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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,420 Ratings
very good

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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 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.

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

I picked up a Storm King Stout at a local specialty shop to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler. .

Pours a jet black brew and is opaque. One finger of beige/brown head is fairly resilient, but dissipates to a quarter inch film and produces some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is fairly strong and sweet. It smells a little like coffee with fruit elements and a hint of alcohol (spirits) as well.

The taste is quite rich and robust. The flavor is very complex. There is a decided bitter charcoal flavor, and also a smoky and slightly sweet coffee and chocolate flavors. There is a mild hop finish, which takes the flavor full circle back to the bitter charcoal flavor. The flavors are reasonably well balanced, but it may be a little over-hopped to the exclusion of the malt. The aftertaste is remarkably short-lived, taken over by the hops and is slightly bitter.

The mouth feel is a little thick and heavy. The beer is very mildly carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer, but with it’s higher ABV (9.1%) I’m not sure I’d want to have more than a couple in a sitting (especially at $2.75 a bottle), and I wouldn’t want to drink them very fast. But this is a outstanding stout, and a beer drinking experience well worth having. I would definitely have a Storm King Stout again. I’ll look for an occasion.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This will be my second review on this beer. The reason for that is simple. My first review was on a fresh sample. This review is on a bottle with a date of 18Nov 2003. This aged specimen is very similar in appearance to a fresh sample. Black, cream coloured head; nice lace. The smell seems a bit hoppier and a bit less malty than a fresh one. There's also more fruit present. It is still very enjoyable, just different. The taste is substantially different IMO. The chocolate that is present in a fesh sample is very diminished. There is, however, a toasted sensation on the finish that is very pleasant. The mouthfeel is smooth as silk. Incredible!! This is certainly a beer that ages well (if kept properly, of course), and even at 9.1%, the drinkability after aging this long is amazing.
Blessed Be

Photo of Sixpack595
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't get it. This beer isn't very good. Tastes like a burnt American style IPA. Yea, the guys who brew this really like to add hops... Sadly it tastes like thats about all they did. Dumped a bunch of hops into a kettle of middle of the road stout. Roasty, burnt, astringint taste. Flat, very little head. On the plus side it hides the high ABV quite well, and the mouthfeel was medium bodied. I'm really disapointed in this one sinve the other Victory brews I've had are better. Overhyped.

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

Bottle served at 55*. Pours black and opaque as night while developing a dense tan head. Didn’t appear as viscous on the pour as other big Imp Stouts. Moderate nose of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, charred wood and hops. Palate was creamy and smooth, without being slick or oily. Attractive taste of espresso coffee and lots of charcoal notes with a minerally dryness mid-palate. The hops certainly make a strong play here keeping any cloying sweeetness at bay and providing a notable crisp and pleasant hop bitterness to the long finish. A very well balanced Impy Stout which keeps the alcohol well hidden. Top notch!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like any good stout should: Impenetrable darkness with a tan head. Head doesn't retain well but the lace is abundant.

Aroma is full-on hops, kind of grassy/earthy, a bit lighter in smell than the heavier chocolate/coffee you get in most stouts. Toffee is there, with a dark grape fruitiness far back there.

For an Imperial Stout this is a seriously refreshing taste, one of few Imperials you could drink year-round. Not too heavy in the mouth but still hugely substantial. The flavors feature piney hops (I've noticed this aspect seems to diminish over the years...it's either my palate being more used to hops or the recipe changing...), followed by grape, toasted malt, espresso, cream/milk (in smoothness and flavor), followed by a piquant and bitter aftertaste that leaves the mouth happy with a pleasant tingle. Nice frothy sizzle in the mouth.

A drinkable big stout, deserving of all the high marks and raves, but there are better in the style.

Photo of jamesdergen
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, opaque espresso black with a minimal fizzy tan head that disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Nice aromas of caramel and toffee.

Taste: The first thing to hit is a rich coffee/toffee flavor that quickly gives way into a massive wall of resiny hops. The rich, roasty malt background remains throughout. The hoppiness was a lot more intense than I was expecting, but it somehow fits in incredibly well. The only detractor here is that weird overcooked vegetable taste that comes into play towards the middle of the hop invasion.

Mouthfeel: Pretty highly carbonated and a heavy mouthfeel, but that's not too surprising from an Imperial Stout.

Drinkability: A bit too intense, heavy and carbonated to drink more than one. The alcohol is well-hidden, however. This one is a sipper, and a delicious one!

A big thanks to Christian down at Cellar's for recommending this one to me. It's a great brew with huge flavors and massive complexity the likes of which I have never tasted before. A great brew.

Photo of ricodewey
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being a Victory fan for many years, I can say this year's Storm King batch is superb.

