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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

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4,483 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4483
Reviews: 2471
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%

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 Daktah


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured complete black with no light passing through. Tan head that stayed around and left good lacing as I drank. Smell is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a lot of hops for a stout. Very intriguing. Taste wasn't a surprise given the nose - roasted malt, coffee, a little more chocolate, and a slight bite of citrus hops. The mouthfeel on this one is at a different level than most beers I've tried - extremely thick and creamy, and hefty enough to carry everything that's going on in this beer. Like others have mentioned, there was a slight chalkiness to it, but nothing too significant.

A delicious beer all around, but one will typically be enough for a sitting. Also, I drank what I know is a fairly flavorful porter afterward and it tasted like water - the hops and coffee flavor of Storm King linger, so don't follow it with something comparatively meek!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 14:18:24 | More by Daktah
Photo of Fatehunter


4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pitch black body with a thin tan head.
It smells like darkness: black strap molasses, black coffee and roasted malt. Wonderful.
The taste follows the smell. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and finishes with burnt wood.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A great dark, dark stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 04:33:57 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and clear near-black, with ruby highlights under the light and an impressive cappuccino coloured head that leaves respectable lacing. Definitely a visually appealing beer.

Aroma of smoky peat and aged oak barrels along with a body of roasted dark malts. All of these scents carry on into the flavour, which also showcases coffee and chocolate tones. Although the mouthfeel is thinner than I expected, a well balanced and complex beer with a bitter, peaty finish that lingers for an impressive length of time.

As with other world class RIS's, the 9% ABV is scarily well hidden...

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:45:46 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with only a thin layer of dark khaki colored head. The foam doesn't take long to settles, and leaves a small bubbly ring along the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is dark chocolate, raisins, malt, a touch of caramel, and a touch of vanilla. It's sweet, and I already know that I might not like this beer. I prefer my stouts with more of a roast and smoke character.

T: It starts off sweet with malt and mild raisin, but there is a seriously bitterness to this beer that I wasn't expecting. As it moves to the middle I get a good helping of bitter cocoa powder and more malt. The finish remains bitter.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet to start, a bit cloying and syrupy, but the the bitterness of the beer is was lingers on the palate. It coats and lingers for a while after the beer is gone.

O: I was not expecting this to be so darn bitter. Especially for a stout. I was expecting sweet stickiness and boozy raisins. Boy was I wrong. It's still not my favorite stout, but it's better than I would have imagined it to be. I still don't think I'll be buying any of this in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 18:36:52 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was very pleasantly surprised here! I enjoyed Storm King slightly better than a few I expected it not to match up to (like the Stone Espresso, Old Rasputin and the Yeti). This won me over with overall appearance and surprisingly excellent taste. I intend on seeking this out again!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 14:37:24 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of HomrQT


1.88/5  rDev -54%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Very bitter, we were highly disappointed due to all the incredibly high ratings. Bought 12 and handed them out. No one in the office liked them. Don't believe the positive hype on this. This is a beer for IPA and other bitter beer drinkers. If you don't like hoppy/bitter beers, avoid this.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 21:42:29 | More by HomrQT
Photo of cyclonece09


4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and hints of toffee. Tastes of chocolate and coffee, but a little creamy. Beer is slightly overcarbonated, but for its heavy body goes down remarkably smooth with not much boozy aftertaste. Overall, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:05:37 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Victory Storm King Imperial Stout has a medium, creamy, heavy-bodied, beige head and a very dark brown appearance. The aroma is astringent, harsh, dark-roasted, chocolate, and coffee- wonderful! Taste is of the same, with black cherries, a ghost of licorice, and black bread crust- awesome! Mouthfeel is heavy and thick, and Storm King finishes powdery, sweet, and dense. Overall, this is an epic beer. Just so wonderful! I beg you to get it.


Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 15:05:34 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Platothe3rd


4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I think this is an amazing beer. I can't give any technical explanation but it is heavy and I had it in Philly with a good friend I hadn't seen in a while after a Temple game. As I looked out the tavern window the Amtrak building looked surprisingly like the image on the front, lol. But seriously, proud that this beer is from PA, love the Victory beers. Also my friend gave me a case for my 50th birthday and it served me well for about 4 months. Among my top 5, I love Rogue Shakespeare Stout too.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 04:05:34 | More by Platothe3rd
Photo of arfenhouse


4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with light khaki head. Retention is good and decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and dark cherry/grape.

T: Roasted cacao and black coffee upfront. Transitions into a slightly sweet chocolate/vanilla. Ends with a decently bitter roasted cacao.

M: Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly wet.

O: Very solid RIS. Good balance between roasted and sweet flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 07:02:53 | More by arfenhouse
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in my favorite snifter glass.

Appearance: Pitch black like the darkest brown you will see, somewhat thin on the pour with a nice natural tan head rising to about 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Light molasses and rich coffee, smells yum.

Taste: Bitter coffee, almost espresso like but taken to another level. Malty to the point that it feels like a meal and hops...almost like an american black ale meets your imperial.

