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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,410 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,410
Reviews: 2,566
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 179
Gots: 628 | 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: 5,410 | Reviews: 2,566
Photo of jhammerly
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to artusory for the trade that included this fine beverage. A very easy drinking Imperial Stout. Not very rich, but has some tones of alcohol, chocolate, and roastiness that lingers slightly on the palate. Nicely balanced. A very nice aroma that was released, after a lovely pour, of roasted malts that wasn't overpowering. Very inviting.

Photo of Enola
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/16/04

As a wildland firefighter I drink this beer in remembrance of the 14 firefighters lost on Storm King Mountain July 6, 1994.

This beer is a dark black that lets no light through. There was a nice tan head. The smell is of malts and alcohol. The taste is of roasted grain and a bit of subdued alcohol. The mouthfeel is very smooth for the style. A good alcohol aftrtaste. The beer seems to be a very tame example of the style. I could drink more of these but I expect they would sneak up on you. In my opinion this is the top of the style. Thanks wcudwight!!!

Photo of artusory
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2004 bottle. Pours black with big, creamy, tan head that quickly fades to a cover. Aroma is hop dominated, pine and some grapefruit, stout aroma underneath, coffee, chocolate, a touch of alcohol. Flavor is half IPA, half stout. Initial hops bite fades to coffee and chocolate. A lingering taste of grapefruit remains through out. Finish is medium length, texture is smooth, but this feels thin in the mouth for an imperial stout. Also, carbonation is a little higher than I would have liked. This is a very nice beer, but if I’m in the mood for an imperial stout (when am I not?), I’ll take an expedition or siberian night over his.

Photo of TheDeuce
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

STORM KING...my bottle was brewed and bottled in Oct. 2005

Appearance-thick as oil and black as night, pours lazily into the glass, slow carbonation but eventually big aromatic bubbles form, this looks menacing.

Smell-not much at first, a minute to let it rest and a little stirring reveals alcohol and chocolate in massive amounts along with a substantial hop aroma

Taste-WOW, incredibly smooth, chocolate rises up along with coffee and hides the alcohol incredibly well, the alcohol does show itself but for a beer of this strengh it is well hidden, wow. Goes down nicely, aftertaste is dry and of alcoholic fumes.

Mouthfeel-light for such a thick stout, alcohol at the end mostly, a little chocolate on my next sip, great stuff.

Drinkability-Deviously drinkable but this will knock you on your ass if you have too many, still it is so good, so chocolately.

Overall-hands down the best stout I've ever had, so chocolaty and flavorful masking its uglier alcholic side while keeping all the strength this beer has aged well and lived up to its reputation, what a brew!

Photo of Freshie
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says it was brewed in 12/04

Pours a dark black hue, with very little head.

Smells of rich malt, hops, and chocolate.

Tastes of chocolate malt, with some hops, and fruit overtones.

Alcohol is very well-masked, smooth.

Very well-balanced. Very tasty. Very smooth. Yum.

Photo of Derek
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Sep 27 05.

A: Dark, dark black. Tan head, only a little retention (not really enough for a stout), but it does leave some lace.

S: It smells bitter, oily and somewhat alcoholic. Some citrus & pine with a dark, burnt, maltyness.

T: Dark, bitter chocolate. Orange and pine from the hops. A little molases with a slight spicyness, like jaggery. Dark fruit (raisin and prune) with some dark, burnt caramel. Slight acidic tartness in the finish. The bitterness and hop flavour are assertive, but they're not over-powering. The alcohol is apparant, but it takes a back seat to all the other flavour. I really like this one... though I do think it would benefit from some more fruity esters (from a British yeast).

M: Thick, somewhat syrupy body with a chalky finish. Light to moderate carbonation. It's a mouthful, so the lighter carbonation is nice.

D: Awesome for a RIS.

Photo of evanackerman
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured nearly black with a big tan head that hangs around for a long time.

smell is dominated by hops with a bit of malt and alcohol as well

taste is also dominated by hops, probably the hoppiest stout i've ever tasted, but i like it. there is a solid malt element to the taste as well, and the alcohol is not very noticable.

mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy, very nice!

drinkability is a bit low due to high ABV.

overall, this is a very very delicious beer, definitely on the hoppy side for a stout, but if that's your thing this one is fantastic. i enjoyed this beer very much and was particularly impressed by the mouthfeel.

