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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,374 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,374
Reviews: 2,561
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 175
Gots: 601 | 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 drseamus
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours jet black with a very thick mocha colored head. The head hangs around for a long time and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. I get a bunch of coffee aromas off of this beer with some malt in there too. The flavor is a lot smoother than I would have expected, especially for a RIS. It has a very roasty flavor with some sweetness from the malt. That sweetness is balanced by the bitterness of the hops. It is a good full bodied beer and all things considered, a good beer.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours super dark black with a small 1/4" head of tight tan bubbles. The beer has quite a few bubbles rising, but this doesn't maintain the head. The head falls within about 30 seconds to end up as a small ring around the top of the glass. Later the beer looked pretty still.

Aroma: Wow! I get clean chocolate malt along with some roast and a good dose of floral hops in the mix, and this is only the first sniff. There is some serious alcoholic notes coming out as both spice and a oxidative plum-like effect from the malt. As you swirl the beer, there is some alcohol as well as a good bit of fruitiness, but the beer doesn't have an overly acidic edge as some Russian Imperial Stouts do.

Taste: The flavor doesn't hide the strength as it gives you a warming effect pretty much right away. There is a good bit of roast as well as some toasty notes in there, but the alcohol is probably the biggest player here. There is a bunch of hops in this beer. They come across as lending a dry bitter edge to the finish as well as a bouquet of floral flavors that fade in and out throughout the flavor profile. After the hops get through, there is some alcohol that warms up the finish and stays a contender long into the finish.

Opinion: This is an excellent beer, and I am so glad that it is available in the Houston area...at least for now. This beer has complexity and balance so that it is pleasing to the palate at just about every turn. It is very difficult to come up with any flaw in this beer. If you were to twist my arm, I would probably think that the hops should play a bit smaller role and that some toasty malts should take its place...other than this, I have nothing to contribute and I would drink this beer just about any time the opportunity presented itself.

Photo of Damian
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Bottle label read "Enjoy by Jan 02 12"

Poured a thick, translucent, pitch black with no head but rather a thin, bubbly, coffee-colored film of lace that quickly disappeared.

Aroma was mellow and smooth, and quite subdued initially. Roasted malts, coffee ground and some dark chocolate were noticeable. A touch of crisp hops hid in the background. As the beer warmed, the aroma changed drastically. Oaky and boozy notes became progressively stronger, as the nose took on an almost bourbon-like quality.

Taste was bold, intense and super hoppy (even for an imperial stout). Some roasted malts were present up front before the hops took over. Charred and burnt flavors became noticeable mid-palate but they were quickly overshadowed by the hops. The hops crescendoed into the incredibly long-lasting, intensely minty and piney finish. (After every sip, I felt like I had just brushed my teeth.) Alcohol was remarkably subdued at 9.1% ABV.

Mouthfeel was huge, thick, viscous and chewy with a spritzy effervescence to liven things up. The liquid coated my palate like a blanket.

Overall, this beer was somewhat of a challenge to drink. The mix of charred malts and astringent, bitter hops was a bit overwhelming. I felt like the beer could have benefited from more balance, preferably by means of sweeter, richer and more intense malt flavors.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
This particular bottle was bottled on October 12, 2005.

Appearance: Poured very dark. Hardly any light shines through. Had a very small head.

Smell: Coffee, Toasted Malt, and sweetness. Slight hop aroma.

Taste: Starts with a coffee like tastes and slight hint of hops. Finishes very sweet but not too sweet. The hops of blended well into this beer as it as aged and compliment the sweetness very nice now. This beer aged great and I wish I had some more from this bottle date.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but thick Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable after being aged. I could have a few of these in a sitting

Great beer to age. It only gets better with time. Great job Victory!!!

Photo of beersarang
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a beer festival,

Poured a near black with deep tan head that left generous lacing. Did not appear as syrupy as some Imperial stouts can be.

