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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,047 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 5,047
Reviews: 2,507
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 150
Gots: 472 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with a mocha colored 1/4 inch frothy head. Some fine lacing. Smells of rich roasted barley and definitely some alcohol in the nose.

Taste just explodes on the tongue. Roasted malt, smoky. Bitter coffee underpinned with light cigar smoke. Some alcohol warming and lightly chocolately. Mouth is rich, long bitter smokiness int he finish. A definite coffee aftertaste. Really good stuff. A nice afterdinner sipper. I like my stouts to have that roasty bittereness to them and this one delivers as a nice counterbalance to the sweetness.

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard a lot of good things about this beer, and I tend to like Victory's offerings. Bought this last week with a lot of anticipation in mind, and for me...this was quite interesting, to say the least!

Beer poured amazingly well. Nice and dark, smooth, and over two finger's worth of head. It nearly overflowed from my pint glass! The lacing on the side is reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and every sip got better and better as it warmed up. Lots of hop bitterness, but there isn't a single flavor that dominates. Notes of espresso, chocolate, currant, cherries, and licorice can be found here, and contrary to what some people said on here, the 9.1% ABV can very subtly be tasted, but it does not detract from the flavor or the overall ambiance of this brew.

This was a good beer, but I have had, in my opinion, better stouts. Still, one could not go wrong drinking what is arguably Victory's greatest concoction, although I would not recommend this as an introductory stout. Instead, I would warm people up on less complex versions of this style and then bring them to this. It would be well worth the wait and quite the reward for the experienced stout drinker...

JerzDevl2000, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black as night, with an enormous, thick, brown layer of foam. Quite possibly one of the best looking beers I've ever poured. The tan bubbles of carbonation look magnificent rising along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of sweet roasted malts and subtle hops. A touch of bittersweet chocolate and coffee top it off.

The flavor is much more complex than the nose leads on. It has all the characteristics of the smell, along with honey, espresso, nuts, black licorice, and maybe a touch of cherries or other fruits in the finish. Very nicely balanced beer. No single flavor jumps out and dominates the beer, which I feel happens all too often.

The mouthfeel is terrifficly full and heavy-bodied with supreme smoothness for its style and high abv. Very smooth.

Drinkability is great. It would be real easy to down these in a hurry without noticing its high alcohol content. Very nice beer. I really cant say enough good things about it. Just try it!

jasonpeckins32, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of gotbeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this one. The bottle reviewed was brewed in Nov. 2005.

My favorite memory of this brew was truly historical. I was drinking Storm King on the night of a full moon when the Red Sox ended an 86 year old curse. I literally had one in my hand when Keith Foulke flipped the ball to Doug M. for the final out in Game 4 versus the Cards. I now believe this beer to have some sort of special powers as drinking a lesser brew probably would have allowed the Sox to have a historical collapse.

Anyway, the smell of this beer is not overwhelming. It doesn't set you up for what you are in for. Some roasty malt smell and that's about it. The beer pours black as night with a dark colored head that fades somewhat quickly.

The taste blows you away. The mouthfeel is thick and syrup like. Cherries, coffee, roasted malt, and a bite of hops and alcohol on the tail. Incredible complexity and flavors.

The drinkablity would be high based simply on taste. Of course if you can put away a few of a beer with this ABV you have a higher tolerance than I want to know about.

This is truly a world class beer, and one of the best stouts out there. I also believe it helped the Sox win the World Series. Cubs fans everywhere should be buying this stuff by the case.

gotbeer, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of kaimcm
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

05 bottle

A: totally opaque black body, bubbly creamy off white head with a tinge of brown mustard sorta yellow.

S: easily the weak point of this beer. roasty toasty malt, a hint of coffee, a little sweet. not much going on in the nose.

T: Sugar, licorice, with a dry and hoppy finish. Roasted malt body holds up chocolate, coffee, what I think is vanilla, some dark fruit thats reminiscent of a beglain strong dark. Body is medium, finish is dry with traces of tobacco.

M: Super creamy and luscious. This beer is like a melted malted milkshake in your mouth. Just delicious and one of my favorite aspects.

D: A nightcap sorta brew for me, though not as thick and heavy as other imperials. Great to have in the fridge and enjoy on these snowy New England nights.

