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Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived with a thick, medium-tan head with almost nitrogen-pour qualities. It had a rich, chocolate nose with lightly smoky notes. The color was really dark, almost cola/carmel colored. The mouthfeel had a better-than thin but less-than-full quality. Lots of dark chocolate and a little charcoal flavor in the mouth. Finish was rich, slightly smoky and redolent with chocolate. Pass me the brownies.

A re-review following GEN Sutter Cask Night on F, 24 Apr 2009:

Gee, I thought that I had not had this from a cask before, but my reviews prove me wrong. Whoops!

Coming off of a gravity pour, it had a deep-tan/light-brown soapy head with mild retention. The nose had dark chocolate, raisins, plums, coffee, and tobacco. The color was a deep, dark, impenetrable black. The mouthfeel was slick and oily, although a little thin in its density. The immediate taste was of smoking a maduro cigar on the fantail of the Self-Defense Test Ship (SDTS) in 1995, following evening chow, so a cup of mess decks coffee would have been a natural accompaniment. Ah, the memories ... The finish had a slight heat that gave 'way to a lingering smoky flavor.

I'll be frank here, and earnest, too. RIS just is not my preferred style. This was a terrific iteration, but I simply do not get the charge from it that others seem to. Call it the "Blind Man at the Movies Syndrome". I am missing out on something that everyone else is enjoying. Brooklyn 1 and I have a like relationship, although Garrett Oliver has exonerated me, telling me that he is the only person who has to like his beers. Ha!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Best by 11/22/2016.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with a significant khaki head. Good retention and lacing, but it is quite light for a stout.

Smell - Hops galore. The hops cover up most of the stout. A fair bit of coffee emerges behind. The hops come off as rather vegetal.

Taste - The taste is extremely hoppy, but markedly better than the nose. Not as vegetal. Still hoppy, but more chocolate and coffee come through. Not much of the boozy comes through.

Mouthfeel - Thin. Quite thin. Not boozy, but exceedingly bitter. The aftertaste is hops, not stout.

Overall - It's not bad, but it's so aggressively hopped that it's lost. More stout, please.

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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a soft, thin layer of brown head that quickly fades leaving a thin film. The nose has notes of deep, rich chocolate and some subtle roasted malts. There are some faint alcohol notes that blend well with the malts. The flavor is deep, chocolaty, roasty, smooth, and finishes with a clean hop bitterness. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms but it adds great character to the malts and never detracts from the flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a great stout. It's drinkable, flavorful, and all around enjoyable. I would have this over and over again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

End of brewday beer.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle that tells me to enjoy by Feb 18 2015, just made it in under that deadline. Beer is black and moderately carbonated. Forms a thin head of small brown bubbles and larger ones that cling to the interface of the beer and the glass. The head breaks quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

The aroma is mildly sweet and roasty. No alcohol in the nose, which is good. Smells pretty good, not very complex.

Beer is medium bodied and has some nice carbonation on the palate. Its sweet and smooth with high roast in the back that shows up as almost an aftertaste. Overall the beer is smooth and highly drinkable. Its kind of sweet, very roasty, very good. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a snifter.

Why do I bother with the appearances. It's a stout. It's black.. moving on.. okay but seriously folks... The bubbles on this one are actually kind of a soapy consistency the fall at a decent clip buy not too fast. The bubbles are a faint brown.

Aromas of faint malt and a strange almost dare I say watery wetness, a "clean" sort of smell as if you were smelling just opened tap water from your kitchen sink. That's the only way I can describe it.

Taste improves after the bouquet even thought the watery sense comes forward. A 'soft' tobacco chew like comes in the taste almost like... chewing tobacco, leaving a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is actually good with a small bitterness balanced by the easy wet taste.

Drinkability I'd rate just a fraction above average, there are things worth exploring in the stout, it is not a waste of time to have one.

