Storm King Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,246 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 5,246
Reviews: 2,520
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 161
Gots: 541 | 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 mactrail
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad to see so many reviews, and so many people liking Storm King. It's one of my favorites from one of my favorite bottling breweries.

There is something great about the warm tones that bubble up through the inky depths, the intensely clean wealth of flavors. While the hops are huge, they don't overwhelm the balance, and the burnt and roasted malt rises to meet the occasion. Let the IPA apostles learn from this one. Reminds me of a Tawny Port with the improbably alcoholic taste.

There is a fudgy flavor that emerges too. The mellowness of a Sugar Daddy with the bite of a bitter orange.

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: ? (various)

Pours an opaque black-brown with a nice-sized tan head that retains and laces well. Roasted malt aroma, coffee and cocoa, some dark fruits and hints of citrusy hops. Nice full-bodied taste, nothing you haven't had in a stout before, aside from probably more hops than you're generally used to from the style. Dark roasty malts, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, and brown sugar, with notes of citrus and floral hops. Modestly complex, tasty, and very drinkable.

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 10/26/10 notes. Had on tap at the Dupont Paradiso in DC.

a - Pours a black color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks amazing.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and light sweet chocolate. Also some hops in the smell. Pretty enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, hops, coffee toasted malts, and roasted malts. Hints of alcohol. Pretty good but a small step down from the smell in my opinion.

m - Medium to full body and moderate to high cabonation. Body is pretty creamy. Wish it was a little less carbonated.

d - This is a pretty good RIS, but not one of my favorites. I would have liked more sweet chocolate in the taste and less alcohol, as well as less carbonation. I would definitely give it another shot, but this wouldn't be a "go to" beer for me if I see it on the menu.

Photo of WesWes
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a thick black color with a thick brown head. The aroma is of roasted and black malts. It also has a great hop aroma that really sets it apart from other stouts. The hop aroma is quite floral; exceptional! The taste is good. It is a thick beer with lots of hop flavor. It also is quite malty and high in abv. There is a good mix of dark malts and hop characteristics. The mouthfeel is good. A full bodied beer with low/medium carbonation. It is a great drinking stout; a true masterpiece. This could be the best stout I've ever had.

Photo of drewone
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by March 3, 2011.

Poured dark brown with a thin tan head that stuck around most of the drink.

The smell was of dark fruits, burnt espresso. The hops emerge and almost dominate.

The taste was of chocolate and coffee. Fruity hops break through, balancing out the sweetness with a sharp bitterness. A slight acidic taste was noticeable. The alcohol clearly emerges with a bite.

Creamy and fairly full-bodied. The alcohol slightly wiped out some of the flavors, but they re-emerge.

It wasn't bad at all. Fairly rich and it does have some good flavors. However, it's not one of my very favorites of the style - a little too hoppy (for style, IMO) and slightly acidic.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have drank this beer for years and only recently realized I hadn't rated it.

The beer pours a black color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as a lot of pine from the hops. The flavor follows suit. I get a ton of pine from the hops, which is accompanied by the chocolate and roasted malt notes. There is also a little bit of alcohol in the flavor. Low bitterness. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Definitely one of the hoppiest Imperial Stouts out there.

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive tall beige head; leaves nice chunky lace on the glass. The color of the brew is near black. No light shines through.

Lots of black patent malt aroma--bitter mocha.

Strong coffee bitterness, as if there was no milk nor sugar added. The alcohol level is notable but not dominating. Very dry. Compared to most stouts, this one is thin. Great dark chocolate aftertaste.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A damn good russian imperial stout. Not much to say about it then to say it's almost perfect. From a beautiful black with a tan head appearance, a very aromatic nose, and full of flavor to the smoothness and balance of the beer overall. It's a great beer and I'll be warming myself up in the cold winter months with this stuff.

Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

9.10% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a 5 oz taster glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes taken about a month ago.

A: Pours a one finger beige-khaki colour head. Nice cream and thickness. Pretty good retention (~2-3 minutes). Body colour is a solid dark ruby-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent. Opaque. Right on the money for an imperial stout.

Sm: Chocolate/cacao dusting. Caramel. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cream. Mocha. Hazelnut. Miky. A moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Good for the style. Appealing. I'm excited to try it.

T: Chocolate. Some bitterness from the chocolate too. Cacao. Caramel. Mocha. Cream. Dark malts. Balanced, if imperfect. Not a whole lot of complexity here, but it's damn tasty. I like it. Milky, with light hazelnut. Burnt - a characteristic I quite like here. Not great depth of flavour, but the flavour that does come through is enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Good carbonation. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. I could drink another; this is tasty stuff. An impressive beer from Victory. I quite like it. I'd definitely get this again. Exceeded expectations.