Coffee and chocolate aromas come in strong, jump out of glass. Alcohol plays with chocolate, very pleasant, true to style.

A deep sip brings a firm malt character that fades into bitterness from both the hops and the coffee character. Finishes with chocolate and sweet alcohol. Wonderful.

Medium bodied but gives a definite creamy sensation. Excellent mouthfeel without the slick alcohol.

Very drinkable, and very dangerous.

A solid and one of the best Imperial stouts.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown color (almost a jet black) with a thick and creamy two finger head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Mostly smells of espresso and dark chocolate. After swirling, a nice malty aroma emerged along with toasted nuts and a smoky smell. After really digging around, a faint hop smell shines through.

Taste: Mostly tastes of coffee or espresso and dark chocolate. It actually has a creamy taste to it, which really adds something for me. It does have a slight bit of a toasty or smoked taste. Nice malt presence. Again, hops are faint.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. But, it's very creamy and smooth. At 9%, it's very easy to drink. Too easy. Alcohol is masked extremely well. Overall, this is a very, very good imperial stout. Highly recommended.

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

Finally found this gem at Andersons in Columbus. Vigorously poured, that created an 8 inch (no lie) creamy mocha brown head that cascaded into a jet black liquid with a caramel light shinning through. The head left an excellent amount of sticky lace all over the glass. The strong scent of coffee comes screaming at you with a nice blend of dark bread and roasted caramel in the middle. I could also make out vanilla, molasses and alcohol. The initial taste was malty sweet with a long dark chocolate and espresso coffee bitter aftertaste. Aside being rich and smooth, the body felt medium to full with a creamy almost syrupy texture, soft carbonated and slight alcohol bite to warm the body. Overall, this brew rocks. Enjoy

Photo of techdiver
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dense brownish black with nice two finger head that leaves nice lacing behind.

Not much nose to it. What's there is usual roasted malt with hints of coffee and licorice.

Taste is right up there with Expedition, and Stone. Well balanced with just the right touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is so smooth and carbonation enough to add crispness that makes it feel lighter.

Drinkability quite good as well, probably the most drinkable IRS I've had.

Photo of TexIndy
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date on the front label. It was a solid black with a thick brownish head that stuck around for a long time before settling to a thin foam. The smell was very weak and without any dominant trait. Even the dark malts were muted. The taste was good but nothing stellar. It had a pretty bitter end that kept my score down. It's my first RIS so maybe that's the style but missed the mark for me. (3,RB,ML,O)

Photo of Redwood21
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: awesome jet black color with a coffee colored head. The head seems to stick around and is forthy.

S: There is an aroma to this beer? could have fooled me. usually stouts are more fragrant, this one is lacking in that regard. It seems to have a slight coffee chocolate aroma, but so faint its hard to pinpoint.

T: Reminds me a bit of anchor porter. smooth slighty coffee, chocolate. not sure, very nice though. The higher alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but not as much as one might think.

M: Very creamy nice, a little drying of the room of my mouth, but nice regardless

D: One of the most "drinkable" stouts ive tried. very easy to consume considering the abv. If you like stouts this is a winner.

Photo of udubdawg
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 2011 - I think it's still safe.

Pours black with an impressive but not lingering dark brown head. Nice lacing throughout.

Nose ranks well behind the taste, but what there is is full of coffee, heavy roasty malt notes, and liquorice. Just a suggestion of the hop bitterness to follow.

Nice taste. The bitterness is notable right away, but perhaps this is because it isn't everyday you see this. Behind the loads of dark roast coffee and chocolate richness, besides the hint of vanilla, is a lot of residual sweetness - almost fruity. No, not almost - it IS fruity...berry? More big sweet coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. This'll be with me a while.

Really nice full mouthfeel with a wicked smoothless. Carbonation on the low side. Alcohol warming, but not unpleasantly so.

Quite drinkable for the strength, but if fresh I'll stop at one. Let it age a year and I'm likely to have more.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle with a label indicating enjoy by nov. 1st, 2011... Into a snifter.

