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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,483 Ratings
THE BROS
86
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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BittRnessabounds

Colorado

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is easily the best beer I've ever had. I love stouts and I love hops....therefore it makes sense that I love this Beer. There is probably no praise I can give this beer that has not been given before. Everything is perfection, or very near perfection. The near pitch black color, with the warm light brown abundant head call you forth to enjoy the warm smell of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and hops. The taste is so complex and amazing i won't even attempt to write about it. I don't know how this beer has 9.1abv, I never got a sense of it, and if i had more than one i would have gladly consumed as many as possible.

Quite simply if you have not had this beer, go find it, and you too will fall in love with it.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 14:02:40 | More by BittRnessabounds
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every bit as good as on tap, the Victory Storm King is truly a king of beers. The dark rich body and nice beige head seem pefectly suited to the superior lacing job it does. Lots of rich aromas of toasted goodness, the taste that follows is full of chocolate and coffee. A truly superior hop finish makes this one of the truly great beers of America.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 05:29:03 | More by AtLagerHeads
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rkhaze

California

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled Dec. 17, 2002. Poured out black with some dark chestnut colors just escaping the edges. No head developed to speak of.
Lots of smells. Coffee, chocolate, dark roast malt and hints of molasses and licorice.
Complex tastes of sweet heavily roasted malt, dark coffee, chocolate covered cherries and a hint of licorice. There was a nice subtle smoky element and a spicy/tangy hop bitterness that balanced it out. Well hidden alcohol. Great job!
Medium bodied. Rich and creamy but lacking the viscous feel of some Imperials. Excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 02:45:58 | More by rkhaze
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is some good stout. I thought Brooklyn's Black Chocolate was good. This is better.

Pours like motor oil, dark and thick. Can't see any light through it. Creamy tan head is small and quickly disappears, leaving very little lace. The aroma was distinct and recognizable at first whiff. Chocolate and coffee with more emphasis on the coffee. The taste is coffee like too, but unlike real coffee, I like this (not much of a coffee drinker). There is a noticeable maltiness as well as hoppiness.

Excellent beer that goes to the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2004 02:05:09 | More by abcsofbeer
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oxmasterscream

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is unbelievable. Period. As others have mentioned, the price just seals the deal.

Appearance: Poured like a really dark espresso, with just a small tan head, which eventually became a tiny ring around the glass. If I angled the glass correctly, I could see a faint ruby brown glow at the bottom of the glass. It was beautiful.

Smell: A nice combination of burnt, sweet and spicy, with an emphasis on sweet especially as it warmed... hops, burnt malts, dark chocolate, raisins. I couldn't wait to taste it.

Taste: Sweet and spicy with a very mild and enjoyable, bitter and drying aftertaste. Tastes of raisins, prunes, molasses, and burnt sugar. As it warmed, it got sweeter and more tart. It left a nice tang on the back and sides of my tongue. Major Cascade grapefruitiness in the finish later in the glass. The alcohol, as with other big beers, began revealing itself about halfway through the glass.

Mouthfeel: Nirvana. It's full-bodied, silky, smooth, creamy and luscious. Feels like a cafe latte with bubbles.

Drinkability: For an imperial stout, to date, it's my most drinkable. I've had others that seem to get tougher to handle as you get closer to the end of the glass (e.g. Rogue Imperial Stout). Storm King doesn't seem to concentrate all of its energy so much on all things burnt; instead it seems to cater to the sweet tooth. It's like drinking sophisticated candy. My favorite to date.

<note: Just had a fresh bottle (dated 10/20/04), roughly one week old and it's much hoppier than I remember. My original review was of a bottle aged for at least 6-9 months. The hoppiness really mellows out with some aging. I think it's the way to go with this beer to get the most out of it. I don't think I'd give it a 5 for taste had I reviewed it fresh.>

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 11:03:51 | More by oxmasterscream
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served into a nonic glass from a long neck brown bottle with crimped-on cap.Enjoy by Sep.27/11?

Opaque,black color. 2" thick,pillowy tan head,good retention,clumps of lace sticking down the sides of the glass,leaves a thick layer of foam throughout the beer.

A nice hoppy aroma mostly pine and a good bit of citrus,a very hoppy smelling stout. Very roasty,sweet carmell,chocolaty a bit smokey,a very pleasing and complex aroma. Even a bit of fruittyness in there.

