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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,366 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 5,366
Reviews: 2,560
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 175
Gots: 596 | 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 Jason
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of Dec 13th 05.

A- Dark leather brown, nearly pitch black. Three fingers of froth after a hard poruing, dissapates to a thin tan lace with some retention.

S- Mild solvent alcohol, hint of blackberry and a water charcoal note in the back.

T&M- Smooth and creamy, great mouth feel. Touch of fusel alcohol, muted fruitiness is lost within the alcohol character. Kiss of oily hops in the middle. Boarderline astrigent burnt flavor with a modest malt sweetness undetneath. Middle to end are waves of harsh burnt malt and faint alcohol.

D- Not as pleasing as it used to be, pretty damn harsh and not as complex either. I'll have to make some strong black and tans to go through the rest of the six-pack.

*** OLD REVIEW *** 09/10/2001

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle, no freshness date but this beer's strength alone gives it a very long shelf life.

Appearance: Pitch black liquid with a slow motion cascading effect after a hard pouring, the hard pouring yielded a dense and rocky light tan head that faded away as fast as a glacier moves.

Smell: Fresh hop leaf similar to tobacco cigar leaves with a bitter hop oil within, black currants and fresh ground espresso in the aroma also. A very mild rummy alcohol smell is noticeable, smells of chocolate cover rum soaked cherries.

Taste: Thick and creamy with a full and flexed body, smooth with minimal carbonation from the hard pouring ... even with a normal pouring there probably would be, at most, a moderate carbonation level. Roasted bitterness flavour draws long as well as the demanding hop character. Heavy hand of sweetness from front to middle with sweetened espresso and a black berry fruitiness. Hops kick in hard and flail around flavours of citrus, earth and leaf ... as soon as it peaks the roasted gives a one two punch of charcoal and dark chocolate. Roasted flavours intensify in the finish with a hitchhiking hop bitterness that just won't let go. After taste is endless.

Notes: This one goes down as one of the greatest, not just one of the greatest Imperial Stouts but as one of the greatest beers in the world. As close to perfection as you can get.

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

This is a black beer with a decent light brown head, though it does disappear quickly.
The aroma is roasty, malty sweet and has a hint of chocolate.
The flavor is a creamy mix of chocolate malt, alcohol and is quite roasty. The hops are also present, but they are blended in well and take the back seat.
Mouth feel is full bodied and moderately carbonated.

Much better than I remember.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my absolute favorite stouts and here is why….

Pours an almost motor oil consistency with a creamy, light brown head that eventually reduces to a sustaining lace. Hops dominate the nose but there are also various burnt aromas with some malty caramel sweetness. The rich, intense palate includes a complex variety of bitter burnt flavors (definite roasted coffee, but also baker’s chocolate and more) with a touch of malty sweetness. All of this, however, is balanced nicely by a robust hop profile. Mouthfeel is moderately thick with decent carbonation.

The combination of rich burnt flavors and intense hop bite make this a brew with some forceful, but delicious bitterness. Surprisingly drinkable for a beer with 9% ABV. Absolutely fantastic, highly recommended!!

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

12/27/05- Received via trade with Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a born on dating stamped on the bottom of the label. This one is over a year old. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Maybe the most black pour I have ever seen, as well as the thickest. Not quite motor oil thickness, but definite texture in the pour. The top of the brew looks as if there is a reddish hue, maybe like a zinfandel port or something. Off white, brownish head at first, which soon fades. Light lacing left.

Smell- Coffee, chocolate, alcohol and deep roasted malts.

Taste- Pretty sweet flavor with a coffee and chocolate mixture than comes into play. Not super dark malty, which I was expecting. Maybe it has mellowed out. Good hop bit for sure, and a light smoked twinge to it.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, thick and sticky. My lips were sticking together after this one.

Drinkability- Top notch double stout. Maybe another year or two of aging would really bring this to the incredible level. Very nice as is though.

Photo of masikon
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

POured of course jet black, i got a large, tan, rocky head with lots of lacing from a probably over-aggressive pour. nose was mild here with some mild chocolate hints and slight hop character but overall quite subdued in scent. Taste was quite unexpected, malty and full in the style but a lot more hoppy character than i bargained for. This is like three beers in one, starts off like any good stout...malty slight chocolate and coffee. Next a round of hop piney, and tart takes over the palate. Yet the finish is very long and full of delicious Coffee tones which linger forever on the toungue. Really a unique and impressive beer, one I was happy to find her in WA state.

