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

12oz from Corridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel MD.
Enjoy Mar 22, 11.

Pours an opaque brownish-black, which is an interesting color.

Smell the malt. Repeat after me ... smell the malt. Some barley, some alcohol. Lots of malt.

Tastes dry stout. This is not the best time for me to taste, but I feel its there. Lots of tasty malt. Not sure about impst status though. Some alcohol finish.

Nice carbonation for the style. Might be a little more bland than expected for some tastes. Feels nice overall.

I would like to vote the drinkability more overall, but maybe a second time.

I woudl love to dinf this on tap, I guess ill have to head to the eastern shore. Makes a very nice winter warmer imho.

Photo of drinknewbelgium
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into glass black with a decent off white head smelled of coffee and roasts and with some chocolate notes tasted of coffee and roasted malts with a tiny kick of the alcohol at the end had a good mouth feel and the drinkability is pretty good

recommend this a great stout all in all if you've never had get it

Photo of gmcfarre
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Imperial Pint Glass

A - Pitch opaque blackness with caramel colored 1/2 inch head. Lacing is solid when tipped.

S - Bouquet is a nice rye & dry malt sweetness. Hops are more prevalent here than in any other RIS stout I've had, but it creates an added dimension and more complexity.

T - Very similar to the scent but seems to be not quite as potent. Very dry and sweet with a clever floral hop balance. Very mild chocolate with slightly stronger coffee notes. Alcohol is not noticable at all.

M - Smooth and creamy with light carbonation and an extremely drying finish.

D - Not sure if any stouts are super drinkable, but the lack of apparent alcohol here puts this near the top of the list.

Photo of Graham21
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured this into an oversized wine glass(all i had). looks nice and thick. Decent head, big and bubbly but dissipated to nice lacing with larger head around the glass. left a nice residue around the ring. very dark beer (black),but almost looks red when held up to light.
The first thing i tasted was chocolate, hops, coffee, and malts. very good but a typical imperial stout, with bolder colors. I really enjoy the hops showing through strong. I also taste cramel and cocoa, woody flavors, with a hint of plum. something sweet but comlex.
Good drinkability and good mouthfeel.

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

I must say that it is hard for me to distinguish in print the very vast differences from my other favorite stouts. As I have said in other reviews, of my favorite offerings from this style, the chocolate and coffee flavors are perfectly balanced with a nice subtle hop bite. The smell reflects what came afterward, except it had more of an espresso smell. The drinkablilty is damn right dangerous. I can’t wait to drink some more of this on a freezing 65 degree night in Southern California.

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

poured fom a 12oz bottle into my standard pint glass.

A - dark. dark. dark brown, basically black. looks like very dark coffee. pours a small, one finger head that sinks into thick bubbles and clumpy clacing down the glass

S - a very pleasing aroma. take an IPA or DIPA (citrus hops) and mix it with chocolate and roasted coffee.

T - whoa. the hop content of the smell is lessened up front by the big malty flavors (chocolate, roasted grains, earthiness, and mild sweetness). after that, the hop bitterness, with hints of lemon or orange (perhaps, might i say, grapefruit?) rind, kicks in and pushes the sweeter flavors from off the palate, but a hint of dark cocoa powder remains in the finish. high amounts of gut and throat warming from the alcohol.

M - not as thick as i would have thought - i'd say this is perhaps even thinner than the big DIPAs (such as moylan's beers), but it seems to gain more volume in the finish, becoming somewhat syrupy (which is good, i think, for this style and other big beers). the carbonation is a bit strong and burns the tongue, but it isn't awful.

D - very high. besides the slightly-overdone carbonation, i can't think of much wrong with this beer. another A+ from victory. i wish i had more, but, with the 10% ABV, maybe it's good that i should lay back; got to get up early tomorrow, afterall.

Photo of daliandragon
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers I've been meaning to try for a while, and with 11-1 being the unofficial start of stout season, I'm letting her rip.

Body is completely black as far as I can see, which is good, but the head doesn't last more than a few minutes, which I frown on. Nose has two major influences: roasted malt and alcohol.

Surprisingly strong hopping in this beer to match, and at times, overpower the coffee malt, which finally gains the upper hand in the aftertaste. Alcohol is also very evident. Carbonation is also just a touch overdone.

