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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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4,484 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4484
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.

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Photo of Nate139


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - completely black, with a creamy tan head

S - Dark roasted malts, subtle chocolate and hoppy aroma

T - Strong bitter coffee and chocolate up front, followed by roasted malty flavor, alcohol warmth towards the back

M - very smooth, full bodied

O - fantastic beer, definitely gonna have this again

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 16:17:23 | More by Nate139
Photo of SFNC

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep, dark brown to black with redish tints in harsh light. It poured well, with a thin tan head and plenty of very tiny rising bubbles present. The smell is very complex, with coffee, char and chocolate fighting some strong hops. This may be the strongest hops precense that I've ever encountered in a Stout. The taste is intense as well, the hops forward and fighting the deep roasted coffee and chocolate charecteristics, oddly enough to a draw. This could have been a bitter disaster like many Black IPA's that I have tried, but been totally underwhelmed by. One could say this is well balanced for all the competing flavors creating a tumultous harmony. It's silky too, a bitter aftertaste, but pleasantly bitter like you expect from a good Stout. Overall, a very strong Imperial Stout, Victory can be proud off this complex, but very enjoyable beverage.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 00:43:24 | More by SFNC
Photo of JerUrbans


4.09/5  rDev 0%
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 Roguer


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge, four-finger dark tan head from a solid pour. Good retention, and fantastic lacing. Brew is oily black and opaque, typical for the style.

Wow, big aroma of fruity hops! Ruby red grapefruit, lemon, floral, and a hint of pine. Roasted barley and cocoa just in the background. Not much of a stout aroma, but very nice, and very interesting.

Flavor is more appropriate to the style. Big black coffee notes, with powdered cocoa and roasted barley. Tons of hops, but they really provide bite and bitterness more than flavor. Earthy hops and pepper, if anything, with some sweet citrus on the very back-end.

Feel is silky smooth, with nice balance and bite (both from hops and from the roast). Fantastic retention and aftertaste. Could use a bit more thickness, but it's far from thin.

This is an excellently balanced beer, full of surprises, but ultimately a very good and drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 17:48:11 | More by Roguer
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Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Natty Greene's. Aroma was mixed, with some nuttiness, along with a sense of the alcohol content. Not much head on the pour, but nice lacing. First taste was bitter, but as it moved across the tongue, it dissipated. Expected a bitter aftertaste, but didn't have one. Nice carbonation. This is a beer for sipping on a cold winter day. It's not for everyone, but I like this type, so giving it a 4.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2014 20:33:57 | More by BeeGinner
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New York

3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bought a 4 pk from Southtown Beverages, Rochester NY on 1/25/14.

poured into a goblet, served near room temp.

appearance: black with a thick khaki head, nice lacing.

smell: I am taken aback by how hoppy this beer smells. A spearmint or eucalyptus aroma almost smothers the charred malt.

taste: the hops overwhelm the malt.

mouthfeel: is decent, slippery

overall: did not like this one, too hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 23:56:54 | More by fx20736
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured this into a tulip. dark. light brown head. on the nose: hops are noticed first, and the alcohol and a dark chocolate. this is hoppier than a lot of imperial stouts but I suspect this is a very fresh bottle. upon tasting; mouthfeel is as thick as it needs to be, but not chewy. huge roast note; a mouthful of burnt coffee beans and bitter chocolate, still pretty hoppy, even getting a citrus

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:34:16 | More by dank203
Photo of BierJager89


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

A: Pours black and thick like motor oil, viscous and gloopy, with a medium-dark brown creamy head that quickly fades to a ring.

S: Orange, citrus, floral hops, pine, very hoppy nose, coffee and roasted malt are hidden undertones. Interesting.

T: Roasted malt and coffee as well as a little dark chocolate up front, floral hops, pine, orange and citrus in the middle, as well as a bit more chocolate in the finish. Very enjoyable.

M: Full bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: "Regular" imperial stouts are excellent on their own, but there are two types of imperial stouts that I especially love: Barrel aged (especially in scotch or bourbon barrels) imperial stouts and hoppy imperial stouts (or are they black ales?). This falls into the latter category and it is delicious. Definitely worth a try, definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:16:27 | More by BierJager89
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter.

Bottled on April 24, 2013 (Julian date 114 3) and enjoy by date of April 24, 2018

A: Dark and rich looking with a neat one and a half finger root beer colored head. The head breaks fairly quickly and leaves some nice lacing instead.

