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

12 oz. bottle, enjoy by 9/27/11.
Pours very thick and the darkest possible brown/black. Carbonation instantly gone. Small swirl of head in middle of glass, looks like motor oil 1000's of miles beyond it's due. Very complex smells of anise, licorice. Sweet malt smell but not roasted or burnt. Possibly even a citrusy hop smell. Hoppy taste up front switching mid-palate to a bitter roast malt flavor with a charred aftertaste. Resiny hop taste as well. Not what I was expecting from an imperial stout. Super heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation. fairly complex with different smells and tastes coming out. Almost like a hop head's stout with the bitterness in there. Very enjoyable.

Photo of BBM
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason I had never heard of this beer before yesterday, when the bartender reccommended it to me. So I had no expectations going in, and was more than pleasantly surprised. The beer pours a thick, motor oil black, with a nice brown head that sticks around for a while. The smell is an array of dark fruits, some chocolate, and sweetness.

The taste is even more complex, with a real nice hoppy bitterness at the beginning, and then a rich, creamy, espresso aftertaste that balances it out like few beers I've had before. Each sip gives you a new experience, lingering on the tastebuds and waiting to be explored. It's like a West Coast Stout, Sweet Stout, and Imperial all mixed into one.

The mouthfeel was thick and creamy. I also had no idea of the ABV, and drank this one fairly quickly and could've had more. Wow. Dangerously drinkable.

Photo of briscott99
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice midnight black with a fairly large brown head. As it settles, the head dies and no evidence of lacing on the glass. Beautiful color, though.

Smell: Smells sweet. Not picking up the roasty aromas I usually pick up in stouts. Seems almost fruity in the nose. Odd.

Taste: Syrupy sweet. For me this is just too sweet for a stout. Followed by a large amount of hops. A lot of bitter and sweet, but IMO not very well balanced. There is a medicine-like taste in here too, actually reminiscent of cough syrup.

Mouthfeel: Decent medium body, low carbonation. Would like to taste more carbonation here.

Drinkability: counldn't do more than one. It's just too sweet for my tastes. Overall, I'd like this beer to have a more roasty taste, a little less hop character, and tone down the sweet maltiness quite a bit.

Was looking forward to drinking this one, but it just didn't do it for me. Overall, I'm a big fan of Victory brews. Stormking just wasn't my kind of stout, but worth giving 'er a try.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served into a nonic glass from a long neck brown bottle with crimped-on cap.Enjoy by Sep.27/11?

Opaque,black color. 2" thick,pillowy tan head,good retention,clumps of lace sticking down the sides of the glass,leaves a thick layer of foam throughout the beer.

A nice hoppy aroma mostly pine and a good bit of citrus,a very hoppy smelling stout. Very roasty,sweet carmell,chocolaty a bit smokey,a very pleasing and complex aroma. Even a bit of fruittyness in there.

The taste was amazing, lives up to its reputation. I enjoyed the taste so much,I almost forgot I was reviewing this beer. A nice clean piney taste,a very complex malty taste, carmelly/roasty,a burnt chocolate taste. Execellent balance.Finished with a crisp,citrus,sharp bitterness,leaves a nice bittersweet chocolatly/carmelly /citrusy taste lingering on the palate.

Chewy mouthfeel,very nice, also a soft creamy texture,mouthwatering.
The drinkability was amazing for an Imperial Stout, this went down way to fast, wish I had another.. 9.10% alcohol would never know it, felt it when I was done though. I have to get more of this beer,it's worth all the hype!

Photo of bgraney
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep black, appears to be heavily carbonated. Thin cocoa head which quickly dissolved.
Very rich caramel and roasted malt aroma.
Intense malt flavor followed by a strong hop bitterness.
Thick mouthfeel with the roasted malt flavors lingering on the tongue as the carbonation expands into the nose.
In my opinion it's too rich and thick for multiple glasses (although I did have two). It comes across as an uber stout and it seemed like too much of a good thing. It's well made and I understand why people like it so much, it's just not what I am usually looking for in a stout. It is one I'd like to enjoy from time to time though.

