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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,783 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,783
Reviews: 2,489
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 137
Gots: 390 | 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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Gusler

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah the magnificence of a “Stout” setting in its “Chalice”, the body all mysterious and the ebony color capped by a prodigious chocolate brown head, creamy and rich in its texture. As you sip, the lace makes fine curtains to obscure the glass from sight. Aromas of toasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate can anything be better? Me thinks not “Bucko”. Bitter sweet at the start, the top creamy rich and thick as chocolate fudge, the finish pleasantly acidic the hops magisterial, and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a real monster of a beer, and I wish I had a few dozen bottles stashed away, but alas not.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2002 14:47:20 | More by Gusler
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lovely-Jubbly!!

Pours as thick as melted wax, a black bitumen looking liquid that effervesces and settles with a nitrogenous looking separation that Guinness would be proud of. The head forms readily into a large brown mass, is well aerated, very crusty, bubbly and it laces the glass sides with eloquence. Head settles to a creamy 1/4” – but as thick as a “Navvies Slice”.
Nose, hold on – I get Chocolate Rice Crispies, the chocolate is so prevalent in the nose that I am now imagining a bowl of Rice Crispies sat in a pool of cool brown milk. Other aromas are malt, and er, well, erm… chocolate again. Hmmm. Tastes are chocolate at the beginning; cocoa powder in the middle, hoppy at the end, and the finish has a burnt roast twist and a lovely coffee bitterness. This must be what Cold “Hot” Chocolate tastes like.
I was so embroiled in drinking this beer that I took few Notes – so that’s it. One of my shortest Reviews.

Liquid Coffee Walnut Whip in a Glass. Young’s Chocolate Stout – eat yer heart out!!

9.1% - are you kidding me! Really!! Awesome. Very High Drinkability regardless.

“A bloody reet gud Staarrrt”, as we would say in Yorkshire, England.

Updated 12/25 : According to Rotsaruch, who knows much more about these things than me, as the bottle is undated (I checked several times) it was therefore a 2001 Vintage. So There!!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2002 21:39:09 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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mzwolinski

California

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a thin, bubbly, and quickly dissipating dark brown head. The aroma is rich, alcohol, malt, earthy hops and some black cherry esters. Flavor is deep, roasty and coffeelike, with good hop flavor up front and enough bitterness at the finish to balance. Lingering sweet aftertaste. A very good beer, but it's not my favorite imperial stout. Flavor lacks both the depth and, well, *bigness* of many West Coast interpretations of this style. And when it comes to imperial stouts, bigness counts for a lot.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 19:45:20 | More by mzwolinski
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I do not think I can add anthing about this beer that no one else has said. This is a great beer, the black color with the tan head that last and last. By far the best beer that I have ever tasted. Well it looks like I will be getting another sixer of this when I am in Syracuse. No wonder it is #1.

Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 15:45:15 | More by kunzbrew
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Riggo

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With as much praise as this beer has gotten here at the Beer Advocate there is a slight difficulty in being objective when reviewing it. My solution is to describe it in the following way: This beer impressed me a great deal more than it charmed me. (The stout that charms me is Guinness Extra Stout.) Point is, the complexity and sheer brewing prowess is very evident with this beer; it's just a little too intense and in your face for me to be drinking too often.

The first thing you notice when this stout escapes from the bottle into your glass is the color--deep dark black. A tan, cocoa powder-colored head, creamy and luxurious. Scents of roasted grains, espresso, molasses, pine and, yes, bubblegum. The taste is a strong duet of bitter, piney hops and roasted espresso. Elements of anise and raisins with an oily, silky, full-bodied mouthfeel. On the palate the complexity of this beer is immediately recognizable and impressive indeed. (More than any other, this beer represents, for the American brewing tradition, the very opposite of beers like Bud and Miller, etc.) The combination of high abv and heavy hop presence leave a bitter bite on the back of the throat. This gets back to my distinction regarding being charmed and being impressed. The intensity of this beer is just a little much for my tastes but, nevertheless, I understand its respect on this site and think it is well-deserved. Victory is one of the very best American breweries and they rarely disappoint. The Storm King Stout is clearly a must try for any self-respecting American beer advocate.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2002 21:36:07 | More by Riggo
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled a 12 oz bottle marked "Bottled on OCT 29 02" (therefore, about 2.5 months old).

