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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,890 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,890
Reviews: 2,496
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 143
Gots: 426 | 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 francisweizen


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

On-Tap @ Victory.

Dark, opaque black with a nice head of dark espresso coloured foam. The aromas are of oily hops, Espresso, dark Belgian chocolate, brandy, vanilla, cabernet grapes, roasted malts, alcohol, and more. The taste follows suit. Dark roasted malts hit first, but the middle is roasty with some nice chocolate and coffee flavor notes as well. The finish is dry and oily with some leafy green hop flavors in the mix as well. The mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated for an imperial stout when this brew is served on tap, and as such the cask version of this brew is definately more 'easy-drinking'. Sure, there are definately better imperial stouts out there. But when it comes to price, freshness, and availability the "king" is still in my top five list. Long live the king.

11-01-2004 23:35:45 | More by francisweizen
Photo of KroMagnon


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Dark, black liquid with a nice brown head that stays around. Opaque. The aroma is malty and hoppy and strangely clean - I don't detect much in the way of esters or alcohol-fruitiness. The flavor starts with a solid, chocolatey presence and then you get a huge malty profile, fading to a bitterness that lingers. Cream, creamy mouthfeel. This is a delicious well-made beer. The hop notes are a bit less than I expected but this is not a bad thing - the beer seems tilted toward maltiness and is balanced with the hop bitterness and the bittersweet chocolate notes. Delicious!
WARNING! 30 minutes later...although the alcohol content isn't obvious from the beer.. this thing packs a wallop! Tremendous. It can really sneak up on you.

10-29-2004 02:23:01 | More by KroMagnon
Photo of tweeder263


5/5  rDev +22.9%

on a scale of 1-10 this is a 12 , truely my favorite beer.black in color with a dark tan head no light escapes.this bottle is dated nov 4 2003 so its had some time to mellow. nice caramel /coffee smell taste that turns into nice hoppyness then comes the alcohol warmth.alcohol hides beautifully, but i must say storm king isn`t a session type beer,, i enjoy one or 2 a week

10-28-2004 01:23:19 | More by tweeder263
Photo of frazbri


4.83/5  rDev +18.7%

Impenatrable pitch black pour with a short tan head. Aroma of fruits, coffee and chocolate. Chocolate, coffee, amd brandy flavors. Low carbonation and a thick almost milky body.

What a fantastic stout! This a night cap beer. Perfect for a winter's evening in front of the fireplace.

10-19-2004 01:21:04 | More by frazbri
Photo of Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

I wish this beer were more readily available in Québec because it is, without a doubt, a top 10 beer for me.

Pours like liquid cocoa beans. A very seductive deep dark brown, almost black beer adorned with a dark beige head that should have stuck around longer or at least left evidence of its existence.

Beautifully complex aromas of roasted malts and hops mingle with notes of field berries and caramel in the middle. Faint hints of licorice root and smoke round out the olfactory experience and add to the complexity.

First sip reveals a rich and firmly textured beer of elegant character. Up front, a bitterness comprised of hop freshness makes way for a chocolatey, malty and roasted middle that is followed by a faint sweetness bordered by hints of licorice. An encore presence by the hops closes out the taste in a long and seamless finish.

I will seek this brew out whenever I go to the US. Faultless balance, beautiful complexity both in the nose and on the tongue make this beer, in my opinion, a perfect desert beer or soothing winter warmer.

10-18-2004 14:33:16 | More by Beersignal
Photo of rousee


3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

I waited to try 2 of these before reviewing. Good thing because the first try wasn't as good as the 2nd. How often does this happen ? Not very.

Pours very dark black; no light gets through when held to the light. It leaves a small cap and disappears to whispy foam shortly thereafter. Lace is excellent (tight, well-organized,pretty) and so is head retention. I guess this is why this beer scores so high. I am going to have to revise my scores because the 2nd try on this one is So much better than the 1st.

Smell--how bout some nicely roasted coffee and malt--this would be excellent with steak, eggs, and potatoes. Has licorice, caramel and more malt going on. Slight berry essence too-this has to be the minor presence of hops.

Taste is pure malty-coffee-chocolate and a hint of hoppy-bitterness. I dont't taste a middle-but there is a front and back and the front is exactly as described earlier but it finishes dry and slightly sticky. Pine-sap like. Good pine-sap.

10-05-2004 01:26:04 | More by rousee
Photo of beerceller99


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz. with a Feb 24 2004 bottled on date.

Pitch black with a 2 " tan head. Has a roasted malt smell. Nice medium to heavy body. Has a bittersweet chocolate, burnt malted barley flavor with slight dark fruits to round out the awesome taste. Has a bittersweet, dark roasted grain taste to finish.


09-30-2004 04:50:59 | More by beerceller99
Photo of Skidz


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Thanks to ppoitras for the trade!

