Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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2,556 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,556
Hads: 5,534
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 191
Gots: 710 | FT: 15
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 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)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage 12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into an extremely thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: I’m stuffed up at the moment (I know that being in that condition is not ideal for reviewing a beer) but even so, I can still smell very strong aromas of roasted malt, some subtle smoke, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Strong flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of roasted coffee beans, followed by some subtle smoke, some brown sugar-like sweetness, finished with some well-balanced hops. Delicious!!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and pretty smooth, as there is some slight carbonation. With an ABV of 9.1%, there’s quite a bit of alcohol on the palate, imparting some very pleasant warmth.

Overall: Damn, this is another excellent imperial stout! It has great flavors of roasted malt, sweetness and balanced hops. While not exactly world class like Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout, Founders Imperial Stout, Great Lakes Black-Out Stout and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, it’s almost up there, and I’ll certainly keep some of this in my cellar! Excellent! (1,238 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 12/11/2017. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, light smoke/char and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, citrus, pine, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian imperial stout style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,566 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black color with a thin tan head that fades and leaves minimal spotty lacing. Espresso, roared malt, citrus, and charcoal. It's roasty up front, espresso, char and burnt toffee flavors up front. Citrus hop bite mid palate finishes too bitter with an astringent burnt coffee flavor and strong hop finish. Feel is medium and a bit thin for a stout. Nicely carbonated and a dry finish. Overall it's dedent, it drinks more like a black IPA, but it's far from the best no matter which way you classify it. Probably will finish the 4 pack but won't seek it out again. (567 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There was no date on the bottle, so I’m not exactly sure how old this is, but I’m pretty sure I’ve aged it at LEAST a few years, which may be why I like this more than others.

Appearance – A super dark black amber with a moderate head and moderate lacing. The head diminishes to a thin layer fairly quickly.

Smell – Wow, a very robust, super malty scent. I’m not smelling the hops that others noticed, likely because of the aging. Semi-sweet chocolate as well.

Taste – A wonderful malty flavor. Again, not much hop flavor, but that’s a big plus in my opinion for a stout.

Mouthfeel – Thick, creamy, nicely carbonated and smooth. No bad aftertaste. I think it could use a little more alcohol, maybe 12-14%, but it’s really nice.

Drinkability – This one surprised me based on the current BA score. Perhaps aging did it wonders. (859 characters)

Photo of dodge408
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I was totally shocked from the flavors going on here. A nice dark roast grabs your taste budds and all of a sudden a mild level of hops come into play. The flavors all blended well and made it quite enjoyable. (210 characters)

Photo of Schimms
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dark. If I cleaned the glass, thick tan head.

S: Picking up what the bottle claims: espresso.

T: Espresso with hint of licorice?

F: Nice with light carbonation. (173 characters)

Photo of mobrado
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to like this more than I did. As others are saying, intense roast, very hoppy, aggressive carbonation. The nose was very unappealing with a strange barnyard top note. (175 characters)

Photo of mn_nuge
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This stout has more of the heavy roast and acrid elements than I prefer in the style. There was heavy carbonation with this bottle perhaps accentuating the roast, burnt notes. (175 characters)

Photo of Texan78660
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Tons of subtle fruit, coffee, nut favors. I even get a hint of banana, but I like it. Finished with an interesting hop flavor. For me it has a complex and diverse taste. (194 characters)

Photo of Young_John
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reminded me more of a black IPA than an imperial stout. Being that RIS is my favorite profile, I didn't favor this hoppy deviation. If someone poured me one and told me I was about to drink a black IPA, I might regard it as a very favorable IPA. (245 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black w/ brown on the edges, very thin head
S: Hoppy w/ nice malty undertones & subtle coffee
T: Front is hoppy IPA (hoppy citrus but not astringent w/ some earthy hops & spicy), middle is coffee w/ some chocolate with a dry finish.
M: Med to low carbonation, full bodied, smooth.
O: An outstanding Hop forward stout (CDA), less complex than an RIS (no fruityness in this one). Very drinkable and tasty. (410 characters)

Photo of QMaguire
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I was not expecting the bitterness you would expect from an IPA. Besides that, I really liked this beer, and could only think of pairing it with a nice slice of chocolate cake. (176 characters)

Photo of gibgink
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Bitterness from this hoppy stout really overrode any other traditional flavors that one gets from an imperial. Good to try, but not a taste profile for me. (156 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
3.75/5  rDev -9%

It's a little strong for my taste, but you can tell it's quality brewed and Victory knows their stuff. I'd try it again in hopes that I can handle it, but maybe that's why I shouldn't have had it in the first place. (215 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is black and opaque with a nice thick tan head. Really nice lacing for a stout. Smell is really interesting. Lots of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate with some underlying sweetness, booze and citric hops. Flavor is strong hops on the palate - bitter chocolate and coffee - followed by some roasted malt flavor and finishing with a strong hop bite. Finish is quite bitter and lingering for a stout. Body is medium/full with a bite from the carbonation and alcohol, lots of sticky hop resins.

Overall, if you like IPAs you'll like this stout. More like a black IPA with some stout character. I like it, but IPA is my favorite style. (692 characters)

Photo of aboyd87
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Here in Michigan we have many world class imperial stouts, and storm king seems to fly under the radar on our shelves. I decided to pick it up finally, and I could not have been more surprised. Not complex at all. Straight forward, simple, tasty, RIS. The only thing I could ask to be improved is the aroma. (307 characters)

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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