Maybe I'm being a little too picky, due to the exemplarary reputation of this brew, or maybe I picked a subpar bottle, but this is a very good RIS that didn't blow me away the way I was expecting (for example, the way my first bottle of Old Rasputin did). I like the hoppy dryness and balance but the alcohol isn't as well masked as I would hope. Will definitely be giving another chance, but for now, not up there with the best.

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

Presentation: 12 ounce brown bottle. Bottle on November 18, 2005. At the time of this review this bottle was roughly two weeks short of being one year old.

As Storm King poured in to my tumbler it was the color of vanilla extract. In the glass it could easily have passed for black. Suspended yeast granules could be seen in the glass. The head began as a finger of sandstone colored creamy foam. The lace was patchy, but sticky.
The smell brought to mind dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, caramel, charred wood, green grassy hops and peppery alcohol.
The taste was roasted and toasty, sweet caramel, unsweetened cocoa, and espresso. I found it to have a surprisingly hoppy presence and moderate hop bitterness. At the end of the swallow alcohol warms with a pleasantly dry finish.
This was very nicely done, complex contrasting flavors playing off of one another and everything balancing nicely. Not too sweet, not too bitter and the roasted characteristics are reminiscent of a Porter, but do not feel out of place here.
The body was medium-heavy and the carbonation was moderately active. The mouthfeel was creamy and inviting.
Now I have to decide if I should continue cellaring the rest or find it fresh. Decisions, decisions…

Photo of Doomcifer
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, pitch black with a huge caramel colored head that retains excellently. Great lacing all over the glassware is left behind throughout the enjoyment of this brew.

Aroma is of sweet, dark malts, ripe dark fruits, raisins, plums, prunes, a little bit of milk chocolate, and mild alcohol fumes.

Taste is of very sweet dark malts, raisins, figs, and brown sugar. Finishes very roasty but still sweet, with coffee flavors, and a touch of hoppiness. This is a very complex beer. Perhaps a little too sweet for my liking though.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a decent amount of carbonation. Great mouthfeel for an Impy Stout.

Drinkability is slightly above average. Very sweet and high alcohol levels make it less drinkable. I like my Impy Stouts to be a touch less sweet.

Overall, this is a terrific Imperial Stout, though on the sweet side.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, I agree with the last reviewer, this is a black, dark, chocolatey, mutha! Nice thick mouthfeel, very heavy. Pours a deep dark black color, and don't drink too many if you plan on driving! Nice pillowy head and awesome lacing. A terrific brew for one or two in a session, not many more.

Photo of dherling
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a near black experience, bordering on some seriously dark brown colorization here. A friendly cappucinno head forms quickly, and then dissapears after a minute or so, minimal lacing. Big malty nose, huge roasted malt. Also some cherry, tiny bit of bitter chocolate, and happy funness. Seriously, it smells like a fun time. Has a mellow flavor that develops and builds to a crscendo, then slowly melts away on the palate. Had great bitterness and sweetness, balance like crazy yo. On a side note, how does Jake Bussey keep getting acting jobs? Sorry, back to business. Finishes heavy, a litle onthe bitter side, with soe slight anise and blood (kind of an iron meaty flavor I call blood). A good time stout, BA's rejoice, it's party time!

Photo of trep
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled Nov. 05 - Nearly a Year Old.

Dark black body but doesn't completely block out the light. Glints of ruby at the edges when held to the light. Bubbly off white head quickly fades into a slight coating of the top of the brew. No visible carbonation or yeast. Rich, chocolately and roasted coffee aroma. Very pronounced hop presence as well. Some fruitiness in there as well.

Very quick from start to finish. Initially a coffee-bean bitterness with a chocolatey "melt" that hurries you to the hoppy finish. Aftertaste is bitter. Alcohol is definitely present throughout. Some cherries and plums as it warms. Kind of chalky and ashy as it warms. White grapes in the finish.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. This one isn't too drinkable due to the chalk and alcohol factor.

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

A: Deep, dark brown, nearly black. Caramel colored head which diminished quickly with no lacing.

S: Sweet, sharp, strong hop aroma. Very strong roasted barley smell.

T: Bitter, but very sweet, with strong hop overture throughout. Roasted barley flavor is very strong with hints of mild tannin, dark fruit.

M: Thick and hearty.

D: Warming and wonderful which goes with the style, but deliciously easy to drink. Too many could be dangerous at the ABV, but it could be hard to stop.

Photo of auntfloyd
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass. "Enjoy By Sep 27 11", thanks, will do.

Pours a perfectly opaque jet black, with two fingers of tan head that stays around for a while. Very, very dark -- even when held up to a light this shows nothing.

