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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,995 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,995
Reviews: 2,503
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 148
Gots: 460 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Photo of ithacabaron
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Storm King arrives like a thunderstorm.

When first poured, a hop bouquet reaches the nose, and, together with some more dark, bittered notes, it smells like a standard Victory hop offering (which, don't get me wrong, is always right on the money, and a beautiful thing).

The first sip, smooth as silk, hits you like a crash of lightning. Boom! A dark baking chocolate bitterness hits you, followed by notes of the same chocolate, melted, covering over plums and sweet cherries. In time, but a long time, as this beer luxuriates on your tongue, the clouds pass, and at the end of the sip you are beckoned to bring on another maelstrom.

This was the beer that truly set me on the path to Beer Advocacy, and so, I am very thankful that it exists -- and at 30 dollars a case in Philadelphia, I always get one of this and the Hop Devil when I'm in town.

ithacabaron, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of Ianhockey91
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow what a brew, this is as close to a perfect five i go in the stout category. The aroma has some hints of burnt coffe and a few other scents i cant really discern. As far as taste goes, wow, excellent excellent brew, it is a bit over the top, but it hides the alchohol very well (which can be good or bad, this brew will sneek up on you). I found the flavor to be slightly mellower when warm, and in true victory fashion the hops were definetly present. Top notch brew from a top notch brewery. One thing though, i thought the bottle could be redone.

Ianhockey91, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of mikeys01
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I found a bottle of this much touted imperial hidden in the singles corner of the beer case at my local packy tonight and had to try it. Served from a 12 oz. bottle, bottled in January, drank late august, excellent integrity. Poured from the bottle black as tar, with a nice dark brown head that faded relatively quickly for an imperial. Aroma is roasty and burnt coffee, maybe a little anise.
This stout tastes very bold at first and mellows nicely as the glass warms a bit. Alcohol presence is fairly subdued, but slightly warming as it goes down. At first I taste the strong coffee flavor right away, but it's backed up with some serious hop bitterness that stays with you the whole way. Balances out a little with notes of chocolate and caramel. This is a fine imperial stout indeed, though I can't say it's my favorite just yet (I'm partial to Stone Imperial or Bell's Expedition)...maybe I'll have to have a few more at the next release though.

mikeys01, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of beerinator
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very black, with a nice khaki head. Nice and lacy head retention.

Aroma: Roasted malt. sweet and slightly smokey aroma. Whiffs of bakers chocolate in the nose, bitter chocolate.

Taste: Very bitter from beginning to end, with a very very dark burned chocolatly flavor. Bitterness lingers on and on and on. Very bitter mocha flavor with a good mouthfeel.

Notes: Solid beer. Very silky beer with nice carbonation, a great choice for a strong stout. Not for the non-stout drinkers.

beerinator, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh. Ooh! Oh, yes. Oooh, Yes! Yes! Yes! YES! YES! YES! Aaah! Whew! Mmmmmm!

Brought to Moscow by friends from Northern Virginia, my precious bottle was filled on 1/28/03, and emptied on 8/16/03. The label calls this an Imperial Stout. Supposedly, imperial stouts were first developed in Russia for the Czar's court. I guess the commies ditched the style when they ditched the Czar. I sure haven't found anything in Russia that comes close to this masterpiece.

Pours black as coal, with a thin dark, almost amber colored head. This head faded too quickly, however, causing me to mark down the appearance. There was no lace on my glass. The nose was big with caramel and malt, but relatively subdued when cold. It grew, ever so subtlely as the brew warmed in the glass, until it was bold and assertive like few brews anywhere. The mouth was, in my view, too bubbly for the style, hence the other markdown in my review. It was heavy with roasted sweetness, though - very nice.