Photo of ClearDog
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been enjoying Storm King for a good part of the winter season, but am only now getting around to rating it.

Appearance -- Black ink in color with a strong two-finger khaki head. The head has some staying power and leaves a foamy lacing on the sides of my imperial pint glass when it weakens. This stout is absolutely breathtaking to look at!

Smell -- Roasted malts, but with a great hop presence. The hops in the beer are what make Storm King such an endearing stout for me. One of the best smelling beers IMHO.

Taste -- Malty with an aggressive hop finish. Hops are pretty prevalent in this beer, but you can definitely tell this is an Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel -- Heavy and creamy. Almost like a think shake.

Drinkability -- For a RIS the drinkability is very good, although I'd recommend stopping after two. I absolutely love this beer and recommend it to all craft beer enthusiasts! I plan on buying at least a case before the summer. I don't know if I'll be able to wait until next fall/winter to drink this one again!

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

I had this from a bottle at Donnelly's Public house in Fairport, NY. This poured a black as hell syrup with no light passing through. The foamy tan head did not last long at all. The aroma is an amazing blast of fruit, piney hops and roasted malts. Maybe because of the food I was eating but the special thing about this beer that gets me is the sweet fruity taste, malt flavors, and piney hops that combine for such a well balanced yet complex taste. Some roasted malt and choclate hints also. The mouthfeel was perfect ,nice, thick and full.

I saw this for 11 bucks a 6 pack at Wegmans I plan on picking it up and adding some stuff via re-review. This is so damn drinkable and is simply an awesome, fruity, complex and powerful stout.

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

Sample was bottle frrom September 04. Beer pours a rich black with a half inch head which retains for quite some time. Smells of cherry and licorice are what I pick up right off the bat. As for taste malts and smokeyness are up front but the alcohol is not evident for a 9.5% stout. Moutfeel is light and smooth with little aftertaste. This is one beer I wish was a bomber which would be the perfect Friday nightcap.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An inch head that quickly receded, but left decent lacing. Inky black and completely opaque. Nose - wow! deep roasted malt, sort of like espresso, and smokey; also, some pine and alcohol. Taste - as in the nose, deep roasted espresso all over, some smoke,some piney citrus counterbalance (hops), and an alcohol burn., followed by aftertaste of smokeyness and espresso, and some acridness from the roast (smoke), - this is rich stuff. Mouthfeel - very full and smooth, except for alcohol burn and slight acridness from roast, but still went down pretty good, leaving some slickness coating. Drinkability - this is a good brew, but very rich- I could go for maybe another but no more in one sitting. Also, I dislike the alcohol burn and roast byproduct acridness- but I also realize that this is probably one that improves with time, and all the components will work in harmony after aging as opposed to some of the still raw characteristics doing their own thing as a young brew (just like wine oftentimes- ready to drink when you buy it, but it's much better if you let it sit for while before enjoying.) - really good stuff nonetheless.

Photo of doubleipa
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was black, black, black. Really not much of a head. Aroma was underwhelming. Cheeries, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and some hops. Not much carbonation at all. Nice smooth outhfeel and couldn't really taste the alcohol. Storm King seems to bit overrated, IMHO. Much prefer Stone RIS.

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

Bought a sixer of this stuff today in (not so sunny) San Diego...life is good !
On the 12oz brown bottle the label states a hefty 9.1 ABV and an Enjoy date of Jan 31 11... I am assuming that's 2011, hmm worth cellaring ?!?

This one pours jet black with a brown, bubbley head that dwindles quickly. It just might be the lighting in here, but I've yet to see a beer this dark, seriously, Fine carbonation for the style, bits of lacing.

Smell is of ultra strong espresso, hints of dark chocolate, iceberg lettuce and vapors of alcohol...very nice.

Sweet alcohol that quickly turns bitter as the dark roasty malts do their stuff and the hops re-inforce to the finish. The taste is much the same as the smell with a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. I was expecting this stuff to be thick and chewy...it wasn't. Thus this high octane stout is almost too drinkable...dangerously tasty!