S: roasts really stand out here, there is also some dark chocolate and some mild hops.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely, with the roast really taking the point on this one. However there is a bit of licorice or perhaps treacle that slips in here too. This is more on the finish though.

M: Full bodied and smooth

O: My first beer from Victory and I am impressed. I was not sure what to expect and I got a solid RIS. This drives my desire for more from Victory even more (hello Dirtwolf). I would recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 22:37:06 | More by polloenfuego
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4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought back in June and saved for colder weather.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with ruby highlights at a few edges when seen through bright light. Inch and a half tall tan head receded slowly to thick rocky surface foam and dense patterned lacing. Looking very good!

s: Curiously fruity. Later dark malt shares the aroma spotlight.

t: Dark smoky malt up front lets the hops sneak up on your tongue. Some bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. High ABV is well concealed.

m: Heavy with substantial body. Silky smooth.

o: Outstanding imperial stout! Mild aroma gives no hint of what hits the palate. You just want to have more!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 06:51:40 | More by scotorum
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9.1% ABV, Enjoy By Jan 30 2014

*This is the second oldest bottle from my cellar, circa 2008.

A - Ominous. Storm King pours black as night with no light penetrating the body of beer below the stable mocha head. Moderate retention keeps the tight bubbles afloat long enough for them to grip the glass' walls.

S - A certain level of oxidation has affected the beer but, due to it's age that's inevitable. Slight wet cardboard notes aside, Storm King is brimming with warm alcohol and a conglomerate of roasted malt characteristics; chocolate covered raisin, thin molasses, and a tickle of acrid bitterness behind the smooth caramel notes.

T - Smooth milk chocolate dribbles over raisins and collects lightly roasted, ground coffee beans along the way for a voluptuous flavor of malty goodness that's not so infiltrated by oxidation as the aroma displays, finishing out with just an ever so slight nod to earthy hops within.

M - Moderate carbonation allows the otherwise medium-bodied beer a fuller feel as this smooth stout glides down the throat with warming alcohol in tow, finishing with just the right amount of bitter balance.

O - It's been a pleasure to enjoy this one six-pack over the past few years but I'll openly admit that I remember nothing about it fresh nor it's development; the only thing I remember about Storm King is that I've always liked it. Just day's before Victory's "enjoy by date", Storm King has suffered minor oxidation in the way of wet cardboard but the victory is Storm King's! Still plenty tasty and drinkable, this imperial stout is one to be sipped, exploring it's chocolaty nuances.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 00:15:19 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date of July 05, 2016 it appears; the date is really hard to read. Another new beer to me from Victory, this one a stout. Victory has really been cranking them out lately. Expectations are good.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark cola colored body; opaque in the glass. Just over a finger of creamy fluffy doughy head. Some thin scattered tan lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pretty nice, not exactly typical. Dark bittersweet baking chocolate, malt roast, some earthy piney hoppiness, some musty & fruity yeast esters, citric orange, some creaminess, a hint of vanilla. Smells good.

T - Good depth of flavor and lots of complexity. Chocolate, caramel, toffee, fruity hops - grapefruit, orange, pine. Good balance. Alcohol is well hidden. Some underlying dark chocolate cherry flavor in there also.

M - Smooth and creamy, with a bit of crispness to it, more so than the usual stout. Medium bodied with big carbonation. Sticky chocolate and resinous hops on the palate.

Overall, a nice stout from Victory, definitely on the hoppier side of things though. A solid B.

Victory Storm King ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:10:13 | More by mfnmbvp
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4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look forward to this every year - pours a healthy black, darker foam about a finger width that leaves really beautiful lacing.

Smell is complex, many things are mixed in here but hops and malt balanced pretty well overall, although smell does not hit very hard. Taste is really really nice, smooth without being boring at all, feels very full in the mouth. Malt backbone is obvious.

Overall a great experience, am cellering a couple and looking forward to the results down the road.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 06:33:24 | More by arthuro11
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Dark black pour with a finger width of light brown head

S: Hops, Hops, Hops... most hops I have smelled on an alleged Stout... but they bring about some interesting questions... is this an Imperial stout... or is it a Black Double IPA?

T: The hops hit you hard, a lot of pine and resin and dark malty flavors... really good flavor

M: Low carb but it works for the blend, good thickness to the brew, but not chewy

O: Great beer, will purchase again.... very reminiscent of the Wookey Jack I am currently drinking

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 00:54:11 | More by KTeamLSU
Photo of ZagZagg


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Oily black, deep and dark. Moderate carbonation appearance. Thin head with decent retention and lacing. Looks like it has some nice viscosity. Pretty standard stout appearance, the bottom of the glass emits a nice redish glow.

