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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,960 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,960
Reviews: 2,501
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 143
Gots: 449 | FT: 15
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 russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany/black with a fluffy 4 fingers+ mocha colored head. Good lacing & head retention

s: Huge chocolate notes & roasted grain, then hints of booze as it warms. Hints of oakyness follows

T: Huge rich toasted malt & chocolate up front. Dryness & hints of oak show up as this warms& vanilla as well. Finished dry, oaky & loads of alcohol & bitter chocolate

MF: A little oily & heavy bodied, slightly over carbonated. a minor kvetch i suppose

Will try this later in the fall/year, but his was a little too heavy for me on the last nice day we'll have here in CO until April... at $11.50 a sixer, over priced. I'm sure this is a little more reasonable back east

russpowell, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours with a small and tan half-finger head that almost immediately dissipates to a very patchy layer of faint lace on top of the brew. No head, no lacing. The beer is opaque black.

Smell - Metallic oily hop scent up front with a very thick and rich roasted malt aroma. Some chocolate and coffe notes are present as well. Very simple smell, but quality. Smells like a "good ol' fashioned" imperial stout.

Taste - Chocolate and coffee dominating the intitial flavors. Very oily but subdued hop character. Strong and rich roasted coffee-like malt character. Some spiciness from the alcohol. The aftertaste has some lingering oily hop sourness with a slight earthy presence, along with rich chocolately/roasted malts. Probably a perfect no "bells & whistles" exammple of this style.

Mouthfeel - A bit more carbonation I like for a stout such as this, but still not overpowering. Full-bodied with great smoothness.

Drinkability - Quite strong flavors and a full, heavy body. Decent drinkability, but not great...what can be expected from an imperial stout.

A good stout indeed. A great benchmark for the style in my opinion. Simple yet flavorful and smooth. Recommended for sure.

dblinkhorn, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a creamy brown head that quickly turns into a thin ring.

Smell is robust dark roasted malt and coffee. Nice bit of chocolate and dark fruit with an underlying sting of alcohol. Hops make a surprising appearance in this one. Slight touch of sugary sweetness.

Taste is right in line with the nose. Flavor is bold as an imperial stout should be. Very chocolatey, with a hop profile that is very green an lingers. Finish is dry with a sugary sweetness that takes the edge off the blast of dark malt and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.

A very drinkable stout that is recommended.

Blakaeris, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of xav33
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Storm King Imperial Stout
12 oz bottle
Best before date 03/11, lapped up 09/06
Medium pour in a snifter

Poured a viscous black with a small frothy light brown quickly diminishing head with traces of lacing.

Smelt of strong fermented raisins, light coffee, light roast.

Taste was upfront light sweet fruity esters and light better chocolate then plunges into a harsh bitter roasted black coffee with hints of sweet cocoa that lingers on a finish that could last a thousand storms. Mouthfeel was medium, oily, fizzy, and strongly astringent and light alcoholic feel.

Overall, an imperial stout with a massive bitter roast bite and a lot of roasted dark malt complexity, but the flavor doesnt shine through the carbonation and astringency.

xav33, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of ellisdee97
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on date of Nov. 18th 2005.

A: Espresso black with a bubbly one finger dark beige head which quickly dissipates leaving a light ring with light sticky lacing.

S: First breath is of fruity alcohol and toasted chocolate malt. Crisp aromatic hops with toffee and coffee. This brew has an interesting nutty almost peanut note as well as a buttery smell.

T: Smoky dark chocolate, toffee and coffee with crisp bitter hops. Taste is like butter, with the alcohol content hidden exceptionally well. Smoky and nutty notes.

M: Chewy chocolate feel. Good carbonation with a dry finish.

D: The alcohol is so well hidden that all you get is taste, and this beer tastes awesome. I will definetly be picking this up for a nice winter warmer.

ellisdee97, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this one blind so the review is not biased by it's fame.

A- Pours a nice night black with some ruby showing through the sides of the glass. No head and no lacing.

S- Sweet fruity malts at first followed by floral hops.

T- Slightly bitter hops at first, floral hop notes in the middle, maybe lavender? Very nice malt sweetness balanced well by the hops. This is not a malt bomb at all. The hops used balance the malts very well but it is a kind of harsh balance. Maybe a year or 2 in the bottle would help mellow it a bit.

M- Slightly thin and dry.

D- Very well done for the style. Not overly sweet like some but very well balanced between malt and hop.

kirok1999, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came as a gift poured into my favorite pint glass as was a devilishly dark black...silky mocha colored head
Taste: roasted flavors that linger on the palate, hints of chocolate and malt, quite delicious a truly robust flavor
Mouthfeel: fullbodied a truly hearty beer

This is an excellent example of what a Russian Imperial Stout should be...cheers

I also recently had it out a conditioned cask where it was served at 50-55 degrees....and it was out of this world! The flavors of malt, chocolate and coffee were just delicious.