Photo of pavandal
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured very dark, no light passing through. Poured half of the bottle into the center of the glass, with no head. Lacing slid down the glass as I drank.

Smell is rather fruity, with none of the coffee and roasted smells that are normally a hallmark of a RIS. I can slightly detect an almost berry smell. Actually welcome for me, it's a nice change of pace.

This is a rather hoppy RIS. The first taste I detect is hops, and then a bit of a coffee flavor, with a sweet, smooth finish. It threw me off at first, but upon my second sip I rather enjoyed the difference that this RIS brings.

for a RIS, this is kinda light. Easy to drink, but a high ABV keeps this one on the "Sip and enjoy" list.

Photo of uconnalum2
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head that quickly disappears to a ring around the glass. Smell is of delicious dark chocolate and hops. The taste is very nice: coffee, dark chocolate and some hops. Alcohol is barely evident in the taste but is surely noticeable in its warming effect. Mouthfeel is full bodied with some carbonation. Drinkability is limited a bit by the high ABV and heaviness but its tasty enough to want to have more than one. Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opague black color with some ruby hues towards the top of the glass when held to light. There is a small tan head that doesn't last too long and leaves a little lacing.

Aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, espresso, some hops, and a faint cigar like smell as well as a little alcohol.

Taste is pretty complex and a little harsh. There are notes of citrusy and piney hops, some roasted (perhaps burnt) malt, blackberry, coffee, and some charcoal.

Mouthfeel is full and a little more carbonated than I would prefer.

The harshness of this stout takes the drinkability down some.

In my opinion this stout doesn't quite live up to the hype.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours about as dark as it could possibly be. I held it up in front of a lamp and nothing came through. THe head is abundant and a dar shade of tan. A very attractive appearance.

Aroma is very strong, and of dark malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Flavor is more of the same...extremely strong flavors of caramel and coffee. I should also add that it is delicious.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. Carbonation is wonderfully fine and perfect.

Drinkability-wise, I could have a few of these.

A wonderful product, and I highly recommend it.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shigadeyo of RB for the bottle. Bottle says to enjoy by 9/27/2011. Pours with decent head for the style, not as black as other big stouts, slight lace. Aroma is roasty and piney, a little chocolatey.

I like this much better than the other bottle I had. The hops are upfront and piney. Roasty, coffee flavors round out the flavor profile. There may be a touch of anise as well. Mouthfeel is good, not as thick as some big stouts. Quite drinkable this one is.

Photo of chadspivey
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle.. poured into a pint glass

A: pours a very, very dark brown. Well, it's pretty much black. One finger head is light brown, like chocolate milk.

S: dark chocolates. hints of dark fruits and caramel.

T: chocolate with tasty dark fruits...creamy taste.. can taste coffe in the aftertaste.

M: smooth and creamy. definitely a full body here. almost chewy.

D: Usually, I drink stouts pretty slow, but this one goes down really easy.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not much head at all, what was there dissipated somewhat quickly, and there was a deep black look to the beer itself. Sort of lackluster in the appearance department, but hey, nothing's perfect.

S: A toasted malt and coffee scent with sweet-smelling chocolate aromas blending in, with perhaps a licorice or dark fruit style undertone.

T: An invigorating rush of sharp hoppy flavor across the palate, possibly aided by the well-masked alcohol. Low chocolate tones come underneath, smoothing out the taste along the tongue, and slowly fading into a lingering finish of the best roasted malt flavors in there.

M: Thick and mealy, appropriate carbonation for an almost syrupy stout that has great composition.

D: Despite the alcohol content, this one can be enjoyed consecutively (maybe just one more) due to its ability to entreat the tastebuds and not terribly overpower them. But still, with an abv like this, tastes can be deceiving, so moderation is the key.

