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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,781 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,781
Reviews: 2,489
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 137
Gots: 390 | FT: 14
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.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a really dark mahogany brown to pitch black from a 12 oz bottle. No visible penetration of light.
The ABV and best-by date are on the label.
Nice tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is a medley of smoke, roasted malts, dark cocoa with hints of roasted coffee.
Taste is a very interesting blend of bitterness, which is definitely hop based. Interesting notes of bitterness akin to some seriously dark coffee mixed with the hop bitterness. I have to admit, this is probably one of the most hoppiest RIS I have had so far.
This is an interesting concoction. The alcohol makes it warm presence felt halfway through the stout.
Nice lacing along the insides of the glass.
Overall, I would say this is a stout worth trying. Probably one of the most complex RIS. I am thinking I will age this and see how it evolves.
Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 04:35:47 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of Wonka


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 FL. OZ.
9.1% Alc./Vol.
Bottle conditioned ale.
No dates.
65 degrees

Appearance – black body; thick, light brown head; superb lace that could be hung in a gallery

Smell – orange zesty, hoppy zip; less roastiness than other ‘imperial stouts’; some coffee, solid molasses and dark fruits; the nose exposes only a hint of what’s to come

Taste – wham; roasted expresso bitterness with some dark chocolate, earthy tones and light molasses run to a grapefruit/orange rind-like bitter late that lasts for a strong and ever-present aftertaste

Mouthfeel – creamy; carbonation starts plush and lightens; nice dry finish, but not too dry

Drinkability – full-bodied but not too viscous

I have had Storm King so many times and this time was less spectacular than I remembered so I’ll modify through the six if anything changes. All in all, it’s a monster on the palate and very easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 01:14:03 | More by Wonka
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Storm King poured black wth a very little dark tan head. It smelt very malty and aot of coffee flavors. It had a very harsh and strong flavor full of coffee flavos and a very strong malty flavor. Very powerfull and very strong. Overall very good beer must have an aquired tasted for a stout like this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 03:44:59 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is long over due. Pours dark, obviously. Dirty beige head, but disappears before you can dive in deep. Smell is rather bland...some smoke, ...faint something. Taste is deep. The smokey ham comes to life. Oakey, smokey, cooked meats washed down with an expresso soda? Delicious...I never knew. Tad of chocolate inside a dry center. Turns winey in appearance but bold and respective as it warms. The alcohol is present, but welcomed. The staple stout,

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 04:20:16 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of chalsk

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting IS. Out of the snifter it has a strong hop presence. Aroma of grapefruit and caramel with hints of coffee. Pours a dark black color with an off-white foam head. Slight citrus sweetness up front. Then the bitters hit with the carbonation. The carb level is quite high. Immediately after, the coffee pinch kicks in and then a velvety malty, chocolate finish. Very complex brew. Very tasty. The timing of the carbonation and the coffee spice don't hit at the exact right moments. Perhaps with age the carbonation will lessen and this would be a bit more smooth. There is a harshness that could use some mellowing. But overall this is a unique and tasty IS.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 01:43:48 | More by chalsk
Photo of Hops1

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown in color with a slight lacy head.

Smell: Slight fruity smell with a hint of roasted malt. Took me a few times before I smelled anything.

Taste: not overpowering. Smoother than I thought. A bit pungent aftertaste but good.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'm picky about my Stouts although this one is definately one where I could kick back and have a few.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 00:07:14 | More by Hops1
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - As expected, this brew pours black as night into the glass with a thick, creamy mocha head. A touch lighter than what I usually see for the style. Decent head retention, with some sticky webs of lacing branching up the glass.

S - Surprisingly hoppy upfront, with earthy hops being quite assertive. An inviting base of charred malt and roasty coffee notes, complimented nicely by cocoa, anise, and an unapologetic boozy character. Not exactly a complex nose, but a very well rounded, yet still aggressive aroma.

T - Monster flavor here. Deep charred malt and coffee upfront, with a slight touch of sweetness and cocoa. Finishes with a pronounced alcoholic character, as well as some assertive hops, resinous and earthy. Notes of booze and anise linger in the aftertaste. There's an odd crispness to it that doesn't quite jive with what I look for in a good RIS. The roasty character is certainly present, but not as bold as I prefer. The hops really take over the finish here, and mixed with the alcoholic character, make for a slightly abrasive flavor profile overall. Not bad by any means, but not my ideal imperial stout.

M - Thick and creamy, like a good stout should be. A touch more carbonation that I prefer, however. Finishes slightly dry, with a peculiar crispness. Fairly sticky.

D - A great brew in what I would consider to be my favorite style. While the flavor profile isn't exactly what I look for in a imperial stout, it's still a big mean stout that I could certainly enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 06:07:02 | More by Converge
Photo of tmoneyba


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with a medium light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Complex aroma of toffee, coffee, smoke and alcohol. Full body with creamy texture and flat carbonation. Full flavor that is very complex with a strong alcohol finish.

