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Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Photo of drewbage
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle that was bottled on December 9th 2002 into a straight side pint glass.

Dark black bodied beer with a low creamy tan head,

Aroma is dark black roast, currants and a grassy herbal hop aroma. The faintest touch of diacetyl lurks deeply behind the other aromas only become apparent around the edges behind a brandywine alcohol.

Flavor is roasted and thick with caramel and an acrid black burnt carbon finish to the brew boosted by CO2, The final impression os chocolate and port in a beer that roundly clears itself off for the next sip.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle dated March 18 2003

Appearance: Perfect, very very dark with a large pillowy head that leaves plenty of sticky lace and leaves a thin layer of foam all the way to the last drop of beer.

Smell: Very mellow compared to what I have had before. The hops are much more subtle after a year. Alcohol is more promident and the malts are more subdued. I can smell some mollasses and caramel though. Some roastedness also comes through.

Taste: Very sweet, almost too sweet. It leaves a string of over the top sweetness, almost sour in your mouth as the roasted malt and mollasses come in. The hops are subdued in the taste as well. Not very pleasant now.

Mouthfeel is great. Very thick and rich. Perfect amount of carbonation to add some tingling on the tongue.

Not very drinkable. The flavor has really taken a dive here, at least on this aged bottle. I prefer this fresh.

Initial tasting:

Apperance: The apperance of this beer is very good. It had a small head though which took away from the marvel of it. However it poured a drak brown but looks as black as night in the glass.

Smell: One thing that took me with this brew so far is that the hops are right up front in the aroma. I'm not used to that in the imperial stout style however it is very pleasing. There is also the smell of roasted coffee, a sweet malty smell is there too.

Taste: The taste seems to fade in, there is many flavors to this. There is a roasted flavor that sticks but there is a hop bitterness that shows itself towards the end. It leaves your mouth dry with a warming of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Excellent, nice mellow feel, very thick and rich with just the right amount of carbonation. Leaves your tongue with a nice coating.

Drinkability: A very drinkable stout in the sense where I would love to have one. Definitely one of the better Imperials I have had but as to more than one sitting, I will have to pass. This is far to rich and to high in alcohol, and the alcohol is very evident.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Malto for this sample. My god , the head looked like a Starbucks exploded into a full gale making me realize that this stout was for the big boys or girls. It smelled like a cross between Old Crusty and Rogue Imperial Stout mixed together; all plums, alcohol, hops and tobacco.

The taste was to say the least intense; big, nay huge hops with a backbone the size of Texas. I love Barleywines and so was not overwhelmed by the complexity and in your face profile of this beer.
Yeah, cellaring would smooth things out but I loved this beer.

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Photo of 57andcounting
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This highly regarded beer is even better from the cask. The dark head moves to a ring as time goes by. The smell is caramel, chocolate, tar, hops and a slight alcohol. The taste reflects the smell. Very, very smooth.

The balance between the heavy flavors, alcohol and hops is the best. This is the most drinkable stout beer. The mouth feel is light and clean.

This is a beer to enjoy with a good meal, on a cold, damp evening, or for that matter, in place of food. There is enough of body here that after a few glasses of this you wouldn't be hungry or cold.

Great beer, buy it every time you see it in the cast.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Froathy coffee colored head had faded to a film by the time I got the beer. The beer was dark opaque black in color. Sweet burnt malt aroma. Rich, creamy smooth bodied beer with flavors of burnt chocolate and coffee with a little hop bite in there. A tasty, flavorful beer that's just a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just an outstanding beer what I could have time after time. This beer pours out solid black in color with a small tan head. The smell is coffee and chocolate all the way. Malty and grainy as well. The taste is like a strong cup of espresso. Complex and long, this is a beer to sip. Coffee flavors kind of die down but the chocolate richness comes through more. I am guessing this is a fresher keg as some hop notes come through at the end.

A world class beer that I could drink at ANYTIME!