Mouth: This is where I find where this beer excels at...a little dry but who cares the coffee fusion compliments its medium to heavy carbonation.

Overall: Very good brew, to not buy it is pretty much a sin. Complexity and strength what more could you ask for? Bought this because of the very good experiences I have had with Victory Brewing and honestly just added another one....Salud!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 04:59:16 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of CMUbrew


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from December 2012

A: Pitch black in color. Looks fairly viscous. Dark brown head that starts to fade quickly.

S: Some sort of hop aroma, big raisin notes, dark malt, some roast, and some definite licorice in there.

T: Dark maltiness, raisin, anise, some roast, piney and earthy hops, pine on the finish.

M: Full body, smooth, slightly fluffy from carbonation.

O: Heavy on the licorice and dark fruit flavors. The big hops presence helped balance this one out, but I needed roast and other flavors to step up and really round this beer out. Other elements were good, but not spectacular. I might have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 20:47:04 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of ChuckGeramita


5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bar none this should be the stout that all other stouts strive to be. This beer changed my life...

I was your typical Miller Lite 12 pack a sitting guy until I had this. If you are in an all day drinkfest this IS NOT your beer or you will be stone cold pie whacked.

Warning, it is hard to go back to the typical selections after having this.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 11:44:30 | More by ChuckGeramita
Photo of bobtopich


4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I appreciate the dedication of those that can write such detailed reviews. I will apologize up front for not going in that direction. I am simply going to say that right now, Storm King is my favorite beer.

Since the summer, I have been sampling a variety of stouts and porters. Had the pleasure of hitting up Deschutes in Portland this summer and enjoyed their Black Butte Porter and their Nitro Obsidian Stout. Can't find them here in Pittsburgh or I'm sure I'd enjoy more of them.

Some others have been Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout, Bell's Expedition Stout, Kona Pipeline Porter, Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout, Rogue Chocolate Stout, Sam Adams Maple Pecan Porter, and more.

Storm King just tastes right for me. I'm not sure about all of the malts and hops and whathaveyous but it's just tasty. I love to pour it into a snifter and let it warm naturally. It has a great aroma and is very heavy and full-bodied. Like Lays chips, there are times that I can enjoy just one. Tomorrow watching the Final Four will not be one of those evenings!

Bell's Expedition is equal...the difference in price will keep me coming back to Storm King. If you haven't tried it I will tell you to try a six pack and hopefully enjoy it as I do. Thanks for reading...

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 18:08:58 | More by bobtopich
Photo of Wamesit


4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep black with just a trace of ruby edging. A thick tan head gives way to very clumpy lacing.

S - Coffee. Roasted malts. Peppery hops. Rich astringent in there as well.

T - Roasted malts. Coffee malts. Dark chocolate. Hops is peppery but with almost a citrusy finish. Very clean.

M - Lush but on the lighter side. Solid carbonation for an Imperial Stout. Lively.

O - Absolutely great stout. Highly recommend. Very drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 02:42:08 | More by Wamesit
Photo of Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by date Nov 28, 2017. Poured into a DFH chalice.

A - Poured a black opaque with a one-finger tan rocky head. Slightly vicous.

A - Coffee, dark chocolate, sweetness.

T - Coffee, dark chocolate, faint licorice (don't let this turn you off if you are not a fan of licorice, it is faint), nice dry hoppy finish with some coffee/dark roast malt bitterness.

MF - Smooth with a dry finish.

O - Well balanced. Dark roast coffee flavors dominate. Slightly warming, but hides its 9.1% ABV well. Victory says you can age this one five years. Its ready now. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 20:11:20 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pure black with a small white head.

Smell is dark and malty with bitter coffee.

The taste is strong roasted bitter malts.Very bitter coffee flavour which lasts a while.

The mouth is thick and smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall a very a bitter ris not bad but there are much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 21:02:59 | More by Dave1999
Photo of screamking


3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours black, with a thin khaki head that vanishes quickly, splashes of lacing on the glass. 4

Aroma-more hoppy than most RIS's out there. Dark fruits are there with plum taking over. Chocolate seems to be muted in this. 3.75

Taste-hops come out a lot stronger than I would expect for this style. Citrus right up front,roasted coffee also stands out at first. Milk chocolate brings out the sweetness. Really surprised how hoppy this is and it's not exactly a good thing. I just don't think these flavors mess well together. 3

Feel-feel is pretty standard for a RIS, although the bitterness of the hops seem to jump out, mild carbonation, coats well. 4.25

Overall-not to impressed with this. It's too bitter and just when you think you are going to get some sweetness it get muddled together with more bitterness. Maybe I just prefer my stouts with a more robust chocolate and roasted flavor. I don't think I would ever buy this again. 3

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:09:19 | More by screamking
Photo of kojevergas


3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

9.10% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a 5 oz taster glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes taken about a month ago.

