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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,305 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,305
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 guitarmage
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: One of the blackest beers I've seen, a coffee tan lacing sits on top, foamy, thin, inviting.

Smell: Clean and crisp, gentle roasted malt, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, some aromatic herbal or spiciness, pine and cream.

Taste: Big nuttiness and coffee beans, brown bread, fresh baked, then comes the herbal hops, medium intensity and balanced out with a milky creaminess, hops hang on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, carbonation is very light, but the beer is very drinkable and goes down easy.

Drinkability: Delicious, one of the best stouts hands down, very complex, not too sweet, tastes like a meal. I'd like this with a hearty meal.

Photo of largadeer
2.33/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Black with a quarter-inch chocolate-colored head.

Taste and smell: Malty and roasted, espresso, brown sugar, surprising hop kick in the finish. Pretty acrid and harsh.

Mouthfeel: Not as chewy as other Imperial Stouts; somewhat thin. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a fan of this beer, it's rather acrid. I recall it being enjoyable a couple years ago, but I can't say that I like it anymore.

Photo of penguinjive7
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an excellent pitch black, with about two fingers worth of brownish tan head.

Smells of roasted malts, and a hint dark roasted coffee.

The roasty flavor hits first, followed by an espresso-like tinge. There is definitely a strong presence of hops towards the end, but it is well balanced. After taste almost has a hint f extremely dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Viscosity is just what I would expect from an imperial stout and the carbonation is perfect.

This was a scrumptious imperial stout. Definitely among the best, in my opinion. I could not drink more than one at a time, but for this style that is a good thing. If you like imperial stouts an haven't had this one, you are in the dark.

Photo of Bobikel
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured aggressivly into a half liter goblet, this extremely black beer grows a nice medium thick, brown/tan rocky head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is good.

Smell - Alchohol, plum, yeast, and just a touch of bready roasted malts. A small amount of spicey hops come through.

Taste - Roasted coffee entwines with nice hoppiness to create a VERY well balanced Imperial Stout. Alchohol is nicely hidden, and unless you had prior knowledge of the ABV, you would probobly never guess.

Mouthfeel - Thick a little creamy and just a little chewy, slightly higher carbed than most stouts, but not overly intrusive.

Drinkability - Definetly no lightweight, but an easy drinking, interesting ale that can warm you in the middle of the darkest coldest winter with one or two sips.

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

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, almost black. Mostly opaque, but maybe some little bits of ruby around the edges when held up to the light. Nice half-inch brown head. Excellent retention, lots of lace.

Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and citrus hops.

Flavor is roasty. Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee come through. Finish brings out grapefruit rind hops that mesh with some black malt to give it a moderately bitter finish that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Balance is good, and you definately get strong and clear doses of both malt & hops. Alcohol hidden well in the aroma & aftertaste, but does makes its presence known with some warming. High ABV keeps this from being a session beer, but still one worth having again.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black as Norwegian heavy metal, with a big lively tan head that subsides into a cap, leaving sticky, regular lace along the sides.

Surprising dose of hop in the nose, resin combining with caramel and roasted grain to produce an aroma less rich than I might like, but surprisingly sweet and fruity. In the mouth, the roasted grain comes back to take the fore, combining with a surprisingly dryish (though rich) mouthfeel to give an impression not unlike spiked Postum. Alcohol is a pretty distinct presence, lending a spiciness to the flavor, and hops bring in a subtle bitterness, especially in the finish. Carbonation just right. Hard to pick up some of the notes promised in the aroma, though - not quite enough richness to make up for the harsher side.

This is an impressive beer, but I have a hard time really warming up to it. I think some of the flavors need to blend and mellow a bit before this can be the stout I want - I would love to age a bottle or two and see what I get in a year or so.

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the 1000th review...or does BA stop counting after 999? Guess not.

Well, this hefty stout pours black into a chalice, an inch of dark tan foam rises to the rim of the glass. Head is dense, fairly aromatic notes of hops and roastiness.

Taste is burly, rich burnt malts, bitter baker's chocolate, and dry bitter hops linger in the finish. Alcohol is expertly hidden. Mouthfeel is big, not exactly viscous, but getting there. Coats the palate going down.