Bouncingsoul1682, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of numenor1
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 31 05 bottling. I bought a case of this when it was released, drank about half immediately after purchase and have been holding the latter half, periodically trying one. I must say, as it's just shy of a year since the bottling date, this is really starting to come together. When released it was more primal, with biting hops and with more prevalent alcohol, but now those two aspects are smoothed out. While I love it fresh, it's a different animal now.

Still pours very dark, not as viscous as some other impy's, huge tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, mocha, caramel and toffee with berry esters(previously the fruitiness of this beer was masked). Instead of being raw, this starts off roasty, yet sweet and smooth, midway developing a distinct cherry character, which then couples again with french roast coffee (dark almost smoky, incredibly deep but not acrid or sharp, rich and wide). There's a vague earthy undertone of hops, which has definitely receded over the past 11 months, letting other characteristics shine. This has even taken on a vinous quality. Very round flavor. While still dry, as far as impy's, this is now showing off its sweetness, and remains very well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium-full and carbonation energetic, yet very soft. Much more drinkable than it was at release. Terrific, and worth the wait.

This is up there with founder's breakfast and yeti as the best american styled impy's i've had yet. This ought to be under american double, rather than RIS. But whatever.

numenor1, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of icefisherman
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

after hereing from my fiance it was coming out i stoped by a beer bar they did not have it yet so 2 weeks later they had it

it looks delicoius blacker than black smelled very faint hops and a little roast it taste pretty good to me my freinds said it was not so good mouthfeel was lacking something serious not one im gunna sit and drink a 6 of ever

icefisherman, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't get a chance to pour this from the 12 oz. bottle because I was enjoying it while my friend was doing some work at his house. (dust) But I can say that it must be black as night because I held the bottle up to a 300 watt construction spotlight and there was no sign of light. This is when I decided through precise calculating that this bottle contained a black hole.

A- Dark, kinda really dark. Foamy head, big bubbles, little carbonation.

S- The first thing that came to mind was robust, then I read the side of the bottle and they used the same word. This is so rich and bold that I can only imagine how fast it would fill the room if I had poured it into a glass. Espresso, caramel, burnt, charcoal, etc.

T- Just like the smell, it's potent. It floods the mouth with rich, bold, burnt taste. A little bitter, but overpowered by a strange sweetness. I drank it at room temperature, of course, so the alcohol started shining through about 3/4 the way through it, but I didn't mind. This is great.

M- A little thick and syrup-like, but the alcohol thins it out a bit. Definitely good for drinking a few.

D- This is a little strong to be pounding, but if you want to give a cocky guest something that will quite him down for a while, throw em one of these puppies.

This is my favorite Imperial Stout so far.

Rudgers73, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of BlackAngus
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big shout-out to TheManiacalOne for surprising me with this on my last trade. Thanks man!

A - Black, black, black, with a huge tan head that laced the glass the whole way down.

S - Roasted malt, hint of chocolate, strong coffee, very slight hops.

T - Tastes like a dark choclate espresso, roasted malts, hint of hops, nice and clean.

M - Huge chewy beer, nicely carbed, extremely clean, very light aftertaste.

D - Are you kidding me? Despite the 9% ABV, I'd drink a TON of this stuff.

An awesome RIS. Very happy to be able to try it. Thanks, Mark.

BlackAngus, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as night, with a tan head that lived only breifly.

Smell: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, touch of coffee and some hops too.

Taste: Big roasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate. The hops are here and give a great bitterness to the beer. A bit of expresso in the taste as well. Not very sweet, which I love.

Mouthfeel: Big bodied but still somewhat crisp from the carbonation thats there.

Drinkability. I wish I had another.

Overall, I am more than pleased with this beer, I will be buying this again and again.

tattooedtolley, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of JasonCoop
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 10/18/05, almost a year ago.

pours a deep opaque black, as expected, with a small tannish foam.

smells smokey and roasty with a hint of hops in there.

taste is very malty, mainly coffee mixed with chocolatey flavors. it has quite a bite on the finish, somewhat crisp and hoppy for a stout. 9.1 abv is pretty nicely disguised.

mouthfeel is pretty thick, but smooth up front. like i said it has quite a bite on the finish. it's not the most drinkable stout but an enjoyable one nonetheless.

JasonCoop, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of Redrover
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown longneck with freshness codes.

The beer pours a nice jet black with a dense tan head. Awesome lacing.

Inviting aroma of roasted malts, resiny hops, dark fruit and a bit of bakers chocolate.

Great roasted almost coffee like flavor that is well balanced by the hops. The hops add a nice bit of bite and balance. Some stouts can become to sweet but not this one.. As I work through the beer, plums & candied raisins emerge.