The nose is kind of metallic alcohol, not too pleasant. Some chocolate hints are present, but overall, I'm disappointed here.

Taste is roasted coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and hops... more hops than you normally see in a Russian Imperial Stout. The start is very strong, and very stout-y, but the finish is bitter hops. Interesting, and makes for a nice contrast on the next sip.

The mouthfeel is good. This is a well-carbonated stout, and that adds some heft to it, but not too much. This is definitely a bit lighter, and way more drinkable than most beers of its class.

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

Good-sized, thick tan head and a black color. Sweet, alcohol, hoppy, and slightly roasty aroma. Not as roasty as many RIS's, and no soy-sauce thing going on either. Taste is sweet, very smooth, and a little roasty with a good, somewhat bitter hop and roast finish. Mouthfeel is medium-thick with light carbonation. Very good and pretty drinkable for 9.1% ABV.

Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated best by: 8/28/11! into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Received three fingers of brown head. Body was opaque ebony/brown.

Smell was milder than I expected (also could be due to the allergies/cold I have). Malts and alcohol primarily. Coffee aroma appeared much later, as it warmed.

Tasted of bitter cocoa powder. Bitterness from hops countered by sweet roasted maltiness. Medicinal, cough syrup flavor. Complex, interesting, and strong. Alcohol was very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was smooth and full bodied, without being tiresome. Mild carbonation. I will let the others I have sit awhile and revisit them later. I don't think I'll be disappointed. Very good beer now, maybe even better later.

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

Here it is; Storm King.

This is perhaps "the perfect beer." Of course, RIS's are a style beer snobs are partial to, but the storm king is amazing. When you factor in not just taste and drinkability, but also price and availability, you have a beer I would call "damn near perfect." Nothing flashy or fancy, this beer blows many bottle-conditioned corked Imperial Stouts out of the water.

As said before, not much else to say. It's gorgeous, smells great, hoppy yet malty, sweet yet complex and the alcohol is not just hidden, but necessary to add to the complexity of the package. Notes of espresso and, as the bottle says, "character" round it out.

Get it... now.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night, with a small head that quickly recedes. Nice and thick coming out of the bottle.
Smell is hops. Plain and simple. I'm a hardcore stout fan, don't like my stouts hoppy, but we'll see how this one goes.
Taste is thick, hoppy, and a little heavier on the carbonation than I expected.
This is a nice change of pace to the stouts I usually drink. This is very drinkable and a nice difference to my other choice stouts.
Taste is hoppy, alcohol and some hints of coffee try to make it through the hops.
It's a good drinking stout, but not the upper echelon of stouts. If you like hoppy stouts, then this is about the best there is.
I prefer the less-hoppy stouts, but this is a nice offering.

Photo of BassAssassin
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

--2006 Vintage--

A: Almost pitch black in color with a tan, creamy head. Head is thin and dissipates rather quickly (not surprising considering the high ABV).

S: Roasted malts and a hint of raisins. This is followed by an underlying scent of fusel alcohol, reminiscent of a fine whiskey.

T: Big hit of roasted malts mellowing into a pleasant coffee flavor. Hints of sweet raisins are also present. All the malt is easily balanced by the big hop profile. This is quite a hoppy brew. However, bitterness is well calibrated. Finishes dry with a warming alcohol. Highly complex.

M: Full bodied and round. Minimal amount of carbonation. Smooth.

D: Well done. I could drink more than a few of these in one sitting. Probably not a good idea considering the high ABV. Very drinkable for such a big beer. I'd like to cellar a few of these to taste over the years.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours jet black with a creamy tan head that dissipates to a nice film lacing well. The smell is hoppy with some black and roasted malts. The taste is roasted up front with chocolate malts coming in afterwards. It finishes with a strong bitterness and overwhelming hop taste. The mouthfeel has a full body and smooth carbonation. Overall, a drinkable Imperial Stout but it needs to mellow out the hops before it can be great.

