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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,806 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,806
Reviews: 2,492
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 139
Gots: 400 | FT: 14
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 joshlara


4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled Sept. 2002. This review was done within three months of bottling.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a darker brown tan head that dissipates to a thin lace that clings to the glass. When you get that color head you know it is going to be one big beer.

Smell: Aroma is wonderful, cascade hops not usually associated with the imperial stout genra, tobbaco leaf, black cherries, coffee, and burnt chocolate all come through. Outstanding!

Taste: Wow! This is one extremely bitter beer. Burnt chocolate malt flavor up front, hints of coffee and tobacco throughout, finishing with that extremely bitter citric hop punch. I love the high amount of hops used which in my opinion takes this beer to another level and seperates itself from other imperial stouts. Finishes with an alcohol kicker to round out an incredible drinking experience.

Overall: I love this beer right after it is bottled as the hop presence is most pronounced. I absolutely love the aroma. I remember someone asking what is your favorite smelling beer and this is hands down. Black cherries, tobacco leaves, and pacific northwest hops dominate both the nose and the flavor. Extremely bitter but oh so drinkable. I love it!

I have also sampled the '02/'03 a little over a year after bottling and it is much more subdued, much more like other imperial stouts. The dark fruit flavors are more prominent and the citric hop flavors I like so much are definately take a back seat. They fade to the background. It mellows, more black currant, prunes, and raisins are found in both the nose and the flavor. It does seem smoother and silkier as it ages, but personally, I much prefer this beer young. The ratings reflect the first review.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 02:50:51 | More by joshlara
Photo of shapudding


4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler brought home from Victory yesterday. The five finger head mellowed nicely to a thick, creamy, brown one finger head. Typical stout carbination, just enough to play with your mouth and make things interesting. I can smell some grape, caramel/molasses. Nice coffee flavoring, toffee/molasses, there is a light licorice flavoring. Dry finish with the grapefruit rind flavor. Smooth and creamy, slightly chewy. Nice drinking beer, not too heavy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2004 19:40:44 | More by shapudding
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

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

Bottled on November 21, 2003.

Pours out as black as night with a dark tan head. Smells great, lots of coffee-like aroma with a slight tocuh of alcohol, but not overpowering by any means. The taste is rich, complex, and smooth. Slightly hoppy, lots of coffee flavor, tiny bit of chocolate, and really masks the amount of alcohol that is in there. Great roasted flavor with a touch of sweetness. Silky smooth and goes down great with no bitterness or bad aftertaste. A truly excellent beer that I will most definitely be purchasing again.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2004 22:23:55 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of dippy


4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this sixer at random of the rack of my local Packie and I couldn't have been more pleased. Pours a deep black with a rocky head reminiscent of blown bubbles in your chocolate milk. An intoxicating aroma, slightly sweet as this beverage is a nice 9% ABV.
What suprised me about this brew was the hoppiness. As a drinker torn between Stouts and IPAs in heaven as I had found my muse, my comprimise. O.K it isn't THAT hoppy.
This beer was like a dark french roast coffee, not so much chocolate in this case.
The mouth feel was smooth, and medium bodied which adds to it's drinkability. I could drink these all year long.
This may be my favorite stout to date. I will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2004 20:01:10 | More by dippy
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled at The Ginger Man, NYC. Arrived to the bar with a deep dark tan head over black...I mean ink BLACK opaque liquid. Nose is overwhelming, with fresh hop, and roasted, damm near incinerated barley, espresso, coffee, & chocolate too. Just a bit smoother on tap than in the bottle it seems.Taste is roasty malt bitterness mixed with loads of leafy hop flavors, slight smokiness. Undertones of fruit appear also. The finish is long as hell, just slowly fading out into a hoppy roasted flavor. Very drinkable...almost dangerously so!

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2004 10:39:37 | More by beerluvr
Photo of woemad


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

Bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.78. "Bottled on Jan. 20 2004." I bought a six pack about 2 weeks ago - the first time I had ever seen this in Spokane. This will be updated as bottles are sampled after aging.

This poured what appeared to be an ultra dark ebony color. When held up to the light, there is a slight browning around the edges. Very big mocha colored head. Took it's time going down, and never completely did disappear.

Smell is not terribly strong. it is mostly of coffeeish roast malts and dark fruits such as figs. There is also a slightly winey odor, reminiscent of port.

Taste is primarily of roasted malts. There is a slight hoppiness that comes in near the end and finishes with a mild crispness. This does not obscure the fact that the malts are the stars of this show, providing flavors similar to espress, figs, black currants, chocolate covered cherries, and port wine. Alcohol flavor really comes through as the beer warms up. Mmm, this is good. Very complex. This would be great with a rich chocolate dessert.

