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Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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92
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Storm King StoutStorm King Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Reviews: 2,610 | Ratings: 5,773
Photo of vitesse
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in 12 oz. bottle. that was bottled., according to the label, in january. (it's now august.)

just an all-around great beer. so so interesting. full of flavors and aromas. totally unique.
this is a hopped up imperial stout. you get the dry roasty malt flavors mixing with the cofee-like flavors and then mixing again with some serious hops flavor.
very very well balanced and drinkable beer considering how much alcohol is in it.
i highly recommend this one.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Bottled on 1/28/03.

Pours viscous, solidly black with a dense dark tan head. Head lingers for quite a while before settling down.

Nose is filled with roast and citric pine loaded hops.

Dark chocolate, licorice, espresso, dark fruits - plum and raisin. Hoppy citrus bite cuts right through all those dense flavors. Just a bit of grapefuit in there, too. A slight perfume like character surfaced as it warmed.

Full bodied, with a long dry finish. Went great with creme brulee.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presented in a 12oz. bottle with a "bottled on" date of 12-17-02 on the label. Poured a jet black color that was almost intimidating. Had a dark tan head that thinned out to a small cap.

Smell: potent aromas of espresso, roasted malt, raisins, and plums. A faint smokiness and a slight alcohol astringency also present. Very complex array of aromas.

Taste: roasted malt followed by espresso (mmm...coffee!) to start. Dried fruits (raisins, dates) also present as is a hint of grassiness and an agreeable amount of hops bitterness which kick in at the finish. Alcohol kind of grabs the back of the palate. Again, very complex.

Feel: full-bodied, kind of chewy. Drier than anticipated.

Drinkability: high % ABV makes this a "one per" beer. Tough to have more than one without feeling like the floor is gonna get yanked out from under you. Not one I'm going to go to on a warm summer evening. Up for re-review this winter, though.

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Photo of pio
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

totally wicked lookin' owl face comming from the darkness with purple lightening and a crown. no extra points for that though-there's no room for them. as soon as i poped the top off the smell hit the air and lit it up with molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, some earth tones and a touch of floral odor. it poured a gorgeous dark and it's probably opaque. dark tan coco colored head is very sturdy and leaves impressive sheets of lace down the inside of the glass. the flavors are great! death by chocolate first and some hints of honey glide me into a sweeter ripe fruit/dried fruit like figs. that fleets as quickly to reveal a solid malt and toast. it feels like it actually roasts and eventually chars on my palate. it really dries up and becomes plesantly bitter and crisp on the finish. it leaves a hint of honey that i found perticularly nice. the mouthfeel is in my opinion creamy and soft yet definately for real. i couldn't wait to have another!

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Photo of dmarch
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a thick well-retained tan head. The abundant hops in the aroma cover up much of the malt character, but it is still very pleasant. Taste is of roasted coffee with some chocolate notes and it finishes with hops. The high alcohol content is well hidden in this very complex brew.

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Photo of PZuke
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just wanted to start by saying that stouts are not my favorite types of beer but that did not stop me from sampling Storm King. It pours a black color with a little head. Very complex smells with many different layers. I could pick up the chocolate and coffee smells right away. The first time you take a sip your mouth just explodes with a verity of different flavors that take over your mouth. The chocolate and coffee flavors are very evident in the taste with even a little smokeyness. The high content is alcohol does not overpower the brew. This is a beer that I could drink from time to time.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems to change each year sometimes a bit hoppier than others. Black opaque and roasty with hints of licorice and chocolate but also of hops in the finish.The alcohol is warming as this ale really needs to be sipped.. Mouthfeel is a bit oily but very smooth, and the drinkability is dangerous.

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Photo of Mustard
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "bottled on" date -- in this case 12/09/02; $8.99/6 pack from the Winehouse in West LA.

Appearance: Black; fine, craggy, one-fingered head cocoa-brown in hue; excellent retention; intricate lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits and chocolate; faint floral notes.

Taste: Heavy mix of a) sweet, roasted, chocolate malts and b) black-currants up front; sizeable dollop of woody hop-bitterness in the follow-through. Excellent drinkability for the style. Hides its 9.1% ABV perfectly.

Notes: Best beer out there? No way. I even prefer Stone's Imperial and AleSmith's Speedway as far as imperial stouts are concerned. That said, still a stellar brew. Mustard says drink.

