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Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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5,233 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,233
Reviews: 2,520
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 158
Gots: 534 | 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 badmotorgrunge
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of MJR
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Out of the bottle pours a thick, viscous, black crude some of us are brave enough to consume willingly. A massive tan head sits on top of the midnight black body, guarding anyone from trying to steal any of the precious liquid underneath. Like a merciless black hole, all light is sucked into it and never seen again. Sheets of lace cover the sides, preventing light from sneaking in...

Smell: From the depths, comes the distinct aroma of Cascade hops. Along with the floral hops, flavors such as roasted grain, coffee, and chocolate rise to the surface, like hands of the damned, rising from hell trying to pull you in... I can resist no longer...

Taste: In a whirlwind of taste, the same intense flavors that took aim of you in the nose, team up for one hell of a sucker punch. Rum, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, raisons, fresh floral hops, it never ends... Like a wave of flavor, it overcomes you and takes control of your palate, with the hops being the strongest of the many flavors. Complex and delicious...

Mouthfeel: Thick, oily, creamy, and soothing...it's mouthfeel is only surpassed by Bell's Expedition Stout...hence the 4.5... There is no finish, as the aftertaste lingers on what seems an eternity...

Drinkability: Dangerously high... I'd be truly afraid if I had regular access to this one. It goes down so easily, with only the smallest hint at the powerful alcohol amount.

A huge Thank You goes out to Mike (kunzbrew) for providing me with a brew I've been looking forward to for months!

Photo of dan027
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of blameo
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of drinkAK
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of buzzedup
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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 mempath
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wanted to have this during Blizzard #2, but figured that would simply devastate...so, the day after and alot of shoveling, settling in to this monstrosity.

pours nearly black, monstrous head that rises way too fast and curdles over...a slight red tinge refracting from the bottom of the glass. splotchy lacing. really nice.

smell isn't being too forward, but something here smells unique. can't figure it out. it's like an oddly herbal/mint sense. strange. another swirl and the nose deep down, i get some toasty/roastiness. interesting. might have to try it again on another day and see if it comes out the same.

taste: ok, maybe that smell is indicating some grassy, oily hoppiness in an imperial stout. not what i expected, but if that's what it is, i like it. creamy chewy but not 'thick' or cloying. rather clean for all that's going on, yet not dry. quite drinkable for palates that can handle it. quite recommended and another victory for Victory. nearly exceptional on all counts.

Photo of Zimbo
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Irony roasty nose in the bottle and gives a constant half inch medium mocha magnolia head once coaxed into the glass. In the mouth there is a very slight fizz and a carbonic quality at the end though this tends to be dominated by a pleasant dry earthy taste which really coats the mouth but is rather limited in development and complexity. The alcohol is well hidden as well.
Decent. Competent. But no thrills.

Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jmsedgwick
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of markdrinksbeer
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Popsinc
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a pure black pour with a nice looking, dark tan head..

Smell: the nose just oozes of cocoa and espresso bean. dark unsweetened chocolate is underneath it all, just waiting to pop out.

Taste: i found the taste to be somewhat toned down from what the nose had prepared me for. still, a nice cocoa flavor with light hints of espresso bean and mild chocolate. very smooth body that ends nicely chalky and heads towards a bitter and dry finish. Was that orange in the mix too?! Hmmm, seemed like it to me.

Mouthfeel: very very creamy and rich...but not full or heavy. very nice staying power with flavors lingering nice and long.

Drinkability: a top notch stout. greay nightcap or dessert beer....or hell, whenever. right now i'm enjoying it on a cold winter day. This is a classic.

Photo of mobyfann
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paid $8.49 for a 6pk.

The apperence is a beautiful dark roasted coffee colored base with a light chocolatey-small to midsized head that lacks some retention, but some lacing goes on. The aroma would be like a mocha espresso with some roasty flavors.

The taste is great sweet and roasty with that great coffee taste and and excellent aftertaste to follow. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, nothing to get worked up about, but the drinkability on the otherhand is out of this world. I'm having a hard time believing it's a 9.1% stout but it is, great stuff!

Final Opinion: A very good stout that will always have a home in my beer fridge. Victory for taste!

Photo of xav33
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Storm King Imperial Stout
12 oz bottle
Best before date 03/11, lapped up 09/06
Medium pour in a snifter

Poured a viscous black with a small frothy light brown quickly diminishing head with traces of lacing.

