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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,567 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 2,567
Hads: 5,575
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 195
Gots: 730 | 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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Photo of Anker13
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Will fill in the rest of the review later

Overall - I've had it fresh, at 1 year, and at 2 years. I was expecting the hoppy bitterness to die off at some point but it has been pretty persistent. I'm a stout guy through and through, and Storm King is a solid imperial stout, however, I'm really not crazy about hoppy stouts. I'd categorize this beer as an imperial black IPA over an imperial stout. Semantics aside, it's absolutely worth checking out if you're into hoppy stouts. Even if you're not, it still has plenty of flavor and is worth cellaring for a little while (572 characters)

Photo of chessiejackson
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into a Guinness glass, the head was very minimal, the beer itself was delicious. Very smooth, full body feel, overall a great stout. I slept on this one for too long. (180 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

im shocked i have not reviewed this beer yet, this is an old classic, and one of my stand bys when i was living back east. its a genre defining stout for me, but distinct from the others that have come since it i think. its richer and more chocolaty than others, more fluffy in feel, and less harsh on the booze. if it wasnt for getting wasted, you could sip on these all day. its less sugary, at least in the finish, the sweetness there in the middle is replaced by a malty bitterness on the back end, dry cocoa notes, and an english sort of yeast profile thats usually absent in this style. i also think its one of the more hoppy stouts going, save green flash or something thats basically just black ipa. this one is hopped just right, built for bitterness, but it works with the dark roast and the chocolate in here, adding complexity. the feel is wonderful, maybe its best feature, where that raisiny caramel middle comes in, the beer gets milkshake thick and super creamy, a delightful sensation in a beer like this. no alcoholic hotness at all, and dry in the finish for how big it is. maybe the best beer victory makes, and definitely a trend setting that hit the scene long before it was the cool thing. (1,212 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: black as night, like motor oil. The head is but a thin tan film on top

S: deep, rich roasted malts. Milk chocolate, oak, some toffee, more rich roasted malts. It's a very rich smelling beer

T: whoa, I do believe I'm detecting hops. I didn't pick up any in the nose. They're just lending some earthy bitterness upfront. After those there is some bitter toasted malts, dark chocolate, fig, and a mild alcohol tinge

M: it's on the heavier side of medium. There's a little bit more carbonation in the mouth than I would have guessed from the head

O: hoppier than I expected. The rest of the flavors are luscious and roasted. It's a sipper, and with picking up a bottle, though I could use a touch less of the hops - but they're not detrimental (746 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as night with a creamy coffee-colored head. Retention is good. Lacing clings stubbornly in jagged, broken rings.

S: Fudge, molasses, bitter dark chocolate. Heavy roast. Mocha. Coffee with cream. Black licorice. Blackberries. Heavy dose of earthy, woody, and piney hops.

T: Brownie batter and fudge are soon overtaken by intense roasted malt flavors of woody char and French roast coffee. Acrid and smokey. Steely. Bitter dark chocolate. Berries. Aggressive hopping matches the intensity of the heavy roast with a high level of bitterness and lots of earthy, woody, and pine flavors. Citrus rind pulls through as well. Alcohol pulls through just barely. Chocolate cake, char, and earthy hops on a long bitter finish.

M: Thick in body with a lush and creamy texture that glides easily over the tongue. Whipped and airy and not sludgey or weighty in the least. Mild prickling carbonation. A mousse-like mouthfeel overall. Great.

O: Intense dueling bitterness between the hops and roasted malts. It's not unlike some of the bigger black ipas on the market at the moment. It's nice to sip in small doses, but it becomes palate-fatiguing after a while. (1,196 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

All to style for a hybrid standard / imperial stout. All power, very bitter roast but none of the creamy flavour that goes with a high ABV beer. Tons of very bitter coffee dominate, making it less drinkable overall. (216 characters)

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

Very solid Imperial stout. Much more of a subtly stronger stout then a monstrous brew like the darkness. Has some bitterness and coffee notes but you know very dark and good. (175 characters)

Photo of Shade1951
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm a BIG fan of Victory Beers. In this case, I am somewhat disappointed. This is an okay imperial stout. As others have noted in various forums, there is a "default" Victory taste profile. Hoppiness dominates that profile, regardless of the style of beer.

The outstanding imperial stouts I have had do NOT have a very hoppy profile. I love hops in beer, but there is a time and place for using hops. In this case, the highly hoppy taste works against the style overall.

The look is about as good as anyone can ask for - almost pitch black. But the smell exposes the high hops content. The bitter hops overwhelm any other smell - such as coffee, leather, and so on that one often gets in such a beer.

The taste isn't bad. It just doesn't taste much like an imperial stout. It tastes like Victory's brewmaster's take on an imperial stout - which may be exactly the intention. I just wish Victory would tone down the hops character in the case of this beer. Hops are great, but they don't make EVERYTHING taste better.