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Photo of Shiredave
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As black as a cave at night with a firm cap of light brown foam, the lace caramelizes on the glass.
Aromas is sweet blacked malt and floral hop - notes of espresso and wood smoke. Soft scents that dont overpower but draw you in.
Flavors explode up front with seamless blend of scorched sugars from the roasted malts, balanced almost perfectly by strong, piney hop sharpness. Awsome!

Mouthfeel is smooth and supple - you know its full bodied but it just doest feel it.
The chalky chocolate and coffee flavors stay in the finish along with long, warm bittering. Alcohol just along for the ride, reminds you of its presence in the burps.
An awsome brew for the BIG stout lover. As deserving of BA #2 status as any I can think of. ( which would be at least 20 )

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Photo of twilight
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this was two months ago, and I *hated* it, so I think I might have had a bad bottle before, or I'm having an exceptional one now. Pours black as midnight, and seemingly thicker than normal beer into a nonick pint with virtually no head. Still, the color is dead on for an imperial stout, and the blackness just makes me want to drink it now. Aroma is of roasted barley with hints of belgian sweetness. I'd say plums, but it's only what I imagine plums to smell like. The smell is thick, is the best way to describe it. Taste is overwhelmingly roasted mixed in with some slight fruity sweetness that finishes into this slight sourness that that is holy on the palate. Though I may not agree with the fruityness in the beer, it is amazing. The coffeelike textures of the flavor, and the portlike sweetness. It's to die for. Carbonation is a moot point. I mean, it's there, but the full richness in the mouth. It's too delicious to be quaffed all night, but if I find this on tap. I'm going to be a rider on the storm. An excellent offering from Victory, and an addition to my trinity of Imperial Stouts (this, Samuel Smith and Rogue) so far. I'm going to have to look for another sixer to be able to enjoy this until it comes out again.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Redbone's.

Black, black, black with a sweet sharp scent. Served with no head. Syrupy, smoky, winey, sharp and strong, smooth and silky--this bad boy doesn't mess around. I could sip this one all night, but I'd be wrecked if I had more than one.

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Photo of jwilli7122
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with no clarity, and a medium-sized tan head that lasts forever.

smell is roasty sweet and hopped up. chocolate raisins, coffee and achohol

taste is similar - roasty, hoppy, (bitter from both) chocolatey, buttery and dark fruity sweet with a little bit of sour kick. superbly thick, smooth texture - maybe the best mouthfeel i have experienced. this drinks extremely well for a 9.5.

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Photo of ark57
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is opaque black with a tan head. The aroma is very hoppy (some citrus and mint), but also has quite a bit of roasted malts (coffee and chocolate). The taste is pretty much what is advertised in the aroma. It is full of roasted goodness and finishes with a good smack of hops. It is warming from the high alcohol content.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served at cellar temperature in a Trois Pistoles goblet. Bottled on 3/18/2003.

Appearance: Like a black hole that absorbs all light.. perhaps it's that elusive dark matter cosmologists are scouring the sky for? A small brown head with the lifespan of a mayfly forms and leaves thin remnants of lace on the glass... dusky remains of the day.

Smell: Heavy roasted malts, dark and bitter espresso, slightly tart and sweet dark dried fruits. Aaah sweet harmony.

Taste: Roasty, toasty, charred, and burnt malt sweetness. Quite bittersweet. Espresso flavors kick in and then the beer finishes off with some light prune-like fruitiness. Light hints of hop bitterness on the tip-of-the-tail-end.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is very well masked. Hearty and robust sensation in the mouth. A burly beer with the equivalent of 5 o'clock shadow at 7 am.