Smelt of strong fermented raisins, light coffee, light roast.

Taste was upfront light sweet fruity esters and light better chocolate then plunges into a harsh bitter roasted black coffee with hints of sweet cocoa that lingers on a finish that could last a thousand storms. Mouthfeel was medium, oily, fizzy, and strongly astringent and light alcoholic feel.

Overall, an imperial stout with a massive bitter roast bite and a lot of roasted dark malt complexity, but the flavor doesnt shine through the carbonation and astringency.

Photo of mdvatab
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Aroma: Lots of fruitiness in this one. Grape juice, mocha, a hint of alcohol, earthy mineral, more grape juice, then herbal hop at the end.

Appearance: Dark, dark opaque black/brown body. The thickest tan head I've seen on a stout in a while. Great retention and excellent lacing.

Flavor: A grape-like sweetness up front, some strong dark chocolate, earth, smoke, mineral, and a nice bitter finish that sticks around.

Mouthfeel: A medium-thick body, with medium-low, velvety carbonation. Hops are just slightly drying.

Overall: A good, solid RIS, but not for those who prefer a sweeter rendition of the style. Very interesting how the hops, malt, and esters work together to emit a grape-like aroma and flavor. The price (~$12) is also a strong selling point for this one. I recommend giving it a try.

Photo of Mavajo
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a two finger thick tan/brown head. Retains for a bit, but eventually fades away. Mild lacing. Nose is roasted/burnt malt, bit of hops, coffee, chocolate. Taste hits all the same notes - rich burnt/roasted malt, a hint of hops, the typical coffee/chocolate notes and booze. Full bodied and moderate carbonation. This thing definitely sits in your gut. Very enjoyable, but didn't really seperate itself from the stout pack, in my opinion. I don't have any negative marks against it really - it just didn't necessarily stand out as special. A very good brew nonetheless.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been over two years since I first tried this beer, about the same time that I started trying craft beers. I'm not too sure how much I liked it back then, but wow, I love this beer now.

Appearance-Dark black with a 2 finger tan head, lacing subsides quickly.

Smell-Extremely Hoppy, Malt, Chocolate, Expresso with some citrus.

Taste-Lots of flavors going on. I can taste the chocolate and the citrus from beginning to end, with a slightly bitter finish, that stays around for a bit leaving you wanting more.

Mouthfeel-Alcohol is definitely present, very hoppy suprise.

Overall-This is a very hard beer to rate. Is it a Stout or DIPA? To me i'm not sure, I've had better RIPs before. Either way, don't think too much into it, great beer. drink up and enjoy.

Photo of mlhyatt
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of micropale
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown 12 oz. bottle and poured into a Delirium Tremens goblet. Pours a rich mahogany color with a frothy tan head that results in delicate, spotted lacing on side of glass. Complex aromas of raisins, plums, roasted malts, floral hops, coffee and caramel.

Opens big with assertive notes of dark roasted malts and, unusual for the style, dominant flavors of bittering floral hops. Full bodied with an ultra-creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Hints of buttered pumpernickel, dark chocolate and espresso surface. Suggestions of molasses, toffee and caramel emerge, followed by a hint of brown sugar. High ABV kicks in as it warms. Finishes slightly dry with a kiss of bourbon.

So many interesting characteristics combine to form this unique taste profile, making Storm King one of my all-time favorite beers within a style I'm seldom enamored with. At 9.10%, recommended as a sipper.

Photo of Brunite
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: As with most RIS, the pour is dark and thick. Heads is gone quickly...leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: More hops than others of this style. Mild roasted and chocolate notes.

Taste: A bitter roasted chocolate hops flavor. The bitterness carries through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation....medium body.

Overall: A good beer. Great beer at this price. I prefer Old Raspy and Brooklyn flavor-wise...but this will rank third at this price point.

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of jdubjacket
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six-pack of this at Jax in Sandy Springs.

Pours a pitch black color. Smell and taste seemed somewhat confused as I couldn't hone in on any one flavor exactly. Maybe some roasted malts. Unfortunately it tasted a little metallic. I thought maybe it was just the batch. But when I bought it again a few weeks later to double check, it still had the same taste.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were about average. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but I've definitely had better beers from Victory & better RIS's.

Photo of brendaniel
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,233 ratings.