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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,308 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,308
Reviews: 2,540
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 168
Gots: 566 | 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 karengarys
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours darker than the oil in my car (changed every 30,000 if it needs it or not...). Leaves little head. I predict this is a thick brew....

Smells malty with a bit of citrus...

Taste is rather... interesting... Grapefruit peel, malts, molasses, and a bit of an edgy thinner like flavor - alcohol I take it, but it is a bit sharp.

Mouthfeel is amazing for a beer like this - creamy.

Finish is clean, leaving a touch of that thinner-like flavor I didn't like in the taste.

This is a quite drinkable beer. It hides the alcohol flavor TOO well. I recommend giving this a try!

Photo of session1979
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - Glass was a Ridel brandy snifter.

Appearance: Black as the night sky with a nice dark 2 finger head.

Nose: Wonderful roasted malt, some espresso/coffee, a little touch of hops. Aroma really developed closer to room temp.

Taste: Big roasted malt, bread, followed with some hops. Dark chocolate and espresso on the beautifully long finish. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Very nice mouth, medium thickness, nice creamy texture. Very nice carbonation level, not overdone.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style. Don't be surprised if you have a few..

Overall: This is one of the best, if not the best "6 pack" stouts I have found to date. I always keep this on hand. Great beer!

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

Pours black as coal, the body is too dark to allow any light through. A decent two finger head much like espresso crema formed on a standard pour. A fine yet full ring of lacings rings the glass, the lacings are slightly sticky and cling forming a web like pattern.

A good amount of grapefruit and other citrus evident from the hops, dominating the nose of this brew. Creamy nuts, chocolate, some espresso, and a strong roasted character with anise and smoke present.

Tasting does this brew more justice than the nose alone, as some of the flavours hidden by big juicy hop aromas reveal themselves, along with the depth and character of this brew. Somewhat strong hints of anise and smokey roastiness, mochaccino, and some nutty treacle quickly morph into the more bitter west coast grapefruit hop bitterness, as well as a more floral and earthy hop character.

This is a big, full bodied stout and is all around rich, from its malts, roasted character, and its hop bite. The hops really manage to assert themselves, even through the rich malt backbone. The grapefruit hoppiness blends nicely with the roastiness, exaggerating the flavour of anise, as well as providing an almost lingering hop bitterness.

Very enjoyable and drinkable for such a big brew. The PNW hops work great with this stout. Perfect for a cool wintry night, or for calling the first thunderstorms of the year on the first night of spring as i did last night. Would recommend familiarity and appreciation of IPAs and RISs before taking on this storm, with its bold depth of flavour. Will gladly drink this one again.

Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Totally black, a slight hint of amber/ tan at the bottom when held up directly to a lightbulb. Pours with a small, but very dense, dark khaki head. Head retention is good for a high alcohol beer, drops down to a thick film and leaves behind dense laceing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, roast malt. Biscuity aroma, really smells of baked goods and dark chocolate.

T - Sweet, dry chocolate flavor, with a smooth, velvety hop finish. Malty, bready caramel, and an odd minty note.

M - Smooth, thick, and maby just a little bit oily. The body on this beer is close to perfect for an imperial stout.

D - Despite being an intense and interesting beer, this may be the most drinkable imperial stout I have ever had. The heavy hopping gives it a little harsh bitternes, but it is necissary to balance the flavors and it works perfectly to bring out the intense dark chocolate flavors.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoy by Jan 24 12.., 2012? There'd be enough alcohol.

Black. Nice brown foamy head.

Sweet dark malty brew, but fairly light. Hop: floral, herbal. Malt: dark, sweet, roasted chocolate/coffee, rich.

Comes off as rich, dark, and thick. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth. Hop: tart, floral, mild herbal/citric, medium bitterness. Malt: dark ripe fruits, roasted chocolate, espresso, toasty sweet. Alcohol notes and roasted barley woody edge. Creamy raisin, full espresso, dark chocolate flavors develop. Significant bitterness. Finishes fairly clean, yet dry, tart, and bitter like semisweet chocolate.

Crazy smooth, I could suck 3-4 of these down.. ;-). Dark as promised. Pretty tasty.

Photo of kpantz
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: Victory brewers are masters at their craft, and you need look no further than Storm King as solid evidence. Not only is the Storm King an imposing imperial stout ("imposing" is a requirement in my book)...it is a flavorful, quite drinkable adventure that makes it one of the few in this style that could pass for a session beer.