Given the massive taste, I almost wish the mouth was thicker, but this beer is sturdy enough in its own way.

Very drinkable & easy to like beer. All hail the king!!

Redrover, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of MusicalBeers
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

85 deg in LA is Winter enough for me after weeks of 100 deg in Texas, besides this beer isn't imported to Texas with the TABC SS in charge. Purchased at the Beverage Warehouse in LA which I highly recommend.

Pours nearly black but tinged with deep brown around the edges with an almost non-existent almond head which quickly becomes truly non-existent. Hearty aroma, meaty, reminding me of Celebrator Doppelbock: Worcestershire and molasses, hardly sweet but bit of dark chocolate is present. Taste starts out like the aroma, reminding me of Worcestershire, not remarkably fruity but instead of dark-roast coffeee and again only a bit of chocolate sweetness.

Oh, and I recant everything I've ever said about a beer with "balance". This is the King, no pun, just an aptly named beer. I usually lean to the malty side (the dark side?), it takes a really good IPA to swing me around. But this stout starts out with a brief creamy malt tast before steadily building the hoppy intensity until by the finish you almost wouldn't guess this started out as a malty stout. But even at the height of the hoppy finish is are the undertones of roasted malt, chesnut and coffee beans.

"Height" is an apt word too because rather than the often flat/lifeless finish of some stouts which achieve a heavy flavor and creaminess but are fairly one-note, this beer keeps building and building, remaining alive with the changing flavor to the finish. Mouthfeel to me also changes somehwhat, starting creamy and finishing thinner but still velvety, never astringent.

Overall there aren't many (or any) more drinkable beers with this high ABV, which is an achievement. It's hard not to reach for another even when I've said this is my last one. Good thing, I've got a great excuse to drink all six since I can't take them back in my carry-on anymore! Almost makes up for the fact I had to buy toothpaste here but not really. We really need to get in Texas. Highly recommended.

MusicalBeers, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An '03 bottle - Pours an impressive pitch black color with a nice cocoa head that dissipates fairly quickly. Beautiful lacing in the oversized wine glass. Nose is glorious ... rich, sweet malts, baker's chocolate, espresso. Palate is an attack of flavor up front. This stout is on the hoppy side rather than sweet. Bitter chocolate, espresso and floral hops notes are enormous. A really complex stout. Mouthfeel is velvety and rich. Good carbonation and a very hoppy finish, leaving it pleasantly dry. A world-class stout for sure ... luxurious comes to mind as a word to describe it. The hoppiness of this beer stands out to me. Excellent in all respects.

beerphilosopher, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an oversize wine goblet.

Poured pretty much totally black. 2" thick mocha colored head, the "eye" or direct middle of the head is very bubbly, active and very thick, like a gyser. The Head looks like a satalite piture of a hurricane the way the eye is formed in the middle with swirls and circular patterns forming around it. The froth would subside to just a fine covering.

Smells of sweet and roasty malt. big vanilla and old english leather, smokey with coffee notes, dark roast for sure, and black licorice with a courage-like herbal hoppiness, with a grainy-herbal effect...almost spicey in the back. very aromatic overall.

First hit is a smooth and thick herbalized-chocolate brownie. A smooth bitter, fresh, green hop explosion then roasty malt, smokey like it was oak-barell aged. Roasty coffee bean, and a deep malt flavor, but I'm mostly intrigued by the major-league hop effect. The finish is very herbal and spicey underneath a very complex malt and a slight wet-cardboard taste that is not as potent as oxidization. The heat is actually pretty mild within this malty body, but the warming effect and buzz only adds to it's complexity. a dandy stout.

It's strong in the way of ABV% but it's sooo good you don't really notice any heat. It's actually more drinkable than some of the heavier RIS. Full bodied but drinkable as hell.

victory is now available in New Hampshire which makes this one of the highest quality brews we can obtain here in the Grantite state, home of the free....or die!!

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours with a thin mocha head that fades really fast. It is very black even when held to light. Basically no lacing. The nose was filled with light alcohol , coffee, and chocolate. Also some sweet hops. It went down smooth and wasn't to much of a coffee flavored but more came out as starts to warm. I could taste some citrus hops which was a surprise and a good one at that. Has a bitter aftertaste but still has the roast character in it as well. Pretty well balanced but at same time both seem seperate which made for a interesting brew. I really enjoyed it. Probably one of my favorite stouts.

BlindPig, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of flannelman808
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 update ...

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A: Deepest shade of dark brown with just a slight shine of bloody orange shining though in a razor thin strip at the base of the glass. very high opacity. The head is gorgeous and tan with good to great retention and good lacing.

S: Milk chocolate and spicy hop notes shine through a bit though the nose is not very powerful.