Definitely high recommendation in moderation...cheers !

Photo of DeaconBluez
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ozer

poured a dark, black. i held this guy up to the light and nada came through. reminded me of the oil that i just drained out of my lawnmower.
no huge smells coming out of it. there are hints of hops and chocolate. there is a smokey smell coming out as well. but it is all very subdude.
the taste has a smokiness to it. there are hints of cherries, hops, roasted malts, and chocolate. but the smokiness is what stands out on this to me.
mouthfeel is very silky and smooth. the alcohol stands up and makes its presence known.
i think i could drink this every once in a while, so i am not if the drinkability is great for me.

Photo of AltBock
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle with a cool dark picure of a hawk's face on the front. It may not be a hawk, but it's a bird of prey. There is no back label, but it doesn't need one. All the information is all on the front. Not only is there info about the beer, but there is a Best Beore Date too. Mine is Jan 03 11. At first i thought it was BB 1/11/03, but it's actually BB 1/03/2011. They give this beer a 5 year expiration date.

Appearance: When poured into a Snifter, it was black as motor oil with hardly any light coming through it. I just got a little skim of tan colored foam that dissipated fast leaving very little fizzy rings and no lace.

Smell: When I first popped the cap, the aroma of hops came gushing out. When it settled the hops were still there as well as some roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some dark fruits in the background.

Taste: It had an excellent taste of dark chocolate and dark roasted malt in the front, some dark fruits in the middle, and the end there was a nice bitter pine hops taste. I did notice that after all those flavors there was slight alcohol taste. I knew that it had to have somekind of alcohol aftertaste since this beer clocks in a 9.1 ABV.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full bodied, and with this strong bitter taste that doesn't seem to want to leave. It could be either the bitter chocolate or bitter hops.

Drinkability: An excellent and affordable Russian Imperial Stout that I'm sure to age a couple of bottles to see how it comes out then. Excellent beer and a must try!

Photo of aleyeast
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle on 11/4/04, consumed on 2/16/06 (about a year old)
12 oz bottle in a stone imperial stout glass

poured to create a small brown head atop a black liquid
aroma of alcohol, roast, and chocolate
carbonation well in tact, deep chocolate sweetness, roast, warming alcohol in the flavor profile
very easy to drink a few of tese.

This is still one of my favorites from Victory (if you can get it on tap, it is incredibly smooth)

Photo of geexploitation
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't like Storm King as much as I used to (allegedly there was a change in the recipe), but it's still a fine beer. Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Aroma is very thick in character, with roasted malts, rising bread dough, and berry sweetness walloping the nostrils. On the palate, this beer starts off strong and sweet, then gives way to roasted malts and an intense alcoholic burn. Mouthfeel is pretty good, nice and thick, but the strong alcohol feel keeps it from being excellent.

A couple of years ago I would have ranked this as one of the best stouts I'd ever had. Too bad it's gone downhill, but it's still a good beer. I guess that means the only question is "Why mess with success?" I wonder if Victory has a good answer for that one...

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

A - very dark with a dark borwn head that disappears quicker than i expected

S - of course the typical chocolatey aroma with a strong hoppy aroma

T - a strong espresso taste explodes at first then follows up with a subtle baker's chocolate flavor, very refreshing

M - smooth and refreshing, delicious

D - high, a great stout

Photo of Vibbly
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one is from memory, but I've had enough Storm King that it should work out alright:

The labeling is cool, and it pours ridiculously dark and thick, with decent head that sticks around for a while. The smell is extremely rich and almost fruity, like a liqueur. It's hard to describe, but it almost smells smooth. The carbonation is at a great level, and so the mouthfeel is neither too fizzy nor too thick and syruppy--it tastes smooth too. It's not a chuggable session beer by any means, but it's not something that gets harsh or abrasive as the bottles pile up.

Taste-wise, it's almost hard to describe, because it's almost an elemental thing to me--it tastes like storm king. But since I have to try: it's very rich without too many burnt flavors, and sweet (cherries, maybe) without being at all cloying. it's very hoppy, but the bitterness dosn't push the other flavors to the side.

