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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,373 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,373
Reviews: 2,561
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 175
Gots: 602 | FT: 15
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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Photo of joeskirkie
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 27, 2005:

Wow, an opaque black body with a dark biege head, it's so enticing. The head seemed quite vigorous at first but quickly settled.

A malty bready aroma, not to strong and not too roasted.

The falvor carries the malty charachter, it finishes with a delightful bite. It drinks easy. It's bubbly but not too bubbly. I don't detect any alcohol really and it's so very well balanced.

Eash sip (who am I kidding, each gulp) gets better. Very well done. Another victory for...ugh I can't believe I almost went for that pun.

Photo of jslot38
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle from 05-06 Winter, Bottle date clearly marked.

Appearance: Massive tan frothy head over a pure black body. Lacing is outstanding.

Smell: Mocha, chocolate, deep hop undertones intermixed with classic stout aromas.

Taste: Wow, where to start with this one? Certainly an interesting hop profile for a stout. Mild oil hops are interlaced into a malt character of chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel. The presence of alcohol was interesting. It almost tasted as if the boys over at Victory had soaked some chips in bourbon and mixed them into the brewing process. Probably not, but certainly an interesting touch.

Mouthfeel: Very slick, I'd even say a buttery diacetyl character, but used very effectively (I'm a fan of this feeling anyways). Slight carbonation.

Drinkability: For 9% this is great, certainly could have a few of these, but be careful.

Notes: Let it warm up to add to the complexity. Personally I'd say lay a few of these down and let 'em age to take out the harsh hop complexities. While now it seems that Victory gets criticism for this, and how its not how this beer used to be, I have to say I like it, and that it lives up to the hype. I don't know though, I never tasted one from the past, unfortunately. If its better, I'd be amazed.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Jet black beer, thick as pitch, thin mocha crown, decent stickiness and retention. Very syrupy looking.

Nose: must and earth, citric acid, rosted grains, coffee and chicory.

Taste: Complex malt character. They’re big and roasty. Coffee, dark chocolate, bitter chicory, molasses, dirt, and dank wood. Subtle dark fruit comes through the finish.

MF: Thick yet smooth as silk worm’s cocoon. Hints of citrus balance out the big malts.

Drinkability: Really dangerous. This one goes down too easy for the ABV and style.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 10-14-05

Appearance: Jet black body, large tan head, good retention.

Smell: Chocolate, both milk and dark, alcohol vapors, and a slight acidity, very nice.

Taste: Overflowing with dark roasted malts, espresso, which culminate in a fine hop finish, a finely crafted RIS.

It had been over 2 years since I last cracked open a storm king, but this remains a very good, if not great, beer.

Photo of Ego
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

on cask @ andy's corner pub, bogata NJ this sunday (props to my bud yelterdow for calling the place)

black, hella black, hellish black, hellicious black... got it ? even on cask the head retained.. and of course this monster sticks to the glass like a fat chick on my c.. nevermind... it is menacing looking, I let it sit for a bit and it still had a nice head on it (milk choc colored). I was suprised at how active it was out of the cask....

burnt malts coated with a dollop of hops, coffee, no sense of the punch this baby delivers at all in the odor... everything is balanced, not one note is killing the other, it lets you know who is boss and it aint you! the aroma is intoxicating and delish.

taste etc...
slick, oily slick resin and hops, mild burnt flavors, abv is hiding and ready to pounce, chocolate notes linger with only some slight sweetness..and then smackin bitter bitter bitter hops... the mouthfeel is still WAY too thin onthis one imo... the only detriment I can really think of.. if this was thicker feeling it would be a total home run, but that said I still love the living crap outta this beer.

do I even need to ? please.. if you like bold tasting stouts just go have some of this... this is bad-ass, period.

Photo of Prufrock
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pilsner.

pours thick and black with half an inch of light brown head. a touch of lace remains.

sweet, floral hops with a malty, sugary chocolate background. the combination is nicely balanced and very pleasant; like a beer lover's perfume.

bitter roasted malts dominate the flavor. some hops and espresso as well. finish is clean but hints at the alcohol. medium to heavy mouthfeel with a high carbonation for a stout. a very drinkable stout, given the high alcohol content.