I love strong stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 13:34:02 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of wyattshotmaker


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter,this beer is pitch black with a nice tan head that dissipated slowly.nose is dominated by a slight bit of alcohol,chewing tobacco,dark fruit,and a slight bit of roastiness.

taste is reminiscent of tobacco,dark fruit,roasted coffee,,a bit of cocoa,with a firm and blunt hop bitterness at the end.i paired this with some breakfast eggs and sausage and it was quite amazing.

mouthfeel is thick and full bodied, somewhat syrupy.really nice.an easy sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 01:31:38 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of DiabolikDUB


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Snifter glass. Enjoy by date January 8th, 2014.

Pours a deep, dense black but can see just a hint of brown towards the head as I tip the glass, with a huge creamy tan head that dissolves into a nice layer around the glass. Aroma is predominately black coffee with some roasted malts. Flavor has an oddly sweet roasted malt, some coffee and a soft bitterness. Its a medium- to heavy-bodied that coats your mouth with every sip. Enjoyable Imperial Stout but think it would be much better with some age on it to maybe drop some of the sweetness down.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 06:10:38 | More by DiabolikDUB
Photo of blackenmn


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell-Pours a nice dense black, and left a really great 1/2" fluffy tan head. Smells strongly of dark fruit, more specifically raisin and maybe some plum. Chocolate definitely hiding in there.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Taste was roasty with nice subtle bitter sweet chocolate. Some alcohol warmth which lingered along with the hop bitterness in the finish. Great balance overall.

Drinkability- I really liked the stout overall. Could manage a couple of these in a sitting. Really thought there was a nice contrast between the smell and taste throughout.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 04:53:25 | More by blackenmn
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint. Very good stout. Best by 2014, as per bottle. This beer is burnt coffee black, pretty heavy on the mouthfeel, and hopped beyond belief. Good coffee malt/burnt malt/chocolate malt? backing. One of the hoppyest RISs I've had, I was really enjoying this beer (as a hop head at heart). I will buy some more of this... I really enjoyed it!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 01:14:01 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of silentjay


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a bit of a motor oil pour produces a two-fingered tan head that slowly settles to a small film and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

aroma is of roasted malts: cocoa powder, chocolate, caramel, dark coffee, and a tad bit of smoke. piney and earthy hops also make themselves known rather strongly.

taste is dominated by the heavily roasted malts producing a palate heavy in cocoa powder, bitter baker's chocolate, dark roasted unsweetened coffee and some burnt toast. Hops are surprisingly strong and bring some pine and earthy bitterness that adds complexity and some American flavor.

medium bodied and possibly a bit thinner than I expected with just the right amount of carbonation. finishes dry and bitter.

drinks very well. booze is well integrated and not apparent for such a strong brew. interplay between the hops and malt keep me thirsting for the next delicious sip.

low price, readily available, tasty brew. One that I don't purchase nearly enough. Good enough to be rated among the best non-barrel-aged Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 03:19:28 | More by silentjay
Photo of JonMich13

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well this was interesting...

A = Poured near jet black with two fingers of ominous deep brown head.

S = What? This is a stout? If I put HopDevil and this side by side, I might not tell the difference. Hop all around.

T = Surprise. Strong coffee and some hints of chocolate burst out front. But just when you thought "well the smell was misleading", bam!!, here come the hops. Hops kick ass all the way through. At first I thought, this isn't good, but once my mind opened up a bit, it actually grew on me. Something about the stark contrast of beginning to end appealed to me. I think maybe Victory is forcing the creation of a new beer category. Maybe Hop Stout or Flower Stout or something.

M = Pretty thin for a "stout". Carbonation was low to medium. Not bad, but could be a bit meatier. But what the hell is this beer anyway?

D = Extremely drinkable if you keep this in the stout category. Honestly, like a nice IPA.

In retrospect, why would I expect Victory, in their well established hop expertise, not to dominate their stout with the flower of the Gods?

Would be interesting to see what cellaring would do to this brew. Honestly, it may be a detriment to it. Without the hops, I wonder what would be left?

Very interesting take on the stout style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 16:39:33 | More by JonMich13
Photo of Scotchboy


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 of 2 12oz bottles sent from schwaeh, I'll be cellaring the other to let the hops die a little. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours opaque and dark black with hints of ruby at the edges, with a nice tan head with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Roasted malt character, creamy chocolate/lactose, citrus and hops. It smells like that stout/black IPA mixture, with some sweet bready-ness and barleywine notes as it warms.

T: Smooth toasted malt character with a tart orange citrus presence. The hop bitterness lingers and mixes with the dark malts well, and it finishes with a light coffee bitterness. Really nice.

MF: Creamy, medium bodied and well carbonated.

O: Loved it, its a very smooth and drinkable beer. It's close to a Black IPA now, and I'm tempted to drink the other but I'll wait. Thanks Steve!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:23:06 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of tsauce2


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz beer in to a globe glass

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Opaque. Head is tan, 1 in, medium sized bubbles, pillowy, dissipates in segments and lines the beer. Medium/light carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Hops are forward. Medium roast malt follows with slight notes of carmel.