The stout poured beautifully to give a very dark black/brown beverage with a nice light brown, long lasting head that clung to the glass as I drank it. I found this to be exceptional for a bottled stout.

The smell was very nice with a strong carmelized barley aroma with hints of licorice. The aroma was evident with each sip.

The taste was very strong, and it almost jumped off the tongue, with a strong, sharp heavily roasted barley flavor, very slight sweetness, and some nice hoppiness in the long-lingering aftertaste. The slight taste of alcohol was detectable in this strong brew. The mouthfeel was sharp and full bodied, but smooth.

As for drinkability, this stout is quite good, but because it is 9.1% abv, I hesitate to give it the highest score in this category.

Now I understand why this beer has received such good reviews.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2002 17:14:43 | More by UncleJimbo
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Mick

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is very close to being an excellent offering. However, it falls short. Not because Victory doesn't care about their product, just this particular one has too high of a hop profile. Slow it down, although an Imperial Stout, still a stout. Concentrate more on the malt. There are far better representations of the style than this one.

However, it is a good beer overall. Pours black and forms a thin dark tan creamy head. Has a very noticeable hop flavor. Malty, but mildly so. Overall decent mouthfeel with a lackluster finish. It doesn't show-up the way imperial stout should. Nothing royal about it. I personally feel that is because of the high hop profile as it drowns out a lot of the what shoud be underlying tone. This stout would be far better if the hops were tuned down a little.

But, I am objective and would suggest this to most, especially hopheads, as it is not a bad beer just not what I think it should be.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 10:17:53 | More by Mick
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LarryV

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fairly agressive pour resulted in a thin foamy head about 3/4" deep. It disappeared quickly though into the inky depths of this beer. The aroma is pleasant, no bitter undertones, chocolatey and inviting. Mouth feel is spot on with a pleasant creaminess. Coffee, chocolate, hops, maltiness, they're all there in the taste. Afterwards, the taste lingers for a long time on the palate. I didn't think the alchohol was that pronounced. It will most definitely sneak up on you however, this is a potent, tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2002 13:43:01 | More by LarryV
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Victory. Bottled on 10-25-02. Thanks to a great trade I got this one! Being a Stout lover I was really looking forward to this one and I was not let down. I was reminded of a cold cup of coffee as I poured, it was that color. Aroma of coffee, dried fruit and chocolate. Wood-burned flavor of malt, alcohol and espresso kept my interest throughout. I'd like to try a bottle that has aged a bit next time, because I have the feeling it would be even better. Thanks to Victory for living up to their name again!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 12:34:58 | More by Dogbrick
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maxpower

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark jet black color, with a creamy tan head, leaves a clingy lace in the glass. Aroma of coffee, plums and licorice. Full thick creamy mouthfeel, starts sweet ends with a huge burnt bitterness, This is a great Imperial, I love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 16:42:11 | More by maxpower
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First I would like to say that I bought this keg on the recommendation of the BA. When poured into the glass it is BLACK, no light gets through. The head is thick, rich and a creamy mocha tan. It lasted. The lace was beautiful, the same color as the head, and it draped the inside to the last sip. The aroma was amazing and complex and intense. I nosed coffee, chocolate, berries (as it warmed), floral, malt and hops. The taste was amazing, full and smooth. I tasted chocolate, coffee, milk, fruit (berries), roasted malt and hops. Temperature plays a role in this beer. The warmer it got the more intense and distinct the flavors became. It starts off alittle sweet then all the flavors jump at you and then it has a dry long lasting finish. GREAT BEER

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2002 09:30:00 | More by Jarod
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AaronRed

New York

4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one truley amazing and unforgetable beer. I did not expect it to be this good. It poured jet black with a creamy tan head- laces all the way down the glass. Wonderful presence of aromas- chocolate, coffee and even sweet plumbs. The taste was great- strong bitterness chocolate and dark roasted malty tones. Vigorous and strong, the flavor never faded. Silky and smooth, yet powerful, this brew is among the best beer I have ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 18:26:15 | More by AaronRed
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yen157

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An example chosen to teach my girlfriend about imperial stouts, her favorite style. Although I've had this before, my taste memory isn't the greatest so having this was kinda a new experience for me too.

