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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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2,567 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,567
Hads: 5,575
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 195
Gots: 733 | 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 Stopper
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is black as night -- so opaque that I can't even catch highlights on the edges. The head is somewhat thin, dark tan, with hints of ruby, and sticky with a mix of large and small bubbles. A giant roasted espresso-like aroma billows from my glass, but doesn't quite mask the generous, remarkably-fresh hop nose. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth with a nice effervescence -- spectacularly creamy for a beer from a standard bottle. Initially, the taste feels surprisingly balanced toward a cistrusy hop bitterness, but this blends nicely into the malt creaminess. A pronounced dark-roasted malt bitterness then presents itself as a hop brightness shines through on the palate. It finishes not too dry in its this joined bitterness, trailing off with notes of espresso and very fresh citrusy hops.

I had this once before I started revewing beers and deliberately tasting. I didn't remember it being quite so exceptional. It's really amazing how such a bright, fresh hop quality is apparent throughout this big beer. The roast malts are very apparent, but blend well into the beer's gestalt and are not astringent or overly dry. To top it off, it's amazingly easy-drinking for such a huge and flavorful beer. (1,212 characters)

Photo of NickLovesBeer
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at Anam Cara with fellow BA Sakaroo

Storm King pours a pint black as night with a medium sized tan head, amazing retention and almost no carbonation. It looked extremly ominous and syrupy, one of my roommates refered to it as Guiness on steroids. Storm King smells of roasted espresso beans and unrefined chocolate. The taste: Think and creamy with the prevelent flavor of the espresson and a slight bitterness that finishes every sip. Overall the finest beer I have ever tasted. (497 characters)

Photo of andyj
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma of this one hit me right away. The bitter roasted smell was pleasure to my nostrils. The appearance is an opague black and the head has a dark-ish brownish sort of tinge to it. The taste is just amazing. Imperial Stout all the way. There is a hefty amount of sweetness to this beer, so it is by no means a dry stout. In fact I picked up an interesting hint of mint in the taste. Just a hint, by no means an overpowering flavor. My assumption is that this minty taste is derived from the use of black roasted barley of some variety -- the flavor being a wonderful hint of bitterness from a very dark or black malt. My biggest complaint about this beer is that it is hard to find where I live. (701 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 bottling on this sucker. This has been in the cellar since last winter, and tonight it joined it's former six-packmates by being consumed by me. Pours a thick black with a medium-sized brown head. Good lacing on the glass too. Smells of whiskey-soaked fruitcake, raisins, soy sauce, roasted mocha coffee, and alcohol. The taste is WOW. Rich, oaky, malty sweetness with plums, overripe bananas, chocolated, all tempered by a rush of bitter dark chocolate hops. Finish is roasty, bitter, with lingering sweetness and warming alcohol. Fantastic. Mouthfeel is big and syrupy. Victory can do no wrong (600 characters)

Photo of byrd
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled and sampled in 2003 -
It takes a fairly aggressive pour to create medium sized frothy tan head, but once it’s there, it’s not going anywhere soon. The lace is sticky, and holds on to the sides of the glass all the way until the end. The color is pitch black and cannot be seen through at all. However, lots of tiny white floaties can be seen through out the brew, slowly making their way to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is not very strong, but roasted malts with hints of coffee and a slight fruitiness is apparent. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, creamy, and full. There’s a moderate carbonation that gives a slight fluffy mouthfeel. The flavor profile is bliss - sweet rich molasses, chocolate notes, and maybe a touch of currant fruitiness. The finish is lots of hops and coffee flavored bitterness. The bitterness along with lots of roasted notes linger unabated until the next sip. I doubt anything can be said about this brew that hasn’t already been said. Wonderfully balanced – the bitterness is never overdone, and the sweetness is never cloying. It’s simply an amazingly wonderful imperial stout that cannot be any more drinkable. One six pack was most certainly not enough! (1,211 characters)

