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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,054 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,054
Reviews: 2,507
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 150
Gots: 476 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Photo of HugoGrim
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint. From a sixer I purchased from the brewery; freshness date on the bottle says it was bottled on 12/13/2005, quite fresh considering I got the beer on 12/23/2005.

Body is straight black with no light coming through. Head is tan with some nice lace down the glass.

Scent is dry and hoppy. Spices, chocolate, and an underlying alcohol element.

The flavors include roasted malt, coffee, spiced chocolate, and hops. As with just about everything Victory makes this has more hops than it's style usually would boast, which is fine by me. Very intense flavor is unrelenting in it's complex assault. I think it has a more full bodied flavor out of the bottle than it does on tap.

HugoGrim, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black with a one finger caramel colored head that holds its ground the whole way down.

S: Aromas of chocolate with a slight sweet background in there.

T: Chocolate taste with a nice body, that has a slight bitter taste then leaves a refreshing taste in your mouth. This is a very rich and creamy beer.

M & D: Mouthfeel is very smooth with a well balanced body--heavy, but nice. not overpowering and too fulfilling. Drinkability is very high on this one, especially if you enjoy heavier stouts.

bjohnson, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of ericj551
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an inky opaque black, with a small dark head. Smell is a sweet fruity maltiness, with roasted malts coming through. The taste is sweet and roasted malts, with a nice strong body, and a dark fruitiness. The finish is rich and chocolatey with a nice amount of hops. For its strength, this beer is quite drinkable, and delcious all around.

ericj551, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slick black with a thin tan head. Aroma is spicy, loaded with lots of hops, some alcohol. Very dry.

Taste is dark and hoppy. Dry black patent as a base, but the hops are clear, strong and pungent. More malt (cocoa, coffee, charcoal) comes out as it warms a little. No sweetness at all, on any level. Very slight tinge of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, not nearly as heavy as other stouts. Has an astringent quality, a little oily. Would probably benefit with lots and lots of aging. Not bad, but not really something I'd return to. I followed this one with an ordinary dry stout (Coopers) and found that much more satisfying.

Fresh bottle, dated Sep 12 05.

assurbanipaul, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark mohogany with a light head that drops in to a wispy lace.
the aroma is roasty, malty, alcohol, licorice, spice, hint of coffee and dark chocolate.
the flavor is rich, spicy hopsack, bitter, dark chocolate, pepper, coffee.
the mouthfeel is a little thick
best enjoyed on a cold night by a fire.

plaztikjezuz, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Did a hard pour to encourage a toffee brown head. Foam left a film on my glass as the beer receded into my gullet. Color was black, no light could penetrate this brew.

Smell- Starts off with lots of hops then digresses into a more malty/ coffee scent.

Taste- Starts with hops and black coffee, leads into a more malty flavor and ending with just the muddiest coffee flavor you could imagine. And I love my coffee as black and thick as roofing tar.

Mouthfeel- Pretty rich and chewy, but definetly fits this ber style very well.

scruffwhor, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark black with a small tan head that quickly disappeared to a small collar. The nose is dominated by the roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. The first taste is slightly bitter, hoppy and then a bit of chocolate and then the roasted coffee flavor finishes it off, leaving hint of bitterness. The body was medium with decent carbonation. I was expecting a thicker body, this helped the drinkablilty but wasn’t what I was expecting from the previous years of Storm King.

orsulacp, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of Calico
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was a gusher. After the geyser effect subsided, a fairly good head was left. Color was black as night.

Aroma of vanilla and roses, very unusual. My immediate impression upon sipping it was of wine. Next came delicious coffee notes. Nicely fermented out; not as much residual sugar (there I go talking wine again) as many imperial stouts. A good dry strong stout and thereby drinkable - but not to be drunk any faster than a wine. Alcohol is perceptible, but the general smoothness of this brew is deceptive.

This is a good one to cellar, I think. I have a few bottles maturing in my basement right now.