First big snow storm of the season this year, first bottle of Storm King of the season. Great match!

kaimcm, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An IPA masquerading as a stout; a stout as an IPA? This beer both amazed and disappointed me. The smell was quite herbal, a cross between raw cookie dough and wood stain, the first sips were undrinkably thru the roof hoppy.The mellowing came and the consistency turned into sweet grape soda. Then it taste like drinking coffee out of an oak cup.

I am not knocking this beer by rating it just around four- but the hops are just too damn much for what I consider a stout. Even a double american stout; not that i wouldn't enjoy throwing a few of these back now and then. Cheers.

andjusticeforale, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of HogHill
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Colonial. Poured into a Stone Russian Imperial stout glass.

Appearnce: dark brown, not quite black. A short tan head is reduced to lace in moments.

Aroma: roasted malts, a burntness as well coupled with some chocolate.

Taste: Very malty, definitely has that burnt roasty flavor. Feels substantial to the palette, low carbonation. It has a significant bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability: A very good Imp. stout to sip and enjoy over some time, let this one warm up too.

HogHill, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Muddy brown body with a tan head and a blanket of lacing

Smell: Both the roasted malt and fruity hops are present on the nose

Taste: Rich and malty dark chocolate flavor with the fruity hops making an early appearance and building through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied with plenty of alcohol

Drinkability: Massively complex and very well-balanced

brentk56, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a thick black with a reasonable dirty tan head. The foam breaks down very quickly and leaves no collar or lacing on the glass.

The nose is quite nice - some very deep roasted grains with just a touch of toffee and vanilla. Perhaps a suggestion of hops but nothing prominent in the nose. There are, however, hops in the flavor. Still in the background but some reasonably aggressive bitter resinous notes that help dry out the stout nicely. Primary flavors are roasted coffee notes just this side of burnt toast with no hints of sweetness or chocolate to be found. I trust the label when they say there's 9.1 % ABV in there but no sweet alcohol flavors and no burn at all. (Plenty of evidence when I stand up though!)

Mouthfeel is good. Surprisingly light bodied with minimal carbonation - where the bubbles might clear the palate the job is instead left to the bitter malts and the noticable hop character. No oily residue and a pleasantly clean, dry finish.

Overall rather disappointing. Even if I disregard the high esteem this beer is held in I'd have only rated it a middling Imperial Stout. It's okay for a dry stout but frankly Black Hart has a much more interesting, aggressive hop profile. It doesn't compare well to the sweeter Imperials (Rasputin, Black Bear, Fat Dog, Yeti) so that just leaves a good but unexciting stout.

RedwoodGeorge, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of nortmand
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, with some white head. Very, very black.

Some roast notes, supported by a nice chocolatey yaest presence.

Huge roast flavor all around. Sweet chocolate till the bitter end.

Full bodied and smooth, this makes for a huge, delicious drinking beer. Another winner from Victory.

nortmand, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap today right form the source, sitting at Victory's Brewpub, and it was fantastic.
Appearance:
When the waitress brought it to the table it looked jet-black. Tipping the beer in the glass is the only way to make it look any less then midnight black. It is completely opaque. Absolutely no light getting through this beer. I did not get to see the head on it this time because (as I said) I was waiting on a waitress and by the time it got to me the head was gone. However I have had this beer a number of times and as I recall there is usually a moderate head.

Smell:
The aroma is not at all an overpowering one (a bit subtle for a Stout) but there is a noticeable bitterness combined with the sent of coffee makes me want to have this with my breakfast. After the coffee aroma I get a bit of chocolate and dark fruit buried in a bit of alcohol dangling in my nose.

Taste:
Instantly I think of classic roast coffee, followed quickly by a thought of black espresso as I swallow. (it must be the semi-bitter) Then I notice the chocolate, but not a sweet chocolate taste maybe more of a dark semi-bitter chocolate. It is hard to describe this flavor. It does give you a lot to think about, yet it is easy drinking. For a Stout, this is not an overly sweet beer. It has just the right amount of hops and bitter to be able to notice them but not to be overwhelmed by it either. I really enjoy this taste.