Drinkability: It's hard to find a better imperial stout than Storm King. I hoping the mid-March bottling of last year will be repeated this year so's I can get a fresh 6-er or three for the cellar.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Nov. 4, 2003. Pours a dark, practically black thick liquid with an incredible tan creamy head. This is the best head on a beer I have seen in a long time. The lacing on the glass was outstanding. The smell is of coffee, like a great dark roasted almost burnt smell. The taste was even better. Strong coffee-like flavor with what I thought was a hint of vanilla. Good amount of hop bitterness at the end. Tastes even better as it warms. This is a beer you want to sip for a while. I have found that the higher alcohol content is somewhat hidden. Good mudium-full body. This, despite being high in alcohol is a fairly drinkable beer, as imperial stouts go. I have had this beer in a bottle, and on draft, and so far I actually prefer the bottle version. I look forward to Storm King every year, and this year is no exception. This is one remarkable imperial stout. I can clearly see why it is rated so high.

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Photo of soper2000
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle, bottled in December of 2003.

This beer poured a deep deep black with a tan head which lingers for quite a long time. The smell is faint but some hoppy aromas are definately there. My first sip of this sweet nectar revealed that this is the hoppiest stout I have ever tasted, but the bitterness was balanced perfectly by notes of chocolate and malt. This beer is strong at 9.5% but the creamy mouth feel makes me want to keep drinking more. This is an excellent stout and I would be interested in cellaring some.

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Photo of jtfest
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer. It pours black as tar with a creamy chocolate/coffee head -- thick at first, then settling into a foamy layer leaving heavy lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasted and nutty with big malt undertones. The mouthfeel is exceptional: thick, soft, "meaty" and just a hint of carbonation. The taste? Others have described it far more eloquently than I can, but let me confirm there admiration. Slightly sweet, with woody and toasted hints that either compliment or mask the alcohol. Dangerously drinkable considering the 9.5% -- Storm King Stout lives up to its reputation.

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

This beer is sampled at room temp.
I pour the brew into my snifter. The beer pours pitch black with a 1 inch creamy tan tightly packed head foaming up easily. The head also fades slowly to a surface layer in my glass. Aroma is a mixture of grassy hops and roasted malt, very balanced nose!
First sip gives me a creamy texture and slightly bitey carbonation. Flavor is twangy sweet like a baltic porter up front and then earthy hops in the middle, while the finish is roasted malt and even brief hits of chocolate. This beer is incredibly well balanced and easy to drink. No hint of the ABV. A great beer that is even better than I remembered!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack. Foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, foamy half inch medium brown head formed on top of motor-oil opaque liquid, no light getting through this baby. Good lacing, with the beer almost thick enough looking that it seems to flow like oil as well. Great aroma, plenty of hops, yet the underlying malt strength and alcohol make their presence known. Strong coffee and burnt malt tastes, which quickly are well balanced by a hop bite like most stouts are missing. Taste of alcohol isn't present nearly as much as you would expect for a beer this size, just sort of lurks in at the end. Actually as good as I had heard it was, no false rumors here...

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

This beer pours up very dark, black even. No chance of light penetrating this brew. An aggresive pour generated a brown head of frothy bubbles. The foam dissapated quickly and faded back to a thin layer on top of the beer that laced the sides of the glass as to beer dissapeared. The aroma is very subtle, nutty with malt overtones. Mouthfeel is very smooth and a bit thick. Flavor is a nice balance od malt, coffee and hop bitterness. Although high in alcohol, it's not that evident in the taste but comes out in a warm after taste. This is a very good stout!

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Photo of gnaussea
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12. oz. Still young...( 11-18-03) Pours as black as I have ever seen. the head is almost brown. This is a true imperial. At 9.1%, I would expect more alcohol presence, but it is nicely blended into the aroma. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted barley are predominant. Taste is strongly hoppy (cascade is the only hop i can pick out,) especially on the forefront, and settles into a nice, creamy roasted chocolate presence. A very bold beer, even for the style. Hearty, roasted barley aftertase lingers long into the evening. This is truly a treat, and with the twelve I had to trade for, I will be aging them with even greater hopes for the future.

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Photo of simmons
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is black as oil and has a nice looking head about it. It very smooth and full of malt flavor and the hops are strong but not too strong where it is harsh. It is done very well. If I remember correctly the alcohol percentage on it is 9.1% instead of 9.5% that is listed on this cite. (If I’m wrong sorry but I’m almost positive on this one.)

