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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,309 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,309
Reviews: 2,540
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 168
Gots: 566 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of hyuga
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, a big thanks to fellow BA francisweizen for this sample, my first Victory beer, which I've been looking forward to for ages. This is a beautiful beer, I have to give it a perfect 5 in the looks department. The mocha brown head stays exceptionally and impressively well, which seems to be a tough thing for many imperial stouts to pull off. The aromas I'm getting are delicate, sweet chocolate, smooth and quite creamy mocha, toffee chips, and a hint of hop leaves, maybe some floral hop character. Very subtle and delicate aroma, but certainly complex and pleasing. On to the actual tasting. This is by far the smoothest imperial stout I've ever tasted. A subtle yet ever-present leafy hop character is the only thing that really stays the same character-wise all the way through this beer. In the front, there's dark chocolate and coffee, in the middle, sweeter chocolate and more intense hop character, very leafy with a good amount of bitterness. excellent contrasting of flavors. In the back, hop bitterness subsides a bit in favor of more chocolate sweetness. It has a mocha feel to it overall, but this characteristic is not always so noticeable. This beer is just mellow and smooth all the way through. It's rather relaxing. No tremendous assault to the taste buds, but complexity is still in profusion. Magnificently crafted. I really wish Victory would start distributing here in Arizona, but for now I'll treasure and savor every last drop of what I can get of this masterpiece. To those of you who can grab this at your local store, count yourselves lucky and appreciate what you have!

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

A. black in color midnight black . nice light brown head fairly impressive head for a 9.1 ABV..
S, sweet , some hops , malt , coffee , bitter chocolate.
T. close to perfect. no idea why this beer is not rated higher as it is the perfect all American RIS. has everything I look for in a RIS and the best lacing I ever seen in a RIS . Victory gets an A+ on taste and face it , that is the main reson we drink the stuff :)
M. medium and sticky , oily and coats the mouth.
D. I keep this beer as well as old Rasputin in my rotation at all times.
if you see it , buy it drink it review it ...

Photo of drxandy
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to goblet, surprised I haven't reviewed this yet, as it's one of my favorite stouts, pours an oily opaque black, light brown head retains nice and fades down to lacing.

smells of roasty deep chocolate malts, heavy cocoa or bakers chocolate, grain alcohol, smells complex and hot!

taste is bitter, roasty malts, chocolate, hot alcohol, hoppy / astringent, espresso, raisins, peaty earth, almost like a tweaked wee heavy with a few other delicious ingredients added in - i really want to age some of these guys to find out how delicious they become.

mouthfeel is hot, bitter, smooth but at this point not as smooth as others in the style, still delicious!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TheBierBand
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz brown bottle with "Enjoy by Sep 25 12" on the label into a pint glass. The pour yielded a 1" head of dense tan foam that left good lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The beer is ebony with just a hint of ruby showing through when held up to a bright light.

The aroma was quite typical of a RIS.... lots of roasted malt... some chocolate sweetness... like fresh brownies.

Taste: More on the charred end of the taste spectrum ... very smokey... Not as sweet as most of my favorite RIS's. The sweet smell was not matched by a sweet taste. This beer actually sways the balance toward the hoppy bitterness side.

Mouthfeel: Dry finish and lingering bitter/smokey taste. Not as robust as my favorite RIS's.... not as thick and chewey... still quite heavy.... just not AS heavy.... I'll call it medium heavy.

Drinkability: Probably not in my top 5 for RIS's.... still a fine brew.... I would prefer a sweeter taste.... but that's just me.

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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - As expected, this brew pours black as night into the glass with a thick, creamy mocha head. A touch lighter than what I usually see for the style. Decent head retention, with some sticky webs of lacing branching up the glass.

S - Surprisingly hoppy upfront, with earthy hops being quite assertive. An inviting base of charred malt and roasty coffee notes, complimented nicely by cocoa, anise, and an unapologetic boozy character. Not exactly a complex nose, but a very well rounded, yet still aggressive aroma.

T - Monster flavor here. Deep charred malt and coffee upfront, with a slight touch of sweetness and cocoa. Finishes with a pronounced alcoholic character, as well as some assertive hops, resinous and earthy. Notes of booze and anise linger in the aftertaste. There's an odd crispness to it that doesn't quite jive with what I look for in a good RIS. The roasty character is certainly present, but not as bold as I prefer. The hops really take over the finish here, and mixed with the alcoholic character, make for a slightly abrasive flavor profile overall. Not bad by any means, but not my ideal imperial stout.

M - Thick and creamy, like a good stout should be. A touch more carbonation that I prefer, however. Finishes slightly dry, with a peculiar crispness. Fairly sticky.

D - A great brew in what I would consider to be my favorite style. While the flavor profile isn't exactly what I look for in a imperial stout, it's still a big mean stout that I could certainly enjoy again.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark as night, dark tan head, very good size, excellent retention, doesn't quite leave a full sheet of lace down the glass, but awful close.

S - clean, lots of citrus hoppiness, smooth chocolate roast, very inviting

T - lots of cocoa, burnt toffee, woody, not a lot of hop flavour, lingering bitterness, aftertaste is hops, roasted malt, and smooth alcohol...mmm good.

M - not overly heavy, medium body, very creamy, alcohol warmth is quite evident, but soothing like a warm blanket.

D - this is delicious and very well executed, the bold flavours and alcohol do slow you down, but that just gives you more time to savour this fine drink.

This is a bold RIS, but if you're into this sort of thing, you'll find it has an incredible smoothness that takes the edge off. Excellent use of American hops, with a great aroma and long lasting bitterness. The malt is quite roasty, but also manages to come across as smooth. I usually have no trouble hammering through 12ozs of 9.1% beer, but the Storm King forces you to take it slow (the only other RIS I can think of that matches this intensity, in fact exceeds it, is Bell's Expedition).

Thanks to Phyl21ca for the bottle!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a slight one-finger light brown head. Goes away quickly. Aroma of sweet chocolate, coffee, cream and roasted notes. Flavor beings with a slight kick of coco followed by big roasted notes. Strong coffee and espresso. Good roast. Capped off by a bit of dark fruit and hop flavor.

Review #200

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of drumrboy22
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass. Pitch black with a one-finger, toffee colored head. Thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma was coffee, burnt and roasted grains, wood, malt, dark chocolate and dirt.

Taste was chocolate, roasted grains, bitter coffee and a decent amount of bitter hops.

Long, bitter finish. Opens up as it warms. Fantastic sipping beer. Complex and delicious. Cellars very well.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with best before date of June 27, 2012 poured into a snifter

Victory Storm King poured coal black with a thick milk shake looking chocolate brown head that was 1-finger in height, however, it dissipated rather quickly. As I consumed the brew it left a nice lacing down the side of the snifter. The aroma is of heavy coffee/espresso with a touch of chocolate. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee and dark toffee. Mouth feel is full, thick and chewy, heavy but creamy and slick on the tongue with carbonation that fits the RIS style. There is a little hop and alcohol bite at the finish.

Make sure you don't drink Storm King too cold, as you will miss out on a lot of the flavor it has to offer. I am cellaring the remaining 5 bottles to see how they mature over time. Yes, Storm King did live up to its fine reputation.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,309 ratings.