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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

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4,491 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4491
Reviews: 2473
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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Photo of Deuane


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Black with a thick, dark tan head that held on strongl and left copious, clumping foam behind.

S-Chocolate, dark roasted malt, spicy/earthy hops. Seems to carry a bit more punch than the draft version but not much.

T-Deep roasted malt, rich bitter chocolate, a bit of espresso roast, licorice and earthy hop bite.

M-Medium bodied--seemingly lighter in feel than the draft version but not in a negative way. Super rich and smooth. This is a great feeling brew.

D-I forget how much I love this beer on cask....and then I have one and I am like, "Why the hell has it been so long since I have had one of these?" This is the kind of beer that can get a person in trouble....goes down WAY to easy!

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 11:47:32 | More by Deuane
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour from cask to snifter. The taste of wonderfully toasted malt and a fine hop finish makes this a favorite stout of mine.
The alchohol is present on the pallet but not overwhelming. The smoothness and heavy body of this brew makes it a fantastic winter warmer. This is one of the few brews that I always prefer at room temperature. The malt character as well as typically subtle notes of coffee, chocolate, and spice really shine at the higher serving temp

Serving type: cask

08-03-2009 18:39:02 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of MrIncognito


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Had on cask at Victory Restaurant in Downingtown, PA. Deep brown, almost black body with a fluffy and sticky 2-finger brown head that leaves great lacing. Not much visible carbonation at all.

S - Highly roasted and burny malts with chocolate undertones followed by a sweet alcohol presence.

T&M - Very much like the smell. A bit more chocolately in the taste and the hops really shine through here. More bitter than expected with espresso bean notes. Alcohol provides a smooth mouthfeel with some warmness. A bit sticky on the lips and tongue.

D - A very nice beer but I'm not sure I could have more than one in a sitting. Not only is the alcohol high but the beer is a bit sticky and leaves a bitter taste from the burnt malts. At some points the aftertaste is quite like eating coffee grounds.

Serving type: cask

07-08-2009 14:48:08 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of Soonami


4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Chalice from hand-pumped cask at Local 44 in Phila

A- The beer from the pump was tar black with an inch of mocha colored foam. The head dissipated quickly but left a respectable cling of lace on the glass

S- A little hoppy, but mostly coffee and chocolately with a little port or oak like earthiness

T- Smooth, sweet caramelized malt with scalded coffee and hop bitterness. Alcohol spice and dark fruit/wine flavors

M- very creamy and full

D- Not overpowering but the high alcohol makes it prohibitive to drink more than a couple

Serving type: cask

07-05-2009 18:47:55 | More by Soonami
Photo of ElGeordie


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from cask at the CAH Midlothian, at just the right temperature for a warm early summer night.
By the time the waiter brought it to our table the head had all but disappeared, I'm assuming the top 3/4" of the glass had been foam.
At 9.1% ABV I was expecting a little more kick but I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth this pint was. The pint had a very nice opaque black colour but and the remnants of the head were dark cream.
The roasted malts were very complex, no real single overbearing flavour and it drinks more like a porter than a stout. Feels very good in the mouth. If I didn't have to drive the wife home I would've had another. very fine.

Serving type: cask

05-26-2009 13:34:02 | More by ElGeordie
Photo of Georgiabeer


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

I had this on the hand pump at the Brick Store Pub. Poured black with a nice tan head and nicely carbonated for cask. Smelled roasty and creamy with some nice bitter chocolate and a touch of coffee. Tastes of very vinous chocolate with roasty and hoppy finish. Lots of juiciness throughout and a nice late coffee and chocolate bitterness accented by some roastiness. Big, smooth, and bitter in the mouth. Very nice on cask.

Serving type: cask

05-14-2009 02:08:44 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of jim102864


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger during my recent visit. Cask ale served in a mug. Dark black with a thin pond on the surface. Sort of a buttery nose. Some mild chocolate notes. Nice roast creates a coffee espresso flavor. I like the bitterness that prevails up front and lingers on the tongue with each pull. I only wish they'd serve this in a larger glass. Bitterness milds out somewhat as it warms. A nice brew.

Serving type: cask

03-01-2009 14:05:37 | More by jim102864
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4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Victory brewery. I have already reviewed this beer from the bottle. I would edit my original review, but this experience was much different.

Was poured from a cask into a nonic pint glass with a tan, finger-wide head that left sheets of lacing on the glass. Was served at room temp, which is warmer than I usually drink it. This accentuated the chocolate flavor and caused the roasted flavors to be more subdued. Chewy and thick mouthfeel with balanced carbonation was similar to bottle, and aroma was virtually the same although more pronounced (due to warmth?). Overall the drink was amazing. Storm King is one of my favorite beers and probably my favorite RIS. On cask it was good, but I don't know if it was better than from a bottle. It was different. Amazing with my hickory bacon BBQ burger though.