Calico, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of ahking
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Nice sleeper stout here. Pours a nice thick black, slight tan head that reduces to a thin ring around the edge. Heavy coffee aroma and sweet fruit. Attacks the tongue with espresso, cocoa, and black patent malt. Hops are nice and pronounced. Plenty of bitterness. Very dry finish.

ahking, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled dec. 04. cool, already "cellared" for a year.

pretty imposing looking bottle, with an impressive looking beer coming out. thick black beer which to my surprise lets some light through. the head is dark tan in color and settles to a thin lace covering.

after letting it sit to come up in temp a bit the aroma comes as mostly roasted and chocolate malts. slight floral hoppiness, but that has possibly faded a bit since it was bottled. still a very inviting, and perhaps deceiving smell.

almost a struggle to coax the thick liquid from the glass and into the mouth. this is motor oil plus. just feels heavy in the mouth. taste is strong malts. roasted, chocolate, with some slight sweetness in the finish. bitter hops though fight to keep the sweetness in check. finish has hints of the potent alcohol with some dryness and a lip smacking residual sweetness. quite a bit to take in in just a 12oz bottle.

man it is an easy drinker. 9%? really? well, ok, wait 'til i stand up.
yeah, its there all right. this is like beer lovers dark chocolate candy covered caramel layered peanut brittle. well, something like that anyway.

joecast, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of LordChesterfield
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour isn't the darkest imperial stout i've seen but dark enough. Weak head retention. The taste is smooth and very complex without the overstated hops that imp stouts are known for. This beer is easy to drink which at 9.2% ABV is not necassarily a good thing. The price point ($11) and accolades on the box kind of go overboard touting this beer. Yes it is good, yes it is complex, but I was left wanting a little more mouth feel. Great stout and local but overpriced. Beer tasting contests should be outlawed as they drive up the price. Word of mouth and gumption to try assorted beers should be enough.

LordChesterfield, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of cakebread
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Sep 27, 05

A - Dark as night, two finger head that quickly faded leaving almost no lacing.

S - Roasted malt with a hint of the hops to come with a bit of a prune scent.

T - Dark bittersweet chocolate with coffee at first. Then come the hops and just the right amount of sweet to make this so balanced.

M - Almost creamy but not as full-bodied as I'd expect for a double stout at 9% ABV.

D - I pondered knocking off half a point because its just too drinkable for me, but would that be fair?

Postnote: I love stouts with hops that stand out, like Sierra Nevada's Stout. I find that incredbly drinkable for a stout and consider this the double stout evil-twin of SN Stout. I usually find double or imperial stouts to be "sippers", but I find myself having to slow way way down when drinking Storm Kings.

cakebread, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of Dec 13th 05.

A- Dark leather brown, nearly pitch black. Three fingers of froth after a hard poruing, dissapates to a thin tan lace with some retention.

S- Mild solvent alcohol, hint of blackberry and a water charcoal note in the back.

T&M- Smooth and creamy, great mouth feel. Touch of fusel alcohol, muted fruitiness is lost within the alcohol character. Kiss of oily hops in the middle. Boarderline astrigent burnt flavor with a modest malt sweetness undetneath. Middle to end are waves of harsh burnt malt and faint alcohol.

D- Not as pleasing as it used to be, pretty damn harsh and not as complex either. I'll have to make some strong black and tans to go through the rest of the six-pack.

*** OLD REVIEW *** 09/10/2001

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle, no freshness date but this beer's strength alone gives it a very long shelf life.

Appearance: Pitch black liquid with a slow motion cascading effect after a hard pouring, the hard pouring yielded a dense and rocky light tan head that faded away as fast as a glacier moves.

Smell: Fresh hop leaf similar to tobacco cigar leaves with a bitter hop oil within, black currants and fresh ground espresso in the aroma also. A very mild rummy alcohol smell is noticeable, smells of chocolate cover rum soaked cherries.

Taste: Thick and creamy with a full and flexed body, smooth with minimal carbonation from the hard pouring ... even with a normal pouring there probably would be, at most, a moderate carbonation level. Roasted bitterness flavour draws long as well as the demanding hop character. Heavy hand of sweetness from front to middle with sweetened espresso and a black berry fruitiness. Hops kick in hard and flail around flavours of citrus, earth and leaf ... as soon as it peaks the roasted gives a one two punch of charcoal and dark chocolate. Roasted flavours intensify in the finish with a hitchhiking hop bitterness that just won't let go. After taste is endless.

Notes: This one goes down as one of the greatest, not just one of the greatest Imperial Stouts but as one of the greatest beers in the world. As close to perfection as you can get.

