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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,047 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,047
Reviews: 2,507
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 150
Gots: 472 | FT: 17
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 Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - Poured a dark black brew with a huge foamy dark head. Aroma of roastiness and coffee are very present. Strong body with subtle taste of alcohol. Very complex, taste of coffee, caramel and chocolate are mix very well. One of the best Imperial Stout I had the chance of drinking.

Phyl21ca, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of JTahoe
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark red-black with barely red-brown edges. Thick foamy caramel colored head with sheeting lace. Head settles from 2 fingers to 1/4" then disappearing altogether as the end of the glass nears.

S - Quite subdued in the aroma. Notes of citric hops, big eathy nose, some mustiness and a softened roasted grain. Nothing special going on here, and certainly not when compared to the rest of the beer's characteristics.

T - Deep dark roasted malts and grain with hop bitterness. Fairly complex and difficult to describe in the background, but I taste traces of unsweetened taffy and chocolate-covered-caramel as well as some licorice, toasted nuts (pecan and chestnut), and just a hint of spice.

M - Medium-light body/feel with moderate effervescent carbonation. Silky but studded with prickly bite.

D - A pretty solid Russian Imperial Stout, but not a standout. Definitely worth drinking.

JTahoe, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours oil black with a dark brown head that dies quicker than I expected. Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee beans, chocolate and some brandy. Tastes of all that it smells , sweet with some dried fruit. Full in the mouth, almost chewy and finishes with some alcohol. This is a huge stout an makes a nice nightcap but more than one or two of these would be pushing it.

franksnbeans, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 bottling - September 26.

I avoided reading reviews of this so I could analyze it on my own. But then once I started drinking it I had to look at them to compare with what I was tasting...

It's all black.... nothing else to see. A fairly large-bubbled dark head sits on top and retains some presence to the very end. Some lacing is evident.

That hoppy, vinous, acidic quality everyone talks about - I don't like it. Nose is actually more floral than stout-like. Taste is largely affected by these hops. Acid shows in the finish. Vinous? Well, kind of, but not all that pleasantly. Mouthfeel is, yes, oily.

You know, it's not what I expected at all. The traditional stout flavours are undermined by the acid and hops. I may not have a whole lot of experience with imperial stouts, but I think malts should govern. Here, they don't. I prefer my good old locally available Wellington Imperial with it's mounds of coffee and chocolate overtones. After reading various reviews - I wouldn't mind trying some aged bottles of this, when the hops have mellowed.

the42ndtourist, Jan 21, 2003
Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by Dec 14 2016) poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black, thin tan head, plenty of persistent lacing in strands mostly.

Smell: Tiny bit boozy, grapes + fruity esters upon swirling. Some citrus hops in there as well.

Taste: Strong roasted malts, espresso, strong bitter finish at the end with some pine and citrus. Alcohol notes towards the end of the sip as well, but muted. Very much on the bitter side of flavor, but countered with just enough malt to prevent it from being too much.

Mouthfeel: Thick, a little bit creamy. Nice carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: While I think this would be best during the winter, it's not a bad beer to have at the end of the day to slowly savor. One is enough though. The alcohol is well hidden but you know its there, just noticeable to tap you on the shoulder and remind you its a strong beer, but not so strong that it knocks you on your ass later. Sip and savor is what this one is - and it gets better as it warms up when the flavors become even more robust. So overall good but I find one is enough.

damndirtyape, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of gopens44
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with a head more foamy than creamy reaching about an inch in height before giving way to a laced covering on the beer.

S - High on coffee, maybe a hint of cherry, not as boozy or hoppy as suggested but nice and well balanced nonetheless.

T - Once again, high on coffee. There was a hop presence but the barley taste overpowered it. Oak and coffee finish.

M - Nice. A little carbonation flirts with the tongue as the bold flavors whack at it with their presence in the form of a deceiving heaviness that stays on your tongue after you've sent the current gulp south.

D - To say it's not my favorite RIS isn't a slam since I love these beers. I would take this ten times over several thousand other beers out there, but probably my fourth or fifth choice in the style.

gopens44, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of tviz33
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle in to pint glass

A- Pours a deep black with barely a finger of brown head with good lacing. A nice quarter inch foam cap sticks around for the entire glass.

