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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,167 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 5,167
Reviews: 2,511
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 153
Gots: 510 | FT: 18
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 spicelab
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.

Black with a dense, brooding mocha head. Good retention and strong lace lattice.

Sharpish floral and herbal hops lead, with vague tropical and pungent hop aromas behind it. Roast character is blunt and moderate, with caramel malts more prominent. Touch of booze.

Vegetal, herbal and slightly spicy hops dominate. Coffee roast builds increasingly along with resinous pine. Still plenty of caramel sweetness.

Body is light for 9.1% and doesn't do a lot to make its presence felt. Slight carbonation vibrancy, but could be more assertive. Mild dreamy lingering bitterness.

Maybe I'm losing the plot but this seems closer to a Black IPA than a Stout to me. Either way, it's pretty yummy, solidly done and I'll definitely be seeking it out again.

spicelab, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of KuehneBe
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

KuehneBe, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of tvv375ia
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown /black with no light getting through about 1 finger head that leaves quite a bit of lacing as it fades to a decent cap

S-a little burnt coffee and carmel smell

T-like the smell, some burnt taste with some earth mettalic hop finish

M-thinner than I was expecting light to medium bodied

O-this is a ok not quite as good as I was hoping. I think the thinness of it is the biggest drawback for me. I would drink it again but not go looking for one.

tvv375ia, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this fine RIS to knock off another top 100 in the beers of fame. I held on to this bottle knowing that it would get better with time. I also had a lot of confidence in the quality of this beer since I enjoyed so many different beers from Victory in the past.

I poured this beer into a snifter to enjoy sipping. It is very dark with a minimal tan head. I actually swirled it to bring out more foam and aroma.

The smell and taste is of coffee, malt, and strong amount of booziness. This beer packs a punch, which isn't a surprise for the style. This beer is very well balanced.

I recommend this beer. It may still be on the shelves. If not, I recommend picking up a six pack or two of them next year.

ummswimmin, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of airbag11
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

airbag11, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep, dark brown. Head is light tan and leaves a small ring. Creamy with some faint hints of lacing. Pours on the moderate side.

Smell: Faint smoke and char. Grainy malts. Sweet with a solid punch of cocoa powder. Roasted malts. Burnt malts. Day old fire that's been watered down. Touches of new leather. Charcoal.

Taste: Smoke and an ashtray. Big charred charcoal flavors. Burnt malts push flavors of dark cocoa, old coffee grinds, and burnt meat edges (without the meaty component). Pure char. Lingering sweetness and a touch of roasted malts round out the back, but it's all about the char. Faint hints of citrus on the back. Alcohol asserts itself, but mildly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy without ever being full. Carbonation is minimal and works well with the burnt malt assault.

Overall: Every time I try this beer it reminds me of a fire or an ashtray. It's easily one of the most burnt tasting beers I've ever encountered. This is by no means a bad thing. Loads of flavor, but finishing a whole bottle becomes taxing.

Goblinmunkey7, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of seanbren
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

seanbren, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of jageraholic
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

jageraholic, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of ynsane
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

ynsane, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Abe_Froman
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Abe_Froman, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of texasMade281
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

texasMade281, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of ClassicDaniel
3.5/5  rDev -14%

ClassicDaniel, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of corzocl
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

corzocl, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

srw, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Kopfschuss, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Saph001
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Saph001, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll call this beer interesting, primarily because it smells somewhat of feet and Windex, yet not in an offensive way. I feel like that should be offensive but somehow it was pleasant. More of the same shows up in the taste. Overall it was a pleasant stout, and memorable for being so oddly characteristic. Not what I would reach for again, but I'm glad I tried it.

BrownNut, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Evan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Evan, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Kharkov
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Kharkov, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of jawneyt
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

jawneyt, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of dspencer714
4/5  rDev -1.7%

dspencer714, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of drwolfe
4/5  rDev -1.7%

drwolfe, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

ortie, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Scout11
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Scout11, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of SickGnar
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Jet black & totally opaque. Large just slightly dark tan head that dimples as it settles and does a nice cascading effect right after the pour. It retains okay & leaves decently good lace. Basic look, but very solid.

S: Dry roasty malts. Herbal hops are strong and forward. Hints of dark fruits, dark bitter-sweet cocoa, & molasses sweetness. Okay, but surprisingly minimal.

T: This is a touch better. Sweetness is a bit more forward & richer. Molasses, burnt toffee, scorched sugars. Dark fruits are more richly prune and raisin. Roast takes on a chicory note with hints of true coffee and then some burnt and ash notes on the backend. Still just a hint of bitter-sweet cocoa. Hops keep an herbal base but get very grassy, and also quite spicy with a touch of earthy & resiny pine. Hop bitterness is very firm. The finish is super long lasting. Grassiness from hops gets to be too much & clashes with other aspects.

M: A bit over medium body but not that much. Carbonation is fairly under-matched yet soft. Silky and wet. Not as thick as some big stouts. Just a few sugars and dextrins. Lots of roast drying. The hint of alcohol warming grows with each sip.

D: Not the most complexity ever, but nice depth and richness. Very well hidden abv, so be careful. It may be heresy, but I dare say that this has too much hop character – at least the grassy almost vegetal type. Nothing really stands out as amazing, but overall this is quite good. If just a bit rough at the edges.

SickGnar, Mar 20, 2012
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,167 ratings.