Appearance: pours a pittch black with a respectable 2 finger burnt orange colored head that sticks to the glass well.

Smell: Sweet smells of chocolate, toffe and espresso. Also of leather

Taste: Wow, and to think i made a car bomb out of this in total ignorance. (which was fantastic tho by the way) taste of bitter sweet chocolate, roast espresso beans and a definite hop presence that is superbly balance by a very strong malt. Lingering taste of burnt sugar and almost a tannic flavor.

Mouthfeel: I would rate this as somewhere between light and medium bodied and it certainly coats your mouth with flavors of roast espresso and burnt sugar

Drinkability: I rated this lowest of all for the burnt linger flavors and high alcohol content tend to push this one out of the realm of a "session beer"

Overall: Truely an excellent beer from Victory and a frequent in my fridge. If you like stouts or even if you don't, u gotta try this!

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. Home.

A: Pours a thick, syrupy pitch black liquid with a tan head. Slow cascade as it settles in the glass. The head is only about one finger thick and settles pretty quickly. Little lace down the side of the glass, but doesn’t hang around long .
S: Some mild hop aroma with a little nutty grain. Nothing significant really jumps out at you.
T: Delicious. Tastes like my coffee on steroids. Lots of roasted coffee/espresso flavors with a pretty strong bitter hop balance. Some malt sweetness comes through, with some fruity blackberry tones, with some charcoal, earthy, grain notes and dark chocolate bitterness as well. Finishes with a nice alcohol glow. Long after the sip, the hops linger in the mouth with a notable bitterness.
M: Very low carbonation. Thick but not overly viscous.
D: Very, and with all the complex flavors it’s required to have more than one to see everything that’s happening in this beer.

Very good stout. Great for a cold, winter night.

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

Ah, my first review and first craft beer in some 30 days. Excellent.

Appearance: Pours with a quarter-finger's worth of tan head, which is milky in its bubble pattering. Settles into a surface haze of the same color. Lacing is a fine mist-like thing, with spots covering the sides of the glass. Not particularly impressive, but it gets points for a) existing and b) being consistent throughout each swirl. The body is a rather uninspiring shade of stout dark brownish black, which is not particularly solid given how large of an RIS this is supposed to be.

Smell: Deep boozy dark fruits, including plums, raisins, along with notes of bread, some mild oakiness but a more general undefinable woodsiness. Dark chocolates pervade the chocolate profile, with some bittersweet and hints of smoothness suggesting milk varieties. Dried cranberries, some grape and apple qualities. Alcohol, which is very present, at least in the nose, but does not, remarkably, overpower the individual aromas. I detect little in the way of coffee or espresso in this nose, personally. It's there, in a bitter sharpness on the back end, but it's a bit of a reach, in my opinion.

Taste: Wow, this is a bad ass stout. I was wondering when I would taste the hop flavors others were noticing, and there they are. Deep bitter orange rind and lemon zest with a bisection of pine. Just absolutely bitter on the tongue. There the espresso shines through, the bitterness registering more on that scale than on the hops IBU variety. Additionally, the back end reveals more of this. Absolutely delicious flavor, like an Italian espresso or Turkish coffee it's so strong. Very bitter dark chocolate. A little dried raisin and cranberry on the upswing. This is a very powerful stout with better balance than other stouts in its "weight class," so to speak, but it still manages to miss the balance mark ever so slightly, I think.

Mouthfeel: Thick and bitter, with a fair amount of carbonation. Liqeur-like almost.

Drinkability: A definite sipper.

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

Presentation: c.2004 11oz bottle (Bottled date of 12/23/04) cellared in my possession for 2 years, in a classic conical pint glass

Before the review, a little story:

In March of 2005 I joined BA. During that month I went to Philadelphia for software training. On my way back I stopped at Victory and bought six 6 packs of various Victory beers plus a few wiretops. The Storm King I am about to enjoy and post as my 199th review is the lone remaining survivor of those original 36 beers. It has been cellared for 2 years, plus survived trips from Philly to Western PA, then to midcoast Maine. Its time...