I must comment on the mouthfeel. Let is sit in your mouth for 30 seconds. Inhale and breath deeply the pungent cherries, dark coffee feel. At a potent 9% abv, the alcohol is clearly evident but extremely drinkable. Goes down smoothly with tones of coffee on the tongue. Goes very well with any dessert. I have been enjoying this beer for 5 years and this years batch is top-notch.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. "Bottled Nov 18 05"

Pours your standard RIS black with several fingers of frothy tan bubbles and a bit of lacing. Nose is much more subtle than I was expecting - dark fruits with hints of roasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate. Taste is on the mellow side as well with caramel and toasted malts, espresso/chocolate with a hint of plum/raisin. Mouthfeel is fluffy and smooth. Alcohol is barely noticeable. I was a little disappointed that this wasn't intense and in your face, especially after the Bourbon County Stout I had this weekend, but this is still a damn tasty RIS, and insanely drinkable for 9.1%. I don't know about #8 in the world though....

Photo of petemoss14
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Dated Dec 13, 2005.

Been a lot of flack about this beer lately. Shall we...

Pours a dense opaque. Completely black. Two finger tan head fades to nice lace.

The aroma is quite fruity and intriguing. There's some underlying coffee, molasses, and chocolate, but I must say the overrinding aromas are those of blackberry, current, and licorice. Notes of floral hops and mild alcohol esters

Tastes of dark fruit, coffee, chocolate. Mouthfeel is disappointing at first -- seemed thin and undercarbonated. This improves greatly as the beer warms. It becomes silkier. As for the hops, they are there -- defiant, but not overwhelming. They in no way overwhelm the beer or seem out of place. And I am certainly no hophead.

Can't say that I am all that familiar with previous bottlings, but I was impressed with this one. Very drinkable for a beer of its strength. Curious to try different batches...

Photo of normZurawski
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the first beers I tried when I started getting into craft beer. My initial thought at the time was, "I guess stout really isn't my stlyle." Skeip ahead 2 months and that's changed. I find this winter I enjoy nothing but stout and the occasional Dogfish Head offering, usually the IBA. And among the stouts, Storm King is head and shoulders above the rest.

Everything about this beer is well done. The aroma is excellent, and this beer drinks as smoothly as you could hope for. Given the high ABV, it does an excellent job on the delivery, having a rich malty finish worthy of any Russian emporer. I also get some hoppiness in the finish, especially as time passes. The finish on this is really long, lasting damn near a minute after you've put the glass down, assuming you put the glass down. Very good beer, try it.

Photo of oelergud
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body only brightening at the edges to a dark brown red color. Dark creamy tan head. Decent retention and lace.
The nose is complex with scents of marcipan, smoke, caramel, burnt coffee beans and chocolate. Hops are strong but still well balanced.
Nuts and roasted coffee beans up front dark chocolate and black cherries fading into the aftertaste which is a blend of dominating spiced hop flavors, sweet thick malts and a dry finish.
Solid and thick as expected. Good coating.
Highly drinkable just beware of it's strength.


Photo of jlh8643
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. A semi rough pour generated a healthy 2 inch cheastnut head that leaves thin lace with mild retention. The body is deep, dark brown almost black. Mild coffee and acrid roasted malts back up with some citrus hops lurking around. The mouth feel isn't as big as I anticipated. Mild coffee, dark fruit like prunes and the roasted astringency are what I initially come away with but the finish is much lighter combined with the alcohol warming effect left me hanging a bit. Overall a good beer but not the tops of its class.

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

Good after dinner beer.
Pours as black as an lawyers heart with a half inch carmel head.
Interesting nose with a prominant alcohol smell, somewhat expected from thr 9.1 ABV.
Good taste with the main flavors I noticed being coffee and roasted malt. Noticible alcohol taste and hop bite, but a very enjoyable drink.
Medium thickness on the mouthfeel. Not a chewy stout, but it stays with you.
A drinkable stout that will set you back after a few. While strong tasting it WILL sneak up on you.


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

Has all of the ingredients for the perfect Stout. An Ideal color with a viscous texture and strong head retention. Ideal blend of espresso and bittersweet chocolate and a lightly powdery roasted grain quality. Enough in the nose and flaovr to demand respect. Enough heat to recognize it's potency. Still, no off balanced characters at all. No fusal alcohols, dominating hops, astingency, harshness, or accessive acidity. It grabs the throat a bit on the way down, but to be expected. Very clean for style. Difficult to criticise.

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

12 oz Bottle, dated October 31st, 2005

Pour a rich dark brown, that borders very closely on black. The rich browns are really only present when tilting the glass and holding it up to the light, and even then don't think you're going to be seeing your fingers on the other side of the glass. The beer poured with a thick head which disolved quickly leaving a delicate lace behind to hug the edges of the glass. Very thick to the eye with great retention.

The alchohol is present on the nose, as well as mild smokey and sweet scents.

This beer has a very bold taste and is very bright on the front of the tounge. Slight smokey and burnt taste, yet very pleasant. A simple and strong taste often reminiscent of Licorice.
Despite it's heavy syrupy appearance this is more of a chewy medium bodied beer with a pleasantly strong ammount of carbination .

Thought the abv might prevent you from putting back a bunch of these in a night, it is none the less a true pleasure to drink

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