amount of bubbly froth on top but not so as I‘d call it much of a head. Tan ring around the top. Coffee toasted malt aroma with some dark fruit along for the ride. First taste is of the roast coffee malt but the ripe dark fruit flavor comes in soon after. The finish is dryly bitter, plenty of hops for the style. Feels full and chewy in the mouth and is very nicely carbonated, a surprise considering there was no head. Has a dense rich complex flavor that keeps evolving. This is a beer to enjoy again and again.

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Enjoy by: 8/17/12

A: Scorched earth black. Dark tan/espresso crema-colored head. 1/2 finger and very creamy. Sheets of lace.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, sweet and spicy dark fruit, molassas, chocolate, tangy fruit (cherries?). As it warms a slight alcohol aroma becomes apparent.

T: Dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, spicy plums and figs, green hops, tangy raisins, black pepper, spices, and berries. Also found was an espresso-like bitterness.

M: Big and coating. Creamy when it needs to be and bitter when it requires. Awesome.

D: What a fantastic stout! Easily one of the best out there and and available all year, to boot! Lovely.

Photo of rudylaw
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer... not only for the taste but for the ease of which it is found.

As far as Russian Imperial Stouts go, this one is unique for it's fruity flavor. It's hard to put a finger on it, but the chocolate taste is there. The roasted coffee taste is there. But there's more... a fruity undertone (raisins, plums) that makes this stand out. The high ABV prevents you from downing these en masse, but that's not what this beer is meant for. It's for special occasions, like 3-day weekends, the first snowfall of the season or a college basketball double-header.

At $12/six-pack, it's a little on the high end, but well worth it. If you can't find Founders Breakfast Stout or Bell's Expedition Stout on the regular, this makes a fine substitute.

Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Black with thick light brown head with medium retention and leaves a thin clumpy layer after receding

S: Currant, chocolate, espresso, and raisins with clear alcohol presence. Hops are meidum-high strength and leafy tobacco with a floral quality

T: Quite fruity up front with plenty of raisin, currant, and fig flavors blended wonderfully with chocolate, faint licorice, and heavily toasted malt flavors. Hops contribution is hefty with leafy bite and longer floral tang which is a great complement to the fruity and toasted flavors. The alcohol presence in taste is less than in aroma.

M: Creamy and substantial without being dense or heavy. Pleasant raisin and hoppy aftertaste that is not acrid.

D: Delicious if you like stouts on the toasted side with a substantial leafy hops bitterness. Great brew and a great value to in the scope of the style.

1/7/10: Brief re-review of a cellared, 13 month old bottle with best by 11/20/2013 date on front label poured into a snifter. Still looks great with dense 1-2 finger cocoa colored head. Nose is more tame and less boozy but still plenty hoppy with a wallop of espresso and dark chocolate too. Flavor reflects the nose with a pleasant berry fruitiness that is matched nicely with strong but not acrid roasted maltiness cut with solid leafy hoppiness and a big dose of espresso and bitter dark chocolate. The hoppiness is decreased from the fresh I've tried, but still pretty large for the style. Smooth feel with a light tickle of alcohol and char. A great beer -- I'm going to get more to put away and try some younger and older than this one. But it's pretty hard to beat, especially for the equivalent bomber price of $3.85. Stellar brew.

Photo of pmatz2
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pitch black - poured into a Sam Adams beer glass, about 2 1/2 fingers of a fluffy chocolate head that was gone quickly. excellent lacing.

Smell - Nothing jumped out at me but I smelled espresso, leather, faint hoppiness

Taste - Roasted flavors were dominate, some bitterness but not overpowering, finish was also charred.

Mouthfeel - slightly disappointing, I was expecting something thicker, this was a little more watery than I would have liked.

Overall by it self It was ok ( I had much higher hopes) Glad I was able to pair this with a sweet chocolate dessert

Photo of TheBierBand
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz brown bottle with "Enjoy by Sep 25 12" on the label into a pint glass. The pour yielded a 1" head of dense tan foam that left good lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The beer is ebony with just a hint of ruby showing through when held up to a bright light.

The aroma was quite typical of a RIS.... lots of roasted malt... some chocolate sweetness... like fresh brownies.

Taste: More on the charred end of the taste spectrum ... very smokey... Not as sweet as most of my favorite RIS's. The sweet smell was not matched by a sweet taste. This beer actually sways the balance toward the hoppy bitterness side.

Mouthfeel: Dry finish and lingering bitter/smokey taste. Not as robust as my favorite RIS's.... not as thick and chewey... still quite heavy.... just not AS heavy.... I'll call it medium heavy.