Appearance: Pours a viciously opaque deep brown/black into my tulip. Fluffy tan head, resting at about a finger thick. Nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, molasses, licorice.

Taste: Deeply roasted malts with some associated sweetness give way to a slightly acidic coffee flavor, followed quickly by a nice hop flavor and associated bitterness. No noticeable alcohol flavors, even as it approaches room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Not as chewy as I remember previous incarnations, but pretty thick in its own right. Slightly sticky as it warms, with a lively but not overbearing carbonation level. Very, very smooth.

Drinkability: Highly, highly drinkable for an impy stout. Good balance of malt, hops and adjuncts make this an interesting brew to play with to see what new flavors you can discern. 9+% ABV is well hidden in this one, so be wary - it can sneak up on you.

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

not a very robust opening, head is difficult to conjure up, but but is a rich tan one that leaves a nice wall on the sides of the the glass. Dark dark, but light is still penetrable through my 4oz taster (might not through a pint glass or otherwise), shining a deep ruby red.

a blueberry, mild roast. Even at 54 degrees, the aromas are very faint.

taste is sour, sweet and awesomely bitter. A creamy liquor aftertaste. The mouthfeel is quite nice, adequately sudsy and feels slick to the tongue. Very simple flavors carried nicely by the beer's thickness. Mostly dark roasted coffee, Has an excellent warming sensation - super smooth. This beer masks its abv remarkably well.

Wow. good beer. and for a russian imperial - this is highly drinkable. Could be dangerous, but my store only sells these by the individual bottle.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a gorgeous dark, near-black into my pint glass. There was minimal head present when I received my glass from the bartender.

Smell: The bar was crowded and smoky but the beer still persevered through the smell and the roasted chocolate and coffee. There seemed to be some faint dark fruits present as well, but they were hard to distinguish.

Taste: The chocolate and dark fruits explode in the mouth. The cofee presence helps balance the alcohol across the palate and it finish with a nice hop bitterness. The aftertase seems to be of some bakers chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as one would expect but with enough depth to coat your mouth with flavors.

Drinkability: I ended up drinking a couple of these at the bar tonight to the detriment of my sobriety, but I couldn't help myself.

Photo of kajerm
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a thin, dark tan head and a little lacing. There is no way in hell that a single photon is passing this monstrous black gravity well of a beer.

The nose is alcohol and strangely astringent hops. This is going to be interesting...

Very tasty beer, very poor style example. It tastes dry, shockingly hoppy with some phenolic character-- unusual to say the least. There is a solid dark malt backbone that sits in the background owing to the powerful hop flavor. There's some very slight mid-palate biscuity flavor; so slight that I might be hallucinating it. Finishes strong, with hop bitterness. Not what I expected from an imperial stout, but holy shit, it is delicious.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and carbonated, but it's somehow fitting for the beer, especially given the strong hop character.

There are about a thousand reviews of "dangerously drinkable" beers. At 9.1% ABV, this beer borders on a date rape drug in its drinkability.

RERATE: Apparently this review was written back when I valued style over substance. The truth is, this review liked the beer way more than I did-- it actually turned me off hoppy stouts until Darkness came along and rocked my palate. I saved a bottle for over a year now with one, and only one purpose in mind-- ruthlessly kill all the hops in this beer. So down to business.

The aroma tells me one thing-- I succeeded. It's coffee, chocolatey, and sort of musty with a heavy background of dark malts. No lupulin in evidence. Flavor profile opens up malty, and finishes a bit more astringent than I would have liked, but nowhere near, say, Old Rasputin or Nogne Ø. Every flavor has mellowed out nicely-- this beer tastes like an imperial stout that has gone into retirement. It's not bad at all, and pretty drinkable. My main gripe would be with the body, which is closer to beer than molasses-- not what I look for in my impies.

This isn't going to become my favorite beer anytime soon, but if I ever happen to get a hold of more, now I know what to do-- lay it down.

(Damn, I'm a wordy bastard today.)

Photo of goochpunch
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 2011 or something like that.

Pours out a beautiful pitch black with tawny port hues on the edges of the glass. Head is a chocolatey brown and maintains rather well in spite of the size of the beer. Viscous. Smell is at first of pungent hops like this was a DIPA or something. Lots of citrus oils and alcohol in the nose. underneath this I get some chocolate and dark roast coffee. With the taste, again, big hops up front but it works better than with the smell because the chocolate flavors mix well with it. Finish is all hop oiliness and astringent burnt malts. Unpleasant lingering bitterness. The weight of this beer in the mouth is solid, but the carbonation needs to take it easy. I'm not crazy about it, but if offered to me, I wouldn't turn it down, I guess. HYPE.

