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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,162 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,162
Reviews: 2,510
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 154
Gots: 506 | 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 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
Photo of joeack
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with no head

Appearance: Deep black with ruby overtones

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, alcohol coming thru

Taste: Slight alcohol burn

Mouthfeel: Thick like a milkshake

Drinkability: Nice sipping beer

Reviewed this one in the summer so I will need to revisit in the dead of winter

joeack, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of scalffd
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: Bottled in December 2005, served in a snifter

Appearance: Nice, dark black with only little light coming through. Small light brown head which recedes rather quickly.

Aroma: Not overwhelming, not too subtle. Roasty with some alcohol cutting through.

Taste: Exceptional. Dry and smooth with a bitter finish. Enjoyable light aftertaste lingers.

Drinkability: Far too drinkable for such a beer at over 9% ABV. Comparable to other stouts of the same strenth, very smooth and easy going. Be careful or intoxication will quickly follow.

Overall: For $10 a six-pack, a good deal considering the price of similar beers. Great, high quality starter stout.

scalffd, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of grub
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep black with a thin brown head.

smell is nice. roasty and malty. slightly vinous, with just a hint of alcohol. dried fruit, like raisin or date.

taste is great. roasty. biscuity malt. bittersweet chocolate and espresso. nice bitterness in the finish. the dried fruit coming through again.

mouthfeel is great. carbonation level is moderate, which works great.

drinkability is excellent. higher than i thought it would be on a 9.1% beer, but it's really well balanced and hides its alcohol well.

grub, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this was a good night for me. a storm king (courtesy of dispholidus1), then a founders breakfast stout. wow. this one poured black but some light penetrates the liquid so its not the thickest i've seen. lots of nice lacing and head retention. chocolate, some hop odor. hoppy taste, lots of coffee flavor, sweet roasted chocolate taste. nicely bitter. this is a very good, top of the line stout. not disappointed despite high expectations.

aforbes10, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of palffyfan
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours dark black, with dark golden yellow carbonation, quite opaque.

Smell - Lots of sweet floral notes, with hints of chocolate, very provocative.

Taste - Roasty aroma with a good deal of 'toffiness'. Mostly burnt, not at all sweet, beer doesn't taste thick otherwise. Lingering bitterness. Not as impressed as some of the other readers--check out my other reviewed brews for better tasting beer.

Drinkability - Not really drinkable, and not really worth the $3/bottle. I would still recommend this to others (since so many people have tried it and recommended it), but there are much better and more drinkable beers out there for a better price...

palffyfan, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a steamed glass. Very nice deep dark colored liquid with light carbonation. Smallish dark tan head fades to a slight lace.

The smell is big bold dark fruit with coffee and a chocolate note or two.

The taste is very deep dark toasted bread, quite a burnt taste, could have some more complexity too it, but this is quite a fresh bottle, I will age the rest a little more. Some faint notes of fruit and black coffee. Great bitter hopy finish, very well done.

The mouthfeel is very good, thick rich coating. Nice Indeed.

Drinkability is very good quite an outstanding beer. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of dancinwillie
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a 6 pack, poured into a pint glass.
Looks black as midnight in a monsoon, with a 2 inch caramel colored head. The head slowly drops to a mere covering, and my patience is growing thin. Storm King has left a lovely lacing. The beer itself looks dark and foreboding, much like many a summer storm, but even so, I seriously want to drink this beer.
Raisin and plum seem to dominate the nose. Very, VERY, mild chocolate is also detected.
My first swallow: I'm letting it warm upon my lucky tongue...a bitterness is there, I don't know if it's the hops, but it may be. A fair amount of plum, not so much raisin, and a load of bitter sweetness. I don't know if that makes any sense, and I wish my palette was more evolved, so I could pin it down. Almost like when you find unsweetened chocolate as a child, but you don't pay attention to the "unsweetened", and just chomp away. A bit sweeter than that, and a bit less bitter.
Also, a slight impression of the alcohol coming through, but nowhere near the ABV in this high gravity brew. Could sneak up on you VERY quick, like the tornado come to take you to Oz.
Mouthfeel is a little course, but as I mentioned, for a 9.1% beer, what do you expect?
Overall I'd say this delicious brew can weather even the most beastly of storms. And I'll be drinking it, just as often as I can get it.
A well balanced, frightenly drinkable brew.

dancinwillie, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been hunting down this beer for a long time, and I finally found it at a new vendor near my house. Pours a very dark brown color (not translucent) with a minimal head. Smell is intentionally sweet, but then the alcohol overpowers and takes control. The taste is huge, and surprisingly cohesive for such a big beer. The first taste is of toasted malts and grains which also have a bit of nut to them. There is also a touch of sweetness to it, like brown sugar or cinnamon. About 3/4 of the way through the alcohol takes hold and mixes with the other tastes of the beer nicely. The finish is again sweet, mostly consisting of the brown sugar-alcohol mixture. It goes down surprisingly easy for such a big beer.