Photo of irishmoss
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled Jan 28th, 2003
Poured the jet black color that you expect it to with a two finger dirty capachino head. As I drank it, it left the sweetest long laceing down the sides of the glass. The aroma was the usuall coffee & chocolate, but there was a roasted earthy hint with a touch of alcohol. The mouthfill was nice and smooth, but not as thick or viscous as Stone Imperial. The taste was roasted and almost burnt or bitter chocolate. Great hop presence that I thought may have matured a little better. I love the warmth from the alcohol presence, but it's not too much or over powering. Very drinkable, with a nice clean dry finish. Great stout....one of the best. (669 characters)

Photo of bmills1608
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First let me say, stout, generally speaking, is at the lower end of my preference scale, and imperials, even a bit lower. ("What!", "Hmmpf" "Errrr" = Sounds of beer geeks getting their panties all bunched up for 2 reasons. 1) True beer geeks l-o-v-e stouts 2) "If you don't like the style don't drink it or review it its not fair, boo hoo hoo!"). Geeks...shut the hell up.

That being said, Storm king is.... pretty....damn...good.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle jet black with a small filthy looking tan head. On the nose was all of your usual suspects - coffee, molasses, figs and raisins and a some nice herbal hop aroma. Lots of nice fruit as well. Taste was very rich, creamy and mouth-filling. Quite heavy dark malt, pumpernickel bread, tons of ale fruit esters, moderate roasted flavor and a huge kick of burnt brown sugar. Keeping all of this monster malt sweetness under control was a healthy dose of hop bitterness that really cut the malt sweetness perfectly, creating a very balanced imperial stout. At almost 10% alcohol, this boy was still very drinkable and smooth. Victory shows time and again why they are considered a top 5 craft brewery. Awesome stuff. (1,172 characters)

Photo of DagFishHead
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After being somewhat disappointed in this beer in bottle form, I had a chance to review it again on tap (same fall 2003 version).
Appearance: Tightly-bubbled, whipped-creamy dark-tan head. Fades to cloudlike whisps floating in a jet black sea. Super retention and lace.
Nose was much more balanced than bottled version IMO. Both smoked and sweet malt character, ripe fruit tones. Alcohol remains subdued.
Taste: Great balance between hops, malt, and alcohol warmth. Malt/plum/prune sweetness followed by a semi-dry, bitter hop finale.
Mouthfeel: Full and rich, smooth/sweet silkiness.
Drinkability: Flavors much better blended than bottled version. Highly enjoyable... a growler of this is definitely in my future. (721 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying this brew just slightly cold....jet black is definitely the colr...with a good head that laces a bit. Deepness in the smell that is not suurprisingly alcohol in nature. Burnt malt flavor that is extremely rounded, bit reminds you of it high abv. Pleasant "afterbite" on the palate. A definite warmer....with a mouthfeel that is extremely surprising for such a high abv...very smooth. High on the drinkability scale...but you gotta sip! (442 characters)

Photo of leeenglewood
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a creamy head that sticks around to the last drop. Smells of slightly alcoholic with a plumy raisiny/ bruised fruit coming out. Tastes initially of roasted sweet caramel malts then you are bombasted with a slightly fruity overtone that finally bellows out to roasted malt choclately flavored aftertaste. Kind of like eating a good cordial chocolate. Body and mouthful is thick and creamy unlike other beers of this abv makes an extremely drinkable beer pending your tolerance. (497 characters)

Photo of dpend
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since Victory is legally unavailable in Florida I have always been anxious to try their products. Although this seems to be a unique interpretation of an Imperial Stout, it's an excellent brew. Deep, rich color and smell and very drinkable for the style, but a nicely balanced mouthfeel. If you can get your hands on this definitely try it. (340 characters)

Photo of AbePhroman
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed trying this brew. I had heard much about it but had never tried it. My friend is a Victory freak and he got me into it. It was fruitier than most stouts. Poured a dark black with a tan head. It tasted of raisins an plums actually. It did have a VERY profound hops taste. I am a hophead so I didn't mind, but others might. I wish this was a year round brew, but alas, I must enjoy while I can. (409 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled Oct 2003