I've got a couple more lined up, this is a perfect winter sessioner. 3" of snow in Chicago, and I feel like hibernating with some of this...

'99 vintage courtesy of Steve, thanks man!
Really amazed by how this has held up. Very rich and chocolatey, somewhat mellow but remarkably no signs of age. Still massive, bittersweet chocolate fullness, some tobacco, just sublime. Age this beer!

Photo of oakbluff
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a murky dark- wicked milk chocolate head. Nose is subdued- hint of coffee there. Taste is very roasty. Espresso flavours are there but not in your face. Chocolate malts are very nice and carbonation levels are bang on. A very drinkable RIS.

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

A: Beautiful appearance. This brew has a black velvety body in which no light can pass though, and a mocha colored, two fingers of foam that stick to the sides of my tulip. Very creamy looking. Good head retention for a RIS. Drink by sep. 27, 2011. That's 4 years from now.

S: Very strong aroma. Sweet with dried fruit, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. This smells great.

T: Wow! Fruitiness, hoppiness, spiciness. This beer has it all. Sweet caramel malt followed by dried fruits, then hops, nice roastiness, and finishes with a spicy alcohol note. This is definitely a must try brew.

M: Thick chewy mouthfeel. Low carbonation, with a nice velvety mouthfeel. Slips off of your tongue and leave an excellent feel.

D: This is a must try if you're a fan of any kind of stout. I could drink these all night. Another great brew by Victory.

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

Poured from an amber bottle into classic glassware.

Appearance - Pours dark , not totally black but a deep tinted amber. Spotty head that lingers the length of the drink.

Smell - Wow! Smells fresh and delicious, right from the bottle. Malt and hops blend magnificently. Chocolatey, earthy undertones are magnified. I hope this tastes as great as it smells.

Taste - Taste most definitely backs up the smell. Starts with a burst of hops, followed by that tasty malt. Chocolate, burnt but not too much. Coffee undertones as well. Extremely hard to believe that this is 9.1%.

Mouthfeel - Perfect. Not too thick, yet smooth enough to drink repeatedly. Very delicious. Slight carbonation releases bursts of flavor which linger long after the last drop has been swallowed.

Drinkability - This beer could be a bit of a problem. It's way too easy to drink for such a high alcohol content - but it's too damn good! A perfect example of a magnificent imperial stout. Well balanced and tastes great.

Excellent beer!

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

Appearance - Pours a deep dark color , pretty good tan head. Some lacing.

Smell - Malts, coffee, chocolate.

Taste - Malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel...ohhh change it up on ya.

Mouthfeel -You get a hit of alcohol, wine like, thick.

Drinkability - A slow drinking beer, to enjoy, one of the best rated russian stouts A must to try.

Photo of tcfishler
2.68/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Black with cocoa-brown highlights and a very good head for the ABV.

Deep, dark, roasted nose with liberal grassy/grapefruit hops.

Rich and very full, but a bit abrasive on the tongue. Alcohol is definitely noticeable - the flavor is simply not concentrated enough to cover it.

A hearty he-man brew, but too rough for my regular rotation. It's too bad, since I've loved every other Victory beer I've tried.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown to black colour with a creamy off-white head that dissolves a bit faster than anticipated. The body itself appears a bit thinner than one would expect for an Imperial Stout, but this one still looked pretty nice for the most part.

The aroma is a bit faint but a decent mix of coffee, chocolate, earthy malt, a bit of alcohol and a touch of berry throughout.

The flavour hits with fullness that the aroma missed out on. Coffee hits first and mixes with some general malt and then moves into a bit of chocolate/cocoa toward the middle. The finish hits on berry flavours for a second and then ends with a very nice burnt/roasted malt flavour. Alcohol peeks through here and there but is fairly well masked overall. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a touch slick.

This one is good overall but I don't understand why its so highly regarded. I've had many better within the style (and have had a lot more that are worse at that). There are no major flaws but nothing really stands out as awesome about this one. Tasty for sure, just don't necessarily expect one of the greatest brews you've ever had...

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

Served in nonic glass; chilled but not real cold.

A- Beautiful dark color poured into a light brown head that slow disolves into a slight ringat head.

S- Trace roasted malt. Not overwelming.