S- The first thing I notice are the hops. Roasted coffee and a little bit of chocolate follow. No single scent dominates the others here.

T- Leaning slightly towards the hoppy side, but very well-balanced. Lots of roastiness. Coffee, malts, and a little creamy chocolate towards the end.

M- Medium-bodied and low on the carbonation, but smooth and creamy on the way down. The alcohol is barely noticeable given the high ABV.

O- Not an overall favorite of mine, but enjoyable from start to finish nevertheless. Becomes more interesting as it warms which is always a plus.

tviz33, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a mix and match pack for 2.50.

A - Dark brown with read hues and an impressive inch of tan colored head.
S - Hops is strong in this one along side of some coffee, chocolate, and fruit nodes.
T - Coffee and dark chocolate blend to a bit of heavy roast which is then taken away by a bitterness from the hops. Finishes rather dry.
M - Dry yet alcohol is well masked. Still one of the more hop forward RIS's I ever had
D - I would like to try this with some age but I don't believe this is the best rep of the style. More body and less hops.

Overall another interesting beer by victory but I will stick with my Old Rasputin.

DrDemento456, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of titosupertramp
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown. When it's held to light, nothing is getting through. A finger of tan, mocha head that stays around for a while. Leaves a thick film atop of the beer with tons of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Oddly enough the first things that jump out at me are citrus and a fruity quality. Light coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted malt and molasses round it off. Has the musty quality of a dark English ale. Nice smelling RIS..different, but good.

T: Wow. Sweet molasses and chocolate quickly give way to those citrus hops. There's actually quite a lot going on in the after taste for me. Roasted malt, coffee, more chocolate, citrus and that musty taste. Like it.

M: Silky smooth with a little bit of a tingly sensation. Leave a film with a delicious aftertaste.

O: Very drinkable for such a large stout. I like Storm King and will probably reach for this again, but it's not my favorite RIS available to me.

titosupertramp, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of SebD
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

SebD, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of atr2605
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours black with a creamy tan head with outstanding head retention that clings to the side of the glass
S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, low hop aroma
T- more chocolate, coffee and toasted malt along with a plum flavor, hops provides a nice balance and bitterness. Alot of big flavors
M-full bodied
O-tons of flavor in this beer and is a really nice imperial stout. Has a lot of the roasted and smokey flavors but still allows the other flavors to come through nicely.

atr2605, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of JMad
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a black, espresso brown opaque color, has a milk chocolate head that left some good lacing.
Smells like roasted chocolate malt.
Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, nice bitterness.
Feels heavy and smooth.
Awesome stout, don't drink too many though.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of granger10
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Imperial poured an opaque black and had virtually no head but moderate lacing. Lots of sediment floating around in the mixture. The aroma was slight and had to discern any real flavors. The taste was extremely smooth and balanced. Unlike most imperials no strong flavors really came out, this one was definitely lighter in body and mouthfeel. The dominant malt flavor was espresso but it wasn't sweet at all. This beer was also hoppier than what I'd imagined it would be. The finish provides and acidic bitterness that lingered for a long time. Defnitely a well crafted beer but not on the top of my list for Imp. Stouts.

granger10, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of abeerlovr
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Imperial Pint glass

The color of this beer is jet black, no light can bee seen through the glass. It had a pronouced head, though small and it dissipated quickly. The color of the foam was a golden amber. It left nice lacing on the glass.

Upon smelling the beer it has a nice roasted coffee sent, hints of cocoa and toffee and it smelled sweeter than it actually was.

This was a hop forward stout, the bitterness from the hops filled my entire palate. There was a smokey coffee flavor with hints of citrus peel that you get from hoppy beers. The chocolate flavor was mild. It had good carbonation.

Overall this was a good beer, actually based on other reviews I would say a really good beer. As a stout, I was not expecting as much hops as this beer has and was surprised by that. It possessed a nice balance of both the roasted malt, cocoa/coffee flavor with a good amount of hops

abeerlovr, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of MichiganderHB
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Belgium Glass

A: Pitch black/no light shown though with 2.5 finger mocha colored head

S: Hops, coffee, chocolate, malts

T: Nice balance of hops and malt. Roasted coffee and chocolate.