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

Picked this up at my local, its finally available 9/08
Pours a dark brown with the slightest of ruby highlights on the edges. Good size fluffy, bubbly head that laces the sides on its way down. Aroma is hoppier than I expected, but its nice. There's also some roast and chocolate and some alcohol in the smell as well. Taste is bitter roast, a hop bite, and more chocolates and cocoa. A bit boozy and finishes dry. Medium body, ample carbonation. Nice Nice stout. Thanks for coming to NH

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very hoppy aroma for an imperial stout. There are roasty notes in the taste but with the hops still present. Bordering on an imperial black IPA. Very nice.

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Lazy Boy in WP, NY. Poured black and studly. Dark tan head, excellent retention. Roasted malt and heaps of hops in the nose. Heavy body, engine oil comes to mind. Tons of roasted malt and burnt notes. Rich flavors, chewy mouthfeel. Coffee, chocolate, coffee. The flavors keep on coming. This is wonderful stuff, nice to enjoy on tap. Seek and enjoy this classy sipper

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Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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

I've had this a couple times on tap and wasn't terribly impressed. finally I picked up a bottle and am starting to come around-maybe. The flavor is much more hops-centric, but I'm left wishing there was more malt. There's a chocolate liquor aroma. The taste is dominated by biting, citrus hops and tinge of something like alcohol. As my beer warms up, more chocolate is starting to come through. This reminds me of Surly's Darkness quite a bit, but I wouldn't say Storm King can stand up to it. Still, this is a pretty good RIS, double stout, or whatever you want to call it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Mountain Sun's Stout month. Couldn't wait.
Smooth pour, black with a little burgundy on the edge. Slight off-brown head, they know how to pour these.
Smell of coffee and baked cocao, a bit of dry hops, some black fruit.
Tastes really good. Smoothed out coffee and chocolate, some roasted malt comes through and the hops dry it out nicely. The alcohol is hidden until the next sip, then I can feel it.
I'd go for the tap over the bottle on this one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, this beer has an amazing cascade on a center pour. Giving me a good vibe early on! The beer is an opaque brown-almost-black coloring with a chocolate milk colored head that appears to be light, airy, and bubbly. The head condenses down to around a 2 finger mark by the time I start drinking, and the retention is very decent. Also, this beer is leaving an impressive lacing on the glass as it goes down into my belly. The nose is a tad bit boozey, which is fine by me, as well as a little chocolatey and a lot of molasses. Further smells give off a mocha-type aroma. The beer is light and dry in mouth, carrying strong coffee flavors immediately onto the tastebuds. That bitterness of dark roast is counteracted by a slight choco-molasses sweetness that is extremely subtle. The alcohol is present in the taste as well, but again, very subtle. There are also some brown sugar/vanilla hints buried in there. The beer is quick on the tongue, and the finish is crisp and sharp with the bitter coffee aftertaste. This is a tasty stout, and I would imagine would be great in the northeast winters. Very tasty!

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Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a watery black with some bubbly coffee-coloured head.

S - Nose is coffee, roasted barley and some hops. The hops are present but I don't get any specific notes from the hops.

T - Roasted coffee with some earthy hops and a hint of licorice. A little bit of chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. There is enough going on here that it is somewhat complex, but is noticeably;y plain in comparison to some other RIS I have had. Still a good RIS.

M - Light to medium body with a little more carbonation than I like in a RIS. The finish is bitter and dry.

D - This is a good RIS, but not a great one. I would buy this one again and I would love to try it on tap, but this won't be a beer that I seek out every winter.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To get myself through the fiasco known as Corona Light, I have called upon a bottle of Storm King. On to the beer:

The semi-tan head is about a finger thick, the body jet fuel black. Lacing was dissapointing. Aroma is tame and not very strong; mostly charred chocolate. The taste is big on bitter flavors; bitter dark chocolate with a high level of hoppiness. It sweetens up as it warms; from thisn comes a release of dark choclate, molasses, and subtle fruity flavors. Giving it time to warm up makes a big difference in this beer, otherwise you're left with a bitter black beer. In short, a dissapointment for what I was expecting.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz fresh bottle into a regular snifter. Best drank by October 2013.

A- Victory SKS pours dark deep black color with a dark tan almost brown two inch head. Within ten minutes it widles down to mearly nothing leaving nice lace stains. Some traces of brown are seen in the body upon closer inspection while some bubble action on the surface.