Photo of khiasmus
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks like thick coffee. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head that settles to a thin lace quickly.

S- Wonderful. Piney hops with thick, sweet malt that leaves a heavy sensation in the nose, one that makes you want to smell it and savor for hours before you drink it.

T- The only reason this doesn't get a 5 is the slight metallic note. That's the only reason. Strong hops, strong malt, perfect balance but dense and intense.

M- Well carbonated but smooth, thick but light. This mouthfeel is perfect.

D- One of the easiest imperial stouts around to drink. Dangerous for the alcohol content.

Photo of atsprings
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark opaque black with a decent light tan head. The aroma was of dark chocolate, roasted espresso and roasted barley, very true to the style. The taste was a very great blend of coffee, cocoa and roasted barley, also very true to the style, but much better than most. This beer is very smooth on the palate for one so strong. The carbonation is very tolerable and the alcohol well hidden. This is a great beer on a cold night or even a mild early spring evening.

Photo of sethmeister
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz into my rapscallion goblet, at cellar temp

Pours black with a finger of soft taupe head. A bit of lacing as head quickly recedes.

Scent of bitter dark chocolate, cold espresso and alcohol.

Unsweetened bitter dark chocolate, cold espresso and roasted / burnt flavor. No aftertaste and it clears the palate quickly. This beer is not sweet at all. A bit more bitter than I might ideally wish for.

The mouthfeel is what defines this stout for me. Intensely full, thick, rich, creamy and lush. Has an impressive weight and density. I honestly can't imagine a more delightful mouthfeel.

This is really a nice Imperial Stout.

Photo of TheWhaleShark
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured black with a dark tan or chocolate head, about 2 fingers. This dissipated into a nice lacing that stuck around.

S: Chocolate and coffee all the way, along with a lot of dark roasted scent.

T: Dear god, this is good. Hoppier than most RIS, in that they're fairly pronouced up front but then give way to the coffee and chocolate flavors. The malt is surprisingly sweet; I would've expected a bit more bitterness in such a dark beer. The finish is more of the same, though it is somewhat astringent.

M: This is the definition of full-bodied. It's not syrupy or cloying; it simply has presence that dominates the palate. Excellent overall.

D: Very drinkable, though alcohol content limits the practical amount of this you can drink.

Possibly the best RIS I've tasted so far.

Photo of notoriousdav
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have to agree with the Alstrom bros on this one: this beer has gone a little out of whack. It pours a beautiful black and has a nice creamy carmel head, and it smells like the real deal. But, unfortunately, this beer has become really bitter (emphasis on really). I don't think I could drink more than one a night, and I love bitter. For some reason, I remember this beer being a little more in balance when I tried it a few years ago.


After giving the rest of this six pack a try, I have grown to really like this beer; yeah it's bitter as all hell, but once you start to embrace that, other stouts seem flat-out week. In fact, I wouldn't drink another stout within the same week to avoid making the others seem bland. I guess you just need to get your taste buds up for the challenge on this one.

Photo of StoutPiper
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer has a one to two finger head that dissipates quickly.

Mouthfeel is v ery sharp, heavy carbonation for an imperial.

The taste is very strong, espresso and hops. Mellows into a wonderful complex aftertase that makes the stout exceptional. Majpr flavors of mocha, nuts, hops, and caramel.

Make sure to serve rom temperature.

This is by far my favoite imperial stout, a stout lovers' beer.

Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to black with a 2 finger head. Strong lacing.

At first sniff the aroma seems dead then very hoppy on closer inspection. Strong biscuity malty undertones.

Very full hop flavor that is more up front than a typical impy. The hops are definitely the star of the show. Good full flavor. A little more watery than I was expecting.

Strong offering and a great value in an imperial for my price.

Photo of david131
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on October 31, 2005

A- Poured a black liquid with a surprising amount of carbonation that gives way to a caramel colored two finger thick head. Quite a few tan floaties eventually make their way to the bottom of the glass. Some light can get through the edges of this one.

S- Hops. Wait a second, this is a RIS. Interesting. Delving further, I pick out some chocolate, coffee, and a good amount of roasted malts. Even after how long I have let this sit, the hops are still extremely present.