Drinkability: Probably not in my top 5 for RIS's.... still a fine brew.... I would prefer a sweeter taste.... but that's just me.

Photo of williamherbert
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours about 40% rocky dark brown head. The rest is dark blackness. Rings of fluffy light brown lace. Head is a root beer float. Otherwise, it's the color of electrical tape. Does leave a small trail of lace.

Malt smell is not burnt but sweet like dark grapes. More like a darker brown ale smell. Not burnt, only toasted. Some sweet raisin notes, as well as roasted coffee; both balance each other. THe mild hop is simply overwhelmed.

Nice balance of the sweet dark grape. Heavy alcohol flavor. Bitter and roasted aftertaste. Gets heavier and darker as it warms. Never gets to charred territory and is well-balanced. Minor sweet hops; mild. The roasted coffee malt comes out at the end on the back of the tongue. It's really strong, but it evolves throughout the duration. It's really burnt as it warms; dark chocolate emerges.

Thick and oily. Smooth after the swallow. Smooth drinker, not hard to drink for something so strong. This mother is thick and heavy, but really pleasant. Balanced, but intense.

Photo of letsgopens
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This time it was tasted on-tap at Victory Brewing. The opaque black body has some deep ruby highlights around the edges. A dark beige head fades to a 1/4 inch cap of frothy foam. The lace sticks a bit on the sides.

The aroma is primarily of heavily roasted malts of course; bitter cocoa, black coffee, and a hint of nutty chocolate sweetness. Just a faint bit of booze is detectable as well. A good amount of leafy hops and espresso linger on the nose.

Rich and decadent. Thick, creamy milk chocolate and mocha coffee. Super roasty with moderate/hight sweetness for a RIS. Warm, dark chocolate chip cookies come to mind; luscious. The slight bitterness comes out in the end with dark cocoa and leafy hops. Enormously flavorful and very decadent. Black coffee really shows itself and lingers in the finish. Massive and delicious.

Creamy smooth and decadent on the palate. Semidry with nice bitterness at the end. Lingering coffee on the tongue and just a hint of warmth. Overall the booze is hidden very well. Tasty and dessert-like. One of my favorites. Essentially the same beer on-tap as in the bottle but I figured I'd give a more recent and complete review.

Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz '07 vintage puored int a snifter at 45F

Black color with some brown tints. Dark tan head that settles to a thin cover and produces little lace.

Lot sof roasted black, chocolate and caramel malts accompanied by some nice floral hops. Very rich and earthy.

Again a very rich and almost smokey roasted malt flavor. Lavender and citrus hops finish very well. There are also decent amounts of coffee, molasses, chocolate and sweet fruits as it warms.

Full body and good carbonation give it a light and crisp feel.

Good example of the style. Very well balanced considering the exorbent amount of hops. Quite close to perfection.

Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Binnys Orland

Enjoy by 6/27/12

Storm King pours black as a bottomless pit. A two finger cocoa head rose slowly on the pour and stayed at the peak for a couple minutes before falling to a thin swirling. The head left some very nice drink lines together with sheet lacing on its way down the glass. A good looking stout to be sure.

The aroma kicks off with a nice helping of cold coffee. Roasted barley, dark chocolate, and a mild heavy cream come through from middle to end. After a few deep whiffs I can finally pull out the hops and spicy alcohol in the background.

The flavor is similiar to the aroma. The roasted barley seems a touch more pronounced and bitter than in the smell. There's a hint of dark fruits here and there in the background. The cold coffee comes through nicely and everything seems to be in balance. This is a good stout by anyone's standards, just not one of my favorites.

The body is on the hefty side but not exactly creamy and thick like a stout of this caliber should be. Mouthfeel is slick and rather quick moving. Slight heat on the swallow adds a welcomed touch.

This is a sipper just like every other RIS you come across. An easy one to put away with the slick mouthfeel. The alcohol will catch up pretty quickly though.

Storm King is one of the classic RISs in the country. A good beer for sure but one I can't call a favorite. With all the new more robust stouts out there my money usually goes elsewhere, although I do buy a couple sixers a year of Storm King and set some away.

Photo of ccrida
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle (cellared 6 months, best before Aug. 07 label) poured into my La Moneuse snifter, Storm King is a thick, inky black, with a creamy, 1 finger tan head that fades to a thick skim and leaves lots of lace.

Aroma is rich and sensuous, with notes of caramel, vanilla, coffee, licorice, and herbal hops.

Taste is also very rich, full flavored, with an assertive roast, loads of chocolate, coffee, sugar and caramel, with minty hops and a clean boozy, firmly bitter finish. A fantastic RIS, vintage and world class.