I bought a case of this, and I will enjoy it. It's far from drain pour. It's just not, in my estimation, an imperial stout. (1,144 characters)

Photo of AirBob
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this bottle up last July

A- black body. Khaki head which quickly dissipates to only a collar.

S- floral hop notes. Esb-like apricot fruitiness. Underlying roasted malt , coffee, and dark chocolate.

T- follows the nose closely with a bitter coffee finish with slight underlying floral hops that linger.s

M- low-medium carb. Medium bodied. Clean finish for the style. (380 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Black as night, no light penetrates. A two finger dark tan head persists well and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Really nice and hoppy up front, but not in a very distinct way - sweet, fruity, a little piney. The hops are blending very nicely with the mild roasty coffee and cocoa notes in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose very closely. Pretty big hop burst up front... Very IPA-like with plenty of sweet, juicy fruit (even a bit tropical in nature), citrus, a little piney and grassy. Hops balance well and provide some light bitterness and dryness. On the back end the stout complexities come into play with roasty malts, a bit of char, dark fruits, plenty of earthy coffee and cocoa suggestions. Booze is very well hidden. Finishes off-dry with some moderate resin hop bitterness. The hops and dark malts definitely play nice together.

Feel - Ample carb is super smooth and creamy, which suits the full body perfectly. Feels thick and rich, but not heavy. Drinkability is high for the style.

Overall - Pretty killer stout here... Or is it an IPA? It's definitely hopped up to IPA levels. Stout IPA? This bad boy has more in common with a black IPA (imperial black IPA) than an imperial stout. Many times the "black IPA", hoppy/roasty concept clashes horribly... Not this time. No matter how you classify this beer, it's truly excellent on all levels and in every category. That being said, if you don't like the idea of a hoppy stout, you'll probably want to skip this one. (1,532 characters)

Photo of wedge6128
3.17/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Overall A good beer. tastes more like an IPA than a stout in some ways. the smell is great, the taste has a hoppy bite and aftertaste but there is a decent flavor to be sure. (175 characters)

Photo of drone
2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a huge fan. Big burnt flavor, like overroasted coffee beans. The measly 9% comes out strong and leads to a very bitter, boozey, even hoppy after taste. (157 characters)

Photo of Brevbin
3.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm not sure if it was a bad bottle or what but it just wasn't good. It had a nice body, but it just tasted burnt, and not the good smokey rauch type of burnt. (159 characters)

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

A- pours slick, oily black. Impenetrably dark, very faint ruby around the edges. Half of a finger of tan head forms and disperses quickly. Lacing follows, but slowly leeches into the stout.

S- roasted malts, notes of vanilla sweetness, citrusy hops.

T- dueling tastes of deeply roasted malt and spicy hops. Malt sweetness compliments the tangy hop character. Some vanilla notes throughout the malt sweetness. Hop forward stout. Spicy hops linger through the finish. The beer improves as it warms; the hops mellow slowly as the sweetness asserts itself more.

M- sharp carbonation, thick and oily feel. Well balanced.

O- excellent beer, exemplifies the style - giant malty backbone with aggressive hop character. (723 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lasermarked "Enjoy by Feb 04 2019". Sampled and reviewed on February 14, 2015.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Pours a heavy, deep, dark brown in a well lit room. Damn near black. Head is a nice brown color and slow to form. Tops out at about a finger's width and disappeared altogether after about 3 sips. Low carbonation. Decent aroma of malt, roasted nuts, chocolate, coffee, and maybe some cinammon. The initial taste introduces strong hints of chocolate, hops, and malt. Somewhat watery in comparison to most other imperial stouts. Has a decently smooth finish. Aftertaste put me in mind of black coffee (slightly bitter but also sweet).

This beer has a moderate alcohol taste, as well as an overly-hoppy profile for an imperial stout. It's a good beer, just a bit different from the norm. (831 characters)

Photo of devilshaircut
2.97/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice dark look, not pitch black but almost. Smell was faint with hints of roasted malt. Taste was more to be desired honestly, it was pleasant but didn't blow my hair back. Mouth was creamy and not too rough. Overall average stout. (231 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.50 - Pours jet black with a decent head potential, forms a finger of medium tan colored head. Low head retention, dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing left on the glass.
S - 4.50 - Malts, dark chocolate, currants, black strap molasses and a touch of coffee.
T - 3.25 - Too much hop profile, needs to be aged out. Medium sweet malt, chocolate and currant upfront which is pleasant, but quickly fades into a black IPA reminiscent hoppy bitterness that lingers for quite a long time on the palate and in my opinion, quite frankly has no place in an imperial stout. Really takes away from the experience for me.
F - 4.25 - Good mouthfeel. Decently thick.
O - 3.75 - Fresh, this thing drinks more like an triple imperial black IPA than an imperial stout. It has the qualities of a stout upfront, but sadly the hoppy finish really takes over. I feel this one needs a lot of time to age out that hop profile and may be revisiting this review a year or two down the road from now. (1,013 characters)