Toddv29424, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got lucky and picked up the last bottle at the bar the other day...it was stashed behind some HopDevils. Color was a dark reddish-brown with a thick head. Smelled of roasted toffee and chocolate. This stout had an aggressive kick - not enough to turn you away, kind of like a strong iced coffee; the alcohol taste was definitely there, but again, it wasn't overpowering. It really goes down like a hard iced mocha (maybe more on the espresso side); leaving for a very drinkable beer.

My favorite Victory is still the Golden Monkey, but this is another top quality product from them!

JohnnyM2002, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of cproioi
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aha I finally found a bottle of Victory's Storm King Imperial Stout. As I pop the cap I pour with great anticipation, I have heard so much good things about this beer I was very excited. As this Beer pours out into the glass it pours a pitch black body that seemed like a black hole in a glass. On top layed a lovely Brown head that stood long and proud. I plunged my nose into the glass and inhale deeply. At first I pick up the basic bittersweet and espresso aromas that are signature in this style then I pick up something different. It was an aroma of apples, it reminded me a great deal of British styles, such as Saumuel Smith's Taddy Porter. The taste was such a treat. It had everything the smell was but at first a slight smack of hops that woke up the tounge. It was thick but not syrupy more like a froathy explosion in my mouth. After I finished that first beer I wanted another. It did not disappoint me and I will definitely be getting this one again.

cproioi, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of HimerMan
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Cask 7/21/06 at Stout in NYC, served in their cask beer glass (typical small mug).

Very nice pour - black, ruby highlights in the light and a slight syrup-like stick to the glass when you move it around.

Awesome taste - as a stout should be, chocolate notes, mild coffee and a small taste of alcohol that peeks through after some sips. About half way through the beer develops a caramel-like flavor with a bit of cream, of course mixed with the overall chocolate/coffee overtones.

Absolutely excellent to drink, first time ever on cask for me, multiple bottles enjoyed (Nov 04 batch my favorite to date). I think this was a bit too cold from the cask; but if you let it sit for a bit - it comes out perfectly.

Try this while you can at Stout - awesome beer, and great bar.


HimerMan, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black, some red/brown highlights in the edges, definately opaque. Small tan head forms and sticks to the sides of the glass, nice spotty lace. Smell is sweet, chocolate, toffee and cherry notes, alcohol, pine/floral hops. Taste is super roast chocolate and coffee, very rich, some caramel/toffee through the middle, more chocolate in the finish and some pine and floral hops, little bit of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. A nice imperial stout. Definately drinkable for being pretty big. Thanks DrJay!

Viggo, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass the beer pours pretty much as dark of a brown as you can get (close to being black), with a good brown head as well (but goes away quickly). It smells like roasted malt, some hops and a slight alcohol smell. The smell isn't very strong at all. It tastes like roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, with a slightly sour, hoppy bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste sticks around a while! As it warms, the taste gets better. It's very smooth and creamy, and even with the bitter aftertaste it's still pretty drinkable. Just the right amount of carbonation too. Even with the high ABV content, you can't tell it too much when you're drinking it but it does hit you after a while. Overall this is a pretty good stout, I'd definitely recommend it to others.

bluejacket74, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thick creamy tan head. Superb lacing!!!
Light roasted malt in the nose with a touch of chocolate.
Has that good coffee/toffee flavor with some fruitiness as well.
Full bodied, this one goes down with a creamy sort of traction cleaning the way for more flavor from the next drink. Moderate to good carbonation.
Great drinkability... Wish I had some more.

BeerRun13, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of gnoff
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from 12 fl oz bottle courtesy of a friend, traded from the USA.

Dark brown color, thick beige head.
Hoppy and alcohol scent, still fresh.
Sweet taste with lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
Medium mouthfeel with low bitterness initially.

gnoff, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick and oily body, pitch black. Very minimal beige head dies quickly and remains just a wisp.

S: Rich like port, dark chocolate, soy, honey and cold stale coffee. I bet this would make a great salmon marinade.

T: Wonderfully pungent and uniquely sour. Not puckering but certainly astringent. From the beginning the burnt roasted barley/coffee kicks of the journey with bittering hops playing a part. The sourness, sort of like an attractive sour chocolate milk aged in oak, hits the center of the tongue and tickles before settling and and lingering thru the remainder of the process. The bittersweet chocolate notes become more apparent as the aftertaste settles.