Poured thick but not viscous, slick, oily. Nose is still hopped very nicely, sticky pine resin, warming alcohol, soft grapefruit, warm raisins. After resting & opening, faint, dull malts are noticeable, slightly mineral, lukewarm leftover coffee and even leathery tannins, the citrus fruits ripen and sweeten as the hops fade some. Head, even after all this time and the inherent high ABV, did not disappoint as it was a beautiful 2 fingers of tight, various sized latte hued foam that lasted for minutes before settling to a 1/8" covering that laced nicely in rings, very sticky. After a while it reduces to just a glass ring and sporadic lacing.

Color is almost black. Imagine the darkest blood red rose you've ever seen, and now imagine trying to see it by moonlight and thats close to what the glass edges barely review. Interior is opaque & black in a good mood, uber dark burnt umber.

Oh, this is nice. The hops have taken on a lovely grapefruited-citrus, oily, sticky quality. The tangy bite (not obnoxious but definitely demanding attention) rides over a pleasing, warm raisin quality. I can tell after one taste this is going to require, ney, demand a slow sipping session....cool. Mild bitter coffee tones are also present on the tongue, but the oily, citrused hops are the star. As it warms on the palate the hops give way to a very pleasing black coffee & milk chocolate taste (not mocha, but both noticeable and unique) that is welcomingly creamy and almost dairy like.

With some more blooming the initial citrusy hops become sweeter, amazing qualities of warm semi-sweet apple (Macintosh), overripe apricot, but in very hushed tones. The palate continues to get creamier and sweeter with chocolate, earthy malts, even some nuts.

The finish is odd yet nice - a wet, slightly syrupy, hand in hand joining of the initial oily hops and the semi-sweet, creamy chocolate palate. The sensation is unusual yet pleasing (chocolate & citrus go surprisingly well together). Aside from the alcoholic echoes each swallow induces into my sinus cavities, its a pleasing, very warm, coating and chewy bittersweet sheen covering my entire mouth. A final comment is some noticeable sediment on the glass bottom.

Very unusual & very enjoyable. Its amazing after 2 years the hop profile remains such a dominant role, but its evolution into the oily, citrus style is very nice. Cellaring certainly didn't hurt this in the least, and I am very curious as to how it would handle longer cellaring periods. Based on this one I feel pretty confident it could go 3-5 no problem, and it would be interesting to see how long before the hops do tone down to really allow other flavors to shine. A fine Imperial Stout, and excellent candidate for long term cellaring.

Photo of cichief
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased six-pack of this.

A- It poured jet black, with a half inch of brown foam. It poured as if was quite thick.

S- It smelled of roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate.

T- It explodes in the mouth, tastes of coffee and citrus. Surprisingly, no alcohol burn for a beer of this strength.

M- Very smooth, it covers the tongue and engulfs the mouth, almost perfect.

D- This beer, with the alcohol strength, could be dangerous, it is so tasty.

In the past week I have ran a mini taste session of Imperial Stouts, Old Rasputin, Brooklyn Black Chocolate, and finally, Storm King. I would say, Storm King is the winner, with Brooklyn second, and Old Rasputin third. I will seek out a few more to add to the next tasting.

Photo of karengarys
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours darker than the oil in my car (changed every 30,000 if it needs it or not...). Leaves little head. I predict this is a thick brew....

Smells malty with a bit of citrus...

Taste is rather... interesting... Grapefruit peel, malts, molasses, and a bit of an edgy thinner like flavor - alcohol I take it, but it is a bit sharp.

Mouthfeel is amazing for a beer like this - creamy.

Finish is clean, leaving a touch of that thinner-like flavor I didn't like in the taste.

This is a quite drinkable beer. It hides the alcohol flavor TOO well. I recommend giving this a try!