Photo of riversider76
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black. Nice tan head, excellent retention,and lacing. Smell was light with a burnt/hoppy aroma. Mouthfeel was on the light side. Taste is roasted,with a hint of carme. Bitter edge from start to finish. Smooth,but the alchol content is evident. Good,but I liked old Rasputin better.

Photo of curtisb8
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black as tar bubbling out of the Santa Monica pits

Smell: rather neutral nose, hint of tobacco, and coffee

Taste: Chocolate, Carmel, light coffee, medium malt flavor. Not the most in your face stout available, making it a smoother option.

Overall: better than average stout, good for a few given the mild overall flavor. Not the most adventurous of the bunch but a good drink. Give ‘er a try.

Photo of JWFokker
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll admit, I'm not the biggest fan in the world of stouts, but the Storm King is pretty good stuff regardless of whether or not stouts are your thing.

From the bottle it pours great, jet black with a nice light tan head. If you hold it up to the light, it's completely opaque. This is serious stuff. The nose is rather mild, nothing offensive or exceptional. The palate is quite good, well balanced between hoppiness and maltiness - a definite roasted malt flavor without getting too burnt tasting like some stouts. The higher than average alcohol content is not at all intrusive. The mouthfeel is smooth as hell. Almost creamy. Altogether this adds up to a very good, well balanced beer and better than most stouts I've tried. I've yet to try the much praised Dark Lord, but the Storm King could definitely become a regular for me.

Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah first time having The Storm King (or any Victory brew for that matter) and it no doubt won't be the last. The Stout had a bottled on date of Dec 14th of 2004.

The Stout poured into my Guinness pint glass with a small tan head, that faded somewhat quickly, but left a nice lacing through the duration. Truly a beautiful beer to look at. Black as the night, with not the slightest hint of light showing through.

The smell was a unique mix of roasted malt, alcohol and hops. To my surprise the hops stood out the most of the three. All in all a unique smell and somewhat more hoppy than what I'm accoustomed to in most stouts. The smell was inviting me to taste and what a treat I was in for...

Again the hops stood out from the get go. Wow this is truly some good stuff here guys! To a lesser degree there's the traditional rosted malt, more than a hint of dark chocolate and a definite coffee taste. All in all quite complex and definitely not a disappointment given the hype the beer gets.

For being a 9 plus percent beer, this stuff could come back and hurt a person a little too quickly for comfort. If what some claim and this used to be alot better, I must admit to being somewhat jealous of those who were able to drink the 'better' samples. If this stuff was distributed in Missouri, I would buy it on a regular basis.

Photo of Celt44
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark chocolaty brown with a frothy, but small, lighter brown head - Very pretty. Lacing lasts throughout, but head dissipates quickly.
Smell is superior for a stout. The best I've experienced. Floral hops are present - along with hints of espresso, chocolate, and strong coffee. Smell of alcohol is faint considering the ABV.
Taste is superior. Mouth feel smooth. Slight bitterness up front and finishes very clean. Taste is a mixture that starts like coffee but finishes sweet and hoppy.
Unbelievably delicious. These go down dangerously easy.

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

Storm King by Victory pours a dark, dark brown with a bulky mocha head which rapidly dissipates but leaves sub-par lacing. It smells like dark chocolate, blackberries and a hint of vanilla. Just a modest quantity of alcohol tang in the nose.

There is a lot going on here, but nothing overpowering. There are some muted hops peeking out from the burnt malt and alcohol tastes. I will say that this beer is creamy and smooth though. It tastes like burnt chocolate, molasses and is slightly earthy…almost woody. In the end, there is a bit of sweetness that shines through the calm spicy darkness.

I like it! It is good and goes down smooth! Lots going on here and lots to take pleasure in. This is one of the best if not the best stout that I have ever had. Hey Guinness drinkers, eat it! Um…I mean…. drink it and smile! This is fantastic.

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

From a 12oz bottle into a delerium tremens tulip. The bottle says enjoy by Jan 3, 2011...cellaring obviously an option. Pours an opaque black with a nice brown head. Nice lacing. I read someone else not impressed with the lacing, but it's nice on mine.