Bottled on Jan 20 2004

Pours out a nice dark amber brown and sits deep, dark mahogony in the glass, hardly any light passing through at all. A large, dark tan head looms above the darkness from below.

Smells nicely roasted with plenty of hops billowing from within. Floral and piney hop aromas are dominant, while dark roasted grains seem to mix in as well. A lightly burnt aroma blends with the sweet smell of caramel and dark bitter chocolate. Alcohol noted underneath the hops.

Tastes sweet at first throught, some resinous dark fruity flavors and darkened caramel, but soon turns into a rush of bourbon-like flavors. The alcohol lifts up the malty sweetness and brings it together with the roasted grains, creating a very unique flavor, similar to bourbon, but very mildly. Hops take their place later on, once the sweetness has mellowed out a bit. Pine, grapefuit-like citrus and an oily citrus rind flavor make the majority of the hop flavors. Leaves a pleasant layer of hop oils over the back of your toungue. Finish is bitter, but a very smooth bitterness if there ever was one.

Big and rich in the mouth, carbonation is adequate. Body does not dissapoint, nor does it astound me.

Yeah, I could see drinking this on a more regular basis, as it is a wonderful double stout. Having it as an occasional treat, however, suits this beer much better.

:::Bottled 10/23/03::: thanks to ppoitras for this gem!

Pours out dark brown and sits jet black in the glass with litte dark mahogony streaks. Bigh creamy tan head with great lacings.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, caramel, chocolates and light tinges of alcohol. Good hoppy background and a mild fruity esters.

Tastes bitter up front, highly roasted. Light chocolatey taste. Some caramely sweetness with light traces of citric notes from the hops. Bitterness continues through to the finish, leaving a clean and oily medium bitterness. Alcohol is noted but is well mixed witht the malty sweetness and hoppy background.

Silky, creamy and super rich in the mouth with a full body and easy carbonation. Like moisturizing your mouth with lotion.

Tasty, feels awesome going in and has everything going for it. Definately better off that the 2004, though with some aging, it could be just as good.

09-21-2004 20:16:09 | More by Skidz
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2%

I Had this beer on Cask at the GBBF and I remember it being delicious, but I didnt take notes. I found it in a bottle tonight at Smokeless Joes, the best beer bar in Toronto (besides Cafe Volo that is) and since its fresh in my mind I think this review will do it more justice.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is almost pure black with ruby glints at the top and bottom of the glass. The head is light tan with modest retention. It leaves plenty of tan colored lace. The aroma is of roasted barley, hops, caramel, raisins and alcohol. The taste is very strong and rich, with massive amounts of roasted barley and coffee up front, as well as a strong hop bitterness. In the middle it lingers into rummy raisiny alcohol notes with some balancing hoppyness. The finish is less bitter than I expected, with sweet malts producing a balance. The mouthfeel is thick and somewhat oily. This beer is highly drinkable, though its ABV is evident, its overpowered by so many other flavors. The Alcohol becomes just another complimentary element. A very good Imperial Stout.

09-18-2004 02:37:08 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of skybluewater


4.63/5  rDev +13.8%

Bottled Oct. 21, 2003. Pours a thick black, with just the barest hint of red around the edge. Thick dark khaki head. Smell's like...victory! (Sorry.) Taste is bitter chocolate covered cherries. Love the mouthfeel on this and other Imperial Stouts-very coating.

If you love stouts like I do, you really must give this one a try.

09-17-2004 01:06:21 | More by skybluewater
Photo of Southernbrew


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours dark black with a small, tan head.

Rich roasted chocolate and coffee aromas blend with a weak citrus hop presence. Not an especially powerful aroma, however.

Full bodied and smooth as silk. Big roasted chocolate flavor along with espresso combine with a faint citrusness. A brief flash of alcohol comes across but it's quite minor. Roasted flavor becomes more noticable as it warms.

Supremely drinkable double stout. Delicious the whole way through and does a good job of hiding its 9% alcohol. Nice job Victory!

09-11-2004 03:32:53 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of mntlover


4.85/5  rDev +19.2%

Black midnight black brew with a nice dark brown head that lasts and leaves light lacing. Aroma is black and creamy roasted malts coffee aromas, caramel, fruity aroma with citrusy hops.Taste is so sweet and smooth roasted malt, coffee, caramel with light chocolate flavors so smooth and creamy leading to fruity flavors nice hop taste and a good bite of bitterness that stays with you. This beer is so wonderful nice rich creamy and goes down so smooth very drinkable warms the soul no alcohol presence detected its hard to believe its 9%. This is one beer that lives up to the hype it is wonderful run out and get some wish I had gotten some more there is always next time!

09-10-2004 15:53:05 | More by mntlover
Photo of BrewMaster


4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a stamed that says "bottled on Nov 04 03." The beer pours fantasticaly with a sandy brown head. This beer is so dark it does not allow light to pass through even when held up to a bright source. The head lasts and lasts as well, making it a very nice drink.