Jason, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a black beer with a decent light brown head, though it does disappear quickly.
The aroma is roasty, malty sweet and has a hint of chocolate.
The flavor is a creamy mix of chocolate malt, alcohol and is quite roasty. The hops are also present, but they are blended in well and take the back seat.
Mouth feel is full bodied and moderately carbonated.

Much better than I remember.

Naes, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of arguemaniac
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my absolute favorite stouts and here is why….

Pours an almost motor oil consistency with a creamy, light brown head that eventually reduces to a sustaining lace. Hops dominate the nose but there are also various burnt aromas with some malty caramel sweetness. The rich, intense palate includes a complex variety of bitter burnt flavors (definite roasted coffee, but also baker’s chocolate and more) with a touch of malty sweetness. All of this, however, is balanced nicely by a robust hop profile. Mouthfeel is moderately thick with decent carbonation.

The combination of rich burnt flavors and intense hop bite make this a brew with some forceful, but delicious bitterness. Surprisingly drinkable for a beer with 9% ABV. Absolutely fantastic, highly recommended!!

arguemaniac, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/27/05- Received via trade with Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a born on dating stamped on the bottom of the label. This one is over a year old. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Maybe the most black pour I have ever seen, as well as the thickest. Not quite motor oil thickness, but definite texture in the pour. The top of the brew looks as if there is a reddish hue, maybe like a zinfandel port or something. Off white, brownish head at first, which soon fades. Light lacing left.

Smell- Coffee, chocolate, alcohol and deep roasted malts.

Taste- Pretty sweet flavor with a coffee and chocolate mixture than comes into play. Not super dark malty, which I was expecting. Maybe it has mellowed out. Good hop bit for sure, and a light smoked twinge to it.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, thick and sticky. My lips were sticking together after this one.

Drinkability- Top notch double stout. Maybe another year or two of aging would really bring this to the incredible level. Very nice as is though.

GClarkage, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of masikon
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

POured of course jet black, i got a large, tan, rocky head with lots of lacing from a probably over-aggressive pour. nose was mild here with some mild chocolate hints and slight hop character but overall quite subdued in scent. Taste was quite unexpected, malty and full in the style but a lot more hoppy character than i bargained for. This is like three beers in one, starts off like any good stout...malty slight chocolate and coffee. Next a round of hop piney, and tart takes over the palate. Yet the finish is very long and full of delicious Coffee tones which linger forever on the toungue. Really a unique and impressive beer, one I was happy to find her in WA state.

masikon, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of buckiflyer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on Chrismas eve, bottle purchases for 1.75$ at Whole foods. Poured a very black color with a large brown head. Smokey smell with hints of malt and hops. Smokey taste with a chocolate finish. A good double stout, but stil prefer Edenten winter cheer.

buckiflyer, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of Franchise
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a delicious onyx black with no chance of seeing threw it. It leaves a nice tan lace that holds with the beer. The smell of this beer is fantastic, there is a sweetness to it with some hop floural overtones that just makes your mouth water. As this beer sits on your palate the hoppy bitterness takes over then your hit with a honey sweetness followed by a toasted espresso blast that just leaves the palate exhausted yet wanting more. This is fantastic the 9% abv is nil and you can really sit down and enjoy this beer but watch out cause it does sneek up on you.

Franchise, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To be honest I wasn't expecting much from this beer. What I was expecting was in your face hoppiness or some other "American" (read high alcohol) style attribute. When I saw it in the store I was pleased to see something new, so I gave it a try.

The first pour showed me that I was up against a true stout with an impossibly dark body. A fine tan head formed with a touch of lacing. My initial sniff reveal my fears. Hops and a lot of hops. I like the smell, but get tired a big taste of hops so I was concerned. Further smells reveals hints of smokiness and coffee and chocolates. I'm impressed with the smell.

My first taste gave a some hopiness along with the expected smokey stoudness. This is soon followed by a decent amount of bitterness in the back of the mouth. Alcohol is evident too which is expected. The hopiness is perfect. It is ubundant, but necessary for this brew. Further tastes provides great depth of flavors already described.

I drank the first brew with a burger and fries (left overs). What a combo, this is truely something goes well with food. It also goes well on it's own as well as on it's own as my second glass showed me the next day. This is a near perfectly drinkable beer.