S: The smell stands out in my opinion. Rich malt character, roasted with notes of coco and sweetness with a bit of a bitter bite. Reminds me of winter, crisp.

T: Follows the nose, with roasted/burn malt with a little booziness. Licorice lingers somewhere in this coffee conundrum. Bitter but balanced with a little sweetness of smoky sweetness. A lot of hop presence, more bitter than most stouts I’ve drank, but I am enjoying the complexity. The sweetness seems to reflect some dark fruitiness or burnt sugar, almost syrupy.

M: Well bodied, with light tingling carbonation. Has some creamy character the longer it stays in the mouth. Crisp and excellent with a delightful coffee style after taste

O: This brew boats a nice 9.1% ABV, and has impressive drinkability for an imperial stout. A lot more hop character than most stouts, but has excellent balance. This was purchased in a four-pack, but I could easily go through more than that in a session. Victory makes some quality brew, and I thoroughly enjoy their take at imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 02:43:48 | More by ZagZagg
Photo of ONUMello


4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a two-finer tan head
S: Cocoa, espresso, molasses, a touch of booze and dark wheat bread
T: Melted dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, a bit of hop bitterness
M: Full-bodied, smooth yet a bit of a bite from the alcohol & hops
O: Very solid stout, I enjoyed drinking this

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 05:29:45 | More by ONUMello
Photo of tmm313


4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid black body. Poured aggressively at first and had to stop. 4 finger head isn't dissipating very quickly. Head is soapy through glass and like creamy chocolate milk on top. Great lacing.

S- My first thought was of a Three Musketeers candy bar. Milk, dark chocolate and caramel up front. Roasted malts and a touch of dark fruit in the back. Sometimes I get dank hops. Other times, I pick up milk.

T- Nice. Follows the nose pretty closely. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. I swear I taste nougat in there sometimes. Roasted malts, piney hops, a touch of dark fruit, and a shot of booze in the finish. Licorice shows up as it warms. Every taste is a little different.

M- Medium body with nice carbonation. Drying and oily. Char on the aftertaste.

O- I just found out today that ten years ago this was the number 1 beer on Beer Advocate. Now its not even in the top 250. That's just a testament to how far craft beer has come, because this is a DAMN GOOD BEER! I can definitely tell why it was once so coveted. It is super complex with big flavors and incredible balance. This one was a trend-setter. Taste it and you'll see why.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 22:28:32 | More by tmm313
Photo of kjfinnerty


4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Midnight black, aggressive pour produces a small tan head.

S - Roasty malts, can't find much else.

T - Malt, malt, malt, chocolate, feel a little hop bitterness, but not any flavor, detect the slightest warmth of alcohol. There's some smooth smokiness to this beer.

M - For an imperial stout the body is a little on the light side. Low carbonation. Coats the mouth and throat.

O - Excellent beer. I've had several times, but never seemed to review. I understand this was once ranked very high in the top 250 and I certainly understand why.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 00:00:41 | More by kjfinnerty
Photo of Alextricity


3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by July 5th 2018. Poured into a shaker pint. $2.49 single.

Appearance: Well, it's basically pitch black -- no surprise there. The great thing about this beer is the lacing. There's a two finger creamy, tan head on it, but it doesn't last long... but the lacing's fantastic.

Smell: Man, I don't know. The best way for me to describe the smell is wet cardboard. That sounds absolutely awful, but it's actually... not. I figure it's the variety of hops that they use mixing with the dark malts, but I don't know how else to tell you what this beer smells like.. at FIRST. As the head slowly goes entirely away, coffee opens up, and the beers smells more like, well, a beer with a solid amount of roast. Still, Storm King never smells mouth watering.

Taste/feel: A mouth watering, almost tangy character is the first thing I notice... this beer really is chock full of hops, as many people have said. A lot of earthy character brought on by them, and that works very well with the roasted notes. There's a bit of alcohol flavor and warmth on the finish, but not as "hot" as many other RIS's I've had. Pretty nice mouthfeel, as I had hoped for, given the style.

