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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,234 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,234
Reviews: 2,520
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 158
Gots: 535 | 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 pheggeseth
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: This is my first beer review...ever.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass (no snifter, sorry).

A: pours completely opaque. 1/4 inch head dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: strong roasted malt with some strong chocolate notes. Espresso and alcohol in the background.

T: alcohol up front followed closely by strong toasted malt, again with chocolate and espresso undertones, toasted aftertaste with some slight hop/alcohol bitterness.

M: very smooth despite the abv and strong toasted flavors. A little on the thin side, but just barely. Not much else to say, really.

D: very drinkable minus the slight alcohol/bitter aftertaste. Could definitely have multiple in one sitting.

Notes: This was my first imperial stout ever, so I can't comment much on its consistency with the style.

Photo of Lothore
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours absolutely black, letting no light through. Big, 2 finger mocha head is present which fades to tons of lacing.

S- My first impression is it smells very hoppy. Pine, Choclate, roasted malts and coffee.

T- Taste is hoppy, with a big coffee flavor. Sort of a burnt taste is there that isnt overpowering. Slight mettalic aftertaste.

M- Fairly light and very carbonated.

D- This is very drinkable for a RIS. I found the hop presence to be enjoyable.

Photo of pwoods
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks NJpadreFan for this trade.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. A 5 year best by date printed on the front(May 30, 2012)

A: Straight black with a good 2 finger tan head. Head full of millions of tiny bubbles. Head dies to a good 1/4 and stays there. Nice lacing.

S: I could smell this before the cap was all the way off. First thing I noticed was huge coffee notes with a definite burnt sugar backbone. Further inspection shows a good amount of bitterness from very high cocoa chocolate and sweetness from molasses. Very complex. I'll try a snifter with my other bottle.

T/M: MMmm so nice. At 9.10%, this leaves nearly no alcohol punch. With a clear road the coffee and chocolate are unhindered to spread their wings. An extremely well balanced hop bitterness keeps things in check. Maybe a touch more bitterness would enhance the coffee side but I really can't nit pick. Full bodied with low carbonation.

D: Very high. Nicely hidden alcohol further help.

Photo of k3n
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Best by date of 3/22/2011!

A: An agressive pour nets me a full 2" of cocoa head, which settles down to about 1/4" with some lacing. The beer itself is a murky black, with flecks of brown.

S: Chocolate. Coffee. Toasty. Maybe some raisins.

T: Oof...a quick alcohol punch on the first sip. Dark, bittersweet chocolate, more hints of raisins, and then some more fusel alcohol at the end. It's definitely hot.

M: Full-bodied, followed up by the heat of the alcohol.

D: Ok for now. I think this will get better with time.

Photo of sfoley333
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle from holiday wine cellar. Poured into New Belgium rastal snifter. Poured a jet black liquid not as crude oilish as some others IRS but still nice and think. It created a mocha head about a finger thick that lasted a few minutes. Smell of coffee smoke and chocalate. Taste of a coffee ,slight bitter coco flavor with a mellow alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is full body more on the dryside.. I am glad that Victory puts out such a great IRS in a 12oz bottle that is not to high priced but still has a great quality like some of the other IRS 22oz out there. Would highly recommend .

Photo of rshwayder
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very dark beer that pours with a brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. It was fairly daunting at first sip, as I didn't realize this was an imperial stout and had myself prepared for something a little smoother.

This has a bitterness to it that you might expect from a dark imperial stout, and actually started tasting better the longer I let it warm up (I tend to start my beers off very cold and let them come close to room temperature before finishing them).

Not a bad beer by any means, though I'm not the biggest fan of the imperial stout to begin with so my opinion is pretty skewed.

Photo of ubetchamn
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours an opaque dark chocolate with a short tan head. The head disperses quickly but lacing remains for most of the sampling. My nose picks up a sweet coffee chocolate roasted barley blend that is superb. Most of these early hints are followed through in the taste. There seems to be just the right amount of carbonation and the 9.1% abv is barely perceptible. Aftertaste continues to please with the roasted feeling staying with. This is a very drinkable beer, but one must be very careful with that abv.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch dark with tons of dirty brown head and great tracing. Aromas are full of toffee, chocolate, roasted grain, and some slight caramel; with little to no hop presence. Body does not come across as heavy as most with this beer, moderate to high carbonation for style. Very bright and intense flavors, quite fruity, reminds me of a good high cocoa chocolate bar. Almost gives off a flavor of lactose but I doubt any is used, just has a very smooth sweetness in the finish. Roasty or hop bitterness is nowhere in this beer putting it a little out of "balance" for an American version. Still, a top notch RIS, one to certainly compete with Brooklyn's and Bell's, my two favorites.

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

Had a 2006 bottle from the same batch reviewed before.Enjoyed this imp. stout much better this time. Alchohol barely prevalent in nose and taste. Hops have died down. Roasted odors and tastes really noticeable. Full bodied, could have drinken a couple of these aged Storm Kings.

