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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,058 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,058
Reviews: 2,507
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 150
Gots: 477 | 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 ark57
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is opaque black with a tan head. The aroma is very hoppy (some citrus and mint), but also has quite a bit of roasted malts (coffee and chocolate). The taste is pretty much what is advertised in the aroma. It is full of roasted goodness and finishes with a good smack of hops. It is warming from the high alcohol content.

ark57, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served at cellar temperature in a Trois Pistoles goblet. Bottled on 3/18/2003.

Appearance: Like a black hole that absorbs all light.. perhaps it's that elusive dark matter cosmologists are scouring the sky for? A small brown head with the lifespan of a mayfly forms and leaves thin remnants of lace on the glass... dusky remains of the day.

Smell: Heavy roasted malts, dark and bitter espresso, slightly tart and sweet dark dried fruits. Aaah sweet harmony.

Taste: Roasty, toasty, charred, and burnt malt sweetness. Quite bittersweet. Espresso flavors kick in and then the beer finishes off with some light prune-like fruitiness. Light hints of hop bitterness on the tip-of-the-tail-end.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is very well masked. Hearty and robust sensation in the mouth. A burly beer with the equivalent of 5 o'clock shadow at 7 am.

Drinkability: It's hard to find a better imperial stout than Storm King. I hoping the mid-March bottling of last year will be repeated this year so's I can get a fresh 6-er or three for the cellar.

ManekiNeko, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Nov. 4, 2003. Pours a dark, practically black thick liquid with an incredible tan creamy head. This is the best head on a beer I have seen in a long time. The lacing on the glass was outstanding. The smell is of coffee, like a great dark roasted almost burnt smell. The taste was even better. Strong coffee-like flavor with what I thought was a hint of vanilla. Good amount of hop bitterness at the end. Tastes even better as it warms. This is a beer you want to sip for a while. I have found that the higher alcohol content is somewhat hidden. Good mudium-full body. This, despite being high in alcohol is a fairly drinkable beer, as imperial stouts go. I have had this beer in a bottle, and on draft, and so far I actually prefer the bottle version. I look forward to Storm King every year, and this year is no exception. This is one remarkable imperial stout. I can clearly see why it is rated so high.

Bierguy5, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of soper2000
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle, bottled in December of 2003.

This beer poured a deep deep black with a tan head which lingers for quite a long time. The smell is faint but some hoppy aromas are definately there. My first sip of this sweet nectar revealed that this is the hoppiest stout I have ever tasted, but the bitterness was balanced perfectly by notes of chocolate and malt. This beer is strong at 9.5% but the creamy mouth feel makes me want to keep drinking more. This is an excellent stout and I would be interested in cellaring some.

soper2000, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of jtfest
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer. It pours black as tar with a creamy chocolate/coffee head -- thick at first, then settling into a foamy layer leaving heavy lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasted and nutty with big malt undertones. The mouthfeel is exceptional: thick, soft, "meaty" and just a hint of carbonation. The taste? Others have described it far more eloquently than I can, but let me confirm there admiration. Slightly sweet, with woody and toasted hints that either compliment or mask the alcohol. Dangerously drinkable considering the 9.5% -- Storm King Stout lives up to its reputation.

jtfest, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is sampled at room temp.
I pour the brew into my snifter. The beer pours pitch black with a 1 inch creamy tan tightly packed head foaming up easily. The head also fades slowly to a surface layer in my glass. Aroma is a mixture of grassy hops and roasted malt, very balanced nose!
First sip gives me a creamy texture and slightly bitey carbonation. Flavor is twangy sweet like a baltic porter up front and then earthy hops in the middle, while the finish is roasted malt and even brief hits of chocolate. This beer is incredibly well balanced and easy to drink. No hint of the ABV. A great beer that is even better than I remembered!

sulldaddy, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack. Foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, foamy half inch medium brown head formed on top of motor-oil opaque liquid, no light getting through this baby. Good lacing, with the beer almost thick enough looking that it seems to flow like oil as well. Great aroma, plenty of hops, yet the underlying malt strength and alcohol make their presence known. Strong coffee and burnt malt tastes, which quickly are well balanced by a hop bite like most stouts are missing. Taste of alcohol isn't present nearly as much as you would expect for a beer this size, just sort of lurks in at the end. Actually as good as I had heard it was, no false rumors here...