A very good beer, but not great. Honestly, I expected a lot more. This seems to be a favorite amongst craft beer drinkers. I like the addition of extra hops to make this a hoppy RIS, but the other characteristics aren't there as much as I'd like. Yeah, it has a nice body to it, and the roastiness is pleasant, but I guess it's just not as... pungent? As I was hoping it would be. I'd have it again, as it's a very good beer, but there are definitely better options. Still, try it for yourself to experience an unusually hoppy tasting RIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 23:29:17 | More by Alextricity
Photo of Scrapss


4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque and dark. Not very active. Thin tan head reduces to a ring. This one has minor legs.

S: Big phenolic malts with roasted chocolate. Raisin, figs and fruit-must notes are very indistinct. Some bready-yeasty notes are hiding in there. Tobacco and vanilla playing and dancing.

T: Big malt bill says HI! Chocolate-malted milk balls and vanilla. Dark fruit and sharp fruit must. Figs. Some minor hop notes like Noble maybe. Almost too subtle when presented with such a huge malt bill.

M: slick, medium-full and SMOOOTHHH all draught long. The carbonation is there where appearance did not say it was present. Creamy. Pungent vanillan/oak breath. Side of tongue has spicy/carbonated activity. Roasty chocolate is very pleasant. It's like chocolate liqueur bon-bons.

O: This is crazy good. This is not curl-up-in-the-fetal-position-huge-malt-out-of-balance stout. I've seen this many times and other stuff was "more important". I should have grabbed this instead of some of the tripe I got and passed on this for.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:35:35 | More by Scrapss
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with a one finger tan head.
Aroma is coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and booze.
Taste is more dark fruity than anything but there's chocolate there and coffee at the end.
Mouthfeel is good, coats your mouth and has a nice texture.
I'm enjoying this stout very much.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 18:57:24 | More by zookerman182
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Storm King's reviews are all over the map. My guess is because it's highly original, complex, bitter, and high alcohol. It's like storm king itself, a bulbous head around which any weather may come. Image follows:

A: Storm King pours black into a pint glass with a mocha-colored head that lasts the length of the session, and leaves much lacing. It's thick and opaque.

S: The nose offers complex aromas of dark roasted malts, fig, syrup, espresso along with notes of alcohol, espresso and floral hops. There's a slight solvent flare which lowered the score for me.
Definitely an after dinner stout.

T: The taste follows the smell with myriad flavors of dark roasted malts. There's the most hop bitterness of any RIS I have tried and they ride into the satisfying bitter, drying, and longest lingering finish. Still a complex paradox of alcohol/cask like, almost a cognac with prune, fruit, coffee.

M: Definitely full-bodied on the palate with much warming from the alcohol. Outstanding body, wine-like. Best finish.

D: I cannot make my mind up. I need to let it warm. and also return to it. It's more memorable than ten fidy, but still too odd to score higher now. Definitely a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 02:17:43 | More by Act25
Photo of FLima


4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deepest black color, light proof, with a one finger head that builds up with some delay, and leaves laces, but has low retention.
Aroma of roasted coffee with dark chocolate. Hints of smoke. Nice, but I was expecting more.
On the other hand, what a bold and nice flavor. A storm of chocolate and coffee, with notes of pine, oak and charcoal. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a long lasting burnt wood feeling.
Medium to full body with perfect carbonation. This is a great imperial stout, very bold and hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 22:45:58 | More by FLima
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3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter

A: Pours a motor oil brown-black with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head.

S: Dried tobacco leaves, musty-earthy smell, coffee, smoke, slight sweet malt

T: Bitter baking chocolate, burnt coffee, wood ash. Tons of roasted bitterness that is almost too much. Hints of smooth malt richness, but not enough. Too harsh.

M: Burn from the alcohol and harsh bitter notes overwhelm the palate. Viscous mouthfeel and mild carbonation.

O: Not the tasty RIS that I was expecting this. Victory went overboard with the roasted bitterness and the alcohol is too harsh. Not a great beer from a usually very good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:29:07 | More by KelsoSaaz
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4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter while watching the fog roll in on the horse pasture behind my house. Oh, Heathcliff, where's my stout?

A: Black with a tan one finger head the dissipates to foam. Curtain-y lacking.

S: Anise, smokey, malts, oak, leather.

T: Toasty and malty with licorice and espresso bringing up the rear. Semi-sweet and robust. Goes great with cheddar cheese. The flavors even out as it warms. Would pair well with a chocolate chip cookie.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Frothy on the tongue.

O: this one had a freshness expiration of Feb. 2013 (9 months ago), so I was a bit concerned. But aging did it proud. Glad I got to try this terrific IRS. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 00:46:26 | More by brewskifan55
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,484 ratings.