Mouthfeel is thick, which is perfect for an imperial stout. The viscosity of this stout matches 10-40wt. This is a dessert that comes in a bottle.

This is a very drinkable beer if you like imperial stouts. Otherwise this would be a bit much. Even a fan of the style, like me, would probably have to stop at two, because it is quite filling. There's also the abv factor (FWIW, my bottle lists the abv as 9.1% instead of 9.5, as per BA), as a few of these - if you have room for them - could get you into trouble. All in all, this is a very tasty beer, and am glad I found it, and look forward to trying it aged.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 07:25:39 | More by woemad
Photo of jakdracula


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

I am lucky enough to live within stumbling distance of Victory, the 'shock and awe' brew pub.

I never leave without a growler full of this great world class beer.

Storm King pours well with a dark tanish head, and has a sweet, inviting smell of mostly dark roasted malts.

It's said that odors give us our best memories, Storm King kind of smells like the front row of a small town's club, if there are any musicians out there, they know what I mean: sort of damp and wet, with a hot gal flashing you.

The mouth feel is a bit like you've accidently got some bees in your mouth while riding without your helmet, which to me at least is a good thing, it gives me a feeling of freedom.

Let's be honest, the taste is really why we are here folks, and if you like great tasting 'fighting' beer, then this one's for you... This is easily one of the best, if not the best American Stout Beers avialable.

So, get it, drink it, love it.

Beer: it's what's for dinner.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 03:19:53 | More by jakdracula
Photo of ColForbin

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: Oct 29 02 Opened: Apr 5 04
[I cellared this beer for about a year before drinking.]

Pours with a thin dark tan head. Aroma is one of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some bitter hops. A slight whiskey aroma as well. Smokey, chocolatey flavor with a bitter hop finish. Thick mouthfeel; coats the tongue as it goes down leaving a French roast aftertaste. This beer is a meal - it would be a challenge to have more than one. I've had this beer fresh as well, and I have to say that the fresh version is a little more lively and interesting. I do recommend aging a couple bottles - after a year the beer becomes incredibly smooth. But drink the majority of your six pack fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 01:36:47 | More by ColForbin
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black opaque color with red highlights. No signs of effervescence in the body. A rich full tan head that diminishes rather quickly, but leaves a clingy lace. Aroma is of hops, roasted grains and chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy like no other -- full bodied and smooth with low effervescence. The taste has a slightly sweet start roasted flavors in the middle and a welcome hop finish.

I can see what all the rage is about.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 00:45:52 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of DaveGood


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured pitch black with a thick light brown head out of a 12 oz. bottle. This is how a stout beer is supposed to look!

The aroma is mild on this. It contains a nice grassy hop scent but is primarily driven by the dark roasted malts. The alcohol is also fairly predominant in the smell.

What the aroma is lacking, the taste more than makes up for. It is a very thick, yet smooth beer with moderate carbonation. The taste is driven by the dark roasted malt flavors. There are dark chocolate and expresso flavors present, as well as a slight hoppy bitterness at the end.

Overall, this is a remarkable beer and I can definitely see what the buzz is about. It is extremely smooth and quite possibly the best stout that I have had the pleasure of experiencing.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 00:59:51 | More by DaveGood
Photo of Mitchster


3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to an opaque black with barely distinguishable brown accents, forming a rocky dark-tan head (but not as dark as say, a Kzoo stout or Founder's Impy). Retention is good as is lacing. The label says it is bottle-conditioned...there is a small amount of peppered yeast in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is rich and inviting, predominantly hoppy (distinctly Cascades) with notes of grass, cocoa, charcoal, light molasses, vanilla, almond, and sweet milk chocolate. As it warms, alcohol is overwhelmingly evident in the nose. Carbonation is moderate. Mouthfeel is paint-peeling hops, abrasive at first and then becomes astringent with burnt grains and alcohol towards the finish. Medium-dense body. Taste is initially sharp with a ton of citric hops and deeply roasted grains, sweet almonds, vanilla, toffee, and lots of burnt sugar. Bitterness level is moderate. The wierd finish begins with firmly burnt grains (heavy on the black patent here), chalkiness, an everlasting burnt sweetness, citric hops with pungent acidity, and lingering leather and burnt wood. There is mild isopropyl alcohol in the aftertaste, but as it warms, it becomes nearly obnoxious. I get this wierd creamed sweet corn taste in my belches. The 9.1% ABV is more evident in alcohol than in body, dextrins or mouthfeel, indicating a high degree of attentuation and suggesting a warmer (>75F) ferment.