Photo of session1979
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - Glass was a Ridel brandy snifter.

Appearance: Black as the night sky with a nice dark 2 finger head.

Nose: Wonderful roasted malt, some espresso/coffee, a little touch of hops. Aroma really developed closer to room temp.

Taste: Big roasted malt, bread, followed with some hops. Dark chocolate and espresso on the beautifully long finish. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Very nice mouth, medium thickness, nice creamy texture. Very nice carbonation level, not overdone.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style. Don't be surprised if you have a few..

Overall: This is one of the best, if not the best "6 pack" stouts I have found to date. I always keep this on hand. Great beer!

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

Pours black as coal, the body is too dark to allow any light through. A decent two finger head much like espresso crema formed on a standard pour. A fine yet full ring of lacings rings the glass, the lacings are slightly sticky and cling forming a web like pattern.

A good amount of grapefruit and other citrus evident from the hops, dominating the nose of this brew. Creamy nuts, chocolate, some espresso, and a strong roasted character with anise and smoke present.

Tasting does this brew more justice than the nose alone, as some of the flavours hidden by big juicy hop aromas reveal themselves, along with the depth and character of this brew. Somewhat strong hints of anise and smokey roastiness, mochaccino, and some nutty treacle quickly morph into the more bitter west coast grapefruit hop bitterness, as well as a more floral and earthy hop character.

This is a big, full bodied stout and is all around rich, from its malts, roasted character, and its hop bite. The hops really manage to assert themselves, even through the rich malt backbone. The grapefruit hoppiness blends nicely with the roastiness, exaggerating the flavour of anise, as well as providing an almost lingering hop bitterness.

Very enjoyable and drinkable for such a big brew. The PNW hops work great with this stout. Perfect for a cool wintry night, or for calling the first thunderstorms of the year on the first night of spring as i did last night. Would recommend familiarity and appreciation of IPAs and RISs before taking on this storm, with its bold depth of flavour. Will gladly drink this one again.

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

A - Totally black, a slight hint of amber/ tan at the bottom when held up directly to a lightbulb. Pours with a small, but very dense, dark khaki head. Head retention is good for a high alcohol beer, drops down to a thick film and leaves behind dense laceing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, roast malt. Biscuity aroma, really smells of baked goods and dark chocolate.

T - Sweet, dry chocolate flavor, with a smooth, velvety hop finish. Malty, bready caramel, and an odd minty note.

M - Smooth, thick, and maby just a little bit oily. The body on this beer is close to perfect for an imperial stout.

D - Despite being an intense and interesting beer, this may be the most drinkable imperial stout I have ever had. The heavy hopping gives it a little harsh bitternes, but it is necissary to balance the flavors and it works perfectly to bring out the intense dark chocolate flavors.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoy by Jan 24 12.., 2012? There'd be enough alcohol.

Black. Nice brown foamy head.

Sweet dark malty brew, but fairly light. Hop: floral, herbal. Malt: dark, sweet, roasted chocolate/coffee, rich.

Comes off as rich, dark, and thick. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth. Hop: tart, floral, mild herbal/citric, medium bitterness. Malt: dark ripe fruits, roasted chocolate, espresso, toasty sweet. Alcohol notes and roasted barley woody edge. Creamy raisin, full espresso, dark chocolate flavors develop. Significant bitterness. Finishes fairly clean, yet dry, tart, and bitter like semisweet chocolate.

Crazy smooth, I could suck 3-4 of these down.. ;-). Dark as promised. Pretty tasty.

Photo of kpantz
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: Victory brewers are masters at their craft, and you need look no further than Storm King as solid evidence. Not only is the Storm King an imposing imperial stout ("imposing" is a requirement in my book)...it is a flavorful, quite drinkable adventure that makes it one of the few in this style that could pass for a session beer.

Appearance: Pours a viciously opaque deep brown/black into my tulip. Fluffy tan head, resting at about a finger thick. Nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, molasses, licorice.