T: Roasted malts and chocolate burst on to palate, followed by hops. Slightly roasted and bitter aftertaste. Can not really pick up on the fact that this beer is 9.1% ABV.

M: Medium/heavy carbonation on mf, plus addition of hops creates a multi-faceted sensation. Chewy, hoppy, malty, a lot going on and it all works together. Slight bitterness accentuates depth of taste perception.

O: At its base, this is a good stout. What makes it exceptional is the complimentary and yet contrasting addition of hops and the roasted/bitter component. Carbonation also adds another level to the complexity of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 15:10:11 | More by tsauce2
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this fine RIS to knock off another top 100 in the beers of fame. I held on to this bottle knowing that it would get better with time. I also had a lot of confidence in the quality of this beer since I enjoyed so many different beers from Victory in the past.

I poured this beer into a snifter to enjoy sipping. It is very dark with a minimal tan head. I actually swirled it to bring out more foam and aroma.

The smell and taste is of coffee, malt, and strong amount of booziness. This beer packs a punch, which isn't a surprise for the style. This beer is very well balanced.

I recommend this beer. It may still be on the shelves. If not, I recommend picking up a six pack or two of them next year.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 00:38:03 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of JerUrbans


4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark black color with big fluffy dark cream head, with huge bubbles. Smell is malty, smoky, and earthy and quite pleasant. Wow this is good! Big bitter chocolate with roasted coffee, this beer is really good. Mouthfeel is silky but with a very bitter finish that lingers in my mouth.

Overall very good everything I need in an Imperial stout. I could drink many of these. This is my first beer from Victory and will be excited to try more of their beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 02:26:55 | More by JerUrbans
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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 jimiv73


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man this is a good strong stout with tons of flavor! I also got this when the monkey was out! It has a high ABV and packs a punch that US smooth and thick! This beer IS black as black and has a beautiful light brown head that's frothy and looks like gold dust glistening! A sharp bite @ first taste and finishes nice with tons of alcohol flavor and hops galore! Feels good in the mouth and goes down super easy!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 07:19:38 | More by jimiv73
Photo of Dizzy


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, as dark as any beer I've seen. Creamy tan head leaves some lacing on the glass, good retention. Aroma is hops up front, then alcohol and roastiness. Taste is bitter, malty and some chocolate. Alcohol is very prominant. Full bodied, alcohol burn is present as well. Overall a good beer, I wouldn't want more than one in a session though.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 02:09:36 | More by Dizzy
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Obsidian black with 2 finger tan head with excellent retention and good fluffy lacing.

S - Espresso, chocolate, malt

T - A pretty bitter start full of espresso and a bit of chocolate with a malty caramel backbone, a little watery during the mid climax. A little too much alcohol, but fairly balanced with earthy, herbal hops.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, chewy, wet.

O - I like um bitter but this stout needs a little more sweet malt or other character to balance those herbal hops.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 14:43:30 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of soper2000


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle, bottled in December of 2003.

This beer poured a deep deep black with a tan head which lingers for quite a long time. The smell is faint but some hoppy aromas are definately there. My first sip of this sweet nectar revealed that this is the hoppiest stout I have ever tasted, but the bitterness was balanced perfectly by notes of chocolate and malt. This beer is strong at 9.5% but the creamy mouth feel makes me want to keep drinking more. This is an excellent stout and I would be interested in cellaring some.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 00:36:52 | More by soper2000
Photo of haddon


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours dark as night with a big brown head. good lacing all the way down the tulip glass. this is what a stout is suppose to look like!

malty notes dominate with dark chocolate, roasted malts and nuts. surprising whiff of floral hops. very unexpected.

wow, never tasted a RIS like this. espresso beans, licorice, malts and bitter hops! the floral hop taste in a stout is most unique. could be off putting to some but I think it works. gives it a very pungent and strong flavor that lingers like a dark roast coffee.

one of the fullest bodied beers I've ever tasted. thick and filling like a milkshake. very nice.

this is a very unique RIS and is perfect as a nightcap after a full meal.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:23:46 | More by haddon
Photo of MrKennedy


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Poured into a Redoak globe style glass.

Jet black appearance, with light unable to pierce it. It has a tan coloured head of foam that clings to the glass after pouring to a depth of one finger before slowly retreating to film.

Smells initially of dark fruits, before piney hops come through. A little bit of coffee too, making an appearance.

The taste is relatively hoppy, tinged with some oak, chocolate and roasted malt. An interesting mix throughout. The alcohol seems relatively well hidden amongst everything else that is going on.

Nice mouthfeel, not overly thick and syrupy. Body is well suited to the style, but certainly not as big as a Dark Lord or Ten Fidy. Smooth, with the hops always making themselves known. Nice bit of bitterness to finish it off.

On a cold night, this is going down a treat. Complex, big, flavoursome, it ticks most boxes when it comes to what you are looking for in a stout such as this. Thanks Knapp85!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 10:56:12 | More by MrKennedy
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