T- Well-roasted but not burnt malt flavor with very little alcohol taste.

M- Smooth is the key here. Malt and slight coffee with some bread like notes that go down real easy. Not an abundance of aftertaste, but the roast malt element does remain. Alcohol taste is present but so hidden that it is a non-factor in the delivery.

D- This is what I like in an imperial stout. I have been a fan of Victory for years, but this is the first stout of theirs that I have tried. This is definitely a one and done (in a session) for me; but I will grab several more to try in the future.

Photo of ByTor2112
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh the hype with Storm King, but Victory never disappoints!
Wonderfully bittersweet aroma, very rich dark roasted malts come through, a slight sour aroma reminiscent of a Milk Stout, but barely.
Bold Stout flavor all the way. Subtle coffee flavors with a killer dark roasted malt flavor profile. Some stouts get a burnt taste which is not a bad characteristic but this RIS stays just above that. There is a nice hop bitterness that is evenly matched to the malt profile. Alcohol is well hidden to me. A nice froth on the palate livens up the hops and releases some tannin flavors. Quite quaffable for an RIS. Finishes clean for me, not too dry and lightly coats the palate. This was great! Cheers.

Photo of BeerSox
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

Impossibly black light brown head that holds for several mintues until it settles to a bubbly cap and a thin rim. Sticky and string lacing coats the glass.

Highly roasty malts along with some bitter hops. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering. The overall aroma is a little more subtle than others in the same style.

Standard roasted malts start off the brew, but unlike others the hops seem to take a bit more of a hoppy approach, with the bitterness settling in well in the back of the mouth. A creamy dark chocolate comes through in the middle. This one is full bodied with good carbonation and a little bit of a spicy hop zing at the end. The finish has a faint chocolate taste, some of the roasty malts, and a lingering hop bitterness.

I've tried several Russian Imperial Stouts, and this is the first one I have found that has such a strong emphasis on hops. Although most are packed with hops, the malts almost seem subdued by them. All that being said, it's a great beer, and one I enjoyed. I appriciate the 12oz sampling rather than a bomber that seems to dominate the style. I like being able to finish a RIS on my own. This brew by Victory an interesting twist, and it's something everybody (espcially stout lovers) to try. Recommended.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark coffee color with a light tan head that dissipates within the minute and leaves no lacing. Aroma is surprising, with sweet hops, coffee, hazlenut, and chocolate and alcohol notes all present.

The taste? Wow. Packs quite the flavorful punch. Strong, chocolatey coffee notes surprisingly well balanced with an earthy hops flavor. Can't say it't overly enjoyable, but definately original. Mouthfeel is thick and gritty yet has an element of velvety smoothness to it. An acidic bite finishes this thing off...dynamic and interesting, but again, not exactly what I'm looking for (Disclaimer: not a huge stout fan). I can't say that I'll have another of these, but I'd definately give the go ahead to all my stout-loving friends.

Photo of Backer2004
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have nothing more that the other 990 reviews probably say but I'm giving my 2 cents anyway. Pours so opaque you cannot even see the carbonation. Small beige head that stays around only around the edge. Smells of caramel, chocolate, fresh hops (this one had not been cellared at all). Too hoppy, without a malt balance. A bit on the burnt side. Medium body and though drinkable, it disappointed me.

I'll still keep the others cellared for a while and re-edit as necessary.

Photo of peabody
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out black as night and with two fingers of brown suds leaving lots of lacing around the pint glass.
Smell is wheat and chocolate with lots of maltyness. The fruit smell is that of like plum or raisin?
Taste is malty sweetness followed by a dark coffee bitterness then the alcohol burn. There is a fruitness here but I can't put my finger on it. This is one mellow nice beer.
The aftertaste is of bitter chocolate/coffee. This dark malt sticks to to the inside of your mouth.
Not a session brew but still a very nice beer. Too bad I can't get it around here.

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

Doing a little side by side with Great Lakes BO Stout. Hmmm... I can get Victory Storm King at any time and I prefer it to the brew I got in a trade. This is a fresh bottle. Dark in complexion with a malty nose. The difference between the Storm King and most RIS is the bit of hops thrown in. Very drinkable despite the ABV. Is there a better RIS that distributes widely (so DL does not count)? I would vote Storm King.