T- Same as the smell, but I pick up on some smokiness and some caramle in there too.

M- A little on the thin side for this style. Could be attributed to the amount of carbonation of this.

D- This is a good unique RIS. The hops and thinness of the mouthfeel are the only thing that throws me off on the drinkability.

Photo of Budlum
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer produces one and one half inch of creamy tan head. The body is a deep black color allowing only small amounts of light to pass through at the bottom of the glass. Head retention and lacing are very good.

The nose of this beer is faint but it presents excellent qualities. Rich cocoa and espresso smells blend simultaneously with a salty, roasted barley aroma. Hops are quite strong backed by a sharp smokiness.

A powerful wave of strong, smoky barley flavors lead this stout with quite a punch. The hop flavors of this stout present balanced bitterness. This batch of Storm King seems to have a stronger hop presence than previous years. The finish features fading hops blended with a background of espresso and more strong barley tastes.

The mouthfeel is very good. The level of carbonation and thickness is right on. The strong hops and alcohol content provide a lively feel as well.

Drinkability is very good. The balance leans a touch to the hoppy side but for a stout of this caliber it is just too easy to drink. This is a very sessionable stout.

Photo of stevegamburg
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a semi-thick head. Smells of black malt and dark fruit with a noticeable hop aroma. The taste is huge and complex with a larger hop presence than most Imperial Stouts but it is very well balanced. The finish has a nice hint of espresso.

I can't understand some of the low ratings.

Take it from someone who drinks stouts almost exclusively:
This is a spectacular Imperial Stout - One of the best that I have ever had.

Photo of jackorain
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Let me start by saying that I love to support my local brewers. Love Victory, Troegs, Lancaster, DFH, etc. That being said, this one doesn't live up to my expectations. It is not a bad beer of course. But it is in the top 100 here on BA.

A-Dark brown almost black, no light gets through. No head to speak of formed just a thin ring.
S-Smells nice, coffe, choclate, rasted malts and green hops
T-overwelmingly bitter from the roasted (almost burnt tasting) barely. Green hops come through as well. Alcohol esters really carry to the sinuses, very boozy. some coffee and chocolate also come through ont he finish
M-creamy full body
D-Too boozy and bitter, I can only drink one per session. I will continue to give this beer more tries though.

Photo of wcudwight
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I've reviewed this beer aged a couple of years so I thought I would review one fresh for comparisons sake.
Pitch black with 1/2" hot chocolate covered head. Lot's of sticky lacing clings to the beer and the glass.
The hops are really noticable in the aroma. Lot's of dark fruit smells.
Man this is so good. The flavors in this are all very rich and bold but still mix and balance very well. Most RIS have a coffee flavor to them but Storm King has espresso flavors. Most have a mild hop flavor in them, but in Storm King they attack your taste buds like a DIPA. Most have some chocolate in them, but Storm King taste like a rich Belgian chocolate.
Mouthfeel is full but not as syrupy as some others of the style which is a good thing.
I remember the one I had that was aged a couple of years as being extrememly drinkable. This one is not but it is still very drinkable considering the style and gamut of flavors that your tastebuds have to endure.
Final thoughts: Cellared or fresh Victory Storm King is the best RIS and one of the best beers period that I've had.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Mountain Sun's Stout month. Couldn't wait.
Smooth pour, black with a little burgundy on the edge. Slight off-brown head, they know how to pour these.
Smell of coffee and baked cocao, a bit of dry hops, some black fruit.
Tastes really good. Smoothed out coffee and chocolate, some roasted malt comes through and the hops dry it out nicely. The alcohol is hidden until the next sip, then I can feel it.
I'd go for the tap over the bottle on this one.

Photo of Dizzy
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, as dark as any beer I've seen. Creamy tan head leaves some lacing on the glass, good retention. Aroma is hops up front, then alcohol and roastiness. Taste is bitter, malty and some chocolate. Alcohol is very prominant. Full bodied, alcohol burn is present as well. Overall a good beer, I wouldn't want more than one in a session though.

Photo of mwearl
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass I observed a very black beer with a hearty head. The taste is heavy and bitter, finished dry and a little dark chocolate. The might be the most drinkable heavy, high alcohol content beer I have ever had. I would normally stop at one beer of this class, instead drinking two and would have had three if I was at home. Just a great beer all around dark beer.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,308 ratings.