The aroma is roasty with soy sauce and chocolate in it. And the taste is out of this world. Very dark roasty malt taste with cinnamon, almond, chocolate, and a touch of sour cherry. Very complex and very good. It is no wonder this is a winter beer. It sits warm in the stomach and reminds you that you have great beer in there.

09-06-2004 21:11:22 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of MrNuggets


3.33/5  rDev -18.2%

When I opened my first bottle of this 6 months ago the hops are what got me. They got me good, I loved this beer alot. Loved it so much that I couldn't drink my other bottle. It had to be saved! What the hell was I thinking. I should have drank it then.
The hops aren't gone, but they don't catch me like they did the first time around. This beer was still great though. Just not as great as it would have been had I drank it when it was fresh. The dates and rasins are strong like before. Alcohol is masked well. But it just isn't right out the hops.
I'll make sure to review this again as soon as I get another fresh bottle.

09-01-2004 03:43:27 | More by MrNuggets
Photo of jvajda


4.03/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Very intimidating. Looks like crude oil, with a chocolate colored head.
Smell: Roasted and alcohol scents.
Taste: Big bitter, roasted malt flavors invade the mouth. This is followed with a very strong alcohol punch.
Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation and thick texture.
Drinkability: High alcohol makes this less drinkable than other stouts, but it's good none the less.

08-31-2004 14:17:02 | More by jvajda
Photo of bultrey

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

This pours an opaque, deep, dark brown, just a touch on the lighter side of black. I get fine, dark Belgian chocolate in the nose, a bittersweet symphony. There is also a distinct medicinal aroma. And there's something else around the edges -- what is that? Dark, dark fruit, almost like blueberry or raspberry pancake syrup.
First sip -- ooohhhh, this is good. I was very much expecting that medicinal aroma to overpower as it does in so many imperial stouts, but instead, it makes the briefest of apperances before quickly yielding to a dry coffee roastiness, and then trasnforming back again to that bittersweet chocolate intermingling with raisins. This is very well-balanced for a style of brew that all too often swerves out of control. Alcohol is not that noticeable. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk, if not a tad undercarbonated for my taste. But that would be a hard feat to pull off with a brew of this body.
Drinkability -- do I want another -- yes, just not right after this one. I most certainly will, however, in a brandy snifter, sitting in front of a fire, when the first frost comes. Awesome.

08-26-2004 02:21:53 | More by bultrey
Photo of DrJay


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Pitch black beer with dark copper highlights, topped with a thick, tan head that just didn't disappear. Rich, malty-sweet aroma, with chocolate and a very light roasted character. Hop aroma was a little sharp (grassy/citrus) and provided a nice balance for the malts. Decadent malty flavour, with elements of dark chocolate, licorice, caramel sweetness, all balanced by a strong hop bitterness and floral hop flavour. The finish is bittersweet maltiness which lingers at the back of the palate. Very full body, thick and viscous, medium carbonation. Smooth texture with some alcohol flavour and warming present. As the beer warmed, some wonderful dried fruit flavours emerged, almost fig- or prune-like. Absolutely amazing balance for such a powerful beer.

08-26-2004 01:14:49 | More by DrJay
Photo of stcules


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Almost black, with a beautiful brownish head.
The nose is a triumph of roasted, liquorice, bitterness, a light chocolately note. Then again cocoa, bitter herbs, coffee. Almost some woody notes.
The taste is full, soft, smooth. It goes down like velvet. Again feelings of bitterness and roasted. Liquorice everywhere, chocolately notes that rise up.
The body is full and round.
A beautiful bitter aftertaste, very good. The alcohol is very well hidden, in the taste as in the smell.
But after a while, it warms... And you can feel it.
Maybe at least not the best in drinkability, but very good.

08-25-2004 19:50:25 | More by stcules
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

This beer has all the attributes I love in a strong stout. I'm from PA so I've known this stout for a long time and it always remains close to the top of the list. Huge chocolate and roasty coffe/espresso nose balanced by piney and floral hops. Toasty malts but not too sweet. It always pours w a big milk chocolate head. Taste is sweet chocolate, raisens, and coffee, countered by pine and citrus from the hops. Hoppier and less sweet than some Imperial Stouts. Medium bodied with a soft palate. It's quite inexpensive for beer of this calibur and ages well, but it loses a lot of the hop character as it does.

08-25-2004 18:13:40 | More by AlexJ
Photo of DESTRO


4.68/5  rDev +15%

my roomate who works for an airline brought this back from a stop in new york and i will forever love him. this stuff glugs out dark as dark can get. aromas of roasted malt, sweet molasses, licorice and alcohol. sounds like a strong mix, but unlike some other motoroil stouts it does it in a welcoming gesture that is more pleasant than most. taste is alot like the nose, sweet and strong. roasted coffee beans, dark chocolates, sweet malt, a perfect hop bitterness...the works. slight alcohol tug at the end. thick and rich in the mouth, creamy and coating. this is a big beer, but what makes it so awesome is that it is so drinkable its scary. this gets a full blast zepplin "black dog" tribute and an attempt at the splits.

