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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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2,566 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,566
Hads: 5,568
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 196
Gots: 728 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

Emerging from the deepest shades of darkness, a rolling crescendo of flavors burst forth from this robust stout. The thundering, hoppy appeal of Storm King subsides into the mellow subtleties of roasted malt, exhibiting an espresso-like depth of character in its finish. An exquisite blend of imported malts and whole flower American hops merge harmoniously in this complex ale. Discover the dark intrigue of Storm King, as it reveals the rich, substantial flavors that it holds within.
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Reviews: 2,566 | Hads: 5,568
Photo of mabermud
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

Good looking beer. Dark brown body, light beige head. Legs are slick, froth is dense. Stout smell, overpowered by soy sauce. Dirtwolf out of a bottle also has that soy sauce smell and taste. I only like soy sauce on my rice and sushi. The taste is also of soy sauce, but some of the other traditional stout tastes make me forget about the soy sauce in my beer. Really, the taste is of light roast, mocha, vanilla, and soy sauce. The mouthfeel of this stout is mediocre. Nothing to write home about.

For me, overall, this is a standard stout. Not bad. (562 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a deep, dark brown with a huge chocolatey brown foam head. Good lacing. Aroma is immediately noticeable -- huge roasted chocolate and coffee malts with licorice. Taste leads with dark fruits, and a bit of booze. One of the hoppier Stouts I’ve had. Chocolate and coffee malts aren’t quite as strong as in the aroma. Not the strongest Stout you’ll find, but a pleasant taste and easy to drink. This is an easy drinking Stout. Strongly recommended. (457 characters)

Photo of DanielMB
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

L: pours black with a small tan head, a typical RIS.

S: lots of hops, with dark chocolate, coffee, and alcohol.

T: dark chocolate, some coffee, and lots of hop bitterness. It's more bitter than typical imperial stouts. The Storm King goes very well with vanilla ice cream. You can even combine them, and it's great!

M: thick, like an RIS should be, and somewhat explosive from the hops, though still pretty smooth.

O: a solid imperial stout. Not one of the greats, but nearly so, and much more affordable. Here in South Carolina, the Storm King runs at about just $8 a 4-pack, pretty cheap compared to other RISs, which usually are between $10 - $11. (655 characters)

Photo of gatorlove
3.39/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is almost like a black ipa. All I got was hops on the nose. Non of the notes you would expect from an Imperial stout. The same thing with the taste. (153 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle from Brewdog's Online Shop (£3.80):
Black with a 0.5cm brown lacing & good retention for the abv. The head even looks slightly creamy.

Medium roasted malts with sweetness & chocolate as well. Coffee, dark, ripe fruits & a dark malt bitterness come through with a few hops. Nice, complex with a good balance & most of the alcohol hidden.

Coffee & a chocolate sweetness. Strong dark malts taste very faint alcohol. Dark fruit start & some hops plus some good roasted flavours.

Smooth, creamy with the alcohol pretty well hidden. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Easy to drink, frighteningly so with some bitterness & a dry finish.

A good imperial stout with a pleasantly sweet taste & a good combination of chocolate &coffee initially. The hops were a great addition & it proved easier to drink than a 9% abv. beer should have done with the alcohol well hidden for the most part. Great stuff this one. (922 characters)

Photo of BaalDagon
2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As I popped the top and gathered the aroma, I was excited to experience this brew by Victory. According to the brews that I had listed, I was advised I would appreciate this suggestion. Watching the wonderfully viscus, onyx in appearance, liquid flow into my glass, I felt that I was in for a real treat. I watched in anticipation as the head developed into a beautiful caramel in color froth. Next, I brought my glass to my lips, fully expecting the chocolate/coffee notes that the brewery assured me of on the label, and that's where things went south. I chalk up what happened next to my inexperience with stouts because I was overwhelmed with one taste... espresso, BLACK ESPRESSO! The next thing I could taste was alcohol, which left me with a rather sour experience. If high grav stouts are your thing, then I guess this might be right up your ally, but for this "Aspirant," I will have to go back to the drawing board. I might come back to this beer at a later date to give it another shot as my palate evolves, but at this stage... I think I will move on. (1,063 characters)

Photo of brojas91
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black with a light brown head

A - Coffee, Sweet, and malty

T - The taste isn't as sweet as the smell but isn't bitter. Taste coffee, dark chocolate, with a hoppy finish. The alcohol isn't noticeable which is surprising.

M- medium mouthfeel compared to most stouts, but heavy for a non stout drinker. really smooth however.

