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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,376 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,376
Reviews: 2,562
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 175
Gots: 603 | FT: 15
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 sterstar1
2.26/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I hate to give this beer a bad review since Victory brews one of my all-time favorite beers (v12) but I truly didn't care for this one. I am not in any way a hop-head. I can't stand bitter beers. This storm king poured nicely and the smell was nice but the taste was way too bitter for me. If you love bitter beers, you'll probably dig this one. It's just not for me. I gave the remaining five beers from the six pack to friends.

Photo of dgallina
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle dated best-before March 22 2012.

Pours viscous black with a thin blanket of extra-rich tan foam and sheets of lace. A rather hop-forward aroma greets the nose. Pine and grapefruit are layered over black coffee malt with hints of unsweetened cocoa in the background. Hops also dominate the flavor. Pine and chewy grapefruit are front and center. Dry coffee and bitter chocolate provide the drying finish. Medium-thick body is a bit over-carbonated. Nicely executed, though too hop-laden for my personal preference.

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

This stout commands respect from start to finish. Huge tan head
that has a mind of it's own. It keeps growing after your done pouring! The lacing never let's go. The aroma of expreso and fresh hops and bakers chocolate is just a sneek preview of what to expect. Then the mouthfeel is so creamy and tingly at the same time. This stout is so well balanced. No one flavor over takes another. The roasted malts, The coffee. the hops, chocolate, caramel, licorice, and dark black rasberries. And even with all these lush flavors the finish still is dry and dusty!! I just had a bells
expedition stout last week and this beer is in the same league. Cheers!

Photo of cktison
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with "best by April 27, 2012" - so its likely less than 3 weeks old. Poured to snifter.

A: Dark black/brown, no light through, very dense. Nice espresso crema head that forms pillowy with large bubbles on top, slow dissipation with some serious legs. Head holding upwards of 10-15 minutes, this one is staying around. Ends with a nice mocha-colored covering with nice lacing that decorates the glass.
S: Espresso, brunt wood, smoke, sharp hops in the background. Coffee is fairly dominant. Very hoppy - citrus notes on top of the malt are wonderful.
T: Stunning. Melted chocolate, dark chocolate, espresso all dominant. The hops really sharpen it, keep it original. Finishes a bit bitter, not quite as clean as I'd like. Alcohol is not apparent - 9.1%, no way.
M: This is a really creamy, wonderful stout - with the head on top its initially the same sensation as drinking an aerated milkshake. Nice and sharp finish, really creamy body that is so smooth.
D: This is a great stout, and I'm excited to have this brewey now distributing in GA. Creamy, espresso, chocolate and hops - what else do you want? What a great way to start a Thursday afternoon off with 2 Victory's and a Dogfish to try!

Photo of czechsaaz
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is not what I would look for in a stout. There's some chocolate and coffee notes but really no roast malt character at all. On the fermentation/yeast side I get ripe fruit but not plums or cherries like I'd expect and more like peaches and tropical aromas. In fact, aroma wise it seems more like a Belgian ale. I sampled bottles in 2 different settings and sources before reviewing this, my third and they all smelled that way. I like the aroma but it's out of the ordinary for RIS.

Deep, dark and held up to the light, nothing gets through. Very small head that appeared on pouring disappears right away leaving not much behine except a small island of tiny bubbles in the center of my glass. (Big head is not necessarily a negative in this style.)

Nice flavor and here's where I find some roast malt. It has a complex smokey roast flavor but with significant sweet malt and molasses backbone. Nice level on the bittering hops, assertive but not enough to overwhelm the malt. Lots of fruity fermentation flavors and again more in line with what I'm looking for. Little bits of chocolate flavor rounds it out. Nice complexity and overall flavor profile is really good.

Big full bodied with a pretty strong level of carbonation. Creamy on the palate.

All in all, a very good beer.that doesn't drink as strong as it is.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour into my standard pint glass yields a nice two-finger chocolate head (with a bit of reverse cascading) over an opaque black-brown body. the head fades very quickly to a thin ring, but leaves ample lacing.