What can I say that hasn't been said already? A great imperial stout all around. Is it the absolute best? I'm not sure. I will come back to this one time and time again because memorable it IS. The characteriastic that sets this stout apart from others such as Sam Smith, Brooklyn Chocolate, and every other that I've ever had is the hopping of the beer. Many imperials rely on toasted malts and blackened grains for a majority of thier flavors. Doing this they achieve great things in terms of depth of flavor and complexity. Victory is the only brewer that really gives hops a chance to shine through in an important way. Most will provide hop flavor and bitterness for balancing these normally weighty brews, but Victory somwhow manages to make their hops the centerpeice of their brew. Very, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 04:42:16 | More by yen157
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown head, dies quickly.
Cocoa, espresso, rich chocolate, hint of anise, a beautiful blend of brandy, rum in this very alcoholic nose.
Rich, full, sweet mouthfeel, long finish. Prominent strength, perfect winter warmer, dessert, nightcap, bludgeon,etcetera!
The flavor lingers and nestles deep down on the palate..plums, raisins...

My first review ended before the bottle did, and I tried it the next night, this time with a warm bottle. Big difference. Head is bigger, browner, flavor is intense and hot, feels stronger than 9.1%! The very epitome of roasty, a totally unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 16:38:45 | More by feloniousmonk
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aracauna

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout Blind Tasting notes (11-16-02): Big hops, some chocolate, burnt. Mouthfeel feels a little thinner than you'd expect from the well formed head.

It seems that the trip in the mail may have done a little harm to the beers in the package this beer came in because it and 2 others seemed a little light on the head. Still, this slight defect did little to detract from the quality of the beer. Huge roasty, burnt malt hits the nose strongly hinting of coffee with lighter hints of caramel. The flavor pops your taste buds with more coffee, and caramel. Very rich and a bit sweet. The palate is a bit grainy, but still creamy without being to heavy. My first experience with the imperial stout has been a good one.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2002 21:07:58 | More by aracauna
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich black color with a big light brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and some floral/bitter hops.
Full bodied with a nice smoothness, the flavor is pretty amazing. Roast barley , dark chocolate, espresso and and some dark fruit flavor hit big with an initial sweetness. After that fades the hops and a burnt/ roasted bitterness kick in for a long lasting and drying finish. A very good beer that I wish I could get locally, thanks go out to Jim in Pennsylvania (NeroFiddled) for providing me with a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2002 16:54:19 | More by MaineBeerMan
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thefireman

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this great beer at the Victory Brewery facility, which is another rating in itself. (great place). This stuff came to me in a pint glass with a small head, which was leather brown in color. I held it up to the light and saw it was black as coal. Great smell-like malty, with a chocolate, coffee aroma. Needless to say, the alcohol was quite evident. That being said, it was time to taste. Great malt, chocolate, and alcohol hit right away-with the hops kicking in after a couple minutes. This stuff felt great, almost like a meal in itself. Fabulous stuff. I had the waiter set a case out for me when I left. Can't get enough Victory brews.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2002 14:40:14 | More by thefireman
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Sept-26-02. Pours blacker than a cloudy, moonless night for a sailor lost at sea in the middle of the Pacific. When held to the light only thin glints of deep brown are seen along the rims of the glass. The opaque body is topped by a solid and creamy head that is at first quite brown, but shortly thins and becomes more of a deep tan. Really interesting! The head holds quite well but eventually drops to a good collar and a thin surface covering (probably due in part to the high alcohol content). It does, however, leave an intersting "spider web" lace throughout the glass. The body is medium/full with a median level of carbonation that softens as it warms and leaves a very silky mouthfeel. The aroma is bold and fresh; full of rich, very deep bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts as well as some apple-like fruitiness and sharp grassy & floral hops. Quite hoppy when young! The freshness and high level of hop character are quite unique in the world of Imperial stouts (I'm guessing Goldings). The flavor starts with some light fruit and a rich chocolatey note, reveals some lightly acidic character (probably from the low pH of the deeply roasted malts) and then some more sweetly malty notes as it warms in the mouth, finally finishing dry with a firm bitterness and lingering espresso-like roastiness. Exceptionally well balanced between malty sweetness, acidity, deeply roasted character and bitterness... with some hop flavor thrown in to spice things up a bit! It's not too acidic or thin bodied (as many Imperial stouts can be) and the alcohol is very well cloaked. An exceptional beer that's well worth seeking out. Additionally, although the fresh character is really interesting and engaging, it ages very well and becomes quite another beer. I like to enjoy it both ways. If cellared, it will round within 6 months but really smooths at about a year. Beyond that it will probably not improve greatly, but should hold without defect for at least another 6 months, and probably well over another year! Buy a case and put away half to cellar!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 18:27:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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jackndan