ppoitras, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of BCMan
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours up very dark, black even. No chance of light penetrating this brew. An aggresive pour generated a brown head of frothy bubbles. The foam dissapated quickly and faded back to a thin layer on top of the beer that laced the sides of the glass as to beer dissapeared. The aroma is very subtle, nutty with malt overtones. Mouthfeel is very smooth and a bit thick. Flavor is a nice balance od malt, coffee and hop bitterness. Although high in alcohol, it's not that evident in the taste but comes out in a warm after taste. This is a very good stout!

BCMan, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of gnaussea
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12. oz. Still young...( 11-18-03) Pours as black as I have ever seen. the head is almost brown. This is a true imperial. At 9.1%, I would expect more alcohol presence, but it is nicely blended into the aroma. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted barley are predominant. Taste is strongly hoppy (cascade is the only hop i can pick out,) especially on the forefront, and settles into a nice, creamy roasted chocolate presence. A very bold beer, even for the style. Hearty, roasted barley aftertase lingers long into the evening. This is truly a treat, and with the twelve I had to trade for, I will be aging them with even greater hopes for the future.

gnaussea, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of simmons
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is black as oil and has a nice looking head about it. It very smooth and full of malt flavor and the hops are strong but not too strong where it is harsh. It is done very well. If I remember correctly the alcohol percentage on it is 9.1% instead of 9.5% that is listed on this cite. (If I’m wrong sorry but I’m almost positive on this one.)

simmons, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of Gritsak
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled on jan.28/03...making this a little over a year old.

appearence is black with a rich tan head.

smells pretty damn good, roasted chocolate, coffee.

first thing you notice is this shit is thiiick. the texture feels like your sucking down a bottle of aunt jemimas syrup. but its soo smooth. chocolate, coffee, and even some citrus hints in the taste. roasted bitter finish. the strong abv isnt even present.

this is some damn good stuff. i made the mistake of sucking down a couple of these when i was drunk the other night and didnt get to enjoy them like i am now. this is definitely a must have, i can see why this is a tad above stone imperial stout. this just has a more complex flavor.

note: let this warm up a bit and the flavors really start coming out

Gritsak, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of daledeee
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A trip to Minneapolis yielded great rewards. The last six pack of Storm King on the shelf is mine. By the time of this writing it is not a six pack anymore.

Pours a beautiful black with a tan head. Lace is there throughout the drink. Smells like malt, chocolate bitter coffee.

Taste is the real treat. Good dark chocolate taste. Somewhat sweet. Malt and hops are there. A strong dark stout this drinkable would seem impossible. If you don't believe me, try this. My wife(who drinks Bud lite) even liked this. The alcohol is not apparent. We tried this with some good dark chocolate. What a combination!!. This a good stout and enjoyable to drink. This was rated very highly at one time. It seems to be everybody's goal to make a world class stout. Still a good one after all these years.

daledeee, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given to me by my sweetheart for Valentines Day, awww. She really knows how to make me happy!

Damm, skippy, now that’s what a stout should look like! Deep, cream black pour. An absolutely beautiful, thick and fluffy brown head, clings to the side of the glass endlessly. Smell is of cocoa, malt and roasted coffee. Taste is solid, thick and very, very malty. The burnt taste typical of stouts is there, but doesn’t override the hoppyness of this brew. This is almost the perfect blend of sweet and bitter. Very smooth and very drinkable. Overall, an exceptional stout. Cheers to Victory!

RocketWidget, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of PSUDREW
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honestly, I so much prefer this beer aged a year or so. becuase the hop presence is the dominat taste in the beer when served "fresh".

The pour is no doubt black, with a nice layer of creamy head, and some lace following later on.