Smells fantastic. Dark chocolate and espresso, with an underlying toffee caramel sweetness. It smells like a Scharfenberger (San Francisco chocolatier) mocha chocolate bar tastes. If you can find one, try it.

Taste is mostly the espresso and caramel. The chocolate is there but not as strong as in the nose. The caramel malt is so smooth throughout.

Nice thick and frothy mouthfeel. One swish in your mouth and it's almost like whipped cream. Wow.

This is so good. I have had this on draft before and don't remember it being this good because on draft I thought it tasted somewhat chalky. I must have gotten one out of a bad keg before. Becaue that's not the case right now. I recommend this in the biggest way. I gave this 4.5s across the board as I think maybe I'll give the DFH WWS a higher mark here or there. But this is certainly about as close to a perfect imperial stout as you can get. Cheers to Victory on this one!

Photo of bearrunner44
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pitch black, with a tan head. The color of the head is similar to that of cookie dough, and the pour creates a nice cascading effect.

Aroma- Contains the usual roasted malt characteristics, but it also has a hop profile that's unusually big for the style. Rosey, sweet alcohol scents are detectable in the background.

Taste- Wonderful, silky-smooth mouthfeel; it slides effortlessly around the mouth. Mild malt flavors up front, providing a caramel sweetness without the usual stout dryness. Big, juicy hop finish. The high ABV is definitely noticeable up front, but the citric hops cover it up in the finish. It's "softer" than most stouts. The overall bitterness is subdued, and most of the bite comes from the hops and alcohol rather than the malt.

Verdict- Supple, smooth and juicy; an interesting take on the style.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with bottled on date of oct 31 (Halloween night) 05. Pours a jet black color with a tan head on top with about half inch of size. Very nice looking. Consistency of warm honey.

Terrific aroma. Lots of fruity and citrusy hops. Alcohol aroma and chocolate. Huge coffee aroma as well. This is a wonderful smelling beer that makes me very eager to jump in and drink this little piece of heaven.

Where to start. Fresh hops taste. Huge on the coffee. Chocolate. Dried plums. Very fresh tasting. A wonderfully tasting and complex beer.

Perfectly creamy body and nice hop bitterness. High alcohol content but extremely drinkable at 9.1%. Glad I bought this. I am also cellaring two bottles for sampling in one year and two years. We shall see how the flavor evolves and changes and improves/ gets worse. Laters.

Photo of Hhawk06
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was always looking forward to trying this, given the obvious recommendation by most beer advocates. Away we go....

It poured with an opaque, almost black body and a sturdy and attractive dark, fluffy and consistent head. The nose is sensational for an imperial; malty at first, but accompanied by a grapefruit/citrus background. The mouthfeel is full and robust, asserting itself that this is a beer to be reckoned with. At first, it appears nutty/chocolatey. Then a wave of IPA flavors hit. But its not overwhelming, it is complimentary in the rudimentary essence of the word. The citrus and grapefruit flavors do such justice. The finish is almost like an IPA as well, with a bitterly dry puckering aspect. The grapefruit sits at the back of the palate for good. All this tying in nicely to the subtle chocolatey roastiness. Well done and world class my friend.

Photo of Hautacam
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First I've tasted this year. It's just as good as ever.
Pours very dark brown with dark tan head...the head drops to 1/2 in. , but stays for the duration.
Smells mostly of hops..very piney..some French-Roast coffee and ..dried hay ?
Tastes fantastic....most of what I taste is hops , with lots of other subtle flavors of fruit,malt...nice slight bitter dry finish.
The mouthfeel is amazing...how to describe it ??..like it's micro carbonated....micro foamy....very much like a really good espresso feels....really smooth. I let this warm up pretty good and it just got better and better.
Drinkabilty...one is good.

Photo of scooter231
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard that this used to be much tastier and more enjoyable- but I didn't mind this guy at all. It wasn't perfect, it could have been better, but I enjoyed it. Poured a dark dark color with a pretty head. Smell was a bit hard to find, but it held mostly coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste is very similar- lots of chocolate, lots of coffee, some bitterness going on, and a bit of breadyness at the end. Good solid mouthfeel, smooth and carbonated just right. Drinkable as far as stouts go- and the alcohol content is well hidden. Still... wish I could try a "good" sample of this...