A: Pours a one finger beige-khaki colour head. Nice cream and thickness. Pretty good retention (~2-3 minutes). Body colour is a solid dark ruby-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent. Opaque. Right on the money for an imperial stout.

Sm: Chocolate/cacao dusting. Caramel. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cream. Mocha. Hazelnut. Miky. A moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Good for the style. Appealing. I'm excited to try it.

T: Chocolate. Some bitterness from the chocolate too. Cacao. Caramel. Mocha. Cream. Dark malts. Balanced, if imperfect. Not a whole lot of complexity here, but it's damn tasty. I like it. Milky, with light hazelnut. Burnt - a characteristic I quite like here. Not great depth of flavour, but the flavour that does come through is enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Good carbonation. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. I could drink another; this is tasty stuff. An impressive beer from Victory. I quite like it. I'd definitely get this again. Exceeded expectations.


Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 01:05:03 | More by kojevergas
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with two fingers of brown head. spotty lace. beer drops to a thin cap

Smell: roasty and bitter. Chocolate and a hop heavy stout(mostly pine and citrus hops).

Taste: roasty malts, black licorice, and milk chocolates. Pine and citrusy hops hit pretty hard in the middle of the beer pretty much knocking out the malt profile with large amounts of hoppy bitterness. Finishing with a moderate hop bitterness that all about resinous pine cone and grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. This beer feels just a little thin for the abv, but its not too far from where it needs to be. Carbonation feel just right for this beer. The beer feels a little creamy and silky. Smooth beer with no booze noted. The hops dry the beer out just a little bit.

Overall: This is a nice beer by Victory. I think this beer would be really nice after about 2 years of cellar time to allow those aggressive hops to settle down. I think this beers' hop profile just wipes out the malts of the beer and this beer has a complex malt flavor profile that deserves more attention. I would say that this beer would taste best after the hops are faded with aging and it would allow the malts show themselves off more. I think this beer has a niche as a beer that has great "cellarability" and its an easy shelf beer to aquire. I will probably cellar a few bottles to see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 12:47:12 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of gabedivision

New York

3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter glass best y 2016 believe its a 2011 or 2012 vintage (not really sure) in any event

A- pours midnight black, with a 3 finger fluffy and pillowy beige head

S- grassy hops, musty milk chocolate, hints of vanilla and anise, some coffee

T- citrus hops, grapefruit, sweet black licorice, sweet chocolates, sugary fruits, touches of alcohol found throughout finishes super bitter and extremely dry

M- Medium to full in body, slighty "watery" for an Imp stout, very smooth, sugary, sweet, and bitter.

O- I'm sure this beer is at least a year old and the hops are still very present, this drinks like a big boy black ipa, i like this beer more with every sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 04:52:28 | More by gabedivision
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours midnight black with some tan foam. Clings around the edges. Strong dark chocolate nose. Taste is smooth and creamy, chocolate-milk like middle, closing with a firm coffee-infused bitter that lingers and takes hold. More bitter as the beer warms Residual feel a touch harsher than ideal.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 17:49:42 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank this from a nonic.

A - Nice pitch-black appearance, with good head, and decent lacing on the glass.

S - Nice roasted smell, some bitternenss but not overly.

T - Very easy to drink. Almost had to do a double-take on the abv while drinking, although afterward, it starts to catch up with you. Fair amount of bitterness, but it's balanced nicely with the sweet chocolately flavors. Very satisfying.

M - Good, rich, medium/medium-full body. Slight hint of chewiness.

O - As expected (from Victory), this is a fine beer. I'll drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 23:06:43 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black with a light brown head.

S: Sweet malt and chocolate aroma.

T: Flavors follow the nose with sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate and alcohol. Slightly bitter finish.

M: very smooth.

Overall: Surprised at how good this beer is. A lot of deep flavors and well balanced. Excellent

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 18:35:38 | More by JuliusCaesar
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ticking the "Beers of Fame" and got to this brew that I used to drink a lot, but haven't had the pleasure in quite some time.

Served in a Port City snifter.

A: Poured an inky black color, with absolutely no light passing through whatsoever. The head was mocha-colored, webby, sticky, splotchy, and quite robust.

S: In the center of this malty, dark beverage, there is a rather aggressive fruit component. Seriously, I got some pineapple and grapefruit wrapped up inside a malted milk ball.

T: Very bitter and cocoa-like, with the citrus playing second fiddle. Here recently, I had a brew on-tap at FFFs call "Blot Out the Sun" there and this one reminds me of that one, only not quite so assertive (or good). I definitely got Victory's signature "yeasty" taste profile in there.

M: Not extremely thick, but still heavy enough, therefore the drinkability on this was through the roof once one take the ABV into consideration. Ridiculous lacing and pretty high on the carbonation ladder considering the style and octane.

O: Definitely a different take on the IS, and if I were to just try this blindly, I'd have called it an Imperial Black IPA. Nevertheless, I like this one, it makes me happy, and brings back fond memories from my early days on the craft beer scene.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 04:43:41 | More by Chaney
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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