Serving type: cask

01-18-2009 22:08:35 | More by ljbrisson
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a pint of this on cask at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a thick, tan head with excellent retention and excellent lacing along the sides of the glass all the way to the finish.

S: A sweet, malt smell with some roasted notes and some alcoholic undertones.

T: A robust, roasted taste with a smooth and slightly earthy aftertaste. A hint of sweetness to it, but not much. A nice tasting beer.

M: A very smooth and full-bodied mouthfeel that was very good.

D: Definitely a very drinkable beer. Excellent combination of mouthfeel and taste. An excellent stout overall.

Serving type: cask

10-04-2008 02:38:06 | More by maddogruss
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West Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sooo, last weekend I cracked open a cellared bottle and remembered just how great this beer was. Then, I'm in Fatheads and there it is on cask. Coincidence? Serendipity is more like it.

Dark black with two-fingers of dark brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Chocolate and toast aroma with subtle hoppiness. Perfectly balanced malt/bitter flavor with some mocha notes and slight fruitiness in background. Creamy mouthfeel with some small bite. Pleasant mild alcohol burn. Exceptionally drinkable. It was a shame I had to drive, otherwise I'd have had a couple more. Just a great beer.

Serving type: cask

10-01-2008 01:37:02 | More by rabsten
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A beautiful creamy tan head that fades very slowly to a ring, leaving sticky lacing that clings to the glass throughout. The nose is enormous on the hops, even up front. It masks the malt just a bit much but still adds another level to it. There is some chocolate and a dose of coffee along with the peppery citrus hop character. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, cooca, a touch of toasted caramel and coffee. A light nutty flavor as well. All of this is complimented by a spicy hop character that adds a certain bitterness to the finish. Very nice. Extremely creamy mouthfeel that is silky as can be on the tongue and going down, despite the big hop presence which does give it a slight bittering dryness in the finish, also keeping the brew from being too full. I get hop burps like crazy from this brew. This is in the black IPA territory almost. Certainly not overwhelming in terms of hops but moreso than other RIS tend to have. It does detract a bit from how drinkable this one is. If there had been a bit more malt and a little less hop I'd boost it a notch. All in all, an interesting experience and I found some differences in this and the bottled version. The hops were definitely more raw and gritty here...I'm a hop head, though, so I won't complain.

Serving type: cask

09-29-2008 23:06:19 | More by ncvbc
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On cask at Victory brewpub on 9/21/08.

A - Black body with chestnut highlights and two fingers of dense, creamy mocha-colored head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and left thick, ornate lacing all around the glass.

S - Dark roasted malt goodness abounds with some apparent chocolate/cocoa notes as well. Only a hint of alcohol at first, despite the high ABV. However, the alcohol really opens up as the liquid approached room temperature. Some earthy hops provide a nice contrast to the general sweetness of the aroma.

T - Dark bitter chocolate and earthy hops dominate the flavor profile in this RIS, with the dark roasted malt character also competing for the spotlight. A mild coffee aspect also emerges with a touch of black licorice to spice things up a bit. Finish is quite earthy and bitter.

M - Full bodied, rich and luscious texture that is extremely smooth and silky. Mouthfeel is absolutely heavenly. Finish is bold and bitter on the tongue. Outstanding mouthfeel!

D - Drinks like a champ for a RIS at almost 10% ABV! This sucker is big, bold and extremely flavorful. One of the best I've come across in my travels for sure.

Serving type: cask

09-22-2008 12:36:33 | More by ffejherb
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on cask at commonwealth in columbia heights, dc. fantastic. nose and very well balanced taste consist of all things imperial stout plus a heavy hop. dark fruits, dark sweets, dark chocolate, licorice, coffee and more. super velvety body and long finish. incredibly drinkable for such a high abv, and a perfect compliment to the stinky cheese, duck sausage and garlic sausage they served with it.

Serving type: cask

09-12-2008 22:54:16 | More by timtim
Photo of vtfan77


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've seen this on cask several times at the Capital Ale House and finally decided to give it a try today.

A- Very dark with a big tan head that takes its time going down. Copious lacing adorns the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

S- Big chocolaty and roasty malt character in the nose with a nice pine sap edge.

T- More roasted malt goodness, with a flavor reminiscent of chocolate cake and coffee, along with hints of black strap molasses. Oh, and of course there's that nice piney bitterness in there as well. There's quite a bit of bitterness on the finish, but it's not overwhelming and it helps to balance out the huge malt profile.