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

Enjoyed on Chrismas eve, bottle purchases for 1.75$ at Whole foods. Poured a very black color with a large brown head. Smokey smell with hints of malt and hops. Smokey taste with a chocolate finish. A good double stout, but stil prefer Edenten winter cheer.

Photo of Franchise
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a delicious onyx black with no chance of seeing threw it. It leaves a nice tan lace that holds with the beer. The smell of this beer is fantastic, there is a sweetness to it with some hop floural overtones that just makes your mouth water. As this beer sits on your palate the hoppy bitterness takes over then your hit with a honey sweetness followed by a toasted espresso blast that just leaves the palate exhausted yet wanting more. This is fantastic the 9% abv is nil and you can really sit down and enjoy this beer but watch out cause it does sneek up on you.

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

To be honest I wasn't expecting much from this beer. What I was expecting was in your face hoppiness or some other "American" (read high alcohol) style attribute. When I saw it in the store I was pleased to see something new, so I gave it a try.

The first pour showed me that I was up against a true stout with an impossibly dark body. A fine tan head formed with a touch of lacing. My initial sniff reveal my fears. Hops and a lot of hops. I like the smell, but get tired a big taste of hops so I was concerned. Further smells reveals hints of smokiness and coffee and chocolates. I'm impressed with the smell.

My first taste gave a some hopiness along with the expected smokey stoudness. This is soon followed by a decent amount of bitterness in the back of the mouth. Alcohol is evident too which is expected. The hopiness is perfect. It is ubundant, but necessary for this brew. Further tastes provides great depth of flavors already described.

I drank the first brew with a burger and fries (left overs). What a combo, this is truely something goes well with food. It also goes well on it's own as well as on it's own as my second glass showed me the next day. This is a near perfectly drinkable beer.

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

12 oz bottle bottled 9/27/05. Pours a dark oil black, absolutely opaque, a thin beige head, some small amount of lacing. Nose is a combination of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and big floral and piney hops, very appetizing. Taste is more of the same hoppy roasted goodness, espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, chocolate covered cherries, lots of great stout flavors, all infused with wonderful resinous bitter hops. I've just gotten into hoppier dark roasted beers, and this is the best balanced of the lot I've tried (Alpha Klaus, Black Sun, Yeti), really showcasing the hop flavors, but still allowing the dark roasted stout tastes to showcase. Excellent beer, can't believe I haven't tried this local stuff before, need to stock up immediately.

Photo of becktone
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is black, pitch black. It forms a nice creamy tan head. The lacing property of this beer is also very appetizing. I don't think they look much better than this. Head retention is good as well.

The smell of this beer is that of chocolate and roasted malts. I can also smell a hint of alcohol. There is something in the smell I can't put my finger on. In addition to that the aroma of this beer slightly reminds me of a RIS. Perhaps there is also a dark fruit aroma and flavor to this beer as well.

This beer tastes great. There is a big malt influence here. The sweeness on the front of the tongue is followed by a big chocolate and roasted flavor near the back of the mouth. There is also a very familiar taste accompained by that as well, however I can't put my finger on it. Perhaps it is the hops. This brew has a lingering aftertaste of the roasted flavor. Even when I burp the taste of that is exceptionally good as well. This is some high quality beer. I really don't get any bitter notes from this one, but I could be wrong. In any case this beer is great.

Storm King Stout has a nice full bodied mouthfeel to it. The light carbonation compliments the style well. I don't think that something that tastes like this should be highly carbonated. Just doesn't seem like it would mix to well. The beer is smooth and easy to drink. This is one beer that I will probably buy every season.

Photo of cooncat
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a bottle, dated 11/2005, and served at about 60 deg. F.

The pour is done with care, in order to keep the head to a manageable size. Tan head lasts quite some time, and after it has diminished, a swirl of the glass brings beautiful lacing. Color is DARK - Opaque! Like looking into a black hole, no light escapes.

The nose is incredible. Chocolate, coffee and licorice are abundant. A slight fruit aroma adds to the intrigue.

The first sip explodes on your palate, with intense flavors as mentioned above. In addition, a smoky flavor adds to this awesome brew. Yes, there is a noticable hop bite present, even with the intense flavors continually exploding on your tongue. Considerable alcohol presence is also noted.

To the end, this is a remarkable Imperial Stout - World class in my opinion. The mouthfeel is so rich and warming; you want to savor each sip for several minutes.

This would be the perfect beer to highlight the end of a perfect day. It could be a meal in itself ... or a dessert. This is one brew that will not disappoint.

Cheers!