Very thick very creamy. if in an aged botle, the malty, roasted chocolate is present more then anytihng else, and it makes a nice sipping beer, very very drinakble

when fresh out of the bottle, it is a different story. Very strogn taste, has not had time to level out. Hop presence over anything else really. Still good, but takes time to finish consuming.

well played indeed

****after further review of the play*** After agin it some, and going back to the brewery for it a couple of times, this brew has really grown on me after time. The taste no longer is that smack you in the face nature that the hops have, but more blended, and subtle. The hops presence has dimished in the profile, but the roasted presence increases, and, the chocolate blends nicely as well. Still, a great beer. It make take some time for this beer to grow on you, but man, it is nice

PSUDREW, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of yeagerbm
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this one by bottle, but previously had it cask conditioned.
Appearance- Very black, cannot see through this beer at all, it is thick and has the viscosity of motor oil. Maintained a thin brown head that stuck to the sides of the glass. A few swirls of the glass and the head reappears about 1/4 in. thick. Overall appearance-- Excellent!

Smell- The predominate smell of this beer is a sweet alcohol aroma, similar to a barleywine

Taste- Taste is like strong espresso. Tart, almost fruity sweetness. a noticeable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel was hurt in the beginning with too much carbonation. It is much more enjoyed at the bottom of the glass or from the cask with low carbonation. The bubbles only seem to mask the flavors. It may be enjoyed better from the bottle if left sitting 20 or 30 minutes or so to warm and flatten out after pouring. In the end though the mouthfeel was very good.

Drinkability- was very easy to drink. I'm feeling the effects of the alcohol even after one of these. The flavor was intense but not overpowering for a stout drinker, but might be enough to kill a bud drinker. Ha ha ha.

yeagerbm, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of pootz
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like a good Baltic or XX porter so trying this Victory stout was done on a friend's advice. I'm glad I took the bait. The first thing one notices about this porter is the incredibly complex aromas. The balance is almost perfect between chocolate-fruity sweetness and bitter hopping. The mouth feel is full and rewarding and it has a dry-ish tart finish as the hops take over the delicious complex musty body.

Comes in a long neck brown pint impressive label with freshness date.
Poured a dark smokey mahogany that denies light to be seen through it (like a malted black hole). Smallish brown head dissipates quickly and goes to a thin ring that clings to the sides of the glass for the rest of the drink.

Pungent smells of musty chocolate and cherries and alcohol....deeelicious!

Starts with a strong surge of full bodied sweet maltiness with smoky- chocolate accents and hints of fruit then thins out a bit on the back of the palate as the hopping kicks in and becomes a well balanced taste of bitter sweet mustiness then finishes tart with a tinny hop aftertaste...marvelous!

This is a really good beer if not a great beer. I’ll be back for more.

pootz, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of JimsArcade
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Bottled on 12/15/03) The beer pours somewhat thick and is as close to black as dark-brown gets. A pillow-like head the color of beer-bottle brown goes from two to three fingers high in a standard pint glass. A cascade is apparent, though not to the degree of beers poured from nitrogen-based delivery systems, and ends with a thin head leaving some sticky lace around the glass.

An aroma of bitter sweetness is apparent, suggesting hints of German cherry cordials in the nose, to coffee in the nose and mouth in conjunction, and finally to dark rum in the mouth thanks to the mildly apparent alcohol.

The first taste is overwhelmingly like chocolate-flavored espresso, and feels just as dense. It is rather hoppy for a stout, but it fits in well. After the initial surprise reaction to the flavor mix, each passing drink becomes smoother. The carbonation is medium throughout. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more and more apparent, the sensation of which peaks at mid-glass. It finishes sweeter than it began.

I think I definitely picked a winner for my first review. I have tasted only a handful of brews that top this, but I look forward to the possibility of discovering more.

JimsArcade, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an almost midnight black brown color. Head is a tan fluffy inch of goodness that lasted almost the entire glass.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee predominates. Faint hints of a citrusy hop smell are noted. Lovely smell.

Taste: Initial taste is a dark coffee/toffee taste, bitterness is well done but not too overpowering. Finish is a lovely balance of hoppy bitterness and a surprising malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, huge body, CO2 level is spot on, Alcohol is very well done for the level.

Drinkability&Notes: My thanks to Glen for buying this one for me; I don't think I would have tried this one, but this beer is so damned smooth it could make the Terminator cry. This beer kicks arse.

JackTheRipper, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First and foremost, I would like to thank Miquel for hooking me up with a wide variety of Eastern beers. It was certainly a pleasure.