Smell is sour malt, bitter chocolate, espresso, roasted malts. I was surprised by the pronounced sour smell. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

Taste follows the smell spot on, with a notable roasted malt bitterness. Notable and pervasive long metallic hops bitterness from this first taste through the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an RIS. Carbonation is smooth and fine.

On the low end of the alcohol scale for an RIS, so it's pretty drinkable.

Overall, this seems to be a "Lite RIS:" not as robust as others in all aspects. Pretty good, but not what I was expecting based on the numbers I saw in the other reviews. Due to the heavy hopping this seems more like an ADS than and RIS, which I was expecting would be much syrupier. Oh well, live and learn. One thing to note: the price is right for this beer.

Photo of mjc410
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my La Moneuse glass raises a one finger dark tan head that recedes quickly to surface lacing. The lace it leaves on the glass's sides doesn't amount to much. Below, the body shows the barest bits of ruby when backlit, but is otherwise opaque black. The nose is full of toasted chocolate maltiness, with some coffee interplay. Straightforward, but intense. The taste is a bit mellower than I remember, but pretty much echoes the smell. It's fairly sweet too, and invites another sip. Not overly complex, but it works. The mouth is thin for an Impy, but it works well with the lighter flavor profile of this beer. Low carbonation, too. This is very drinkable, and makes for a very relaxing stout experience.

Photo of dbalsock
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black with an orangey tan head. It hugs the sides of the glass with nice lacing, although the head is a little less than I expect from the style. The carbonation was good, sparkling even.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted coffee ppredominate but give way nutty depths. It reminds me a little of hazelnut.

Taste: Roasted coffee and dark chocolate accompany the nuttiness from the aroma. There's some underlying hops, not as much as many american ris' but they provide a nice citrus aftertaste to accompany the coffee.

Mouthfeel: Quite bitter and not as creamy as some. It's very robust and dries the mouth.

Drinkability: Robust quality is limiting and lacks a sweetness to balance out the charlike mouthfeel.

Photo of shadow1961
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Storm King Stout pours a finger of tight brown foam over
an opaque black brew. Carbonation is hard to evaluate due to
the opacity of the liquid, however the nose is dark malts, molasses
and figs. The flavor is sweetish molasses up front, with a bitter espresso
and grassy hop finish. The alcohol, at 9.1% by volume, is well masked
by the flavors. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and a little astringent. Tasty molasses
flavored belches. A pretty decent stout, well worth a try.

Photo of Monsone
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a two finger head into the glass. Head quickly left leaving a slight lace.
S-Smell was really subdued not much going on at all. There are notes of roasted grain but it is hard to pick up as nothing is all that bold.
T-Mouthfeel is great. Nice and full bodied. Flavors of complex malt, coffee, molasses and dark chocolate. Bold roasted biterness. Sharp hop presence also.

D-Very drinkable for a RIS. I could drink a few of these in a sitting.

A great RIS and affordable compared to other offerings. A must for stout lovers.

Photo of jozols
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong and dark like an espresso, and packs a similar punch (with an ABV of 9.1 percent). Thin, light brown head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving just a ring around the edge of the beer. Sweet, malty aroma with hints of roasted coffee. Taste is sweeter than some stouts, with a citrus undertone, but a slightly bitter finish similar to that of a dark, high-cacao content chocolate. Unusually crisp and refreshing for a stout.

Photo of soupyman10
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet black pour, a finger of tan head. Scent is really sweet maltiness, dried fruit, apricot, grapes, maybe some raspberry. Taste is strong roasted malt first, molasses, brown sugar up front. Hop presences as the beer drips down. A good amount of dried fruit, specifically raisins. Coffee, with those hops again the background. Feel is thick and creamy, good carbonation. An excellent beer, great Russian Imperial, although not quite up to the Bell's Expedition Stout I had a bit ago, IMO.