Basically, I'm just adding my voice to the chorus of Storm King supporters. As far as I'm concerned, this is Victory's best, and that's saying a good deal considering the beers they put out. It was one of the first things that got me into beer, and it's becoming a longterm favorite.

Side Note: I've had this on tap (at Victory's brewpub) and it tastes sweeter, syruppier, and generally less complicated. It's still delicious, but if you go to the brewery--and I recommend it to anyone that can manage the drive--I would recommend getting stuff that you can only get on tap. Especially Hopdevil or Uncle Teddy's from the handpumps.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black (dark brown) with a one finger cocoa head with decent retention and a moderate amount of lacing.

S - Pine hops, grapefruit hops, nail polish remover and a touch of burnt toast are all that get through.

T - Foretaste of pine hops with a bit of alcohol and carbon. A faint chocolatey sweetness. The aftertaste is a lingering pine with alcohol and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is way too potent.

M - Thin, slick, smooth and refreshing.

D - Storm king is pretty drinkable. It drinks like a 6 percent beer but hits like a 9 (since it is a 9). Pairs well with beers that mesh with a shitload of hops. This is the hophead stout. It wouldn't be hard to mistake this for a rather smooth IPA in a blind tasting. This is a good beer, but it is extremely overrated.

Photo of Higravity
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolute darkness topped with a tan head with small dense bubbles. Roasted citrus, wheaty malt sweetness blooms from the pint glass. The smell is intoxicating and inviting. Large taste of roasted malts with a tame bitterness form the char, but a interesting enjoyable bitteress from the hops and a slight fruity, citrus in the finish. Sticky dnese mouthfeel coats the mouth and isn't slick. I could drink this pint for pint but moderation helps keep me out of the gym.

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

Oh so dark black with a dark brown, but small and quickly dissapearing head. Scant carbonation, slightly reddish brown color with less is in the glass. Smells of intensely floral hops and a bit caramelly, even. The dark malts are smoothed out here lacking that burt aftertaste, with a strong hop intensity that is mellow in bite and extremely floral. I had a sample of this on tap at D.B.A. in New York and it won me over enough to buy a six pack the next day. It's so smooth. The steak I paired this with for this pout brought out the intensity of the roasted malts, and the genuine sweetness. Mouthfeel is full, and just carbonated enough...not too syrupy in body, decievingly light in mouthfeel for the intensity of flavor. Minus what happens when you drink one of these too quickly or have more than one, and unlike other stouts, I personally can absolutely pound this. It's just that delicious. It never takes long to get one of these down. This pour was no exception. Quintessential.

Photo of ITK4ever
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, black color. No light gets through at all. Tan head which settles in tight rather quickly. Very nice lacing as this one hits the lips. Malty with hop undertones, but very well balanced.

This beer is just plain pretty. One sip and you know why it's so highly rated. If you can't get this on the Left Coast, you need to find someone who can get it for you as it certainly is a treat. But then, I expect nothing less from Victory.

Photo of jabocu
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike at Brawley’s in Charlotte, NC for hooking me with one of these!

Very dark coffee color with a one finger dense tan cap. Cap diminished to lacings along side and surface within a minute. Lots of aromatic citrus hops. Nice caramel sweet maltiness with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Alcohol is in the nose. This very robust flavor starts off as sweet caramel toffee, coffee and chocolate. Transforms into a very biting citrus hop bitterness. The bitterness clings to the back of the tongue as all the flavors mellow. However, the aftertaste is gone fast and leaves a charcoal bitterness leaving you wanting more. Full-bodied with light-medium carbonation. Very excellent beer! I just hope I can find some more.

Photo of shbobdb
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, Victory brews beers like I like to drink beers. This is one crazy good Impy Stout.
All of the hallmark elements are there, just . . . muted. Bold hops, coupled with a lot of roasted flavours with some malt and alcohol. But they are all half as strong as most Imperial Stouts that I've drank. Man, that makes this beer incredibly balanced and very drinkable. I don't normally associate Impy Stouts with words like, Drinkable, subtle, sessionable, and other words that make me think of a fine pilsner.

Wow. This beer blew me away.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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