Taste: Deeply roasted malts with some associated sweetness give way to a slightly acidic coffee flavor, followed quickly by a nice hop flavor and associated bitterness. No noticeable alcohol flavors, even as it approaches room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Not as chewy as I remember previous incarnations, but pretty thick in its own right. Slightly sticky as it warms, with a lively but not overbearing carbonation level. Very, very smooth.

Drinkability: Highly, highly drinkable for an impy stout. Good balance of malt, hops and adjuncts make this an interesting brew to play with to see what new flavors you can discern. 9+% ABV is well hidden in this one, so be wary - it can sneak up on you.

Photo of geographie
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

not a very robust opening, head is difficult to conjure up, but but is a rich tan one that leaves a nice wall on the sides of the the glass. Dark dark, but light is still penetrable through my 4oz taster (might not through a pint glass or otherwise), shining a deep ruby red.

a blueberry, mild roast. Even at 54 degrees, the aromas are very faint.

taste is sour, sweet and awesomely bitter. A creamy liquor aftertaste. The mouthfeel is quite nice, adequately sudsy and feels slick to the tongue. Very simple flavors carried nicely by the beer's thickness. Mostly dark roasted coffee, Has an excellent warming sensation - super smooth. This beer masks its abv remarkably well.

Wow. good beer. and for a russian imperial - this is highly drinkable. Could be dangerous, but my store only sells these by the individual bottle.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a gorgeous dark, near-black into my pint glass. There was minimal head present when I received my glass from the bartender.

Smell: The bar was crowded and smoky but the beer still persevered through the smell and the roasted chocolate and coffee. There seemed to be some faint dark fruits present as well, but they were hard to distinguish.

Taste: The chocolate and dark fruits explode in the mouth. The cofee presence helps balance the alcohol across the palate and it finish with a nice hop bitterness. The aftertase seems to be of some bakers chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as one would expect but with enough depth to coat your mouth with flavors.

Drinkability: I ended up drinking a couple of these at the bar tonight to the detriment of my sobriety, but I couldn't help myself.

Photo of kajerm
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a thin, dark tan head and a little lacing. There is no way in hell that a single photon is passing this monstrous black gravity well of a beer.

The nose is alcohol and strangely astringent hops. This is going to be interesting...

Very tasty beer, very poor style example. It tastes dry, shockingly hoppy with some phenolic character-- unusual to say the least. There is a solid dark malt backbone that sits in the background owing to the powerful hop flavor. There's some very slight mid-palate biscuity flavor; so slight that I might be hallucinating it. Finishes strong, with hop bitterness. Not what I expected from an imperial stout, but holy shit, it is delicious.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and carbonated, but it's somehow fitting for the beer, especially given the strong hop character.

There are about a thousand reviews of "dangerously drinkable" beers. At 9.1% ABV, this beer borders on a date rape drug in its drinkability.

RERATE: Apparently this review was written back when I valued style over substance. The truth is, this review liked the beer way more than I did-- it actually turned me off hoppy stouts until Darkness came along and rocked my palate. I saved a bottle for over a year now with one, and only one purpose in mind-- ruthlessly kill all the hops in this beer. So down to business.

The aroma tells me one thing-- I succeeded. It's coffee, chocolatey, and sort of musty with a heavy background of dark malts. No lupulin in evidence. Flavor profile opens up malty, and finishes a bit more astringent than I would have liked, but nowhere near, say, Old Rasputin or Nogne Ø. Every flavor has mellowed out nicely-- this beer tastes like an imperial stout that has gone into retirement. It's not bad at all, and pretty drinkable. My main gripe would be with the body, which is closer to beer than molasses-- not what I look for in my impies.

This isn't going to become my favorite beer anytime soon, but if I ever happen to get a hold of more, now I know what to do-- lay it down.

(Damn, I'm a wordy bastard today.)

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,374 ratings.