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

Bottle sent to me by demcorhip. Thanks a ton.

Appearance: Pours black as night into a pint glass. Tight mocha coloured head with good retention and lots of lace sticking to the glass.

Aroma: Semi-sweet chocolate, espresso and blackstrap molasses. Relatively high floral hop aromas for a RIS.

Taste: Sweet for sure up front. Notes of wood, a tiny bit of smoke, table syrup. Scoopfuls of coffee flavour. Very fresh roasted beans lingering endlessly in the finish with a bit of pine from the hops. Well balanced RIS.

Mouthfeel: Slick and thick, just as it should be. Creamy with a high drinkability.

Final Statement: This is one fine RIS. Everything I like in the style, thick, chocolatey and loads of coffee falvours. The stength of the hops is what makes this one stand out from the rest. Highly Recommend.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is black. The head is thick and tan with some rocky looking bubbles. The aroma is quite inviting and comprised mostly of malt and caramel. The taste is malty and chocolaty with a touch of coffee. The mouthfeel is velvet like and the beer leaves a slick feeling at the back of my throat. As for drinkability – this beer is delicious!!

Photo of Contra
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

What needs to be said? Storm King is a fantastic Russian Imperial Stout. The appearance if phenomenal, with that dark black color, surrounded by caramel colored head. After settling, the head completely disappeared.

As far as the taste, it has the chocolate coco flavor with smoked malt, somewhat woody flavor. It's obvious from the first sip that it is well crafted. It's certainly bitter, but it's appropriate for the style.

Overall, Storm King reminds me of a cross between Brooklyn's Dark Chocolate Stout and Weyerbacher's Old Heathen. But that's just for comparison, as it has characteristics of its own.

Photo of hammer09
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep blackish-brown with a light tan head of loosely clumped foam. Head dissipates rather quickly. Smell is malty with a light sweet aroma associated with a moderately high % abv. Hop presence is very faint. Taste is sweet and bursting with flavor: roasted malt, chocolate, some vanilla, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and warming. Character isn't as smooth as I would have hoped for a beer of this style. Drinkability is good, but limited by style.

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

This is a jet black beer with a big head of tan foam atop it. Rich dark-chocolate aroma, with side-notes of toasted bread crusts and grassy hops. Wow, what a flavor: dark, creamy chocolate expresso, with a spicy, minty hop bitterness. The malt develops a roasty character at the finish, drying substantially.

Stouts are not my favorite style, but I can't deny the artistry in this one. Very good!

Photo of AChamberlain
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle from the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn. Date stamped: Jan 25 2012.

A: Black....motor oil black. Half inch brown head. Impressive.

S: Lovely sweet hop aroma. Smells as if it is going to be syrupy.

T: Wow, the hops were unexpected. They were stronger than I thought judging from the aromas. Sweet. Gets better with a warming.

MF: Zesty, yet smooth. Leave a little film on the tongue.

D: Fairly drinkable, yet the alcohol is quite strong and takes the drinkability down a notch. But still good if your looking for a sipper. Tastes better as the beer goes.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a couple times on tap and wasn't terribly impressed. finally I picked up a bottle and am starting to come around-maybe. The flavor is much more hops-centric, but I'm left wishing there was more malt. There's a chocolate liquor aroma. The taste is dominated by biting, citrus hops and tinge of something like alcohol. As my beer warms up, more chocolate is starting to come through. This reminds me of Surly's Darkness quite a bit, but I wouldn't say Storm King can stand up to it. Still, this is a pretty good RIS, double stout, or whatever you want to call it.

Photo of InDreams
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle with instructions for me to enjoy before Christmas 2011 (literally, Dec 25th, 2011...kinda feel like I shoulda left it in there as a future present).

A: Poured a thick dark reddish brown that I'd call black if not for the hints of color on the edges of the glass. Thin brown head dissipates somewhat disappointing quickly, leaving minimal lacing and a very small crown.