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

12oz, bottled on jan.28/03...making this a little over a year old.

appearence is black with a rich tan head.

smells pretty damn good, roasted chocolate, coffee.

first thing you notice is this shit is thiiick. the texture feels like your sucking down a bottle of aunt jemimas syrup. but its soo smooth. chocolate, coffee, and even some citrus hints in the taste. roasted bitter finish. the strong abv isnt even present.

this is some damn good stuff. i made the mistake of sucking down a couple of these when i was drunk the other night and didnt get to enjoy them like i am now. this is definitely a must have, i can see why this is a tad above stone imperial stout. this just has a more complex flavor.

note: let this warm up a bit and the flavors really start coming out

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Photo of daledeee
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A trip to Minneapolis yielded great rewards. The last six pack of Storm King on the shelf is mine. By the time of this writing it is not a six pack anymore.

Pours a beautiful black with a tan head. Lace is there throughout the drink. Smells like malt, chocolate bitter coffee.

Taste is the real treat. Good dark chocolate taste. Somewhat sweet. Malt and hops are there. A strong dark stout this drinkable would seem impossible. If you don't believe me, try this. My wife(who drinks Bud lite) even liked this. The alcohol is not apparent. We tried this with some good dark chocolate. What a combination!!. This a good stout and enjoyable to drink. This was rated very highly at one time. It seems to be everybody's goal to make a world class stout. Still a good one after all these years.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given to me by my sweetheart for Valentines Day, awww. She really knows how to make me happy!

Damm, skippy, now that’s what a stout should look like! Deep, cream black pour. An absolutely beautiful, thick and fluffy brown head, clings to the side of the glass endlessly. Smell is of cocoa, malt and roasted coffee. Taste is solid, thick and very, very malty. The burnt taste typical of stouts is there, but doesn’t override the hoppyness of this brew. This is almost the perfect blend of sweet and bitter. Very smooth and very drinkable. Overall, an exceptional stout. Cheers to Victory!

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

Honestly, I so much prefer this beer aged a year or so. becuase the hop presence is the dominat taste in the beer when served "fresh".

The pour is no doubt black, with a nice layer of creamy head, and some lace following later on.

Very thick very creamy. if in an aged botle, the malty, roasted chocolate is present more then anytihng else, and it makes a nice sipping beer, very very drinakble

when fresh out of the bottle, it is a different story. Very strogn taste, has not had time to level out. Hop presence over anything else really. Still good, but takes time to finish consuming.

well played indeed

****after further review of the play*** After agin it some, and going back to the brewery for it a couple of times, this brew has really grown on me after time. The taste no longer is that smack you in the face nature that the hops have, but more blended, and subtle. The hops presence has dimished in the profile, but the roasted presence increases, and, the chocolate blends nicely as well. Still, a great beer. It make take some time for this beer to grow on you, but man, it is nice

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

I'm reviewing this one by bottle, but previously had it cask conditioned.
Appearance- Very black, cannot see through this beer at all, it is thick and has the viscosity of motor oil. Maintained a thin brown head that stuck to the sides of the glass. A few swirls of the glass and the head reappears about 1/4 in. thick. Overall appearance-- Excellent!

Smell- The predominate smell of this beer is a sweet alcohol aroma, similar to a barleywine

Taste- Taste is like strong espresso. Tart, almost fruity sweetness. a noticeable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel was hurt in the beginning with too much carbonation. It is much more enjoyed at the bottom of the glass or from the cask with low carbonation. The bubbles only seem to mask the flavors. It may be enjoyed better from the bottle if left sitting 20 or 30 minutes or so to warm and flatten out after pouring. In the end though the mouthfeel was very good.

Drinkability- was very easy to drink. I'm feeling the effects of the alcohol even after one of these. The flavor was intense but not overpowering for a stout drinker, but might be enough to kill a bud drinker. Ha ha ha.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
92 out of 100 based on 2,614 ratings.