Overall this is a good stout, not the best I've had from Victory, but they still prove to be a solid brewery. (448 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a. Dark brown/black on the pour. less than a finger of tan head when poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

s. Sweet smell, malt heavy.

t. Sweet side of stouts. Alcohol hidden well for an imperial. Malt.

m. Excellent - not dry. Nice balance.

o. Very very good stout. (277 characters)

Photo of Dennycurr
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a beer!
Great looking and tasting dark beer.
A lot of Victory's are fantastic and there are, literally, 1000's upon 1000's of reviews on each one so my review and all others are sort of lost but I'd like my 2 cents on record for what I deem the best of the lot. Being from Philly, there are a lot of Victory's everywhere. The best place is the Victory Beer Garden down where the Spectrum used to be. It is an amazing place with what seem to be, dozens of the big "V", tap handles along an enormous bar.
I've had this beer there too.
It has a kick to it and has a large, magnificent coffe-ish colored head.
When I pour from the bottle I use a Duval Tulip glass and the head fills the upper end of the 22 oz glass. Quite impressive.
I'm going out and get another one right now. (788 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Ebon, short tan head that lingers more than most stouts.
Smell: Dark stone fruit, some hops, big coffee.
Taste: Big black coffee taste. The bitter hangs on for a bit but is slightly offset by that ineffable dark fruit.
Mouthfeel: Oddly gritty. Does hang about in the mouth for a long time.
Overall: The sum of the parts are greater than the individual components on this one and it is a good solid stout. If you are a stout fancier like me it may not be a favorite but worth trying, buying, sharing and perhaps a revisit down the road. (547 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch black with a light tan head. Poured into a snifter, it looks about as dark as any other stout I've had.

Smell: Chocolate covered cherry's. Just a very powerful level of sweetness overall. Just a hint of alcohol is present in the smell.

Taste: A great balnace of sweet and bitter. Very malty up front with a finish of mild hops. Different, but better than I expected.

Feel: Very full bodied beer.

Overall: Fantastic overall. I hope to come across the brew much more often. Oddly I used to live just outside of Downingtown, PA and have just recently heard with in the last year of this brewery. Where have I been? (630 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy tan head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and some resiny hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, faint dark fruit and a ton of bitter piney/grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. (537 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a tulip. 297 13 ??? P 1133 is the bottle code (as close as I can read).

Pours black, with a smallish beige head. Head fades slowly. Lots of fine, slow carbonation to sustain the head. Smell is a little smokey, some black licorice. Maybe lots of black licorice. Some kind of light, plummish aroma.

Taste is coffee and plums and smoke, in an interesting and fairly successful way.

Mouthfeel is nice, not too heavy or too light, not too sticky or too thin. Overall, this is a very good beer. (523 characters)

Photo of willbobaggins
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted with 5 guys at a blind tasting. Everyone said IPA off the nose....suuuuper hoppy. Not sure what the IBUs are but I'd guess 70ish range. Big Columbus hops, get that crystal malt too (lil bit like RJ Rocker's Black IPA). definitely not true to style--for sure not a prototypical IRS--lacks the body and malt backbone, but great beer nevertheless.

really enjoyed it! have the dark intrigue sitting in the fridge off a trade so looking forward to compare side by side in a bit! (482 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack from Total Wine in late March for $9.49. Best before 2-4-2019.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head upon the initial pour.

Nose is mocha and roasted malts.

Taste is heavy on dark bitter chocolate. Malts are a medium roast. Finish is a touch of espresso with a nice chocolate hop flower bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall i love the bitter chocolate hop spin on the style. Tasty brew that is reasonably priced. (464 characters)

Photo of Warped_Silver
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown/black with mocha head. Smell of booze chocolate and raisin. Taste is chocolate, coffee, and burnt toast that lingers. Hides EtOH well. Moderately thick mouthfeel. Overall good beer. Would buy again....….................................... (257 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
2.29/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brew pours a black color with light reddish-brown highlights when held up to the light. There is a 1.5 finger mocha head which dissipates fairly quickly although some of it remains on the top until the end; very light lacing.

This brew smell like old socks. There is a light roasted malt smell along with a very faint coffee and nut smell but the old socks smell dominates; perhaps I got a skunked batch.

The taste is as lame as the smell, there is an old socks/musty taste along with some roasted malt and burnt coffee. There is the tiniest bit of chocolate taste in mix. No real discernible hop taste.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy but that does not save the brew.

Overall this might not be bad if not for the horrible smell. I will try this brew again at another time just in case I got a bad/skunked bottle. (824 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours pretty much pitch black with a one finger medium tan head. Very good head retention and huge globs of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

The first thing that strikes me about the aroma is that there is a very distinct powdered cocoa/maple syrup note that seems odd. There is some pine that sneaks through underneath but it is predominantly malt showing through.

The flavor really carries nothing of this maple syrup and cocoa note as the piney hops are the key feature. Coffee and roasted malt is in the background with a hint of chocolate but hops really rule. Fairly high bitterness throughout but a somewhat watery mouthfeel.