Photo of marksto
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, opaque, with a medium tan colored head and medium retention. Aroma has big notes of chocolate, roast, and fruity elements like cherry mixed with some alcohol. This carries into the flavor with a blend of chocolaty malt, dark fruit, and vanilla. Body is not quite as big as some imperial stouts, a little more fullness and creaminess would be nice but the flavor is good. Overall, a solid example of an imperial stout.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a midnight black with two finger light caramel colored head and plenty of lacing.

S: Hit up front withpine and citrussy hops and then molasses, caramel and earthy notes.

T: Coffee and dark, bitter chocolate, finishing with the grapefruit and piney hoppy flavors. You also get a bit of the alcohol.

M: Full bodied which adequately stands up to the bitterness. Good carbination keeps everything in check.

D: The alcohol is present but that didn't turn me off at all. It is very bitter and high in alcohol so something that would keep me to two or three and only if I wasn't driving.

This is a very well/exceptially rounded beer. I would recomend this to all.

Photo of brantadid
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black into a pint glass with about 1/8 an inch of tan head. No light passes through this beer. It reminds me of oil. Nice lacing.

Hints of vanilla and smoke in the nose. Some roasted malts and chocolate. A lot going on here.

Tastes like a smokey, chocolately cola almost. Just fantastic.

Moderate carbonation leads to a really nice mouthfeel and makes this a really drinkable beer. I little thin, but very enjoyable.

I didn't really care for this beer the first time I had it. I thought it was overrated. I am glad I tried it again. I don't know what I was thinking the first time around.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

There are two years on the bottle I'm reviewing tonight.
Two years to the day.
Bottled Oct. 31st, 2005.

Still pours an impenetrable black with a small tan head that melts quickly to a ring of dark tan bubbles.

Aroma is now much more mellow....dark toasted malt, candied dark fruits, tobacco, mild and smooth chocolate, and still the alcohol. I notice a very faint sweet fruit as well that I want to say smells a bit like cherries.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin for all that is going on in here.

Taste is an incredible improvement with age.
Dark burnt roasted malt....bittersweet dark chocolate....some creamy dark candied fruits like prunes with lots of sugars, a hint of espresso, some dark, dark cherry, and then again the alcohol.

Aftertaste is creamy dark bittersweet chocolate and alcohol.

I'm lovin' it.

Photo of EStreet20
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

About two years on this bottle of Storm King. Bottles on date says Nov 14, 2005

12 ounce bottle, snifter glass

A - Brew has a vicious black color allowing no light whatsoever to pass through. About two fingers of tan head up top.

S - Big malty smell. Dark chocolate sticks out the most on the nose.

T - A very nice taste here. The hops that are very prevalent in young Storm King have faded, leaving the chocolate flvaor as the lead. The chocolate is followed by some residual sweetness. Finally, a bit of coffee like bitterness pokes around and lends itself to a nice aftertaste.

M - Nice feel here. Not as huge and full as some Imp Stouts but a good firm body.

D - I am loving this brew, and am probably drinking it too fast. This has really held up well. Tastes great and goes down way too easy for 9.1% ABV.

Notes: Two years may be the sweet spot for Storm King. I have a couple more of this vintage so I'll try to hold off on them.

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

Darker than a black steer's tuookus on a moonless prairie night, this one is. thin layer of tight head that goes nowhere, great lacing.

Super huge roast malty aroma. The only thing I can say is that I don't get a whole lot of layers. What's there is great, but if I had to be a picky bastard, this would be the are.

Wow. Roast, raisins, a tiny breath of alcohol, sticky bitterness at the back of the throat; I can't believe I haven't tasted this beer before.

There's a weird combination of thinnish body but very creamy carbonation with this one. I usually think of this style as really thick, but this is really great.

Buy this beer! Drink it and enjoy. I'm going to sip on this all winter.

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

A black as night stout that swallows all light like a black hole. A one fingered tan head tops off this mysterious looking brew that settles to a light cap. As it is consumed some spotted lacing is left behind.

The smell makes this very appetizing. Roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, and floral hops all are evident. It smells delicious.

The taste is just awesome. And I don't even drink that many RIS (the best I have ever had). Malt, chocolate, coffee, and hop flavors are perfectly balance to make a complex and big beer. Alcohol leaves a slightly warming effect as it slides down the throat. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and feels extremely smooth. The high alcohol is the only thing that will keep a person from drinking several of these in an evening.

Edit: 03/03/12
A beer a batch earlier than the one I reviewed in 2007. Best by date of Sept 13, 2012.

Definately looks like an aged beer at this point. Still dark as night but a slight head forms and quickly settles to a skim of suds on the surface. Light lacing is left down the glass during consumption.

In the aroma the hops and alcochol have died away. Replaced by black licorice and an earthiness.