Then there's the taste. My goodness! Sweet and malty to start, with hints of chocolate, coffee, and plumbs. There is also hops from the start, getting stronger as the liquid and the tongue indulge in a mutually passionate embrace. The finish is thus bitter and flowery and smooth, with some lingering caramel and roasted chestnuts. The aftertaste is sweet, bitter and roasty all at once. Not only the nose, but also the taste get even better (although less sweet) as the brew warms, so don't be in a hurry to drink this one. Savor it. Enjoy it. Relish it. Yum!

Globetrotter, Aug 17, 2003
Photo of rotsaruch
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well this SK was not sampled from the bottle, draft or the cask, but was from the firkin. I treated myself to a handsome British pint this evening at Victory. This is a jewel of a treat for "firkin Friday" in the middle of the summer. It was brewed in March 2003.

It's appearance was black as nite with a creamy mocha head. Everything, including the aroma, the taste and presence of alcohol were subdued. Just a perfect balance of hops and malt were present as the initial liquid black gold tantilized the palate. There was this overwhelming combination of chocolate, coffee, mocha, dates and rasions that were present from start to finish. The complexity of this brew was simplified into very incredible level of smooth, silky heaven. It's truly hard to capture and describe something so delicate and delicious.

If SK from the bottle, draft or cask is considered No. 1 on the BA website, I would suggest an aged-version SK from the firkin has to be No. 1 in the world.

rotsaruch, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with a Bottled on stamp of Sept 26 02. Sampled on August 13, 2003. Sadly this beer will never seen it's first birthday.

Poured a pitch black with a big, frothy caramel colored head. The head faded in about two minutes to a thin, bubbly covering. With a quick swirl or through drinking this stout leaves rings of lacing that don't seemd to want to cling to the glass.

Aromas of bitter coffee, malt, toffee, earth, and hops rise from the glass like the bird on the bottle.

The first texture is creamy and full bodied on your tongue. It is quickly followed with toffee flavors, then bitter coffee, caramel, malt, and a slight hop bite at the end to wash away any hints of sweetness. Finishes clean and dry, but leaves the mouth watering for more. There is little to know taste of alcohol and with the exception of the label there is little to indicate it's 9.1% ABV.

I wonder, since this is bottle conditioned does it just get better with age? Sadly I will not know for some time as this was my only bottle.

I'm glad I had a friend provide me with a sample. I'll have to return the favor.

Loki, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of vitesse
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in 12 oz. bottle. that was bottled., according to the label, in january. (it's now august.)

just an all-around great beer. so so interesting. full of flavors and aromas. totally unique.
this is a hopped up imperial stout. you get the dry roasty malt flavors mixing with the cofee-like flavors and then mixing again with some serious hops flavor.
very very well balanced and drinkable beer considering how much alcohol is in it.
i highly recommend this one.

vitesse, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of xgrigorix
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Bottled on 1/28/03.

Pours viscous, solidly black with a dense dark tan head. Head lingers for quite a while before settling down.

Nose is filled with roast and citric pine loaded hops.

Dark chocolate, licorice, espresso, dark fruits - plum and raisin. Hoppy citrus bite cuts right through all those dense flavors. Just a bit of grapefuit in there, too. A slight perfume like character surfaced as it warmed.

Full bodied, with a long dry finish. Went great with creme brulee.

xgrigorix, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presented in a 12oz. bottle with a "bottled on" date of 12-17-02 on the label. Poured a jet black color that was almost intimidating. Had a dark tan head that thinned out to a small cap.

Smell: potent aromas of espresso, roasted malt, raisins, and plums. A faint smokiness and a slight alcohol astringency also present. Very complex array of aromas.

Taste: roasted malt followed by espresso (mmm...coffee!) to start. Dried fruits (raisins, dates) also present as is a hint of grassiness and an agreeable amount of hops bitterness which kick in at the finish. Alcohol kind of grabs the back of the palate. Again, very complex.

Feel: full-bodied, kind of chewy. Drier than anticipated.

Drinkability: high % ABV makes this a "one per" beer. Tough to have more than one without feeling like the floor is gonna get yanked out from under you. Not one I'm going to go to on a warm summer evening. Up for re-review this winter, though.

