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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,420 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,420
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 179
Gots: 636 | FT: 16
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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Ratings: 5,420 | Reviews: 2,568
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.63/5  rDev +14%
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 -0.2%
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 +10.1%
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
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +10.8%
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
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
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
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Photo of dblinkhorn
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours with a small and tan half-finger head that almost immediately dissipates to a very patchy layer of faint lace on top of the brew. No head, no lacing. The beer is opaque black.

Smell - Metallic oily hop scent up front with a very thick and rich roasted malt aroma. Some chocolate and coffe notes are present as well. Very simple smell, but quality. Smells like a "good ol' fashioned" imperial stout.

Taste - Chocolate and coffee dominating the intitial flavors. Very oily but subdued hop character. Strong and rich roasted coffee-like malt character. Some spiciness from the alcohol. The aftertaste has some lingering oily hop sourness with a slight earthy presence, along with rich chocolately/roasted malts. Probably a perfect no "bells & whistles" exammple of this style.

Mouthfeel - A bit more carbonation I like for a stout such as this, but still not overpowering. Full-bodied with great smoothness.

Drinkability - Quite strong flavors and a full, heavy body. Decent drinkability, but not great...what can be expected from an imperial stout.

A good stout indeed. A great benchmark for the style in my opinion. Simple yet flavorful and smooth. Recommended for sure.

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a creamy brown head that quickly turns into a thin ring.

Smell is robust dark roasted malt and coffee. Nice bit of chocolate and dark fruit with an underlying sting of alcohol. Hops make a surprising appearance in this one. Slight touch of sugary sweetness.

Taste is right in line with the nose. Flavor is bold as an imperial stout should be. Very chocolatey, with a hop profile that is very green an lingers. Finish is dry with a sugary sweetness that takes the edge off the blast of dark malt and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.

A very drinkable stout that is recommended.

Photo of xav33
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Storm King Imperial Stout
12 oz bottle
Best before date 03/11, lapped up 09/06
Medium pour in a snifter

Poured a viscous black with a small frothy light brown quickly diminishing head with traces of lacing.

Smelt of strong fermented raisins, light coffee, light roast.

Taste was upfront light sweet fruity esters and light better chocolate then plunges into a harsh bitter roasted black coffee with hints of sweet cocoa that lingers on a finish that could last a thousand storms. Mouthfeel was medium, oily, fizzy, and strongly astringent and light alcoholic feel.

Overall, an imperial stout with a massive bitter roast bite and a lot of roasted dark malt complexity, but the flavor doesnt shine through the carbonation and astringency.

Photo of ellisdee97
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on date of Nov. 18th 2005.

A: Espresso black with a bubbly one finger dark beige head which quickly dissipates leaving a light ring with light sticky lacing.

S: First breath is of fruity alcohol and toasted chocolate malt. Crisp aromatic hops with toffee and coffee. This brew has an interesting nutty almost peanut note as well as a buttery smell.

T: Smoky dark chocolate, toffee and coffee with crisp bitter hops. Taste is like butter, with the alcohol content hidden exceptionally well. Smoky and nutty notes.

M: Chewy chocolate feel. Good carbonation with a dry finish.

D: The alcohol is so well hidden that all you get is taste, and this beer tastes awesome. I will definetly be picking this up for a nice winter warmer.

Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this one blind so the review is not biased by it's fame.

A- Pours a nice night black with some ruby showing through the sides of the glass. No head and no lacing.

S- Sweet fruity malts at first followed by floral hops.

T- Slightly bitter hops at first, floral hop notes in the middle, maybe lavender? Very nice malt sweetness balanced well by the hops. This is not a malt bomb at all. The hops used balance the malts very well but it is a kind of harsh balance. Maybe a year or 2 in the bottle would help mellow it a bit.

M- Slightly thin and dry.

D- Very well done for the style. Not overly sweet like some but very well balanced between malt and hop.

Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came as a gift poured into my favorite pint glass as was a devilishly dark black...silky mocha colored head
Taste: roasted flavors that linger on the palate, hints of chocolate and malt, quite delicious a truly robust flavor
Mouthfeel: fullbodied a truly hearty beer

This is an excellent example of what a Russian Imperial Stout should be...cheers

I also recently had it out a conditioned cask where it was served at 50-55 degrees....and it was out of this world! The flavors of malt, chocolate and coffee were just delicious.

Photo of numenor1
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 31 05 bottling. I bought a case of this when it was released, drank about half immediately after purchase and have been holding the latter half, periodically trying one. I must say, as it's just shy of a year since the bottling date, this is really starting to come together. When released it was more primal, with biting hops and with more prevalent alcohol, but now those two aspects are smoothed out. While I love it fresh, it's a different animal now.

Still pours very dark, not as viscous as some other impy's, huge tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, mocha, caramel and toffee with berry esters(previously the fruitiness of this beer was masked). Instead of being raw, this starts off roasty, yet sweet and smooth, midway developing a distinct cherry character, which then couples again with french roast coffee (dark almost smoky, incredibly deep but not acrid or sharp, rich and wide). There's a vague earthy undertone of hops, which has definitely receded over the past 11 months, letting other characteristics shine. This has even taken on a vinous quality. Very round flavor. While still dry, as far as impy's, this is now showing off its sweetness, and remains very well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium-full and carbonation energetic, yet very soft. Much more drinkable than it was at release. Terrific, and worth the wait.