Mouthfeel is full and luscious, smooth as silk. 1 year of aging and these are just getting started.

Drinkability is supreme for me. I really love this beer, it's one of the great examples of the style, which I'm always happy to see from an east coast brewery. Victorys fondly remind me of the 10 years I lived in PA, and I'm pleased to see they still garner acclaim (and shelf space) out here in Beer Heaven, Oregon.
Served at cellar temp.

Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid black brew with a flimsy tan head and average lacing. It has a heavy charcoal and chocolate malt aroma, nice. The flavor repeats the satisfying chocolate malt theme in a full bodied, evenly carbonated stout. There are some definite grapefruit hops adding to this flavorful stuff and it's very smooth, sort of silky. I think it's reasonably drinkable for the style. It's a bit acidic (not badly), heavy and plain old good! I'd be happy to have a steady stock of this on hand.

Photo of seaoflament
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve had this one a few times already but have not sat down and reviewed one until today. This bottle is pretty fresh I assume, Enjoy by ?? 17 12.

Pours like a stout should, dark with a light brown two inch crown of foam.

Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate malts, cocoa, chocolate covered sour cherries, fruity alcohol aromas, mixed nuts, caramel, and some earthy hop notes.

Big roasted flavor upfront with burnt toast, chocolate, coffee, cappuccino, and a little bit of dark fruits and berries.

Really smooth and easy to drink despite the abv. The alcohol does begin to show itself after the beer warms up a bit but it is not offensive. This beer is easy to find in my area and sometimes I forget just how good this beer really is.

A really good Imperial Stout.

Photo of charlesw
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

RIS? Huh. Well... Then why isn't the Saranac IS an RIS? If we take what the brewer says for the word...

Anyway, this is better and a little more than the Saranac, of course. I was very pleased with that one 'cause it was so smooth and mellow. Well, golly. This is smoother and mellower. Maybe a touch sweeter. An awesome brew that I'd be happy to drink every day!

Photo of Tolann
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark in color and pours a thick mocha head. Nearly opaque in the glass.

S - Roasted espresso and hoppy hit. A nice aroma combination. Really great nose on this beer.

T - Smooth hoppyness with a touch of espresso. a really nice feel to it as well. The hops are very nicely balanced with just the right malt. A little taste of alcohol.

M - Light/medium body for being a stout, tho not too lively on the tongue, which is to be expected from a stout. Hops somewhat stays with you after the sip which is nice and not harsh or offensive.

D - Very drinkable! This is perfect considering I just came in from shoveling snow. Very appropriate! Wish I had more in the fridge, but I only bought the solo bottle. I may have to pick up more!

Photo of Traquairlover
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark, almost black, maybe the darkest beer I've ever seen. Pour resulted in a one finger dark tan head of medium bubbles which left lacing when it dissipated.

S = Coffee beans, caramel, some hops bitterness.

T = Dark coffee with bitter hops, roasted malts in the back of the mouth followed by a long bitter finish. Surprisingly little taste of the alcohol given the ABV, but there is a slight burn.

M = Good substantial body, low but present carbonation, good coating of the mouth.

D = A very good RIS. Definitely drinkable, but too strong to have more than one.

Photo of kevman527
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a room temp mason jar beer mug.

A - Nice and dark with a little bit of a creamy head.

S - A little flowery, with notes of malt, caramel, molasses, and cocoa.

T - Yeasty, with heavy tones of cocoa and coffee.

M - Nice and smooth, creamy and sweet. With a medium fizzy feeling to it.

D - Very good, however I wouldn't want to drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting.

Photo of squidtrick
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, coffee-colored head.

Smell: Nutty coffee, toffee, vanilla

Taste: Coffee, caramel, chocolate taste. Bitter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Nice, full-bodied, creamy. Low carbonation keeps it smooth.

Drinkability: Fantastic, an all-around incredible beer. But, watch the stealth alcohol content.

Photo of jmalex
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kinda bummed right now because of a yet unknown hardware failure in my computer. So it's to my laptop where I drown my sorrows in a 9 month old Storm King.

Best by Mar 22 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Ommegang tulip a pitch black with a small creamy brown head. It drops to a smallish collar and a few splotchy bubbles on the surface.

SMELL: The smell is fantastically balanced and robust. A nutty coffee character comes out immediately accompanied by chocolate, and some mild fruity esters. A firm hop bitterness shines equally and strikes a perfectly achieved balance.

TASTE: The hops show themselves first and prepare for an assault of malty goodness. Chocolate, coffee, nutty, and toffee are prominently featured as the beer crosses the palate. A slight fruitiness comes on toward the finish as does a minor alcohol bite. Everything is here and it's all around fantastic.