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

Ok, a first review. And I'll qualify the following as this is following a couple of cream stouts, so pardon any taste bias/ inebriation.

A - Black as night, or a storm as might be more apropos. Tornados likely

S - Espresso... and citrus? a tiny bit smoky, a tiny bit of licorice.

T - Great! Much hoppier than my usual favorite Imperials (Stone, Southampton, North Coast), but a nice change. A bit of fruitiness to it (fig?) and the hops have a nice coffee-esque profile. As it warms, i get a bit of caramel, nicely balanced with the coffee/espresso.

M - Exactly what I look for. Thick without feeling oily, dissipates off the tongue slowly and leaves enough dry bitterness to prompt another sip. I could repeat the cycle ad nauseum. And am doing so as I type.

D - Very high, but again, my preference lies toward the lower IBU range. Occupies a nice spot between stout and ipa. It will by no means replace my favorites, but I'm pretty sure this sixer will disappear rapidly.

Photo of orfeu
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on Nov 18 05. Opaque black. Creamy beige lather, about 1/4". Absolutely stellar lacing for the style -- hop overload, apparently! Floral, piney hops sting the nostrils right away. There is a roasty chocolate and coffee scent down there somewhere, too, but I think it's drowning in hop oil. Brazen hoppiness dominates the flavor throughout and throttles a newborn roasted espresso malt bill, leaving it twitching in death throes on the sticky floor. Assertive alcohol notes. Spicy with so much hoppiness. Prickly carbonation and hop spiciness cover over what I'm certain with time will become a beautifully slick and oily mouthfeel. RIS purists may find the ridiculous amount of hops in this beer to be sacrilege. I freakin' love it. But what do I know? I'm in love with hops. Hands down, my favorite Russian Imperial Stout.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint. From a sixer I purchased from the brewery; freshness date on the bottle says it was bottled on 12/13/2005, quite fresh considering I got the beer on 12/23/2005.

Body is straight black with no light coming through. Head is tan with some nice lace down the glass.

Scent is dry and hoppy. Spices, chocolate, and an underlying alcohol element.

The flavors include roasted malt, coffee, spiced chocolate, and hops. As with just about everything Victory makes this has more hops than it's style usually would boast, which is fine by me. Very intense flavor is unrelenting in it's complex assault. I think it has a more full bodied flavor out of the bottle than it does on tap.

Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black with a one finger caramel colored head that holds its ground the whole way down.

S: Aromas of chocolate with a slight sweet background in there.

T: Chocolate taste with a nice body, that has a slight bitter taste then leaves a refreshing taste in your mouth. This is a very rich and creamy beer.

M & D: Mouthfeel is very smooth with a well balanced body--heavy, but nice. not overpowering and too fulfilling. Drinkability is very high on this one, especially if you enjoy heavier stouts.

Photo of ericj551
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an inky opaque black, with a small dark head. Smell is a sweet fruity maltiness, with roasted malts coming through. The taste is sweet and roasted malts, with a nice strong body, and a dark fruitiness. The finish is rich and chocolatey with a nice amount of hops. For its strength, this beer is quite drinkable, and delcious all around.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slick black with a thin tan head. Aroma is spicy, loaded with lots of hops, some alcohol. Very dry.

Taste is dark and hoppy. Dry black patent as a base, but the hops are clear, strong and pungent. More malt (cocoa, coffee, charcoal) comes out as it warms a little. No sweetness at all, on any level. Very slight tinge of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, not nearly as heavy as other stouts. Has an astringent quality, a little oily. Would probably benefit with lots and lots of aging. Not bad, but not really something I'd return to. I followed this one with an ordinary dry stout (Coopers) and found that much more satisfying.

Fresh bottle, dated Sep 12 05.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark mohogany with a light head that drops in to a wispy lace.
the aroma is roasty, malty, alcohol, licorice, spice, hint of coffee and dark chocolate.
the flavor is rich, spicy hopsack, bitter, dark chocolate, pepper, coffee.
the mouthfeel is a little thick
best enjoyed on a cold night by a fire.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,373 ratings.