Mouthfeel:
The mouthfeel is full; very full, but not heavy and chewy. The carbonation is just enough to lighten the dark thick flavor and leave you with a very pleasant feeling on your tongue.

Drinkability:
DANGEROUS! For a Stout this does go down remarkably easily. I have taken a Growler home and ... well I'll just say I got hurt! ;) So be careful. You do NOT feel the 9.1% ABV until ... later. After a few of these though, it does start to sit heavy in your stomach so don't plan on it for all night drinking. Enjoy!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

BTW {additional notes: This is a beer that is definitely best on tap or growler. The bottles for some reason seem to have a little less of the same smooth creamy feel as it does on-tap. Also, although it is the same beer, it seems to have a stronger hop characteristic in the bottle. Point, I recommend visiting Victory if you get the chance.}

Phatz, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black hue topped by a good two fingers of creamy brown head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is primarily of piney, spicy hops, with undertones of rich chocolate malt and a whiff of alcohol. Some notes of hearty bread and mocha are also to be found. Palate is rich, complex, and well-balanced between the boatloads of spicy aromatic hops and the rich, assertive chocolate malt. A slightly sweet biscuit character emerges right up front, but fades quickly. Notes of coffee and dried plums linger on the finish. Body is rich and creamy, yet leaves a relatively dry finish. One of the best American stouts I've tasted.

ElGordo, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this in the beer store by my parents' house in Maryland. I like Victory so I had to snatch it up.

I'd say the most pleasant aspect of this beer is its big hop character. In most cases it seems that your Double/Imperial Stouts feature huge malt and alcohol that totally dwarf their hop profiles. Well Victory found a way to showcase all three without the beer falling out of balance. As a hop lover, I was most pleasantly surprised by this. Furthermore, I found Storm King to be much more drinkable than many of its peers. Lots of beers in this style have so much (dark) malt that they coat your palate and are hard to enjoy more than one or two at a time. I won't say that Storm King had a thin mouthfeel by any means, but for a Double Stout, it comes darn close to being downright refreshing.

BA indicates this is a top 5 beer. I'm not quite sure where it fits in the global echelon but this is a very very very excellent beer and to date probably the best Big Stout I've had.

VoodooBrew, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This sample was bottled Sep 27, 2005 and sampled at cellar temperature.

Pours a jet black beer with a TALL brown head that almost overflows the glass.

Smell is a little sweet with a powerful load of hops that would do a hardcore Double IPA justice, but this isn't any IPA. Notable alcohol vapors accentuate the spicy smell of the hops, only lack of complexity keep this from getting a 5. Lesser scents of coffee and chocolate sneak past the hops but this is a hop heavy beer.

Taste is thick creamy chocolate and coffee with a vanilla aftertaste to begin with. Sour and bitter flavors develop next mostly from the dark roasted malts, but the oak aftertaste is all from hops. Pleasant stomach warming appears rather quickly just to let you know this is stronger than it tastes, alcohol is completely hidden in the flavor. The sour flavors soon develop in to the sour wine like snap you get from a good Latin American coffee served black. This is quite an interesting stout emphasizing a different take on the style; tart black coffee not roasted to death in the Italian style. This is more like a pre-yuppie cup of black coffee with no pretensions on being European this or that; this is American.

Mouthfeel is good, but not thick.

Quite a drinkable strong beer here. I do recommend this to anyone who likes stouts, as this is both good and unique.
I suggest that you try this instead of a cup of coffee some morning when you don't have to travel anywhere.

Zorro, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of Winter
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #400.

Victory has come to Wisconsin and the arrival of Storm King was the one from the line that I was looking forward to finding most and finally being able to try. I had already sampled Hop Devil, Golden Monkey and Old Horizonal after finding them in Chicago a few years ago, but it was Storm King that elluded me until now.

A thick brown head sits atop a body that's as black as a moonless, starless night sky. Aroma of expresso, cream, sweet cocoa with hints of dark fruit and alcohol. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and luscious. Introductory flavors of sinful dark chocolate and burnt malt. Expresso coffee and cocoa follow. Assertive (but balanced) hop bitterness towards the back sets this apart from most other Imperial stouts. The 9.1% alcohol is barely detectable which makes this an even more dubious offering. One of the best, for certain.