M- Full-bodied and very smooth, almost creamy, thanks to the cask conditioning.

D- Very good considering what a big beer it is. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overly so. Plus, its smoothness makes it glide effortlessly down the throat. It's not one to chug, of course, but it's extremely drinkable for the style. I downed it much quicker than I do most Imperial Stouts.

This happened to be my first experience both with Storm King and with cask conditioning. Needless to say, I was impressed by both. This was an extremely tasty Imperial Stout, and I believe the cask conditioning did great things for its mouthfeel and drinkability. If you happen to see this offered on cask somewhere, don't hesitate to try it. Highly recommended.

Serving type: cask

08-31-2008 05:29:24 | More by vtfan77
Photo of CrellMoset


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Casked at the Innsbrook Capital Ale House. Served in a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, deep brown with a great big, even, solid, foamy chocolate head. Leaves huge sheets of solid lacing. The cask effect really makes this one look great.

Aroma: Light and earthy, mild even. Dirty, grassy coffee, faint lemon, some caramel and toffee.

Taste: Great toasted malt foundation here - equal parts lightly roasted coffee and milky but not overly sweet chocolate. Some smoky sweetness and milky cream, faint dark fruit notes - currants, perhaps, and raisins - light hop spiciness and bitterness with hints of muted orange and leafy tobacco, only the faintest hint of alcohol. A really light RIS.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very full, immaculately creamy. Very chocolate milkshake-esque.

Drinkability: As I said above, a very light RIS, so a very drinkable one. At the same time, the lightness makes it not as tasty as many examples of the style, but it's still damn good. Not sure how much the casking did for the appearance and the mouthfeel, but I've had this one before from the bottle and still enjoyed it. Recommended as a light, easy-going RIS.

Serving type: cask

08-21-2008 20:27:14 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of akorsak


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hand pull at the brewpub.

A: The stout is dark, black as night with a cream colored head. Like a roach motel, light may go in but it doesn't come out.

S: The aroma is coffee and hops. The coffee is bitter and acrid, swelling with dark roasted malts. The hops are strong but not overpowering, allowing the malts to shine.

T: Coffee and roasted malts, what a great combo. The dark, burnt malts have toast and charred grains but the coffee bite is surprisingly strong. The java intensity is roasted and smooth. Hop bitterness rears it head near the end of the sip and sends a citrus blast on the way out.

M: The stout does quite well in the cask, allowing more coffee and roasted malt flavors to emerge. The stout is formidable, a taste that doesn't let you down.

D: At an abv over 9%, this is a drinker beware type of beer. On a cold wintery day I can see down several bottles. On a cool summer day, one glass is sufficient.

Serving type: cask

06-21-2008 01:30:58 | More by akorsak
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask...

A: A really dark brown beer, close to black. A nice thick brown head with ample lacing.

S: Tough to pick up the smell, became more apparent as the beer warmed. Once it warmed, some chocolate, caramel and espresso scents were the most abundant.

T: A nice sweet maltiness. Chocolates, coffee, nuts and caramel tasts.

M: A nice creamy feel that just layed on the tongue and teeth. Very smooth.

D: Well, the ABV is over 9%, so not a beer I will have multiple of in one sitting, but a very nice Stout.

Serving type: cask

05-22-2008 11:13:38 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of DIM


4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very dark brown, not quite black. It was served to me with a large, dark mocha colored head. Very enticing.

s: Smells of very dark, roasty chocolate with some hops peeking through, giving this some coffee notes.

t: Been a while since I've had a fresh SK, I forgot how hoppy this is! The hops lend a nice coffee flavor that blends well with the big chocolate malt tastes.

m: Perfect cask texture, creamy, lush, and heavenly.

d: The alcohol is very well hidden, making this a dangerous brew. If I could have teleported home, I would have had several of these.

Serving type: cask

05-13-2008 10:53:17 | More by DIM
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so, when I reviewed this in the bottle in 2006 there were ton's of reviews (well over 940). I think the fresh cask version rocked! Soft, creamy, roasty, tasty, slighty hoppier but that may be the freshness combined with roast to make it more pronounced.

Darn that was a tasty pint. If only I did not need to drive home! Very happy to have had this beer!

Serving type: cask

05-13-2008 01:52:06 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of ruckzuck


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask the other week. Thoroughly enjoyable.

A - opaque and deep black with a nice tan head

S - Chocolate roasted malt, fruit, and some smokiness. Really liked the aroma.

T - chocolaty roasted awesomeness with a hop presence. Again, rather enjoyable.

M - medium-full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Went down nicely.