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Photo of euskera
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black. Pours out like molasses with a small creamy head. Smells like smoky chocolate malt. Taste is exquisite, with the cholcolate malts and espresso overtones and a warming alcohol feel. Goes down smooth with a molasses taste at the very end. Simply delicious...

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Photo of SigEp
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! So complex, so rich. This is one oily milkshake! Every flavor is so distinct, chocolate, hops, slight caramel, and a (good) charcoal hint. Serious alcohol, serious flavor, serious beer! For such a heavy beer it is surprisingly (dangerously?) drinkable. If Guinness is a meal then this is a buffet.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thick black pour, blacker in the glass with a thick brown head. went away kinda quick though for how thick it was. smell is not especially strong or pronounced, there are some sweet malty flavors including but not restricted to: chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of smoke, with a good amount of roastiness The play of the sweet and bitter in my mouth is really interesting. coffee and especially chocolate/caramel roastedness comes through as well as some reasonably strong hops for a stout. delicate dark fruit flavor shows up at the finish. It's pretty thick and smooth, going down easy. a nice amount of hops to finish. overall really good. definitely to be drank at cellar temp.

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Photo of SheepNutz
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first perfect score that I have given out. I had this perfect beer in a 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a thick deep black with one finger of gorgeous caramel head. The head hsa a fair retention, and there is some lacing left on the glass. The smell is rich in roasted malt, coffee, and caramel with a bit of hops. The taste is a great blend of roasted coffee, molasses, and chocolate, and there are plenty of hops to balance it perfectly. The mouthfeel is very heavy, yet this brew is still very smooth. The drinkability is the best I've ever had in a stout, even at 9.1%. This is really the king of stouts!

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Photo of moon0
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick like motor oil. Lightly carbonated with a little lacework. Black as onyx. Sweetish aroma. Chocolate, roast, licorise flavors. You can taste and then feel the alcohol. Finishes with a crazy bitterness that lingers in my mouth. Very nice indeed, a multidimensional treat. I usually go to IPAs for my hop fix but this will do just fine, thanks.

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Photo of dvorsd
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this has to be one of the best stouts I have ever tasted. My mouth starts watering the more that I think about it.

Right from the pour I knew I was in for a treat. The stuff came out black as midnight and looking thick as motor oil. (Bear with me, in my mind that can be a good thing) There were a good couple of inches worth of tan head at the top of the glass that just did not want to go away. It just does not look any better then that in my book.

Well, so far, so good time for that first sip…

Man, it hits you hard right away. The brew has big, big taste to it; very thick with a complete tug of war going on between the sweet and bitter flavors within. I’d love to see the reaction upon trying this of some of my friends who think that Guinness is a heavy beer. Storm King feels nice and viscous in my mouth with undertones of dark coffee and chocolate. This would be a great beer to warm you up on a cold night.

If you are a stout fan this beer is well worth seeking out. In my mind the Storm King has earned the crown.

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Photo of BrewDoctor
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm proud to make Victory Storm King my first official beer review. Ironically, I drove through a vicious lightening storm and mild flooding to buy this 6 pack. After drinking this brew, I would weather a tornado for another pint.

This beer pours rich and dark with a medium head characterized by chocolate and coffee highlights. Hops immediately hits the nose followed by a subtle hint of coffee maltiness.

The first taste is like an explosion in your mouth - complex and as original as an imperial stout can be. The spicy hop flavor excites the tongue and mellows with a dark malty flavor full of oak, coffee, and chocolate. The finish is smooth and clean with a hint of spice to keep you coming back for more.

An excellent brew that will always be welcome in my mug!

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Photo of mike1290
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like used motor oil in a glass, with a medium sized head. Hoppy, chocolate aroma followed by clean smooth flavor. Medium to thin consistency. No bitter aftertaste, but takes a sip or two to acclimate to the brew, but then it's excellent. Definitely one of the best!

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Photo of Stingray5
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled on Jan 28 2003.

Pours black with a foamy, dark tan head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy with coffee and chocolate undertones. Huge, bold mouthful. Taste is toasty chocolate malt and fruit, followed by a strong hop bitterness and just a hint of alcohol. Finish is dry and hoppy.