M: Mild carbonation, creamy feel, bitter finish

O: A nice hoppy, imperial stout. The lacing on this beer was phenomenal.

MichiganderHB, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of shanblur
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at home, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark black with a nice 2 finger dark tan head with diffuse lacing that is retained from first sip to last

S - Get some herbal and toffee notes as well as yeast. No hops aroma

T - Some alcohol in the taste, but is well masked with dark malt flavors with no hop bitterness

M - Mild carbonation and masked alcohol make this an easy drinker even for the higher ABV

Overall this a style that I love so it is hard to say anything bad about it. Would definitely have again though I have had better in this category.

shanblur, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Keffa
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip. Enjoy by date of April 2015!

Allowed to warm for about 45 minutes.

A: Pours pitch black, 1 finger tan head rushes up, then settles into a small ring and leaves a little lacing. Nice.

S: A little citrus, followed by huge whiffs of roast, coffee, chocolate, licorice, and a little dark fruit. A slight whiff of alcohol as well.

T: As the nose goes, so does the taste. All of the components of the aroma come into play with the taste, as well as some smokiness and a little wood/earthy hop.

M: Creamy, thick, covers the palate. Not overly carbonated, just enough.

D: Very drinkable. Alcohol only makes guest appearances once in a while, and the flavors are very well developed and quite nice. Nice clean dry finish is nice.

This one is very nice. Easy drinking, good flavor. Careful
though, the ABV can catch up pretty quick.

Keffa, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Source
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served ontap in a snifter.

A: Opaque. 2mm head disipates quickly to a nice lacing ring.
S: Coffee, chocolate, slight alcohol.
T: Extremely well balaced with similar flavors.
M and D: For a high ABV RIS this goes down too well. Flavors linger on the tongue.

My favorite local RIS.

Source, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 6/22/10.

On cask at Al's of Hampden for the kickoff of the newly installed beer engines. $2 for a nonic glass.

Pours a dark black color with more than a finger of mocha colored fluff for a head. Really good retension as the head sits uneven in the glass from sporatic bubbles and crators where a solid layer of foam previously resided.

The aroma has a surprising amount of citrus hops, slightly herbal and grassy along with a solid presence of alcohol sting in the nose.

Taste includes all the described hop characteristics that were introduced by the nose. Dark burnt grain flavors indicating coffee and alcohol are evident in both flavor and warmth. Half way through the experience, more grainy sweetness comes through like chocolate.

The body of this brew is medium to full with a moderately low level of carbonation. Very drinkable and it would be a crime not to enjoy for only $2.

stakem, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of JonathanL7890
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1 finger brown head into my Youngs pint glass. Appearance is like thick motor oil.

Smell is hops / roast malt, raisin.

Taste is coffee, substantial hop bitterness , some chocolate.

mouthfeel is excellent. quite silky

Drinkability : I wouldn't want to have more than one of these, at least when it is 95 degrees outside.

Overall, an excellent RIS. I usually keep a stock of it.

JonathanL7890, May 23, 2008
Photo of tkarsies
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this bottle a few months and since the weather started to get cold, decided to open it up. Served cool in my trusty pint glass and allowed to warm up. The appearance is coal black. A small tan head fades to lacing that lasts forever. I can’t see through it at all even when holding it to the light.
Smells of hops as well as roasted malt. Smells like a Russian Imperial Stout should. Taste is initially strong of roasted malt with some hop bitterness. Later, the hops show up stronger although in the end the roasted flavor wins out.
Minimal carbonation with medium mouthfeel.
When fresh, the alcohol dominated the flavor, but now it is not very noticeable and just provides a nice warming sensation. For a RIS, it is easy to drink. The strong roasted malt and hop flavor limit me to a couple bottles. This is not my favorite RIS but it is very good.

tkarsies, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of kemoarps
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had heard good things so I decided to give it a try.

it poured an espresso black/DEEP brown, with a two finger headthat FINALLY melted down to about a sixteenth of an inch for the rest of the drink, left great marking down the glass

the smell was... ok. didn't seem that great, but then again aroma smell has never been my strongest sense. big chocolatey aroma with some espresso undertones.