This is up there with founder's breakfast and yeti as the best american styled impy's i've had yet. This ought to be under american double, rather than RIS. But whatever.

Photo of icefisherman
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

after hereing from my fiance it was coming out i stoped by a beer bar they did not have it yet so 2 weeks later they had it

it looks delicoius blacker than black smelled very faint hops and a little roast it taste pretty good to me my freinds said it was not so good mouthfeel was lacking something serious not one im gunna sit and drink a 6 of ever

Photo of Rudgers73
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't get a chance to pour this from the 12 oz. bottle because I was enjoying it while my friend was doing some work at his house. (dust) But I can say that it must be black as night because I held the bottle up to a 300 watt construction spotlight and there was no sign of light. This is when I decided through precise calculating that this bottle contained a black hole.

A- Dark, kinda really dark. Foamy head, big bubbles, little carbonation.

S- The first thing that came to mind was robust, then I read the side of the bottle and they used the same word. This is so rich and bold that I can only imagine how fast it would fill the room if I had poured it into a glass. Espresso, caramel, burnt, charcoal, etc.

T- Just like the smell, it's potent. It floods the mouth with rich, bold, burnt taste. A little bitter, but overpowered by a strange sweetness. I drank it at room temperature, of course, so the alcohol started shining through about 3/4 the way through it, but I didn't mind. This is great.

M- A little thick and syrup-like, but the alcohol thins it out a bit. Definitely good for drinking a few.

D- This is a little strong to be pounding, but if you want to give a cocky guest something that will quite him down for a while, throw em one of these puppies.

This is my favorite Imperial Stout so far.

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

A big shout-out to TheManiacalOne for surprising me with this on my last trade. Thanks man!

A - Black, black, black, with a huge tan head that laced the glass the whole way down.

S - Roasted malt, hint of chocolate, strong coffee, very slight hops.

T - Tastes like a dark choclate espresso, roasted malts, hint of hops, nice and clean.

M - Huge chewy beer, nicely carbed, extremely clean, very light aftertaste.

D - Are you kidding me? Despite the 9% ABV, I'd drink a TON of this stuff.

An awesome RIS. Very happy to be able to try it. Thanks, Mark.

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

Appearance: Black as night, with a tan head that lived only breifly.

Smell: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, touch of coffee and some hops too.

Taste: Big roasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate. The hops are here and give a great bitterness to the beer. A bit of expresso in the taste as well. Not very sweet, which I love.

Mouthfeel: Big bodied but still somewhat crisp from the carbonation thats there.

Drinkability. I wish I had another.

Overall, I am more than pleased with this beer, I will be buying this again and again.

Photo of JasonCoop
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 10/18/05, almost a year ago.

pours a deep opaque black, as expected, with a small tannish foam.

smells smokey and roasty with a hint of hops in there.

taste is very malty, mainly coffee mixed with chocolatey flavors. it has quite a bite on the finish, somewhat crisp and hoppy for a stout. 9.1 abv is pretty nicely disguised.

mouthfeel is pretty thick, but smooth up front. like i said it has quite a bite on the finish. it's not the most drinkable stout but an enjoyable one nonetheless.

Photo of Redrover
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown longneck with freshness codes.

The beer pours a nice jet black with a dense tan head. Awesome lacing.

Inviting aroma of roasted malts, resiny hops, dark fruit and a bit of bakers chocolate.

Great roasted almost coffee like flavor that is well balanced by the hops. The hops add a nice bit of bite and balance. Some stouts can become to sweet but not this one.. As I work through the beer, plums & candied raisins emerge.

Given the massive taste, I almost wish the mouth was thicker, but this beer is sturdy enough in its own way.

Very drinkable & easy to like beer. All hail the king!!

Photo of MusicalBeers
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

85 deg in LA is Winter enough for me after weeks of 100 deg in Texas, besides this beer isn't imported to Texas with the TABC SS in charge. Purchased at the Beverage Warehouse in LA which I highly recommend.

Pours nearly black but tinged with deep brown around the edges with an almost non-existent almond head which quickly becomes truly non-existent. Hearty aroma, meaty, reminding me of Celebrator Doppelbock: Worcestershire and molasses, hardly sweet but bit of dark chocolate is present. Taste starts out like the aroma, reminding me of Worcestershire, not remarkably fruity but instead of dark-roast coffeee and again only a bit of chocolate sweetness.

Oh, and I recant everything I've ever said about a beer with "balance". This is the King, no pun, just an aptly named beer. I usually lean to the malty side (the dark side?), it takes a really good IPA to swing me around. But this stout starts out with a brief creamy malt tast before steadily building the hoppy intensity until by the finish you almost wouldn't guess this started out as a malty stout. But even at the height of the hoppy finish is are the undertones of roasted malt, chesnut and coffee beans.

"Height" is an apt word too because rather than the often flat/lifeless finish of some stouts which achieve a heavy flavor and creaminess but are fairly one-note, this beer keeps building and building, remaining alive with the changing flavor to the finish. Mouthfeel to me also changes somehwhat, starting creamy and finishing thinner but still velvety, never astringent.

Overall there aren't many (or any) more drinkable beers with this high ABV, which is an achievement. It's hard not to reach for another even when I've said this is my last one. Good thing, I've got a great excuse to drink all six since I can't take them back in my carry-on anymore! Almost makes up for the fact I had to buy toothpaste here but not really. We really need to get in Texas. Highly recommended.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,420 ratings.