This brew had a much stronger hop presence than I'd expected. Luckily I'm a hop-head. This one's a winner. The label on the neck of the bottle reads "Victory - For Your Taste", and I wholeheartedly agree. One of the best beers I've ever had. Get some now.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is easily the best beer I've ever had. I love stouts and I love hops....therefore it makes sense that I love this Beer. There is probably no praise I can give this beer that has not been given before. Everything is perfection, or very near perfection. The near pitch black color, with the warm light brown abundant head call you forth to enjoy the warm smell of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and hops. The taste is so complex and amazing i won't even attempt to write about it. I don't know how this beer has 9.1abv, I never got a sense of it, and if i had more than one i would have gladly consumed as many as possible.

Quite simply if you have not had this beer, go find it, and you too will fall in love with it.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on Oct. 15th, 2002. It pours like black syrup or motor oil, 100% opaque with a large creamy tan head that laces wonderfully. The aroma is full of roasted barley and hops. There is definitely a sign of serious hop character in this brew. But before the hops kick in, you're treated to some chocolate, coffee, and just an all around sweet roastiness. And then hops come in for an amazing finish that makes you beg for more. The alcohol is mellow but definitely there throughout consumption. And it's great. Everything about this wonderful stout is gargantuan and robust as hell.....a truly perfectly balanced and drinkably strong stout. As a stout lover, I think this is the perennial fallback imperial, as long as they keep it the way it is.

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Photo of Boto
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an almost inky color. It has a small head that is light brown in color. It dissapates quickly. A bit of caramel and coffee to the nose. Very full body to the beer, almost "thick". Somewhat roasty, not as much as some others. A hint of sweetness, chocolate and a good hop bite. The alchohol is not evident at all. This is excellent!

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Photo of dwarbi
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin, but creamy off-white head. The beer is solid black. The aroma is slighly sweet and a little hoppy. Fantastic taste. Grainy and complex. The alcohol taste lingers a bit, but it's still very drinkable. A tiny bit is lost in the bottle (compared to tap) but it's still an amazing beer.

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

This full bodied brew w/ its chocolate & espresso flavors is wonderful. It is a well balanced beer. Very enjoyable. Any discussion or review of Imperial Stouts must include storm king. Once again Victory has a world class brew. Originally reviewed 1 January 2002

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Photo of budgood1
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an 01'-02' cellared treat...thanks frank!
storm king pours out an opaque midnight black, with a foamy tan head that dies down to clingy lace. definite nose of northwest hops...oh baby i'm getting the chills from just smelling this stuff. aromas of chocolate and caramel maltiness follow...definitely awesome. malted barley flavours such as chocolate, caramel and java hail upon my tastebuds...the thunderous citric northwest hoppy goodness clouds my senses. hops are strong in the profile, and since this one has been aged...i'm assuming fresh storm king must be a bitter tornadic hop monster. the alcohol is next to rain down upon my tastebuds...all this big sensory stimulation rides the lightening right down my throat. silky smooth and utterly drinkable...like a rainbow to the bottom of my stomach. while storm king may leave a trail of destruction in it's path...i found it to rebuild my attitude towards what an imperial stout may represent. brutal in it's severity...but rewarding in it's wake. oh my what a beer!
a blizzard of thanks to frank4sail for the sample!!

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Photo of Realale
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black, even when held up to a 150 watt bulb. 1.5 inch rocky dark mocha head slowly settles to a thin incomplete cap of fine foam.

Initial nose is roasty coffee maltiness, with tons of underlying citric fruitiness. As the pint warms, the citric fruitiness develops into more recognizable hop aromas. With more time, the malt and hop integrate better and I pick up candied cherry, raisin, and some rummy notes, even a bit of good bready European licorice.

The hops are definitely up to the malt on the palate providing plenty of both flavor and bitterness to balance the beer. Very long and zingy on the finish. Licking my lips, I can taste the hop oils. It is the hops which really end up being the defining element of the beer for me tonight, which is amazing considering the huge amount of malt in this beer.

Quite a ride, and big thanks to MJR for sharing a bottle of this incredible beer with me.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours almost as thick as molasses, and just as black. The smell is complex, with a bit of just about everything! If the smell is complex, then the taste is even more so! Hints of hops mix with coffee and malt flavors......simply amazing. Slightly heavy in the mouthfeel department. All in all, I don't think I could drink more than a few of these, but I'd be really happy to try! A classic beer, and more than deserving of the praise it's received.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
92 out of 100 based on 2,610 ratings.