NiceGuyMike, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bottled 9/27/05. Pours a dark oil black, absolutely opaque, a thin beige head, some small amount of lacing. Nose is a combination of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and big floral and piney hops, very appetizing. Taste is more of the same hoppy roasted goodness, espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, chocolate covered cherries, lots of great stout flavors, all infused with wonderful resinous bitter hops. I've just gotten into hoppier dark roasted beers, and this is the best balanced of the lot I've tried (Alpha Klaus, Black Sun, Yeti), really showcasing the hop flavors, but still allowing the dark roasted stout tastes to showcase. Excellent beer, can't believe I haven't tried this local stuff before, need to stock up immediately.

cubedbee, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of becktone
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is black, pitch black. It forms a nice creamy tan head. The lacing property of this beer is also very appetizing. I don't think they look much better than this. Head retention is good as well.

The smell of this beer is that of chocolate and roasted malts. I can also smell a hint of alcohol. There is something in the smell I can't put my finger on. In addition to that the aroma of this beer slightly reminds me of a RIS. Perhaps there is also a dark fruit aroma and flavor to this beer as well.

This beer tastes great. There is a big malt influence here. The sweeness on the front of the tongue is followed by a big chocolate and roasted flavor near the back of the mouth. There is also a very familiar taste accompained by that as well, however I can't put my finger on it. Perhaps it is the hops. This brew has a lingering aftertaste of the roasted flavor. Even when I burp the taste of that is exceptionally good as well. This is some high quality beer. I really don't get any bitter notes from this one, but I could be wrong. In any case this beer is great.

Storm King Stout has a nice full bodied mouthfeel to it. The light carbonation compliments the style well. I don't think that something that tastes like this should be highly carbonated. Just doesn't seem like it would mix to well. The beer is smooth and easy to drink. This is one beer that I will probably buy every season.

becktone, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of cooncat
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a bottle, dated 11/2005, and served at about 60 deg. F.

The pour is done with care, in order to keep the head to a manageable size. Tan head lasts quite some time, and after it has diminished, a swirl of the glass brings beautiful lacing. Color is DARK - Opaque! Like looking into a black hole, no light escapes.

The nose is incredible. Chocolate, coffee and licorice are abundant. A slight fruit aroma adds to the intrigue.

The first sip explodes on your palate, with intense flavors as mentioned above. In addition, a smoky flavor adds to this awesome brew. Yes, there is a noticable hop bite present, even with the intense flavors continually exploding on your tongue. Considerable alcohol presence is also noted.

To the end, this is a remarkable Imperial Stout - World class in my opinion. The mouthfeel is so rich and warming; you want to savor each sip for several minutes.

This would be the perfect beer to highlight the end of a perfect day. It could be a meal in itself ... or a dessert. This is one brew that will not disappoint.


cooncat, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of brewandbbq
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 1998

Poured blackish brown, translucent mahogany edging, with a quickly fizzled out head.
Dark chocolate shards and bitter coffee grounds in the nose, laced with kahlua.
Dark fruits linger beneath the roasted aromatics, and finish warm.
Medium body, with a lingering texture, and mild spritzy profile.
Bitter and mildly acrid on the pallet, followed by bakers chocolate and burnt espresso.
A lingering truffel paper note detracts.
Finishes slow, bitter, warm, and a bit basic.
Past prime at seven years old.

brewandbbq, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

now i'm not a huge stout guy. i mean don't get me wrong, in the great scheme of things beer is beer and all beer is good, i'm just not a big stout drinker. but i will say that this one has got me hooked. wow what a pleasant surprise to a beer drinker whose familiarity with stouts is guiness and smithwick's...

appearance: holy crow is this thing dark... reminded me of black water. nice head. no lacing that i could see.

smell: bitter hops and chocolate, slight tinge of booze, and malt.

taste: pretty close to the smell. malty, bitter and chocolatey. very tasty though.

mouthfeel: to me it was similar to a lightly carbonated chocolate milk. very thick, yet silky.

drinkability: as much as i wanted another, i decided against it. that 9% abv goes down so smooth it's frightening.

bitterdestroyer, Dec 19, 2005
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,054 ratings.