My first drink of this was from a bottle that was a year old and I was throughly unimpressed with how it aged. My notes indicate the mouthfeel was syrupy and flat, the finish was redolent with isopropyl and the rest was littered by odd off-flavors. This bottle is fresh and is much better. It's not a stand-out brew like the ratings would suggest, but then again, I'm used to Kzoo Stout as my everyday beer. IMO, this is overhopped and over-boozed, but some people may prefer the West-Coast style. I'll skip on this again.

BTW, this is not a typical Imperial Stout, but a West Coast style hop-bomb stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 22:44:56 | More by Mitchster
Photo of grynder33


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep blackcolor, small head, creamy soft malt chocolate aroma, sweet chocolate light taste, soft aftertaste with a little bitterness. Nice blended taste, but I thought it would be bolder. A very, very good stout, but not number two overall. Wish they would distribute to Wisconsin

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 00:34:13 | More by grynder33
Photo of merlin48


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Victory product pours an opaque, ebony color with an immense, rocky, four finger tall, light brown, head. Retention was good, and lacing was superb.
I've enjoyed more profound stout aromas before, but this one hits the mark, spot on, for style. Bigtime roasted malts dominate the nose, with coffee, chocolate, some smoky nuttiness, and a note of the 9.5% abv.
Mouthfeel is robust and full bodied, and is smooth all the way down.
Taste is awesome. Chocolate and roasted coffee, in just the right meld of flavors, with a burst of fresh McIntosh apples midway through. A solid, funky, hops presence lends a pleasant, bittery, nut balance. The high abv which I noted in the nose, is curiously absent in the taste, affording this stout a high drinkability mark.
This is one of the five best American stouts on the market. Goes down smooth and easy, with an exceptionally smooth character. Very enjoyable paired with a sharp cheddar, or strong blue cheese like English Stilton. I could kick myself for buying a single bottle, instead of a case. Victory is quickly becoming one of my favorite American breweries, and Storm King is another excellent reason why this is so.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 23:17:17 | More by merlin48
Photo of PatandDavid


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of those: this isn't my favorite style of beer, but it's time to see what the fuss is all about...and Storm King delivers! 10.5 pour enjoyed at Redbones last Friday. Very very dark, opaque. The head had the color of dark latte and was nice and frothy. Grassy hop aroma was intriguing. Taste was like roasted coffee meets hop, very interesting and well done. The mouthfeel was definitely full...I knew the alcohol was there, but they almost got away with it. I thought the finish was like dark chocolate. This beer deserves it's fine reputation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2004 14:00:36 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of drewbage


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle that was bottled on December 9th 2002 into a straight side pint glass.

Dark black bodied beer with a low creamy tan head,

Aroma is dark black roast, currants and a grassy herbal hop aroma. The faintest touch of diacetyl lurks deeply behind the other aromas only become apparent around the edges behind a brandywine alcohol.

Flavor is roasted and thick with caramel and an acrid black burnt carbon finish to the brew boosted by CO2, The final impression os chocolate and port in a beer that roundly clears itself off for the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 04:20:17 | More by drewbage
Photo of Ellbert


3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle dated March 18 2003

Appearance: Perfect, very very dark with a large pillowy head that leaves plenty of sticky lace and leaves a thin layer of foam all the way to the last drop of beer.

Smell: Very mellow compared to what I have had before. The hops are much more subtle after a year. Alcohol is more promident and the malts are more subdued. I can smell some mollasses and caramel though. Some roastedness also comes through.

Taste: Very sweet, almost too sweet. It leaves a string of over the top sweetness, almost sour in your mouth as the roasted malt and mollasses come in. The hops are subdued in the taste as well. Not very pleasant now.

Mouthfeel is great. Very thick and rich. Perfect amount of carbonation to add some tingling on the tongue.

Not very drinkable. The flavor has really taken a dive here, at least on this aged bottle. I prefer this fresh.

Initial tasting:

Apperance: The apperance of this beer is very good. It had a small head though which took away from the marvel of it. However it poured a drak brown but looks as black as night in the glass.

Smell: One thing that took me with this brew so far is that the hops are right up front in the aroma. I'm not used to that in the imperial stout style however it is very pleasing. There is also the smell of roasted coffee, a sweet malty smell is there too.

Taste: The taste seems to fade in, there is many flavors to this. There is a roasted flavor that sticks but there is a hop bitterness that shows itself towards the end. It leaves your mouth dry with a warming of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Excellent, nice mellow feel, very thick and rich with just the right amount of carbonation. Leaves your tongue with a nice coating.

Drinkability: A very drinkable stout in the sense where I would love to have one. Definitely one of the better Imperials I have had but as to more than one sitting, I will have to pass. This is far to rich and to high in alcohol, and the alcohol is very evident.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 03:15:52 | More by Ellbert
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Malto for this sample. My god , the head looked like a Starbucks exploded into a full gale making me realize that this stout was for the big boys or girls. It smelled like a cross between Old Crusty and Rogue Imperial Stout mixed together; all plums, alcohol, hops and tobacco.