The taste was amazing, lives up to its reputation. I enjoyed the taste so much,I almost forgot I was reviewing this beer. A nice clean piney taste,a very complex malty taste, carmelly/roasty,a burnt chocolate taste. Execellent balance.Finished with a crisp,citrus,sharp bitterness,leaves a nice bittersweet chocolatly/carmelly /citrusy taste lingering on the palate.

Chewy mouthfeel,very nice, also a soft creamy texture,mouthwatering.
The drinkability was amazing for an Imperial Stout, this went down way to fast, wish I had another.. 9.10% alcohol would never know it, felt it when I was done though. I have to get more of this beer,it's worth all the hype!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 04:31:10 | More by jcdiflorio
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illidurit

California

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a 1 finger tan head. Very good retention. Dark berry in the nose, some hoppiness, chocolate ice cream. Flavor notes include blackberry, dark chocolate, coffee, currant, tobacco, a nice almond-skin dryness. Huge dose of hops make this pretty unique in the imperial stout arena. Great complexity. The alcohol is not apparent, but it lends a nice residual warmth in the chest that makes this beer great for winter. Not overly thick in body but smooth and velvety. Another great offering from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 08:06:41 | More by illidurit
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Wackyfoot

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out black as the night with almost no head. Lots of hops and coffee and chocolate in the mouth with a good alcohol burn on the finish. Sharp aroma of molasses, dark fruits and coffee. One of my very favorite beers and something I can drink anywhere, anytime.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 07:49:27 | More by Wackyfoot
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jtw5877

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown/black color with tan head. Nice full flavor with strong malt flavors such as coffee/caramel chocolate, also a real nice hop flavor which balances out the malt. Amazing smoothness for the high alcohol content. This was the first Victory brew I've tried, and I love it. Special thanks to StevieW.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2002 21:09:35 | More by jtw5877
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first impression of Storm King was the complex and rich
flavor and it's drinkability. The alcohol was subdued but it was
definitely there. It was midnight black with a creamy, leather-
brown head. This beer matched perfectly with the chocolate cheesecake I was enjoying. A great cold weather beer. I tasted hints of chocolate and coffee, along with some fruitiness. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2002 06:30:50 | More by pezoids
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever had. It's so good, and the only way that you could possibly know how good it is, would be to drink it yourself. The color is very dark and you can't see light through it, which I totally dig. The head is a great brownish-red color. Started out super thick, but went down to a film later. The taste is like a very light chocolatey coffee mixed with a peppery stouty taste. The finish is so smooth, it's like butter. It just slides down your throat and coats it. To experience this stuff is half the "fun" of it. I'm just glad that they finally got it at The Vintage Cellar. The price isn't too bad either.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 21:07:08 | More by JISurfer
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on Oct. 15th, 2002. It pours like black syrup or motor oil, 100% opaque with a large creamy tan head that laces wonderfully. The aroma is full of roasted barley and hops. There is definitely a sign of serious hop character in this brew. But before the hops kick in, you're treated to some chocolate, coffee, and just an all around sweet roastiness. And then hops come in for an amazing finish that makes you beg for more. The alcohol is mellow but definitely there throughout consumption. And it's great. Everything about this wonderful stout is gargantuan and robust as hell.....a truly perfectly balanced and drinkably strong stout. As a stout lover, I think this is the perennial fallback imperial, as long as they keep it the way it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 21:58:58 | More by AudioGilz
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rotsaruch

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well this SK was not sampled from the bottle, draft or the cask, but was from the firkin. I treated myself to a handsome British pint this evening at Victory. This is a jewel of a treat for "firkin Friday" in the middle of the summer. It was brewed in March 2003.

It's appearance was black as nite with a creamy mocha head. Everything, including the aroma, the taste and presence of alcohol were subdued. Just a perfect balance of hops and malt were present as the initial liquid black gold tantilized the palate. There was this overwhelming combination of chocolate, coffee, mocha, dates and rasions that were present from start to finish. The complexity of this brew was simplified into very incredible level of smooth, silky heaven. It's truly hard to capture and describe something so delicate and delicious.

If SK from the bottle, draft or cask is considered No. 1 on the BA website, I would suggest an aged-version SK from the firkin has to be No. 1 in the world.

Serving type: cask

08-16-2003 00:27:35 | More by rotsaruch
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Ianhockey91

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow what a brew, this is as close to a perfect five i go in the stout category. The aroma has some hints of burnt coffe and a few other scents i cant really discern. As far as taste goes, wow, excellent excellent brew, it is a bit over the top, but it hides the alchohol very well (which can be good or bad, this brew will sneek up on you). I found the flavor to be slightly mellower when warm, and in true victory fashion the hops were definetly present. Top notch brew from a top notch brewery. One thing though, i thought the bottle could be redone.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 02:51:29 | More by Ianhockey91
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Lafe

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is excellent.