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Storm King Stout: Bottled on October 15, 2002. Dense head, ocher colored, long lasting. The head leaves a thick lace on the side of the glass. The aroma is very nice, dark chocolate and fruits. This Imperial is as dark as night, no light penetrates this beer, even when held up to a strong light. Wow, this is fantastic beer, with a wonderful roasted malt taste, that is nicely balanced with hops. Double mocha espresso, with a long lasting aftertaste. Substantial alcohol warmth. I'll have to age a couple of bottles. This is truly a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 14:14:23 | More by jackndan
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not worthy!! I have been anticipating my first sip of this beer for a long time now, and am ecstatic that it is in my glass right now.

By far, the blackest, darkest beer I have ever poured, with a thick tan head atop. The smell is wonderful, with hints of dark chocolate, roasted malts, bitter hops, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is absolutely as smooth as silk, sliding across the tongue and down...ohhhh. A delicious bitter hoppy aftertaste follows the taste of chocolate, coffee, and burnt toast. Alcohol flavor is present, but certainly not overpowering, and does not seem at all to be 9.1%. There is a nice warming feeling in the stomach though, which I am thoroughly enjoying. By far one of the greats...

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2002 14:19:51 | More by IrishRedRock
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 9-26-02. An essentially black beer with dark ruby edges that pours with a light coffee colored head. The head is modest and fades quickly, leaving a slight lace. The nose is very sweet and fruity. The mouthfeel is heavenly. Very silky, it just coats your tongue and feels like it slides down so easily. The taste is very complex, with roastiness up front, followed by a little sweetness and bitter mocha-coffee notes. The aftertaste brings dark chocolate covered cherries to mind. The balance of roasted bitterness and malty/fruity sweetness is amazing. Although this is a big beer, the alcohol is primarily noticable as it warms the esophagus. I could enjoy these all night long, simply because of the seemingly endless flavors this beer throws at me. I honestly did not expect this much pleasure from such a young beer. Where has this beer been all my life? Thanks to Nero for hooking me up with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2002 20:41:32 | More by aaronh
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first impression of Storm King was the complex and rich
flavor and it's drinkability. The alcohol was subdued but it was
definitely there. It was midnight black with a creamy, leather-
brown head. This beer matched perfectly with the chocolate cheesecake I was enjoying. A great cold weather beer. I tasted hints of chocolate and coffee, along with some fruitiness. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2002 06:30:50 | More by pezoids
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Scoats

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had a year old Storm King last night. Younger batches seemed to have a very noticable alcohol taste, which wasn't obvious in the aged version.

The aged version was more balanced but didn't have a long tailing aftertaste that I was expecting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2002 11:29:52 | More by Scoats
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HossMcGraw

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm currently about halfway through my first Storm King and I'm impressed. It really is a great beer but is a bit overrated. Very malty and cloyingly sweet. It's kind of syrupy. I understand why people like it so much but for me, I'll have a Sam Smith or a Shakespeare Stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2002 17:39:34 | More by HossMcGraw
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my most anticipated beer yet, and it was well worth the wait. i have been waiting to get it in the store i work in for quite some time now, and now that we did, i can enjoy it at leisure. pours dark with a foamy brown head. the aroma has a strange hoppy hint, but not much coffee smell.

at 9.1% you don't taste all that much alcohol. just a roasted coffee flavor that just tickles all your taste buds. smooth all the way down with a little bitter finish. This is an in your face stout to start with. Dark and roasty malts and coffe are all over you as you are engulfed in this brew. Then... you get hit with a mass of hops that gives the hoppiest stouts a run for their money. This is one of the best brews out there without a doubt in my mind. man oh man this is one beer you should not miss trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2002 16:32:21 | More by ElGuapo
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,783 ratings.