Photo of Arthurpappas
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Beer! I generally prefer dark and creamy beers but this stout was pretty good. Just the right amount of bitterness and also sweet and malty. High alcohol content is well masked and it is smooth going down. This is a good beer to drink on its own not with food. (266 characters)

Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly jet black with only a little light lace. Mild nose, slightly sweet aroma. A little flat in the front followed by a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is uncharacteristically light for the style. Overall, a fair stout. (227 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass

A - Dark brown, almost black, body. Very thin brown head. Does not appear as viscous as the ABV would suggest.

S - A combination of pine, grapefruit rind, smoke, and coffee.

T - Very hop-forward. A taste of citrus rind before the chocolate and coffee of the dark malts crush the palate. Then, deep pine resin and molasses sweetness. Lingering bitterness and dark malt astringency.

M - A medium-tick mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

O - Drinks nor like an imperial black IPA, but still a solid dark beer. Was my introduction to imperial stouts and remains a great beer nearly a decade later. (638 characters)

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

Bottle expiration date of 2/4/2019. Sampled on 8/8/2014.

Aroma: Cocoa, coffee, and roast

Taste: Cocoa and chocolate, zingy, vibrant coffee and roast. The taste was a stronger version of the nose. Still quite a bit of strong hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall: Very much improved from fresh. (304 characters)

Photo of JMS1512
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sight: Black, with some black highlights, and the negative space colored in with an extra black Sharpie. Originally capped with a medium-blend coffee roast colored head, which subsides down to a thing and sustained ring around the top. Lacing is small bands around the wall of my snifter.

Aroma: Roasted espresso beans, bright hops, a whiff of booze. It’s a great combination, like a Wilson to Walters pass, with protection by Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin.

Taste: Throughout the entire oral experience, I taste the hops. Espresso notes from the malt play along, and it ends with some heat and more hops. I saw somewhere this was originally meant to be a dark IPA (or I like to call them Cascadian Dark Ales). I completely understand, but because of the espresso qualities of the malt roast, and the abv, I can see why they settled Imperial Stout.

Feel: Medium body, tiny bubbles. A touch filmy or oily, which is fine. I want a little coating with my stouts.

Overall: Like their other boozy offering I tried recently (Dirtwolf- seriously, what took me so long to try that?) I think it’s a well-made beer... great for a nasty February day in NWNJ. Keep it up, Victory. (1,175 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(from the label) Enjoy By: 10 JUL 2019 C442 P

Appearance: Black body with a narrow foamy light tan head. Fades quickly to a ring.

Aroma: It has an oak barrel aroma and some strong caramel scents. The bottle doesn't say anything about barrel aging but it has that woody smell. There is a bit of pine in there too. All of this is very subtle, but if you take the time it will really come through.

Taste: Interesting. It has a very strong pine and mint quality, backed by this acrid smokey charcoal flavor. It's a lot like what camping in the woods would taste like. It probably sounds funny but that's what it is to me.

Mouthfeel: It has this sharp bite that kicks you in the pants. It can be pretty harsh if that's not what you're looking for in a stout. It's the type of beer you'd want to drink with some sort of snack to cleanse the palate. Nobody would ever say this beer is boring.

Overall: It was a beer that was worth trying. It had a strong presence that really does define what I'd expect from an American Stout. Lots of flavor and palate-shocking presence that makes it worth drinking. If there was an eagle perched in the forest somewhere with a crown on and a beer in his claws, this would be it. (1,213 characters)

Photo of Antc2382
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yowzahs! This is good. Balanced and strong Imperial Stout. Nice, dark look with light caramel head. Could have used some more foam there but that's me. Smell is solid, def picking up the floral notes of the hops. Tastes great; burnt malt with a hoppy back note. Mouthfeel: wish it was a tad bit smoother, not bad, but the alcohol takes over the tiniest bit. Overall, really good stuff here (389 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark, almost black opaque color. Nice two finger head.
Smell: I'm getting some nice milk chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and some flowery notes, along with some dark roasted malty aromas. I'm also getting a bit of alcohol in the nose.
Taste: The taste is very similar to the nose, with some chocolate, coffee and fruity flavors - the hops are pretty forward in this one. There is a bit of alcohol on the back end as well, but not overpowering, pretty subtle.
Mouthfeel: I thought the mouthfeel on this one was a bit thin, and somewhat dry on the finish.
Overall: This is a very good brew, pretty hoppy for an impy stout, but definitely not in a bad way. I really like the hoppiness in that it doesn't overcome the roasty stout flavors, but complements them very well. (777 characters)

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,567 ratings.