Not hot as fresh either. It does not benefit from age as stouts like Expedition Stout, but it definately has a distinct flavor. A lot of anise and chocolate. The hops and alcohol have definately mellowed. Slightly oxidized.

I would lower the body score. More recent stouts offer fuller bodies. Aging has no effect.

Without the hops this beer is not as good as I remember it. Maybe more of a B+ stout.

Photo of hwwty4
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour looked like someone dumped India Ink into a glass with a half a finger dark tan head. Absolutely beautiful. Tasted of heavy malts up front; chocolate and espresso. The finish is the kicker. The heavy espresso melted into a creamy cup of java. High praise for Victory.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle an inky black with a rich malt brown head and good amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, caramel, and dark ripe cherries and raisins.

Tastes of coffee, chocolate and charcoal with a good amount of crisp bitterness which lingers long after the swallow. The fruits are more hidden as is the 9% alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on thinner than I had expected. Carbonation was light.

This is a RIP that I'd love to have on a snowy winter day. Enjoy one yourself.

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

Pours black like Newgate's knocker, amber tints barely perceptible against its shroud of opaque midnight, topped with a dark taupe head one finger tall. It subsides, leaving spots of lacing down the walls of the glass. Roasted malt in the nose, with an undercurrent of dark fruits, and a healthy floral hop note offsetting it just enough to remind you that you are not in Siberia. When cold, the astringency is more prominent, with a healthy carbonation anchored by the roasted chocolate and coffee base, a touch of figs, and an earthy bitterness that lightens the mouthfeel. Clean, and thin, but when warm, gets more complex, with notes of vanilla and stronger fruit, the hops fully emerging yet subordinate to the malt. Finishes very crisp for a stout, with coffee lingering like a halcyon memory. I paired this particular session with a Morbier AOC, its objectionably good aroma and rich flavor with wood ash a good match for the flavor profile.

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

Good one!!! I actually let this one warm up a bit before drinking it. Used a 16 oz tumbler. Pours a dense, light free black/dark brown color with a medium sized head....big head on a hard pour. The head retention is pretty good...goes down very slowly. Thick lacing on the glass. Very prominent and distinct nose. Smells like a Belgian...dark fruits (plum and dark cherries) and raisins. First taste is like a Belgian, astringent, dark fruits...but mouthfeel is thin and watery. Second sip corrects all this. Taste starts out the same, but the coating on the tongue and tastebuds show this to be a rich and flavorful beer. As you drink, the malt characteristics come out and the beer seems less astringent and more crisp and malty. Drinkability is good for this high level abv. A great beer, would enjoy it even more on a cold day.

Photo of JamesS
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out nice and dark, although with little head for a stout and almost no lacing. It has a nice deep scent, with nice chocolate and roasted scents, although not as strong as many stouts. Good coffee taste with a nice deep flavor. Although this stout has a high ABV, the alcohol flavor is extremely slight, not overshadowing it’s nice taste at all. It goes down smoothly and is a good imperial stout, well worth a try or six.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Jerry's on Division.

Finally, a chance at a legend...

This one poured a dark, dark brown - almost black - with a thin, cocoa-colored head. It's cold, too cold for a proper tasting - but I can't help but dive right in. Patience has never been a virtue of mine.

The cold, biting brew conjures images of being plunged into a glacial ice crevasse -- the palace of the Storm King. It's slick, with strong bitter chocolate and earthy charcoal. It may be the temperature (and the astringency), but this is the "cleanest" tasting stout I've ever had. It's like a dark, bitter blizzard -- but I'm hooked.

Next time, I'll have to wait for it to warm up and really get to see what is going on here...

Photo of MMAJYK
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark black, just like black coffee. Head is orange and lingers for a few, but then dissipates.

S- Strong fig, toffee, coffee beans, cocoa.

T- Tastes malty like malt balls then finishes with strong coffee flavor. I don't favor coffee, but I love this brew!

M- Very malty and thick.

D- Drinkability is good, but a little on the stong and rich side. Nice one though!

Photo of bradford
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack at BevMo Huntington Beach, CA. Poured into a chimay chalice. Perhaps not the best choice in glassware for a Russian Imperial Stout.
Looked okay. It was a dark dark brown, light black color. Thin head, decent lacing, swirling oil spill look on the top
Smelled very good. Lots of fruity alcohol, similar to a Belgian Quad.
Tasted good. A bit of alcohol in the back of the taste. A load of chocolate malt
Mouthfeel was a bit thin for such a taste. With such a heavy malt load, I expected a thicker, fuller mouthfeel
Drinkability was pretty good. I finished the 12 oz bottle in about 30 minutes. Recommended

Photo of vikingloki
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From bottle into pint glass, at a bar.

Pours out dark, smells promising.Nice chocolate head, good carbonation, swirls around and settles. I'd been looking forward to trying it. Has nice espresso taste. Hoppy, too hoppy for me.Seems to have a thinner mouthfeel than what I expected. Glad to buy the bottle before I bought the case.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,234 ratings.