Overall, this is somewhat of a cross between an imperial stout and a black ipa. Being a big fan of the latter style, I really like this beer. One I need to have more often. (847 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been trying a lot of Victory brews lately, the latest being the Storm King Stout.

I poured this into a glass from a bottle. It poured with minimal head, and appears jet black, with a slight transparency if held up to a light, hinting that it is not as thick as most imperial stouts.

Smells of piney hops, coffee, chocolate, and malt.

The initial taste is coffee and chocolate, but over time, with the bitterness from piney hops following. While definitely a hop heavy imperial stout, it's very well balanced and there's nothing offensive here.

It goes down extremely smooth for any beer and especially for an imperial stout, and is not nearly as thick as most imperial stouts are either. I was expecting something much thicker from an imperial stout, and I will say it was quite a pleasant surprise.

Overall, this is a great, unique imperial stout I will definitely buy again. It's not too far from a black ale because its extra hops and not as thick as most imperial stouts, but still definitely an imperial stout, and a very good one at that.

It's also very high in alcohol content. The official ABV is 9.1%, but it felt more like 11%, and the fact that it goes down so smooth doesn't help. (1,203 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was expecting a lot given my experience with this brewery and it did not dissappoint. The pour is a light sucking black with a tan head that leaves beautiful silky lacing. Aromas are a subtle blend of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is creamy, rich, and smooth. Quite spectacular. The flavor is; thankfully, not as subtle as the nose. It is a rich blend of coffee, smokiness, vanilla, leather, alcohol heat, and a pleasant sweet caramel undertone. This is a well made stout that I can't wait to see how it ages. Glad a bought a four and not a single. (596 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Jet black with a nice dense 2 finger tan head. Recedes slowly leaving a lace coating covering everything.

S: Figs and dark fruits. I am getting surprisingly little nose.

T: Alcohol warmth up front with a bit of a boozy taste. Some roasted malt flavors.

M: Really nice balanced mouthfeel. Light carbonation and a full weighty mouthfeel.

O: I really like coffee and chocolate foward stouts. This one was neither. However, it was quite good tasting. The mouthfeel gave it some heft and made it slow drinking and enjoyable. I would probably repeat this one. (587 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Rich black body. 1.5-2" light brown head when poured aggressively, fades fast.

S - Hops - pine and grass, chocolate malt, coffee.

T - Hops up front, chocolate coffee bitterness with slight alcohol finish.

M - Creamy and thin with a slight tingle going down.

O - Whole cone hops give this beer a different flavor profile compared to most Imperial Stouts. This hop and chocolate malt combination makes it a little more bitter than I would normally prefer. Hopefully letting it sit in the cellar for awhile will smooth it out some. None the less, it's a very tasty imperial stout. Reminds me of a hoppy version of Bell's Expedition stout. Prost! (653 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Midnight black in appearance that poured a beautiful two finger head.

Smells very hoppy for an imperial stout, no hint of booze.

Immediate hops. Wow this is hoppy for a stout. The hops definitely dominate the malts, but the chocolate and caramel sweetness from the malts comes through at the bitter end.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and not as thick as I like in an imperial stout.

Overall a great brew, leans more towards a black ale than an imperial stout though. (470 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance; dark brown, not completely opaque but far from clear, medium amount of tan head that sticks around for an unexpected amount of time. as much as you can expect from a stout, in my opinion.

smell; aroma is somewhat lacking but is not at all unpleasant. roasted grain, hint of alcohol, bit of hop oil and citrus are lingering in there as well.

taste; a tasty beer, the immediate notes are of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted grain characters, with some dark fruity notes in there too as well as a touch of earthy hop notes and citrus.

mouthfeel; creamy yet not heavy. slightly oily,and carbonation that is slightly strong for a stout but it actually works very well with the beer's relatively medium body and complex yet smooth balance of flavors.

overall; a tasty and satisfying yet highly drinkable stout. as far as relationship between complexity and satisfaction level with drinkability and smoothness goes this beer is a great stout. (958 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black. Finger of tan head. Large and small bubbles. Head is fairly rocky.

S: Big, roasty, dark chocolate, baker's cocoa, coffee. Surprising amount of coffee in this one. Very pleasing underlying dark fruit. Plum, fig, berry.

T: Very nice. Big roastiness here. Lots of dark coffee, dark chocolate, roasted grain. Hint of burnt nutiness. Midly astringent towards the end, with a definite herbal/woodsy hoppiness coming through. The hop bitterness was a bit surprising, and really plays through toward the finish. Finishes back on the stout notes, with hits of chicory and even a touch of smoke. Very dry in the finish.

M: Big, but not overwhelming. Carbonation is minimal, but the malt does not overwhelm this one.

O: What a beast. I can see why this was a real game changer when it came out. Can definitely see how some call it a black IPA. Damn fine beer, regardless. Will actively seek this one out again. (923 characters)

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,566 ratings.