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

Vintage 1998

Poured blackish brown, translucent mahogany edging, with a quickly fizzled out head.
Dark chocolate shards and bitter coffee grounds in the nose, laced with kahlua.
Dark fruits linger beneath the roasted aromatics, and finish warm.
Medium body, with a lingering texture, and mild spritzy profile.
Bitter and mildly acrid on the pallet, followed by bakers chocolate and burnt espresso.
A lingering truffel paper note detracts.
Finishes slow, bitter, warm, and a bit basic.
Past prime at seven years old.

Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

now i'm not a huge stout guy. i mean don't get me wrong, in the great scheme of things beer is beer and all beer is good, i'm just not a big stout drinker. but i will say that this one has got me hooked. wow what a pleasant surprise to a beer drinker whose familiarity with stouts is guiness and smithwick's...

appearance: holy crow is this thing dark... reminded me of black water. nice head. no lacing that i could see.

smell: bitter hops and chocolate, slight tinge of booze, and malt.

taste: pretty close to the smell. malty, bitter and chocolatey. very tasty though.

mouthfeel: to me it was similar to a lightly carbonated chocolate milk. very thick, yet silky.

drinkability: as much as i wanted another, i decided against it. that 9% abv goes down so smooth it's frightening.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an opaque black color with a large, rocky, tan head that seemingly lasts forever. The aroma is of cream, and crackers with undercurrents of roasted malt and bitterness. It is rather weak, however, for suck a big brew. The taste lives up to expectations. It is big and bold, but not abrasive. It is malty and bitter, with a nice alcoholic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy, with perfect carbonation. I get the felling that Victory cellared this brew for quite some time before releasing it. Overall, this is a damn fine beer, one of the best imperial stouts I have had to date.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a sixer from BevMo!

Pours an opaque jet black whit an impressively thick foamy dark tan head. Nice little cascading bubbles floating to the surface of this brew leaving a nice rim of tan creamy lacing.

Awesome roasted caramel and chocolate aroma. I can smell the alcohol in this bad boy.

Very good roasty toasty flavor of caramel, chocolate, and toffee with a dry bitter, black coffee finish. This beer is very balanced and delicious. I'm half way through this bottle and I am feeling warm from the ABV.

I'll grab another 6er because this one won't last very long.

Cheers!

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

Apperance: Exceptionally dark and black. Brown, thick foamy head.

Aroma: Bitter hops, bittersweet chocolate.Roasty smells

Mouthfeel/Taste: Thick and creamy. Very full bodied. Minimum carbonation. Heavy roasted bitter taste followed by lots of hops. Coffee notes. Finish is hoppy bitterness all over again.

Drinkability: I find this to be quite drinkable. The 9+%ABV is well hidden under the intense roast flavors. One of my favorite stouts.

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

Pours black as night and absolutely entirely opaque with a one finger tan head that settles to some very nice lacing. Aroma is of espresso, toasted malt, and flowery hops. The flavor has a strong toasted malt backbone which is simultaneously sweet, bitter, and quite complex with espresso and chocolate flavors. Also there are plenty of citrusy hops which I like quite a bit in this brew. This beer is very full bodied and coats the mouth very nicely. Pretty drinkable and the alcohol is not really evident at all. Overall this is an awesome and tremendous beer- worthy of great respect. Drinking it from my goblet I feel like the storm king himself.

Photo of akahn
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown-red with a short light brown head. The head recedes to a collar. Looks good, not great.

Smell of dark maltiness, plus some funky hops.

Simultaneously sweet and bitter. Rich. Very dark tasting, thick, malty, sticky (not quite cloying), with toasted malt flavors. Take the time to let this beer warm up, and out come the mocha flavors.

In the finish, there is a lingering dryness at the back of my tongue, I like.

This beer hides its 9.1% alcohol very well. It tastes strong but not from the alcohol.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation and exceptionally drinkable for how full it is. This is one good beer. The only other beer I've had of this style is Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, and I definitely prefer Storm King.

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

pours a dark opaque black with a 1in tan froathy head...the aroma isn't too potent which suprises me because there are a lot of charactestics in this beer....but what is there is some citrus hops, of the course the malts, and that's mostly it...the taste on the other hand is a nice blend of hops and malts somewhat sweet and little carbinations...very nice in the mouth and on the palate can definatley drink a couple and enjoy them

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with a minimal tan head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was heavy on the dark malt and alcohol with hops in the background. The flavor was bold and roasty, but relatively dry for this style - malty, yes, but not on the sweet side compared to many Russian imperial stouts like North Coast's Rasputin and Avery's The Czar. Maybe that's why it's been categorized in the "American Double Stout" category. It really doesn't have that British yeastiness that many Russian imperial stouts have. Although the hops are somewhat there in the aroma, they really dominate in the finish. This is an intense beer, but if you like "mad flava," it's one for you. Think of it as analagous to an American Double IPA.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with a mocha colored 1/4 inch frothy head. Some fine lacing. Smells of rich roasted barley and definitely some alcohol in the nose.