D - this was great when I had it, and I got it on cask no less! Thanks, BSP. Highly recommended.

Serving type: cask

05-11-2008 01:18:36 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of Kadonny


4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a cask at the new Victory brew pub into a nonic imperial pint glass.

A: A deep dark black brown color with a light brown cocoa colored small tight head.

S: Dark roast coffee smell with some burnt chocolate notes and a nice hops smell. Not the same hop nose of the normal C02 I had at the brewery, they seem muted a bit.

T: A deep roasted earthy flavor with coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, slight vanilla and toasted malts. The beer has a nice earthy hops bitterness to it, but as I noted the hops seem muted more in the cask version. Very creamy and smooth with some slight sweetness. Nice lingering bitterness on the finish with that deep roasted flavor. Very, very smooth on cask, almost illegal.

M: Creamy smooth but with a nice oily resiny feel that coats the mouth nicely. Lingering bitterness.

D: High, unfortunately. I say that because these go down so smoothly and with 9.1 abv it will kick your ass in no time. The cask version is superb, simply superb.

Overall Storm King is one of my favorite Impy Stouts and it's even better on cask. I would have liked just a tad more hops, but it's damn near perfection. As a note, Victory will now have Storm King on the hand pump all year long I hear. Cheers to them.

Serving type: cask

05-08-2008 13:13:45 | More by Kadonny
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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer casked poured from the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia.

The appearance was there for sure. It poured a thick brown /black with a nice tan two to three finger head. I could smell the chocolate malts and coffee mix as soon as it was placed in front of me. It had a nice earthy taste to it with well balanced hops, coco, and coffee. Nice and smooth when on the palate, very enjoyable. Very easy to drink. Especially when poured from a hand pumped cask.

Serving type: cask

02-18-2008 01:53:24 | More by ROMER79
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was fortunate enough to enjoy a pint of this from a cask at the Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, PA.

A- Opaque brown/ black. A black hole of a beer. 1 to 2 fingers of foamy brown/ tan head.

S- Deeply roasted coffee and chocolate malt.

T- Dry and earthy bitterness. Roasted coffe.

M- Medium to full body/ Velvety smoothe. Coats the tongue.

D- Keep them coming. One of my favorite beers of all time. Extra special on cask.

Serving type: cask

01-20-2008 06:58:33 | More by Jerzdevil1116
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4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived with a thick, medium-tan head with almost nitrogen-pour qualities. It had a rich, chocolate nose with lightly smoky notes. The color was really dark, almost cola/carmel colored. The mouthfeel had a better-than thin but less-than-full quality. Lots of dark chocolate and a little charcoal flavor in the mouth. Finish was rich, slightly smoky and redolent with chocolate. Pass me the brownies.

A re-review following GEN Sutter Cask Night on F, 24 Apr 2009:

Gee, I thought that I had not had this from a cask before, but my reviews prove me wrong. Whoops!

Coming off of a gravity pour, it had a deep-tan/light-brown soapy head with mild retention. The nose had dark chocolate, raisins, plums, coffee, and tobacco. The color was a deep, dark, impenetrable black. The mouthfeel was slick and oily, although a little thin in its density. The immediate taste was of smoking a maduro cigar on the fantail of the Self-Defense Test Ship (SDTS) in 1995, following evening chow, so a cup of mess decks coffee would have been a natural accompaniment. Ah, the memories ... The finish had a slight heat that gave 'way to a lingering smoky flavor.

I'll be frank here, and earnest, too. RIS just is not my preferred style. This was a terrific iteration, but I simply do not get the charge from it that others seem to. Call it the "Blind Man at the Movies Syndrome". I am missing out on something that everyone else is enjoying. Brooklyn 1 and I have a like relationship, although Garrett Oliver has exonerated me, telling me that he is the only person who has to like his beers. Ha!

Serving type: cask

01-04-2008 10:42:32 | More by woodychandler
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Cask 7/21/06 at Stout in NYC, served in their cask beer glass (typical small mug).

Very nice pour - black, ruby highlights in the light and a slight syrup-like stick to the glass when you move it around.

Awesome taste - as a stout should be, chocolate notes, mild coffee and a small taste of alcohol that peeks through after some sips. About half way through the beer develops a caramel-like flavor with a bit of cream, of course mixed with the overall chocolate/coffee overtones.

Absolutely excellent to drink, first time ever on cask for me, multiple bottles enjoyed (Nov 04 batch my favorite to date). I think this was a bit too cold from the cask; but if you let it sit for a bit - it comes out perfectly.

Try this while you can at Stout - awesome beer, and great bar.


Serving type: cask

07-22-2006 02:50:42 | More by HimerMan
Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
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