M: Silky, oily, dope.

D: Totally unique. One of the worlds best imperial stouts...not like I need to tell you that though

Westsidethreat, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of shroompod
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled dec 23 04
pours dark with some light showing on the rim. Smallish head retreats quickly.

Smell had a nice sharp hop bite , some roasted malts coming through.

Taste is predominately bitter, hoppy. Not alot of malt coming through for me (perhaps the age?)

Moutfeel is somewhat dry for a beer this high in ABV. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is good , I'd like to review this beer fresh to compare.

shroompod, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours about as close to a black you can get. Topped by a frohy, tan head that likes to stick to the sides of the glass, but settles down in a few minutes.
Very well balanced smell for a stout. I can make out the roasty, toasty barley, the sweet malty backbone, as well as some bittering hops. Nice! Very nice!
Taste is big and bold. Starts a bit sweet. Like a morning coffee with lots of sugar. But then it gets more expresso-like. Dry, and slightly bitter. Great balance on this beer. This is 9.1% alcohol? no way! It's almost as drinkable as chocolate milk.
For this much taste, I'm amazed at the ralative thin mouthfeel. The big taste, combined with the easy-on-the-tongue mouthfeel makes this one scary-drinkable brew.
Oh, it's good.

DaveFL1976, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured close to motor oil appearance which was sort of weird because I just changed the oil in my car about an hour ago. Not much head, but a nice little tannish brown ring around the glass and ok lacing.
Smell: Very distinct hop aroma which I didn't expect. There are fruit aromas that mix with the hops nicely. The combination yielded an aroma of raisons and oranges. Roasted malts round out the aroma and fill the nose along with some hints of alcohol.
Taste: Roasted malts spring on the palette quickly followed by a strong aggressive leafy flowery hop taste. The malts have an earthy coffee taste. As the beer is swallowed the alcohol is quickly apparent, but not overbearing. Mostly the hop sticks around and makes the biggest impression. A little bit of orange rind flavor in there also.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, but thick and creamy.
Drinkability: Good stuff from a bottle, but it was much better on tap at Kclinger's in Hanover, PA a couple of weeks ago.

Schwarzbart, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of Tballz420
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, deep, dark black, only the faintest of brown hue comes through when held to the light. Small, dark brown head caps it off, fades quickly. Huge roasted scent comes through, chocolate and alcohol hints as well. Taste starts with dark roasted malts, hints of fruit, warm alcohol, plum. Nice full mouthfeel. Very good.

Tballz420, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black, thick, and a gorgeous head, deep tan, wonderful lacing in arches down the glass. Aroma of nice roasty bean, coffee, sweet chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, very very nice. Taste begins sweet with chocolate and brandy perhaps, then comes the espresso and a bittering from just enough hops and almost too agressively roasty malt. Also, there is some dark fruit, like a brown sugared apple or something. Basically, the mouth is the greatest feeling under heaven, smooth, creamy and the slightest carbonation and pleasantly warm down the throat. This is one of those rare, wonderful beers that you take a sip, swallow, then continue to 'drink' it as you swallow the residue in your happily salivating mouth. When I think of stouts, this is what I hope for.

objectivemonkey, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of nyjets1248
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One word....Black. Another word...Great! Pours black with a average one finger width tan head that dissolves down to a thin cap that reamins for the duration of the Beer. The aroma is subtle coffee and chocolate. The subtleness disappears with your first sip. Roasted! The flavors are solid roasted coffee and chocolate there is a hint of sweet malt. These flavors fade to the Hops that clean things up a bit and stop your tounge from being roasted as well. There is a slight burnt bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste and although it has a fairly high ABV it does not interfere with the taste of this Beer. The medium to thick body contributes to the success and the drinkability is high for an Imperial Stout. Storm King has just become one of my favorites.

nyjets1248, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of presscaught
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my house beer. I always like to have a few Storm Kings on hand. I am a devoted stout lover and this is the number one stout (especially available in a 6-pack stout). I could drink this all night. The only item I rated less than a 4 was the smell at 3.5 as it's nose isn't the greatest and I have had occasion where one has smelt a little like a wet dog.

If all RIS could be this well crafted, balanced, and tasty there would be no wars, famine, etc. OK maybe I'm exagerating.

The taste is a hoppy, roasty, coffee, creamy, mixture of delicousness.

Mouthfeel is great.

Drinkability is high. I have enjoyed 3-4 in a night althought the ABV does catch up to you.

If I had to have one keg on tap at my home or local bar this is the one. I have had it on tap in Philly and at Track 84 in Warwick RI and it is magnificent out of the keg.

presscaught, Jun 27, 2006
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,162 ratings.