Taste just explodes on the tongue. Roasted malt, smoky. Bitter coffee underpinned with light cigar smoke. Some alcohol warming and lightly chocolately. Mouth is rich, long bitter smokiness int he finish. A definite coffee aftertaste. Really good stuff. A nice afterdinner sipper. I like my stouts to have that roasty bittereness to them and this one delivers as a nice counterbalance to the sweetness.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard a lot of good things about this beer, and I tend to like Victory's offerings. Bought this last week with a lot of anticipation in mind, and for me...this was quite interesting, to say the least!

Beer poured amazingly well. Nice and dark, smooth, and over two finger's worth of head. It nearly overflowed from my pint glass! The lacing on the side is reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and every sip got better and better as it warmed up. Lots of hop bitterness, but there isn't a single flavor that dominates. Notes of espresso, chocolate, currant, cherries, and licorice can be found here, and contrary to what some people said on here, the 9.1% ABV can very subtly be tasted, but it does not detract from the flavor or the overall ambiance of this brew.

This was a good beer, but I have had, in my opinion, better stouts. Still, one could not go wrong drinking what is arguably Victory's greatest concoction, although I would not recommend this as an introductory stout. Instead, I would warm people up on less complex versions of this style and then bring them to this. It would be well worth the wait and quite the reward for the experienced stout drinker...

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black as night, with an enormous, thick, brown layer of foam. Quite possibly one of the best looking beers I've ever poured. The tan bubbles of carbonation look magnificent rising along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of sweet roasted malts and subtle hops. A touch of bittersweet chocolate and coffee top it off.

The flavor is much more complex than the nose leads on. It has all the characteristics of the smell, along with honey, espresso, nuts, black licorice, and maybe a touch of cherries or other fruits in the finish. Very nicely balanced beer. No single flavor jumps out and dominates the beer, which I feel happens all too often.

The mouthfeel is terrifficly full and heavy-bodied with supreme smoothness for its style and high abv. Very smooth.

Drinkability is great. It would be real easy to down these in a hurry without noticing its high alcohol content. Very nice beer. I really cant say enough good things about it. Just try it!

Photo of gotbeer
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this one. The bottle reviewed was brewed in Nov. 2005.

My favorite memory of this brew was truly historical. I was drinking Storm King on the night of a full moon when the Red Sox ended an 86 year old curse. I literally had one in my hand when Keith Foulke flipped the ball to Doug M. for the final out in Game 4 versus the Cards. I now believe this beer to have some sort of special powers as drinking a lesser brew probably would have allowed the Sox to have a historical collapse.

Anyway, the smell of this beer is not overwhelming. It doesn't set you up for what you are in for. Some roasty malt smell and that's about it. The beer pours black as night with a dark colored head that fades somewhat quickly.

The taste blows you away. The mouthfeel is thick and syrup like. Cherries, coffee, roasted malt, and a bite of hops and alcohol on the tail. Incredible complexity and flavors.

The drinkablity would be high based simply on taste. Of course if you can put away a few of a beer with this ABV you have a higher tolerance than I want to know about.

This is truly a world class beer, and one of the best stouts out there. I also believe it helped the Sox win the World Series. Cubs fans everywhere should be buying this stuff by the case.

Photo of kaimcm
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

05 bottle

A: totally opaque black body, bubbly creamy off white head with a tinge of brown mustard sorta yellow.

S: easily the weak point of this beer. roasty toasty malt, a hint of coffee, a little sweet. not much going on in the nose.

T: Sugar, licorice, with a dry and hoppy finish. Roasted malt body holds up chocolate, coffee, what I think is vanilla, some dark fruit thats reminiscent of a beglain strong dark. Body is medium, finish is dry with traces of tobacco.

M: Super creamy and luscious. This beer is like a melted malted milkshake in your mouth. Just delicious and one of my favorite aspects.

D: A nightcap sorta brew for me, though not as thick and heavy as other imperials. Great to have in the fridge and enjoy on these snowy New England nights.

First big snow storm of the season this year, first bottle of Storm King of the season. Great match!

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,366 ratings.