The Storm King....sampled at room temperature

Pours pitch black with a very dense lightish brown head. The head was perfect and the lace was even better. Before I even smelt this beer I played with its lace for a good 15 minutes. I was fascinated by it. It stuck perfectly every time.

Aromas are of rich roasted burnt dark malts, black licorice, chocolate, dripping fruits and alcohol. Hops are violent in the aroma, perhaps a foreshadow of what is to come??

Very hoppy. Wish I knew the IBU's...just a little curious. Hoppier and fruitier than most Imperial Stout it seems. A little thin in the mouth but a very lingering bitter finish. Black licorice, roasted malt..and lots of it, dry chocolate and lots of expresso are all around its flavor profile.

This was a very very good offering. I liked it more than the Old Rasputin I had earlier today.

Great beer.

Crosling, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of bigbubba
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dark black imperial stout pours thick and oily into the glass. A huge brown head appears, and sticks around, coating the glass all the way down. There was a terrific bitter, coffee, chocolate flavor, and a great hop-malt balance. The high alcohol was not obvious while drinking it.

bigbubba, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of TerryW
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, black, black without a hint of light peeking through the glass. Great big dark brown head, good lace. This beer looks beautiful when you pour it in a glass, lots of action, great colours.

Sweet nose full of coffee and fruit. Noticeable alcohol underlays this.

Thick and sweet on the palate with a drying bitter finish. Roast coffee and chocolate, dense heavy fruit, rum like. Gotta chew your way through this one.

Overall quite enjoyable

TerryW, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - Poured a dark black brew with a huge foamy dark head. Aroma of roastiness and coffee are very present. Strong body with subtle taste of alcohol. Very complex, taste of coffee, caramel and chocolate are mix very well. One of the best Imperial Stout I had the chance of drinking.

Phyl21ca, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a solid opaque black, topped with a light mist of taupe head. A thick collar of head maintains throughout, dwindling a bit towards the bottom, but never disappearing.
The aroma is quite powerful. Copious amounts of burnt malt, with considerable coffee. Chocolate malt and some toffee is present to a lesser extent, with hints of estery plum, black cherry and red grape. Slightly vinous, with noticable alcohol. The hops are rather outspoken, providing a brash, rind-like, grapefruity citric odor, with a pleasant herbal quality as well.
The flavor starts out with an almost charred roasted maltiness. Tons of bittersweet flavor, coffee-like in character, with chocolate and toffee throughout. Deep fruitiness breaks in, hinting at prune, black cherry, red grape and a suggestion of fig,without the sweetness. The hops kick in rather quickly, breaking on the malt with a huge grapefruity tide that rides into the swallow. Some alcohol is apparent in the long finish, adding a bit of solvent bitterness. Tangy citric hops and bittersweet coffee maltiness linger in the aftertaste, which stays with you for quite a while. Huge body, with a smooth, almost sherrylike mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Aged feeling, with a very assertive fresh hopping. Interesting, complex and delightful.
This is the first time I've tried the beer young. Every other was aged for at least 8-9 months. The hopping is absolutely fantastic, kind of like what would happen if you combined imperial stout with india pale ale. A very challenging brew, without much in the way of sweetness. Great stuff, although it'll seriously take it's toll on any beer you'd dare to follow it with.

UnionMade, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of Stimack
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After hearing all the hype and discussions on this beer I had to finally give it a try! The brew poured a midnight black color with a deep brown head, which dissipated rather quickly and left a little lacing on the glass.
This beer has some wonderful aromas that just seem to have a real good balance. The smells are of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of hops, a fantastic mix.
The taste is very nice, first I can notice a coffee-malt sweet taste that goes great together. The finish is a little hoppy and bitter and that surprised me a bit.
It feels like a thick but smooth beer that has a lot of nice flavors. This is a very good stout, one that I would definitely go out of my way to find. Probably not as high on it as others on rating this brew but overall and excellent experience!

Stimack, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of Indybeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a pitch black with a moderate head that didn't stick around long, but left some lacing on the glass. Aroma is quite nice. Roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso coffee. Taste is more of the same. Nicely balanced, and not overpowering with the bitterness. Moderate carbonation, and a silky smooth mouth feel. An interesting beer, considering imperial stouts are not my beers of choice. Very good.

Indybeer, Jan 31, 2004
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,058 ratings.