Boilermaker88, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of pio
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

totally wicked lookin' owl face comming from the darkness with purple lightening and a crown. no extra points for that though-there's no room for them. as soon as i poped the top off the smell hit the air and lit it up with molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, some earth tones and a touch of floral odor. it poured a gorgeous dark and it's probably opaque. dark tan coco colored head is very sturdy and leaves impressive sheets of lace down the inside of the glass. the flavors are great! death by chocolate first and some hints of honey glide me into a sweeter ripe fruit/dried fruit like figs. that fleets as quickly to reveal a solid malt and toast. it feels like it actually roasts and eventually chars on my palate. it really dries up and becomes plesantly bitter and crisp on the finish. it leaves a hint of honey that i found perticularly nice. the mouthfeel is in my opinion creamy and soft yet definately for real. i couldn't wait to have another!

pio, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a thick well-retained tan head. The abundant hops in the aroma cover up much of the malt character, but it is still very pleasant. Taste is of roasted coffee with some chocolate notes and it finishes with hops. The high alcohol content is well hidden in this very complex brew.

dmarch, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of PZuke
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just wanted to start by saying that stouts are not my favorite types of beer but that did not stop me from sampling Storm King. It pours a black color with a little head. Very complex smells with many different layers. I could pick up the chocolate and coffee smells right away. The first time you take a sip your mouth just explodes with a verity of different flavors that take over your mouth. The chocolate and coffee flavors are very evident in the taste with even a little smokeyness. The high content is alcohol does not overpower the brew. This is a beer that I could drink from time to time.

PZuke, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems to change each year sometimes a bit hoppier than others. Black opaque and roasty with hints of licorice and chocolate but also of hops in the finish.The alcohol is warming as this ale really needs to be sipped.. Mouthfeel is a bit oily but very smooth, and the drinkability is dangerous.

bierman2000, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of Mustard
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "bottled on" date -- in this case 12/09/02; $8.99/6 pack from the Winehouse in West LA.

Appearance: Black; fine, craggy, one-fingered head cocoa-brown in hue; excellent retention; intricate lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits and chocolate; faint floral notes.

Taste: Heavy mix of a) sweet, roasted, chocolate malts and b) black-currants up front; sizeable dollop of woody hop-bitterness in the follow-through. Excellent drinkability for the style. Hides its 9.1% ABV perfectly.

Notes: Best beer out there? No way. I even prefer Stone's Imperial and AleSmith's Speedway as far as imperial stouts are concerned. That said, still a stellar brew. Mustard says drink.

Mustard, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of euskera
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black. Pours out like molasses with a small creamy head. Smells like smoky chocolate malt. Taste is exquisite, with the cholcolate malts and espresso overtones and a warming alcohol feel. Goes down smooth with a molasses taste at the very end. Simply delicious...

euskera, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of SigEp
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! So complex, so rich. This is one oily milkshake! Every flavor is so distinct, chocolate, hops, slight caramel, and a (good) charcoal hint. Serious alcohol, serious flavor, serious beer! For such a heavy beer it is surprisingly (dangerously?) drinkable. If Guinness is a meal then this is a buffet.

SigEp, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of kmo1030
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thick black pour, blacker in the glass with a thick brown head. went away kinda quick though for how thick it was. smell is not especially strong or pronounced, there are some sweet malty flavors including but not restricted to: chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of smoke, with a good amount of roastiness The play of the sweet and bitter in my mouth is really interesting. coffee and especially chocolate/caramel roastedness comes through as well as some reasonably strong hops for a stout. delicate dark fruit flavor shows up at the finish. It's pretty thick and smooth, going down easy. a nice amount of hops to finish. overall really good. definitely to be drank at cellar temp.

kmo1030, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first perfect score that I have given out. I had this perfect beer in a 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a thick deep black with one finger of gorgeous caramel head. The head hsa a fair retention, and there is some lacing left on the glass. The smell is rich in roasted malt, coffee, and caramel with a bit of hops. The taste is a great blend of roasted coffee, molasses, and chocolate, and there are plenty of hops to balance it perfectly. The mouthfeel is very heavy, yet this brew is still very smooth. The drinkability is the best I've ever had in a stout, even at 9.1%. This is really the king of stouts!