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

Via trade with akorsak, bottled on 10-31-05. Thick and black with a nice size tan head. Of course, I poured it into my Storm King pint glass. For a beer this strength, it has great head retention and lacing.

A year has tamed this beer very nicely. This is the first time I've had it aged, and it's almost a whole different beer. It's not the assertive beast it used to be. The malts are very rich and the hops have learned some manners. Some bitter and burnt flavors, but mostly sweet rich chocolate malts galore. Smooth and bitter aftertaste that lingers for a bit, with a subtle faint sweetness.

Awesome mouthfeel once it warms a bit, like drinking liquid silk. Alcohol is barely noticable, but adds balance the bittersweet body. Drinkability is high on this one.

Apparently the secret to this beer is in the cellar; I've always loved it fresh on tap at the brewery, but tonight I saw a whole different side to this beer. Victory for me!

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

Thick, rich, opaque black, like a syrup of coffee. Beautiful light milk chocolate head that lasts and lasts.

Rich malt, chocolate milk, espresso, and burnt sugar in the nose, with hints of pine and sweet tobacco.

Right up there with the finest stouts I've ever tasted. Incredibly rich coffee, chocolate, and malt flavors, yet somehow not heavy or overly sweet. Nor is there too much heat from the high levels of alcohol. Touch of bitter hops in the finish keep it honest. (I keep saying "Wow" to myself with every sip.)

Rich, thick, and creamy in the mouth, with the right amount of carbonation and citrus to keep things balanced.

The kind of beer that makes me want to move to a cold climate so I could drink it day and night. Whoa.

Photo of tjthresh
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a 2004 bottle. Mostly malt in the nose. Dark roast coffee, licorice, prunes, dates, and alcohol. Hop aroma is there, but not really that big. Pours a rich black with minimal head. There is a light brown ring around the top. The hop flavor is what stands out to me. Ther is plenty of roast, dark coffee, dark chocolate flavor, but the hops works great here. It is also pretty full bodies. The is a harsh tingling sensation over the tongue. Overall, its a fine beer, but there are better to be had.

Photo of schusterbauer
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a -- pitch black, tons of lacing

s -- quite intimidating, actually. so many different aromas, and very strong in the nose. chocolate, roasted malts, hops, figs...

t -- almost impossible to put words to. so many different elements battling for your taste buds that you can taste something different with ever sip. chocolate, coffee, pine, citrus, malts that seem roasted if not burnt, toffee. almost punishing because of all of the flavor. delicious, but a sipper for sure.

m -- thick creamy body with a bright carbonation

d -- just plain dangerous.

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

12oz. bottle poured a black thick liquid with a good inch of dark brown head that left rings and lacing of foam all over my Victory glass. Smells of dark roasted malts and pine hops mask a light smell of alcohol. Taste very rich flavors of malt from bitter chocolate to espresso with an equal amount of a pine flavored hops. If this beer wasn't so strong I would drink more than a couple of them but the hard part is they just taste so good.

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up two days before my wedding allong with a Brooklyn BCS to share with my brother while my (now wife) and his girlfriend went out for the bachelorette party. We started with a bomber of Highland Mocha Stout before moving onto the BCS (which is quite amazing this year) before starting on the Storm King Sixer. This is on of four bottles remaining ater the honeymoon.

Pours an almost impenetrable midnight chocolate brown in color. I say almost because when I hold the glass akilt and up to the light some rays are able to sneak their way throught the brew. Finger depth foamy head that dissolved to a few stray tracers and a ring of brown foam around the glass. Just a little bit of spotted lace. Nose is a Mecca of sweet and botter chocolate and some slight wafts of coffee. Piney hops try to rise to the surface but subside to the sweetness of the malts.

Flavor slowly builds to a crescendo of a deep dark cavern of chocolate, coffee and toffee. Each one is trying to overpower the other before another takes the lead but no one ever seems to win the race. Snipping around the edges is an ever-so-slight hint of dark, dark cherries. But almost unnoticeable. Mouthfeel is very full and expansive. Definitely not a beer for the weak of heart or palate because it spreads and changes in flavors throughout the time it takes from opening the bottle to finishing the glass. Smooth as freshly sharpened skates on ice and perhaps one of the most drinkable beers I have tried to date.