Winter, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definately a long-awaited beer, bottled on 10/31/05: Pours a completely opaque black (almost like a black hole) with a moderate tan head that retains well for a nearly 10% brew. The aroma has big expresso notes, dark unsweetened chocolate, floral and grassy hops, blackstrap molasses, toasted bread and some alcohol notes. The taste begins with some big roasted malt notes (expresso and dark chocolate), big hop character (floral, grassy, citrus), some blackstrap molasses, dark fruits, mild alcohol and chicory. The mouthfeel is full and rich, on the verge of being heavy and drinkability is unparalleled for the style. A truely incredible beer, almost flawless in every sense...victory definately hit a home run this year.

silver0rlead, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this Imperial and it was perhaps the darkest I've ever seen. Absolutely black with a small, dark tan head with large bubbles. The head didn't appear to be very creamy but still exhibitade some lacing.
The aroma and taste definitely got more acute and impressive with time and an increase of temperature. It had the aroma of very dark fruits and sweet dark malt. Lots of hops and dark chocolate. I was eager to give it a try and as I said, tried it while too cold; don't make the mistake, serve it slightly chilled, not icy.
Anyhow, the taste blew my mind....bitter chocolate, dark candied fruits, alcohol (yet not overpowering), mild roasted coffee, malts and hops. It got so much mroe chocolaty as it warmed, and the taste grew generlaly more complex and enjoyable. It finished slightly acidic-tasting, like chewing on a coffee bean, but still remained smooth. I have to admit, this lives up to its rating. This is one of the finest examples of an Imperial I have ever had. it was smooth, warming and had a complexity of flavor I rarely find. I can't recommend this enough.

sinistrsam, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 Batch

Appearance: Deep, burnt black that was completely opaque. Although the darkness was very powerful, you could see that the body would not have a creamy, thick feel. The mocha head left traces all over the glass beautifully. A thin layer was present until the last drop.

Aroma: Huge hop presence right off the chute. Hop oils blended nicely with the small roasted, coffee-like hints in the background. For a double stout, this was a little over the top on the hops, but at this point I am stripping the classified "American Double Stout" from my mind and just judging by taste.

Taste and Mouthfeel: WoW is this beer incredible. Like the aformentioned dismissing of style, this beer is unlike any others I have come across. The buttload of west coast hops just plays with your tastebuds but mellows out beautifully in the finish where the stout characteristics come through. A roasted, ground coffee flavor is evident along with a bittersweet chocolate. And just as those rich flavors come though, another round of hops coats the mouth with perfect balance.

Drinkability: With a blindfold, I would have a hard time distinguishing whether or not this was an IPA or not. The flavors, color, aroma, all come together wonderfully. For a 9.1% abv, this goes down dangerously smooth. I could, and plan to, have a keg of this on tap at home for the fall and winter. This is an awesome beer that deserves its high ratings!

ALESwhatCURESya, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Storm King Stout poured with an oil black color that let almost no light through except around the very edges of the glass. The head foamed up a brown color and slowly faded as the glass was emptied. The smell was a sweet roasted aroma with slight alcohol notes and a distinct hop presence. The taste was bold and sweet but not cloying. The hops really came through making this a unique stout to enjoy. This beer has a thick body but does not sit heavy in the stomach. Weighing in at over 8% ABV, this beer can make for a short night of enjoyed too much. Enjoy a Storm King; it is well rounded, unique, and robust!

DevilDogBeer, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of ToggleEyes
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I tried this tonight and at first glimpse I thought was in for a treat. This is by far one of the darkest stouts I have tried. Poured rich in color of a black mohogany, and formed a small head that lasted about 5 mins or so. I started off drinking and got nothing but bitterness and a strong alcohol smell. So, I let it sit while'st I played a few rounds of Call of Duty 2. After about 45 mins I tried again and wow what a difference letting your stout warm up makes. Now I could easily taste the malts, smell the bit of floral hops and could detect espresso, dark chocolate and carmel. The finish was still a little bitter, but it's and Imperial stout so thats just fine with me. Over all a great bear to nurse, it just gets better and better.

ToggleEyes, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Inky black perfection. Average head forms, even when poured rather roughly (upwards of 18 in. above the glass) which quickly dissipates, though it's understandable given the style and ABV.