It pours an opaque black, and offers up a very thin tan head as I pour it down the side of my pint glass. The head doesn't linger long. The aroma is malty and roasty, with only a slight hint of alcohol.

The flavor is all that one could want from an imperial stout. I would serve this beer to an emperor. A full mouth-feel, with chocolate, roastiness, maltiness, and a subtle but firm bitterness from the hops, this beer pleases on many levels. Very satisfying.

I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 04:09:21 | More by Lafe
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joshlara

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled Sept. 2002. This review was done within three months of bottling.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a darker brown tan head that dissipates to a thin lace that clings to the glass. When you get that color head you know it is going to be one big beer.

Smell: Aroma is wonderful, cascade hops not usually associated with the imperial stout genra, tobbaco leaf, black cherries, coffee, and burnt chocolate all come through. Outstanding!

Taste: Wow! This is one extremely bitter beer. Burnt chocolate malt flavor up front, hints of coffee and tobacco throughout, finishing with that extremely bitter citric hop punch. I love the high amount of hops used which in my opinion takes this beer to another level and seperates itself from other imperial stouts. Finishes with an alcohol kicker to round out an incredible drinking experience.

Overall: I love this beer right after it is bottled as the hop presence is most pronounced. I absolutely love the aroma. I remember someone asking what is your favorite smelling beer and this is hands down. Black cherries, tobacco leaves, and pacific northwest hops dominate both the nose and the flavor. Extremely bitter but oh so drinkable. I love it!

I have also sampled the '02/'03 a little over a year after bottling and it is much more subdued, much more like other imperial stouts. The dark fruit flavors are more prominent and the citric hop flavors I like so much are definately take a back seat. They fade to the background. It mellows, more black currant, prunes, and raisins are found in both the nose and the flavor. It does seem smoother and silkier as it ages, but personally, I much prefer this beer young. The ratings reflect the first review.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 02:50:51 | More by joshlara
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BadBadger

New York

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled NOv. 11, 2002. Opened May 4, 2004.
Wow, a fantastic imperial stout. Pours a pitch black color. A beautiful brown head forms. Nice lacing remains after every sip. The taste is amazingly complicated with hints of caramel, coffee, and perhaps chocolate. This is a very smooth beer. Also very drinkable, even at 9.5% ABV. Be sure to drink this at room temp for best taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 02:03:02 | More by BadBadger
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TagoMago

New York

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: This beer pours as black as storm clouds at night (hence the name). It's completely opaque - if you were to shine a flood light into it, it would not pass through. This beer pours with a beautiful light brown head and has superb retention, leaving a beautiful foam lace on the glass. The body of the beer is very thick, almost syrupy.

Aroma: An intense floral hop and chocolatey malt assualt on the olfactory. There is also an aroma of currant and/or juniper berries.

Taste & Mouthfeel: This beer is incredibly smooth, it's almost like velvet going down. The body of the beer is very thick and creamy. The flavor of the beer is that of roasted malt - coffee, chocolate. And berries (possibly currant). The beer leaves a lingering hop/malt taste on the palate.

Overall: Words cannot adequately describe this beer. This is a world-class beer in every way, and is quite possibly the best beer ever made in the US of A. This is, by far, the best example of an Imperial Stout I have ever tasted. Drinking this beer is like floating through heaven on a majestic cloud of hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 05:44:13 | More by TagoMago
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necoadam

Connecticut

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Eli Cannon's

Oh boy, I know how this beer is in the bottle, but on-tap? Couldn't wait. Served in a pint glass. Color was pitch black with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell was a little hoppy, some ripen fruit, chocolate, and some coffee in there. Taste was out of this world. So smooth and creamy it was amazing. Some roasted flavors hit the palate along with some hops and then the bitter chocolate hits along with some coffee and dark fruit. But they all blended in so well it was amazing. After having some of this I don't know if I could go back to the bottle verison. This was just stunning on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2004 16:56:55 | More by necoadam
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klewis

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A respectable tan head slowly arose after a hard pour and then subsided to a frothy ring. The brew, a dark brown, is actually lighter than most stouts of this stature. The goblet is covered with lace by the end of the drink.

S: It hit my nose as soon as I popped the cap. So much going on here... roasted malt, beautiful hops aroma, coffee, chocolate, and honey(?). Delicious.