Photo of kmudrick
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Troeg's pint glass. The cellar it was stored in was 49 degrees at the time of the pour. Drips a thick, and deep opaque hue, reminiscent of used motor oil. Leaves a 1/8 inch of dirty foam with light lacing that hugs the sides throughout the session. Immediate smells of molasses are apparent with a light alcohol-splashed, roasted-coffee scent. I detect very subtle hints of a slightly tart and sweet, yet earthy fruit - perhaps a mild berry of some sort. First swig brings an immediate rush of a stinging, bittering hop flavor, followed by noticeable waves of roasted malt. Not as much chocolate presence as the tint and scent would suggest. Not as thick as Stone's offering - lighter than expected from the consistency. The carbonation is very noticeable, with lots of fizzy pop dancing on my tongue. I get a mild range of alcohol burn, more present in the back of the throat. The finish is bitter, like a shot of espresso. Delicious and suprisingly drinkable, the complexities in the taste definitely hides the high alcohol content. Not so sweet that you get sickened by the end of the serving. I could most definitely enjoy more than one of these in a single sitting. Overall, I find it very warm and inviting - seems like it wold be the perfect beer for me to relax with after a cold day snowboarding. Definitely Victory's best offering.

Photo of mnj21655
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2-23-08 12 oz. bottle best by Nov 09 12

Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of brown head and decent lacing. Aroma is excellent, lots of roasted malts, some chocolate, hints of coffee and a touch of brown sugar and molasses. Taste is roasty, chocolately, sweet, and bitter. Initial roastiness gives way to a malty sweetness. In the finish there is a pleasant bitterness accompanied by coffee and some chocolate with a strong roasted malt presence. Decent balance, maybe a bit too roasty and a little light on the hops. Mouthfeel is good, full bodied yet somewhat velvety, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is quite good, overall this is a damn good beer. A great American interpretation of the style.

A - 4.5 S - 4.5 T - 4.0 M - 4.5 D - 4.5 Overall: 4.3

10-12-06 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a deep black with a light brown head that lasted until the end. When held to the light none was able to penetrate it. Smell was inviting with hints of chocolates and coffe but dark roasted malts were predominant. Taste is excellent. Again dark roasted malts are in the forefront with bittersweet chocolate and coffee also present. Hints of dark fruits at the end. Great mouthfeel, relatively low carbonation and a solid body without being too thick. Drinkability is exceptional for an 9.10% ABV Imperial Stout. This is immensely drinkable and is one of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts.

A - 4.5 S - 4.5 T - 4.5 M - 4.5 D - 4.5 Overall: 4.5

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

FRESH: Exp. 1-31-11 - Cons. 10-7-06
PURCHASED @: Binny’s
COST: $2
HEAD: minimal diminishing to none
LACE: small, tight lasting dots
TRANSMITTED- deep amber
AROMA: Dark roasted malts
MOUTHFEEL: med. to full; sparkling fizzy cond.
PALATE: slightly resinous
TASTE: Coffee/Chocolate
COMMENTS: Nicely balanced. Best IS so far.

Photo of yelterdow
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Halloween, 2005... this one's been sleeping in the cellar for eleven months, and now the time is right for imbibing.

Served at between fridge and cellar temperature in an oversize brandy snifter.

Appearance- Pours a deep, chocolate red into my glass... the light tan head only rises to about a finger, then subsides to a layer of various sized bubbles and foam. There is plenty of lacing, though it decorates very sporadically.

Smell- Notes of espresso, cherries or blackcurrants, and a hint of wet newspaper... then some big hops leap into the nose. The aroma is huge and thick, although the alcohol is restrained.

Taste- After about a year mellowing out, the hops no longer blast the tongue with its pistolwhip-type aggression. The malts are forward, displaying roasted coffee and some chocolate, and then the second slapping takes hold. In the middle and during the swallow, this beer dropkicks some serious hops at the sides and inside of the mouth, leaving a bitter history. Long finish, it goes on for minutes.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Barely prickly upon entrance, the effervescence grows smoothly and elegantly into a very attractive mouthfeel. For a 9.1% beer, it's relatively light-bodied but still packs a wallop and warms the arms and chest quite well. Even cellared, the hop profile is enormous and presented nicely... this is definitely a brew to wrap the night up and take to bed with you.

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany/black with a fluffy 4 fingers+ mocha colored head. Good lacing & head retention

s: Huge chocolate notes & roasted grain, then hints of booze as it warms. Hints of oakyness follows

T: Huge rich toasted malt & chocolate up front. Dryness & hints of oak show up as this warms& vanilla as well. Finished dry, oaky & loads of alcohol & bitter chocolate

MF: A little oily & heavy bodied, slightly over carbonated. a minor kvetch i suppose

Will try this later in the fall/year, but his was a little too heavy for me on the last nice day we'll have here in CO until April... at $11.50 a sixer, over priced. I'm sure this is a little more reasonable back east

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