S: Roasted malty sweetness with a coffee/espresso and chocolate character. Definite hop character. Floral hops to be sure, just as the bottle says. What I'm getting is not very aggressive by itself, but when the beer hits your lips it's much more evident. I'm thinking that without the head, I'm missing out on something. Bad batch perhaps...

T: Really, really rich and chocolately. Dark roasted malty sweetness with tons of that espresso character and immediate hoppy bitterness. The hops are pretty well balanced, contributing very well to the flavor and offering just the right amount of bitterness, I'd say. Certainly leaves an interesting and enjoyable mix of flavors on your tongue. Also probably want to mention that the alcoholic aspect is expertly concealed by the other flavors.

M: Now to be honest, it's been an enjoyable beer but I'm definitely thinking I've got a bad batch here. Didn't see much head, so smell wasn't as prominent as I'd expect, and the mouthfeel is almost...bland? Not much in the way of carbonation at all, so it's pretty smooth, and it's got a medium body, but I feel that it should be fuller. I don't know, something really off about the feel. Tastes good, but lacking in other regards.

D: Well, flavors are nice, I can't pick up on the alcoholic content, and this particular example is smooth and not as full, so it's drinkable. I just feel like something's off, that this is a misrepresentation, 've had much better RISs and if this was really what Storm King was all about, I wouldn't choose it over other examples.

Pity. I'll have to re-review this if I find this bottle to actually be a poor example.

Photo of Onslow
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first impression was like licking an aspirin, but the next few bottles over the course of a couple of days it became tastier..Pours with a medium strong brown head..very nice lacing..pours darker than a black hole at midnight...lots of dark flavours: tar,coal,molasses,ashtray, a plethora of odd flavours... I like this beer, and it is very drinkable, the alcohol is masked incredibly well.. for a widely distributed impy stout, a ClaSSiC!

Photo of stevehagy
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another great beer and reminds me of a Magic Hat Batch 376 that someone tried to perfect. When poured it forms a great tan/brown head that is thick and stays on the side of the glass in a delightful way even after it is finished. The aroma and tastes are filled with dark roasted espresso and chocolate and there is a little hoppy aftertaste that is enjoyable as well.

Photo of dickieb
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poors as Dark as anything i have ever seen, with a thin brown head, that kinda hangs onto the glass. Quite the aroma, with some coffee, chocolate, and i pick up som soy sauce. Taste is equaly as complex, starting with the coffee and chocolate, and a really good hop finish. The mouthfeel is light for the style, and it works out to be about a quite drinakble RIS. This is cirtanly the beer that turned me onto the style

Photo of guinness72384
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh...the Storm King Stout

Picked up a 6-pk last weekend to see what it was all about. I was not disappointed.

Pours extremely dark with a 1 inch head and great lacing. Smell is exceptional, dark roasted espresso, with strong chocolate aromas. Taste is great as well, very malty with that strong espresso flavor, not quite as smooth as I hoped for but very, very good. Great texture and flavor, definately a highly drinkable beer. If you are a stout fan you will not be disappointed.

Happy Drinking!

Photo of jdg204
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to review one of the original brews that intro'd me to great beer about 9 months ago. Victory's RIS is one of the best and deserving of the high praise it receives.

Appearance - Beautiful pitch black color with a nice coffee colored head.

Smell - Fantastic sweet, coffee, raisiny, chocolately, spicey odor. The all blend together wonderfully to create a classic brew.

Taste - The sweet, coffee flavors come through at first and most strongly, but then they are followed by a very significant roasted/hop bitterness which provides a complimentary aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very nice mouthfeel with good consistency and a very nice aftertaste which leaves the drinker quite comforted.

Drinkability - An excellent brew to be sure, though I have to say I remember it being a bit less hoppy and bitter the first time around. Still this RIS is amazing and Victory has another winner in my book. I look most forward to reviewing the rest of the line from my fav brewers in Downingtown.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,376 ratings.