As it has been said many times, this beer pours a deep dark black with a dark tan head. The head stays a good amount of time and fades to a very thin lace. The nose is dark roasted with a nice amount of hops mixed in. The taste is a dead match for the aroma. This is a real nice brew and very easy to drink. A MUST for all try! (347 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage Bottled 04 of November 2003, Sampled February 2004
Pours a pitch black color, and with a thick creamy brown head. Dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee aromas waft from my glass. The roasted characteristics are not overwhelming in any way though, seem to be well in balance. A thick creamy mouth feel to this beer. Definitely reminiscent of a rich coffee concoction, perhaps with a bit of chocolate in it too. It is quite interesting how the flavor hops contribute to a beer when it is so thick & dark. In a lighter beer you would be able to detect the over the top hops immediately, here they just seem to add another dimension to the beer. The hops help to soften the effects of the roasted malts and they help to boost the perception of a dark fruitiness, They also add a citrusy tingling sensation to the tongue. This beer is so well integrated I cannot imagine how it will get any better with age, but I do have a 6'er which I plan on aging to see how this changes. I do still love the fact that this beer is not too heavy, for an Imp-Stout it is nice, light, and easy sipping (note that it is still quite the sipping brew though).

Bottled Oct 15, 2002. Sampled October 27, 2003
This beer is a deep black color, when held up to the light it is seen to be quite clear. When roused a thick dark brown head appears. Notes of burnt raisin waft from the glass. Roasted malt is quite evident in the nose as well. The taste is very good, it is all over the place, not one dimensional at all. Not over the top in its roast character (like some Imp-Stouts), this is wonderful as it allows lots of the other flavors to come through. There are notes of a rich port, and a slight bit of sherry in the finish. The Storm King is fairly light bodied for this style of beer. It is fruity tasting, which is accentuated by the hop flavor that has been put into this beer. Quite novel to me to pack an Imperial-Stout with flavor hop additions, I really like this idea, especially in this relatively 'light' bodied example. One could easily drink a couple of pints of this, and regret it later. The more I drink the more I like this beer, I wish that I had more. I can't wait to get a fresh sample of this beer. (2,200 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
3.04/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, this beer had a small sized light brown head with fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was uncarbonated, opaque and it had a dark hue to it. The nose was malty, chocolate, and some coffee notes. The flavor was bitter, hoppy, coffee notes, acidic and it left a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfee was tingly, smooth, thin textured and medium bodied. This beer left a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. Nothing to really rave about with this beer. (492 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Upon the first drink of this delectable brew, there was only one phrase that came to my mind…Yabba-Dabba-Doo, Yoo-Hoo, Scooby Doo! This is one absolutely amazing beer. It pours a thick, black color topped off by a fluffy tan, almost brown head. For an Imperial Stout, the head retention was very impressive. It faded down slowly and remained fully intact until the last drink. The aromas of sweet malts and dark roasted coffee beans forces it’s way straight up your nose directly into your brain…I have honestly never smelled something all the way up in my brain! It was amazing! The alcohol was totally masked by that sweet, sweet aroma. Then came the tasting…ahh, there’s that masked alcohol forcing itself on the taste buds. The sweet, maltiness of the aroma represents itself very well in the taste. I also detected a hint of nuttiness in the finish. This brew is exceptionally balance, very smooth and easy to drink. I think I could drink this all day and night, or at least until the 9.1% ABV knocks me on my ass. This is the only beer that I have every given a total rating of 5 on and it is very well deserved. I can’t wait to taste this one in a few months after it ages for a while. (1,198 characters)

Photo of stingo
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2003 Storm King, brought home in a growler on Saturday and being enjoyed on the following Tuesday. What an impressive beer - very balanced both at the front and back of the palate. The bitterness is toned by the aging a bit to give a rich smooth taste, along with tasty finish. With all the hype surrounding Victory at this and other websites, it's easy to forget they can deliver the goods to back up the rep. An excellent beer. (433 characters)

Photo of maybrick
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Storm King at Victory on Draft came out yesterday. It's still VERy young. However, by comparison when it cam out last year (according to my notes) I think giving this batch some time we'll se it eclipse the overall rating! The Alpine Hops used are at this time overwhelming - however given some time (Mid to lat winter) I think it will mellow out. I'm a big "King" Fan and have bottled examples going back several years and I also happen to live about 10 minutes away from Victory. Tonight I made an intersting black and tan combo (rotsaruh agreed) that was actually quite nice. 50% King and 50% Kolsch.