T: Tons of wonderful hops flavor is balanced surprisingly well with the malt and flavors of dark chocolate and espresso. A blast of hops bittnerness in the finish completes the experience. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one.

M: Nice and heavy with a very smooth carbonation that is perfect for the style.

D: This is a stellar beer. This one doesn't have the motor oil-like mouth feel of the Stone RIS, but its taste is smoother and for $8.99 a sixer, you just can't beat the value. Not even with a stick. Buy this beer, drink it often.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 01:25:18 | More by klewis
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maddamish

Tennessee

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a beautiful beer. Pours out thick and creamy. Settles into a nice dark brown with a medium sized head. You cannot see through this even held up to the light. What a wonderful looking beer.

Smell: Strong coffee/Chocolate notes here. Slight alcohol smell.

Taste: Wow! I found my new favorite beer! (October 27th, 2005) Tastes of coffee, chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel: This is one of the thickest beers I have ever had. That is a good thing. Am I gushing? I should be... This is the perfect beer

Drinkabilty: Can I take this I.V.? This beer is a meal in itself and I want the buffet. Congrats to Victory! You have a great brew here! I defy anyone to point out a better double stout!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 03:35:10 | More by maddamish
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becktone

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is black, pitch black. It forms a nice creamy tan head. The lacing property of this beer is also very appetizing. I don't think they look much better than this. Head retention is good as well.

The smell of this beer is that of chocolate and roasted malts. I can also smell a hint of alcohol. There is something in the smell I can't put my finger on. In addition to that the aroma of this beer slightly reminds me of a RIS. Perhaps there is also a dark fruit aroma and flavor to this beer as well.

This beer tastes great. There is a big malt influence here. The sweeness on the front of the tongue is followed by a big chocolate and roasted flavor near the back of the mouth. There is also a very familiar taste accompained by that as well, however I can't put my finger on it. Perhaps it is the hops. This brew has a lingering aftertaste of the roasted flavor. Even when I burp the taste of that is exceptionally good as well. This is some high quality beer. I really don't get any bitter notes from this one, but I could be wrong. In any case this beer is great.

Storm King Stout has a nice full bodied mouthfeel to it. The light carbonation compliments the style well. I don't think that something that tastes like this should be highly carbonated. Just doesn't seem like it would mix to well. The beer is smooth and easy to drink. This is one beer that I will probably buy every season.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 19:17:48 | More by becktone
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ClearDog

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been enjoying Storm King for a good part of the winter season, but am only now getting around to rating it.

Appearance -- Black ink in color with a strong two-finger khaki head. The head has some staying power and leaves a foamy lacing on the sides of my imperial pint glass when it weakens. This stout is absolutely breathtaking to look at!

Smell -- Roasted malts, but with a great hop presence. The hops in the beer are what make Storm King such an endearing stout for me. One of the best smelling beers IMHO.

Taste -- Malty with an aggressive hop finish. Hops are pretty prevalent in this beer, but you can definitely tell this is an Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel -- Heavy and creamy. Almost like a think shake.

Drinkability -- For a RIS the drinkability is very good, although I'd recommend stopping after two. I absolutely love this beer and recommend it to all craft beer enthusiasts! I plan on buying at least a case before the summer. I don't know if I'll be able to wait until next fall/winter to drink this one again!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 01:36:30 | More by ClearDog
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skotster13

California

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

SERVING: My roommate Kirk unleashed a 2003 on me, well aged and carefully preserved. It was served at room temp in a Duvel glass from a bottle.
APPEARANCE: The color was that of soy sauce. Held it up to the light and saw not one photon shinging thru. Beautiful opaqueness.
SMELL: Light chocolate, mellowed by time under the sink. Silky malt with toasty notes of lightly burnt fruit, perhaps apricots, peaches.
MOUTHFEEL: As smooth as butter. Glides over the tongue with glorious sensuality. Kisses the roof of the mouth with the gentle persuasion of roasted malt. Rarely have I had a better experience regarding mouthfeel.
DRINKABILITY: It is strong, but so mild (at least aged 3 years). Mild in overall presentation, though not in spirit. It warms the soul and sticks to the ribs, if you can try it, you would do yourself a disservice by not doing so.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 04:18:41 | More by skotster13
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esurreal

Georgia

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very tasty brew. The only thing I can compare it to is the russian imperial from north coast. It lingers forever. Very long finish. If you like dark chocolate, chocolate cake, coffee and an extrordinary smooth hops bitterness, you will dig this one. It's tasty, that's all I've got.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 09:51:11 | More by esurreal
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,483 ratings.