The taste was to say the least intense; big, nay huge hops with a backbone the size of Texas. I love Barleywines and so was not overwhelmed by the complexity and in your face profile of this beer.
Yeah, cellaring would smooth things out but I loved this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 02:18:48 | More by canucklehead
Photo of 57andcounting


4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This highly regarded beer is even better from the cask. The dark head moves to a ring as time goes by. The smell is caramel, chocolate, tar, hops and a slight alcohol. The taste reflects the smell. Very, very smooth.

The balance between the heavy flavors, alcohol and hops is the best. This is the most drinkable stout beer. The mouth feel is light and clean.

This is a beer to enjoy with a good meal, on a cold, damp evening, or for that matter, in place of food. There is enough of body here that after a few glasses of this you wouldn't be hungry or cold.

Great beer, buy it every time you see it in the cast.

Serving type: cask

03-21-2004 20:47:24 | More by 57andcounting
Photo of HappyHourHero


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Froathy coffee colored head had faded to a film by the time I got the beer. The beer was dark opaque black in color. Sweet burnt malt aroma. Rich, creamy smooth bodied beer with flavors of burnt chocolate and coffee with a little hop bite in there. A tasty, flavorful beer that's just a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2004 01:14:21 | More by HappyHourHero
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4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just an outstanding beer what I could have time after time. This beer pours out solid black in color with a small tan head. The smell is coffee and chocolate all the way. Malty and grainy as well. The taste is like a strong cup of espresso. Complex and long, this is a beer to sip. Coffee flavors kind of die down but the chocolate richness comes through more. I am guessing this is a fresher keg as some hop notes come through at the end.

A world class beer that I could drink at ANYTIME!

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2004 02:57:28 | More by CharlesRiver
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New York

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As black as a cave at night with a firm cap of light brown foam, the lace caramelizes on the glass.
Aromas is sweet blacked malt and floral hop - notes of espresso and wood smoke. Soft scents that dont overpower but draw you in.
Flavors explode up front with seamless blend of scorched sugars from the roasted malts, balanced almost perfectly by strong, piney hop sharpness. Awsome!

Mouthfeel is smooth and supple - you know its full bodied but it just doest feel it.
The chalky chocolate and coffee flavors stay in the finish along with long, warm bittering. Alcohol just along for the ride, reminds you of its presence in the burps.
An awsome brew for the BIG stout lover. As deserving of BA #2 status as any I can think of. ( which would be at least 20 )

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 16:47:45 | More by Shiredave
Photo of twilight


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

The first time I had this was two months ago, and I *hated* it, so I think I might have had a bad bottle before, or I'm having an exceptional one now. Pours black as midnight, and seemingly thicker than normal beer into a nonick pint with virtually no head. Still, the color is dead on for an imperial stout, and the blackness just makes me want to drink it now. Aroma is of roasted barley with hints of belgian sweetness. I'd say plums, but it's only what I imagine plums to smell like. The smell is thick, is the best way to describe it. Taste is overwhelmingly roasted mixed in with some slight fruity sweetness that finishes into this slight sourness that that is holy on the palate. Though I may not agree with the fruityness in the beer, it is amazing. The coffeelike textures of the flavor, and the portlike sweetness. It's to die for. Carbonation is a moot point. I mean, it's there, but the full richness in the mouth. It's too delicious to be quaffed all night, but if I find this on tap. I'm going to be a rider on the storm. An excellent offering from Victory, and an addition to my trinity of Imperial Stouts (this, Samuel Smith and Rogue) so far. I'm going to have to look for another sixer to be able to enjoy this until it comes out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 03:40:19 | More by twilight
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Redbone's.

Black, black, black with a sweet sharp scent. Served with no head. Syrupy, smoky, winey, sharp and strong, smooth and silky--this bad boy doesn't mess around. I could sip this one all night, but I'd be wrecked if I had more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2004 01:12:17 | More by gentlebubbles
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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with no clarity, and a medium-sized tan head that lasts forever.

smell is roasty sweet and hopped up. chocolate raisins, coffee and achohol

taste is similar - roasty, hoppy, (bitter from both) chocolatey, buttery and dark fruity sweet with a little bit of sour kick. superbly thick, smooth texture - maybe the best mouthfeel i have experienced. this drinks extremely well for a 9.5.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 08:48:59 | More by jwilli7122
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is opaque black with a tan head. The aroma is very hoppy (some citrus and mint), but also has quite a bit of roasted malts (coffee and chocolate). The taste is pretty much what is advertised in the aroma. It is full of roasted goodness and finishes with a good smack of hops. It is warming from the high alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 17:07:15 | More by ark57
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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