Enjoy and I'll keep you posted! (638 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I think of “Imperial Stout” I imagine a bear- a great Russian bear -- the kind the old Soviet propaganda ministry would have conjured in hopes of striking fear in the heart of every westerner...

The entire persona of Victory Brewing’s Imperial Stout is no propaganda exercise. From the moment I pour this glorious libation into my glass, until I’ve imbibed the last drop-- this stout delivers on it’s name-- truly “imperial”...

The instant this stout leaves the bottle it produces a marvelous presentation-- dark color, heavy body. It cascades into my glass and wells up into a marvelous dense dark foamy head that laces the sides of my glass with abandon.

The nose presents the beer’s calling card- “more of everything” --- hops, malt, bitter and alcohol.. I detect the definite presence of alcohol-- more than usual and no surprise for an imperial stout.

Color is a dark chocolate brown that seems to yield secrets of reddish brown only to intense light rays.

When the first sip coats my taste buds, this beer could bear no other moniker than “Imperial Stout”. The signature of toasted malt, bursts forth onto the scene, followed on its heels by a rush of bitterness-- not overwhelming-- to be once again, overtaken by the sweet pangs of the toasted malt. All this encompassed by the presence of a dry shroud produced no doubt by the elevated alcohol content.

The body is appropriately heavy, and the flavor finish keeps tantalizing my palate long after I’ve emptied my glass. (1,516 characters)

Photo of BierReise
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark and black as night with only a bit of ruby red around the edges if held up to light. A thick head developed in a beautiful fashion as I poured into a pint glass. Tiny tan colored bubbles swirling up to the top looked great. Head settles down but looks as if it has some retention power. Aroma is a sweet, chocolatey espresso roasted malt concoction, and everything an Imperial should be. Has a nice smooth mouthfeel and a full body. Flavor is of coffee, and sweet roasted malt with caramel showing up in the finish. Alcohol is as well hidden as I've seen for this style. Retention is good as expected. Fantastic! (617 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color. Small head. Aroma is roasted malt, slightly chocolate. Full bodied stout. Big roasted malt flavor. Chocolate and coffee flavor. Kind of hoppy for an Imperial Stout. Very robust flavor. Smooth taste, slightly dry. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter. (313 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark black oil color with dark head that lasted...and lacing too...beautiful
Roasted malt...sweet coffee...chocolate...
Flavor is big...more chocolate coffee...but the best combo of flavors in a stout ive tasted...
mouthfeel is smooth and creamy...
drinkability is good... (286 characters)

Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown 1/4-inch high head sitting atop a black mass of motor oil filling up my pint glass. The head forms a smooth lid of evenly sized bubbles. The aroma has the lightest influence of hops, mostly deeply roasted malt, caramel and molasses, and hints of cocoa. Flavor is rich dark chocolate, bitter espresso, and a lingering bitter chocolate and burnt coffee. Amazing lacing paints the walls of the glass all the way down. Very fine, but very uniform all around the glass. A smooth and creamy mouthfeel helps the liquid to glide down the throat like velvet. Tremendous beer all around. (590 characters)

Photo of ellman
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: bought a case of 12oz bottles, going to cellar a few.a dark dark brown a shade away from back.
Smell: roasted slightly smoked malty sweatness. chocolate?
Taste: well the roasted smoked chocolate cam through in the taste with a bitter bite.
Mouthfell: this beer has a great body full but not thick.
Drinkability: drinkable exceot for the force of gravity that would make me want to tumble to the earth if i had more the two( i'm a light weight) (458 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle.

A wonderful all around stout. Watch out for the high ABV though.

Pours a dark black with a great copper dried lava rock head. Excellent retention and lacing. The scents are weak. Some mustiness and dried coffee. A tiny bit of moss and a flour smell. Nothing special.

The flavors are big and bold. Strong tobacco flavors. Heavy dark coffee with chocolate covered berries. With this stout one flavor starts and another finishes it off. Bold malts and molassas. A quick bitter currant and a dry alcohol flavor come through in the finish. A nice dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is heavy and strong. Alcohol stabs here and there at the mouth. It is not smooth but that is a plus. This stout is felt from start to finish. If you love stouts then give it a try. (778 characters)

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