SheepNutz, Jun 24, 2003
Photo of moon0
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick like motor oil. Lightly carbonated with a little lacework. Black as onyx. Sweetish aroma. Chocolate, roast, licorise flavors. You can taste and then feel the alcohol. Finishes with a crazy bitterness that lingers in my mouth. Very nice indeed, a multidimensional treat. I usually go to IPAs for my hop fix but this will do just fine, thanks.

moon0, Jun 24, 2003
Photo of dvorsd
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this has to be one of the best stouts I have ever tasted. My mouth starts watering the more that I think about it.

Right from the pour I knew I was in for a treat. The stuff came out black as midnight and looking thick as motor oil. (Bear with me, in my mind that can be a good thing) There were a good couple of inches worth of tan head at the top of the glass that just did not want to go away. It just does not look any better then that in my book.

Well, so far, so good time for that first sip…

Man, it hits you hard right away. The brew has big, big taste to it; very thick with a complete tug of war going on between the sweet and bitter flavors within. I’d love to see the reaction upon trying this of some of my friends who think that Guinness is a heavy beer. Storm King feels nice and viscous in my mouth with undertones of dark coffee and chocolate. This would be a great beer to warm you up on a cold night.

If you are a stout fan this beer is well worth seeking out. In my mind the Storm King has earned the crown.

dvorsd, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of BrewDoctor
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm proud to make Victory Storm King my first official beer review. Ironically, I drove through a vicious lightening storm and mild flooding to buy this 6 pack. After drinking this brew, I would weather a tornado for another pint.

This beer pours rich and dark with a medium head characterized by chocolate and coffee highlights. Hops immediately hits the nose followed by a subtle hint of coffee maltiness.

The first taste is like an explosion in your mouth - complex and as original as an imperial stout can be. The spicy hop flavor excites the tongue and mellows with a dark malty flavor full of oak, coffee, and chocolate. The finish is smooth and clean with a hint of spice to keep you coming back for more.

An excellent brew that will always be welcome in my mug!

BrewDoctor, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of mike1290
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like used motor oil in a glass, with a medium sized head. Hoppy, chocolate aroma followed by clean smooth flavor. Medium to thin consistency. No bitter aftertaste, but takes a sip or two to acclimate to the brew, but then it's excellent. Definitely one of the best!

mike1290, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of Stingray5
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled on Jan 28 2003.

Pours black with a foamy, dark tan head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy with coffee and chocolate undertones. Huge, bold mouthful. Taste is toasty chocolate malt and fruit, followed by a strong hop bitterness and just a hint of alcohol. Finish is dry and hoppy.

This brew had a much stronger hop presence than I'd expected. Luckily I'm a hop-head. This one's a winner. The label on the neck of the bottle reads "Victory - For Your Taste", and I wholeheartedly agree. One of the best beers I've ever had. Get some now.

Stingray5, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of BittRnessabounds
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is easily the best beer I've ever had. I love stouts and I love hops....therefore it makes sense that I love this Beer. There is probably no praise I can give this beer that has not been given before. Everything is perfection, or very near perfection. The near pitch black color, with the warm light brown abundant head call you forth to enjoy the warm smell of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and hops. The taste is so complex and amazing i won't even attempt to write about it. I don't know how this beer has 9.1abv, I never got a sense of it, and if i had more than one i would have gladly consumed as many as possible.

Quite simply if you have not had this beer, go find it, and you too will fall in love with it.

BittRnessabounds, May 29, 2003
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,995 ratings.