Photo of markgugs
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a gorgeous dark, near-black (or maybe roasted brown) color, not too much head that dissipated quickly and left minor lacing.

S: I'm biased as hell, cause Russian Impys are probably my favorite beer style, but this just smells like the best coffee/roasted chocolate you've ever had. It's a big smelling beer, which just makes the mouth water in anticipation.

T: No doubt, this is a huge beer, the initial sip is a gigantic burst of flavor, all the roasted chocolate and cocoa/coffee tones you'd expect. There's an ample alcohol presence that quickly warms in your mouth and is covered up by a glorious finish, like bittersweet baker's chocolate. There might even be some dark fruit flavors hidden in there (raspberries mostly, or maybe cherries), especially as the beer warms. Absolutely delicious.

M: Very well balanced carbonation. The beer is not light by any stretch, but it's also not so chewy that it's difficult to swallow. It's quite pleasant and I find myself going back for additional sips quicker and quicker (probably not a great idea for a 9.10% ABV brew).

D: If I could possibly remain in control of my motor skills, I could drink these all day and all night, but that's just not possible. An absolutely perfect winter beer and one of my favorites, period, let alone of the Russian Imperial style.

Highly recommended.

Photo of bruachan
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i tasted this bad boy a few years ago and loved it but i was in no position to review it (get my drift?)

big licorice aroma when the cap came off, though i can't smell it with my nose in the glass. robust NW hop aroma over some deep, sweet roastiness. the flavor is not so sweet but boasts some terrific depth of flavor. the bitterness is perfect

fine, fine brew. and i dig that it's not 143534% alcohol, so i could drink a few in one sitting

Photo of jamie2dope
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though I can find this beer in most stores, I was pleased to see a case of it sitting in the packy across the street from me. Anyway, it pours a damn near oil black color, with a small, but sticky tan head. Smell has traces of earth, a bit of coffee, and lots of milk chocolate. Taste was very similar with the chocolate flavors going off the charts. Despite the sweetness of the chocolate though, it did have a certain bitterness in the back of it. Mouthfeel was on the heavy side, but for some reason, I can drink this beer like it is nothing. I usually can down a sixer of this and feel fine. Oh well, either way an awesome beer to have around. It seems like on of those offerings that they would normally have in a bomber as a special release. Nevertheless, I think I like the fact that it is in six packs much better. One of the first big stouts I ever tried...one of the best out there in my opinion.

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

Okay I've heard so much about the great reputation of this brew...I'm anxious and excited, admittedly.

Pours a dark, satanic opaque black; like oil. Decent tan head w/ okay retention and pretty sticky lacing. Means business by appearance...

The aroma is rich and very complex...thinking of dark chocalate, rum-soaked dark fruit/prunes, a little alcahol and some hops as well but they are faint.

Taste is complex as well. Takes over initially with a very rich chocolate/molasses character, darkly roasted malt and some coffee essence. From there you get a big grassy, hoppy bitterness and some spicy fusels. The very rich chocalate/dark fruit is the pilot here, with the delicious hop profile noticeable and balances it well.

Very warming stout and unique. I truly enjoyed the hell out of this I.S. Sip it slowly as it warms. The finish is dry and very long, and retains the roasted flavor. I swear I detect raw peanuts...but this could be an herbal/grassy note from the hops...who cares this is awesome.

Go buy some....NOW.

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

I was introduced to Victory's Storm King Stout a few years ago by a Victory representative outside my local beer distributor ( God Bless Pennsylvania ) . As was the case I was headed in to purchase 3 or 4 cases of something else , when the young man said "here try our Imperial stout" ! , An oz or two of Storm King on the ususpecting palet is not the most exciting experience to say the least, However there was something different and complex about this beer that said " try a case of me " , so after picking up my other beers, I loaded a case and headed for home. that was Oct 2003...As is often the case with higher ABV beers, I will let them age in my wine cellar for a year or more. For some reason I had just let this case sit until Thanksgiving 2006 . This is a fantastic beer when aged. do yourself a favor, pick up a case and cellar ( 45-55 degrees ) .

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,305 ratings.