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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,320 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,320
Reviews: 2,545
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 170
Gots: 573 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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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Photo of coalcracker
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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...

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Photo of thartman
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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).

Photo of GRPunk
4.52/5  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.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of HopDerek
4.32/5  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.

Photo of Junnila
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of BiereBlanche
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
2.87/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of allergictomacros
5/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Photo of KodyBrannon
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass, It poured an opaque black color with an orangeish/tannish colored head that dicipated quickly. The smell of this beer was very strong, and consisted of roasted malts, with a hearty helping of coffee and just a touch of dark chocolate. The taste was as strong as the smell, Coffee hit first, then roasted malts, but it ended with a slight aftertaste of chocolate. The mouthfeel on this beer is thick, but not so thick that it makes it chewey. Just thick enough to really feel it. All in all this beer was very easy to drink, But as you reach the bottom of the glass, you really start to feel that 9% abv. I couldn't drink an entire 6 pack in one sitting, but one or two of these beers and I'm going to be happy. This is a great winter beer to keep me warm during the cold winter months. I only wish I could have this year round.

Photo of budducci
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I have ever drank. I have to say, though, that I am partial to stouts and imperial stouts.

This pours a solid black with a very slight head that disappears quickly. If it had a good head on it, i would have rated the appearance tops. The smell is almost like a nutty coffee but isn't overpowering. The flavor is like a rich coffee and dark chocolate. In fact, eating dark chocolate with this beer brings out the flavors in both.

I highly recommend this.

Photo of tayner
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, fresh

Poured black with a small tan head that laced nicely

smelled of dark roasted malts, slight background of coffee, and alcohol.

Tasted hot, dark fruit (fig?), coffee, malty, and more hops that i would prefer myself.

Was thick and pretty creamy, nice smooth mouthfeel

Too hot for me, which some cellar time might improve. I guess these higher abvs for me lack drinkability because of the heat, seems very few are well masked or balanced. I have a few in my cellar and i will revisit it after giving it some time.

Photo of SpencerT
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black coffee body with creamy short latte colored head. The lacing was very good. This pint looked as good from the pour to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma was a mix of chocolate and smoke that was a very pleasant to the nose.
The taste starts with the smokiness and finishes with the sweetness and bitterness of a high quality dark chocolate.
The thick and creamy feel is pleasant. The smoothness of this stout is a great trait, almost a cream stout feel.
I would consider this one of my top Imperial Stout choices after this bottle. I recommend this Stout highly.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six-pack of this at Jax in Sandy Springs.

Pours a pitch black color. Smell and taste seemed somewhat confused as I couldn't hone in on any one flavor exactly. Maybe some roasted malts. Unfortunately it tasted a little metallic. I thought maybe it was just the batch. But when I bought it again a few weeks later to double check, it still had the same taste.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were about average. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but I've definitely had better beers from Victory & better RIS's.

Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly anticipated brew not native to my area. There's something about a beer you can't get to every day that makes it intriguing. Pours mahogany with a slight and quickly dissipating head after a light pour. Molasses, caramel, roasted malts and dark chocolate float up to the nose. Tastes of strong coffee, burnt wood, big malts and some bubblegum in the back, with the alcohol heat almost covered up by syrupy sweetness. The hop presence is nice and perfectly matched. Carbonation is decent. Mouth-feel is more on the crisp side as opposed to other brews of the genre. A bit drier than I'm used to, and not as full-bodied as expected, but that's not to say this isn't a drinkable and sharply presented RIS.

Photo of Lothar666
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A- A creamy, two finger thick, dark coffee almond brown head was set atop a dark, black body through which not a speck of light passed. This is what a Russian Imperial Stout should look like.

S- A fairly weak nose, actually, but then again I rate my imperial stouts more on taste and mouthfeel than smell. Slight coffee, chocolate and dark malt notes were present.

T- Now we're talking. Dark malts backed by a strong, robust, almost nutty coffee and chocolate flavor balanced by an absolutely perfect bite from the strong alcohol and hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is one of those that form the standard by which other Russian Imperial Stouts should be judged.

M- Thick and chewy with the spent motor oil texture that I love in an RIS. Creamy texture that coats the tongue well and lingers in the mouth long after the initial swallow.

D- Best enjoyed as a sipper, this beer is so drinkable that one is easily tempted to guzzle or chug. It is a pity that more bars don't serve this beer, as it would quickly replace both Guinness and Sam Adams as my stand-by bar beer.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An old favorite. Pours an opaque dark brown color with big foamy dark tan head that fades to sheets of Belgian lacing. Some of which is 3D. Pools of tiny bubbles augment the creamy looking surface. The smell is aggressive. A surprising hoppy character blasts through the soft roast malt and chocolate aromas. The mouth feel has a whole bunch of complexity to it. Lightly carbonated, a tangy hop and alcohol note over the smooth and creamy textures. Full flavored, I experience a warming barrel-aged like cherry-vanilla character from the hop. The roasted malt aspect of the taste is right on target. A creamy mocha caramel flavor dominates and lingers appropriately. It is really a wonderful drinker, but you better not have to wander far after a couple of these bad boys because the 9.1%ABV is REAL.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick dark beer with tan head that fades to light lacing.

S: The smell is deeply bittersweetly chocolaty with strong overtones of roasted barley.

T: This beer tastes like a strong bitter coffee with one to two sugar packs and no milk. The flavors are caramel upfront, with dark roast coffee roastyness and acidity. Smoke and charcoal flavors are also distinguishable.

M: Thick, light heavy body, mild sweetness, with sharp carbonation.

D: Well disguised 9% abv, but continuous roasty espresso flavor persuades sipping due to acidity.

Notes: Very tasty winter beer. I'll definitely be drinking this beer again before the winters end. Damn good beer.

Photo of jockstrappy
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Jean Bonnett Tavern in Bedford, PA.

Pours an opaque black with a frothy brown head that left rings all the way to the bottom. Aromas noted are roasted malt, and coffee with a slight hop in there also. Taste is a thick combination of coffee and chocolate flavors, with notes of caramel, nuts, and a small, yet pleasant hop bitterness. Syrupy m/f on this one, ABV hurts the drinkabilty. Complexity really comes around as it warms a bit. Great stout all the way.

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was fortunate enough to enjoy a pint of this from a cask at the Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, PA.

A- Opaque brown/ black. A black hole of a beer. 1 to 2 fingers of foamy brown/ tan head.

S- Deeply roasted coffee and chocolate malt.

T- Dry and earthy bitterness. Roasted coffe.

M- Medium to full body/ Velvety smoothe. Coats the tongue.

D- Keep them coming. One of my favorite beers of all time. Extra special on cask.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,320 ratings.