08-22-2004 05:15:50 | More by DESTRO
Photo of baiser


4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

Ordered this at the Volo Caffe on Yonge St.

Poured a pitch black colour, with a moderate sized head, but was solid and dense, tan coloured. Not much retention. I guess I just didn't pour hard enough.

Smelled of chocolate, espresso, slight alcohol. Roasty.

This is hands down one of the best tasting beers I've had the pleasure of drinking. Initially, there's a chocolate sweetness that swirls around in your mouth. Then a sharp bitterness swooshes by, and it tastes like a sweet espresso. The hop bitterness is intense. Also, there was a slight ginger flavour in the after taste. There's just so much going on but different flavours peak at different times.

Mouthfeel is so damn smooth and creamy. You don't really feel the alcohol, until maybe after you finish the bottle.

I could drink this all night. Probably the best beer, not just imperial stouts, that I've had ever. I wish they sold this stuff here in Canada.

08-14-2004 04:17:22 | More by baiser
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Sampled 11aug2004, bottle date 20jan2004

Black as night, with small café-au-lait head that sprang back to life after a few swirls.
Smells hoppy, with plenty of roasted malt, light smoke and a faint of sweetness, sort of prune and/or anise.
The hoppiness and malt shine through at first in the taste, and a huge bitter dark chocolate finish. This Beer looks like used motor oil and coats the mouth just like it. Awesome body, really thick, like melted Valrhona.
That 9% ABV is nowhere to be found at first, and only appears in the aroma near the end of the pint. Surprisingly drinkable, even in the summer.

08-12-2004 22:56:13 | More by Goldorak
Photo of oxmasterscream

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +19.9%

This beer is unbelievable. Period. As others have mentioned, the price just seals the deal.

Appearance: Poured like a really dark espresso, with just a small tan head, which eventually became a tiny ring around the glass. If I angled the glass correctly, I could see a faint ruby brown glow at the bottom of the glass. It was beautiful.

Smell: A nice combination of burnt, sweet and spicy, with an emphasis on sweet especially as it warmed... hops, burnt malts, dark chocolate, raisins. I couldn't wait to taste it.

Taste: Sweet and spicy with a very mild and enjoyable, bitter and drying aftertaste. Tastes of raisins, prunes, molasses, and burnt sugar. As it warmed, it got sweeter and more tart. It left a nice tang on the back and sides of my tongue. Major Cascade grapefruitiness in the finish later in the glass. The alcohol, as with other big beers, began revealing itself about halfway through the glass.

Mouthfeel: Nirvana. It's full-bodied, silky, smooth, creamy and luscious. Feels like a cafe latte with bubbles.

Drinkability: For an imperial stout, to date, it's my most drinkable. I've had others that seem to get tougher to handle as you get closer to the end of the glass (e.g. Rogue Imperial Stout). Storm King doesn't seem to concentrate all of its energy so much on all things burnt; instead it seems to cater to the sweet tooth. It's like drinking sophisticated candy. My favorite to date.

<note: Just had a fresh bottle (dated 10/20/04), roughly one week old and it's much hoppier than I remember. My original review was of a bottle aged for at least 6-9 months. The hoppiness really mellows out with some aging. I think it's the way to go with this beer to get the most out of it. I don't think I'd give it a 5 for taste had I reviewed it fresh.>

08-06-2004 11:03:51 | More by oxmasterscream
Photo of MattFrenzy


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

I'm starting to love Victory Brewing Company more and more. This sealed the deal. Pours like motor oil, but darker. Photons enter, but none emerge. Taste is hops and spice, burnt coffee and chocolate but still very drinkable. Aftertaste of hops lingers for a while. This beer goes exceptionally well with spicy food, not something I usually do with a stout. Highly recommended, this is not only what a stout should be, but what a beer should be. Hunt it down.

08-06-2004 04:20:22 | More by MattFrenzy
Photo of sacfly


4.72/5  rDev +16%

Big, persistent, tan head. Sweet coffee and light chocolate smell. Opaque, dark brown.

Wow. Great burnt, dry flavor. Just a hint of sweetness that disappears into dry burnt grains. Bitter, pleasing aftertaste. No detection of alcohol at first. Toward the end of the glass, I do notice a very slight alcohol aftertaste. I would have never guessed 9.1% ABV.

This one goes to the top of my Imperial Stout list! A great buy for the money. I paid $8.99 for a six pack.

08-05-2004 15:03:05 | More by sacfly
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,890 ratings.