MOUTHFEEL: Thick and slick. The carbonation is on the low end making this beer drink like motor oil. And that's a good thing.

DRINKABILITY: Good. It's a big beer and would be tough to have another, but it's nowhere near out of the question. The alcohol is detectable but doesn't show itself more than it should.

Excellent beer. The months of aging seem to have mellowed the hops considerably making this a much better beer in my opinion. Definitely plan on sitting on this beer for a while, and take it out on a day where you really just feel like you need a beer.

Photo of czfreeman
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle. A black beauty! creamy, delicious looking head. What a huge foamy-glass-of-chocolate milk looking head! This lasts forever, than slowly reveals the gorgeous espresso colored brew beneath.
Smells of nougat, hershey milkshake, roasted malts,bitter chocolate,sweet chocolate, nougat, lactic-like sweetness,coffee,chocolate raisin bread on the nose. Holy crap this is delicious. taste is very much like aroma, but where is the ABV? Cocoa, sweet-bitter toffe, roasted malty goodness, so drinkable.lingering finish that is slightly dry with a fair amount of alcohol burn in the throat. nice chewy mouthfeel. very nice to sip on before bed.

Photo of boogles
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a really good imperial stout, and certainly the best bang for the buck where I'm located (Columbus, OH), at $10 per 6-pack. I have to drive across town to get it, and it's well worth it.

Although drinkable, this beer is worthy of being sipped, as the taste and mouthfeel evolve rather than simply fading. The initial vanilla hit fades, followed by a noble cola/coffee bitterness truly worthy of the stout designation, followed by alcohol. The head could be darker for an imperial and it could last longer, but the taste is solid and full, on par with what a stout should be. Unlike some other popular imperial/Russian imperial stouts, there's nothing overdone about Storm King. Because Great Lakes' Blackout Stout is seasonal (Feb/Mar), the Storm King is my stout standard for ten months out of the year, when available.

Unlike most beers, my cat actually wants to drink this one rather than just lick the side of the glass--I see that as a compelling endorsement. Too strong for kitty, though. But just right for me.

Photo of illidurit
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a 1 finger tan head. Very good retention. Dark berry in the nose, some hoppiness, chocolate ice cream. Flavor notes include blackberry, dark chocolate, coffee, currant, tobacco, a nice almond-skin dryness. Huge dose of hops make this pretty unique in the imperial stout arena. Great complexity. The alcohol is not apparent, but it lends a nice residual warmth in the chest that makes this beer great for winter. Not overly thick in body but smooth and velvety. Another great offering from Victory.

Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After getting the kids to sleep, I grabbed a bottle of Storm King, fittingly enough on the first night we've had actual, durable snow here in Champaign, about 1 1/2" of powder. As a transplanted Western New Yorker, this was a modest but welcome sight.

Storm King is a welcome beer, but far from modest. Its appearance is impressive--bold, black, with a finger of mocha head, lots of latticed lacing, nice. Much confronts the nose and palate--clearly chocolate and coffee (dare I say espresso), some caramel, and a distinctly hopped taste that I like. The flavors really explode as it settles into a slightly warmer temperature, bringing out its roasted quality.

I'm definitely impressed. The texture is very smooth, hiding the high ABV, and the hops linger to the finish. This is well worth grabbing a six-pack, for it is not to be passed up. A perfect way to cap a snowy Midwestern night.

Photo of tfuchs
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I picked up at Total Wine in Annandale. Poured into a heavy 14oz mug. Had this on Dec 5, 07 - 74th Anniv. of repealment of probition AND DC's first snowfall of 07/08... perfect night for this one.

Pitch Black with a healthy (1") tan head.

Smells like Chocolate and, seriously, salted ham. My family grew up
on VA salted hams, and their smell is unmistakable - strong, meaty, with a fistful of salt and pepper. It took me a minute to figure out, but it was the smoked flavor coming through - just like a big 'ol smoked ham.

Umm, the taste was a let down at first, but as I let it warm
the flavor really filled out. After 5 or 10 min warming on the coffee table, the full depth came out to play - coffee, chocolate, cream, and caramel. Delicious, smooth, with just enough bite. I'm going to get more of this and age it.

The texture and viscosity were excellent. Thick enough to justify its
imperialness, but without being syrupy.

Especially drinkable for a 9.1% ABV. Dangerously drinkable when very cold. But, I much prefered it nearer to room temp.

All-in-all, an excellent stout. Not sure it's an excellent imperial, but very good. Either way, IMO, it's deserving of the high marks it's gotten on BA.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,244 ratings.