S- Out of the many stout's i've had over the years this one has the most hops in the nose hands down. The whole flower hops used dominate while a bit of roasted malt follows. A bit of chocolate is barely detectable. Coffee espresso notes also.

T- Storm Kings main focus is in the hops as the whole flower american hops are undeniable, but it's not what i'm looking for in my stouts unfortunatly. The bitterness is unappealing while the malts are present but fail to compliment the hops. The espresso like taste is pleasant & needed. Some chocolate is noted in the finish but barely makes a dent. A small amount of anise is there.

M- Storm king is very full bodied and robust with some bittering aspects in this fresh version that is somewhat overpowering. This has a dry aftertaste with the hops lingering a bit to long. Not as creamy as expected for a RIS. The acidic notes were also distracting.

D- With all the negatives i personally I got from this it's still a great winter brew to drink to warm up. And at 9.1% this will get the job done. This is just not as thick and cramy as I like with way to much hop focus. I will update with an aged bottle to see if things come together.

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Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage "Enjoy By: APR 08 2014"

A- Initial head is one finger in width and a light mocha color. Beer is black in color. Good head retention and some lacing left.

S- Noticeable hops but calmed down in the two years since fresh.

T- Lots of dark and sweet fruits. On the shit-ton side of hoppiness for an impy stout. Booziness is about right at 9.1%abv. Some mouthwatering chocolate notes.

M- Good carbonation and mid to thick mouthfeel. Really enjoyed this aspect.

D/O- It's sufficient to say this has held up well at just about 2 years of age. Hops aren't are pronounced as fresh but if that's what you want then get yourself a black IPA. A joy of a 6-pack imperial stout to buy...just wish they'd lower the price a few bucks.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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

Victory : Storm King Stout

Appearance: Poured into a large Hommel snifter, looks a deep amber black, soapy light off white mocha head, excellent retention and spotty lacing.

Smell: Heavily roasted/burnt grains, alcohol. Even alittle woodsy aroma like a seasoned cigar box. Faint coffee. As it warms, some lush chocolate notes emerge.

Taste: Big roasted malt tones and earthy bitterness. Hops are evident in the flavor, pine, citrus, alittle fruity, American variety for sure. The astringent charred malt, alcohol, and tobacco notes all meld together and deliver a woodsy earthy flavor. Dark, bitter coffee. A complexity seldom found in a typical stout. As it warms, the malts are more dominating, and the coffee flavor comes out more fully.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, carbonation is right for this beer. Exhibits a fine effervescence.

Overall: An exceptional example of an Imperial Stout, but this broady steps in the direction of American Imperial Stout with the aggressive hop presence.

Recommended serving temp: 42 degrees.

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

Revist: 7 Sep 15
12oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: 26 Mar 2020

Another brew that has been years between.

Pours a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus tan head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, lots of dark stuff, very slight vanilla note. Medium body, ABV is hidden very very well with this one. Overall, again one of the best American Double Stout for the ABV/Price. Very tasty!

Enjoy by Mar 16,11

Pours into a goblet a clear black color, nice carbonation, small head which dissappears quickly, not much lacing at all. Scents of roasted malts, hops, vanilla, figs, slight citrus and caramel. The taste is quite malty and caramely, a well round brew. Medium body. Very drinkable, a truely delicious IS from Victory.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brought over by SAS ... best by Sep 25;12 .... my half from my New Belgium snifter.

1" head... black brew... just touches of spotty lite brown lacing.

Aroma is all black grains... only touches of chocolate with some dark dried fruits... quite a bit of coffee throughout.

Flavor has more bittersweet chocolate than the aroma .. big bitter coffee mid palate moves into a spicy alcohol/slightly acidic .... just enough sweetness across the tongue to really tie things together .. finishes with a light dry French roast palate. Palate is fairly viscous.. pretty drinkable for the style... sorta creamy mouthfeel.

Really good.. despite my above lack of obvious enthusiasm... trying to have a conversation while reviewing.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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