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

Enjoy by Mar 16,11

Pours into a goblet a clear black color, nice carbonation, small head which dissappears quickly, not much lacing at all. Scents of roasted malts, hops, vanilla, figs, slight citrus and caramel. The taste is quite malty and caramely, a well round brew. Medium body. Very drinkable, a truely delicious IS from Victory.

Photo of maundythirsty
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black like midnight, with a wet off-white head that comes down to a thick ring and adheres to the glass in a veins. Rich, powerful smell is parts roasted malt, dried fruit and light citrus hops.

Exquisite divergent dancing sweetness and hefty, tasty burnt coffee and hop bitterness. I do love a balanced beer. Thick and creamy in the mouth, and very capable of supporting more carbonation than the average Russian imperial stout.

A real luxury. So disappointing to hear it's a seasonal, so necessary to stock up. Buy it. Put it away. I'm nervous that I only have a few left, and my friends have had a taste. We may just turn on each other...

EDIT ...
Storm King is apparently now a year-round Victory offering. Hooray.

Photo of velo343
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours absolutely black with a nice milk chocolate head. I'm a little disappointed with the smell of this beer--there's not as much there as I had hoped. A faint scent of chocolate, but it's pretty hard to make out. The taste is a bit bolder, with the chocolate coming out again. Almost no noticeable hop flavor, but there certainly is a bite from the alcohol. Leaves a nice creamy taste in the mouth.

I felt it was a good stout, but I've found a few others that I certainly like more. It seemed to be lacking in the deepness and complexity that others seem to showcase so well.

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

In my pint glass it goes. Good size brown head which fades sort of quickly but the lace sticks quite well. It's got a subtle sweet smell. The taste is really awesome, very smooth chocolate and espresso flavors. Mouthfeel is silky and goes down really easy considering the high ABV.

Even though it's strong in alcohol, you really can't tell. Oh so smooth and addicting. This is the third time I've tried this beer and I love it.

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

This stout poured a dark black with minimal head and lacing. There was a fleeting fruity malt aroma, but not much else. The taste was great- some citrusy hop wih a mild combination of mocha / toffee flavors from the malts. Not overpowering, almost weak but surprisingly light. Very soft carbonation and very little finish and aftertaste. Not as flavorful but easier to drink than other Imp. Stouts.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my.... She is a classic beauty. A graceful body shrouded in blackness, wearing a vintage antique white hat. Her vanity is alluring, and I am helpless.

Closer inspection reveals a fragrance dominated by dark chocolate & sultry molasses. I have never smelled a sweeter scent, or one less subtle. The effect on the tongue is similar, but with a sassy bitterness and a smokey aftertaste.

The feel is milky smooth, but firm. Don't get out of line though, or you'll get a smack in the mouth. She's a lot of things, but timid is not on the list. I suggest you tread carefully and show a lot of respect, because she will kick your ass if you don't.

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

Found at Sam’s as usual, chilled and poured into a tulip glass. The head rose tall, a thick dark tan, basically brown color, with moderate retention. There is sticky tan lacing all over the glass. Scents of black patent malt, subtle toasted character supported with easygoing hop aroma. No real fruit qualities to this, maybe some bread from the yeast, but a nice mix of aroma all the same, especially as it warms up. The flavor has just the right amount of chocolate malt balanced with hop bitterness. The toasted character and black malts are definitely the showcase, supported then by tasty hops. This is so far one of my favorite R.I.S, however I am new-ish to the variety, but I stand by my evaluation. It’s a strong tasty brew with medium body (nothing that’s going to weigh you down, but it’s surely got body and strength). Actually I think it tastes even better when theres snow on the ground, but wether there is or isn't the white stuff, this beer is damn good all the same.

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