B

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/27/05- Received via trade with Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a born on dating stamped on the bottom of the label. This one is over a year old. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Maybe the most black pour I have ever seen, as well as the thickest. Not quite motor oil thickness, but definite texture in the pour. The top of the brew looks as if there is a reddish hue, maybe like a zinfandel port or something. Off white, brownish head at first, which soon fades. Light lacing left.

Smell- Coffee, chocolate, alcohol and deep roasted malts.

Taste- Pretty sweet flavor with a coffee and chocolate mixture than comes into play. Not super dark malty, which I was expecting. Maybe it has mellowed out. Good hop bit for sure, and a light smoked twinge to it.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, thick and sticky. My lips were sticking together after this one.

Drinkability- Top notch double stout. Maybe another year or two of aging would really bring this to the incredible level. Very nice as is though.

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: A dark, black, almost pernicious looking brew, with a beautiful thick tan head.

S: Robust dark chocolate with coffee notes.

T: Much of the same as was in the nose, delicious foreign chocolate bombards the taste buds, not incredibly robust but very satisfying. Also coffee abounds and there is a slight hint of hazelnuts in the background, very nice. Definitely has a green, rich hoppiness.

M: Smooth, creamy, rich - but not over the top, very well done.

D: A drinkable stout, especially at this alcoholic potency, and as long as Victory continues to put out quality brews, I will continue to drink them and enjoy them immensely.

Photo of Gavage
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color with a thick 2" tan head. Carbonation levels are low, and some spotty lacing developed through the drink. The nose was big on roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol, and bitterness. The flavor is of roasted malts, coffee, licorice, bitter chocolate, and sports a strong bitterness level. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, but it compliments the overall flavor.

Medium / heavy in body. The mouthfeel is smooth with a touch of crispness at the start. The finish is smooth with a touch of dryness. Great drinkability but these will catch up to you quickly.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12 fl oz bottle, best before 12 Feb 2014, drank and reviewed 26th March 2010. Poured into a 'Gordon Finest Gold' thistle shaped glass.

Deep, dark purple/black body with a foaming tanned head, looked good. The head turned turtle and only a thin collar was visable towards the later part of the tasting.

Raisins, un-sweetened dates and prunes seemed to be the smell I got, no hops but dark malty aromas came as the beer warmed in the glass.

Fairly well carbonated, not fizzy, but the fizz is there for all to feel. The actual taste is of burnt/roasted/toasted malts with a hint of alcohol, which considering the ABV shows it is a well balanced beer. The dried grapes and plums (raisins and prunes) found in the smell are also in the flavours, but have swopped places with the malt smells in strength.

Easy to drink, the alcohol does start to appear as the mouth dries, which adds a new dimension to the tasting, one that I enjoyed.

Photo of orangesol
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask into a Victory lager mini-pint at the Victory brew-pub.

A - Pours black as night with a strong one finger brown head that leaves minimal lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of dark, roasty, aroma's in this one. Coffee, chocolate, and other earthy flavors and most prevalent. Faint hints of herbal hops and a bit of booze hide well but are present. Even a bit of spice?

T - Dark goodness. Similar to the nose with coffee, chocolate, oak, black licorice, and plenty of other earthy flavors. Finish is dominated by tons of dark roasted flavors. A little bit of booze creeps in once it begins to warm up a bit. A very nice stout.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very smooth feel with a strong roasted finish.

D - I like this version a little bit more than the normal version. The feel of this one is much better than the normal version and it seems to help bring all the flavors together into a more well rounded offering. Very nice for a mass produced stout.

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a two finger tall fluffy mocha head. The beer has excellent head retention with a finger of head still present at about 20 minutes after the pour. There was a nice amount of lacing present as well.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee. and chocolate with a slight hints of floral hops in the background. Nice and complex.

T: Flavors are dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate with a pleasant amount of bitterness in the finish. The flavors are deep and complex.

M: Medium to full bodied with some creaminess and warmth from the alcohol present.

O: For a beer with a relatively high ABV, it is extremely well hidden both in the smell and the taste. This beer is extremely drinkable and is a nice tailgating beer late into the football season here in the NYC area (where it can get quite cold) due to the robustness of the flavors. This beer has been a regular for me over the past few years and will continue to be.

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 6/22/10.

On cask at Al's of Hampden for the kickoff of the newly installed beer engines. $2 for a nonic glass.

Pours a dark black color with more than a finger of mocha colored fluff for a head. Really good retension as the head sits uneven in the glass from sporatic bubbles and crators where a solid layer of foam previously resided.

The aroma has a surprising amount of citrus hops, slightly herbal and grassy along with a solid presence of alcohol sting in the nose.

Taste includes all the described hop characteristics that were introduced by the nose. Dark burnt grain flavors indicating coffee and alcohol are evident in both flavor and warmth. Half way through the experience, more grainy sweetness comes through like chocolate.

The body of this brew is medium to full with a moderately low level of carbonation. Very drinkable and it would be a crime not to enjoy for only $2.

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,246 ratings.