Smell: Predominately dark roasted malts smelling of fine dark chocolate. Hops are... floral, coupled with an aroma of roasted almonds and with a stark alcohol fragrance lingering behind.

Taste: A brash beverage, very asserting in all its flavors: dark chocolate, coffee, floral hops. Some molasses and tobacco (although, I think I'm going to be the only one proclaiming "tobacco!" on this one). This is not a stout that relies on a charming sweetness, instead opting for more "floral" components with a playful combination of mint, licorice, and I still contest there's tobacco in there! Why won't anyone listen to me?!

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly full, without ever being painfully thick or obnoxiously syrupy. Carbonation is spot on for my tastes. The alcohol is not overly assertive, but instead is rather relaxing. Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like they've just come out of a two-hour college lecture after drinking one of these? Yawn!

Drinkability: The Storm King is a lot like life. One minute it's there, and the nex

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Huh.

Well, in trying to fully and completely analyze it, I seem to have exhausted my modest supply of 12 fluid ounces. Drinkability seemed good; I've had other heavier, denser stouts that I've easily gulped down without a second thought.

*Thanks to AndoBrew, my friend, for generously sharing this one with me.*

ChainGangGuy, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of jaluria
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color with tan-colored head that is thick with moderate retention and excellent lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, alcohol, and cocoa are apparent. The taste is of bitter-sweet chocolate with lingering caramelized sugar flavors that blends into a hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is smooth and bready with a warming alcohol sensation. The high ABV is very well hidden with the brew's rich texture and taste making it's drinkability excellent.

jaluria, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of waldowin
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with "Bottled Nov 18 04" stamped on the side. This is one of my favorite of all-time beers, I'm definitely anxious to see how this stuff aged!

Pours a thick, roasted black, with no highlights. No head at all was visible, but some carbonation managed to work its way through the soup.

Smells very strongly of cherries. Cherries, chocolate, and alcohol all smack you in the nose when you lean over this glass, almost like a subdued Worldwide.

Tastes of chocolate and cherries throughout, with grapefruit splashing through in the end, almost hiding the alcohol. This is tasty stuff indeed! The alcohol is very apparent in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and big, with just a hint of carbonation to help it move through your mouth. Leaves salt on your lips, and cherries in your mouth, just perfect for another sip.

Watch the ABV on this one! It's so smooth it's easy to just knock it back. Definitely worth taking your time and savoring.

Thanks to IrishRedRock for this one! Next up is the non-aged bottle, for comparison.

waldowin, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of masterkush
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on Oct. 13, 2005. Poured into gold rimmed pilsner I got from Scotland.

Poured a nice vicous black. I can hold this up to the light and see some red hues coming through. There is not much head on this one, although it does produce some nice lacing.

Slightly hoppy nose, more than I expected for a stout. It comes through in the first taste but finishes off with a nice creamy texture that coats my mouth and throat.

This beer pours excited and its hard to get a feel for it in the first few sips. I really enjoyed this beer after letting it settle for a bit and warm up. Then the true character comes through. It reminds me of drinking a good cup of coffee, right around the time it cools down enough you can enjoy it but before it becomes too cold.

It has a complex flavor, bold upfront and smoothing out at the end. it leaves you with a taste that you want to let linger but you also want to try it again.

Drinkability is high on this one. it makes you keep coming back. The high ABV is well hidden, so don't let this take you by surprise.

A quality beer, Victory comes through on this one. Not the #1 on my stout list, but it is definitely a beer I would like to have around on a cold night.

--The Kush Man

masterkush, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of soulfly967
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled October 4, 2005.

Poured nearly black, with some ruby highlights around the edges and a fluffy tan head that left some lacing.

Faint hints of chocolate and light coffee, along with roasted malts and some hops.

Taste was of coffee, bittersweet chcolate, a nice roastiness from the dark malts, vanilla and a mild hoppy finish. The hops lingers on the tongue. The alcohol is very well hidden.

The mouthfeel is mildly carbonated, smooth, with a fairly thick body. A very good balance between the hops and malts.

This is a very drinkable beer. The alcohol is so well hidden. I can drink these all night. A solid stout.

soulfly967, Nov 14, 2005
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,047 ratings.