The taste would have been surprising had I not read reviews prior. It's good, let me say that. The rating will attest to that, it's just not exactly what I expected. A slightly higher hop profile than I'm used to, especially in a beer like this. I'm not usually a huge hop fan, but it works here, as the malts (my personal preference) are still able to make themselves heard. The chocolate tastiness is very welcoming.

It has a more forgiving moutfeel than a lot of comparable beers I've had. not nearly as coating, and smoothe, amazingly smoothe.

Drinkable. not as filling as some deep beers like this. A little more bitter than I would necessarily go for continuously, but hey, there's no accounting for taste right?

overall, a very enjoyable beer. Recommended, but not necessarily the end all be all some of my friends had made it out to be.

(originals: 4.5/3.5/3.5/4.5/3.0)
So, in coming back to this after not having drank it in over three years (and the accompanying change in my palate and preference), I figured it was worth revisiting (especially since I have a six pack in my fridge right now).
In re-reviewing this beer I would add to the flavour profile in saying pointing out the presence of the alcohol flavour. It's not unpleasantyly overpowering, but it is certainly there. I don't know why I wasn't more prepared for the hoppy bitterness (oh the follys of youth...), but it's not out of character for an RIS.
Reading back over my previous review, I would highlight the mouthfeel. This is silky smoothe for an RIS. You can taste the fact that it is 9% but man oh man, it has such a creamy silky smoothness to it, and just disappears down the hatch beautifully (and joyfully).

I stand by my summary: this is a very well crafted beer. It is delicious, and a good entry into the style. Drink this beer. Try it at least. HOWEVER, it is not the panacea that I had it built up to be. Don't take that as a negative: THIS IS OBJECTIVELY A VERY VERY GOOD BEER, AND SHOULD BE DRUNK. Just don't go in expecting to have your life changed.

kemoarps, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Chimay chalice...

A: Pours this and dark with a tan head. Decent head retention for an IS.

S: Wow, the first thing on the nose is an assault of earthy hops. The hops are complemented by nice chocolaty roasted malt undertones. Reminds me of the aroma from Old Rasputin with a tad more hop presence.

T: There is a lot going on here between the fresh hops and the malt backbone of this beer. There aren't too many imperial stout where the hops stand out like this, but the flavors harmonize quite well. The bitterness from the hops is undercut by the bold malt profile.

M: A little thinner than I am used to for imperial stouts, but it still has a heavy body. The mouthfeel isn't is a little sharp from high carbonation, would love a creamier texture here.

D: Excellent aroma and taste make for another solid brew from Victory. This is certainly one of the most hop forward stouts I have tried to date. You also gotta love that you can find this big beer in a 6 pack at a reasonable price. This is a big beer though, probably couldn't drink more than one or two in a sitting.

homebrew311, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of briman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, almost black. Mostly opaque, but maybe some little bits of ruby around the edges when held up to the light. Nice half-inch brown head. Excellent retention, lots of lace.

Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and citrus hops.

Flavor is roasty. Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee come through. Finish brings out grapefruit rind hops that mesh with some black malt to give it a moderately bitter finish that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Balance is good, and you definately get strong and clear doses of both malt & hops. Alcohol hidden well in the aroma & aftertaste, but does makes its presence known with some warming. High ABV keeps this from being a session beer, but still one worth having again.

briman, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of DawnL
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black - no light could penetrate this brew. The head was tan with great lacing.

There was definitely a lot of coffee and piney hops on the nose.

The flavor was of deep coffee. There was a resinous quality to the brew. A little pine came through on the finish.

This was definitely viscous. It was a pleasure to drink this beer. It was almost chewy. There was substance here that came through with every sip.

I was surprised that the beer was as drinkable as I found it. It went pretty well with the cheese plate I was having. The cheddar paired really nicely - the blue cheese not so well, and the Delice de Bourgogne got lost in the hops.

DawnL, Feb 01, 2010
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,047 ratings.