T: POW Huge bitter spicy hop bite the palate right at the start leading into a bitter chocolate coco followthrough. There is almost an essence of lime zest quality going on too. I do wish I would/could manage to hang on to this stuff for 4 years or so and see just how it ages. Because I have to believe with all those hops up front that a solid 4-5 years would do it justice.
This is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me.
M: Killer Cacti

D: medium-High

flannelman808, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of Buildscharacter
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Malty. Strong. Black. Hoppy. Those are the best words to describe this wonderland of beerness. It pours out of the bottle in a deep midnight color and smells of coffee and hops. It's smooth in the mouth, but still lets up the high ABV that's lurking in the depths of this monster.

It's damn good. So smooth and creamy. Simply way too easy to put away a sixer of this wonderful beer. If you have this around, totally pick it up and give it a try.

Buildscharacter, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle(Enjoy Mar 16 11) a pitch black with a medium sized head of foam that shrunkly quickly but left a solid layer with lacing.

The smell is all roasty at first and then really hoppy with alcohol notes present as well. Holding my nose to the glass for a bit longer, I notice there's some chocolate there too.

The taste comes at you from 3 directions: There's a very nice roasted malt-chocolate bite that hits me first followed by a hop bitterness that stops this brew from ever getting too sweet, nice.. and for me, there's just a touch of the alcohol noted in the smell but dang, it makes me think, this is 9.1%abv? How dog gone smooth for a RIS but it's not due to lack of flavour; 3 directions? Yeah but...they all come together and make for a most enjoyable sipping experience!

Bottom line: I need more of this stuff!!

Thanks to jwc215 for this sample!

Bitterbill, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Domingo
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory has made it to Colorado, so Story King was an immediate purchase for me.
Pours a "typical" (at least for an RIS) black-hole dark with a moderate to small brown head. It's not the darkest or lightest I've seen, but right in the middle.
The smell is what immediately grips you because it hits you with hops immediately and then follows up with a bitter dark malt, and booze. The hops smell is actually stronger in this brew than any other dark beer I've had. It's almost IPA level.
The flavors set this one apart. While similar to others, it has a really strong coffee backbone that keeps coming back. The hops are also a nice compliment. It doesn't have the druit fruit character you might exepct, but the coffee, chocolate, and hoppy zing more than make up for it.
This beer drinks like a porter, which is nice. It's not quite as thick and makes a nice afternoon relaxer that doesn't have to be sipped as conservatively as you might initially think.
I really, really enjoys this beer and the nice thing is that it's priced right. I can get a full 6-pack of this for the price of some bombers or 4-packs, and Storm King is as good as any other Imperial Stout on the market. In all honesty, even though it's not my highest rated of the style, I could see myself choosing this brew over others simply because it's a little unique and I think I could end up craving that flavor specifically.

Domingo, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by March 3, 2011.

Poured dark brown with a thin tan head that stuck around most of the drink.

The smell was of dark fruits, burnt espresso. The hops emerge and almost dominate.

The taste was of chocolate and coffee. Fruity hops break through, balancing out the sweetness with a sharp bitterness. A slight acidic taste was noticeable. The alcohol clearly emerges with a bite.

Creamy and fairly full-bodied. The alcohol slightly wiped out some of the flavors, but they re-emerge.

It wasn't bad at all. Fairly rich and it does have some good flavors. However, it's not one of my very favorites of the style - a little too hoppy (for style, IMO) and slightly acidic.

jwc215, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured it was about time to review a beer formally and get the ball rolling.

Love all of the beers from Victory Brewing I have tried so far, and was reluctant to try Storm King since stouts aren't my favorite. 12 oz. bottle into regular pint glass. This is a very dark stout that pours with a nice milk chocolate coloured head that quickly dissipated.

The bitter taste of dark roasted coffee permeates even after the sweetness has subsided. Light black licorice flavour can be distinguished which I believe is a mainstay of the imperial stouts.

Carbonation is nice and light and allows the flavours to hit the tongue. A small carbonation ring remains around the edges to show it's not dead.

After sipping half the glass, the numbing effect of 9.1% starts to release tension and drinkability increases. This beer is quite similar to Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast in this regard.


BelgianAleSlut, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured dark black with some light peeking through the edges of the beer, a brown head sat on top for about a minute at the longest. Smelled of roasted sweet grains, a bit of hop fruitiness, minute alcohol and dark fruits. The mouth is very roasty and bold, almost like a coffee. A sweet, dark cherry taste also comes into play and was my favorite aspect of the beer. As it warms up, the burnt coffee taste comes onto the palate stronger. The body was thick, but not as thick as some other Imps I've had lately, namely Stone. The drinkability is very high and I enjoyed the glass thoroughly and it was extremely easy to drink, went down smooth, but gave my head a thrashing.

HoboAGoGo, Aug 21, 2006
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,960 ratings.